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Camino 1.0b1 released
Camino 1.0b1 is the latest release of the free web browser based on the Mozilla Gecko rendering engine. The "heavily updated version" of the native Mac OS X browser brings improvements and security fixes, adds new features, improves existing features, and fixing many bugs and addresses performance issues. Version 1.0b1 adds a new tab bar appearance, pause/resume for downloads, annoyance blocking, certificate support for improved security, a new Java Embedding Plugin to bring better Java performance, form fill from the address book (using the menu item or optional toolbar icon), history searches, and many other changes. It also offers an updated HTML rendering engine--now based on Mozilla 1.8, the same codebase as Firefox 15--resulting in performance, stability, and rendering improvements as well as Midas support.
Three FileMaker plug-ins
yooPlugs today released a suite of three plug-ins designed to enhance the capabilities of the FileMaker, Apple's database system: yooWeb 1.0 ($40), yooMatch 1.0 ($30), and yooShell 1.0 ($30). yooWeb fetches images and data directly from the Web, interacts with online software and databases, and downloads/uploads files. yooMatch uses regular expressions to extract data, parse complex formatting, and perform sophisticated substitutions. yooShell uses external applications and utilities within a database, and interacts with the system.
Apple has applied for a trademark for Rosetta, the translation technology that will enable programs made for PowerPC Macs to run on forthcoming Intel-base Macs. Company executives have described Rosetta as "Apple technology," but it uses an engine from a start-up company called Transitive, which offers a variety of engines for translating software written for one operating system or processor to code that can run on a different platform. Although many major software makers have committed to adding Intel support to their software, it is unclear how quickly that support will come. Adobe, for example, has said it will support Intel-based Macs with future versions of its software, but doesn't plan to retrofit its Creative Suite 2 products to work with the new Macs.
LensTweaker 1.0 ($30) offers lens distortion removal for Mac OS X. Features include assisted camera calibration using a printed grid, and automatic or manual distortion removal using a calibrated camera on the inspector panel or slider controls.
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WordLookup 3.16 ($14) converts words between languages using data retrieved over the internet. WordLookup searches for single or multiple keywords, and uses flags that allow quick identification of language entries. The application supports fifteen different books that provide conversion data. [Download - 683KB]
TaskTime3 3.6 ($15) manages project timing and billing, tracking expenses and maintaining project-specific notes of any length or depth. Version 3.6 ensures client data is backed up properly, adds an AutoPause preference option, fixes a bug that occurred if the backup location was on a remote disk, and more. [Download - 2.7MB]
My Money Minder 1.7 ($13) is personal finance management software to track expenses, income, and account balances. The application can group items into an unlimited number of user-defined categories, and each financial year can be summarized by various criteria. [Download - 2.5MB]
photo Drop 1.01 (free) creates small, customized droplets that turn the tedious task of modifying a folder of images into a simple drag-and-drop operation. The update adds a warning dialog about the destructive nature of droplets, as well as the ability to use "Best" compression when modifying the quality of images. [Download - 423KB]
CASE Studio 2 2.22 ($370) updates the database design tool, adding support for MS SQL 2005 and Sybase ASE 15. Additional improvements include entity relationship diagrams, automatic SQL script generation, support for "partition functions" and "partition schemes", triggers for "views", and more. [Download - 8.7MB]
Apple Store in Brea, CA
In Brief: Apple today announced it will hold the grand opening of its Apple Store Brea Mall (Brea, CA) on November 12.... SKProducts today rolled out CarClip for iPod nano, designed to hang conveniently from the rear-view mirror.... Mac-Pro Systems and Software today announced that it has become the new source of DVForge/MacMice-branded products for the U.S. market.... OpenOSX today began shipping OpenWeb 3.0.2, a maintenance update (with more documentation) to the ready-to-use, stand-alone application featuring Apache 2.0.55 and PHP 5.0.5 as well as a host of web apps, servers and extensions.... Corel has kicked off its Corel Painter IX Star Wars promo, offering a free copy of the book The Art Of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to customers who purchase Corel Painter IX.... New DRM technology shipping on music CDs by Sony BMG artists employs stealthy, root-kit-style techniques to hide from users.... Grokster, the free music-swapping website that prompted a legal battle ending in the US Supreme Court, agreed to shut down its service under a settlement with the US music industry.
RenderMan for Maya
Pixar Animation today announced the release of RenderMan for Maya, the studio's next-generation 3D rendering plug-in. The software allows Maya artists to enhance their productions with the functionality and prestige of Pixar's award-winning RenderMan technology. Pixar says that RenderMan for Maya has been specifically engineered to deliver high-end feature film quality standards to a new and broader audience. Leveraging an extensive development effort, Pixar said it placed as much importance on workflow integration as on pure rendering functionality. The software features fast 3D motion blur, true depth of field, ambient occlusion, "Deep Shadow" technology, global illumination, HDRI support, Maya Fur/Hair support, and software rendering of all Maya Particles. It is available for both Mac OS X and Windows XP and can be purchased for $1000. Optional floating licenses are available on purchases of 5 or more copies at no additional charge.
\"Take Two\" Keynote theme
Divine Fiat today released Take Two, its latest theme for Apple's Keynote software. Take Two features a slate board clapper across the top of each slide and clear, easy-to-read Arial text on a black background to present concepts in a classic environment without getting in the way. The Keynote theme is designed for film, television, and video professionals with 4-to-3 and 16-to-9 photo cutouts. Take Two offers fifty-five text and photo layout masters, as well as an extras file which provides a variety of text box layouts for each photo cutout master. Take Two ($20) requires Keynote 2.0.
Digital Heaven today released MovieLogger, its new text-based QuickTime logging application for Mac OS X. MovieLogger integrates into a Final Cut Pro workflow with direct import of up to 16 QuickTime movies, as well as the ability to export logs--which are converted to clip markers--as a Final Cut Pro XML file or as Rich Text Format for further editing or printing of logs. MovieLogger is available for Mac OS X for $100, and a Microsoft Windows version in development with no expected release date (specific system requirements were unavailable).
CarClip for iPod nano
SKProducts today rolled out CarClip for iPod nano, designed to hang conveniently from the rear-view mirror to allow easy access to the Nano. CarClips come with 10 rubber "Fishband" motion buffers--each available in five colors and two sizes--which are specially designed rubber bands that feed through the CarClip and attach to the center button of your rear view mirror. CarClip for iPod nano is available for $20, and ships with a universal auto attachment, as well as two 3M "CommandStrips" to place the casing in various locations.
Second iTunes phone
Motorola today announced a new iTunes-supported version of its RAZR mobile handsets. The phone, expected later this year, will feature mobile iTunes software for integration with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The forthcoming Motorola RAZR V3i, which will be only the second phone to support iTunes, offers an updated and streamlined design, featuring a large internal color screen, quad-band technology (for GSM coverage in the US and other parts of the world) and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The brushed-metal handset features an integrated 1.23 megapixel digital camera with a full screen view-finder, zoom, video capture and playback. It is expected to ship in mid-December (pricing not available).
iTunes DRM humor
SunnComm today refuted a published report saying that it was involved developing new iTunes DRM technology for Apple. The report, which appears to be written as a humor column, claims that SunnComm was working with its competitor Macrovision to develop new DRM technology. The presumably fictional new software was said to be keyed to Microsoft's Power Management technology, issuing forth a 125-volt "anti-p2p DRM charge" into the computer chassis when users attempt to play unauthorized iTunes tracks. The column also says that starting December 1st, all iTunes downloads will carry a new kind of Fair Play DRM, a direct negative feedback 'watermark' recognized by Fair Play earbuds that instructs the headphones to emit a piercing, high-pitched scream in stereo at 250 decibels when an iPod user attempts to play an iTunes track not sanctioned by Organized Music (EMI Group, Vivendi Universal, Warner Music).
iCash 3.0 released
Maxprog today released iCash 3.0, its personal finance and money management software designed to track incomes, expenses, credits, debts, and bank transactions. Version 3.0 offers project categorization, a transaction scheduler, and OFX imports. The application features unlimited categories, creation of multiple accounts, multiple currencies, an SQL back-end engine, password protection to enhance security, export/import routines, search functions, and drag-and-drop support. Reports can be tailored to include all records, or only those meeting specified criteria based on user-defined categories and built-in types. iCash 3.0 is available for $30 in English, German, French, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Stiff competition in 2006
Goldman Sachs says that Apple could face stiff competition in the digital video market during 2006, as Viacom and General Electric have agreed to provide on-demand TV shows to cable and satellite companies--just hours after their premiers--for $1 each, half the price of videos on Apple's iTunes Music Store. David C. Bailey of Goldman Sachs reiterated an "in-line" rating for Apple, but said the ability to watch shows on a television (instead of a computer or iPod via iTunes) are strong indications that Apple will not be able to easily replicate its digital audio dominance in the digital video market, according to a report from Forbes.com. "We continue to view Apple as a positive trade into January based on investor sentiment, news flow, and strong earnings. However, Apple's longer-term ability to maintain its multiple is based on outsized iPod growth, its ability to lead in the evolution of the digital home, and ongoing Mac share gains--all of which face stronger headwinds in 2006."
TuneMedia Widget, Dinc
In brief: TuneMedia has released Tune-Up Catalyst Widget, its free Garageband aid containing over 150 ideas, tips, challenges and advisories to speed along the creation process.... Dinc today released its first free font set dubbed "NEAT NEAT NEAT" containing "Richard Manuel", "Capsule", "Rodeoboy", "Yesterday Man", and "Neat Neat Neat" fonts; all five of which are available through November 11th.... Mac-Pro Systems and Software is offering DVForge/Macmice products through its website, having secured much of DVForge's inventory when the company closed its doors in September.... Onkyo USA has announced that its current DS-A1 Remote Interactive (RI) dock ($100, shown at right) is compatible with Apple's newest iPod models, including the iPod with video and the iPod nano (as well as previous iPod models).... Newer today rolled out its Audio Cassette Adapter ($15), designed to play any audio device with a headphone jack through a vehicle's tape deck.
Aspyr\'s RCT 3 goes \'GM\'
Aspyr today announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for Mac has hit "gold master" and that the title is scheduled to begin shipping next week. RollerCoaster, licensed from Atari, allows gamers to build, operate and experience "the amusement park of your dreams in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, where you can actually ride the rides!" RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the first Mac version in the successful Rollercoaster Tycoon series. The game features an all-new CoasterCam, which allows players to see their park from the eyes of a guest as well as new crowd scenes with enhanced park guests and characters. It offers more than 170 rides including new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, realistic day/night cycles, extensive still-picture and movie-making functions, and the new Fireworks MixMaster to create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will ship for $50; it requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 and a 1GHz Mac.
iSongBook music system
Tivoli Audio today announced the iSongBook, its portable music system designed to fit all Apple iPod models. The flip-down dock charges the iPod while it plays--without the need for an additional dock connector--and stores into the unit when not in use. A supplied credit card-sized remote control operates both the iPod and the iSongBook. The system features a digital AM/FM tuner with a 9k/10k switch for AM reception outside North America, as well as an adjustable telescoping FM antenna and built-in AM antenna. Stations may be tuned manually or via five AM and five FM favorite station preset buttons with a "seek" function to automatically search for signals in any country around the world. The iSongBook is housed in a sealed cabinet with rust-proof hardware for weather resistance, and harbors a white and silver faceplate, matching white iPod models. It is available now for $330.
Dynamics III plugins
Digidesign has released Dynamics III, a free download and a new addition to the free collection of DigiRack plug-ins included with all Digidesign Pro Tools and Avid picture systems. The Dynamics III plug-in suite includes three dymanics processing plugins with multichannel support and high-resolution processing (up to 192kHz): Compressor/Limiter, Expander/Gate, and De-Esser. Digidesign says that Dynamics III offers simple ways to apply dynamics processing in mono, stereo, or a full range of surround formats. It provides control over every aspect of dynamic levels, from attack, release, threshold, and ratio to the “knee” of the Compressor/Limiter. They are available in RTAS and TDM with support for Mac OS X.
Macworld Power Tools
IDG World Expo today announced the schedule for the Power Tools conferences at Macworld Expo, taking place January 9-13th at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The conference will offer--for the first time--in-depth public training on Apple's all-in-one post-production tool for professional photographers, Aperture. Other topics covered at this year's Power Tools Conferences include: Dreamweaver 8; Professional Photoshop; DVD Studio Pro 4; Adobe Creative Suite 2; FileMaker Pro 7/8; video compression; Mac OS X Server Advanced Concepts; HD Production and Workflow; Logic for Professional Music Production; Flash 8; Adobe Acrobat; Final Cut Studio; AppleScript; Working Wireless Networks; and Automating Publishing Tasks and Workflows.
Newer cassette adapter
Newer Technology today rolled out its Audio Cassette Adapter, designed to play any audio device with a headphone jack through a vehicle's tape deck. Available for $15, the adapter provides another low-cost alternative to FM transmitters, as well as docking stations that connect directly to a vehicle's audio system, which often require installation.
ResearchWare today released HyperTranscribe 1.0, a new software package for transcribing audio and video files. Available for both Mac OS X and Windows, HyperTranscribe can play more than two dozen audio and video formats and provides extensive customizable keyboard shortcuts to facilitate an efficient workflow. HyperTranscribe lets users open and play most popular audio and video formats, and provides both graphical and keyboard control to play, pause, and loop playback. HyperTranscribe can play MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG, AVI, MOV, and many other media file types. A single-user license is $100.
MYOB AccountEdge 2006
MYOB US today launched MYOB AccountEdge 2006, an update to its popular small business management and accounting software for Mac OS X. MYOB AccountEdge offers complete sales and purchases modules, as well as banking features, inventory tracking, flexible time billing, customer management through the card file, and the ability to run a complete company payroll. Version 2006 features a 7-year transaction history option, options to combine two GL and contact files, improved inventory functions with "locations", support for multi-year budgets, new Timesheets functions, and other time-saving features, such as Payroll liability tracking, to-do lists, reoccurring invoices/purchases, better credit card charge support, etc. MYOB AccountEdge 2006, due in mid-December, is available for $300 for single-user license (additional simultaneous users are $150 per workstation or $500/5-pk). Upgrades are $140 (single-user) and $250 for the multi-user edition.
RadioShack to sell iPods
RadioShack announced it will begin selling Apple's iPod, after it agreed to become an Authorized Apple Reseller. The electronics retailer said that it will offer all variations of the iPod, including the Shuffle, Nano, and the video iPods. The company also said it will continue to offer dozens of the most popular accessory items for use with iPods, such as external speakers, docking stations, decorative and protective skins, travel cases, cables and power solutions. RadioShack said that each of its 5,000 stores and a select number of dealer stores are expected to carry each iPod model, including both white and black models of the Nano and video iPod.
"Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from a friend or colleague with a monumental Windows problem," writes Paul Andrews of The Seattle Times. "I tell them I'm glad to help, on one condition: Next time they buy a computer, they agree to consider a Macintosh." Andrews recently made the switch to a Mac, after years of dabbling with Macs, but never feeling the need to change. "For the first couple of months after the switch, while I transferred e-mail and contacts to Mac programs, I was firing up Windows almost daily. Gradually, though, I found fewer reasons to go back." Andrews says a lot of "techies" are strongly considering a Mac for their next computer. "There's huge awareness among the general public about how much [Windows] PCs have been compromised," said Tony Bove, author of a new book, "Just Say No To Microsoft." "My mother knows about it, and she's not even a computer user."
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