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Filegazer 1.3 ($20) runs natively on Intel Macs, allowing fast navigation through the Mac's file system to cope with the increasing capacity of modern hard drives. Filegazer offers a rich preview for most major file types such as images, text documents, audio and video files, web pages and more. [Download - 1.5MB] Cheetah3D 3.2 ($100) brings support for rendering caustics to the 3D software for Mac OS X. The update adds a unified light source, binary .jas export capability, and an enhanced toolbar that features popup menus as well as "small symbols" and "text mode" works. [Download - 19MB] RailModeller 2.3.3 ($30) is a solution for designing layouts for model railroads and slot car systems on Macs, featuring more than 160 libraries with tracks and accessories from various vendors. RailModeller 2.3.3 provides several minor improvements and bug fixes. [Download - 6.3MB] iWebSites 1.0 (donationware) manipulates files in the directory where iWeb keeps its website files, allowing users to have multiple websites that are completely independent of one another. iWebSites creates new sites, duplicates sites you already have, sets the "default site" for iWeb, and allows you to delete sites. [Download - 543KB] Sente 3.1 ($100) introduces PDF file management and new bibliography formats to the academic literature research and bibliography software. Users can link any number of attachments to any reference, and Sente can automatically make a managed copy if desired. The application adds formats for 100 additional journals, enabling users to choose a preferred format from a list. [Download - 17.6MB] HoudahSpot 1.0 ($20) is a file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight technology, enabling users to quickly create and store search queries. HoudahSpot features include the ability to express complex queries, flexible browsing results, on-demand searches, user-definable templates, and hotkey access to saved searches. [Download - 868KB]
In brief: MacNN has reviewed Sibelius 4.1 ($600), an application designed for notation and music scoring.... Shares of Dell fell more than 5 percent today after the company warned investors that earnings for its fiscal quarter would fall below guidance due to price cuts.... More than 60 fourth-graders recently visited the Apple store at the Northshore Mall, convincing one teacher that Apple's presentations are good to the core.... Apple has begun pushing its new "Get a Mac" campaign, which launched last week on the Web with prominent video ad placements on high-profile sites such CNN.com and ESPN.com.... One MacNN reader noted that the Palm Tradeup Program does not support Apple's Safari Web browser, marking yet another large site leaving Mac users out in the cold.
A newly proposed amendment may offer Apple some reprieve in France, following industry speculation that the company would likely pull out of the market before sharing its FairPlay DRM technologies with rivals. A new amendment offered by the French Senate would allow Apple to maintain its iPod/iTunes ecosystem if it were to negotiate deals with record labels and artists and obtain their authorization to use FairPlay DRM to copy-protect the songs its sells through iTunes. The draft Senate amendment, expected to be voted on this week, would allow Apple keep its FairPlay DRM proprietary if it were approved by the artists and the copyright holders themselves. Although Apple, which called the bill "state-sponsored piracy," would be required to renegotiate contracts, the proposed change would create a regulatory authority to oversee the exclusive music formats.
Powder Software has released Summit Groupware 2006R2, an update to the collaboration software for organizations running both Mac and Windows. The solution manages the core functions of email, calendar, contacts, notes and workspaces; users can send and receive email, share contacts and calendars, schedule meetings, book resources, co-ordinate team workspaces with email, calendar and contact tie-ins, as well as keep personal information private and organized. Summit Groupware 2006 works with popular mail servers including Apple Mail Services, Kerio, Sendmail, Qmail and Microsoft Exchange--without an migration necessary. The desktop client runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Web browser and hand held (PDA) access is synchronized in realtime. A free trial for up to five users is available online.
Adobe has released Dreamweaver 8.0.2, and updated its Camera Raw 3.4 plug-in. The Dreamweaver update improves code generated by Dreamweaver for server behaviors and for active content such as Flash. The 8.0.2 update includes all of the fixes in the 8.0.1 update, and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. The new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and 4.0 software. The software update adds support for the Canon EOS 30D, Leaf Aptus 65, Leaf Aptus 75, Olympus EVOLT 330, Olympus SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2, and Samsung GX-1S cameras. Camera Raw 3.4 is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS2 or versions of Photoshop Elements earlier than Photoshop Elements 3.0.
Apple's first ever ticket promotion on iTunes appears to have gone awry and hundreds of iTunes customers expecting to be able purchase pre-sale tickets have been unable to obtain the necessary codes. According to AppleInsider, users have begun protesting and demanding for action and a refund, as the company touted Red Hot Chili Peppers pre-ticket sales as a means to drive electronic album purchases through its industry-leading iTunes Music Store. In April, the company launched a promotion in conjunciton with the release of Red Hot Chili Pepper's new album, Stadium Arcadium"; however, it appears that a large number of users have not received their special Ticketmaster code that would allow them purchase tickets before ticket pre-sales began on Tuesday morning.
Altec Lansing today launched its VS2321 speaker set, aimed at gamers and music enthusiasts. Satellite drivers produce high to mid-range sounds, while a separate subwoofer produces the low bass frequencies which are digitally enhanced using XdBTM technology. The VS2321's controls and jacks are conveniently located at the front of one of the satellite speakers, including a headphone jack and an auxiliary jack to connect another music source, such as an iPod. Color-coded, plug-and-play cables ease usage, while cable management assures a clutter-free environment. The VS2321 is available for $50.
Xeric Design today released EarthDesk 3.5, bringing the real-time dynamic desktop map to Intel Macs as a Universal Binary. The software is designed to display city lights, hurricanes, and worldwide weather systems on the desktop. EarthDesk 3.5 date-verifies cloud images, and the cloud server list is updated weekly. EarthDesk replaces the static desktop picture with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon, and city illumination as well as real-time global cloud coverage. Using high resolution satellite base maps, multiple images are layered together to produce a view of the Earth. The software operates silently in the background, constantly updating the desktop. Unlike a screen saver -- which only activates when the system is idle -- EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as a desktop image. EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later, and is priced at $20.
The third annual MacGathering and new SoHo Tech Show May is set to begin on May 19th in Los Angeles, offering visitors the chance to learn a diverse range of computer-related skills with low-cost seminars. MacNN readers can use the coupon code "MacNN" to receive free Exhibit Hall passes, and all visitors can partake in the two days of seminars with six concurrent sessions in each of the four time slots. Learning opportunities include professional audio, video, and graphics as well as a solid foundation in Mac basics. Further seminars cover skills necessary for the business world, microphone technique, and 3D photographic effects. Featured guests include Jerry Mathers, KNX Radio's Jeff Levy, geek comedian Sinbad, and Tony René Auberjonois from Benson, Deep Space Nine, and Boston Legal. One-day seminar passes are priced at $70, while two-day passes cost $110. The event will be held at the Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave (immediately off the 101 at Vineland) in North Hollywood, CA 91602-3399
CDS Advanced Technology today released LCedit+ 3.4, its advanced LanBox lighting editor for multiple platforms. The update of LCedit+ with firmware 2.06 adds real-time (NTP) and MTC clock, theater enhancements, 16-bit intensity & gobo support, easy IR remote key mapping, and MAX-MSP/Isadora examples. Users can sync to Midi Time Code (or SMPTE) or real-time, and LCedit+ 3.4 adds percent views, "soft" reset, and "soft" back options. LCedit+ features fade and hold time indicators with remaining time, a percent view option for the cuelist editor as well as the monitor window, and support for 16-bit wheel/button panels. Columns in the cast list and fixture setup patch list are now resizable, and the update adds Martin MAC550-ext, the first definition using 16-bit intensity and gobo wheels. LCedit+ 3.4 is included with all LanBox hardware, and requires Mac OS 8.6 or later (including Mac OS X).
In brief: A 15-second ad featuring over 200 iPods that depicts the players falling in a domino effect is playing on the 15 x 30-foot LED displays outside of Madison Square Garden on 33rd Street & 7th Avenue from May 1st through June 30th.... Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that it will launch PlayStation 3 (PS3) in "Clear Black" in North America on November 17th, 2006 as part of a worldwide simultaneous launch.... Following the completion of Disney's takeover of Pixar, Apple CEO Steve Jobs now owns 6.3 percent of Walt Disney.... The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has released Photoshop for Digital Photographers with Scott Kelby -– a 21-day online training course ($70, $40 for NAPP members) on its newly launched training site.... Memorex has released 16X DVD+R LightScribe media ($10 for 10), allowing for laser-etched designs directly on the disc surface.... Nova Media today introduced Nova Media Phone Plug-ins 2.6 (€10) featuring Nokia N91 support for Apple's iSync software.
Pyramid Design today released A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.7, an update to its realistic simulation software of the Mercury spacecraft that improves networked space mission performance. Up to 10 other users can log onto the simulator to act as mission controllers, and the update boasts increased detail in the Mercury spacecraft 3D model. A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.7 adds more capsule detail, including Destabilizing Flap, Retrorocket Covers and Retrograde Package Straps. The Flight Director console has its own flight plan/checklists/note pad, and Flight Dynamics Officer plotters now boast increased accuracy. A-OK! The Wings of Mercury is priced at $50, and requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later.
Fox Entertainment Group (FEG) and Apple today announced that television programming from FOX, FX, SPEED, FUEL TV and 20th Century Fox Television library is now available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store. The new Fox programming features 16 series including "24," "Prison Break" and "The Shield," making it the largest network debut to date on iTunes. The content deal includes current hit programming from the drama, comedy and reality genres as well several classic favorites. iTunes now offers over 90 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod. "As this partnership demonstrates, we're committed to delivering our content to consumers in as many ways as possible," said Peter Levinsohn, president, Fox Digital Media. "Today, with some of the world's premier television content, Fox is bringing unprecedented depth -- in a single launch -- to the iTunes Music Store."
The NBA has announced that it has teamed up with Apple to bring the 2006 Playoffs to the iTunes Music Store, providing basketball fans the ability to download full game recaps of every remaining NBA Playoffs and Finals game broadcast by all NBA networks including ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBATV. Users will be able to download episodes to their computer or iPod within 24 hours after games conclude. In addition to the 15 to 20 minute full game recaps available for each 2006 Playoffs game, users will also be able to purchase complete game replays of every Finals game the day after they air on ABC as well as purchase episodes of the Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside the NBA on TNT. iTunes will offer several options for purchasing and downloading content, including team-based packages that provide recaps of each game a specific team plays along with a season recap video for $9 per team. Each game recap will also be available a la carte--along with individual episodes of Inside the NBA--for $1.99.
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Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF