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REALbasic 3.1b2: cross-platform development
REALbasic 3.1b2 is the latest development version of REAL Software's cross-platform development tool for Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows. Version 3.1b2 uses REALbasic 3 registration and will run in "limited" demo mode for other users.
Nisus Email 1.5: adds better search options
Nisus Email 1.5, a free update to Nisus's Finder-like email client, brings fast email and text searching options, resizable windows, auto-expansion of addressees, better support for attachments, filtering options for both incoming and outgoing mail and performance improvements. A 30-day demo is available online.
MySQL Monitor 1.6.3: better OS X support
MacSQL Monitor 1.6.3 is an update to the application for managing SQL databases from the MacOS, including MySQL, ODBC, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and JDBC database servers. Version 1.6.3 brings several bug fixes and better support under Mac OS X. [full--2.1MB; update--865KB]
Apple covers Majesty, SiN Gold
Apple has published an article covering MacPlay's two debut releases, Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim and SiN Gold. The article includes details on the titles as well as comments from MacPlay President Diane Zammit, Cyberlore President Joe Minton and Ritual Entertainment co-founder Mark Dochtermann.
Unreal Fortress Build 489 Released
Unreal Fortress Build 489 is the latest version of the popular team-based mod for Unreal Tournament. The new version adds two new maps, a prematch system for setting up map rotations, voting and other preferences, and various other improvements and tweaks to bots, weapons, equipment and the user interface.
By Design releases Austerlitz 1805
By Design, Inc. has released a new Napoleonic wargame for the Mac, Austerlitz 1805. The new game, which is based on the Waterloo Campaign engine, covers the battle between Napolean and the Austrian/Russian alliance. Austerlitz 1805 features...
Improvements made to head-controlled mouse
Gyration and Boost Technology have announced a newly-formed partnership to bring more advanced and empowering input devices to disabled computer users. As part of the partnership, Boost Technology's head-controlled mouse called the Tracer will incorporate Gyration's patented GyroPoint technology, "a unique method by which an inertial motion sensor detects natural movement to control a cursor on a remote display." The Tracer will also incorporate Gyration's radio frequency technology to avoid the line of sight difficulties with products that use infrared for communication. The Tracer is compatible with both Macs and PCs.
CNet: Will Wright Interview
C|NET has published an interview with Maxis' Will Wright, creator of The Sims. Wright talks about a number of different issues including the appeal of the game to both men and women, the effect that the bestselling game has had on the industry and the upcoming online version of The Sims. "[The Sims Online] is going to be totally different," says Wright. "It's an entirely different game, because all of a sudden the things that you want to be doing are different. People will have much broader bandwidth to interact with the characters now that they know they're real."
Games: Links LS 2000 1.0.4, Rogue Spear maps
games.macnn.com has information on a 1.0.4 patch for Links LS 2000, more from Bungie on Halo's switch to first-person, new maps for the Mac version of Rogue Spear and more.
GameRanger adds Gridz
Scott Kevill today announced the addition of Gridz to his multiplayer online gaming service, GameRanger. Green Dragon Creations' Gridz joins 64 other games currently supported by the service for Mac users. Simultaneously with this announcement, Green Dragon Creations has released Gridz 1.4.1 which primarily adds GameRanger support. [updated]
Medical Billing Circle 6.6 has new functions
The cross-platform billing software for medical professionals, Medical Billing Circle 6.6, includes new scheduling functions, cross platform graphics, cross indexing of diagnoses and services, policies, places of service, e-mail options, customization of ouput designs, statements, data caching, imports/exports routines and duplication functions.
Default Folder 3.1 edits \"Get Info\" comment
St. Clair Software's Default Folder 3.1 adds convenient editing of "Get Info" comments from within files dialogs using Default Folder's Get Info command, improved arrow-command-key shortcuts in the Nav Services Save dialogs, and the ability to turn of recent files for better performance in creating/accessing recent items menu.
Server Sentinal 2.03: better POP,IMAP support
Intelli Innovations' Server Sentinel 2.0.3, an update to its server management and downtime notification software; it now offers nhanced POP3 and IMAP server checking and other minor enhancements.
Links LS 2000 1.0.4 fixes bug
MacSoft and Green Dragon Creations have released version 1.0.4 of Links LS 2000, the golf simulation for the Mac. The new version fixes a bug that caused saved games to be written incorrectly and therefore made some MOPs unable to resume.
DR: Unreal II Interview
Daily Radar has published an interview with Legend Entertainment's Mike Verdu, studio head at the company developing the highly anticipated Unreal II. While the game will take place in the same fictional universe as the original Unreal, Unreal II will feature a new main character, new game locations and all-new action and gameplay.
Arena released for Deus Ex MP
Mac Deus Ex has released a new mapArenafor the Mac version of the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch. The map features multiple gladiator-type arenas connected together as well as fires/flames and heavy weapons.
Roundup: Apple, Sears; Connectix, Sony...
Yesterday we noted Apple and Sears will be terminating their reseller agreement as well as an end to Connectix and Sony's legal disputes over Virtual GameStation. Other updates included Wolfram Research's CalculationCenter, wireless networks with speeds up to 50MB/sec, and Adobe's quarterly results as well as PhotoPage 1.3, Vicomsoft application updates, and VueScan 7.01.
D2Network: Roper Interview
German fan site Diablo II Network has published an interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Bill Roper on the company's upcoming expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. As Roper notes, the company will be changing the mana cost and power for some of the skills including spells cast by the sorceress. "The sorceress needed five or six meteors to kill a monster," notes Roper, "but now two of them will be enough." (Our interview last Friday with Blizzard Entertainment's Brian 'Doc' Love provides information on the Mac version of the game and additional gameplay details.)
GS: Two new Red Faction movies
GameSpot has released two more movies featuring in-game footage of Volition's Red Faction, the first-person shooter that will be released first on the Playstation 2 followed by releases on the Mac and PC.
HBO: Soell Interview
halo.bungie.org has published an interview with Bungie Community Guy Matt Soell to discuss the recent movies and screenshots from Halo released at Gamestock 2001. Soell touches on the new first-person perspective, and the possibility that users may be able to toggle between first and third-person. "We'll probably force perspective during cutscenes," says Soell, "but outside of that I really don't know if the game will allow you to toggle between first and third whenever you like."
Blizzard seeks texture artist
Among other positions that the company is looking to fill, Irvine, California-based Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced 3D Environmental/Structural Texture Artist. "The position would entail creating textures that can be tiled for 3D objects ranging from rocks and trees to the interior of structures such as great space vessels and mystical castles." The company's currently known projects include Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos.
DAMN releases new RS maps
Compact keyboard offers USB, Mac support
PFU America today introduced its Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2," which it says is about half the size of a letter-size paper. The $70 compact keyboard is based on SUN Type5 UNIX keyboard and has only 65 keys--all of which "are within reach without moving the wrists." Due in March, it offers a USB interface as well as two built-in USB ports and "true arrow keys".
LogoTypeMaker 2.0: selecting logo typefaces
Blue Line Studios has released LogotypeMaker 2.0 Pro for assisting "graphics professionals choosing an appropriate typeface in the early stages of creating a logotype. Version 2.0 brings bolean sorting of fonts, typesetting of user-selected fonts, application preference settings, an Undo/Redo command and drag & drop support for native documents. It is a $10 upgrade for registered users of the $25 application.
OS X to ship in India in July
Apple will introduce Mac OS X in India in July, 2001: "Mac Os X, which is currently under beta testing by several companies, will be shipped to Asian markets like Singapore and Hong Kong from March 24. The suggested retail price for Singapore is Singapore $221 while the Hong Kong price would be HK $100. The Indian price has, however, not been decided as the launch is four months away, sources said. "
MonkeyMog at GDC
Monkeybyte.com has announced that its MonkeyMog, a 1965 Mercedes-Benz Unimog military radio vehicle, will appear at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose this month. "Its 10x6 foot "radio box" has been refurbished with blue velvet padded walls and black shag carpet, which presents a contrast to its camouflage exterior." The office on wheels will provide a meeting place for press and clients.
Console: All-Star Baseball 2002 PS2
Morning console news: Acclaim Sports' All-Star Baseball 2002 ships today for the Playstation 2; Nintendo has announced that it has increased the amount of Game Boy Advance handhelds it will ship at launch from 1 million to 1.1 million in the face of strong demand (2.7 million had already pre-ordered in January); and Isao Okawa, the chairman of Sega who offered to spend $730 million of his own money to help the bleeding company after announcing that it would discontinue production of its Dreamcast console, died of heart failure on Friday at the age of 74.
Europe to get OS X on March 26th
After noting that overnight Mac OS X orders in the US had been upgraded to Saturday delivery, European readers report receiving confirmation that their orders would be delivered on Monday, 26th (rather than on Saturday, March 24, the official release date of the OS).
Tech: Adobe stock up, Compaq warns...
Morning tech news: Adobe was up 7% in preopen Island trading after posting better-than-expected first-quarter earnings of 33 cents a share. Compaq warned it would fail to meet earnings expectations for the third quarter by at least 22 percent and would lay off approximately 7 percent of its workforce.
OneApp Clean Text 1.2.2: text cleaning util
OneApp Clean Text 1.2.2 brings a few user interface improvements to the $15 shareware that eliminates all text formatting, removes empty lines, multiple spaces, tab characters, fixes paragraphs and performs other text manipulation functions. It is available in English, Spanish, and Italian.
Onflow authoring app to soon support Macs
Onflow, a developer of technology for creating high-impact graphics, says it will soon support a Mac authoring system that allows companies to deliver TV-quality banners and full-screen advertising in files with sizes between 5 and 50k. Onflow's other services detailed, near real-time reporting with user behavior reports. A Mac version of its browser plug-in is available at its site.
Optigold ISP 2.6.9: new invoicing, signup
Optigold ISP 2.6.9 an update to the cross-platform business software package that runs all aspects of an internet service provider adds several new feature requests, new invoicing functions, new billing functions, new online signup functions, etc.
URL Manager for OS X
Alco Blom's URL Manager Pro on X, his popular professional bookmark manager for Mac OS. The preview, which has yet to implement Shared Menus and printing, will expire on April 24, 2001.
PrinterSwitch 1.6 has OS 9.1 compatibility
Brookline Software's updated shareware application for choosing printers without using the traditional Mac OS Chooser, Printer Switch 1.6, includes a "completely rewritten" Control Strip Module and a new application, which it says provides better compatiblity when used with Microsoft apps such as Microsoft Word and also brings a one-button installer application as well as Mac OS 9.1 compatibility.
oAzium Events 3.0: script scheduling in FMPro
oAzium Events 3.0, based on Waves in Motion's Script Scheduler, is a "reworked" version of the company's $90 FileMaker Pro database plug-in for script scheduling and control, allowing developers to manage multiple schedules via a point-and-click interface, trigger FileMaker Pro scripts on schedules or at user-specified actions, and schedule the opening and closing of databases. A demo is available online.
iPOBox 2.1 provides email notifications
iPObox 2.1 can quickly check email accounts without running your email application to provide visual and audio notification of emails. The $10 shareware supports multiple POP email accounts, Internet Config, encrypted passwords, and "skins."
Mac OS X available to Student ADC Members
Apple is seeding a release candidate of Mac OS X to student ADC members, after sending copies last week to its Select and Premier Developers: "a special edition of the monthly ADC Seed mailing is on its way to ADC Student members. This mailing contains Mac OS X Release Candidate Installation and Developer Tools CDs," noting that those with Public Beta Developer Tools need to take special steps when installing the release candidate...
SMTP services with Mac.com email
Josh Rafofsky writes about new SMTP services with Apple's iTools services, noting that it now provides authenticated SMTP services for all registered users.
QuickTime 5.01b15 continues development
Developers report that Apple's QuickTime team has seeded yet another version of QuickTime 5, which has a minor bug for those upgrading to the latest Windows version: "The software has been updated to Version 5.0.1 Beta 15. This new version is a Developer Seed. I'm not sure if it is available to all using the Update Software function, or only to those on the Kicktam seed. Give it a try!" QT 5 is set to be released with Mac OS X on March 24th.
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