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Preview of Corel Painter 6.1 available
Corel Corp. is offering a beta version of Corel Painter 6.1b Natural-Media creation tool. The update, soon to be final and free to 6.0 users, improves the soften, sharpen and highpass features; and adds a new woodcut effect.
Met@box offers Holiday Rebate
Met@box announced it is offering a Holiday Rebate on its new MetaDrive Express Firewire line of portable harddrives and joeCARD processor upgrades. Its new FireWire drives available in 10GB, 20GB and 30GB formats for $430, $570, and $900 after rebates of between $30 and $80.
International Modem 2.0 updater now available
Apple has posted the Multicountry version of Apple Modem Updater 2.0. This updater supports the internal modem which came with the PowerBook G3 series, iMac, Power Macintosh G3 and Power Macintosh G4 computers. The bundle contains new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, updated AT command set and Modem Country Selector (English-International version only).
Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3
Apple has posted the English-International version of Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3. The update is Oracle Certified, provides substantial performance improvements and incorporates numerous bug fixes.
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6 fixes a few bugs
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6 is a maintenance update to the $20 Mac utility for synchronizing or backing up folders.
Office 2001 $100 rebate with Mac purchase
Microsoft is offering $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001 for the Macintosh when an iMac, iBook or PowerMac G4 Cube is purchased. To qualify, users must have purchased a qualifying Apple computer within 60 days of acquiring Office 2001.
Livin\' Large Review
We have posted a review of The Sims: Livin' Large, the expansion pack to the phenomenally-successful strategy game The Sims.
Big Business 3.0 offers new database engine
Big Business officially announced Big Business 3.0 this week, after quietly updating customers for last several weeks. Version 3.0 of the business management solution with sales, purchasing, inventory, and accounting modules features a new database engine that offers faster searches and sorts, better stability and scalability, and new Print Preview options, custom forms, reporting tools, alerts, and reports. A demo CD with both single and multi-user versions is available.
File Hider 1.0 helps \'hide\' documents
Black Magik has released File Hider 1.0, a $20 shareware utility that allows you to quickly and easily "hide" selected files and folders on your Macintosh so that they cannot be seen by casual observers or users of your Mac.
Games: Profile of CGA group playing Links
games.macnn.com has posted an article profiling the Computer Golfers Association (CGA), a group of Mac users that have been playing Links online since 1994.
Capture software for Nikon cameras updated
Eric Hyman's MacBibble 1.2 is an update to the 16-bit JPEG, .nef, and EXIF file reader, manipulator, browser, and corrector with ICC support. It adds new instant previews in the browser window and the ability to specify JPEG quality and TIFF dpi as well as fixes several bugs. A demo of the $100 shareware has been extended for previous users.
Interesting threads in our forums include: using an iBook or PowerBook for MIDI, Mac-compatible free internet services, hard drive recommendations for a G4 tower, how to create self-mounting disk images, offering each user their own appearance setting under Multiple Users, AirPort health concerns, recording directly to a CD-R, using iMovie with multiple monitors, and converting Real files to QuickTime.
Graphing Calculator 3.0 adds export, printing
Pacific Tech's popular Graphing Calculator 3.0 brings the ability to add text comments to documents, printing, an export to Web feature for creating HTML files and PNG images, and the ability to save in RTF format for export to word processors. Upgrades from v2.7 are $20 and $40 from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2. A demo of the $60 application is available online.
Home automation software supports LynX-Port
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.2.3, an update to its Mac-only home automation software that adds support for the LynX-Port and more verbs for the X-10 Extended Code suite for controlling the new 'smart' devices. XTension is available in a free Lite version which incorporates all of the features of the full version, with only a limitation on the number of database units.
New GrabPac Carrying Cases for iBook, iMac
GrabPac today announced a new line of carrying cases for iMac and iBook, which have been "redesigned from the ground up with a host of new features and colors including a perfect Key Lime." The new $50 GrabPac for iBook is available in black, indigo, and key lime, while the Pro model for the iMac ($80) and iBook ($60) are available in simulated tan or black leather. The GrabPac Classic is still available at new, lower price of $40.
QuickMovie generates movies from images
Chaotic Software's QuickMovie 1.2, a $20 utility that transforms a series of images into a single QuickTime movie easier than ever using MacOS 8, 9 or X, adds the ability to resize the main window, scale images, and other enhancements.
Belkin CD LaunchPad
Belkin has introduced the CD LaunchPad, a $25 CD labeling system targeted at consumers. Users can create both labels for CDs as well as jewel cases. The CD LaunchPad will ship in January 2001.
Ricochet modem scripts
Thomas Tempelmann has posted two Ricochet modem scripts for use with the company's original 28.8Kbps wireless modem, and new 128Kbps model. The scripts contain improved functionality over Apple's own.
DealNN: Power Macs, iMacs, 19\" Monitor
Today's DealNN bargains include: Power Mac G4/500 MP systems for $2000, reconditioned iMac Rev/D (333 MHz) units for $600, 64 MB of PC100 RAM for $22, an NEC 19" flat screen monitor with USB hub for $360, UMAX's Astra 2010U USB scanner for $15, and several DVDs for under $10.
New Apple ad
Apple debuted a new television ad yesterday titled Internet Gift. The 30-second spot features Jeff Goldblum, who discusses the merits of "giving the Internet" this holiday, and with it an iMac.
Nisus Email discount
Nisus Software is offering Nisus Email for $20a savings of $10 off the regular priceduring the Thanksgiving weekend. Nisus Email allows for e-mail composition in word-processing applications and allows users to send e-mails from within other applications.
MacDesktops: Hepburn, Chicken Run
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Audrey Hepburn (portraits), Chicken Run (animation), Disproportionate (starscapes) and Dragonheart (movies). The site is updated daily.
Roundup: Apple in Chicago, Illustrator 9.01
Yesterday we noted Apple's possible retail presence in Chicago and posted review of the Voodoo4 4500 PCI. Other updates included Adobe's Illustrator 9.01 Update, Aladdin's InstallerMaker 7.0, Power On's Rewind 1.0, and 3dfx's Mac drivers v1.1.2 as well as FirewireDirect's SlimLine DX line of external 3.5" FireWire drives and Popular Science's Best of What's New 2000 area.
FileToolkit adds 100 commands to 4D
Automated Solutions has released FileToolkit 3.0.2, a 4th Dimension plug-in which provides a variety of enhanced and optimized document management and network operation routines, including over 100 new commands to the 4D language. A limited demo of $160 plug-in is available online.
CalcIT v1.1 is a new shareware calculator
CalcIT v1.1 is a $11, customizable, shareware calculator that offers scientific and memory functions as well as hex or binary modes as well as conversions between metric and English units of length, mass/weight, and volume.
Early morning tech news
Morning tech news: The Illinois Institute of Technology has concluded that Carnivore, the FBI's controversial email monitoring system, "does not provide protections... commensurate with the level of the risks"; an IBM supercomputer is being installed in Hawaii to analyze "space junk" in the paths of U.S. satellites; and the latest European Microsoft antitrust case will be combined with an earlier case, according to a report issued by the European Commission.
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