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Monica 3.0b1: beta of download helper
Black Diamond has released a public beta of its popular download manager Monica 3.0b1, a $20 shareware "queue-based file download program for the Mac for downloading files from the Internet using ftp, Hotline and http protocols." This version brings better support for non-standard FTP and HTTP servers, better handling of queue-enabled Hotline servers, better stability, HTML-based documentation, and GUI changes.
Create Web page thumbnails: MuchoThumbs 1.0b1
MuchoThumbs 1.0b1 for OS X is a developmental Carbon version of its application for creating a large number of web pages extremely rapidly: "[it] is specifically written to produce thumbnails web pages and all linked pages, starting from an images folder."
iSlideShow 1.0pb1: create slideshows for Web
iSlideShow 1.0pb1, now in public beta, is an application for creating slide shows for multimedia projects and webpages. The $10 shareware QuickTime-savvy application is Carbonized and includes over 65 diffrent transitional effects, QT export routines, and offers full drag & drop support.
Apple upgrades all (US) Mac OS X orders
Joshua Botts reports that the Apple Store has upgrade all orders of Mac OS X to FedEx Saturday delivery, including those that were to ship via standard UPS: "Just wanted to let you know that I got the Fed Ex Saturday Delivery Upgrade on my order even though I had UPS as my carrier. Apple must have decided to give everyone a treat, not just those that wanted expedited shipping. Of course I'd be a little mad if I paid the extra $10 now...." Previously, we noted that Apple had upgraded all orders with FedEx delivery to Saturday delivery.
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iTunes Assciator 1.6 helps play mp3 w/iTunes
Josiah Pugh has released iTunes Associator 1.6 which batch converts mp3s for use with iTunes. This version adds new filters, and a Pro version is included.
Generator 0.17 fixes bugs, adds emulation
The Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Mac, Generator/MacOS v0.17, fixes a long-standing bug that caused slow music in some games, adds SN79476 sound emulation, and is now carbonized for MacOS X.
Sony evaluating Virtual GameStation on Xbox
Following a settlement earlier this week between Connectix and Sony and agreement to "advance emulation programs," Sony is reportedly evaluating the possibility of adopting Connectix's PlayStation emulation software 'Virtual Game Station' to Microsoft's XBox.
Button Builder 1.7 adds Website templates
RealMac Software's Button Builder 1.7, for both OS X and Mac OS Classic, adds Website templates and updated button designs, and better documentation to the $10 shareware for creating button-type graphics for the Web and multimedia projects.
Apple Retail Stores in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Business Times confirms a report from last week, noting Apple's plans to enter the retail market with Apple-branded stores, adding that "along with plans to establish flagship sites in larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Apple is working to bring retail stores [2-3] to the Pittsburgh market. [It] hopes to have stores open in Western Pennsylvania by the end of the year."
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