Z4 Comes to Ricoh 6000 Series
Corp. and Electronics for Imaging Inc. say they've brought together the Fiery
Z4 server and the Aficio Color 6000 series of copiers and printers, offering optimization
specific to the Aficio line. The Z4 is supposed to be four times faster than any
other solution previously offered in the category.
Recalls Battery Packs, Offers Replacement
is quoted from a Sony release today detailing the recall of some battery packs
that shipped as accessories for certain Sony products, including Sony Handycam
camcorders, Digital Mavica and professional still cameras, Glasstron audio/video
eyewear, portable DVD players, still image printers, Video Walkman personal video
players, Video Light camcorder accessories and MD Discam camcorders.
To Release Fix for OS 9 Stall
Inc. will release a maintainence version of its popular XPress desktop publishing
software that will address the slowdown users have experienced under OS 9. The
release will be available withing the "next several weeks," according
to a post in the MacFixIt forum on troubleshooting OS 9. The post was made by
a Quark technical support supervisor Feb. 23. At press time, Quark had not confirmed
the story or given a more specific release date.
Market Share Rises to 10.9 Percent in January
retail and mail order market share rose to 10.9 percent in January with a 17 percent
growth in unit sales, according to PC Data’s January Retail/Mail Order Hardware
Report released today.
Starts Distriuting Affinity DV Editing System in Australia
Australia Video Systems has begun distributing Affinity, an uncompresed digital
video editing, effects, compositing and finishing product for the Macintosh, in
Australia. The system, made by Accom Inc., offers five simultaneous real-time
streams of uncompressed or compressed videobackground, embedded background
key, overlay, embedded overlay key and title.
Makers Show Off DVD+RW at CeBIT
FEB. 25Manufacturers at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany today pledged
support for the 4.7 GB DVD+RW format in future RW products and demonstrated the
technology in applications like real-time video recording.
Launches New RAM for New PowerBooks
FEB. 25NewerRAM says
it's released RAM upgrades for the new line of PowerBooks unveiled two weeks back
at Macworld Tokyo. For the PowerBook, NewerRAM upgrades of 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB
and 256 MB are available.
Launches 54" Scanners
FEB. 25Widecom Group Inc. today introduced it new 54" color and monochrome
scanners. Priced at $19,950 for the color model, the new scanner is designed to
compete with 36" systems in the same price range.
To Launch 3.34 Megapixel Camera with Voice Capture
FEB. 24Ricoh Corp. West Caldwell, N.J., says it will launch a 3.34 megapixel
camera this summer that offers voice recording, Motion JPEG recording and uncompressed
TIFF capture for still
images. The RDC-7 can even attach sound files to still images for annotations
for work out in the field. Sound files can also be stored separately as WAV files
using 8 MB of onboard memory or SmartMedia expansions.
Bundles Print Office with Agfa Scanners, Cameras
FEB. 24Corel Corp. says it will start bundling its Print Office 2000 software
with Agfa digital cameras and scanners. The software supports Mac and PC multi-lingual
versions and will be bundled with Agfa's new SnapScan e40 and SnapScan e50 scanners
and CL18 digital cameras. The languages currently available are English, French,
Italian, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Dutch.
Cranks Up Cheetah Line to 15,000 RPM
FEB. 23Seagate Technology Inc., Scotts Valley, Calif., says it's created
a hard disk drive that runs at 15,000 RPM and achieves a record 3.9 millisecond
seek time. The company says it expects OEMs to start supplying samples of the
drives, one of which at least will retail for less than $1,000, early in the second
Cranks Max PowerBook Memory to 1 Gig
FEB. 23Kingston Technology Co. Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif., says it's
released a 512 MB, 144-pin SDRAM SODIMM for use in the new Apple PowerBooks launched
at Macworld Tokyo last week. The module increases the maximum upgradable RAM in
the machines to 1024 MB, and it marks the first time a 512 MB module has been
available for the PowerBook. (In fact, it marks the first time any notebook has
reached a 1 GB capacity.)
AS-1 Digital Synthesizer gets UI, Functionality Improvements in 2.0
FEB. 22Capitola, Calif.-based BitHeadz has unveiled version 2.0 of its Retro
AS-1 software-based digital synthesizer. Users who purchased version 1.0 after
Jan. 1 will be eligible for a free upgrade to the new version when it becomes
available later this month. The Macintosh release, which features an enhanced
user interface and additional audio processing functions, is scheduled for Feb
Offers ColorSync XT Free for Macs
FEB. 22Helios Software GmbH has posted the Macintosh PowerPC version of
its ColorSync 2 XT software on its Web site for free download. ColorSync 2 XT
is a widely used extension for QuarkXPress 4.x that offers color management beyond
XPress' built-in ColorSync support.
Lowers Prices on G3, G4 Upgrades
FEB. 22Newer Technology, Wichita, Ks., is lowering prices on its G3 and
G4 upgrade cards by as much as $100. The MAXpowr G3 500 MHz and the G3 500 MHz
ZIF with 1 MB backside cache running at 250 MHz now sell for $699. The MAXpowr
G4 350 MHz with 1 MB backside cache running at 175 MHz is now priced at $599,
down from its previous $699. Newer has dropped its G3 300 MHz accelerator, as
well as its G3 L2 upgrade and its PowerBook G3 BookEndz product. The new entry-level
G3 upgrade from Newer will be the G3 400 MHz with 1 MB backside cache running
at 200 MHz.
Releases Mac Version of Cataloging Tool
FEB. 22Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., says it' ported its image
management software to the Macintosh platform. The product, Epson Software Film
Factory, offers image manipulation (sharpness, contrast, size) and catalog capabilities,
as well as features like batch processing and printing. The
Windows version launched last summer.
Juju: Big Voodoo Cards Coming to the Mac
FEB. 21According to a post on 3dfx Interactive's gaming site, 3dfxgamers.com,
the company seems committed to releasing a quad-chip Voodoo 5 AGP card for the
Macintosh sporting 128 MB video memory by the second quarter. The cards will support
OpenGL, Glide and possibly Rave technology and will retail for $599, the company
says. Other new Voodoo cards will also start shipping at the same time, including
a dual-chip Voodoo 5 model for $299 with 64 MB video RAM and a single-chip Voodoo
4 model with 32 MB video RAM for $179. The single-chip card will come in PCI and
AGP varieties, while the Voodoo 5 line will support only AGP hardware.
FEB. 18XLR8, maker of the Mach Speed, Mach Carrier and CarrierZIF ("zero
insertion force") upgrade boards, showed a concept card yesterday at the
Macworld Tokyo show that portends multi-processor G4 upgrades for purchasers of
the CarrierZIF 1.0 card.
FX To Release Graffiti 1.0
FEB. 18Boris FX, based in Boston, says it will release Graffiti 1.0 at the
NAB show in Las Vegas in April. Graffiti is a resolution-independent, vector-based
title animation plug-in application for creating basic rolls, animated kerning
with blurs, character-based animation and three-D extrusion within non-linear
editing systems. The software, which runs on Macintosh and Windows platforms,
also comes with a number of text effects, including particles, lighting and Z
Space for intersecting text tracks in three dimensions.
Cut Pro Requires Sound Manager 3.6.3
FEB. 17According to Apple, users of the new FireWire PowerBooks will require
Sound Manager 3.6.3 to run Final Cut Pro on their machines. The models, introduced
Tuesday in Tokyo, are shipping with version 3.6.2. Apple's advice is to open the
Software Updates control panel and click "Update Now." However, as noted
on the MacFixIt Web site,
some users' Software Update does not recognize that a Sound Manager update is
available. As of press time, Sound Manager 3.6.3 was not available on Apple's
Software Updates site. A posting of the update is expected soon.
Makers Get Cracking on New ATA Specification
FEB. 17Hardware makers APT Technologies Inc., Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp.,
Intel Corp., Maxtor Corp., Quantum Corp. and Seagate Technology yesterday announced
they are working together to develop a new storage interface specification called
Announces 50" Plasma Monitor, New Projectors
FEB. 17NEC Technologies Inc. has released a new 50" plasma monitor designed
for public display applications--or people who just like really big monitors.
The $14,995 PlasmaSync 50PD1 has built-in support for monitor doubling, allowing
for a split-screen view, and comes equipped with NEC's AccuShield Phosphor Protection
Deal: Mac Catalogers Offer Rebates on New Systems
FEB. 17Macintosh catalogers
MacWarehouse and Club Mac have already announced special offers for purchasers
of new systems announced at the Macworld expo in Tokyo. MacWarehouse
has started offering a $100 mail-in rebate on new Power Macintosh G4 systems,
as well as new PowerBooks and the iBook Special Edition, with 64 MB RAM upgrades.
Announces 11 Mbps Wireless Solution for Older PowerBooks
FEB. 16Farallon Communications Inc., San Leandro, Calif., says it will ship
a new wireless networking product for older Apple PowerBooks and PC notebooks
in April. The product, called SkyLINE, offers performance comparable to Apple's
AirPort wireless networking solution, delivering network speeds up to 11 Mbps.
The SkyLINE is compatible with Apple's AirPort (as is the earlier 2 Mbps version),
allowing users of older notebooks to access AirPort wireless networks. The company
says the PC card also supports other IEEE 802.11 DSSS compatible access points
from vendors like Nokia, Lucent and Maxtech. Farallon says users of the older
2 Mbps cards will be eligible for special upgrade offers.
Ups Performance of Power Mac G4 Line
FEB. 16It's October 1999 all over again! Apple Computer yesterday announced
the immediate availability of speedier G4 computers, binging them up to 400 MHz,
450 MHz and 500MHz, replacing the older 350 MHz, 400 MHz and 450 MHz models, and
matching the originally announced clock speeds of the first G4 machines.
Unveils New PowerBook at Macworld Tokyo
FEB 16Apple Computer Inc. yesterday unveiled two new PowerBooks running
G3 processors at 400 MHz and 500 MHz and adding support for AGP graphics with
the ATI Rage Mobility chipset. Priced at $3,499, the 500 MHz model offers 128MB
SDRAM, 1MB L2 backside cache, 12 GB hard drive and a 6x-speed (max) DVD-ROM drive.
At $2,499, the 400 MHz model offers 64MB SDRAM, 1MB L2 backside cache, 6 GB hard
drive and a 6x-speed (max) DVD-ROM drive.
Get New Look, Speed Bump
iBooks received some cosmetic and substantive upgrades yesterday at the Macworld
expo in Tokyo, including the launch of the iBook Special Edition, the portable
counterpart to the iMac DV Special Edition, which comes wrapped in a clear and
graphite case. The Special
Edition iBook offers a G3 processor running at 366 MHz, 64 MB of memory and a
6 GB hard drive. The tangerine and blueberry iBooks keep their 300 MHz clock speed
but received several component upgrades, including AGP 2x graphics support with
the ATI Rage 128 Mobility chipset with 4 MB of video memory.
Unveils Slew of FireWire Storage Options
FEB 16VST Technologies
Inc., Acton, Mass., unveiled new storage options yesterday at the Macworld expo
in Tokyo, including a 250 MB Zip drive for the new PowerBook announced by Apple
Computer Inc. (and prematurely announced by VST) and a FireWire Zip250, which
includes two IEEE 1394 ports. The unit is powered through the FireWire port, so
no external power supply is required. Both
devices will read and write 100 MB and 250 MB Iomega Zip disks. The VST FireWire
Zip250 lists for $349.95. Pricing was not available at press time for the model
designed for the new PowerBook. The
company also announced a new 100 GB FireWire-based portable RAID, which it says
it will demonstrate today at the Macworld expo.
Takes on Connectix ... Again
FEB 16Having lost
its copyright infringement suit against Connectix Corp. last week, Sony Computer
Entertainment America Inc. has filed a new petition to block Connectix from marketing
its PlayStation emulator for the Macintosh. According
to a report from Bloomberg, the suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order
to bar Connectix from infringing its patents.
Adds Efficiency, Graphics Options to HTML Editor
Systems, Oxford, England, today unveiled version 3.0 of its Macintosh Web design
package. The company demonstrated the pre-release of a localized Japanese version
(Freeway 3-J) at the Macworld expo in Tokyo. The company says the final consumer
release will be available March 21 electronically. A CD-ROM version with a printed
manual is anticipated for an early April release. A
full version will list for U.S. $299, while an upgrade will cost $49 (electronic
delivery) or $79 (CD-ROM plus manual).
Client Maker for FileMaker Pro from New Millennium Communications
(FEBRUARY 15, 2000) -- New Millennium Communications, Inc. announces the availability
of SecureFM 5, which allows a system administrator to entirely disable users'
ability to create new FileMaker Pro databases and let users only have access to
assigned databases on a specified server.
Teams with Red Hat for Linux on Macintosh
2000) -- Connectix Corporation, makers of the Virtual PC family of products, announced
the signing of a new OEM agreement with Red Hat Inc., the provider of open source
Linux operating system solutions.
Quadmation Unveils PlayerPro
5.5 for Mac
(FEBRUARY 14, 2000)
-- Quadmation Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., released version 5.5 of its freeware
PlayerPRO digital audio editing suite for the Macintosh Feb. 12. The new version,
which is freely distributable and requires no registration, offers compatibility
with any Macintosh from a 68020 to a PowerMacintosh G4, including all sound chips,
with no special harware. The software offers four editing styles (notation, digital,
box and wave preview) and offers support for MIDI keyboards.
Director 8 Shockwave Studio
14, 2000) -- Macromedia
the Macromedia Director 8 Shockwave Studio, the solution for creating magnetic
Internet destinations and powerful multimedia. For new users, the studio simplifies
the creation of compact, low-bandwidth Shockwave content, while it streamlines
production and publishing for existing developers. Shockwave content, authored
in Director, continues to raise the bar on the Web's most compelling, interactive
destinations. The Director 8 Shockwave Studio is scheduled to ship in March.
last updated: Tuesday,
February 06, 2001 13:06:32
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