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OmniWeb 4.0 brings robust browsing to OS X
OmniWeb 4.0, a new version of The Omni Group's web browser created exclusively for Mac OS X, brings a full-featured, fast, and solid browser to the early adopters of Apple's new operating system.
Reviews: PowerBook G4, Laptop Cases, Firewall
This week we have posted reviews of Apple's PowerBook G4 Titanium, Willow Design's PowerBook G4 Case, STM's Sport LapBack and Norton Personal Firewall.
pro Fit 5.6b5: scientific data analysis
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0b5, a prerelease, Carbon version of QuantumSoft's tool for scientific data and mathematical function analysis that runs natively on Mac OS X. Version B5 has been updated to run on the final version of Mac OS X and comes with full on-line help and support for the new Aqua user interface.
Screen Catcher 2.3.3: MouseWorks problem fix
St. Clair Software has released Screen Catcher 2.3.3, an update to its $25 screen capture utility to fix problems introduced with earlier versions of Kensington's MouseWorks software.
Apple solicits OS X customization submissions
Mac OS X My Way is Apple's Website dedicated to Mac OS X customization and is soliciting submissions: "We'd like to see how you set up Mac OS X on your Macintosh to fit your personal style and work requirements. Use Mac OS X's cool Mail program to send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org." Requirements for submission are listed on the page.
OS X launch: reader experiences
While most have been generally positive, several readers provided first-hand negative experiences about the launch of OS X:
[Bill Davis] I'm writing to alert readers of my poor experience purchasing Mac OS X this morning at CompUSA in Alexandria, VA (Store # 477). When I arrived at 10:15 AM, the new software was nowhere to be found and the Apple store-within-a-store was looking pretty bleak. When I asked the information desk about OS Ten's whereabouts, the sales associate first told me that it wasn't out yet, then informed me that the proper pronunciation was Mac OS "Ex." After asking him to look into it a little further, he saw that it was in stock but still sitting in the warehouse. He went to look for it and vanished. After 20 minutes of standing around with several others waiting for Mac OS X, I noticed that CompUSA was only handing out INDIVIDUAL COPIES of the software from behind the counter for those people who actually knew to ask for it.
[anonymous] I run an apple only dealership, I read that if I were to preorder copies of OS X from either of Apple's distributers, Ingram Micro or TechData, I would have copies by the time of it's release. Today is Saturday March 24 and I'm yet to see a single copy, not even a demo copy, to show customers how it works. With all the recent news of Apple's plans to build retail stores, I allready feel like I'm going to be driven out of bussiness, but then they can't even send me a copy of there most important opperating system in seventeen years. I makes me want to shut my doors, and buy a PC.
FAKK2, Alice among new OS X games from Omni
As noted yesterday, MacNN has confirmed that OmniGroup will be bringing four new games to Mac OS X, including Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, Bungie's Oni, Heavy Metal: FAKK2, and American McGee's Alice. The games will be published by Aspyr, Gathering of Developers, MacPlay, and Aspyr, respectively.
Tesco sparks price war in UK
UK supermarket giant Tesco has sparked a computer price war by selling pre-Tokyo iMacs for £699, £100 less than Apple charges, forcing UK authorized reseller Dixons to sell its remaining inventory at the same price. Although Tesco's iMacs are "flying off the shelves," it has apparently frustrated Apple, who has refused to appoint Tesco an official retailer, according to UK-based newspaper, The Sun.
Pre-Lister 3.7b1 adds new eBay categories
Black Magik Software has released Pre-Lister 3.7b1, a beta of its offline auction-listing utility for use with eBay that adds support for new category changes and has other fixes.
NotePad Deluxe 2.1.3 goes Carbon
Faust\'s Friend 2.0 adds MacNN headlines
Newtourage 0.3b3: sync Entourage w/ a Newton
Newtourage 0.3b3 allows users of Apple's Newton MessagePads to synchronize their Names, To-Do's, Calendar and Notes applications with Microsoft Entourage. The new beta adds a "Default Address" option, support for connecting via the printer port (in addition to the modem port and AppleTalk), and better error handling.
Omnis Studio 3: cross-platform development
Raining Data has released OmniStudio 3 for OS X. The rapid development environment optimized for Web development and database connectivity can be used to develop and deploy applications under Windows, Linux, and MacOS for diverse markets such as healthcare, human resources, publishing, customer relationship management, e-business, education, government, and more. An evaluation copy for the release version of OS X is available for download.
CD Finder 3.1: Carbonized disk catalog tool
CDFinder 3.1 is billed as "the first" disk cataloger tool for OS X. The $20 shareware now catalogs contents with a Finder-like hierarchy, provides stats via a 'Get Info' window, and fixes several bugs. [PPC, Carbon]
URL Manager 3.0d6 adds launching services
Alco Blom's popular bookmark manager, URL Manager Pro 3.0d6, is an update to his special preview version, bringing support for new LaunchServices API only available in the release version of Mac OS X (users can launch Internet applications by double-clicking bookmarks).
Xicons: new icon sets for OS X release
Xicons.com today released two special sets of icons for Mac OS X in celebration of the operating system's launch. Xicons now offers over 1300 unique icons for Mac OS X in 127 individual sets. Their current icon submission contest ends March 31st.
OS X: OmniWeb 4.0, Audio 2.1PR2, Eudora...
With the official release of Mac OS X today, osx.macnn.com has news on a final release of OmniWeb 4.0 updated software on iDisks, and new OS-X specific icons as well as on other software updates such as Audio 2.1PR2, Eudora 5.1b9, LightWave 6.5b, GraphicConverter 4.05, URL Manager 3.0d6, and a new Cocoa-based ftp client called iFTP. Several other applications were announced yesterday for Mac OS X, including Dantz's Retrospect Client, four new OS-X games from Omni Group, IDL scientific visualization software, and Wolfram's Mathematica. [updated 9:40 am ET]
Audion 2.1PR2 has Quartz interface support
Panic has posted Audion 2.1 PR2 for Mac OS X, an update to its popular MP3 player that brings support for customizable Quartz interfaces: "over 500 Audion faces sport live, real-time Mac OS X-native shadows, highlights, and transparencies." It also offers multiple playlist windows, equalization, Karaoke-mode, speed control, linked playlist, popularity ratings, DJ-style crossfading, and much more, Audion is the premier MP3 tool for Mac OS X users.
Roundup: Apple software, upgrade notes...
Yesterday we noted Carbon versions of Apple's iTunes, iMovie 2.1 and AppleWorks 6.1 (preview). Other updates covered XLR8 and Sonnet's statements on OS X compatibility for their upgrade cards, new software on user iDisks, and instructions for installing OS X from a hard disk. Software updates include new Asante drivers, Graphic Converter 4.05, Eudora 5.1b9, and LightWave 6.5B.
iFTP: new Cocoa-based ftp client
Gideon Softworks has posted iFTP prc1 is a new Cocoa-based graphical ftp client that has support for both local and remote file filtering, bookmarks, threaded connectivity, remote file editing/viewing, download schedules, and a modular architecture. The pre-order price is $25 until July, when it will increase to $30.
Roundup: AppleWorks 6.1, firmware, OS X...
Yesterday we noted a Carbon version of iTunes and iMovie 2.1, AppleWorks 6.1 updater (which also includes a Carbon preview of the application for OS X users), Apple's Starup Disk 9.2.1, Sanyo's new 24x CD-RW, new Lexmark printers, and Apple's firmware updates for iMacs, iBooks, PowerBooks, Cubes, and G4 Power Macs. Other updates included GraphicConverter 4.05, CalcX 1.0, and others.
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