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US turnaround imminent? Dell positioned well.

09/10, 8:20pm

US turnaround imminent? Dell positioned well.

U.S. business economists lowered their forecasts for U.S. growth for 2001 and 2002 but most say the U.S. economy will not slide into recession and should start recovering by year end, according to a Reuters Report. Meanwhile, Michael Dell is bullish about Dell, noting that his company was the only company to show positive unit (shipment) growth over the last three quarters and that it "is incredibly well positioned for an upturn."

Web Help Desk 5: WO-based IT application

09/10, 7:45pm

Web Help Desk 5: WO-based IT application

MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5, a new web application for managing IT support that claims to meet the "needs of technical support groups managing thousands of clients and assets at multiple sites."

Charla 1.3: Yahoo! chat client close for OS X

09/10, 7:45pm

Charla 1.3: Yahoo! chat client close for OS X

Peter Ammon has released Charla 1.3, an update to his open-source Yahoo! chat client for OS X, fixing a common crashing bug and addingsupport for multiple users, custom emotes, and more.

FX offers PHP-based access to FMPro

09/10, 6:35pm

FX offers PHP-based access to FMPro

Chris Hansen has released FX 1.0, a free, open-source PHP class which allows access to FileMaker Pro data via PHP: "PHP beats the pants off the current methods of connecting to FileMaker, and there's excellent documentation available."

Jobs nominated to Pay Hall of Shame & Fame

09/10, 5:40pm

Jobs nominated to Pay Hall of Shame & Fame

Steve Jobs is among the nominees for Graef Crystal's annual Executive Pay Hall of Shame and Fame: "The reason: wildly excessive pay."

IBM cuts MicroDrive price up to 32 percent

09/10, 5:40pm

IBM cuts MicroDrive price up to 32 percent

IBM has drastically reduced the price of the Microdrive, which acts as removable storage and fits into a CompactFlash Type II slot: "[it] lowered the price of its 1GB drive to $379. The 512MB version now costs $259, and the 340MB version is $199."

CDML Palette 1.0: build Web apps with FMPro

09/10, 5:30pm

CDML Palette 1.0: build Web apps with FMPro

Lithe Integration's CDML Palette 1.0 is a new $20 shareware application designed to facilitate the creation of FileMaker enabled web solutions, featuring the ability 'Drag & Drop' fields from open FileMaker files directly into HTML documents as replacement tags, link text, or any valid HTML input type, build complex Web Companion links with a few clicks.

pro Fit 5.6b8: scientific data analysis tool

09/10, 5:20pm

pro Fit 5.6b8: scientific data analysis tool

QuantumSoft has posted pro Fit 5.6.0b8 for OS X, a prerelease version of its scientific data analysis tool. Version B8 provides better compatibility with OS X and various bug fixes and includes an updated version of the 3D plotting plug-in, which now lets you save rotating graphs as Quicktime movies for presentations.

Reader: Mac demo of \'AvP Gold\' comments

09/10, 5:10pm

Reader: Mac demo of \'AvP Gold\' comments

Simon Benjamin writes: "The full Mac demo of AvP Gold was released several days ago, and I'm amazed how little coverageI've seen...The ability to move freely on walls and ceilings in order to sneak up on Marines leads to some pretty memorable game play!" MacPlay announced last Friday that Aliens Versus Predator Gold Edition has gone 'GM' ('Gold' or 'Golden Master') and said that the game will be available at major retail outlets beginning later this month. [updated]

Blue World announces 10% discount sale

09/10, 5:00pm

Blue World announces 10% discount sale

Blue World today announced a 10% discount through the end of the month on sales of Lasso Studio for Dreamweaver and Adobe GoLive through its online store.

iListen 1.01 has issues with dual processors

09/10, 4:55pm

iListen 1.01 has issues with dual processors

MacSpeech today announced that iListen 1.01 speech recognition software is compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 when running on single processor machines; however, "users of dual-processor Macs may experience some issues when performing the training exercises. The work-around is to perform training on a single processor Macintosh, back-up your user profile, and restore it to a copy of iListen installed on the dual processor Macintosh."

WebEvent 4.0 beta, WebEvent Portal launch

09/10, 4:35pm

WebEvent 4.0 beta, WebEvent Portal launch

WebEvent has released a beta of its flagship Web calendar solution, WebEvent 4.0b, which sports a dynamic new user interface, cascading style sheets (CSS) support, and the addition of repeating events to multiple calendars. Version 4.0 is a free update to owners of v3.4 with maintenance contracts; the company has also announced an unspecified price increase when the final version of 4.0 ships. It also announced WebEvent Portal, a new product designed specifically for ASPs, ISPs, portals, and community Web sites. [WE 4.0 demo, WE 4.0 update]

Secure ImagePro 3.02: DRM app protects images

09/10, 4:25pm

Secure ImagePro 3.02: DRM app protects images

Artistscope has posted Secure Image Pro 3.02, an update to its DRM application for protecting images on the Web. In addition to improved compatibility with Java underMac OS, the new version brings compatibility with Windows systems as well as improved batch image processing. The $165 provides image encryption/protection using "Web-ready" JPG and GIF files but "does not add any additional level of compression" and integrates with applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Fireworks.

DataShell 1.6 supports new Valentina release

09/10, 4:16pm

DataShell 1.6 supports new Valentina release

MacBrowse has released DataShell 1.6, a free update to the $60 driver solution that allows FutureBASIC^3 developers to use Valentina XCMD, an object-relational, SQL-powered database engine, in their applications.

Apple Europe: OS X Server issues on MP Macs

09/10, 4:05pm

Apple Europe: OS X Server issues on MP Macs

After having trouble installing OS X Server on his dual processor 800-MHz machine, Stéphane Pinel writes that Apple Europe support confirmed that Mac OS X Server "can't run on a multiprocessor machine."

Adobe could outlast IT spending slowdown

09/10, 4:00pm

Adobe could outlast IT spending slowdown

Adobe, due to report fiscal third-quarter (ended August 31) earnings after the market's close Thursday, is expected to announce earnings of $0.28 per share: however, despite the cuts in IT spending, it could be a "good time for investors not averse to technology stocks to consider Adobe," according to the Motley Fool.

nQuick 2.2: manage text, passwords, serials

09/10, 4:00pm

nQuick 2.2: manage text, passwords, serials

nQuick 2.2, a $20 utility for managing text, notes, passwords, and serial numbers, now offers a new import function, more keyboard equivalents, the option to disable password bullets, and other bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]

iTools members: $25 off coupons at AppleStore

09/10, 3:40pm

iTools members: $25 off coupons at AppleStore

MacNN reader Robert Nelson notes that iTools members are receiving $25 off coupons for purchases of $249 or more at the Apple Store.

New \'QuickSilver\' G4 Server at Apple Store

09/10, 3:35pm

New \'QuickSilver\' G4 Server at Apple Store

Kevin Watkins notes that Apple has released a single new "QuickSilver" configuration of the G4 Server at the Apple Store, after pulling older models late last week. The $2800 configuration includes OS X Server software, a 733MHz G4 processor, 256MB of RAM, an 80GB drive (7200 rpm), a CD-RW drive, Nvidia GeForce2 MX graphics card, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Candy Crisis 1.1: action/puzzle game for OS X

09/10, 3:35pm

Candy Crisis 1.1: action/puzzle game for OS X

John Stiles has released Candy Crisis 1.1 for OS X, a tetris-like, combination action and puzzle game that features "unparalleled graphics for a puzzle game, with realistic special effects like particle effects, dynamic shadows and lighting, transparency, and even reflective candy. The game itself features twelve unique stages, complete with its own character and individual technique."

Elite to resurrect ComputerWare stores

09/10, 3:30pm

Elite to resurrect ComputerWare stores

Elite Computers today announced that it would open three new locations under the "ComputerWare, by Elite Computers & Software" name, merging the traditional ComputerWare logo with the Elite Computers & Software name. The first new store will be opening in San Rafael, California at 1031 "C" Street, the same location formerly occupied by a previous ComputerWare retail store, while the other two additional stores will be located in Capitola (CA) and Sunnyvale (CA)--also in the former ComputerWare locations.

TimeCache 4.1.2: time/expense tracking

09/10, 3:25pm

TimeCache 4.1.2: time/expense tracking

PandaWare's TimeCache 4.1.2 is a maintenance release to the time and expense tracking application, addressing bugs with print preview, problems opening projects, and timing issues.

Super Get Info 1.02 enhances \'Empty Trash\'

09/10, 3:25pm

Super Get Info 1.02 enhances \'Empty Trash\'

Bare Bones Software's Super Get Info 1.0.2 utility for OS X is "designed to serve as a supplement for the Mac OS X Finder's Show Info command," allowing users to more than one info window at a time, view/edit type and creator codes associated with a file, and view/edit the Unix owner, group, and permission settings associated with a file or folder as well as other useful commands. Version 1.02 adds an "Empty Trash" command, which allows you to empty the Trash even when the Finder claims you do not have sufficient privileges to do so and also provides compatibility with NFS servers, improvements when dealing with items on locked volumes, and several minor bug fixes.

CPLAT 3.5: adds Linux, CWPro 7 support

09/10, 3:20pm

CPLAT 3.5: adds Linux, CWPro 7 support

ksoft has released CPLAT 3.5, an update to its $50 cross-platform framework for Mac OS and Windows development, offering beta support for Linux, CodeWarrior Pro 7 Carbon and MachO support. It also includes a RADTool/Resource Editor for importing/creating/editing the resources your application uses including, menus, icons, pictures, cursors, patterns, windows, alerts, dialogs, strings. [Classic, Carbon]

Video of Easton Town Center Apple Store

09/10, 3:20pm

Video of Easton Town Center Apple Store

Brian A. Peat has posted a video of the Easton Town Center Apple Store Opening: "There are only 2 version there at the moment, a 24.5 MB Sorenson version and a new 34MB VP3 version that really looks great....You'll see the lucky couple that were the first customers in the door and to the register for their iBook."

OS X: Vsamp 3.2.3, OS X Server on dual config

09/10, 3:10pm

OS X: Vsamp 3.2.3, OS X Server on dual config

osx.macnn.com has notes about a new virtual synth for OS X, problems installing OS X server on multiprocessor machines, a shareware image analysis application, MetaCard 2.4 for OS X, Bare Bones' Super Get Info 1.02 update, and several other application notes. [updated]

Test Pilot Enterprise adds database support

09/10, 3:05pm

Test Pilot Enterprise adds database support

ClearLearning released Test Pilot Enterprise, its newest e-learning software tool for delivering online tests, tutorials and surveys. It offers automated scoring and supports popular relational database servers, including Orcale, MySQL, OpenBase and Microsoft SQL Server. The company licenses its technology and also provides hosting and custom assessment and survey development services. Customized, commercially branded versions of Test Pilot are also available on an OEM basis.

Vsamp 3.2.3 adds support for OS X

09/10, 3:05pm

Vsamp 3.2.3 adds support for OS X

Joseph Dakroub notes that Vsamp 3.2.3, which recently OS X support to the virtual synth software (including OS X CoreMIDI services), "works beautifully with OS X and my MIDISPORT 2 x 2 USB midi interface. Zero latency and not bad sounding either. Gives hope to the audiophiles waiting for OS X software!!"

Goldbery 2.2: freeware image/movie viewer

09/10, 2:55pm

Goldbery 2.2: freeware image/movie viewer

Goldberg 2.2, an update to the freeware image and movie viewer, adds a new resize image command, fixes a problem when saving a modified TIFF file created under Mac OS X 10, supports antialiasing of PICTs in the clipboard, and has other fixes for the forthcoming release of OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon, Cocoa]

dimensions3 b1: build 3D action games

09/10, 2:55pm

dimensions3 b1: build 3D action games

Klink! Software has released dimension3 Beta 1 described as a "game without content" or "an advanced 3D [OpenGL-based] OS X engine designed for mod-makers or anybody interested in creating 3D action games. Using industry standard JavaScript, dim3 allows you to create maps where everything, from the flow of the game down to a single polygon, is scriptable, giving you a vast vista from which to create your world."

OS X Server: \'not for multiprocessors\'

09/10, 2:50pm

OS X Server: \'not for multiprocessors\'

After having trouble installing OS X Server on his dual processor 800-MHz machine, Stéphane Pinel writes that Apple Europe support confirmed that Mac OS X Server "can't run on a multiprocessor machine."

Carnoy 1.0: shareware image analysis app

09/10, 2:50pm

Carnoy 1.0: shareware image analysis app

Carnoy 1.0 is a $15 shareware image analysis program designed to carry out measurements on digital images and especially on micrographs obtained from light or electron microscopes. It offers a "one-click" calibration option, measures length and surface area of regular and irregular objects, and performs automated particle analysis (counting and measuring).

MetaCard 2.4 gets OS X support, new features

09/10, 2:45pm

MetaCard 2.4 gets OS X support, new features

The application development and multimedia authoring tool MetaCard 2.4 now includes new support for OS X as well as support for embedding images and hidden text (e.g., HREF tags) in fields, a new script-based libraries that supports FTP, HTTP, and SMTP and export routines for GIF, JPEG, and PNG formats.

Metrowerks ships CodeWarrior 7.0

09/10, 1:00pm

Metrowerks ships CodeWarrior 7.0

Metrowerks has begun shipping CodeWarrior for Mac OS, Version 7.0, development tools. The new release can build applications that run in Classic Mac OS, Carbon, Native Mac OS X and Java. Version 7.0 includes the Metrowerks PowerPlant framework, an object-oriented C++ system. Also offered in the new release is a Mach-O project converter that automatically converts Carbon PEF projects to Mach-O, enabling projects to run natively on the Mac OS X platform. Among other features are a new carbonized version of the integrated development environment (IDE), Mac OS X-hosted command-line tools, the latest Altivec support (Velocity Engine). CodeWarrior 7.0 is priced at $599.

Quark to skip UK MacExpo

09/10, 10:45am

Quark to skip UK MacExpo

In a move similar to Adobe's decision not to exhibit during July's Macworld NY Expo, Quark has chosen to not make an appearance at the UK MacExpo. Quark General Manager Glen Turpin tells Macworld UK that the company's Mac commitment remains "firm."

August Software releases ODBC SDK

09/10, 10:45am

August Software releases ODBC SDK

August Software has released a set of free Software Development Kits for ODBC Router, an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) solution for the Mac OS. ODBC Router enables Windows NT/2K/XP to "serve" database connectivity to Mac users, much as they also serve Internet, printer and files access

Intel to ship 802.11a products in November

09/10, 10:00am

Intel to ship 802.11a products in November

In November, Intel plans to ship wireless networking products based around the 802.11a standard, which is about five times faster than the current 802.11b standard used by Apple's AirPort and various other wireless offerings. An 802.11a wireless PC card will cost $179, about $69 more than the older technology.

Auto/Air Adapter for PowerBooks released

09/10, 9:40am

Auto/Air Adapter for PowerBooks released

Lind Electronics has introduced a 60-watt Auto/Air Power Adapter specifically designed to power Apple's new iBooks and Titanium G4 laptops. The devices charge Apple notebooks from automobile 12 VDC or the airline in-seat power sources. Lind's new adapter is priced at $80, and includes a three year warranty.

Carnoy offers image analysis

09/10, 9:25am

Carnoy offers image analysis

The Laboratory of Plant Systematics has announced the availability of Carnoy, an image analysis program designed to carry out measurements on digital images and especially on micrographs obtained from light or electron microscopes. The program can handle BMP, PICT, Photoshop, JPEG, GIF, PNG, SGI, TGA, TIFF and QuickTime image files and can convert between these file types.

Blackmagic offers new QuickTime compressor

09/10, 9:20am

Blackmagic offers new QuickTime compressor

Blackmagic Design says it will demonstrate real time effects at uncompressed HDTV resolutions next week at the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company will also announce support for the AJA Video Kona video cards. Blackmagic's Gold QuickTime software enables the AJA Kona video cards to be full compatibility with Final Cut Pro 2.0 real time effects features.

Apple Expo keynote gets new venue

09/10, 9:00am

Apple Expo keynote gets new venue

MacNN reader Niklas Forsberg reports receiving the following letter from Apple regarding Steve Jobs's keynote at the Apple Expo in Paris: "We would like to inform you that due to record demand, all of the seats for the keynote at the Palais des Congrés have been allocated. Therfore we invite you to watch the keynote live from Hall 4 of the expibition center at Porte de Versailles."

PrefsOverload 3.0 released

09/10, 8:45am

PrefsOverload 3.0 released

PrefsOverload 3.0 is the latest release of a full-featured tool for managing the Preferences Folder. The new version can perform searches for damaged Preference Files, manage OS X preference sets, and includes multithreaded scanning.

Apple\'s support system ranked best

09/10, 8:30am

Apple\'s support system ranked best

Apple's tech support system was rated "far and away the best choice" if you're the type of user who has lots of questions when you first buy a product, according to a c|net "tech support showdown" between Apple and Microsoft. Both companies rated an overall grade of "B" for their tech support, with Microsoft's "two free calls for the life of the product" option being praised as the better choice for "complex" questions that "tend to arise later." Microsoft got better grades when it came to built-in help files and documentation, and in their online forums and email support; Apple got rated higher for telephone support availability.

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