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ClickCopy 1.0: CM for copying, moving files
ClickCopy 1.0 is a $10 shareware contextual menu plugin that "enables the user to copy files, make aliases, and move files easily."
Apple invitation to Cocoa dev kitchen
Apple is offering Cocoa develeopers an invitation to a "Cocoa kitchen" at Apple in Cupertino, CA, scheduled for August 7-10. "The focus of the kitchen will be on Cocoa Development and related topics. Cocoa Framework Engineers, DTS Engineers, and Technology Managers will be available to help work through technical issues and listen to your feedback. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and all attendees must be a member of the Apple Developer Connection program."
jPEE 1.3 extracts emails from text files
jPEE 1.3 for OS X adds the option to extract email addresses from files contained within directories and subsequent sub-directories and to verify the domains of the addresses to the utility for automatically removing email addresses, from large text files and directories.
OS X-compatible JSP development tools
SmartMode has released a Mac OS X-compatible version of its Rapid JavaServer Pages (JSP) Development tools. "SmartMode enables JSP and Servlet developers to build dynamic, interactive web sites with distinct display, business logic, and database layers." The company will be releasing a Mac OS X GUI version in an upcoming release.
Livin\' Large and House Party going OS X
MacNN reader Richard L. notes that Aspyr Media has updated its game status list with information on Carbonized versions of The Sims: Livin' Large, which is expected in August, and The Sims: House Party, which is expected in September. The Classic version of second expansion pack The Sims: House Party is expected to be released next week.
The Apple Store offering refurbished products
After a month-long hiatus, The Apple Store is now offering refurbished products again. Current offers include 400 and 500 MHz Indigo iMacs for $700 and $850, respectively.
SWIG 1.3.6: Mac port of software dev. tool
Luigi Ballabio has released a Macintosh port of SWIG 1.3.6, a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. The program is primarily used with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, and Guile but has also been extended to include languages such as Java and Eiffel.
New NodeScan Client/Server released
CyberDisc has released new beta versions of NodeScan Client and NodeScan Server, its Java-based platform for Classic and Mac OS X for distributed network services that combines elements of both peer-to-peer and client/server type networks. The new versions provide significantly improved appearance, functionality, performance, and reliability.
New Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player firmware
Creative has released version 2.91 firmware for its Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player that improves the device's battery life.
EjectMenu 2.6: Eject volumes with ease
EjectMenu 2.6 is a new version of the $15 utility that adds the option of ejecting any mounted volumes from a system-wide menu, control strip, or contextual menu. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9.2, which is available on new "QuickSilver" Power Mac G4s.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.6: Group icons as picture
Iconizer Pro 1.4.6 is a new version of the application for creating a group of 32-bit icons to form a picture as a folder background. Version 1.4.6 tweaks the Border Mask and Center image commands and fixes several minor bugs.
Airburst soon to feature network play
Strange Flavour has announced that Airburst, its new Classic and Mac OS X shareware game released last week, will soon feature Internet and LAN network play for registered users. A feature-limited LAN-only version for non-registered users will also be available. The company has also unveiled a new online registration option through Fairtunes.com and plans for Airburst shirts, hats, mugs, and other merchandise for the game's growing number of fans.
Apple brand ranks 49th in the world
Apple ranks 49th in Business Week's assessment of the world's most valuable brands (PDF); the Apple brand is valued at $5.46 billion, down 17 percent from last year's value of $6.59 billion. "Apple continues to churn out eye-pleasing products but struggles to find takers beyond the core Mac faithful," the report said. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia are ranked as the world's top five brands.
sMailing 1.5.1: Personalize mass emailing
sMailing 1.5.1 is a new version of the Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5.1 adds name sender, an option to send email to admin when finished, read system Internet preferences for SMTP server, and bug fixes.
TimeCache 4.1.1 adds calendar, fixes bugs
TimeCache 4.1.1 is a free, maintenance update to its time and expense tracking application for Macintosh users who bill clients for project work. It adds a pop-up a calendar and fixes a few bugs, including a problem with inaccurate timing when starting the timer from the TimeCache Remote Control window, and printing using user-selected fonts. A limited demo is available online.
New Design Elements line from Ashlar-Vellum
Ashlar-Vellum last week announced its forthcoming precision design software product line, Designer Elements, which includes Graphite, Neon, Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt applications.
OSOpinion: What is an OS X app?
OSOpinion.com has published an article discussing the many different flavors of OS X applications including Carbon, Cocoa, and Classic. " Mac OS X is a strange hybrid beast to be sure; it has a slick GUI on top of a tried-and-true Unix base," says author Kelly McNeill.
New 640MB CompactFlash card debuts
Memory Plus has announced a 640MB CompactFlash card, offering writes speeds of nearly 2MB/sec, according to Macworld UK. The media, due next week, has been tested in Kodak cameras and is encased in metal for enhanced durability: "We don't see the average digital photographer wanting to buy this card just yet. We see this as a solution for a number of industrial and corporate applications. It's also ideal for some applications in the handheld market."
Readers has DialPadX comments
Jeff Pollard writes about the recent release of DialPadX: "I installed it on my blue & white 450 and tried a few calls wit it. It doesn't work very well. From the computer side, I could hear the other end talking, but they couldn't hear me. Pretty disappointing after waiting this long for it."
FineReader OCR Software coming to the Mac
ABBYY next month plans to launch the public beta of FineReader 5.0 Pro Mac, an optical character recognition (OCR) tool that uses the same engine as FineReader Pro for Windows. The public beta period for FineReader 5.0 will begin August 6th, and general availability is slated for September 10th.
Afternoon tech: Palm, Microsoft, Rambus
Afternoon tech news: Palm plans to create a subsidiary specifically to manage the company's operating system for handheld devices, which is also used by Handspring; Government anti-trust enforcers are attempting to block a bid by Microsoft for another hearing; Motherboard makers plan to phase out Rambus, or RDRAM technology, which many industry pundits were pressuring Apple to incorporate into new Macs.
Blaze 1.0: shareware word processor
Koingo Software's has introduced introduced Blaze 1.0, its $16 shareware word processor that features line, word and character counts as well as color and font customization.
QXP PhotoBook 3.0 for Xpress image catalogs
QXP PhotoBook 3.0 is a $15.00 stand-alone utility which helps create image catalog either QuarkXpress documents or Acrobat PDF files. It supports PDF and GIF formats as well as other non-Quark-supported formats such as Adobe Photoshop files. A limited demo is available.
Thermograph 1.3.3: CPU temperature util
Jeremy Kezer's $7 shareware Thermograph 1.3.3 measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Mac, records the minimum and maximum temperatures, and plots the temperature over time.
UnsupportedUtilityX supports Darwin 1.3.1
Ryan Rempel has released Unsupported UtilityX v1.0b9, which now pre-installs BootX in the manner required to boot on older systems (i.e. the 7300 - 9600 series), providing compatibility with Darwin 1.3.1.
Roundup: American McGee\'s Alice Review
Yesterday we reported on a technical problem disallowing PowerPC upgrade manufacturers to use the new, faster G4 chips from Motorola; a review of American McGee's Alice, a new 3D action/adventure game; the Apple retail store buying experience; price cuts on older Power Mac G4s; record sales for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; new details on Microsoft's .NET initiative; QuickMail for Mac OS X; and Radiohead's use of a PowerBook to create its latest online music video. Software releases included The Sims for Mac OS X and GraphicConverter 4.09.
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