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Apple seeds CarbonLib 1.4.5d3 SDK
A MacNN reader notes that Apple has provided a pre-release of the CarbonLib 1.4.5d3 SDK to all ADC members. The Software Development Kit (SDK) provides all the files needed to begin Carbon development and supports Mac OS 8.6 and later.
Sonnet posts updated OS X drivers
Sonnet has posted updated OS X driver software, including its PCI OS X Installer 1.0.3 and Encore G4 X Installer 1.0.3. Sonnet's MAXpower drivers, for use with Newer Technology's upgrade cards, MAXpowr PCI X 1.0.3 ($70) and MAXpowr ZIF X 1.0.3 ($30), have been updated. The updates correct errors for those having trouble installing previous versions of the drivers.
DockSwap 1.0: dock switching, setting storage
DockSwap 1.0, a dock switching utility for OS X has been released by piDog Software. It allows you to save multiple Dock settings (hiding, magnification, pressistent apps/files) and access them later. A free version with the ability to store 2 saved Docks is available online.
Numerous USB 2.0 developments at IDF
There are numerous USB 2.0 solutions being announced and demonstrated at this year's Fall Intel Developer Forum currently underway in San Jose, California. As previously reported, Cypress Semiconductor is introducing a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub controller, and NetChip Technology and Adaptec collaborating on a fully integrated solution that includes Adaptec's line of Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host and hub devices using NetChip's peripheral controllers. Orange Micro, a company that traditionally develops its products for the Macintosh platform, will announce that Hi-Speed USB 2.0 host adapter card developers can begin beta testing its new USB 2.0 drivers. Yesterday, a seminar led by Intel and Microsoft discussed the actual performance opportunities for devices like CD-RW, DVD, Hard Drives and scanners. At the present time, Mac OS X is required for full USB 2.0 speed.
P.O. ToolBox 1.4.1: USPS management app
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 1.4.1, the "first and only" U.S. Postal Service package management software for the Mac platform, which now allows the application to generate the U.S. Postal Service's new Delivery Confirmation barcode design. It is $100 for online delivery.
Updated wireless driver for OS X
Rob McKeever has posted (updated) installers for the WirelessDriver package for OS X that was written by enjamin Herrenschmidt, Louis Gerbarg, and himself: "There are versions for both 5G15 and 5G27, as well as sources for anyone interested. Give them a whirl and let me know if you have any issues other than what I already know about."
Intel supports AirPort standard
After previously putting its support behind the HomeRF wireless networking standard, Intel has succumbed to industry pressure and begun developing products based on the 802.11b standard, pioneered in Apple's AirPort and supported by Dell, Lucent, and other companies.
DiskWarrior extensions updated
Alsoft has updated the DiskWarrior Extension, part of the DiskWarrior package with repairs and optimizes hard drives, with support for Mac OS 9.2 and 9.2.1. Non-English versions of the update are currently in the works.
Apple\'s \"blockbuster\" strategy
A BusinessWeek article discusses the "blockbuster-based" strategy of Apple, in which author Charles Haddad says that Apple relies on major product introductions and rumors to drive its stock price and profit. "Better to think of (Apple) as if it were a Disney, AOL Time Warner, or Universal Vivendi. Why? Because Apple's fortunes hang on the promise of ever-new blockbusters."
OSX: OmniWeb 4.05, Wireless, Classic Menu 2.5
osx.macnn.com notes OmniWeb 4.0.5, the latest release of the Omni Group's cocoa-built Web browser; an updated wireless driver package for OS X; Time-X 1.5, a dockable clock; and Classic Menu 2.5 which brings the OS 9 Apple menu to OS X. [updated]
Time-X 1.5 adds docking skins
Time-X 1.5 is a dockable clock for Mac OS X that supports skins. With the new release, Time-X has skins designed specifically for working inside the dock. The utility includes a clock, date, chronograph, timer, and alarm.
AXEL for Mac OS X/Classic developed
MindAvenue announced it has completed development of AXEL for Mac OS X, a new version of the company's interactive 3D Web authoring tool. MindAvenue previewed the Mac version of AXEL, which also supports Mac OS 9, during Siggraph, August 14-16, 2001. The tool sports a fully Aqua-compliant interface and full OpenGL support.
ATI announces 3GIO support
ATI, which still provides graphics cards for three of Apple's four major product lines, has announced its full support for Intel's 3GIO interconnect architecture, which many analysts see as the successor to PCI/AGP expansion. ATI says that it will retain PCI support across its graphics card offerings.
Amazon launches on-line retail store
Amazon.com has launched an on-line computer store, adding to its already massive retail offerings. The new store will sell Macs and other Apple products alongside Wintel hardware, and will offer configurations targeted at home users, graphic designers, and other specific markets.
Applimac Clean Text 2.1 posted
Applimac Clean Text 2.1 is a text-utility that eliminates all text formatting, preparing it for pasting and performs other functions, such as removing empty lines, removing multiple spaces, and removing forwarding characters from email text. The new version resolves OS X issues and adds quote formatting functionality. [Classic, Carbon]
ASCII Tools 1.0 released
Trinfinity Software has released ASCII Tools 1.0, a software package that gives developers access to ASCII table data. ASCII is a standard code for representing characters as numbers so that they can be stored in a computers memory. [Classic, Carbon]
OmniWeb 4.05 adds more languages, bug fixes
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.0.5, an update to the popular, native Cocoa web browser built specifically for OS X. OmniWeb, now available in "more languages than any other web browser on OS X, supports Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and English. Version 4.05 adds new localizations, improves performance with certain appearance themes, brings compatibility with pre-release versions of OS X 10.1, and other bug fixes.
Classic Menu 2.5: old system menu for OS X
Sig Software's Classic Menu 2.5, rewritten for the release version of OS X 10.x, brings the classic Mac OS apple menu back to OS X, replacing the system's built-in 'Apple menu.' It is also offering a bundle of Classic Menu and Drop Drawers UI utility for $20.
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