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Reader: QuickTime 5.0b8 available
Andrew Harrison writes about an update to QuickTime 5 components, which he was able to obtain online, however, we were unable to replicate the updates: "Hey, thought your readers would be interested in my successful updating of Quicktime 5 Public Preview2. I previously had version 5.0b2, (which I know some hadn't been able to download) opened the Quicktime Settings Control Panel this evening, went to the Update Check panel and clicked Update. Surprisingly, there were updates available. The new files are now at 5.0b8."
ZipBurst 2.1 supports Personal File Sharing
Dantowitz Consulting's ZipBurst 2.1 CGI now offers support for Mac OS Personal Web Sharing, allowing users to serve multi-threaded queries for databases large and small from any Mac with Websharing installed. Version 2.1 also adds support for a few more tags, nested tags, and improved I/O and multi-threading performance: "This CGI can easily replace more complex CGIs and middleware applications, simply save your database in a flat file TAB delimited format and you're off and running. " The $200 Lite version supports an unlimited number of users and databases on a single server, while the Pro version adds location-based searching. Special pricing is in effect through the end of the month; demos are available online.
Mirabilis releases ICQ 2.5b for Mac
Mirabilis has posted ICQ 2.5b, a new beta of its messaging client that brings firewall preferences, sortable messages, an import wizard for old accounts, and other enhancements.
Apple invests in online photo service
Apple Computer and HP are among the lead investors in the latest round of $41 million financing in Ofoto, Inc., an online photography service offering digital and film processing, top quality prints, private online image storing and sharing, editing tools and framing and other services. Ofoto says it will use the funding to bring new products and photo services to its market place, expand its customer base and expand the capacity of its digital photo processing labs.
NWN Haven: Watamaniuk Interview
Neverwinter Haven has posted an interview with Bioware's Preston Watamaniuk, Technical Designer on the company's 3D role-playing game, Neverwinter Nights. "It is my job to organize the possible spell and monster choices and to make sure we have a balanced system."
Tropico Character: Male Laborer
The male laborer, also known as a Construction Worker, is this week's Character Highlight for Tropico at PopTop Software's web site. "Without a large crew of laborers, you won't get much done. But with a large crew, you'll have a large subsector of blue-collar workers to keep happy."
Infogrames completes Hasbro acquisition
Infogrames announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Hasbro Interactive. MacSoft, the leading publisher of Mac entertainment software, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment and the company has expressed its desire to bring some of the Hasbro Interactive titles and brands to the Mac. MacSoft brought several Hasbro titles to the Mac in 2000 including Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk II and Wheel of Fortune.
Shock Therapy 1.1 Released
C.DEV has released Thunder Dome: Shock Therapy 1.1, a new version of its $15 Mac game that tests both memory and reflexes. Version 1.1 fixes a bug displaying scores over 1 million and numerous smaller bugs.
iDevGames: Making Mac Games
iDevGames.com has posted an article on making Mac games, breaking the process down into five steps and detailing the skills to learn, good reference books to buy, technologies specific to Mac game development and more.
Games: Oni Strategy Guide Ch. 01
games.macnn.com has posted the first level in its Oni Strategy Guide, Chapter 01: Trial Run - Syndicate Warehouse.
Strategy Guide: Oni
We have started our Oni Strategy Guide today with an illustrated guide to Chapter 01: Trial Run - Syndicate Warehouse which provides step-by-step instructions for completing the first level of the newly-released third-person 3D action game, Oni. Another level will be released each day until the guide is complete.
Button Builder 1.5: shareware multimedia tool
Button Builder 1.5, formerly Aquamatic, is a $10 shareware tool for creating "cool buttons for your website and multimedia projects. Everything about your button can be customised from it's dimensions, text options and a choice of many diffrent mac like colours."
Early PowerBook G4 orders begin shipping
Scott Kingston passed along an update on status of PowerBook G4 orders: "I have some good news, and it will hopefully only get better. I spoke with Angela at the Apple Store today, and she said she personally has seen orders for PowerBook G4s ship out as of this morning Monday, the 29th. I have a BTO 500/20g/128 that she says is scheduled to be shipped out late tuesday or early Wednesday for sure." (The Apple Store verified that many orders placed in the initial few days would go out this week.)
Mac aRa Modem Magic 4.5 updates Modem Drivers
Mac aRa Modem Magic 4.5 is has more than 200 Modem Drivers that optimize your 56K or ISDN Modem using the newest commands compatible with ITU 56K Standard V.90, and ITU V.92/V.44 Technology: "We even include 'compatibility bug-fixes' that help you get higher connect rates even if your ISP has old obsolete ITU 56K standard v.90, itu V.92/V.44 code, or errors in their ITU 56k standard V.90, itu V.92/V.44 code." The $40 collection is free to registered users of previous versions.
VueScan 6.5 adds features, fixes bugs
Hamrick Software's VueScan 6.5 adds an option to restore color of faded or uknown film types, improves native film correction, and has other bug fixes in the company's utility for producing high-quality scans using built-in advanced hardware capabilities most film scanners as well as performing batch scanning and color-balance and cropping adjustments.
New preview of 3vix decoder available
Happy Machines has released a second preview of its next generation video compression technology called 3ivx. A 3vix delta 1.0d2 decoder is available for download, while the encoder is currently reserved for 3ivx partners. The company claims that the new release is "5 to 20% better than the most efficient codecs out there."
Pre-order Mac OS X for delivery on March 24
Chris Petersen notes that MacMall is now accepting pre-orders for Mac OS X for $130, which is scheduled to be released on March 24. MacMall is offering overnight shipping and "guaranteed delivery on March 24th."
iMovie training offered in Atlanta
KAUi Software, an Atlanta-area Apple Solutions Expert in consulting and training and an Apple Developer since 1988, is offering hands-on training in iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Office 2001 and Adobe suite packages. The next iMovie training course, for $100, is scheduled for March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST.
Tech: Go.com closes; BIND security, Gnutella
Evening tech news: Disney will be closing its internet portal, Go.com; Security experts warn of a new software vulnerability in the BIND DNS application that could allow vandals to disrupt portions of the Internet by redirecting Web and e-mail traffic; and Gnutella's own developers admit more work is needed before the client sharing software will take off as a way to trade free music and other digital wares.
Cache Profiler 1.4b1 has OS 9.1 suppport
PowerLogix today announced a public beta of its G3/G4 Cache Profiler 1.4b1, with OS 9.1 compatibility. G3/G4 Cache Profiler is an all-in-one reporting and configuring software solution for any G3 or G4 upgrade card or PowerMac G3 or G4 computer, allowing users to enable/disable the backside cache, turn off speculative addressing to avoid technical issues and reports the speed and temperature of the processor and cache.
Review: Bungie\'s Oni
We have published a review of Oni, Bungie's third-person 3D action game which begins shipping today for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2.
Game Forum Highlights: Driver and more
Hot topics in our Mac Games forum include Driver for the Mac, tips for beating the final boss in Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force and ideas for role-playing games to create once the Coldstone Game Engine is released.
Roundup: Deus Ex MP patch update, more
Last Friday, Westlake Interactive indicated that they will soon be evaluating the decision to port the multiplayer patch for Deus Ex to the Mac, Aspyr Media released Alien Crossfire 1.2.1 to fix an issue with OS 9.1 and Westlake Interactive announced that Tomb Raider: Chronicles for the Mac had reached the alpha stage of development. We published Women in Gaming Part 2, an interview with the QgirlZ Quake III: Arena clan sponsored by NVIDIA, in addition to "Nordic Myth", a new desktop picture in Custer's Corner featuring Viking-themed third-person 3D action game Rune.
New additional fee-based service for Napster
Napster today said it will launch a subscription service--in addition to its current free Napster service--this summer that promises high-quality music downloads. Expected to go live in June or July, it will offer more reliable downloads, virus-free files, and "all songs will be available all the time."
Finance 4.1 updated with bug fixes
Finance 4.1 fixes a few bugs in the $20 shareware checking, savings, and credit card account management program.
PixMachineMac 1.06 stores more info
TechSono Engineering's $50 PixMachineMac 1.0.6 introduces a new 'Save-Headers' option to utility that can download, decode, and assemble files from Usenet, allowing users to store info about where the file was posted, who posted it, what server it came from, what PixNews document was used to downloaded it, and more.
MacZoop 2.5 C++ framework in final testing
Currently in final testing, the free C++ framework, MacZoop 2.5f2, for Mac development has "undergone some major changes in the last six months to keep it relevant to developers as we move forward to OS X and Carbon. It now includes full Carbon compatibility, new optional views architecture, specialised user-interface objects, and comprehensive drag and drop support.
Wyrm\'s Lair: Solo Baldur\'s Gate
Mac Baldur has updated its Wyrm Lair with an article providing tips and hints for successfully playing Baldur's Gate with a single character. "...I thought solo play of Baldur's Gate was a feat that was near impossible. Now, I consider solo the only way to play."
Q3F site update
The official Q3F web site has been updated with new screenshots and information on the upcoming Beta 1H release of the teamplay-based mod for Quake III: Arena. Beta 1H will include new atmospheric effects including realistic visuals such as footprints, snow and gas explosions.
Q3:A Hellfire Arena 1.25 Released
Hellfire Arena 1.25, a mod for Quake III: Arena, has been released. The new version fixes a number of different bugs from the previous version while also adding new features such as an option to allow the flame thrower to be randomly spawned on any map.
VirtualPC 4.01 updater available again
Connectix has reposted the English version of its VirtualPC 4.01 updater as well as French and German versions, after making it briefly available late last week.
EditDV purchases get CineStream for free
Media 100 is offering a free upgrade to CineStream (due at the end of February) with all new purchases of Digital Origin's EditDV 2.0 through February 28th. The $500 software-based authoring tool CineStream, which will replace EditDV, offers users the ability to create dynamic, rich interactive streaming video content for the web. EditDV is $500 before a $200 rebate on the product. (CineStream will be available to previously registered users of EditDV or MotoDV for $150.)
Q3:A Eternal Arena 3.6 Released
Eternal Arena 3.6 is the latest version of the mod for Quake III: Arena which combines a variety of different features and effects from other mods. Version 3.6 adds a zoom option to switch between progressive and normal, a new gamemode countdown, a reorganized menu, an option for a crosshair in third-person and more.
Soell\'s update on Halo
Bungie's Matt Soell brings a new insight into the development of Halo with his latest update which includes lots of minor programming fixes, a revision to the jeep and a system the programmers are using to tally each other's performance:
The Halo programmers have a small white board in their area. Written on the board are the names of all the programmers. Any time one of them breaks something in the code and does not tell the others, that programmer earns a letter. In essence they are playing a variant of the game "horse" although the word they are spelling out letter by letter is much cruder than "horse." I believe one of them is up to "K" now. I'm not entirely sure what happens to the anyone who completes the entire word, but if the word itself is any indication, it won't be pretty.
OSP 0.99r2 fixes bugs
Daydreamer 1.0.2 watches Web cam sites
Quandir Software has released Daydreamer 1.0.2, a small utility for viewing Internet Web cam sites. This version has better HTTP error handling and better status reporting and has more complete multithreading.
N2MP3 Pro 2.01 supports SoundDesigner files
Proteron today released N2MP3 Pro 2.01, an update to its $60 professinal audio application that adds the ability to encode SoundDesigner II format files for better interoperability with DigiDesign's ProTools and VST's Cubase as well as a handful of other bug fixes. A free demo is available online.
Shadowbane site updated with new screens
Wolfpack Studios has updated the official web site for Shadowbane with two new screenshots and two new wallpapers. "The two screenshots have our heroic Centaur venturing into the Desert Regions where he first finds an Irekei Temple and then comes face-to-face with a Giant Scorpion. The two wallpapers show off our Black Drake, the second also including a female Paladin." The massively multiplayer online role-playing game's Guild section has also been updated, showing Titles/Ranks for each Guild Type.
Oni Special Move: Backbreaker
Gathering of Developers' Oni Special Moves Feature concludes today with the Backbreaker, a punishing move that nearly always kills the opponent if successfully performed. This past weekend's moves included the Spinning Kick and Triple-Hit Haymaker. [flash 5 required]
Presidents3000 1.04 and States3000 1.02
Ken Winograd has released Presidents3000 1.04 and States3000 1.02, which are hangman-type word guessing games. Both new versions fix a bug that prevented the program from running if the user didn't have Internet Config libraries installed. Each game is $20 for a single-user license. [1.0 MB -- Presidents; 828KB -- States]
Tech: notebook shipments up, NBA Webcasts
Afternoon tech news: Worldwide, notebook shipments grew 21 percent year over year during the fourth quarter with IBM capturing the top spot, followed by Dell and Toshiba; RealNetworks will deliver live Internet broadcasts from the NBA (National Basketball Association) to its GoldPass subscription-only service members; and Toshiba is aggressively pushing companies to "Go Wireless" offering deep discounts and other incentives for deployment of company-wide 802.11b or BlueTooth networks.
Apple\'s latest turnaround plan
Apple's latest turnaround plan will "include fine-tuning the company's new internal sales force for the education market, thinning out stuffed inventory channels and securing commitments from outside developers for the company's new OS X upgrade," according to a report in the Business Journal.
Beta version of eBook Reader 2.0 available
Adobe today released eBook Reader 2.0b for Mac, a beta version of its freeware software for reading content generated through its PDF-based eBook technology. English and Japanese versions are available. (The company has also posted a final eBook Reader 2.0 reader for Windows and has announced its Windows-only Adobe Content Server 2.0 for securing and selling Adobe PDF-based e-books.)
Adobe introduces InDesign-Japanese 1.0
Adobe has released InDesign-J 1.0, the Japanese version of its page-layout and design software. Features include support for Japanese text, fonts and grid-based layout, both Roman and Japanese. It can run on Mac OS 8.6 or 9.0.
Internet Call Manager for Mac released
As anticipated last week, InfoInterActive today released ICM 2000 for Macintosh. The software displays the caller's name, phone number, city and state and gives users the option to answer incoming calls, ignore calls, transfer them to voice mail, transfer them to another phone number such as a cell phone, or acknowledge them with either a precorded or custom message.
ChessWorks 2.5.1 restores GameRanger support
Mike Bailey has posted ChessWorks 2.5.1, which restores GameRanger compatibility and fixes bugs with the 'Take move back' feature in his multi-player chess game that is playable over the internet or a LAN.
Gates: PC not dead
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates presented his vision of the PC and told members at the World Economic Forum that the PC is far from dead. "How the devices relate to each other is key," Gates said, echoing the thoughts of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who explained during his January 9 Macworld keynote how the Mac plays the role of the "digital hub" in the ever-changing industry.
Apple to exhibit at GDC in March
Apple will be exhibiting at the Game Developer Conference from March 20-24 in San Jose, CA.
\'1984\' second in USA Today\'s online poll
The results from USA Today's online poll for the greatest Superbowl ad were presented over the weekend on its TV special: "In an extremely close vote, the Joe Greene ad edged Apple Computer's landmark '1984' ad introducing the Macintosh computer by 309 votes of 72,894 votes cast."
Mac programmer needed for ICUII
Cyberation/ICUII, which recently stopped developing its Mac videochat client, is now looking for a new programmer to develop the next version of ICUII for the Mac.
The few, the proud DV \'preditors\'
Oxygen, a young cable network, feels that digital video is on the cutting edge of the revolution in television broadcasting. To train the troops on DV, Oxygen has created a hands-on, intensive, three-week DV Boot Camp, using Power Mac G4s, iMac DVs, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. "The main goal of DV Boot Camp is to train a cadre of producer-editors, called 'preditors' in Oxygen's parlance, capable of producing, shooting and editing television stories on their own."
Integrating Macs cross country
The Coleman Group, a branding and design consultancy, has successfully integrated 115 Macs in three different time zones. The system also includes a dozen printers, a phone system and the maintenance of the HVAC system and the electrical contracting in their largest office.
Tech: MS hires Akamai, Toshiba PDA
Morning tech news: Microsoft has hired Akamai Technologies, an Apple partner, to guard against hackers, according to the Wall Street Journal; Toshiba is planning to enter the PDA market this summer with its launch of a product in the U.S., European and Japanese markets; and analysts are suggesting that Microsoft needs to take a closer look at its security practices.
Bare Feats compares GeForce2 MX, Radeon
Bare Feats has published the results of its comparison between nVIDIA's GeForce2 MX and ATI's Radeon using a Power Mac G4/466.
Mail Beacon receives minor update
Mail Beacon 1.1 is a minor update that brings various small features and bug fixes to the $10 shareware utility for checking POP3 and IMAP mailboxes.
Buena Software updated Effects Pack #1
Buena Software has posted Effects Pack #1 1.5, a $30 collection of six filters and four transitions that can be used with any video editing application that supports QuickTime effects. The update is free to owners of version 1.0; a demo is available.
Video Funhouse 1.0: new \'goo\' utility
Video Funhouse 1.0 is a $25 "goo" utility for live video feeds or static images that allows you distory, shape, paint, freeze, and "play" with images using one of 7 brush tools or 7 video effects.
Multimode 3.9 adds \'very slow morse code\'
Black Cat Systems has released MultiMode 3.9, an update to its shareware utility for transmitting and receiving morse code, slow scan TV, and other modes. Version 3.9 adds QRSS (very slow morse code) as a Spectrum/FFT mode, display of peak frequencies in Spectrum mode, improved ACARS mode decoding, and other enhancements.
Apple skips out on Seybold Boston
Paul Constantine notes that Apple, like last year, will not have a presence at Seybold Boston this April, although the company will be exhibiting at Seybold San Francisco in September.
New Photoshop enhancements introduced
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Photoshop Brushes Vol. 4-7, four new volumes that contain 1,000 new brushes each. Pricing for each volume is $20. The company also introduced Custom Shapes Vol. 2 for Photoshop 6.0, which contains hundreds of shapes, textures, and brushes for $25.
Apple, Java impact biotechnology
William Gilbert of Informagen discusses the impact of Apple and Java on his work as a software engineer in the biotechnology and gene discovery fields.
CSM Bundle 2.1.5 receives minor update
Jeremy Kezer has posted Jeremy's CSM Bundle 2.1.5, a $15 shareware package of control strip modules designed to. This version enhances the Temperature CSM.
Roundup: Mac market share, NAMM news
Over the weekend we noted Steve Jobs' pledge to continue the fight for market share, new products from NAMM (SmartCode Pro, updated KOL plug-ins, Altiverb ), confirmation of Belkin's VGA-ADC adapter, and a new PowerBook G4 sleeve carrying case. We also noted the release of MacAMP 2.01, QuickTime authoring utility Alexander 1.0, and MacInstall 1.2.
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