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db Reports 2.5.1 adds FrontBase support
db Reports 2.5.1 is a report writing application that can visualize, format, and print data from 4D Server 6.5, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, Valentina databases. This version adds FrontBase support as well as fixes copy/paste issues.
PasswordWaller 2.5 gets new features
Selznick Scientific's PasswordWallet 2.5, offers improved scrolling, better operation with the Keychain, and other enhancements to the shareware management tool for securely storing and organizing passwords.
BetterCalc 3.4: type-as-you-go calc
BetterCalc 3.4 is a calculator that "can display everything you type as you type it, while constantly auto-updating the total...[it] supports the true mathematical order of operation, as well as exponents and brackets." Version 3.4 adds better support for MacOS X, including CoreGraphics antialiasing, Mac OS X Window menu, and keyboard-board based shortcuts.
Funnel Web Analyzer 4.0.3 released
Funnel Web Analyzer 4.0.3 is a new version of Quest Software's popular tool for analyzing Web site traffic and online consumer behavior. Version 4.0.3 adds a 15% improvement in speed and memory footprint as well as a new "Flushing mode" feature to enable processing of gigabytes worth of log data. The new version also supports new international language format files for support of non-roman character sets such as Chinese and Japanese. [Standard: 8.6 MB; Enterprise: 8.3 MB]
Aspyr releases Deus Ex Multiplayer 1112
Aspyr Media has released Deus Ex Multiplayer Update 1112, a new version of the multiplayer-enabled version of the action/role-playing/adventure game originally created by Ion Storm. Version 1112 brings the Mac version up-to-date with the PC version, fixes a bug with NVIDIA graphics cards, and adds EAX support for owners of Creative's SoundBlaster Live! sound cards.
MacInstall 1.2.5b1: A simple installer
Public Access Software's MacInstall 1.2.5b1 is a new version of its $20 Carbonized software installer targeted at shareware and freeware authors. Version 1.2.5 adds initial support for long file names (up to 255 characters) and substantially reduces the overall installer aplication file size when using MacInstall Compression.
24U Transcoding Plug-In for FileMaker Pro
24U has released its 24U Transcoding Plug-In 1.0 for FileMaker Pro versions 4.0 through 5.5 for Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows. The $19 plug-in lets users translate any text from one charset into another, using one of the supplied or your own transcoding tables. In addition, the plug-in can convert text and decimal numbers into hexadecimal form, and vice versa.
Wi-Fi (AirPort) gaining wide acceptance
The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) has announced that 138 Wi-Fi certifications have been awarded since March 2000, with over 70 products receiving certification this year. Among the growing list of Wi-Fi products are Apple's AirPort Base Station and AirPort Card, which pioneered wireless access as a standard on notebook computers.
John Brandon becomes Apple VP
Apple has announced that John Brandon will join the company as vice president of the America and Asia Pacific, leading its sales for the U.S., Canada, South America, and Asia Pacific, excluding education and Apple's retail stores. Brandon previously served as president and CEO of Academic Systems Corporation (ASC), the leading supplier of technology-based content to the higher education market, and spent ten years at Adobe Systems, including a three-year post as vice president and general manager of North America.
BusinessWeek: Apple should avoid handhelds
BusinessWeek Online's Charles Haddad believes it would be an ill-fated move for Apple to enter the handheld market, either by creating their own device or acquiring Palm or Handspring. Rather, he believes the company would be better served by focusing on making sure the devices on the market are compatible with desktop Macs. "I wouldn't be surprised if Apple announced sometime in the not-too-distant future an 'iTunes' equivalent of handheld connectivity software. Such software would simplify connectivity with handhelds while expanding their power."
DICOM Import 1.3: Medical imaging
Escape Information Services has released DICOM Import 1.3, a new version of its $135 set of components that enhance QuickTime-compatible applications with the ability to import medical images that conform to the DICOM standard. Version 1.3 adds QuickTime support, support for images with image data in the YBR_FULL color space, an update DICOM dictionary, support for modality LUTs, and more.
Enigma 2.0: Code-breaking game released
Enigma 2.0 is a new version of Freeverse Software's $15 code-breaking game that is now Carbonized for native play on Mac OS X. The new version also includes all new graphics and characters, while retaining the game's classic gameplay.
Testers sought for Snapz Pro X
Ambrosia Software is looking for help in testing an early development version of Snapz Pro X, its screen capture utility for Mac OS X, according to Utterer.com. "Snapz Pro X isn't very functional right now -- you can only capture the entire screen, and only save it as a PICT file -- however it will still be quite helpful to us if a few people try it out."
Architosh: DigiCAD 3D 6.0, Mac FM software
REALbasic 3.2.1 fixes Windows build bug
REALbasic 3.2.1, a new version of REAL Software's object-oriented, cross-platform programming environment, fixes a bug that appeared in some Windows application builds.
Aladdin\'s Spring Cleaning 4.0, now for OS X
Aladdin Systems today announced the release of Spring Cleaning 4.0, a new version of its $50 uninstaller and maintenance utility. The new version has been re-built with native support for Mac OS X, and includes two new utilities exclusively for the new operating system: QuickCompare, which displays the differences between similar files, giving users an easy way to identify which files should be removed, and AccessMoniter, which lets users find files by their last access date. Other new additions include CookieEditor, which lets users selectively remove Internet cookies, and MailCleaner, which finds unwanted and duplicate attachments hidden by popular email programs. Registered owners of earlier versions can upgrade for $20 directly from Aladdin, or use a $30 mail-in upgrade rebate when purchased from retailers.
Iomega ships DataSafe NAS network servers
Iomega is now shipping DataSafe NAS network attached storage servers in 160GB and 320GB capacities. The devices incorporate Windows 2000 technology and offer multiple Ethernet connections and RAID 5 data protection. The servers, $3,300 and $5000 respectively, include a 20- and 20-seat license for Iomega QuikSync 3 automatic client backup software are compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, Macintosh and NetWare clients. NAS servers can be monitored remotely through a Web browser interface and offer network status reporting and automatic e-mail alerts.
Whonami Name Search Service launches
Whonami has launched its Whonami Global Internet Name Search Service, which lets users query domain names and phrases in over 170 Top-Level Domains (TLDs) around the world. The service also provides Internet Protocol address lookups and facilitates international domain name searches or registrations by offering English language translation services.
Richard Kerris leaves Alias|Wavefront
Alias|Wavefront's Richard Kerris, leader on the project to develop Maya for Mac OS X, has left the company along with eight other employees, according to Macworld UK. Work continues on the 3D modelling and animation application for Mac OS X, which is set for a summer release.
Wireless WebConnect! adds dial-out option
Wireless WebConnect! has added an optional Dial-Out Service to its wireless access plan, which allows users to wirelessly dial a toll-free number to connect to a corporate LAN or other computer system that is accessible via direct phone. A $10 monthly charge provides the ability to dial-out to toll free numbers only, and is limited to 4 hours per connection, and 100 hours total per month.
MacDesktops: Christina Aguilera and more
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Christina Aguilera (Portraits), Titanium Apple (Logos, Apple), and Under the Sea 32 (Landscapes - Water).
i-drive discontinues service
David S. notes that i-drive, a free online storage site, is discontinuing its service and instead is licensing the software to telecommunications carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) so that they can provide fully integrated storage solutions into their other offerings. Users have until June 18th to remove their files from i-drive before they are deleted.
Media raves about Final Cut Pro 2.0
ZDNet's positive review of Final Cut Pro 2.0 talks about some of the much welcomed improvements to the digital video editing software: "[the] target market has grown well beyond the professional-consumer level to include video and film professionals at the highest levels." Meanwhile, Salon.com's review says that Final Cut Pro 2.0 "makes film editing affordable -- and threatens industry leader Avid."
Tech: HP leads PC sales, Windows Messenger...
Early morning tech news: IDC research shows HP as the worldwide leader in sales of home desktop PCs for the first time; Microsoft will centralize its messaging services in Windows XP into "Windows Messenger," which will offer instant messaging, audio and video conferencing, application sharing and file transfer; and Amazon will continue to expand its services by selling PCs online as well as market books to institutional buyers, including businesses and government agencies, later this year.
Netscape: we\'re not browser company
AOL Time Warner Inc says it is remaking its Netscape software business into an "Internet media hub brimming with Time Warner artists and publications, aimed at office workers and Web purists not already using AOL services."
iMic Control 1.2: sofware for USB
Griffin Technology has posted (another) update to its iMic USB adpater software, iMic Control 1.2.
Fizilla 06/05: new version of Carbon browser
Mozilla.org has posted a new Carbon build of its open-source browser project, Fizilla 6/5/01.
Roundup: Future Power settles with Apple
Yesterday Future Power announced its settlement with Apple over its iMac look-alike. Other reports included Apple Design Award winners, Apple's new promo, sponsors for the 1394 Developers' Conference, John Carmack's thoughts on PPC vs. x86, World War II Online's impending release, Napster's deal with MusicNet, Lasso Studio 5 and Lasso Professional 5, Roxio's alliance with EMI, a new Olympus digital camera, and LaCie's lowered price on its CD-RW. Software releases included PowerBook G4 DVD-ROM 1.2 Update, Microsoft Word 98/2001 Security Update, and Palm OS Emulator 3.2.
:CRQ software for Mac now available
Digital:Convergence today announced the release of the Mac version of its :CRQ print-to-Web and broadcast-to-Web software, which uses embedded "cues" to "empower publishers, broadcasters and manufacturers to help consumers access relevant Web-based content quickly and directly by reading product codes its USB-based :CueCat device.
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