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AOL for Mac OS X rev 13D released
AOL for Mac OS X revision 13D is now available for users of the popular online Internet service (Keyword: Beta). The new release brings the software "closer to the final version, and includes many improvements over the current revision."
Mall of America Apple store to open August 11
MacNN reader Alex C. notes that the Apple store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota is preparing for its official opening next Saturday, August 11, as confirmed by the retail store section of Apple's Web site. "...the Apple's are up on the outside of the store, all of the tables and the check-out counters are up. There was really nothing going on when I got there. It looks like all they need now are the computers."
EarthBrowser 1.5.3: Real-time weather, more
Lunar Software has released EarthBrowser 1.5.3, a new version of its Earth simulation tool for Classic and Mac OS X that features a 3D globe with real-time weather conditions, 5-day forecasts, live earthquakes, Webcam images, active volcanoes and current cloud formations. Version 1.5.3 adds several new active volcanoes, new Webcams, and a fixed connection problem with AOL accounts.
SwitchRes 2.5.2: Manage display resolutions
SwitchRes 2.5.2 is a maintenance release of the control strip module that allows users to control the resolution of each connected display.
Reader Report: Plano Apple retail store opens
We have posted a report on today's Apple retail store opening at the Willowbend shopping mall in Plano, Texas.
CyberCANdo: Apprenticeships for disabled
MacNut reports on CyberCANdo, a "nonprofit Macintosh-based computer apprenticeship program designed to use the creativity of people with developmental disabilities to increase job opportunities in minority-owned small businesses."
Mozilla 0.9.3 gets stability enhancements
Mozilla 0.9.3 brings substantial stability improvements to the open-source browser, and includes Mac-specific support for Proxy Auto-config. The user interface and Chatzilla have also received enhancements. Mozilla.org officials say that the new build is more stable than Netscape 4.78.
Reader feedback on Adobe PageMaker 7
Mike S., a senior graphic designer, has sent us feedback regarding his employer's recent purchase of Adobe PageMaker 7 for the Mac: "We had believed, due to features listed on Adobe's web site, that PageMaker 7 upgrade would allow us to get rid of PageMaker 6 and open all files from 4.0-6.5 from both Mac and PC. But it doesn't. The Mac version of PageMaker 7 will not convert any PC documents less than 6.5 and no documents from Publisher 97-2000 at all...The PC version of PageMaker 7, of course, converts Mac documents from 4.0-6.5 as well as Publisher 97-2000 documents."
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Intel, Dell, others support new PCI standard
Compaq, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have officially announced an alliance to promote the PCI-SIG Araphoe standard, which the companies hope will replace the aging PCI expansion standard and win out over the efforts of AMD's HyperTransport consortium (of which Apple is a member). Araphoe will purportedly offer much greater speed than current PCI throughput, and "co-exist and complement other I/O attach technologies such as InfiniBand, IEEE 1394b, USB 2.0, serial ATA and 1/10Gb Ethernet," according to Louis Burns, Intel vice president and general manager.
Pictures from Plano, TX store
MacNN reader Pead has posted a series of pictures from the grand opening of the Apple Retail Store in Plano, Texas, showing an immense crowd clammoring over the QuickSilver G4s and Titanitum PowerBooks.
Thoth 1.3.0 adds filters, shortcuts
Thoth 1.3.0 is a shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher. The latest release adds the ability to filter on additional headers, takes advantage of background processing, and adds keyboard shortcuts. The Carbonized app is both OS 9 and OS X compatible.
Job Manager 3.0 released
Job Manager 3.0 adds integration for MYOB's Accounting Plus and Intuit's QuickBooks Pro accounting software packages. The payroll management application offers data collection of employee time/material usage for jobs, analyzing productivity, tracking job costs and status, and generates invoices automatically.
MacSQL 2.0 released with new features
Runtime Labs has introduced MacSQL 2.0 a solution for SQL database management that is AppleScriptable. The new release sports the ability to connect to MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, and ODBC database servers, a new Web script assistant, and a Table tool. MacSQL 2.0 is priced at $249, and is available for both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
CNET interviews ex-Apple exec Ellen Hancock
CNET has posted an interview with Ellen Hancock, former Executive President of Technology at Apple under then-CEO Gil Amelio. Hancock is now the CEO of Exodus Communications, which maintains and installs the computers and other Internet infrastructure required to serve Web sites.
TechTV offers \"Mac Vs. PC\" comparison
MacNN reader Norm Phillips points us to a TechTV report dubbed "Judgement Call: Mac vs. PC." The report features Hahn Choi representing the PC, and Brett Larson defending the Mac. The article also includes benchmarking results and video highlights.
Maelstrom offered for Mac OS X
Ambrosia Software has released a Mac OS X version of its venerable game Maelstrom, which was borne out of the company's Linux port. The Carbonized release is free to download, and the source code has also been posted.
XML Toolkit 2.0 released
The XML Toolkit 2.0 is a free open-source package that lets users parse XML source into an object structure and also creates XML code from object structures. In the new version, the toolkit is re-entrant, meaning users can parse XML from several different threads.
Apple posts preview of Willow Bend store
Apple's Web site now features a preview, complete with map and directions, of the new retail store opening at the Willow Bend Mall in Plano, Texas. The store's grand opening is Friday, and it will be open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m on its day of debut.
REALBasic 3.5b3 gets bug fixes, speed boost
REALBasic 3.5b3 fixes issues with RbScript and the DataControl, as well as squashing various other bugs. The latest release of the easy-to-use programming software is also compatible with Office 10 (due to debut this Fall) and garners improvements in compile speeds. [Classic, Carbon]
ZyGo Video codec for QT released
Vianet Technologies has announced the ZyGoVideo Codec for QuickTime and QuickTime Pro, which compresses video for on-line streaming and other limited bandwidth applications. Vianet says that Apple has accepted the codec to be included in the QuickTime component program.
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