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Zapwerk to introduce Web-publishing tool

01/02, 9:53pm

Zapwerk to introduce Web-publishing tool

zapwerk will introduce siteyard, a platform-independent Web publishing tool that is compatible with Mac OS X, at Macworld next week. It removes the Web master from the content chain, allowing multiple, authorized users to update Web content in minutes, from different locations, without HTML proficiency.

FileMaker to discontinue HomePage

01/02, 8:32pm

FileMaker to discontinue HomePage

FileMaker today announced that it would discontinue distribution of its Home Page web-authoring software on February 1, 2001, but notes that it will continue to support the product through July of 2001:

Distribution of Home Page has been small and declining for some time, as inexpensive and even free web-page creation alternatives have multiplied. Unfortunately, the demand for Home Page does not warrant the large investment needed to revise it.

Home Page does not fit with FileMaker's focus on creating market-leading workgroup database tools. And the role Home Page once played in creating websites which serve dynamic data from FileMaker databases has been surpassed by more powerful solutions....FileMaker is committed to providing straightforward ways of publishing FileMaker Pro content to the Web. FileMaker plans to make it easy for customers to export FileMaker content in a format so it can be edited by leading web-authoring tools. So it will be even easier to serve dynamic FileMaker data on web pages and websites built with leading web-authoring tools.

ecBook 1.0 address book utility released

01/02, 8:28pm

ecBook 1.0 address book utility released

MacZ Software has released ecBook 1.0, a new $10 shareware address book software that stores your contact's addresses, website addresses, e-mail addresses and of course phone numbers. A new version of CodePerfect 2.2 now include listings of complete ASCII and Hex tables, and drag & drop converting (special HTML characters & Mac <-> Win text conversion).

Audiocorder 2.0 utility updated

01/02, 8:25pm

Audiocorder 2.0 utility updated

Black Cat Systems' Audiocorder 2.0 adds the ability to record telephone comversations using your internal modem to the sophisticated audio recording program. A free demo is available online.

Updates at GameFAQS

01/02, 7:51pm

Updates at GameFAQS

Today's updates at GameFAQs include version 0.4 of a FAQ/Strategy Guide for the recently released soccer management title, Championship Manager 00/01, version 1.2 of a FAQ for Quake III: Arena and version 1.7 of a FAQ for Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear.

Alliance 2.0 for Quake 3 Released

01/02, 7:26pm

Alliance 2.0 for Quake 3 Released

Alliance Games has released Alliance 2.0, a massive new mod for Quake III: Arena. Alliance 2.0 features three game types (Regular Alliance, Combat and Instagib), 26 custom CTF maps, new weapons, special effects, radio sounds and many other extra features. As its size suggests, "Alliance is more like a free mission pack rather than just a mod." To celebrate the Alliance 2.0 release, the development team will host a launch party tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST) on IRC at irc.stomped.com #alliance! (note the exclamation point as part of the channel name).

New Weekly Poll: Battle.net Security

01/02, 7:06pm

New Weekly Poll: Battle.net Security

A new weekly poll has been added to our left sidebar. The poll should appear on every page throughout the site, although we're still working to ensure that this has happened. This week's poll concerns a recent hack into the Diablo II Battle.net Realms and how this affects your view of the service's security.

APO releases Naumachia

01/02, 7:03pm

APO releases Naumachia

APO Games has released Naumachia, a turn-based strategy game for the Mac available for $15 shareware. Naumachia lets you play as a loyal servant of the Corporation, a skilled space fighter pilot as well as an experienced tactician. The game requires a Power Mac with OS 7.5 or later and 12 MB RAM.

Urban Terror Mac Installer Released

01/02, 6:12pm

Urban Terror Mac Installer Released

Silicon Ice Development has released a Mac installer for Urban Terror 1.27, a popular mod for Quake III: Arena. The installer aids in the process of upgrading from a previous version of the mod or installing it for the first time.

Thoth 1.04: Carbon newsreader updated

01/02, 5:04pm

Thoth 1.04: Carbon newsreader updated

Thoth 1.04 is a maintenance release to Brian Clark's $25 shareware, Carbonized newsreader. It includes an "attractive" user interface, power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article and header downloads, quoted text colorizing, reference-based article threading, mutli-threaded connections to the news server, sophisticated filtering with regex support, comprehensive multiple character set support, binary posting and built-in binary viewing, and integrated support for multiple news servers.

Edel, Napster join forces

01/02, 5:02pm

Edel, Napster join forces

edel Music AG, the world's second largest independent music label, has agreed to cooperate with Napster around Napster's new membership-based business model. Edel will allow the master recordings and musical compositions it owns or controls to be used for file-sharing under the new service Napster is evolving. [site not updated]

Hayes ships Mac-compatible V.92 modem

01/02, 5:02pm

Hayes ships Mac-compatible V.92 modem

Hayes has begun shipping ACCURA V.92 Modems: a Windows-only internal PCI and external serial port version. The RS-232 Model H08-15328 (PDF) is Macintosh-compatible via the serial port. It features an on-board DSP and controller. Both modems are V.92-compliant.

Apple.com moves up a slot

01/02, 4:59pm

Apple.com moves up a slot

Apple.com moved up to the No. 4 most-visited hardware site for the week ended Dec. 30, according to PC Data. It was in the No. 5 spot for the previous week. Compaq.com and Dell.com switched places, with Compaq.com in the No. 1 slot this week. No. 3 was once again HP.com.

Zapwerk to introduce Web-publishing tool

01/02, 4:55pm

Zapwerk to introduce Web-publishing tool

zapwerk will introduce siteyard, a platform-independent Web publishing tool that is compatible with Mac OS X, at Macworld next week. It removes the Web master from the content chain, allowing multiple, authorized users to update Web content in minutes, from different locations, without HTML proficiency.

Parsec Dec. 2000 Shot of the Month

01/02, 4:22pm

Parsec Dec. 2000 Shot of the Month

The December 2000 Screenshot of the Month for Parsec has been posted, displaying the first look at a real planet in the persistent online space shooter. "No, you can't land on them," notes the game's designers, "but you can fly around them or crash into one!"

Elite Force Walkthrough Complete

01/02, 4:17pm

Elite Force Walkthrough Complete

VoyagerEliteForce.com has completed its walkthrough for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the first-person shooter for the Mac and PC developed by Raven Software.

UT JailBreak 100 Released

01/02, 4:04pm

UT JailBreak 100 Released

UT JailBreak 100 is the initial release of the "escape from prison" mod for Unreal Tournament. In JailBreak, two teams compete to kill and thereby imprison as many enemies as possible; once an entire team is jailed, the opposing team scores and another round of play begins. A jail release mechanism can be used to free team members from jail. The mod includes bot support for both online and offline play.

Games: Diablo II Hacked

01/02, 3:37pm

Games: Diablo II Hacked

games.macnn.com covers today's release of Alliance 2.0, a massive new mod for Quake III: Arena; earlier today, the site posted information on a recent hack to the Diablo II Battle.net servers while also debuting a new weekly poll beginning with one concerning the security of Battle.net. [updated]

Satellite downlinks for Jobs\' MWSF Keynote

01/02, 2:17pm

Satellite downlinks for Jobs\' MWSF Keynote

Apple has posted a list of satellite downlink locations across the US and Canada, where users will be able to watch Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo Keynote on January 9th at 12 pm ET.

Diablo II Battle.net Hacked; Blizzard Remedy

01/02, 2:03pm

Diablo II Battle.net Hacked; Blizzard Remedy

Blizzard Entertainment ackowledged yesterday that a problem on the Diablo II Battle.net servers allowed some Hardcore characters to be killed or stripped of many items. To remedy the situation, the company will be reviving all Hardcore characters on Monday, January 8th who died between December 19th and January 1st. The characters will be revived to their full state as they were on December 19th. In addition, the company will soon be announcing a way for any player to flag their character to be returned to their December 19 state if they believe that they have lost items or otherwise been adversely affected by the problem. A contributor at Slashdot notes that the problem stemmed from hackers that found a way to log in as any character.

Hot Game Forum Topics

01/02, 2:02pm

Hot Game Forum Topics

Hot topics in our Mac Games forum include opinions on SimCity 3000 for the Mac, the transition to Quake III: Arena 1.27 and readers voicing their opinions on the debut of Custer's Corner 2.0 last Friday at games.macnn.com.

Games Recap from 12/29

01/02, 2:01pm

Games Recap from 12/29

Last Friday, Blizzard Entertainment released a downloadable version of the 1.04 patch for Diablo II, Orange Smoothie Productions released OSP 0.99q for Quake III: Arena and Forward Edge Battle Arena 1.64 was released for Unreal Tournament. We unveiled the new Custer's Corner 2.0, a a new site dedicated to offering fantastic desktop pictures featuring your favorite past, present and future Mac games.

FolderGuard 2.0 supports Multiple Users

01/02, 1:44pm

FolderGuard 2.0 supports Multiple Users

FolderGuard 2.0, a $5 upgrade to MacZ Software's $10 shareware privacy utility, now supports multiple user accounts and brings other feature enhancements.

Forums: flat panels, DVD in 1st gen iMac, DW4

01/02, 1:25pm

Forums: flat panels, DVD in 1st gen iMac, DW4

Interesting threads in our forums include a discussion on the differences between Apple's various flat panel Studio Displays, installing a DVD drive in a first-generation iMac, problems with the plastics on a PowerBook coming apart, using and transporting a PowerBook at sub-zero temperatures, difficulties with using the SoundSticks with USB PCI cards, performance woes with Dreamweaver 4, and combo USB/FireWire CD-RW drives.

Apple inventory increases, sales \'plummet\'

01/02, 1:24pm

Apple inventory increases, sales \'plummet\'

Following-up on our note yesterday about drastic Apple price cuts, c|net also notes that Apple's inventory backlog has increased slightly from 11 weeks to 11.5 weeks. The report also quotes PC Data's preliminary retail-sales data, which show that for the first half of December Apple sales plummeted 40 percent compared with a 20 percent decline in PC sales during the same period.

Risk II Network Limitations Acknowledged

01/02, 12:31pm

Risk II Network Limitations Acknowledged

Westlake Interactive's Mark Krenek notes in response to complaints of issues with network play using Risk II for the Mac that the same problems existed with the PC version and that effort was made to fix them before release.

I talked to the PC programmer early in development regading these issues and he was aware of them but didn't offer much hope that there will be any changes. They basically ran out of development time. I looked into trying to fix these on the Mac side, but gave up because it was quite a challenge.

PowerWindows updated for compatibility

01/02, 12:24pm

PowerWindows updated for compatibility

Greg Landweber has released Power Windows 2.4.4, a maintenance update to his $10 shareware that brings translucent or solid window drag to the Mac OS. Version 2.4.4 addresses compatibility with Style text editor and has various other internal changes.

NetCloak 3.1.1 addresses security hole

01/02, 12:23pm

NetCloak 3.1.1 addresses security hole

Maxum's free update NetCloak 3.1.1 address a potential security hole in the company's Webserver add-on product:

"Specific details about the problem are not public and will not be released to protect sites that have not yet performed the upgrade. However, the error may allow unauthorized users access to protected content when NetCloak's new user registration feature is used. The problem is strictly limited to pages protected using this new feature in NetCloak 3.1, and so does not effect users of NetCloak 3.0 or earlier."

Creative Edge offers The Untouchable for $10

01/02, 12:20pm

Creative Edge offers The Untouchable for $10

Creative Edge Studios is offering The Untouchable, a martial arts fighting game for the Mac created using full motion video capturing real martial artists, for $10 which comes free with a free VHS tape of "Behind the Scenes Making of The Untouchable". A new Mac/PC game featuring The Untouchable game engine, "Predatah or Pray", will accompany a new Mad Lion CD expected to be released this month by Warner Brothers and includes rapper Mad Lion battling to his own soundtrack.

HySmackdown wins Madden Tournament

01/02, 12:14pm

HySmackdown wins Madden Tournament

HySmackdown was declared the winner of the Mac Madden Holiday Tournament after defeating SeaBass in a championship Madden NFL 2000 game. The tournament began in mid-December and was played entirely online using GameRanger.

Greg\'s Bundle special extended

01/02, 10:59am

Greg\'s Bundle special extended

Greg Landweber's holiday offer on "Greg's Bundle," has been extended through Jan. 12. The bundle includes Power Windows, SmoothType and Greg's Browser for only $20.

Extended license available for OmniOutliner

01/02, 10:59am

Extended license available for OmniOutliner

Omni Group has extended the demo licence for OmniOutliner, a tool for outlining and organizing thoughts for the Macintosh. "We're in the midst of making significant changes to OmniOutliner and the current code base is not ready for release, so we're providing an extended demo license which can be used with beta 1." [site not updated]

Freeware MP3 tag editor updated

01/02, 10:55am

Freeware MP3 tag editor updated

Three-2-one has posted ID3X, a freeware ID3 editor for the Macintosh. This version improves MP3 file recognition and compatibility, handles MP3 files with an internal engine rather than with QuickTime and fixes other bugs.

Sig Software updates Email Effects, TableText

01/02, 10:08am

Sig Software updates Email Effects, TableText

Sig Software has updated Email Effects to 1.6.6 and TableText to 1.0.2, its text-editing utilities, both of which are available as Classic or Carbon applications. Email Effects, which costs $15, allows plain text to be used for pictures and drawings. TableText, which costs $20, is a program allowing tabular information to be represented, manipulated and scanned as plain text.

PowerLogix lowers upgrade card prices

01/02, 10:08am

PowerLogix lowers upgrade card prices

PowerLogix announced price reductions on its line of PowerForce G3 and G4 upgrades, as well as the RapidFire FireWire/USB card. The PowerForce G3 350/175/512 KB is now $180, and the 500/250/1 MB is now $400. The PowerForce G4 450/225/1 MB is now $500. The PowerForce G3 ZIF 500/250/1 MB is now $400, and the 450/225/1 MB is now $500. The RapidFire board is now $140.

Epson introduces new printers

01/02, 9:39am

Epson introduces new printers

Epson recently introduced the Stylus Photo 790 [German], 890 and 1290 [German] to its line up in the European market. The company also introduced Stylus Pro 5500 and EPL5800L Laser Printer. All the new printers have the new light-fast inks and use the new 2880 DPI Piezo print heads. The Stylus Pro 5500 uses the new pigmented inks with 100 years of light fastness, according to MacFreak. [not available in the US; updated]

NEC introduces 50-inch plasma display

01/02, 9:23am

NEC introduces 50-inch plasma display

NEC Technologies has introduced its PlasmaSync 50MP1, a 50-inch XGA plasma display. Features include 1,365-by-768 resolution, NEC's Capsulate Color Filter technology for realistic color reproduction, AccuBlend scan conversion technology for sharp display of high-resolution images, a motion-compensated 3D scan converter and a 2/3 pull-down converter and a 3X digital zoom. Available now, the display is $19,000.

Job Manager 3.0 adds estimating functions

01/02, 9:22am

Job Manager 3.0 adds estimating functions

MetaCommunications has begun shipping Job Manager 3.0, an electronic job tracking, costing and billing software for the graphic-arts industry. The updated version adds estimating features, custom reporting and support for InUnity 1.0. Customers who purchased Job Manager 2.2 between June 1 and Dec. 31 will receive the upgrade free. Otherwise, upgrades are $100. Upgrades from Job Cost Plus 2.2 are $400 per user.

Redcort updates Virtual TimeClock Pro

01/02, 9:21am

Redcort updates Virtual TimeClock Pro

Redcort Software has posted Virtual TimeClock Pro 3.04, a software for replacing traditional employee time clocks, and Net TimeClock 3.04, the companion personal network client. This maintenance release adds several program refinements and corrects minor bugs and compatibility issues.

Local Web Synch 1.0 Web site manager

01/02, 9:18am

Local Web Synch 1.0 Web site manager

Rijdat Software has introduced Local Web Synch 1.0, a $15 shareware utility that helps manage local Web sites that can synchronize a local copy of the Web site with the master copy and also can create browser-specific index pages.

FileBuddy 6.0b10 posted

01/02, 9:14am

FileBuddy 6.0b10 posted

SkyTag Software has released File Buddy 6.0b10, a desktop and file/folder editing and task tool for the Macintosh. Upgrades from versions 4 or 5 are $10, while new users can purchase for $40. The installer is available in English, French and Japanese.

Virtual Ticket 3.0 adds full AppleScript

01/02, 9:12am

Virtual Ticket 3.0 adds full AppleScript

Meta Communications has posted Virtual Ticket 3.0, an electronic filing cabinet for sharing job tickets and digital assets. This new version adds full support for AppleScript, background processing, InUnity 1.0 and the updated version of the Virtual Ticket Web server add-on.

Morning tech news: 1/2/01

01/02, 9:00am

Morning tech news: 1/2/01

Morning tech news: Several billionaires in the high-tech area lost this status during 2000; and during the holiday season, e-greetings outpaced e-commerce.

Roundup: Apple price cuts, faulty switches

01/02, 8:00am

Roundup: Apple price cuts, faulty switches

Over the holiday weekend we noted extensive price cuts on Macs at the Apple Store and other authorized retailers, Apple Japan 's acknowledgement of faulty power switches in some Power Mac G4 Cubes and the release of Cabrio PR1 MP3 player, EZ-PDF 2.0, and iCab pre2.3.

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