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Concierge 1.3.0 ($10) is an update to the drawer-based bookmark assistant for Safari. The new version includes Address Book support, favicon display for Web bookmarks, and a host of minor enhancements and bug fixes. [Download - 908KB]
Gallery Monger 0.93 (free) is an image cataloging program that has robust HTML export. This version temporarily removes iView MediaPro support. The current version can still make galleries from iPhoto and Finder folders. [Download - 34KB]
Disctop is an entertaining utility that animates a CD or DVD on the desktop of an iMac G5, when the disc is inserted. As the user slides a disc into the iMac's slot-load drive, a virtual disc slides on to the desktop. Disctop now connect to Amazon when you insert an Audio-CD, automatically downloads its cover artwork. [Download - 2.6MB]
iBiz ($30) is the new name for IGG's easy to use time-billing and invoicing application. It integrates with iCal and Address Book, offers tax support and easily generates custom invoices. iBiz was formerly called iWork. [Download - 3.9MB]
ImagePort 1.4 ($100) allows users to multi-layer Photoshop images directly within QuarkXPress. Multiple versions of the same image can now be conveniently placed in one picture box. Layers can be turned On or Off with a click of the mouse. ImagePort also includes support for Adjustment Layers. [Download - 6.7MB]
Liberer 1.2 is a simple utility to remove or add files from/to the Mac OS X Library. Version 1.2 adds Show In Finder and Show Info buttons, contextual menus, and bug fixes. [Download - 6.7MB]
Apple secures \'iWork\' name
A small Macintosh software developer has renamed an application it had been calling iWork, lending credence to rumors that Apple plans to introduce office software of the same name, reports CNET News.com. IGG Software, which has marketed a time-billing application as iWork, has changed the program's name to iBiz. The change, which is reflected on the company's Web site, follows reports on rumor sites that Apple plans to offer its own suite of word processing and presentation software.
Pioneer iPod adapter
Pioneer today introduced a new iPod Adapter for its car stereos. The direct-connect adapter works with the IP-Bus system in more than 3 million Pioneer car stereos, including all of Pioneer's new car stereos, which are being introduced at this week's International CES show. Through Pioneer's IP-Bus system, the CD-IB100 is backwards compatible with more than 3 million Pioneer car stereos. The company says that users will "be able to operate their iPods as easily as they would using the stereo unit, by means of the stereo's front panel controls." Pioneer stereos will display up to eight characters of text including album, artist and song names, with the ability to scroll additional information. While an iPod is docked to the CD-IB100, the adapter will charge the internal battery.
Ars on \"Year of the iPod\"
Ars Technica has published the latest edition of Mac.Ars, featuring "Year of the iPod: the top 10 Apple stories of 2004." "The last year saw sales of the iPod explode and eventually overtake Apple's desktops and laptops. Mac.Ars looks back at Apple's 2004, with its top ten stories and events of the year ... Apple's profits and revenues rose to levels not seen in nearly a decade, while they couldn't make enough iPods to satisfy demand."
O\'Reilly\'s \"Home Hacking\"
In Brief: Digital Divide Network has published an article on some "constructive" uses of BitTorrent, rather than illegal uses such as sharing copyrighted music.... O'Reilly has released "Home Hacking Projects for Geeks" ($30), a hands-on guide to a variety of "home-transforming projects once relegated to the world of sci-fi".... The Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group, along with leaders from the FCP User Group Network will gather en mass at the Mezzanine Club in San Francisco as part of the MacWorld Expo festivities, January 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m.... David K. Anderson has launched CharityDeductions.com, a Web site for determining the values of commonly donated items.... On orientation day at the famed Berklee School of Music, new students receive everything they'll need for the upcoming school year, including a PowerBook G4.
Apple UK price cuts
Apple has reduced prices on nearly all of its Mac and flat panel displays in the UK--by as much as £450--including the iMac G5, PowerBook, Power Mac, and iBook as well as its display line, according to Macworld UK. Most products were cut by £50, including Apple's dated PowerBook line: "The pro-level PowerBooks feature price cuts across the range. The entry-level 12-inch Combo model now costs £1,099 - down £50 from £1,149. £50 is also taken from the SuperDrive version of the 12-inch PowerBook., which is now priced at £1,249. The 15-inch PowerBooks also see £50 price cuts. The 1.33GHz Combo model costs £1,349, and the 1.5GHz SuperDrive version is priced at £1,699. The 17-inch 1.5GHz PowerBook previously cost £1,949 but now costs £1,899."
AAPL estimates raised
JPMorgan on Tuesday raised its December 2004 quarter estimates for Apple, citing robust sales of its iPod digital music players and Mac personal computers through December, according to Reuters. The company analyst "Bill Shope said that the 'key catalyst' for the upward revision was 'improved availability of 1.0-inch drives for the iPod Mini.' JPMorgan expects earnings per share of 49 cents for the December quarter, up from its previous estimate of 47 cents. JPMorgan also raised fiscal 2005 forecasts, now predicting EPS of $1.71, up from $1.69 previously. For 2006, its forecast is unchanged at $2.00." Apple is expected to release its earnings on January 15.
CnC General Zero Hour
Aspyr today announced that Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour, the first expansion pack for Command & Conquer Generals game title, has hit beta status. "Prepare to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology against the world's most powerful Generals in Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour. In the next era of military strategy and might, gamers will need to command a more technologically advanced arsenal to defeat new, more powerful enemies. Even the most experienced Command & Conquer Generals veteran must learn new strategies and tactics to take full advantage of - and learn to defend against - the next generation of the world's most lethal weapons."
Helixent offers iFlicks
Helixent Technologies today released iFlicks, an easy-to-use application designed to store, browse, and play all your favorite movies. It offers a gallery view and smart collections as well as control of the movie library as well as integration with Netflix, allowing users to easily rent movies and keep informed about new releases and popular films. Uses can can easily categorize the movie with a variety of information, such as title, episode, director, cast, genre, and more. It supports a variety of video formats, including QuickTime (.mov), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DV. A demo version of iFlicks is available as a free download, but is limited to five movies. Registration ($30) removes the limitation.
Dual-format DVD Duplicator
Kanguru Solutions today launched what it says is the "industry's first" dual-format 16x DVD Duplicator. The duplicator can create a 4.75GB single layer DVD in approximately 5 minutes and can also burn CDs at 48x, which the company says makes it the fastest on the market. The Kanguru 16X DVD Duplicator is compatible with multiple formats, including DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, CD-R and CD-RW. It allows users to duplicate DVDs and CDs as a standalone unit, or create master DVDs with a PC via the USB 2.0 connection. The duplicator features an easy-to-use LCD screen with Copy, Copy/Compare, Compare and Erase functions and is available in 1 ($500),3 ($1000),5($1500), or 7 ($1800) target models. The device includes PC and Mac authoring software for both DVD and CD authoring and duplication.
New products at MWSF
IDG World Expo today that said that it expects "hundreds of new products" to make their debut next week at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. IDG also said the semi-annual tradeshow will feature a single exhibit hall (South) with 275 companies exhibiting--a marked departure from previous shows, which have traditionally utlized both the North and South hall at the Moscone Center. The Expo, which runs from January 10-14, will also include five days of educational content as well as concerts by six different music stars. The exhibit hall opens on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m., and will include companies such as Apple, Adobe, Aspyr, BlackBerry, Canon, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Intuit, Microsoft, MYOB, Nikon, Oxford Semiconductor, Quark, Roxio, Sonos, Xerox and more. New product introductions will include those from Altec Lansing, Atempo, Corriente Networks and more.
Apple display prices drop
Apple today quietly reduced its prices on its line of Apple Cinema flat panel displays by as much as $300. The company now offers the 20-inch model for $999 ($300 drop), the 23-inch HD model for $1,799 ($200 drop), and the 30-inch HD model for $2,999 ($300 drop). Apple says the models are immediately available from its online Store with a estimate ship time of 'same business day.'
Apple ships Xsan
Apple today began shipping Xsan, its high performance, enterprise class Storage Area Network (SAN) file system. The company says the system is priced at the "industry's most aggressive price point of $999 per client and per server." Xsan offers scalable, high-speed access to centralized shared data for storage consolidation and workflow in video post production, data center, broadcast and high performance computing environments. The 64-bit cluster file system for Mac OS X provides multiple computers with concurrent file-level read/write access to shared volumes over Fibre Channel. Apple says that under Mac OS X for the first time, up to 64 video professionals can simultaneously access a single storage volume that supports multiple high-bandwidth video streams.
Dual-2.3GHz Xserve G5
Apple today upgraded its Xserve G5 with a faster processor. The 1U rack optimized server now offers a new dual 64-bit 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 model with over 35 gigaflops of processing power. The upgraded Xserve features the "industry's fastest front side 1U server system bus," running at up to 1.15 GHz, providing up to 9.2 GBps of bandwidth per processor and up to three 400GB drives, and up to 1.2TB of hot-pluggable storage. The Xserve is now available in three different configurations, including two standard configurations: a single-CPU 2.0GHz G5 model ($3,000), a dual-2.3GHz G5 model ($4,000) as well as a cluster-optimized dual-2.3GHz model ($3,000). The standard configurations include 1GB of ECC RAM, a single 80GB Apple Drive Module with expandability for up to 1.2TB, dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board, a Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 ports, and an unlimited client license of Mac OS X Server, while the cluster-optimized version features 512MB of RAM and a 10-client license of Mac OS X Server.
xTime Project 3
app4mac Software (formerly appmac/adnx) has announced xTime Project 3 for Mac OS X, an update to its professional project management application that features a new engine for better performance, a new user interface, multiple project management, management of resource conflicts, import/export of Microsoft Project documents, improved XML and cost management, the ability to publish a project to any .Mac account, and better Web export functionality. The application will ship on January 11 in both English and French versions. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later, but is optimized for Mac OS X 10.3 or later. Standard ($130) and Pro ($250) versions are available. Upgrades to the Pro version are free for xTime v2 or v2.5 owners and $120 from the Standard version.
PDFPen 2.0 PDF utility
SmileOnMyMac has introduced PDFpen 2.0, a cross-platform PDF utility for form filling & saving, full-text search & selection, highlighting markup, and more. Other functions include the ability to align objects, show/snap to grid, set the default font size for text imprints, overlay text/graphics onto any PDF, multiple display options (singe, facing-page, multi-page, etc.), drag & drop re-ordering of PDF pages, insert/remove pages, and automated PDF manipulation via AppleScript. The Pro version adds the ability to create cross-platform fillable PDF forms. A 30-day free demo is available. PDFPen 2.0 ($50) and PDFPenPro 2.0 ($100) is available in English, Japanese, German, Italian, and French. Upgrades to the Pro version from PDFPen are $45.
Designer\'s Notebook Series
O'Reilly has released the first two books in "Designer's Notebook," a new series that features "concise, visually stunning lessons designed to inspire and instruct illustrators, graphic designers, photographers." "Photo Retouching with Photoshop" ($25) describes "how can you digitally restore old images, improve your holiday photographs, work with a colorimeter, retouch a subject's face, blend together several images, or simply enhance images that you've created." The second book, "Illustrations with Photoshop" ($25), offers perspective from "nine French graphic artists--well-known professionals from a vibrant culture with a reputation for taking creative risks and producing incomparable graphics and art."
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