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Kaleidoscope 2.3 posted
Kaleidoscope 2.3 adds the enhancement of the appearance of menus, allowing for transparency and 8-bit masks in schemes that support them. This enables menus to feature translucent drop shadows, for example. The new version also fixes issues with Quark XPress, Sherlock 2, BBEdit, Text-Edit ,and DropDrawers.
PowerWindows 2.4.3 posted
Greg Landweber has also posted PowerWindows 2.4.3, which allows the utility to take advantage of the new menus in Kaleidoscope 2.3. Both utilities work in the Classic environment under Mac OS X.
QuantumSoft releases pro Fit 5.5.2
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.5.2, a tool for the analysis and presentation of scientific data and mathematical functions on Macintosh. The update includes bug fixes and minor improvements. This update is free to users of versions 5.5.x.
ListSTAR 2.1 posted
MCF Software has released ListSTAR 2.1, a list server and e-mail manager software acquired from 4D in October. This free update resurrects and updates ListSTAR/POP, corrects ListSTAR/POP to generate correctly formatted message IDs and allows the use of another SMTP server with ListSTAR/SMTP on the same machine.
Microsoft warns, Adobe beats the street
Microsoft today announced that its second quarter profits and revenues would fall short of expectations, joining the ranks for Apple, Compaq, Gateway, AMD, and Intel in issuing such warnings. Adobe, meanwhile, beat analyst expectations by five cents after reporting earnings of 34 cents. Revenue also came $2 million ahead of expectations at $353.56 million, up from $281.8 million last year. Shares of Adobe were battered today, however, dropping more than 13 percent after several analysts downgraded the stock.
DealNN bargains: iMac DV, DC4800, Palm m100
Today's bargains at DealNN include refurbished iMac DV/400s for $830, Kodak DC4800 digital cameras for $570, Maxtor 40 GB 7200 RPM hard drives for $150, and Palm m100s with keyboard for $185.
Apple posts Disk First Aid 8.6
Apple has posted Disk First Aid 8.6, an update to its hard drive utility that corrects a problem some AppleShare IP users were experiencing when using Macintosh Manager. An International English version is also available.
PCalc 2.2 available
James Thompson has released PCalc 2.2, a $10 scientific calculator application. This version adds a Reverse Polish Notation mode, support for octal numbers and an improved Aqua interface on Mac OS X. Additionally, he has posted a Dutch language plug-in for DragThing 2.9, an application dock.
Review: Star Trek Voyager - Elite Force
We've published a review of Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the first-person shooter action game from Aspyr Media, developed by Raven Software and ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive.
screenshot of Dragthing for OS X available
CopyAgent 1.0.1 update posted
CopyAgent 1.0.1 updates the utility's control panel and fixes a bug that would prevent an insufficient disk space error from being displayed when needed.
Games: Sim Theme Park demo
games.macnn.com has posted an update on the 1.27 point release and Quake III: Team Arena for the Mac. Earlier today, the site published information on the release of the Sim Theme Park Demo for the Mac. The game lets players manage the day-to-day operations of a theme park including designing the rides, managing park staff and keeping the kids happy.
Asante posts drivers for OS X
Asante has posted new beta drivers for the following:
Xicons icons posted
AOL-Time Warner merger approved
The Federal Trade Commission has unanimously approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner. The $111 billion mergerthe largest in historywill create a single media giant with strongs positions in the Internet, television, and printed media markets. In related news, Earthlink, which on November 20 struck an agreement to offer Time Warner's RoadRunner cable modem subcribers a choice of using its ISP, issued a statement that it will go through with that agreement, which will take effect in 2001. [updated]
Macintosh Dynamic DNS Client 2.0b1 posted
Macintosh Dynamic DNS Client 2.0b1 is a free client that allows Mac users to function with several free DNS services, allowing Macs on a dynamic IP to use a URL that's automatically updated as their IP changes. Version 2.0 is Carbon-compliant and adds support for five different services.
LA Times criticizes Nescape 6
An LA Times article takes a look at Netscape 6.0, focusing in paritclar on how the Mac version stacks up against Internet Explorer 5. "Netscape 6 has some improvements, but they're overshadowed by several design flaws."
TriVectus offers half-off sale
TriVectus is offering its custom splash screen/about box picture, icons and derivative Web art services for half price to shareware software authors through Jan. 29.
Acrux posts iBuild preview 0.9.4
Acrux Software has posted iBuild Lite/Pro/Site 0.9.4, a multimedia authoring and creativity tool for Macintsoh.. Version 1.0 is expected early next year. The Lite version is freeware, the Pro version is $20 and the Site version is $200 for five people.
Web Objects 4.0.1 patch 3 for Solaris, NT
Black Watch 1.5.5 posted
Ken McLeod has released BlackWatch 1.5.5, a lightweight, freeware screen saver application for Mac OS that can securely lock your screen with password protection. This version is a maintenance release that fixes several bugs.
German company considers ADC-to-DVI adapter
The MacSpecialists, a German company, is gauging public interest in an adapter that would allow older, DVI-based Power Mac G4s to use Apple's newer ADC monitors. The company notes that both Belkin and Griffin have refused to produce such an adapter, citing lack of demand, and notes that it would cost between $250-$450.
Xicons: Retro games
University of Wisconsin-Stout uses PowerBooks
In 2002, The University of Wisconsin-Stout will become the first public university in the state to require all incoming freshmen to have laptops. "In the pilot program, Macintosh laptops are being used because those are the computers most often used in the printing industry."
The Fontz 2.5 posted
The Fontz 2.5 adds several new features to the $10 font management utility.
Early morning tech news 12/14/00
Morning tech news: The FTC is expected to decide today whether to approve the merger of AOL and Time Warner; Sony has begun including a free wireless modem with its Vaio notebooks; and Intel will delay the planned opening of an Irish manufacturing plant to 2002.
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