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MacTella 1.3: updated Gnutella client for Mac
CXC has released MacTella 1.3 for Mac OS 9 and Classic, an updated version of its open-source Gnutella client for Mac that allows users to share files. Version 1.3 brings improved downloads, adds implementation of 0.6 connection protocol, has the ability to play media files as they are downloaded, and imits the number of simultaneous uploads to one IP address to one. (An OS X version is still at v1.2b.)
Tiff-Sight 1.2 adds OS 9.2, OS X 10.1 support
Blue Globe Software's $15 shareware utility for viewing faxes and multipage TIFF files, Tiff-Sight 1.2, adds OS X 10.1 compatibility as well as the ability to run under Classic mode when using OS 9.2.
Aimster 1.009: updated peer-to-peer client
The peer-to-peer filesharing client, Aimster for Mac 1.009, now includes resumable downloads, improved download cancelling, a better information in transfer manager (rate, time remaining, progress bars), and other enhancements. Users must delete the preferences from previous versions to work.
Nisus Writer 6.02 adds enhanced RTF functions
Nisus Writer 6.0.2, an update to to the $100 multilingual word processor, has enhanced RTF translator with better compatibility to both read and write RTF files in any language (WorldScript as well as Roman based alphabets), and improved compatibility with both the Chinese and Japanese language kits that shipped with OS 9.1. [Demo, Update]
Dr. Bott posts workaround for DVIator issue
Dr. Bott has identified an issue with the DVIator, Mac OS 9.2.1, G4 Built-in DVI video and 17" ADC Display, saying that updated video drivers in 9.2.1 can render the 17" LCD unusable in this configuration. The company has posted a work-around for users with a 17" ADC flat panel display who need to install the Mac OS 9.2.1 update. Another MacNN reader also identified problems with OS 9.2.1 update: "I've got an ixMicro Twin Turb 3D card in my G4 dual 500, after updating to OS 9.2.1 the card no longer 'works.' Anything redrawn on the screen will cause the machine to hang. I don't know if others are having this problem, but I can definitely stop the machine from hanging by disconecting the monitor."
Keyspan revamps USB adapters
Keyspan has revamped its USB PDA Adapter and its High Speed USB Serial Adapter. The USB PDA Adapter, priced at $39, now has the ability to hot sync PDA devices at up to 115 Kbps. In addition, the enhanced adapter now works with Psion organizers. The High Speed Serial Adapter, which continues to offer data rates up to 230 Kbps, now includes a 3-foot detachable USB cable, and is compatible with an even broader range of devices at a price tag of $59.
Formac offers $399 DVD-RAM drive
Formac has lowered pricing on its Mac-targeted DVD-RAM drive to $399, for a limited time. The FireWire drive offers the standard DVD-RAM capacity of 9.4 GB, is capable of playing DVD videos, and inlcudes ProDisc software that lets users format, partition and encrypt media.
Firewire Depot: new portable FireWire case
FireWire Depot has introduced its new "sexy" 2.5" FireWire hard disk enclosure, the MP 2.5" eDrive, which ships with the Oxford 911 chip for better performance. The $130 case is made of a polycarbonate outer shell, titanium-colored inner shell and shock mounting system. The low-profile drive case, which accepts both 9.5mm or 12.5mm hard drives, includes a cable, power supply, and driver software. The company also introduced a new 1" 6-pin-to-4-pin cable adapter for $10.
Translation software available for the Mac
Translation Experts has released Mac versions of its language translation packages: WordTran for Mac is non-grammar based translation package for words, phrases, and short sentences. It bi-directionally translates between English and 28 other languages. NeuroTran, its higher end translation package, recognizes the subject, predicate and object as well as other important sentence grammar for more accurate translations. Pricing for each is based on dictionary size as well as language-pair.
Graphing Calculator 1.3 bundled with OS 9.2.1
Pacific Tech today announced that Mac OS 9.2.1, released yesterday, includes a new release of the free version of Graphing Calculator in the Applications folder. The Mac OS 9.2.1 updater, however, does not include the classroom materials contained in the full distribution. Graphing Calculator 1.3 includes support for complex variables, extensive examples and classroom material, the ability to save documents as HTML for web sites, and the ability to view files created by the commercial release.
The ProScope: a handheld, USB microscope
The ProScope, which made its debut at Macworld Expo NY 2001, is a $200 professional-level, bus-powered scope that captures still or video images with a single click. The handheld USB microscope, now shipping, is bundled with USB Shot 1.0.1 software and a 50x, fixed focus lens. Other accessory lenses ranging from 1x to 200x power are also available.
MacPlay to ship Aliens vs. Predator in Sept.
MacPlay today announced it has recently acquired Aliens versus Predator Gold Edition and that the product is scheduled to be available September 21, 2001 for both OS X and Mac OS 9. The gaming title is based on the popular and terrifying Fox film sagas, Aliens and Predator, and "pits three of the deadliest speciesagainst each other in a bloodthirsty battle for the ultimate prize of survival. Pre-orders at the MacPlay website receive special $25 introductory pricing as well as free shipping (domestic).
SCM introduces Memory stick PC Card reader
New brushes, shapes for Expression, Photoshop
Sapphire Innovations has released Brushes Vol 1 for Expression 2 with 600 new brushes and Shapes Vol 6, which includes 400 new "intense custom shapes" for Photoshop 6. Each set is £13 and a demo of each are available online.
MWSF 2002 registration: free exhibits pass
IDG Expo is offering a free exhibits-only pass to Macworld Conference & Expo SF 2002 to those who register online by October 15th using priority code 'E-RG'. The Expo takes places January 8-12, 2002 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco and the Exhibits pass (normally $30) provides access to the show floor as well as MacBeginnings sessions and Birds of a Feather Meetings.
ramBunctious 1.6.2: RAM disk utility
Clarkwood Software's versatile RAM disk utility, ramBunctious 1.6.2, fixes problems were some RAM-only RAM disks would write out large data files to the hard drive and also fixes conflicts with a few third party utilities. A demo of the $25 shareware is available.
Startup Security 1.0: firmware password
Startup Security 1.0 is a $20 application that allows users to set a firmware password so that boot device settings and other machine parameters cannot be changed without authorization and can completely prevent boot-up of a machine without the proper password. It offers three different modes of security: off, default boot device only and full mode (any device).
SONICblue introduces sub-$100 MP3 player
SONICblue today introduced its Rio One, a $100 portable digital audio player based on its Rio 300 MP3 player. The Rio One adds a new color scheme, a USB connection, and one hour of CD-quality music playback through support for the Windows Media (WMA) file format. It also can be upgraded using flash memory cards to support up to five hours of music playback. It is currently available via the Web and will be in retail stores in approximately two weeks.
Valentina 1.8.9 adds Blowfish, ZIP support
Paradigma Software today released Valentina 1.8.9, a free update to its database technology toolkit that adds ZIP compression of BLOB objects and support for 448-bit Blowfish encryption. Valentina database solutions are available for Visual C++, CodeWarrior, Java, REALbasic, Macromedia Director, and WebSiphon. A standalone Valentina application allows rapid creation and set up of Valentina databases on Classic and OS X systems. [site not responding]
MS to deliver Windows XP on Friday
Microsoft, under pressure from several sides to get its new OS out the door, on Friday will deliver final Windows XP code to PC makers via airdrop. PC Makers are hoping the new OS will boost sagging sales, while the goverment may seek an injunction to block release of the software.
Intuit Quicken 2002 for Mac launched
Intuit officially introduced Quicken 2002 Deluxe for Macintosh, a new OS X-native version of its financial software package. The $60 application has new "assistants," new automation routines to simplify data download and processing of common checkbook tasks, and better forecasting tools, such as a new Capital Gains Estimator. A $20 mail-in rebate is available for previous users. Intuit Canada says that Quicken 2002 for Macintosh Canadian edition can be pre-ordered at 1-888-829-8684 (it will start shipping in the first week of September and will be available in stores September 15, 2001). [updated]
MacDesktops: Lara, Starship E, Blue Leaf
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktops, including Blue Leaf (Art), California Tidepool (Fauna), Chiefs (Sports), Earth nightlights (Starscapes), Enterprise NCC-1701 (Starscapes), Lara Croft (Games), and The All New G4 (PowerMac G4s).
Audit: Excite@Home near death
Excite@Home, which has more than 3 million broadband customers, says it may not survive, according to an audit report by consulting firm Ernst & Young LLP who expressed "substantial doubt" about Excite@Home's future.
Metrowerks offers special pre-order pricing
Metrowerks is offering $50 to $100 off pre-orders of CodeWarrior 7.0, its popular cross-platform development tool for Classic, OS X, and Windows. The offer is good until September 9th.
Apple to receive Emmy award for FireWire
Apple will be receiving an Emmy award for development of FireWire from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: "In the last year, desktop editing using Apple's hardware and software has increasingly become the norm in the television industry." [free registration required]
Roundup: OS 9.2.1, Jobs keynote, QT/Win bug
Yesterday we noted the release of Mac OS 9.2.1 for OS 9.1 (and later), as well as Steve Jobs' opening keynote at Apple Expo where "no new hardware" is expected. Other items included $50 coupons at the Apple Store, a workaround for the QuickTime/Windows bug, Apple's plan to exhibit at UK MacExpo, Blizzard's Dialbo II v1.09 patch, the upcoming opening of Apple's Chicago retail location, and Sony's new photoprinter, 5MP digital camera, and Cybershot digital cameras.
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