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New beta of AOL Instant Messenger 4
America Online's new beta version of its popular messaging utility, AOL IM 4.0.989, now supports display of stocks by either the symbol or the full name and also supports a variety of international stock symbols and indices (in addition to the previously available U.S. symbols and indices).
Grammarian v2.1.1 now available from C&G
Casady & Greene's maintenance release to its $50 grammar checker, Grammarian v2.1.1, addresses minor problems recognizing older Grammarian 2 files and now works properly with Adobe's ATM and PageMaker 6.5 and Microsoft's Outlook Express (under Mac OS 8.5).
Software Perspectives to ship Brazil Pro 3.0
Software Perspectives will begin shipping its new digitally remastered Brazil Pro 3.0 environment for its Relax environment simulator in late May. The $5 program provides full stereo, 32 kHz, 16-bit sound playback. The update eliminates the slight hiss present in the older versions.
Blue Box converts Linux apps to Mac OS
Nick Macri e-mailed us about dLoo's imminent release of The Blue Box Developers Kit, which converts open-source, Linux-based applications to run on Windows or Macintosh. It will include source control, C/C++, PERL, Python and Java and will have the native look and feel of Windows, Mac OS, Gnome and KDE. The download will be free in late May.
Apple releases ColorSync 3.0.1
Apple has released the English- North American version of ColorSync 3.0.1 on its software updates page. ColorSync helps applications maintain consistent color between different devices like monitors, printers, scanners and cameras. The update includes new versions of the ColorSync control panel, Extension, Default Calibrator, Profile First Aid and the profiles.
Stating that the crime didn't fit the punishment, Microsoft today presented its own compromise to end the antitrust battle.
Kritter USB 1.01b22 drivers
iREZ has posted 1.01b22 drivers for the Kritter USB camera. The new version fixes several issue, including a recording length limitation when using version 1.0.
TWAIN Toolkit for Mac downloaded 3,000 times
The TWAIN Working Group has had nearly 3,000 developers download the TWAIN Toolkit for the Mac, the new version of the industry standard for image acquisition, since its release in February. The standard enables Macintosh application developers to acquire images from digital cameras and scanners for use in their imaging applications. The new version is fully compatible with previous TWAIN specifications and existing data sources.
Aestive introduces 'server jumping'
Aestiva, makers of the $800 HTML/OS, has introduced a new scaling technology, called "server jumping," which enables dynamic sites to span multiple computers to support users in the same way "static" sites do. Web applications can operate across multiple servers with no programming required, eliminating the need for CORBA, DCOM and other distributed-computing technologies. The technology can be deployed on Macintosh, Windows or UNIX.
Belkin introduces 3 USB products
Belkin Components has introduced and is currently shipping three new USB products designed for the portable-computing market: the USB PS/2 Adapter, featuring two PS/2 ports; the DockStation, with four USB ports, two PS/2 ports for keyboards and one serial port for modems and digital cameras; and the USB Pocket Hub, with four USB ports and built-in cable-management system. The PS/2 Adapter is $50, the DockStation is $160 and the Pocket Hub is $70.
Extension provides support for ISO 9660
Joliet Volume Access 1.0 is a freeware replacement for Apple's ISO 9660 File Access extension, offering support for Internet Config's file mappings as well browsing and Sherlock searching improvements on disks that use the ISO 9660 Level 3 or Joliet formats. (The download also contains a contextual menu and control strip utility for enabling and switching among UDF/ISO/Joilet formats.)
New beta of MacMAME posted
MacMAME 0.37b2, a beta of the arcade game emulator, has been released recently.
Beta of Mac OS X could be a WDC
ZDNet News is reporting that a full beta version of Mac OS X may be available for attendees at the Worldwide Developers' Conference next week. "Sources say Apple's next prerelease will offer more-traditional Mac OS tweaks, printer support and enhanced multiprocessor performance." In related news, the conference's Developer Central, the developer showcase co-sponsored by Apple Developer Connection and MacTech Magazine, is sold out.
Newsweek's Levy returns to Apple's fold
Josh Rafofsky noticed that Steve Levy, a long-time Apple fan and writer for Newsweek, writes in the May 15 edition about his recent crisis of confidence in Apple. Levy, in the end, is born again into the Think Different faithful. (Rafofsky also notes that there is a Mac/PC hybrid version of Lego MindStorms available; "it's just hard to find and $75 more." )
Quadmation's Q-Fire Baby drives on sale
Quadmation has announced an inventory special sale on Q-Fire Pocket Baby external FireWire hard disk drives with 10 GB capacity and in graphite/ice color. The drives are on sale for $400 instead of the regular $500.
Infogrames signs deal for Unreal Tournament
Computer games publisher Infogrames has signed an exclusive publishing and distribution deal for several games in Epic Games' Unreal franchise. Infogrames will have all worldwide PC, Macintosh and video game console rights to Unreal Tournament, Unreal 2 (in development) and an option to publish Unreal 3.
Discussions in today's forums area include questions about OnGuard 3.3.1, project-management software, video editing on an iMac, an electronic design part, a "public" AirPort network and turning off AutoComplete in Netscape; and problems with Outlook Express 5 crashing, page layout with Internet Explorer 5, installation of Internet Explorer 5, an ISP (not connectivity), alignment on an Epson 900 and a Pismo keyboard that doesn't work after sleep.
FileMaker security fix
FileMaker has posted Web Companion Update 5.0v4, a fix for the security issues that were discovered early last week.
Napster bans users
Following its pledge to ban any user who is identified as infringing upon copyrights, Napster late last night banned 317,377 of its roughly 9 million users from accessing the service. One should note, however, that none of the users on the list, which was compiled by Metallica, are Mac users. No Mac-compatible version of the Napster client supports sharing a user's files; they only support downloading files from other users.
MacDeals! bargains today include an exclusive deal on a G4/450 & 17" Studio Display bundle, an internal SCSI Jaz 2 GB drive for $119, a free $100 gift certificate at Amazon.com for qualified students, a 5% discount at Egghead.com, and more.
UMAX ships PowerLook 1100, 2100XL
UMAX recently began shipping the PowerLook 1100 and PowerLook 2100XL professional-caliber scanners. The PowerLook 1100 offers native FireWire connectivity for improved performance, 3.4Dmax with a 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution; while the PowerLook 2100XL can accommodate documents up to 12"x17" and features 3.4Dmax with an optical resolution of up to 800x1600 dpi. Three different software bundles are available for each scanner that dictate the product's pricing, starting at $999.
Alco Blom and Rene Laterveer have released the final versions of WebConfidential 2.0 for Mac and Web Confidential 1.0 for Palm. The $20 applications are designed to manage and securely encrypt login/passwords, credits cards, and serial numbers and offer the exclusive ability to be synced together using a Macintosh Conduit and Palm's HotSync software.
Mac OS Manager 1.6.3
Mac OS Manager 1.6.3 is a bug-fix relesae of the $5 utility that allows users to enable and disable Contextual Menu Items, Control Strip Modules, and Fonts in a similar fashion to the Extensions Manager.
MacDesktops has eight new pictures this week including movies, flowers, a BMW and Boba Fett.
GraphicConverter 3.8.2 adds the ability to swap colors via AppleScript, an option for disabling the new zoom effects, and fixes a few bugs in the shareware graphics manipulation utility.
Apple is a "stock for mom"
Bill Barker of financial site Fool.com has written an article that recommends Apple as a "stock for Mom." He cites strong Q2 results, continued demand across all products lines, an excellent balance sheet, and a low price/earnings ratio as the stock's highlights.
OWC opens BTO for older Power Macs
Other World Computing has launched an online Build To Order system for legacy Power Macs. Users choose from a Power Mac 6100, Power Mac 7100, PowerCenter, or UMAX S900 and can then configure processor, RAM, drives, PCI cards (where applicable), video options, and OS.
LuraTech offers Java SDK, applet
LuraTech now offers a Java-SDK and a sample Java applet created from the SDK to allow viewing of LuraWave images using Java. The LuraWave Java-SDK makes it possible to display LuraWave images without having to download or install any additional software and plug-ins.
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