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Apple\'s MWNY page updated

07/23, 11:50pm

Apple\'s MWNY page updated

Apple has updated its Macworld New York coverage page, which now offers (among other things) an article that discusses Office 10 and shows some screenshots that show off the use of Quartz in Microsoft's new version of Office.

Bookit 2.0 and clipEdit 2.5B1 for OS X

07/23, 11:25pm

Bookit 2.0 and clipEdit 2.5B1 for OS X

Everyday Software has rewritten Bookit, their $12 bookmark management and synchronization program, in Mac OS X's Cocoa environment, as well as adding automatic update checking, printing of bookmarks, and a redesigned Aqua interface. Everyday is also offering Bookit 1.3, which is a free Carbon version of Bookit 1.2 but does not include new features. Everyday has also revised clipEdit 2.5 beta 1 for OS X, which offers "Mac OS X support, windows menu, recent items menu, WYSIWYG font menu, enhanced contextual menus, customizable font size, and a spiffy Mac OS X interface." clipEdit is a $5 shareware program that is a free upgrade to all registered users. [Bookit 2.0, clipEdit 2.5b1]

Earthlink 2.5.3 connection software for OS X

07/23, 11:20pm

Earthlink 2.5.3 connection software for OS X

EarthLink is now offering a version of their internet connection software for Mac OS X. A MacNN reader notes that the software relies on OS X's built-in Internet Connect application and assumes that users have not moved the application out of its default directory.

IconFactory\'s MacQuarium set for OS 9

07/23, 11:20pm

IconFactory\'s MacQuarium set for OS 9

IconFactory has released a nostalgic 32-bit icon set, Kate England's MacQuarium, to remember users that have still not upgraded to Mac OS X.

Bryce 5 demo now available

07/23, 11:15pm

Bryce 5 demo now available

Corel has posted a 30-day trial demo of Bryce 5, its popular 3D rendering package for Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. Users can download the 56 MB demo after completing a short form.

\"QuickSilver\" G4s arrive with Mac OS 9.2

07/23, 8:35pm

\"QuickSilver\" G4s arrive with Mac OS 9.2

Several readers have dropped us a note that their new "QuickSilver" Power Mac G4s are arriving loaded with Mac OS 9.2. Insiders report that the new operating system's primary purpose is to add support for the new machines, which will not run OS 9.1 and earlier OS versions. In addition, OS 9.2 improves its stability and performance when used as the Classic environment of Mac OS X.

New Myth III: The Wolf Age movies

07/23, 8:15pm

New Myth III: The Wolf Age movies

MythWolfAge.com has posted two QuickTime movies showing Myth III: The Wolf Age, the upcoming prequel in the real-time strategy game series. The first movie shows a dwarf destroying a clump of units with a Molotov Cocktail while the second shows Soulblighter and a Heron Guard making their respective taunts.

IMG: Tony Hawk 2, Alice demos coming soon

07/23, 8:05pm

IMG: Tony Hawk 2, Alice demos coming soon

Westlake Interactive is currently developing demo versions of both Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and American McGee's Alice for the Mac, according to Inside Mac Games. The demos are expected to be available in the next several weeks. The two games are notable for being among the first commercial games released with Mac OS X compatibility.

Dark Horse to publish Diablo comic this Fall

07/23, 8:00pm

Dark Horse to publish Diablo comic this Fall

Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will team with Blizzard Entertainment to produce a comic book—Diablo: Tales of Sanctuary—based on Blizzard's best-selling series for the Mac and PC, which was most recently supplemented with expansion set Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The 64-page comic book will feature a Barbarian named Renit, a Necromancer named Cairo, a Paladin named Hale and a Druid named Azgar. Diablo: Tales of Sanctuary will be released in November for $6.

Ghost Hunter 2.1: File management, hex editor

07/23, 7:50pm

Ghost Hunter 2.1: File management, hex editor

MonkeyBread Software has released Ghost Hunter 2.1, a new version of its file management tool combined with a hexadecimal editor that adds more than a dozen improvements and bug fixes.

Convert 1.3: Compute complex conversions

07/23, 7:35pm

Convert 1.3: Compute complex conversions

Convert 1.3 is a new version of Fifth Wave's $15 conversion tool for the Mac. Version 1.3 adds a Radiation category as well as improvements and additions to the Length, Temperature, Volume, Velocity, Density and Fluid Density categories.

Apple releases Web Sharing Update 1.0

07/23, 7:30pm

Apple releases Web Sharing Update 1.0

Several readers note that Apple has released a Web Sharing Update for Mac OS X, available via the Software Update control panel, that "delivers enhancements and security improvements to Apache, including support for the case-insensitive Mac OS Extended file system (HFS+), and the latest version of OpenSSH."

OmniGraffle 1.1: Create charts, graphs, more

07/23, 7:25pm

OmniGraffle 1.1: Create charts, graphs, more

The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 1.1, a new version of its $110 Mac OS X-only application for creating diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and other directed or non-directed graphs. Version 1.1 adds major improvements to the Document Window, Configurable Info Windows, Palette Viewer, Shape Enhancements, Automatic Graph Layout and Import/Export. In addition, the update adds improved stability and dozens of bug fixes.

MySQL 3.32.40 for Mac OS X

07/23, 7:15pm

MySQL 3.32.40 for Mac OS X

Marc Liyanage has re-packaged MySQL 3.23.40, the latest version of the popular Unix-based database server, for Mac OS X. The new version adds a number of bug fixes and improvements.

NYT: Apple retains pioneering spirit

07/23, 7:05pm

NYT: Apple retains pioneering spirit

A New York Times article looks at Apple's future outlook in the wake of last week's Macworld Expo New York and semi-annual financial analyst meeting. "At Apple, especially since Mr. Jobs returned from exile in 1997, some of the old pioneering spirit still lives. Apple forges directions in personal computing that others often follow, or at least cannot ignore." [free registration required]

Disney\'s Phonics Quest released for kids

07/23, 5:40pm

Disney\'s Phonics Quest released for kids

Disney Interactive has released Disney's Phonics Quest, a new hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM in its Mickey Mouse Learning series. Designed for children ages five to eight, the title features Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's apprentice and emphasizes exploration and a replayable environment that teaches letter and sound recognition, vocabulary, spelling, word building, long and short vowels and consonant blends.

Video pros wait for Cleaner 5 update

07/23, 5:25pm

Video pros wait for Cleaner 5 update

MacNN reader Mathias J. notes that the variable bit rate (VBR) features added in Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition will not work in Media 100's Cleaner 5 until a 5.1 update for Cleaner has been released, which is scheduled for mid-to-late August.

TV Cam offers on-screen image viewing

07/23, 5:15pm

TV Cam offers on-screen image viewing

Sound Vision has announced a digital camera TV docking station that allows users to take pictures, view them on the TV, and store them on floppy disks without having to use a computer. The device, dubbed TV Cam, will be priced at $170.

Lanier releases Digital Copier/Printer/Fax

07/23, 5:10pm

Lanier releases Digital Copier/Printer/Fax

Lanier has announced the release of its 5515 and 5518 Digital Copier/Printer/Fax Systems. Featuring 15 and 18 pages per minute, respectively, the Mac-compatible 5515 and 5518 systems include 600 dpi image quality, a 33.6 Kbps fax modem with 1.2 second-per-page scanning speed, a broadcast fax transmission feature for transmitting a fax to a large audience, an optional network printer module that allows the system to be connected to a LAN and an optional Network Interface Card that provides easy connectivity to networked systems. Prices are available by request.

Opera Browser spotlighted by Forbes

07/23, 4:45pm

Opera Browser spotlighted by Forbes

Forbes.com has posted an article spotlighting the Opera Web browser, which is available for both OS 9 and Mac OS X. "Most pages load up in a flash. The browser's interface makes it much easier to surf many pages at once," comments the report.

MacZone publisher to post results

07/23, 3:45pm

MacZone publisher to post results

Zones Inc, who publishes the MacZone mail-order catalog, will release its second quarter 2001 operating results on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. PST. On Monday, July 30, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. PST, company officials will discuss the results during a conference call.

OS X Roundup: Virex, MacGIMP, Brother

07/23, 3:30pm

OS X Roundup: Virex, MacGIMP, Brother

osx.macnn.com reports on McAfee's new release of Virex for Mac OS X, which now has drag-and-drop capabilities; MacGIMP, an open-source image editor that has been posted for download and published on CD; and new printer drivers from Brother for its HL-1240 model.

McAfee posts Virex v7.0 for OS X Beta 3

07/23, 3:15pm

McAfee posts Virex v7.0 for OS X Beta 3

McAfee Virex v7.0 OSX Beta 3 has been released. The new version is fully Carbonized, adds support for Microsoft Office 2001, now has drag and drop scanning and cleaning capabilities, and includes an on-line HTML help system. Users must fill out a form to download the new release.

SMTPit for FileMaker upgraded

07/23, 2:45pm

SMTPit for FileMaker upgraded

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit 3.0b1, for FileMaker Pro 4.x and 5.x for OS 9, and OS X. SMTPit 3.0b1 is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that allows users to send email directly from FileMaker without the aid of any helper applications. Current users who bought the software after May 1, 2001 will receive a free upgrade, while new user licenses cost $65. A 30-day demo is available for download.

Afternoon Tech News: CE, Newton, Lexmark

07/23, 2:30pm

Afternoon Tech News: CE, Newton, Lexmark

Afternoon tech news: Despite Microsoft's earlier bashing of the open-source platform, the Redmond giant has released the source code for Windows CE, its OS for hand-held devices; IBM is celebrating the birth of its PC, which debuted from Big Blue in 1981; Lexmark (whose printers are being offered free with Macs) has warned of lower profits and revenues for the second half of the year.

Palm porting OS to old Newton chip

07/23, 2:15pm

Palm porting OS to old Newton chip

Palm is in the process of porting its operating to run on ARM processors, which were previously used in Apple's Newton PDA. News.com reports that a switch to ARM-based chips means that Palm OS-based handhelds will run at significantly higher clock speeds than their current 33MHz.

AVerTV Box gives external video input

07/23, 1:15pm

AVerTV Box gives external video input

AVerTV Box is a new external TV tuner device from AVerMedia that allows users to watch TV, video, or play the latest Nintendo, Sega, Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 video games on VGA or LCD monitors, without any need to turn on their computers. For the Mac, AVerTV Box requires a model with VGA output. The device is priced at $159.99.

NetGear reaffirms Mac support

07/23, 11:55am

NetGear reaffirms Mac support

NetGear has reaffirmed its support for the Mac OS with several new networking products designed with specific functionality for Macs. "We are fully committed to continue delivering Mac-compatible networking products to our customers worldwide. Our print servers -- the PS110 2-Port 10/100 and PS113 3-Port 10/100 -- are perfect examples of this philosophy," said Patrick Lo, CEO of NetGear.

VillageTronic to offer Trident chips on Mac

07/23, 11:40am

VillageTronic to offer Trident chips on Mac

MacNN has learned that Village Tronic will be the only graphics card manufacturer to offer Trident chips on the Mac platform, and that the company hopes to have "GeForce 3 level performance by early next year, at a significantly lower price." At last week's expo, Village Tronic unveiled the MPDD+, a Mac OS X-compatible card specially designed for use with multiple displays.

Ashlar\'s 3D apps debut at expo

07/23, 11:30am

Ashlar\'s 3D apps debut at expo

Architosh has posted a feature detailing new products for Ashlar which debuted at last week's expo. They include 3D modeling, CAD, and industrial planning apps.

Macs used heavily by Scientists

07/23, 11:00am

Macs used heavily by Scientists

MacNN reader Patrick D. Walker points us to a new study showing that 29.4 percent of scientists use the Mac OS. The survey, published in The Scientist, says the results "indicate that this operating system is more widely used in research environments than by the general public."

VideoShare offers cross-platform DV tool

07/23, 10:50am

VideoShare offers cross-platform DV tool

DropBox is a new product suite from VideoShare that enables users to upload and publish pre-existing videos to the Web regardless of operating system or browser. The tool set supports AVI, QuickTime and MPEG formats, and is available in beta form immediately.

Addonics ships USB 2.0 PCI card

07/23, 10:45am

Addonics ships USB 2.0 PCI card

Addonics has announced a Mac-compatible USB 2.0 host controller that adds five USB 2.0 ports through a PCI expansion slot. The USB 2.0 Host Controller has a list price of $59, and comes bundled with Mac OS X drivers.

Nu Font Pack updated to version 1.7

07/23, 10:35am

Nu Font Pack updated to version 1.7

Scooter Graphics has updated the Nu Font Pack to version 1.7. This update fixes a bug that made Nu Sans Mono appear in odd places in Adobe applications' font menus. It also fixes a minor PostScript problem in Nu Serif SemiBold. TrueType and PostScript flavors are available.

Gefen intros CAT5 Matrix switch

07/23, 10:25am

Gefen intros CAT5 Matrix switch

Gefen Inc. has introduced the ex-tend-it CAT5-4000 Matrix, two-by-two switch and extender that is capable of "matrixing" two monitors, two USB connections and two audio sources. The device essentially allows users can work from two separate locations on the same computer simultaneously or independently of each other.

MacGIMP 1.2.1 posted, CD available

07/23, 10:15am

MacGIMP 1.2.1 posted, CD available

MacGIMP.org reports that the first release of MacGIMP, an open-source image editor for Mac OS X, has been posted online at two mirror sites (site 1, site 2) for anyone to access. The download does not include an X Windows Server, which must be downloaded separately. A CD containing all of the tools can also be ordered.

Expo coverage recap

07/23, 9:45am

Expo coverage recap

Last week MacNN provided full coverage of Macworld Expo New York 2001. The following is a recap of our top stories, including exclusive reports and interviews, as well as live show-floor information.

ETShade plug-in posted, free

07/23, 9:10am

ETShade plug-in posted, free

ExpressionTools, Inc. has released its ETShade-GDL Converter as a free plug-in for ArchiCad. The tool converts 3D-graphics data created with ETShade into the GDL (Geometric Description Language) format, and saves it as an ArchiCAD object file.

Reader: Brother updates printer driver

07/23, 8:40am

Reader: Brother updates printer driver

Brad Dusen notes that Brother has "recently updated its OS X printer driver (for the HL-1240 at least) to version 1.0.2, which seems to correct all of the problems that I, along with other HL-1240 owners were having. I recieved an error when trying to select the driver until I turned the Classic environment off, then it added the printer. Printing works with Classic enabled and from Classic itself (although it always did)."

Apple posts \"The Megahertz Myth\" QT story

07/23, 8:35am

Apple posts \"The Megahertz Myth\" QT story

Apple's "The Megahertz Myth" has a QuickTime movie of Jon Rubinstein's presentation at last Expo (during the keynote).

sMailing 1.5 emailer supports attachments

07/23, 8:35am

sMailing 1.5 emailer supports attachments

sMailing 1.5 is a Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5 adds the abiity to send attachments, view a log of previously sent emails, and other enhancements.

JaneBUILDER PR2: gets OS X, database support

07/23, 8:35am

JaneBUILDER PR2: gets OS X, database support

JaneBUILDER PR2 is a second preview release of the visual editor for PHP and MySQL, offering a new interface, OS X support, access to MySQL database servers for off-line editing of database table and column information, improved HTML export, and variable support.

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