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Icon Machine 3.0b1 offers new OS X features
The $25 shareware Icon Machine 3.0b1, now in beta, is a $10 upgrade to the Mac icon editor and offers "editing of all icon sizes from 16x12 Mini to OS X's 128x128 Thumbnail."
Resource and Data file editor for OS X
Resorcerer 2.4, described as the "first" OS X resource and data file editor, offers new support for data-fork-based resource files; large Mac OS X icons; hex, binary, and unicode displays of very large data files; object-model scriptability; new integrated developer utility tools; and an interface overhaul.
WeatherCenter 1.0rc1: Weather tracking
WeatherCenter 1.0rc1 is the initial release of the $10 application for monitoring current weather conditions, as well as access to national U.S. weather service forecasts for your area and nationwide. The software can be used freely for a month, at which time you must register. Mac OS X support will be added in a future release.
icWord 1.2: Open Word files with accuracy
icWord 1.2, a $20 application for opening Microsoft Word files with the original formatting preserved, now reads files with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other double-byte languages. In addition, the new version adds sound support, footnotes as numbered endnotes, support for Unicode text files, can run in the Classic environment of Mac OS X, and other fixes and improvements.
E3: First look at Myth III: The Wolf Age
Mumbo Jumbo Studios has released the first in-game screenshots from Myth III: The Wolf Age, the real-time strategy game prequel to Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter, which were originally created by Bungie Software. The game is expected to be released for the Mac in November or December 2001 by MacSoft.
E3: Star Trek DS9: The Fallen in 2-3 weeks
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen, a third-person 3D action-adventure game from Simon & Schuster Interactive that uses the Miles Sound System, will ship in two to three weeks, according to MacGamer. Additional Mac titles from the company are not expected until additional retail channels for Mac games become available.
E3: Logitech unveils new game peripherals
Logitech has introduced four new Mac- and PC-compatible USB-based gamepads, wheels, and joysticks: WingMan Action Pad, WingMan Formula GP, WingMan Attack 2, and WingMan Precision USB. The WingMan Action Pad will be available in June while the remaining three peripherals will be available in August.
VirusBarrier 1.6 kills "LoveLetter", more
Intego has released VirusBarrier 1.6, a new version of its antivirus software for the Mac. The new version is able to detect and eradicate email attachments infected by PC viruses, such as "LoveLetter," and also includes other improvements.
Epson ColorLife Photo Paper introduced
Epson plans to release its new ColorLife Photo Paper this August. Designed to be used with the company's current- and previous-generation dye-based photo printers, Epson ColorLife Photo Paper offers a combination of image quality, lightfastness, and resistance to atmospheric contaminants. Tests have rated the lightfastness of the paper at 25-27 years before noticeable fading will occur when prints are displayed under glass in normal indoor display conditions. The 20-sheet pack of letter-size paper will have an estimated street price of $17, and a 20-sheet pack of Super B (13" x 19") paper will have an estimated street price of $57.
Cocoa programming class in June
Big Nerd Ranch, which normally offers a class in Asheville, NC, will be offering a 5-day class on Programming OS X with Cocoa in Atlanta, GA from June 11-15. Big Nerd Ranch class fees include five days of instruction, course materials, room and board, and 24-hour computer lab access.
AOL for OS X 4F available for beta testing
America Online has posted AOL for Mac OS X 4F, which addresses "many issues with the AOL for Mac OS X 2a software [and] also includes tunneling support, improved stability, and increased functionality." It is available from AOL via keyword "beta".
Evolution NeckPhone: Wireless MP3 player
Evolution Technologies has introduced the "world's first" wireless digital MP3 player, Evolution NeckPhone. The $250 Evolution NeckPhone is a headset-type MP3/FM radio combination that features CD-quality sound with an ergonomic, hands-free, lightweight design. The unit comes standard with 32 MB memory, and additional memory is available in 16-, 32- and 64-megabyte increments. The Evolution NeckPhone Software, which allows users to transfer music from their computer to the device, is both Mac- and PC-compatible.
New 4D plugin helps develop TCP code
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.0.0b1, a 4th Dimension component that provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension, including 4D Internet Commands v6.7.x, Internet ToolKit v2.0.x, and Internet ToolKit v2.5.x. One-year developer licenses are $100 (with a $50 per year extension fee) and are available at a 50% discount when purchased with Internet ToolKit 2.5.
Qilan 2.0: web application development tool
CommonGround Softworks has released Qilan 2.0, an upgrade to its web application development environment that improves transaction handling performance and provides access to additional SQL databases via JDBC connectivity as well as Fast cgi support, a new session server, 128-bit encryption, and creation of data-relationships "on-the-fly." The package supports Frontbase, Helix Rade, MS SQL Server, Openbase, and Paradox databases.
Avid to bundle Sonic DVD Fusion
Sonic Solutions and Avid have announced a new partnership whereby Avid will bundle Sonic DVD Fusion LE, a DVD authoring solution for the Mac, with Avid Xpress Deluxe and Avid Express Elite.
E3: Disney unveils new Mac games
Disney Interactive has announced nine new games for the Mac, including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Third Edition and Kids Edition, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Junior Game, and several titles in the company's learning and girl game series.
Web Server 4D 3.5.2: E-commerce solution
Web Server 4D 3.5.2 is a minor update to the e-commerce web solution for the Mac. The new version includes several new features, including a new tag that allows database results to include links on any field, including graphics, which allows database result pages to "look friendlier and have more flexibility." WS4D/eCommerce 3.5.2 adds support for the WorldPay credit card gateway and changes made at Verisign and LinkPoint.
Westlake preps upcoming Mac games
Westlake Interactive has made a number of announcements today concerning its lineup of upcoming Mac games, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, American McGee's Alice, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, and Rune: Halls of Valhalla. In addition, the company has provided updates on the Unreal Tournament OpenAL patch and an updated Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch.
BBEdit 6.1.2: HTML and text editor
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 6.1.2, an update to its HTML and text editor. Version 6.1.2 adds improved compatibility with a wide variety of FTP servers, improved performance under Mac OS X, and support for previewing HTML documents in OmniWeb, along with various other interface refinements and fixes for reported issues. A full list of changes is available at the company's Web site.
E3: LucasArts unveils Jedi Knight II
LucasArts Entertainment has announced a new game in the Jedi Knight series, Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II for the PC. The action game, which will be developed jointly by LucasArts and Raven Software (creators of Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force), will use id Software's Quake III: Arena engine and is expected to be ported to the Mac, although no official details are available.
E3: Max Payne trailer released
3D Realms has released a new 2:39 minute trailer featuring in-game footage of Max Payne, a third-person 3D action game that will be coming to the Mac via MacSoft. No official release date for the game has been announced.
E3: Kutoka unveils Mia: Just in Time!
Kutoka Interactive has announced a new math adventure game for kids ages 6 to 10, Mia: Just in Time! Following on the success of award-winning titles Mia: The Search for Grandma's Remedy and Mia 2: Romaine's New Hat, Mia: Just in Time! offers two CD-ROMs that take Mia on adventures through her fire-consumed backyard to a nearby shed, a mole's underground den, the tree trunk laboratory where the time machine is being assembled, and eventually to the house as it stood before the blaze. Children are asked to solve equations, identify geometric shapes, work with number sequences, and answer various numerical questions cleverly integrated into the plot. Mia: Just in Time! will be available on hybrid (Mac/PC) CDs in August 2001 for $25.
DealNN: iMac upgrade ($295), more
Today's bargains at DealNN include a NewerTech G3/466 iMac upgrade ($295), G4/450 DP plus 256MB RAM ($1,595), iBook SE Graphite ($999), Power Mac G4/400 ($1,200), iMac DV/400 ($749), Mac OS 9 ($79), Umax Astra 2100U scanner ($44), MacAlly PCI USB Card ($29), and LaCie 4x4x24x USB CD-RW ($160).
PCalc 2.2.2: Scientific calculator
PCalc 2.2.2 is an update to the scientific calculator that resolves some issues with OS X (the application is fully Carbonized).
Plasma Tunnel Saver 1.2: screensaver for OS X
Plasma Tunnel Saver v1.2 for OS X is a new screen saver that offers a randomize function and a configuration dialog to customize the colors of the tunnel.
Sony to ship DVD-recordable system
Sony will join the ranks of Apple and Compaq in offering a DVD recorder with one of its systems when it ships the VAIO PCV-RX490TV in June. The system features a 1.7 GHz Pentium 4, DVD-RW drive, 128 MB RAM, an 80 GB Hard Drive, and a built-in TV tuner which can be used to record television content to a DVD. The system will sell for $2,500 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Troll Touch ships touch-screen iBook
Troll Touch has begun shipping its $600 touch-screen device for Apple's new iBook. Drivers for the device, as well as its other Mac products, are currently available for Mac OS 8/9, with OS X drivers due shortly.
Apple Expo 2001 announced
Apple Expo 2001 will take place September 26-30 at the Porte De Versailles in Paris, France.
iBuild: an alternative to HyperCard
iBuild is a new multimedia authoring and presentation tool, billed as an alternative to HyperCard and PowerPoint. iBuild Lite, which consists of the player and a limited editor, is available free of charge while iBuild Pro, for creating iBuild stacks, cost $50 (on sale for $30 through May 30). iBuild Developer, for creating stand-alone applications that can be commercially distributed, is $200.
Nuendo for Mac ships
Steinberg recently began shipping Nuendo for Mac, its complete audio production solution is aimed at the film, video, and interactive media markets. Nuendo is a modular system consisting of audio software and several hardware accessories, with features up to 200 tracks of 32 bit/96 kHz digital audio, advanced-featured surround mixing, a Video-Track, and MIDI-Tracks.
Roundup: Miles Sound System for Mac ships
Yesterday RAD Game Tools released the Miles Sound System for the Mac. Other reports included Napster's preparations for its pay service, a new 24x10x40 FireWire CD-RW, an update on Tropico, Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 reaching GM, Office 2001: The Missing Manual, and ATI's RADEON roadmap. Software releases included SNES9X 1.3.7, Extension Overload 5.8.3, MailBurst 2.1.3, and Liquid Player Five 5.1.
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