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Updated Virex definitions available online
McAfee has posted a new January Virus definition file update for Virex users.
TypeSaver 1.01: keystroke recording utility
John V. Holder's TypeSaver 1.01 is a maintenance release to his $10 shareware for recording keystrokes to a file for recovery after power outages or system crashes.
Newer releases Gauge PRO 1.1 system utility
Newer Tech has posted Gauge PRO 1.1, which offers the ability to display bus speed, processor speed, and CPU core temperature as well as other functions. [version incorrectly listed on Newer's page
Tales of the Sword Coast Update
Mac Baldur has received an update from Graphic Simulations Corporation on the steady progress of Tales of the Sword Coast, the multiplayer patch for Baldur's Gate and the DVD version of the game. "We have an alpha version of Tales of the Sword Coast with multiplayer that Jeff and I have been testing like crazy, but there are still too many problems to release it as a beta version."
Getting a Job in the Games Dev Industry
Raven Software's Kenn Hoekstra has written a detailed and comprehensive tutorial covering everything you'll need to know about getting a job in the game development industry. The article covers the basics, required education, the resume, getting your foot in the door and specific recommendations for 2D and 3D artists, 3D animators, programmers, sound designers and webmasters.
Preview: Dragon\'s Lair 3D
Daily Radar has published a preview of Dragon's Lair 3D, the upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac and PC based on the original laserdisc classic, Dragon's Lair, created by legendary animator Don Bluth and team. "Dirk will also have a crossbow that will fire a wide variety of bolts found throughout the castle, which will add some strategy to the action."
Mac compatibility for Urban Terror
Silicon Ice Development has released Urban Terror 1.27b, a new version of the mod for Quake III: Arena which primarily adds compatibility with version 1.27g of the game. However, the team notes that the mod still has problems when running on the Mac and that they are working with id Software's Graeme Devine to try and correct the problems to provide Macintosh compatibility.
WarCraft III Interview: Rob Pardo
GameSpot has published an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Rob Pardo, Producer on WarCraft III. The interview primarily covers detailed on the fifth and most recently unveiled race in the game, the Night Elves. "[Night Elves] primarily use gold, with ents being their peon class of unit," says Pardo. "The ents can actually transform themselves into the building structures for the race, which are [called] treants."
Ritual\'s Next Game
In an interview with Ritual Entertainment's Richard "Levelord" Gray at Stomped, information is uncovered on Ritual's next project: a Quake III engine game. The company released Heavy Metal: FAKK2, which uses the Quake III engine, for the Mac and PC earlier this year while their previous effort, SiN, arrived on the Mac earlier this month.
Our next project is going to be very light in technology upgrades. We are going to use the Quake III engine with the new Arena Terrain system. We already have the best geometry/character/camera scripting system in town, ...and you know we have the best creative minds, too ;) Seriously, our next game is already designed and we are going to focus on nothing but what will make it one of the funnest games ever.
As I mentioned above, we just started a major 1st-person shooter to be published by Electronic Arts. So far, things are looking really cool! I am definitely into the game's story and theme. These are the brainchild of Richard Hilleman who is a twisted old hippy like me. Seriously, it is innovative, creative, and twisted. On top of that, EA has been tremendously helpful during the initial design phase. I saw firsthand how well they treated Rogue at the end of Alice, so I anticipate making one of the funnest games I have ever made.
Oni Demo released
Gathering of Developers and Bungie Studios have released the Oni Demo for the Mac. The third-person 3D action game takes obvious inspirations from classic Japanese anime and combines elements of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay. For more detailed information on the full version of the game, check out our in-depth preview of Oni.
Yesterday\'s gaming news
Yesterday Titan Computer announced the release of Shogo: Mobile Armor Division for the Mac, Fantasoft releases the Monkey Shines 2: Gorilla Warfare Demo Public Beta and WarCraftIII.Net re-published a timeline of WarCraft events for the leading up to WarCraft III. We published a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, the new real-time strategy game from Cyberlore Studios and MacPlay which offers fresh new twists to the genre.
Games: Oni Demo now available
games.macnn.com has information on today's release of the Oni Demo, a trial version of the upcoming anime-inspire 3D action game from Gathering of Developers and Bungie Studios which combines elements of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay.
Power On release free Calendars
Power On has released four new calendars at no charge for users of its popular PIM, Now Up-to-Date &Contact, including Weeks of the Year -- through 2001, US Holidays -- through 2005, Jewish Holidays -- through 2005, and Canadian Holidays -- through 2005.
Oni Demo for Mac now available online
A demo of the much anticipated Oni, the third-person 3D action/adventure, is now available online.
KazooStudio adds 3D models to digital photos
KazooStudio 1.3, a free application that can insert 3D models into photos from digital cameras, now includes enhanced K3DLight sets as well as a 10-day demo of Grinch K3DModel. A free variety pack contains 15 free 3D models.
Sonnet\'s Crescendo/7200 software available
Sonnet's new unified installer software for its Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards, Crescendo/7200 1.0, was posted earlier this week for its Power Mac 7200 and 8200 upgrades.
Entourage Email Archiver 1.0 now available
Entourage Email Archive 1.0 is a new $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments, offering the option to export emails to FileMaker Pro with the tab-text file.
Optigold ISP 2.6.3 posted
Optigold ISP 2.6.3, a cross-platform business software designed to assist in running all aspects of an ISP, has been posted. This version adds support for customer invoicing for domain renewals, new domain manager section and more subaccount support and is compatible with Macintosh and Windows.
iView MediaPro to be showcased at MWSF
iView Multimedia will introduce and demonstrate iView MediaPro, its media browser and media asset-management software, at Macworld Conference and Expo next month. MediaPro allows for archiving, organizing, finding, viewing, playing, printing and converting different types of media files. Features include support for Mac OS 9 and X; PDF and EPS rendering; and import formats, including HTML, Quark, Canvas, Painter and Live Picture. [no pricing information available]
Interest forum threads 12/22/00
Interesting threads in our forums include a user's difficulties in using a Quark dongle with a USB-ADB adapter, a mysterious slow-down with an iBook hard drive, having two AirPort base stations communicate with each other, inputting Chinese characters, a discussion regarding Audion vs. SoundJam, and a new company using a similar logo similar to the Mac OS smiley.
PCalc 2.2.1 fixes bug in shareware calculator
PCalc 2.2.1 is a maintenance release to the $10 scientific calculator, fixing a bug that could cause the application to crash under certain calculations.
Apple\'s Ortiz: OS X ready by February
Guillermo Ortiz, Apple's director for worldwide developer relations, recently explained Apple's strategy for Mac OS X to more than 100 German developers, confirming that it will ship by February, according to ZDNet.
Iconographer 2.0.1 posted
Iconographer 2.0.1 is a minor update to $15, 32-bit icon editor, which supports editing both standard Mac OS icons as well as Mac OS X icons.
Morning tech news 12/22/00
Morning tech news: Flat-panel displays are expected to take an increasing slice of the market for desktop monitors, according to presentations at theStanford Resources Flat Information Display conference; guidelines were issued Thursday to make Web pages more accessible to people with disabilities; and HP will delay paying its employees raises for three months.
Sky is falling \'cuz Steve\'s in the sky?
Steve Jobs may be distracted by his Gulfstream V jet and his option for a split-adjusted 20 million shares, according to a Bloomberg article that talks about Apple's fallen stock and Steve Jobs' the "largest option ever given to any CEO on a single day."
Roundup: AGP 1.0, Stata 7, Jaz FireWire
Yesterday we noted the release of AGP Update 1.0 from Apple, Stata Corp's Stata 7 statistical software, Iomega's FireWire adapter for Jaz drives, a new "stylish" Epson printer and scanner, and FileMaker 5's award from The Post as well as posted a review of Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.
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