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Terran Media Cleaner 5.01 updater
The Cleaner 5 v5.0.1 update is the first of two that Terran Interactive (a Media 100 company) will release to shake out issues discovered since the launch of Cleaner 5. This update includes many fixes, including better handling of 16:9 DV sources and better scaling of interlaced sources. The second (available in beta form within a few weeks) will address two major remaining issues in the Macintosh release: the ability to create the proprietary MPEG-1 files that Adaptec Toast requires to make Video CDs, and a fix for problems when creating long Windows Media files. The Read Me notes a workaround for the Sorenson Video 2 quality issue on dual-processor G4s, and talks about the need to disable the RadDV codec (which Cleaner 5 includes for high-performance, high-quality DV decoding) when using Final Cut Pro on the same machine. [updated]
GameRanger adds STV: Elite Force and Monopoly
Scott Kevill today added Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Monopoly to GameRanger, his Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service that now includes nearly 50 titles.
Voodoo Personal version organizer updated
Uni Software has released a public beta version of its new version organizer, Voodoo Personal 2.0b3, designed for people working in a broad range of areas, including web publishers, designers, book writers and musicians. It adds a new contextual menu plug-in, improved ease of use, and other enhancements. The final version of the $80 application is expected early next year.
Adaptec releases Mac OS X drivers
Adaptec recently posted first beta release of the PowerDomain 29160N 1.0b1 driver for Mac OS X beta.
Games: tips and strategies for Mac Monopoly
games.macnn.com has published an article detailing tips and strategies for Monopoly for the Mac from United States Monopoly Champion Matt Gissel.
LinkBox 1.3 adds HTML export, sort options
Chris Ruzin today updated LinkBox 3.3, his $10 shareware URL scrapbook application. It adds the ability to export links as HTML, the option to sort by usage, and an improved list display. A 15-day trial version is available online.
PageNOW 2.0b messaging application available
Mark/Space has posted a beta of PageNOW! 2.0b, its messaging application that can send messages from your Mac to pagers and PCS/GSM digital phones, including personal messages, wireless email, fax notification, and appointments/reminders.
Apple marketing VP resigns
Apple's vice president of marketing communications Steve Wilhite has resigned effective immediately. The departure follows the retirement last month of Mitch Mandich, Apple's senior VP of worldwide sales: "Wilhite oversaw advertising, marketing communications and online marketing. He was Apple's primary contact with TBWA/Chiat/Day, the company's advertising agency....Apple's Web site describes Wilhite as "the man singularly responsible for protecting and promoting the Apple brand." His replacement has not yet been named.
The AP on Mac OS X: change is good
The Associated Press (republished by USA Today) is the latest publication to review Mac OS X, concluding: "Long-time users may complain of a learning curve, given how much OS X differs from its predecessors. But the stability, speed and visual stunningness of the new system far outweigh the familiarity of the old. One important note of advice, though: I wouldn't recommend installing OS X unless you're an experienced computer user who doesn't mind weathering a beta's turbulence. "
vServe 1.3.1 source-code due this weekend
Aaron Bratcher says he will post the "full source of the current version" of vServe 1.3.1 this weekend. The utility allows REALbasic developers to share valentina databases with multiple Macs via TCP/IP and gives clients some sqlExecute commands. (The client does not use Valentina classes or classes that resemble the valentina classes.) [MacTech]
APS updates drive utility
APS has released PowerTools 6.3.2, an update to its hard drive formatting utility from APS.
Optigold ISP package gets Web functions
Optigold ISP 2.6.1 adds new FTP server actions, HTTP realm support, HTTP POST server actions, new billing functions, new online signup functions, and a few other miscellaneous new features to the cross-platform ISP application. A full demo is available online.
Round-up: Met@box, MS rebates
Yesterday we posted a review of The Sims: Livin' Large, and noted Met@box's holiday reabtes, Microsoft's $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001, as well as the release of Corel Painter 6.1b, Big Business 3.0, Pacific Tech's Graphing Calculator 3.0, and GrabPac's new cases for the iMac and iBook.
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