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HotSync 2.6.1 update fixes Mac OS 9.04 issues
Palm's HotSync 2.6.1 update restores HotSync operations under Mac OS 9.02 and 9.04, including time out errors when synchronizing with conduits for certain applications, including Meeting Maker and Outlook Express and other conduits with "long" synchronization times such as AvantGo.
Motley Fool Analyst on "computer rebel Apple
Fool.com has a Q&A on Apple, answering questons on Apple's "meaningful intermediate-term upside" and its dependence on introducing "great new products."
MidiSport 4x4 offers new MIDI possibilities
Midiman's $200 MidiSport 4x4 is a new self-powered USB MIDI interface with MIDI-activity indicators for each port. The multi-platform device includes a 6' USB cable, OMS drivers for Mac OS 8.6 (and higher) and a lifetime warranty.
New version of English-German Dictionary
Agill English-German Dictionary 2.1 is an update to the translation dictionary that supports Apple's Text-to-Speech and the ability to create additional plug-in dictionaries.
MetroShop adds ASP enhancements
Ecommercesoft will introduce MetroShop ASP during WWDC in San Jose, Calif., next week. MetroShop ASP enables ASPs to broaden the scope of their business services by providing their customers with the ability to create instant e-commerce Web sites. It is the latest in a series of scalable e-business products, called the MetroShop suite. The suite is made up of business-management software containing embedded business-logic, flow-processes, legacy integration and ERP back-office functionality. The ASP version's pricing varies, based on the OS deployment, the number of servers and processors used on the number and types of store deployments desired.
Simon & Shuster announced Mac game line-up
Simon & Schuster Interactive has announced its 2000 game lineup, and there are plenty of Macintosh titles, according to IMG. Titles being exhibited at its booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo include Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen, shipping in September; Star Trek Starship Creator Warp 2; Panty Raider, available now; Last Call; Deer Avenger 3D, due in October; and Amateur League Golf.
text2graphic 2.0 batch converts graphics
Version 2.0 of three-2-one's $70 shareware text2graphic is an update to the company's application that batch-converts text to graphic files with shadows, anti-aliasing and other graphic manipulation. It is now support double-byte character sets, has more rendering output formats, includes performance improvements, and available in localized versions in English, German and Japanese. A more basic "LE" version is available for $25.
Sig Software posts public beta of TableText
Sig Software has released a public beta version of TableText 1.0, a program that allows tabular information to be represented, manipulated and scanned as plain text. Users can convert spreadsheets and tables to ASCII text. It can be used for e-mail messages, source code comments and cross-platform documentation. The beta is fully functional, but expires June 1.
VisionSynth 1.0 (free) is a unique screensaver for Mac systems. The software allows users to find artistic ranges that show off patterns of movement within the range of a computer's viewscreen aesthetics. Numerous sliders control each aspect of VisionSynth, such as radius or delta 1/2.
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CrushFTP 4.3 ($30) updates the file server software with the ability to link or join virtual file systems from several users together, and adds support to set up custom login pages based on the domain used in the browser. The latest release also allows users to set a maximum monthly download amount and import users as well as groups from proftpd. [Download - 6.2MB]
iPDA 3.3 ($20) enhances the software designed to make Apple's iPod function as a replacement for a PDA. The software enables users to transfer Word, PDF, Apple Pages, RTF, and text documents to the portable media player for quick access. The latest release offers download driving directions from Google Maps, and allows users to back up the contents of selected folders as well as sub-folders to an iPod. [Download - 1.1MB]
Smart Scroll X 2.5 ($20) is an application designed to make scrolling more convenient by making the scroll wheel smoother and faster. Grab Scroll includes a hand tool to move any window's contents, and features a "coasting" effect similar to Apple's iPhone interface. The latest release improves the super wheel for finer speed control and a greater speed range. [Download - 1.5MB]
CDRevolution 1.10 ($20) is a drag-and-drop CD copying and archiving tool for both audio and data CDs. The update adds CD text support and archiving features like album tagging, Spotlight integration, lossless audio compression, and iTunes integration. [Download - 1.2MB]
Syncro SVN Client 2.4 ($60 with 1-year of maintenance) allows users to see the history of a resource as a history graph where every revision of the resource is represented with a node. The update ensures that the contextual menu of a graph node contains operations that are applicable directly to the revision represented by that node. [Download - 12.6MB]
Reversi Unlimited 1.0.2 posted
Thunderwizard Software has just released Reversi Unlimited 1.0.2, an update to the $10 shareware based on the classic board game. The update contains some important bug fixes and revises the Reversi Classic theme.
Chaotic Software posts MP3Rage 2.0.1
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 2.0.1, an update to the MP3 searching (using Napster's service), downloading, editing and organizing tool. The update fixes problems, especially with pre-Mac OS 9.0 systems; and adds support for regenerating random user information for anonymity, for using custom user agent strings, and for the QDesign MP3 player.
Sega set to launch SegaNet in Septemeber
Sega.com has selected marchFIRST, the new global Internet professional services company created by the merger of Whittman-Hart and USWeb/CKS, to help build SegaNet, a robust gaming network for Macintosh and PC users, which is launching in September. Additionally, SegaNet offers 3-D multiplayer games, chat, community, cheat codes, tournaments and content. it is also an ISP. MarchFIRST will work with Sega.com to design and build its new Web site and back-end architecture.
German Ad Agency Threatened
A German advertising agency that paid out of its own pocket to run a clever, full-page, pro-Mac advertisement is now in hot water with Apple over trademark infringement.
Today in Forums
Today, topics in our Forums area include questions about installing RAM in a G4 to optimize speed and compatibility, burning two CDs at once with SCSI CD burners, installing RAM in a Rev C iMac and which CD-RW works best with an iMac Rev. C; and problems with Media Cleaner 4 crashing on a blue G3.
Kepi Software posts Tic-Mac-Toe
Kepi Software has recently released Tic-Mac-Toe, a freeware tic-tac-toe game for one or two players.
Apple's QuickTime streams Cannes
Apple is at Cannes. QuickTime technology is being used to cover the famous film festival. Canal+ is streaming the best of the fest, including live, up-to-the-minute news on the festival; background on the films and the jury; and festival screenings. There are also live video, online chats with celebrities, mobile net reporters and Web cams broadcasting in real time.
May 10th AppleInsider reports on WWDC
AppleInsider last night posted information on next week's WWDC announcements and reported that Steve Jobs' Keynote will not be broadcast via QuickTime or satellite.
MCadContour Website closing its doors
Aupperle Services and Contracting, the developer of MCadContour a Mac-only GIS application, will be shutting down its Website permanently on May 15th and "urges" all MCadContour 5.xx users to download the free upgrade to MCadContour 6.0. The company has also made both the product manual and tutorial available as PDF files on the Website.
WebEvent 3.3 scheduling software finalized
WebEvent 3.3 is a "major" upgrade to the Internet and intranet scheduling software, offering the ability to add events into multiple calendars, more customization features, cookie-based authentication, private and public events, and improved email notification.
Mega Minesweeper 1.0 posted
Carrot Software has released Mega Minesweeper 1.0, a modern version of minesweeper for the Mac OS, as freeware for both PPC and 68K Macintosh computers.
Mattel Interactive's lineup includes Myst II
Mattel Interactive also announced its 2000 lineup of games and entertainment titles, only one of which is available for Macintosh users. Myst III: Exile, which will be available on a hybrid CD-ROM for Mac and PC during the first quarter of 2001, features "fantastic environments in the same vein that made its predecessors immersive, mysterious and beautiful"; five new ages; and a new navigation technology, implemented by Presto Studios.
Fontz 1.0 utility helps manage fonts
The Fontz 1.0 is a $10 shareware (PowerPC-only) font browser and organizer, which can arrange fonts in "flexible groupings that can be modified on the fly. One of the best things about it is that your system fonts are left completely untouched."
Apple posts Demo Days schedule
Apple has officially announced the schedule for upcoming Demo Days, at which it will feature iMovie editing software and AirPort technology. Apple experts will be in many retailers throughout the country on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20 and 21, May 27 and 28, June 3 and 4, June 10 and 11 and June 17 and 18.
101 Languages of the World to be introduced
Transparent Language will introduce 101 Languages of the World, a conversation-oriented learning program for Macintosh and Windows. It is based on the company's Transparent Method, which offers realistic dialogs, interactive games, pronunciation activities and vocabulary-building tools. It also includes advanced speech analysis that improves pronunciation and accent and Unitype Global Writer, a word processing software with 100 languages, spell checking, thesauruses and character sets. Shipping in July, the price will be $30.
LucasArts plans 1 game of 8 on Mac
Only one of LucasArt's eight newly announced games will be released for the Mac, according to news from the E3 gaming conference this week. Star Wars Super Bombad Racing is being developed by Lucas Learning and will be distributed by LucasArts. "Super Bombad Racing is a whimsical title that lets players race on various tracks throughout the Star Wars galaxy as way-out versions of their favorite characters." It is expected in the first quarter of 2001, and will be released simultaneously for Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PC and Macintosh.
May 10th News Recap
A feature article yesterday discussed Microsoft's own proposed compromise. Other updates included FileMaker's Web Companion Update 5.0v4, Grammarian v2.1.1, AOL IM 4.0.989, and Apple's ColorSync 3.0.1.
Brooklyn College eliminating 'magic eraser'
Many of Brooklyn College's classrooms are equipped with Power Mac G4 computers, AirPort cards and access to the Web. Biology professor John Blamire is trying to transform the learning process from passive to active and is helping to eliminate what he calls the "magic eraser," which wipes out students' memories of facts learned at the end of the semester.
A Better Finder Rename 3.1
A Better Finder Rename 3.1 is an update to the $15 Contextual Menu Plug-in that allows for quick and easy renaming of multiple files. The new versions ads the ability to create an alphabetical list, renaming groups of images, for example, to 'image_a.jpg', 'image_b.jpg', etc..
Graphics designer and GUI master Arlo Rose has updated his Web site, which notes that Kaleidoscope 2.2.3 is nearly finished and that development on version 2.5 has begun. The site also notes another Mac OS project that's in the works, dubbed Konfabulator, although no further information is provided yet.
MoniSwitch Pro 8
Dr. Bott, LLC has released the MoniSwitch Pro 8, a KVM switcher that allows users to control up to 8 computers from a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The $400 device supports USB and includes all necessary cables. Dr. Bott also offers the MoniSwitch USB and MonISwitch ADB, which can control 2-4 computers.
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