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OSX: Opera 5 beta, other software

08/31, 8:35pm

OSX: Opera 5 beta, other software

osx.macnn.com today reports on a new public beta release of Opera 5 for Mac OS X, bringing stability and new features to the trimmed-down Web browser; and OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Cocoa-built diagramming tool. Several other key software updates are also noted.

OmniGraffle 1.1.2 gets fixes

08/31, 8:35pm

OmniGraffle 1.1.2 gets fixes

OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Omni Group's Cocoa-built diagramming application, offers bug fixes and performance enhancements over the previous release. The Omni Group has also permanently reduced the price of OmniGraffle from $109.95 to $59.95.

PocketNotes 1.0 released

08/31, 4:30pm

PocketNotes 1.0 released

PocketNotes 1.0 is a new notepad application from Pocket Software that includes the ability to manipulate skins, attach notes to each item or outline, ability to set items by priority, and some advanced search functionality. The Carbonized app is $20 shareware. [download form]

eleather.it offers new PowerBook G4 cases

08/31, 4:15pm

eleather.it offers new PowerBook G4 cases

eleather.it has unveiled its latest line of cases for Apple's PowerBook Titanitum G4. The cases are Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Board and water-resistant. Pricing ranges up to $241.

CrushFTP 3.0b10 gets full GUI remote

08/31, 4:10pm

CrushFTP 3.0b10 gets full GUI remote

CrushFTP 3.0b10 is the latest release of Ben Spink's FTP server tool that supports users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories. The new version allows full GUI remote administration, redesigns the interface, and fixes Mac OS X bugs. [Classic, Carbon]

FireWire RAID Cluster debuts

08/31, 4:00pm

FireWire RAID Cluster debuts

FireWire Direct has debuted the FX Series RAID/Storage Cluster External System, an IEEE 1394 system that uses the Oxford 911 IDE to FireWire Bridge Technology, which th ecompany claims makes these new RAID Solutions up to three times faster than standard FireWire storage devices. The clusters are available in 2, 4 and 8-bay configurations (up to 640GB) and "combo" hard drive/CDRW configurations. Pricing ranges from $699 to $2895.

Motorola unveils breakthrough in chip design

08/31, 2:00pm

Motorola unveils breakthrough in chip design

Amid rumors and speculation that it will close down its semiconductor operations, which produce the PowerPC 7400 series and other processors for Apple, Motorola has announced a breakthrough in chip design that will allow engineers to cram 50 percent more density into circuits. The new process uses "photomasks" to produce chip silicon wafers that will eventually be as thin as .05 microns. Current leading edge processor designs, including the Pentium 4 and PowerPC 7400, use silicon wafers that range between .11 and .15 microns. However, Motorola says it could be 2005 before the new method is used to develop desktop processors.

Afternoon tech:

08/31, 1:30pm

Afternoon tech:

Afternoon tech news: The Department of Justice is urging the Supreme Court to reject a review appeal from Microsoft regarding its on-going anti-trust legal proceedings; Intel has launched three new processors under its Celeron brand-name, with speeds ranging up to 1.1 Ghz; Defunct console maker Sega is entering a new pact to bring more advanced games to hand-held computing devices.

Sun shows off new version of StarOffice

08/31, 1:15pm

Sun shows off new version of StarOffice

Sun is showing off a new version of its StarOffice productivity suite, viewed by industry pundits as the only real competition to Microsoft Office, at this week's LinuxWorld conference and Expo. The new version, 6.0, breaks the suite into individual applications that can be run separately, and does away with the proprietary "start-bar" functionality and e-mail checking component. Sun had originally developed a Mac OS X flavor of StarOffice, but turned its Mac-based development over to OpenOffice.org, who continues to revise the software and offer downloadable releases.

Opera for Mac OS X Beta 1 released

08/31, 1:00pm

Opera for Mac OS X Beta 1 released

Opera Software has released the first public beta of its Opera 5 Web browser that is compatible with Mac OS X. The company previously offered a bug-ridden alpha version of the software. The new release adds keychain support and auto-completion of URLs, which were previously only offered in the Mac OS 9 release of Opera 5. The new version also adds a new button bar and significant stability enhancements.

JaneBUILDER for PHP 1.1 released

08/31, 11:20am

JaneBUILDER for PHP 1.1 released

See Jane Code has released JaneBUILDER for PHP 1.1, which allows vistual editing of PHP files, used in Web page development. The new release offers two new Auto-Janes and an add-on tool, Jane SQL. User requested functionality and bug fixes have also been incorporated in the new release.

nQuick 2.1 gets improved interface

08/31, 11:15am

nQuick 2.1 gets improved interface

nQuick 2.1 is a small utility that allows users to store items such as notes, passwords, to-do lists, and more. The new version gets an improved interface, new options and preferences, as well as the ability to manage styled texts.

SVG Viewer 3.0b1 gains OS X version, fixes

08/31, 10:30am

SVG Viewer 3.0b1 gains OS X version, fixes

Adobe has released SVG Viewer 3.0b1, a Web plug-in that allows vieiwing of interactive graphic contact. The new version is available in a Mac OS X 10.1 flavor, includes more "elements," better support for cascading style sheets, significant performance improvements, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]

Tony Hawk 2 demo posted

08/31, 10:15am

Tony Hawk 2 demo posted

Macgamefiles.com is now offering a demo version of Tony Hawk 2 for Mac. The limited version allows users play an unlimited number of 2-minute skate sessions, but does not include the park editor, multiplayer functionality, or access to customized skaters.

Intego offers free download Content Barrier

08/31, 9:50am

Intego offers free download Content Barrier

In the wake of Apple's decision to discontinue its KidSafe Web-access restriction iTools service, Intego is offering users a free copy of its Internet filtering tool, Content Barrier. The offer is good through October 1, 2001.

Iconographer 2.1 now Carbonized

08/31, 9:45am

Iconographer 2.1 now Carbonized

Iconographer 2.1 a fully-featured 32-bit icon editor that is now Carbonized. The new release also adds full support for the Mac OS X icon format, improved icon format conversion, a revamped colors palette, and live window dragging. [Classic, Carbon]

Windows XP shown running on Mac

08/31, 9:40am

Windows XP shown running on Mac

MacNN reader Andrik Aschoff notes a ZDNet Germany article that details a Microsoft ad which shows Windows XP running on a desktop Power Macintosh system.

LCEdit+ 2.0 gets OS X support

08/31, 9:30am

LCEdit+ 2.0 gets OS X support

LCedit+ 2.0 adds OS X support to CDS advanced technology's LanBox-LC lighting editor. The new version also includes a Fixture library with a selection of predefined fixtures, intensity, and position indicators on the stage, Command macros, and more.

South Pacific Mac Developer\'s Conference

08/31, 9:00am

South Pacific Mac Developer\'s Conference

The South Pacific Mac Developer's Conference takes place on October 3rd in Auckland, New Zealand. Admission is priced at $40. "We hope that you will be able to touch-base on traditional Macintosh directions with tools like Filemaker, Applescript and REALBasic as well as look into newer development methodologies presented by MacOS-X with UNIX, WebObjects and Cocoa," said show organizers.

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