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.

 
AAPL
$526.81
Apple Inc.
-4.89
MSFT
$39.57
Microsoft Corpora
-0.42
GOOG
$528.95
Google Inc.
-5.86

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

TeamViewer 9.0.28116 - Establish remote...
TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for... Read more
Viber 4.1.0 - Send messages and make cal...
Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device,... Read more
Apple iOS 7.1.1 - The latest version of...
The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes. Apple iOS 7 brings an all-new design and all-new features. Simplicity Simplicity is often equated with minimalism. Yet true simplicity is... Read more
1Password 4.3 - Powerful password manage...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
Lens Blur 1.3.0 - True out-of-focus boke...
Let Lens Blur transform your existing photo into true SLR-quality out-of-focus bokeh effect! Everyone needs a gorgeous personalized background for a social profile, blog, Web/UI design, presentation... Read more
VMware Fusion 6.0.3 - Run Windows apps a...
VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac... Read more
Tweetbot 1.5.1 - Popular iOS twitter cli...
Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views... Read more
Mac DVDRipper Pro 4.1.7 - Copy, backup,...
Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few... Read more
PDFpenPro 6.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit for...
PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Create... Read more
PDFpen 6.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with...
PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Features... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

148Apps Live on Twitch: Soccer Rally 2 w...
Soccer Rally 2 from IceFlame Games officially releases on Thursday, bringing perhaps the most realistic car soccer action to the App Store since the original released. David Deacon of IceFlame Games will join us on our Twitch channel to talk about... | Read more »
NightCap Pro Review
NightCap Pro Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: NIGHT TIME SNAPPINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Taking photos in low light conditions has always been tricky, but NightCap Pro has just made... | Read more »
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’r...
Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again – We’re All Doomed Even More than Usual Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Intake from Cipher Prime Coming to iPad...
Cipher Prime’s Inake is coming to iPad on May 1, as exclusively revealed yesterday on our Twitch channel. | Read more »
Gusto Email App Review
Gusto Email App Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: POWERFUL SEARCHINGiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Focusing on making it easy to browse files and photos attached to your... | Read more »
New Update Adds Two More Cars to Fishlab...
New Update Adds Two More Cars to Fishlabs’ Sports Car Challenge 2 Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
What’s Up with Readdle? – The Verge Exam...
What’s Up with Readdle? | Read more »
Knight Saves Queen Review
Knight Saves Queen Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: PUZZLING MASH UPUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Mixing up puzzle elements with Chess-based sensibilities is a fun move for this simplistic... | Read more »
Scrap Squad Review
Scrap Squad Review By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SIMPLE TRASH COLLECTIONUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It turns out that dividing up trash can be quite fun in a chaotic kind of way.   | Read more »
Micronytes Director’s Cut Review
Micronytes Director’s Cut Review By Cata Modorcea on April 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: DECENTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Micronytes isn’t for everyone, but for people who’ve seen the screenshots and haven’t lost... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

iPad Sales “Lull” A Reality Correction Of Unm...
I have lots of time for Jean-Louis Gassée, the former Apple Computer executive (1981 to 1990) who succeeded Steve Jobs as head of Macintosh development when the latter was dismissed in 1985. Mr.... Read more
Apple Makes OS X Betas Available To All – Wit...
Apple’s OS X Beta Seed Program, which lets you install the latest pre-release builds, try it out, and submit your feedback, is now open to anyone who wants to sign on rather than to developers and... Read more
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Update
The latest iOS 7.1.1 update contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including: • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard... Read more
Logitech Announces Thinner, Lighter, More Fle...
Logitech has announced an update to its Ultrathin for iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display, improving the flexibility and design of its award-winning predecessor with an even thinner... Read more
Logitech Introduces Hinge, Big Bang and Turna...
Logitech has announced expansion of its tablet product line with three new cases – the Logitech Hinge, the Logitech Big Bang and the Logitech Turnaround – each for the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad... Read more
WaterField’s Rough Rider Leather Messenger Ba...
WaterField Designs have announced the new 15-inch size of their popular Rough Rider leather messenger bag, a vintage-looking bag that combines Old West charm and ruggedness with distinctly modern... Read more
New Mac Pro on sale, save $100 on the 4-Core...
J&R has the new 4-Core Mac Pro in stock today and on sale for $2899 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this... Read more
Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2013 iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. - 27″ 3.4GHz iMac – $1699... Read more
Updated iPad Price Trackers
We’ve updated our iPad Price Tracker and our iPad mini Price Tracker with the latest information on prices and availability from Apple and other resellers. Using a mobile device? We’ve also updated... Read more
Everything You Wanted To Know And Probably Mo...
Macworld UK’s Lou Hattersley takes a look inside Apple’s A7 System On Chip (SoC) , noting that its processor module is much more powerful than other smartphone chipsets. He notes that the A7 was a... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…customers purchase our products, you're the one who helps them get more out of their new Apple technology. Your day in the Apple Store is filled with a range of Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*Apple* Inc. Research Data Specialist - Appl...
…of Worldwide Market Research & Intelligence. The team is responsible for conducting Apple branded consumer market research. It is also responsible for analyzing data Read more
*Apple* Automotive Parts Department position...
Apple Automotive is one of the fastest growing dealer…and it shows. Consider making the switch to the Apple Automotive Group today! At Apple Automotive, we Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.