LilyPond 2.6 (free) is an open-source music notation program for creating music sheets that mimic traditional plate engraving. It offers text-based input, integration with LaTeX or HTML, automatic formatting, hand-engraved music fonts, extensibility through LISP, and more. Version 2.6 supports Unicode, creatiion of SVG files, and more. [Download - 12MB] Wx 2.5 ($10) is an update of the app that displays weather information from the US National Weather Service in a transparent main window and the dock. Version 2.5 adds watches, warnings, and advisories, a floating "MiniWx" remote panel, faster processing of XML observation and forecast data, font smoothing, and many other minor improvements. Wx 2.5 runs on Mac OS X 10.3/10.4. [Download - 424KB] BasaOne Classes 2.0 (free) adds new classes, including ones designed for Widget development. The new release includes a set of different types of boxes that can be used for widget foreground and backside. Also a custom popup has been included showing how to use the standard popup class to create popups with custom appearance. BasaOne Classes aid in the development of Web Applications and Dashboard Widgets with BasaOne 2.0. Cocktail 3.6.2 ($15) is a maintenance update to the system utility that allows users to modify system/filedisk setting and access a number of hidden Finder/System settings as well perform routine maitenance on your Mac. The update adds the ability to change your screenshot file format. Separate versions are available for Tiger, Panther and Jaguar. [Download - options] LazyMouse 1.1 ($7) updates the system utility for saving time mousing to dialog boxes. LazyMouse is a Preference Pane that moves the cursor to the default button whenever a dialog box appears on the screen. The update now recognizes when a user already using the mouse, offers application-based exceptions, fixes a compatibility issue with the Tiger Finder, and more. [Download - 1.1MB] zsDuplicateHunter 2.2 ($20) lets you easily find and safely remove duplicate files from a computer to save hard drive space. The Standard Edition of zsDuplicateHunter contains basic functionality (with instructional dialogs) and has been designed for ease of use and safety when deleting duplicate files, while the new Professional Edition ($40) adds additional features, including additional methods of deletion, filtering by regular expressions, XML export, new groupings, and more.
In Brief: We've posted a review of Marware's WiFi Spy, a small device that easily locates wireless networks. The iTunes Music Store is selling a few Beatles songs as a result of Paul McCartney's Live 8 performance, despite on the ongoing lawsuit between Apple Corps and Apple Computer.... Photoshop World Conference & Expo is bringing three days of Photoshop and digital imaging education and training ($300) to the Northeast from Sept. 7-9 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.... Runtime Revolution today announced that Judy Perry will present the sixth online programming conference on 9th July and 15:30 GMT.... Netscape today released Netscape 8 browser for Windows only without any mention of a Mac version.
Imation Corp today launched its Imation Micro Hard Drive, an ultra-portable storage solution that features a 2GB capacity. Designed for on-the-go professionals, the Imation Micro Hard Drive padlock design features a unique, integrated locking USB cable that can be used to clip the sleek storage device to a belt loop or briefcase. The 1-oz device features Toshiba microdrive, which is less than one inch in diameter (i.e., smaller than the size of a quarter) as well as a USB 2.0 interface for high-speed data transfer. In addition, Imation offers software for file synchronization and 128-bit encryption to transparently create secure backup of multiple file versions and automatically synchronize data. The 2GB drive will ship in mid-July for $190.
HELIOS Software today announced that all HELIOS products now support Apple Xsan, the enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) from Apple. HELIOS server solutions include WebShare, EtherShare, PCShare, ImageServer, PrintPreview, and PDF HandShake, which are all available for Mac OS X. HELIOS WebShare enables extremely secure high performance remote file access and management via any web browser. HELIOS EtherShare and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking, with advanced file and print server services, for Mac and Windows clients. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.
Toon Boom Animation today announced Toon Boom Studio v3, an update to its 2D animation software. Version 3 offers a number of new and enhanced features, including a simplified interface and new Text and Transform tools, as well as improvements to lip synching and enhancements to more easily create cut-out animation: it offers tools such as a new Free Transform tool, which can apply any combination of scaling, rotation, skewing to animate faster; the ability to add text in web presentations, comic strips, etc.; more automated lip sync tools; improved sound scrubbing; improved animation via key frames and interpolation; a new library to save drawings, animation cycles and motions for reuse; and more. Introductory pricing is $330, while upgrades are $100 from version 2.5 and $200 from v1 or v2.
Following Paul McCartney's participation in the London Live 8 concert on Saturday, FOX News reports that Apple's iTunes Music Store finally has two Beatles songs performed by its co-composer available for downloading, despite a multimillion dollar lawsuit between the Beatles' record label Apple Corps and Apple Computer over the use of the Apple name and logo in in the music industry. The two songs that are now available are McCartney performance of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "The Long and Winding Road." The report notes that only a few Beatles songs have been available via iTunes: two songs by Ringo Starr, "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help From My Friends", which are from his recent All-Starr Band records and a recent "lost" McCartney tune called "Whole Life," which was part of a Nelson Mandela tribute album.
Apple's move to the Intel architecture will help lure developers to the Mac OS X platform, according to one columnist. Arnold Reinhold, a partner at Hurwitz & Associates, says that the move has both risks and opportunities and that "Apple will have to manage yet another major product transition, the fourth in its history if one counts the switch from Apple II to Macintosh. But Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, is good at it." The report says that despite Apple's reluctance to sell Mac OS X on other Intel-based PCs, a few carefully selected deals could greatly expand Mac OS X's marketshare: "The Intel product line, with its economy of scale, low power consumption, and integrated digital rights management will open up a range of possibilities for consumer products that offer what Apple does best: new capabilities that you never knew you wanted but can't wait to get once you see them in action."
Custom Solutions of Maryland has released version 1.0.0 of Speed Reading III, which it says lets users try one method to increase reading speed and comprehension. It features ten built-in practice text sources as well as allows readers to select any other text file as the source. Reading speed can be adjusted from approximately 50 words per minute to 1500 words per minute using four radio buttons (very slow, slow, medium and high) and a slider. However, the company says that comprehension is not tested. "This utility displays full text very dimly with snapshots of normal black text moving across the page." It is available as freeware.
Bare Bones Software today released TextWrangler 2.1, an update to its free text editor. The updated version of this popular coder's and administrator's text processing tool includes fixes for reported issues, and various refinements and interface enhancements. "TextWrangler's powerful engine, approachable interface, and strong feature set represent, in our view, the standard for freely available Mac software," explained Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. "TextWrangler 2.1 includes a number of enhancements and refinements, particularly to the Documents Drawer, which were inspired by customer feedback." The software is available for Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later.
InterServices New Media today released Mediaboard ONE 1.1, an update to the media cataloging and asset management application built for Mac OS X. Mediaboard ONE enables creative professionals to manage their images and movies, tracking those on CD/DVD, on internal discs or on a network server). It also catalogs and organizes the lists to easily locate media assets. Version 1.1 brings enhanced support for metadata, including new support for Adobe XMP, IPTC Core for XMP, Dublin Core and Creative Commons metadata--in addition to EXIF support as well as expands RAW support by adding the dcraw import filter, which supports RAW formats from over 150 cameras. It is available for Mac OS X 10.3 or later for $40 (some features only supported in Tiger).
In Brief: Apple CEO Steve Jobs personally called the family of a 15-year-old New York teenager to offer his condolences after the teen was killed last week during a fight over an iPod.... VVI today released its Vvidget 10.1.6 graphing and drawing application suite as freeware and said the updated version brings many built-in support mechanisms including automated update detection, several free support facilities and fee-based support options.... Tunewear today announced its "clean removing" POPTUNE wearable wrapper for Apple's iPod shuffle.... Denon yesterday introduced two iPod-ready home stereo systems.... One user has created a "Real Wood iPod" and has created a step-by-step tutorial on the project.
One user has created a "Real Wood iPod" by taking apart his original 4th-generation iPod. Bit-Tech.net has posted a step-by-step tutorial on the construction of the iPod by "ZapWizard" Joshua Driggs: "I have had a 20GB 4th gen iPod since they came out, but I have never liked the white finish. As part of Project Redwood I am also applying a wood finish to just about everything on my desk to have a matching set. And the iPod was not excluded." Driggs said that he did not want to simply apply a wood veneer, or a fake finish to the iPod, but instead wanted to use real wood. He carved out a duplicate faceplate out of a raw piece of African Padauk, a high quality hardwood that he said its "very easy to work with," and naturally red in color.
Nine Figures 2 (free) will countdown to 500 million songs sold in the menu bar. "It is semi-accurate, but is not intended for anything other than entertainment purposes. It is not intended for use to win one or more of Apple's prizes." [Download - 42KB] MacPoker Pro 1.1 ($40) is a Java-based online poker tracking and analysis solution that provides realtime info users and their opponents; it helps maker game-time decisions during poker hands and also collects and stores info for each opponent. This release includes support for 7 new Mac-compatible online Poker casinos. The free version is limited to 1000 hands. [Download - 3.2MB] iTMS Estimator 1.0 (free) shows the estimated current total of tracks sold on the iTunes Music Store (iTMS) as well as an estimate of the time of the next milestone sale (every 100,000th track). The application will automatically update its estimate every 5 minutes and, "when there are 10 seconds or less until the next estimated milestone sale, the application will beep each second." [Download - 98KB] TennisAce 3 ($25) is a FileMaker-based solution that can track performance against any number of players. Users can view and print a variety of statistics, track income and expenses, and print fun awards for your partners. It offers a number of shortcuts and customizable defaults to data entry as easy as clicking a mouse. Both a standalone app and FileMaker data file is available for both Macintosh (OS X and Classic) and Windows. [Download - 3.3MB] Professor Fizzwizzle ($20) is a "fun, mind-expanding puzzle game, where you take control of the diminutive genius, Professor Fizzwizzle. You must help the professor use his brains and his gadgets to solve each exciting level. Do you have what it takes to get past the Rage-Bots and bring the prof back to his lab?" It features 230 levels, a full-featured level editor, and a 60-day money-back guarantee. [Download - 9.9MB] AB Transfer 1.8 (Ä30) updates turingartís contact data utility for import/export. Version 1.8 imports from MySQL database sources using a simple database browser directly and scans Tiger mailboxes of Apple.Mail to retrieve email addresses from saved emails. AB Transfer reads CSV-separated, TAB-separated, Act! DBF input files and MySQL databases and adds them to Mac OS X's Address Book; it also supports native Excel, WEB.DE, GMX and paxo.com export. [Download - 1.8MB]
Tunewear today announced its "clean removing" POPTUNE wearable wrapper for Apple's iPod shuffle. POPTUNE is available in a pack of 12 stylish patterns: tropical "Aloha", fierce "Dragon", classic "Wood", cool "Snake", dizzy "Karakusa", pretty "Sakura", hot "Fire", traditional "Stone", bright "Orange", tree-frog "Green", flash "Sparkle Silver" or eureka "Sparkle Gold". The cling-case provides protection against dirt and scratching and is easily removable: "You can also use it again so long as the sticky backing is kept in good condition. POPTUNE does not leave any marks or sticky remnants on the iPod shuffle after it is removed." It includes two covers for each of the Shuffle's USB caps and is available now for $20.
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Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-√Člys√©es. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW