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Macromedia Web World 2001: Web development
Macromedia today announced that Macromedia Web World 2001, which takes place September 17-20 at the San Francisco Hilton, will focus on streamlining the Web development workflow and delivering more content with less resources. The four-day conference will focus on how developers use Macromedia products to design, develop, deliver, and display Web content and applications to multiple platforms and devices.
Youpi Optimizer 1.5 deletes useless resources
Youpi Optimizer 1.5 is a utility that "deletes localized resources which take up unnecessary space on your hard drive." Version 1.5 adds an improved interface, with a button to optimize the selection of the resources to delete, is compatible with ISO 639 and ISO 3166 standard fork resource name, can delete resources which need administrator authorization, and supports logging.
Tech: Gateway loss, Intel forecast, MS patent
Evening tech news: Gateway will cut thousands of jobs and post a loss in the third quarter and may exit the European market altogether; Intel still expects demand in the second half of the year to increase from the first half despite the weak economy; and An increasing number of people in the open-source community are very concerned about Microsoft's initiative to buy software patents and to patent as much of its own technology as it can.
Electrix Repeater to be available in stores
Electrix's Repeater, which will soon be available from local retailers, brings a "Hands On" interface and DSP technology to loop based recording. It features a MIDI sequencer style control of your audio loops by offering independent, real time, manipulation over tempo, key and track offset as well as the ability to record, arrange and remix their music with real-time control over loops and samples.
PassMan 1.5 adds new UI to password storage
Maxtrox posts firmware update for RTMac
Matrox has posted a RTMac firmware updater v1.1 for its RTMac real-time editing and effects graphics card.
ACTION GoMac 2.1.1 maintenance update
Power On Software has posted ACTION GoMac 2.1.1, a maintenance update to the shareware control panel to unexpectedly quit when switching between items in the control panel.
ABBYY releases FineReader 5 public beta
ABBYY has released the public beta of FineReader 5 Pro for Mac, the company's first OCR (optical character recognition) offering for the Mac OS. Sources tell MacNN that the company is planning to release a gold master version of the software by September 10th, when it will be priced at $129 for an upgrade from any OCR software, including competitive products and versions bundled free with scanners.
C&G releases new font: Fluent Laser Fonts
Casady & Greene's new $150 font collection, Fluent Laser Fonts, contains 83 Postscript and True Type fonts with C&G's most versatile and best-selling typefaces. Each can be purchased separately for $30.
OS X: creating icons through combination
Can Combine Icons 1.0 is a desktop tool to merge several existent icons into one for creating custom folders icons, create thumbnails, and other tasks.
MacMania: Alaskan cruise for Mac heads
Neil Bauman has scheduled MacMania, a seven-day cruise that will set sail in May, merging Alaska's Inside Passage and the iMac.
TechTV: P4 or G4, MHz matters?
Continuting on the MHz theme, Matt Pennington writes "today on TechTV their cover story is which is faster P4 or G4. It should be going on and off all day." A feature article on the platform wars writes: "But the disparity in chip speed doesn't necessarily translate into better performance. In fact, the latest Macs are faster than the higher-megahertz PCs when it comes to such tasks as compression and running multimedia software, due to Apple's chip architecture.
LinuxWorld 2001 kicks off today
The LinuxWorld 2001 Expo kicks off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Speakers at the conference include Mathew Szulik President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc., Linus Torvalds, and Ed Leonard, Head of Technology, DreamWorks Animation.
SF Gate: MHz really matters?
Henry Norr talks about the introduction of Intel's 2GHz Pentium 4 processor and its significance to computer users: "These milestones no longer tempt me to whip out the credit card and order up a new machine, and from a bottom-line perspective, that's the heart of the matter."
Totally Hip launches new QT Website
Totally Hip Software has launched a new Website site, BlueAbuse, which it describes as a "showcase of interactive QuickTime content. Everything from complete sites using QuickTime to individual QuickTime movies. Our goal is to promote the interactive QuickTime community by showing 'what is possible', and how easily it can be created."
DR-Verb 1.1.5 VST plugin has EQ, CPU monitor
Dragan Petrovic has released DR-Verb 1.15, an update to his VST plug-in which delivers complex reverb simulations. It adds a new EQ section and a CPU activity monitor as well as expanded EQ Frequencies (up to 20kHz).
Apple buyout of Palm discussed
MacNN reader Chip Mosher notes an SF Gate article that discusses the possibility of an Apple buyout of Palm, stating that under the terms of Palm's spin-off from 3Com, any company taking over the PDA-maker now would face huge tax liabilities, but that those restrictions will expire in June. When Jean-Louis Gassee, former Apple exec and founder of Be was asked about an Apple buyout, he simply said "I didn't hear you."
USB 2.0 Hub Controller released
Cypress Semiconductor has begun shipping a USB 2.0 hub controller that allows all three USB speeds -- low-speed (1.5 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps) and hi-speed (480 Mbps) -- to coexist in any USB-enabled system. The new device will begin shipping immediately to OEM dealers, and later for the general public.
Morning Tech: Intel, IBM, IE 6.0
Morning Tech News: Intel has debuted the 2 Ghz Pentium 4 processor and cut prices on its slower chips; IBM thinks that Linux has begun fulfilling its destiny as a mainstream server platfrom; Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 6.0, with lack of support for traditional plug-ins such as Apple's QuickTime browser add-on.
CAD Object Manager released in Java
Alpha Software Express has released a Mac OS compatible Java implementation of its flagship product for the design and management of drawings. CAD Object Manager is a $500 tool provides document management functions, like drawing check-out and check-in, as well as, user ownership features like privilege token assignment.
Easy Beat 1.3.1 released
Easy Beat 1.3.1 is a music production tool that allows users to compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument. In the new version stylistic variations, which were broken in version 1.3, work again.
Startup Security 1.1 gets more OS 9 security
Digital Specter's Startup Security 1.1, an update to the security tool, adds both password protection and the ability to disable the shift key under Mac OS 9 to the $20 security application for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
GreasyDaemon.com: firewall customization
Brennan Stehling has posted an article on customizing the settings for the ipfw firewall which is built into Mac OS X.
QuizMaker Pro 4.1: quiz application
QuizMaker Pro 4.1 is an "all-in-one quiz application" that generates, administers, archives, and scores multiple choice, matching, and short answer tests. The free update to the $18 utility adds more preferences, fixes a few bugs, and other enhancements.
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