TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Feb 93 Newsbits
Volume Number:9
Issue Number:2
Column Tag:Newsbits

Newsbits

By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

Neuron Data’s Open Interface Supports Windows NT

Neuron Data, Inc. has announced Open Interface’s support of the Microsoft Windows NT™ operating system. Neuron Data Open Interface is a GUI development tool that provides application portability across all standard windowing environments, including: Windows, Windows NT, Motif, Presentation Manager, Open Look, and Macintosh. Available on over 20 platforms.

For more information, contact Neuron Data, Inc., 156 University Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94301, Voice: 415/321-4488, Fax: 415/321-9648.

Storm Technology Ships Image Handling Tools

Storm Technology® announces the release of its new version of PicturePress® software. PicturePress 2.5 is a suite of essential image handling tools for the Macintosh® computer designed to accelerate and simplify the use of color images.

PicturePress 2.5 offers image file compression, conversion to various color modes, bit depths and file formats, and basic image management features including caption text and thumbnails. The PicturePress product line supports the full baseline JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert’s Group) image compression standard.

PicturePress is Apple Events-savvy and functions can be scripted under System 7. Frontier Runtime™ from UserLand Software and scripts are included with PicturePress, enabling color imaging professionals to automate their image handling operations. Users can simply drag and drop files to be converted into a designated folder and PicturePress will automatically process the images in the background, then deliver them to another folder for use by anyone on the network. Users can automate many image related operations by purchasing UserLand Frontier™ development software for writing custom scripts that integrate PicturePress and other Apple events-aware applications.

PicturePress 2.5 incorporates Storm Technology’s new software compression engine. PicturePress 2.5 facilitates file compatibility across Macintosh and MS-DOS platforms by supporting JPEG, TIFF, and EPS file formats. PicturePress reads and writes the popular Macintosh PICT format and creates EPS and EPS-JPEG files for output.

PicturePress is the first application to generate 24-bit PICT-JPEG previews for EPS and EPS-JPEG files by using QuickTime™. Users of page layout programs will see higher quality previews by using PICT-JPEG, and will save disk space because a compressed 24-bit preview requires significantly less storage space than an 8-bit PICT preview.

PicturePress includes a plug-in module for Adobe Photoshop that provides JPEG image compression and decompression for gray-scale, RGB, and CMYK images. With the plug-in, users can save Photoshop paths, a clipping path, caption text, and a thumbnail - a small representation of the image that serves as a visual identifier - with their image. PicturePress software can be accelerated by SuperMac Technology’s ThunderStorm™ Accelerator and DayStar Digital’s Charger™. These accelerator cards deliver 60 MIPS (million instructions per second) of power.

PicturePress software has a suggested list price of $199. Registered PicturePress customers will be able to upgrade their software directly from Storm Technology for only $59.

Also included with PicturePress are PictureDecomPress, QuickPress, and Apple QuickTime 1.5. PictureDecomPress is a decompression-only application that enables users to decompress and view JPEG images, and save them as PICT or TIFF files. PictureDecomPress may be distributed by users with their PicturePress compressed images. QuickPress is Storm Technology’s QuickTime JPEG compressor component that routes all QuickTime JPEG calls through a PhotoFlash, Charger, or ThunderStorm accelerator, resulting in faster performance and higher quality than Apple’s Photo-JPEG compressor. QuickPress has a suggested list price of $69.

For more information, contact Storm Technology, 1861 Landings Drive, Mountain View, California 94043, Voice: 415/691-6600, Fax: 415/691-9825, AppleLink: STORMTECH.

Working Software’s Writeswell Jr. and Last Resort Programmer’s Edition

Working Software, Inc. has released a free Apple Events word processor for the Macintosh. Writeswell Jr. is a small text-editing word-processor intended as a useful utility and to demonstrate Apple Events and the Word Services Suite. The Word Services Suite was developed by Working Software and is endorsed by Apple as the public standard protocol for interaction between programs that handle text processing, such as spelling checkers and grammar checkers. Writeswell Jr. supports all related Apple Events to open, save and print documents, and control the font and style of text on the screen.

Working Software also provides the Writeswell Jr. source code on the program disk. This source code demonstrates the use of Apple Events and the Word Services Suite, and facilitates developer implementation of the Word Services Suite in applications.

Working Software also ships Last Resort which records every keystroke to a file on your hard disk. If something goes wrong (because of a power failure, system crash, forgetting to save or deleting lines) and you lose a word, phrase, or document you can look in the Last Resort keystroke file and recover what you typed. The Programmer’s Edition records mouse events and control keys (as well as every keystroke) to a file on your hard disk. This is especially useful for program testers, and for technical support and help desks.

For more information, contact Working Software Inc., PO Box 1844, Santa Cruz, California 95061-1844, Voice: 408-423-5699.

ACI Ships 4th Dimension 3.0

After months of anticipation, ACI has shipped both 4th Dimension 3.0. 4D 3.0 has been designed to increase user productivity and efficiency when performing the same variety of reliable data management tasks as previous versions. And with the addition of over 140 new features to Version 3.0, 4D's appeal to a broad spectrum of users has been further strengthened. Any 4D 2.0 database can be opened and used with 4D 3.0; the conversion is done automatically.

4D Dimension 3.0 is the first desktop relational database with its own built-in multi-tasking system that allows even casual users to perform multiple tasks simulatneously. For example, with 4D 3.0, users can import data, print reports and design custom forms at the same time, all without programming.

4D 3.0 also cuts development time by letting users edit database objects while the objects are in use. Database designers can test both stylistic and functional changes without having to close one window and open another.

4D 3.0 provides the easiest and most complete implementation of multiple windws for database applications. Thanks to 4D 3.0’s multi-tasking system, each window is active, independent and controlled by a separate, independent process. One process can even “talk” to another. Using inter-process communication, actions in one window can update data in another automatically.

For more information, contact ACI US, Inc., 10351 Bubb Road, Cupertino, California 95014, Voice: 408/252-444, Fax: 408/252-0831, AppleLink: D4444.

New Version of BBEdit

BBEdit 2.2 is now available from an archive site, information service, or BBS near you! BBEdit 2.2 includes the following new functionality:

Support for the MPW ToolServer scripting back-end. Support for the MPW “411” Toolbox programming reference. Import and Export of popular word-processor formats via the Claris XTND system. Built-in “Compare” for determining differences between files. Improved text-manipulation capabilities. Support for programmer-defined external code resources. Improved User Interface. Improved support for MPW Projector. Automatic translation of DOS and Unix-format text files. Various bug fixes and performance improvements.

BBEdit is available immediately from most popular Internet archive sites, as well as CompuServe, America Online, and various other information services and BBSs.

Full documentation is now included with the distribution package in machine-readable form. Printed copies can be ordered.

To obtain BBEdit 2.2, download it from your favorite site, or send an 800K floppy and self-addressed stamped disk mailer to the address given above. Alternatively, simply send five dollars, and the disk and mailer will be provided for you.

For more information, contact Rich Siegel, 1 Larkspur Way, #4, Natick, Massachusetts 01760, Internet: siegel@world.std.com, Voice: 415/321-4488, Fax: 415/321-9648.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Sound Studio 4.8.6 - Robust audio record...
Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live... Read more
Capo 3.5.1 - Slow down and learn to play...
Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram... Read more
Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 - View and contr...
Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more. Google Earth combines... Read more
QuickBooks 16.1.11.1556 R12 - Financial...
QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save. Built for... Read more
Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 - View and contr...
Google Earth gives you a wealth of imagery and geographic information. Explore destinations like Maui and Paris, or browse content from Wikipedia, National Geographic, and more. Google Earth combines... Read more
QuickBooks 16.1.11.1556 R12 - Financial...
QuickBooks helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save. Built for... Read more
FileZilla 3.24.0 - Fast and reliable FTP...
FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Version 3.24.0: New The context menu for remote file search... Read more
Bookends 12.7.8 - Reference management a...
Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use.... Read more
Duplicate Annihilator 5.8.3 - Find and d...
Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes. Duplicate Annihilator detects... Read more
BusyContacts 1.1.6 - Fast, efficient con...
BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing... Read more

Super Mario Run dashes onto Android in M...
Super Mario Run was one of the biggest mobile launches in 2016 before it was met with a lukewarm response by many. While the game itself plays a treat, it's pretty hard to swallow the steep price for the full game. With that said, Android users... | Read more »
WarFriends Beginner's Guide: How to...
Chillingo's new game, WarFriends, is finally available world wide, and so far it's a refreshing change from common mobile game trends. The game's a mix of tower defense, third person shooter, and collectible card game. There's a lot to unpack here... | Read more »
Super Gridland (Entertainment)
Super Gridland 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Entertainment Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Match. Build. Survive. "exquisitely tuned" - Rock Paper Shotgun No in-app purches, and no ads! | Read more »
Red's Kingdom (Games)
Red's Kingdom 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Mad King Mac has kidnapped your father and stolen your golden nut! Solve puzzles and battle goons as you explore and battle your... | Read more »
Turbo League Guide: How to tame the cont...
| Read more »
Fire Emblem: Heroes coming to Google Pla...
Nintendo gave us our first look at Fire Emblem: Heroes, the upcoming mobile Fire Emblem game the company hinted at last year. Revealed at the Fire Emblem Direct event held today, the game will condense the series' tactical RPG combat into bite-... | Read more »
ReSlice (Music)
ReSlice 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Audio Slice Machine Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or... | Read more »
Stickman Surfer rides in with the tide t...
Stickson is back and this time he's taken up yet another extreme sport - surfing. Stickman Surfer is out this Thursday on both iOS and Android, so if you've been following the other Stickman adventures, you might be interested in picking this one... | Read more »
Z-Exemplar (Games)
Z-Exemplar 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
5 dastardly difficult roguelikes like th...
Edmund McMillen's popular roguelike creation The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has finally crawled onto mobile devices. It's a grotesque dual-stick shooter that tosses you into an endless, procedurally generated basement as you, the pitiable Isaac,... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

12-inch 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on s...
Amazon has the 2016 12″ 1.2GHz/512GB Space Gray Retina MacBook (Apple model #MLH82LL/A) on sale for $1299.99 including free shipping. Their price is $300 off MSRP. Read more
Twelve South Releases RelaxedLeather Cases fo...
Inspired by the laid-back luxury of burnished leather boots and crafted in rich tones of taupe, herb and marsala, RelaxedLeather cases deliver smart, easy protection for the iPhone 7. Each genuine... Read more
Week’s Best Deal: New 2016 13-inch 2.0GHz Mac...
Amazon has the new 2016 13″ 2.0GHz non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for a limited time for $225 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro, Space Gray (MLL42LL/A): $1274.99 $225 off... Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished Mac minis fr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Apple Ranked ‘Most Intimate Brand’
The top ranked ‘”intimate” brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, the largest... Read more
B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for Mac OS
Fehraltorf, Switzerland based independant Swiss company- B-Eng has announced the release and immediate availability of SSD Health Check 1.0, the company’s new hard drive utility for Mac OS X. As the... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
4-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro on sale for $2290, save...
Guitar Center has the 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro (MD253LL/A) on sale for $2289.97 including free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Their price is a $710 savings over standard MSRP for... Read more
128GB Apple iPad Air 2, refurbished, availabl...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 128GB iPad Air 2s WiFis available for $419 including free shipping. That’s an $80 savings over standard MSRP for this model. A standard Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* macOS Systems Integration Administra...
…most exceptional support available in the industry. SCI is seeking an Junior Apple macOS systems integration administrator that will be responsible for providing Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Deer Pa...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Technician - nfrastructure (United S...
Let’s Work Together Apple Technician This position is based in Portland, ME Life at nfrastructure At nfrastructure, we understand that our success results from our Read more
*Apple* Mobile Master - Best Buy (United Sta...
**467692BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobile Master **Location Number:** 000602-Columbia MO-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Buy Apple Mobile Master Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.