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ChartMaker Pro 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 3-5
Brian Dunning has released ChartMaker Pro 5.0, a new version of his $40 application that helps FileMaker Pro users create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts using FileMaker's built-in features. ChartMaker Pro 5.0 works with FileMaker Pro 3, 4, or 5.
Cabrio 1.1: Carbonized MP3 player
Melonsoft has released Cabrio 1.1, a maintenance release of its simple Carbonized MP3 player for the Mac. Cabrio features a colorful playlist window with drag and drop support, a built-in sleep timer, scrolling track information, and support for skins. [Classic: 990 KB; Carbon: 1.1 MB]
OmniOutliner 1.2b2 for Mac OS X
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 1.2b2, a new version of its Mac OS X native application for outlining and organizing your thoughts. Version 1.2b2 includes a number of improvements and bug fixes to import/export, printing, and several other features.
Symantec, Intego fight Simpsons virus
Both Symantec and Intego have updated the virus definitions for their antivirus utilities to provide detection of and protection against the AppleScript Simpsons virus. [NAV 7: 1.5 MB, NAV 6: 2.4 MB, VB: 479 KB]
ReCycle 2.0: \"Groovemaker\" improvements
Propellerhead Software has released ReCycle 2.0, a new version of its "groovemaker," which now works with stereo files and offers real-time previews for most settings, including tempo and pitch settings. It also offers REX2 file support with up to 60% non-lossy audio compression and ASIO support.
Troi File Plug-in 2.2 for FMP 5.5
Troi File Plug-in 2.2 is a new version of the $42 FileMaker Pro plug-in that provides a way of getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. The new version adds compatibility with FileMaker Pro 5.5 and Mac OS X, navigation services, improved example files, improved version function, and a few bug fixes.
Reader Report: Easton Town Center Apple Store
An anonymous reader has provided MacNN with photos of the Easton Town Center, located approximately 12 minutes north of downtown Columbus, Ohio, where an Apple retail store is expected to open in Fall 2001.
Hess Memorial Macworld Events/Party List live
Ilene Hoffman's Hess Memorial Macworld Events/Party List is now available for this summer's Macworld Conferences & Expo New York. Organizations planning on hosting an event during the July show are urged to submit information on it to the organizers.
Quit It 2.4.3: Close windows, quit app
Quit It 2.4.3 is a new version of Katoemba Software's $10 extension that automatically quits an application when its last window is closed. Version 2.4.3 fixes incompatibilities with OS 9.1 and adds some performance improvements.
Apple releases resources for OS X developers
Todd H. notes that Apple has added a number of new tools, examples, and documentation for Mac OS X developers to the Apple Developer Connection Web site.
A.I.D. 4.0.5: Manage online auctions
A.I.D. 4.0.5 is a new version of Epigroove's $30 software for managing online auctions; both buying and selling. The new version updates the parsing engine to handle the latest changes at eBay.
EFI to unveil third-gen digital whiteboard
Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) will unveil its eBeam System 3 digital whiteboard appliance this week at INFOCOMM in Las Vegas, NV. The device, which connects via serial or USB and is both Mac- and PC-compatible, captures notes and diagrams as they are created on whiteboards and broadcasts them over the Internet or corporate intranet in real time. eBeam System 3 is expected to be available in Q3 2001.
Architosh: POV-Ray for the Mac
Architosh reports on POV-Ray, a free raytracing application available for many different platforms, including the Mac.
Baldur\'s Gate II in July, OS X-ready
In an interview at Inside Mac Games, MacPlay's Chris Jacobson announces that steady progress is being made on the Mac port of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and the company plans to launch the Bioware role-playing game at Macworld Expo New York in July. "We hope to start testing on the Carbon OS X version soon."
Morgan Stanley: Too early to call PC bottom
A recent report from Morgan Stanley says it's "too soon to call the bottom for the PC market," but upgraded Dell. It also said that "consumer demand may be an issue for Apple Computer, particularly in its desktop products," noting that a new iMac may make its appearance at MacWorld in July.
BBEdit Lite 6.1.1: Free text/HTML editor
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit Lite 6.1.1, a new version of its free HTML and text editor for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 6.1.1 provides minor refinements and fixes for reported issues (a full list of changes is available online). BBEdit Lite provides a portion of the features available in its popular commercial text editor, BBEdit 6.1.2.
Willow unveils PowerBook, Power Mac G4 cases
Willow Design has introduced its NL-13 Titanium Light G4 Powerbook Carrying Case, which features a lightweight design that retains the durability and protection of its earlier, bulkier models. The $80 caseavailable in black, charcoal, navy, teal, and purpleincludes a mesh pocket in the lid, luggage feet rivetted through the hardboard bottom of the case, and a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftmanship. The company has also introduced its NL-30 G4 Tower Case, which aids in the transport of the Power Macintosh G4. The $220 case features three layers of protection, wrap padded handles, reinforced end handles for easier lifting or two person carrying, and a thickly padded contoured shoulder strap.
RPC Reporter 1.0: Security tool
Sustainable Softworks has released RPC Reporter 1.0, a free security utility that attempts to detect, deter and report attempted Remote Procedure Call (RPC) intrusions and to collect data to be reported to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC).
Verbatim introduces 24x CD-R media
Verbatim has introduced the industry's first fully certified 24X CD-R discs, 80-minute DataLifePlus media that features Verbatim's "Super Azo" recording dye. Certified by 20x/24x drive manufacturers such as Yamaha, Plextor, Ricoh, and Sanyo, the new media can be used to burn an entire CD in about 3 minutes. The media can also be used with existing 1x-16x speed recorders. Volume shipments of the new media are available immediately.
InfoWorld: Apple Legal strong-arming
InfoWorld has posted an article exploring the legal strong-arming tactics used by Apple Legal against the developers of alternative themes and theme tools for its operating system. "The only explanation seems to be that...somebody at Apple fears that the developers will create a better UI than Aqua."
dvGarage unveils The 3D Toolkit
dvGarage and Electric Image have introduced a $200 integrated DVD-based training system, The 3D Toolkit, that teaches 3D principles and techniques to visual artists in all industries. Hosted by dvGarage founder and former Industrial Light & Magic animator Alex Lindsay, the system teaches the essential "building blocks" of working in 3D and also offers high-end tricks for established 3D artists who want to take their work to the next level. The 3D Toolkit comes with a full copy of ElectricImage Animation System 2.9, which originally sold for $2,300 and was used to create 3D effects for "Star Wars: Episode 1" and other blockbuster productions.
Nu Sans 9.7: PostScript/TrueType fonts
Scooter Graphics has released Nu Sans 9.7, a new version of its $12 font family that brings Apple's "Espy Sans" bitmap font to the printed page. Available in both PostScript and TrueType, the new version fixes an encoding problem in the italic and improves the on-screen appearance of the bold.
Free guided Web tours for iBuild Lite
Acrux Software has released a series of 5 free "Guided Web Tours"Ancient Egypt, Volcanoes, Dinosaurs and Birds, Whales and Dolphins, and Animal Websitewhich work in conjunction with iBuild Lite (freeware) and Internet Explorer to take the user on a guided web tour and allow them to take notes, answer questions, or collect pictures.
Director\'s Cut: DV-Analog converter in Europ
Miglia Technology announced it is shipping its PAL/NTSC analog-to-DV and DV-to-analog converter in Europe: Miglia Director's Cut allows users of video editing applications to edit and combine analog video archives with digital video footage. It also provides the ability export DV movies to any analog video device, such as VHS. The €415 (£300) device includes all necessary cables, including a FireWire/IEEE 1394, Analog audio and video, and S-Video cables as well as 2 year warranty and a multi-lingual installation guide (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).
Apple demands removal of Satan parody
Apple's legal team is insisting that The Church of Satan remove parodies of Apple's Think Different advertising campaign, according to Macworld UK.
Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC beta available
Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC Beta is a new version of Mandrake's Linux distribution for PowerPC-based computers: "[it] is a friendly Linux Operating System which specializes in ease-of-use for both the home/office and servers. It is freely available in many languages throughout the world." It offers G3 optimizations as well as Drakx Graphical installer, a Mac on Linux application for launching Mac OS software under Linux, and other graphical utilities. [mirror sites]
Password Key 4.0 prevents Mac access
Alatec's Password Key 4.0 is a "complete rewrite" of the $25 ($10 update) security application that prevents unauthorized access to your Mac as well as security logging. Version 4 offers OS X compatibility, support for Multiple Users, new preferences for personalization, a new screen-saver mode, and user-based security levels.
Schedula Professional 6.04 scheduling app
Schedula Professional 6.04 is a FileMaker-based enterprise scheduling application that supports an unlimited number of independent calendars and offers a traditional daily planner interface. Version 6.04 adds instant messaging and other enhancements; it is a free update to the $300 application. A $600 network version is available, while a $180 "Lite" version supports a single schedule.
NETGEAR\'s new wireless LAN access point
NETGEAR announced its new MR314 Cable/DSL Wireless Router, which includes a 4-port 10/100 Mbps switch and an integrated IEEE 802.11b wireless router (AirPort-compatible). The $370 router offers Web-content filtering, logging and reporting, firewall security, 128-bit WEP security, Auto Uplink (for automatically sensing uplinks), user-based access controls, Network Address Translation (NAT), and a 5-year warranty.
OS X: Symantec OS X updates, NetObjects...
osx.macnn.com has notes on new OS X support for NetObjects' latest products and free OS X updates for Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall 1.02 and Norton AntiVirus 7.02 as well as the final release of UpdateAgent X.
NetObjects announces OS X support
NetObjects today announced Mac OS X support for its new NetObjects Matrix platform, its next-generation platform of Web Services. The NetObjects Matrix open, component-based interfaces allow NetObjects to register and integrate third-party Web Services into the Websites building and hosting process. It includes a Web-based WYSIWYG Web site builder as well as new modular output technology that supports display in browsers and wireless devices as well as submission to marketplaces and directories.
Adobe introduces PageMaker 7.0 upgrade
Adobe today introduced PageMaker 7.0, a new upgrade to its page layout program, bringing the ability to create tagged PDF files, a new data merge feature, better integration with other Adobe products, and improved conversion support for Microsoft Word and QuarkXPress. Version 7.0 is due this summer for $500 (retail) or $290 (education) or as a $80 upgrade. PageMaker is also available with new versions of the Publishing Collection ($1000).
Symantec announces OS X support for NPF, NAV
Symantec today announced OS X support for its Norton Personal Firewall 1.02 (NPF) security application and Norton AntiVirus 7.0 (NAV) virus protection application. The free updates are available via the LiveUpdate mechanism download the new firewall application or via ftp. (The updates only run on Mac OS X 10.0 or later.) [NPF: 3.2MB, NAV: 5.5MB]
Xicons posts more OS X icons sets
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 6 new sets of icons for Mac OS X: Famous Landmarks (misc.), Glasz Iconz (folders), MM Graphite (folders), Shrek (misc.), X-Frunnels (folders), and MM Folders 4 (folders).
New betas of Web Confidential, URL Manager
Alco Blom's new betas of Web Confidential 3.0b3 and URL Manager 3.0b13, both of which offer native OS X compatibility and now use a Shared Menus Component (one file) for compatibility with Classic's Extensions folder or the Components folder on OS X. [WC: 677KB, UM: 1.5MB]
Plugin Galaxy 1.02: 129 effects for Photoshop
Plugin Galaxy 1.02 is a collection of 20 Photoshop-compatible plugins containing more than 120 different image effects, including transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping as well as metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, rainbow, sunshine and star effects. The $50 package brings updated dialogs, new sliders, and improved compatibility with Fireworks.
Dragon 6.0: FMPro-based Web survey app
The Dragon 6.0 is a $900 cross-platform solution to build sophisticated web surveys. Version 6.0 features conditional branching, multiple page surveys, multiple-user configurations and administrative controls, including individual user accounts, security and viewing preferences.
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Update Agent X: locate, download updaters
Insider Software has released a final version of UpdateAgent X, its Carbonized software package that searches for and downloads updates to Carbonized, Classic, and Cocoa applications. A demo version displays all files required to bring local applications up-to-date and downloads system updates for free, while the $50 "full retail version" downloads updaters for all applications for one-year. It is a free update for registered users.
Font Reserve 2.6 adds InDesign plugin
DiamondSoft has announced Font Reserve 2.6, an update to its $90 font management utility that adds the ability to "acquire" new fonts through BitStream's MyFonts.com, adds a new Adobe InDesign Auto-activation Plug-in for automatic font activation, improves font activation via an updated Illustrator Plug-in and QuarkXPress XTension, and has better font corruption checking. Font Reserve users can download 40 free fonts from MyFonts.com and save 50% on other selected fonts. It is a free update for v2.5 owners.
Artlandia releases free demo of Symmetryworks
Artlandia has released a free demo version of SymmetryWorks 1.0, its $125 Adobe Illustrator plug-in for creating patterns, designs, and ornaments. The demo gives the user access to one symmetry type per session and otherwise is not limited. The active type is randomly chosen at start-up time.
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