FastScripts 2.1 ($15) is an update to the utility for executing scripts on your Mac. Major new features include: application-specific keyboard shortcuts, improved script error dialogs, redesigned preferences dialog, and AppleScript language updates. [Download - 386KB] FlexoStep ($300) is step and repeat software for use in Adobe's Illustrator and Macromedia's Freehand. Users create custom die configurations and completely automate the task of stepping, repeating, distorting, and adding printer's marks and job info. [Download - options] Advanced Web Ranking 3.5 ($150) is a tool that helps check a Web site's position on all major search engines. This version features the ability to display all the active scheduled tasks, suggest keywords using the Google Suggest service and the ability to zoom in and out in the Rank Evolution charts. [Download - 7.5MB] Creative Manager Pro 7.4.5 ($175/month) is the latest version of the Web-based integrated project management software and job tracking solution for advertising agencies. The update adds features for calculating project milestone dates using the projects end date and upgraded support for the security enhancements in Apple's new Mac OS X v10.3.7 and iCal 1.5.5, among other upgrades. [Download - form] Adium X 0.73 is an update to the alternative instant messaging client for AIM, MSN, Yahoo! and more. The update fixes several crashes, resolves a couple long standing problems with away messages on various protocols, and significantly improves MSN connectivity. [Download - 4.7MB]
In Brief: Two Mac-using parents get creative with their children's Christmas gifts.... Another family celebrates christmas with a creative Mac-inspired Quilt.... A MacNN reader reports that the Citibank iPod promotion is only available to new customers and current or former customers are not eligible.
Sean Kelly has released skEdit 3.5, an update to the web-development text editor for Mac OS 10.2 or later. Version 3.5 adds integrated SFTP support, offering standard SFTP operations (e.g., uploading, downloading, and managing files) as well as editing of files on a remote server--directly and securely through the familiar skEdit interface. Other new features include line numbers that work with line wrapping, a "show invisibles" feature, performance and stability improvements, faster syntax highlighting, improved localizations, and more. It costs $20; a 25-day demo is available online.
Ron Avitzur has published the story behind Graphic Calculator, the popular Mac OS X application bundled on classic Mac computers. Avitzur apparently developed most of the application for free after his contract expired at Apple in the early/mid 90s. The bundled application was created by two non-paid ex-Apple contracts sneaking onto campus and receiving support from dozens of other Apple employees--both officially and non-officially: "I view the events as an experiment in subverting power structures. I had none of the traditional power over others that is inherent to the structure of corporations and bureaucracies. I had neither budget nor headcount. I answered to no one, and no one had to do anything I asked. Dozens of people collaborated spontaneously, motivated by loyalty, friendship, or the love of craftsmanship. We were hackers, creating something for the sheer joy of making it work."
Steve Jobs has been named The Sunday Times Business Person of 2004: "IT is not often that a company boss gets to bathe in the success of a product that is a smash hit with consumers. It is rarer still for that product to be genuinely important, transforming not just the company that designed it but the face of an industry. It is even more remarkable for one chief executive to enjoy this level of success, not at one company, but at two quite different businesses in the same year. And to accomplish all this while undergoing treatment for cancer ó well, thatís just incredible." Others considered include the Google co-founders, Roger de Haan (sold Saga travel and insurance group), Lakshmi Mittal (steel magnate), and Sir Terry Leahy (CEO of Tesco).
Japanese company Clarion will begin selling a car audio and video system in Japan next year, which will be compatible with Apple's iPod portable music player, according to The Mercury News: "Clarion said earlier it will also release an iPod-compatible car DVD player in the United States in January. Users can connect an iPod to the system and select songs and artists by touching the seven-inch monitor. Clarion will introduce the iPod-compatible car equipment in Europe by the middle of 2005 and also plans to manufacture the parts for automakers on an original-equipment-manufacturer basis. Apple Computer declined to comment on the deal because it does not have a business alliance with Clarion for the product."
Dover Studios has released Maya NURBS Modeling DVD, the first title in its MacVFX Training Series. The Maya NURBS Modeling DVD provides an introduction to NURBS Modeling in Maya on Mac OS X, offering step-by-step lessons for on Maya's powerful modeling tools as wella s numerous tips for efficient modeling. Lessons include: how to keep objects organized using the layer editor and how to create accurate scale models using reference images. Each of the modeling techniques are then utilized in the final exercise, creating a traditional kerosene lantern using NURBS curves and surfaces. It is available for $50 along with free shipping through the end of 2004.
New counsel and new plaintiffs have been added in the reseller lawsuit against Apple that claims the company driving them out of business by opening its own chain of retail stores, according to Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The report sasy that new attorneys with a background in franchisee litigation have been hired and that a fifth plaintiff has also joined the case on the invitation of the original plaintiffs. "The dealers, called Apple resellers, accuse Apple Computer of breach of contract, unfair competition, intentional interference with economic advantage and other offenses. The new lead counsel is David Franklin, of San Diego, who litigated a similar suit in the early 1980s against the company that issued FotoMat franchises. Another San Diego attorney and one from Tennessee also have joined the case. They replace Marcus Merchasin, of San Francisco, who filed the original lawsuit in 2003."
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z