ACD Systems International Inc. on Thursday released Canvas X, a cross-platform workflow solution for users who need to create, edit, present and distribute technical illustrations and other graphics files. It supports more than 100 file formats and can import over 80 of them, including DXF and DWG files. Annotation, mark-up and redlining tools enable users to collaborate with others, and they can create encrypted PDFs with security options that dictate who can view, edit or print them.
Griffin Technology on Thursday announced that it is now shipping its Dock400 and Dock800 iPod cables, which were first announced during Macworld Conference & Expo San Francisco in January. Both cables are 48 inches long and plug into an iPod dock or directly into the MP3 player itself. The Dock400 is compatible with FireWire 400 ports while the Dock800 works with FireWire 800; the former is US$14.99 and the latter is $19.99. They're both compatible with all 3G and 4G iPods as well as the iPod mini and the iPod photo.
ViewSonic Corp. on Wednesday announced its Xtreme line of LCD monitors, which deliver 4 ms (millisecond) video response time across the entire color scale, with support for 1280 x 1024 native resolution. They're available in 19-inch and 17-inch versions, both of which include the company's Dynamic Structure and Amplified Impulse technologies, which ViewSonic said supports video as fast as 250 frames per second across the color scale. The 19-inch model will ship in May while the 17-inch model will ship in June. ViewSonic did not provide pricing.
So Smart Software on Wednesday released four free plug-ins for use with the programming environments Runtime Revolution and Dreamcard. They include: Backups Picker, which monitors an unlimited number of projects and backs them up when they're modified; Stacks Picker, which opens, closes or starts any stacks organized in sets with one mouse click; Thumbnails Picker, an image processing utility; and ASCII Picker, which visualizes ASCII codes from 33 to 255 in all available fonts. Dreamcard is a feature-limited version of Runtime Revolution that's aimed at students, educators and hobbyists.
Harris & Baseview on Wednesday announced that it's now shipping iQue Server 4.0, a major upgrade to the developer's editorial development system. The software employs a MySQL database running on a JBoss foundation, with a three-tiered structure that enables multiple servers to connect to the same database. As a result, iQue Server 4.0 can scale from a handful of seats to hundreds.
Iomega Corp. on Wednesday added two new series of hard drives to its line-up: a new Iomega Portable Hard Drive in capacities as high as 100GB and the External Hard Drive Silver Series, with as much as 250GB of storage. The diminutive Iomega Portable Hard Drive draws power over a USB 2.0 port and uses a 2.5-inch disk that spins at 4200rpm. It comes with Iomega Automatic Backup and MusicMatch Jukebox software and is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X. 40GB (US$119.95), 60GB ($149.95) and 80GB ($199.95) capacities are available now while the 100GB ($299.95) version will ship during the second quarter.
This week in Chuck Joiner's User Group Update, which is available on the Macintosh User Group (MUG) Center Web site as an MP3 or in a Podcast or streaming QuickTime, he talks to KeynoteUser.com's Brian Peat, Jeff Cadavona of Hawaii Macintosh and Apple Users Society and Evan Ziolkowski of the University of Wisconsin Madison MUG. Part of the focus is on an upcoming regional MUG event in Hawaii.
Informatix Software has released Piranesi 4, the latest version of its 3D painting tool. This upgrade offers more than 100 enhancements, including support for Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) files, which are generated by ArchVision's Image-Based Rendering (IBR) technology. IBR, which is built into Adobe Photoshop, Alias Maya and similar applications, uses simple polygonal geometry to lay a 3D illusion over an image. ArchVision sells libraries of RPC content, and Piranesi 4 includes over 300 such images that can be used as cutouts.
Pangea Software on Monday announced that the source code for its PangeaVR plug-in, which was released last Friday, is now available on its Web site. PangeaVR is a free Web browser plug-in that enables viewing QuickTime VR panoramas at frame rates of 150 to 350 fps (frames per second). It's compatible with Safari, Netscape and Mozilla, but it requires that Web pages include HTML code written specifically for its use. Pangea notes that it doesn't override QuickTime as the default viewer for .mov files. The developer is looking for others who can port PangeaVR to Windows and Linux.
Optibase division Media 100 on Monday introduced version 10.1 of Media 100 HD, which includes a new Media 100 software codec and other enhancements. The developer said that the new codec speeds the process for users employing Adobe After Effects, as well as similar software, to render QuickTime movies and move them into Media 100HD projects for editing.
SanDisk Corp. on Thursday also added a 2GB model to its Titanium line of flash drives, which feature an outer shell made of a titanium alloy created by Liquidmetal Technologies. It will ship in April with a US$249.99 price tag, joining the currently available 512MB ($84.99) and 1GB ($169.99) versions. Like the other Titanium drives, it ships with three Windows-only utilities -- the encryption software CruzerLock 2, the Outlook data synchronization tool CruzerSync and the file backup application Cruzer PocketCache -- as well as a pocket clip, a keychain ring and a lanyard. Mac OS X v10.1.2 or higher is required.
Tokyo-based company TuneWear on Friday announced the addition of designs dubbed Lux and Pearl to its series of Prie iPod cases for use with the standard 4G and photo iPods as well as the mini. The original cases have been renamed Classic and still come in key lime, ruby pink, canvas gray and jet black colors for US$24.95 each. The Lux series is available in black, brown, green and cream for $34.95 apiece while the Pearl cases offer blue, violet and bronze shades for $44.95. All of them come in two sizes, one for the 4G iPods and one that fits the iPod mini.
Marware on Friday announced that it will ship its new SportGrip case for the iPod shuffle on March 14. The new accessory is made of silicone, with the control side open and access to the hold button provided on the back. A hole on the top lets you plug in your earbuds while included ring and carabiner enable you to hook the SportGrip to a belt loop, backpack strap or other spot. It comes in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, plum, pink, white, gray or black and sells for US$8.95.
Redlien Systems on Wednesday debuted Redlien Account Executive 1.3, a free update to the developer's contact management utility that offers more than 45 new and updated features. Changes in this version include an improved contact opportunity system with multiple invoice management and data export into delimited text format, greater flexibility in the custom product management tool, the addition of quotes and commission tracking, new preferences for viewing opportunities, user lists that can be reordered and more. The full software is US$89.99 and requires Mac OS X v10.2, or v10.3 if you want to synchronize your Address Book data.