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New beta of Castle Wolfenstein MP b7 posted
Ralph Miranda notes the release of a new beta of the popular classic game, Castle Wolfenstein MP b7.
New OS X, FMPro compatibility for ODBC Router
Augsoft today announced OS X compatibility for its ODBC Router, a Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) solution on Macintosh. It also announced a new Mac ODBC OverDRIVER that enhances the ability of FileMakerPro to connect with enterprise databases such as MS-Access, IBM DB/2, INFORMIX, MS-SQLServer and ORACLE 8i.
New PCI/USB combo PCI card ships from Miglia
Miglia Technology is shipping its new Miglia Alchemy FW + USB PCI card, which offers two USB 1.0/1.1 devices and two FireWire ports. The $90 PCI card comes with free technical support and a two-year warranty.
Bold to ship course designer with Links
Destineer's Macintosh label Bold will include the Arnold Palmer Course Designer when it ships the Mac version of Microsoft's Links golf game this fall. It will be the first Links product for the Macintosh to include a course designer. The APCD allows user to create courses in a real-time 3D system, including the ability to "tweak every inch of fairway with the APCD, and create tunnels and arches with full control over each point on the course." In addition to the course designer, this new version of Links for the Macintosh will include a major upgrade to the graphics and physics engine, a host of new courses, new golf personalities and more.
PC Magazine: Power Mac G4 on cover
Pete Curtner writes: "The October 16, 2001 issue of PC Magazine has a cover story called 'The new Shape Of PCs.' Featured prominently on the top of the cover is an Apple PowerBook G4... Interesting that the most Windows-centric technology magazine has recognized that there are other platforms out there besides just Microsoft & Intel."
FirewireDirect ships USB 2.0/FireWire drive
FirewireDirect.com's new Spark II PRO is a 2.5" FireWire/USB combo hard drive that supports USB 2.0 (with backward compatibility for USB 1.1 hardware) and the improved Oxford 911 ATA-100 chipset for fastest FireWire performance. Pricing is $220 (10GB), $280 (20GB), and $390 (30GB) and $140 for the stand-alonge USB/FireWire enclosure.
Coda Finale 2002: new music notation software
Coda Music's music notation software, Coda Finale 2002, brings a Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizer (for creating an entire orchestration from any melody with or without chord symbols); automatic insertion of slurs, expressions, articulations in repeated rhythmic patterns; and a new "wizard" for creating customized exercises. Upgrades to the $545 application are $100 (v 2001) and $150 (v2000); the company is offering a $200 cross-grade to owners of some competing products.
AppleWorks Enhancement Pack 1.4.1 posted
The $20 shareware, Enhancement Pack 1.4.1 for AppleWorks, provides over 40 extra features to the popular productivity suite. Version 1.4.1 works around a bug in Mac OS 9.1 (and above) where some menu commands cannot locate needed files and also improves database functions such as duplicate, search, and replace. (Some functions work under OS X.)
RAL 3.6: Lasso-based ad management system
Rotating Ads for Lasso 3.6, a $60 upgrade to Starmark's $100 ad management system, adds Web administration, auto-expire and autostart features, and other enhancements. It is offered as a stand alone product or as an integrated Web Site Publisher for Lasso module.
Typhoon in Taiwan affects US tech industry
In the wake of slow-downs and cost-increases caused by freight interuptions and stricter security measures (imposed after last week's tragedies), a "deadly typhoon has disrupted production in Taiwan, one of the most important suppliers of computers, semiconductors and other electronics to the United States technology industry." [registration required]
SimpleDialog 1.02: custom dialogs for FMPro
24U s.r.o. has released SimpleDialog 1.0.2, an update to the FileMaker plugin that can display arbitrary dialog boxes as well as combine text, passwords, checkboxes, radio buttons.
SVG Viewer 3.0b2: 3D graphics for OS X
Adobe has posted a "OS X 10.1 native" version of its SVG Viewer 3.0b2, a client for viewing specialized 3D elements on the Web. Version 3.0b2 brings more elements, more CSS properties, more DOM suppoty, performance improvements, and a new compressed output file format (compressed SVG, .svgz).
Adobe to Webcast Seybold Keynote
Adobe will Webcast next week's Seybold Keynote with CEO Bruce Chizen, where it "will outline the latest developments in the next wave of publishing...Network Publishing harnesses the Internet and today's emerging technologies for the creation, management and delivery of visually-rich, personalized contentreliably, anywhere, anytime, on any device." The keynote is expected to take place on Tuesday at 12:15 pm PDT.
Lightwave [7b] adds AltiVec, other features
NewTek has announced a maintenance release, LightWave 3D [7b], which brings "massive speed increases and optimizations for both the Intel SSE2 and AltiVec to its $2,500 3D animation package. NewTek claims render speed improvements of as much as 87% under OS X; other improvements include the use of the Motorola math library under OS X, more multiple processor support, true type support under OS X, and better compatibility with some 3rd party software packages. Through September 30, 2001, all registered owners of any version can upgrade for $500 (after which pricing for 5.6 owners and earlier increases to $600). [Classic, Carbon: 6.5MB]
iDVD compared to other authoring solutions
The National Software Testing Labs, a leading independent technology testing organization, concluded that "iDVD on Apple's Power Mac G4 was easier to learn than Sonic DVD IT! LE on a Compaq Presario 7000," and that the Mac was twice as fast in creating a DVD. Though the Apple system was more expensive, the Mac beat out its competitors in useability as well as performance.
Cobra+ 100GB FireWire drive ships
EZQuest has begun shipping its Cobra+ 100GB Firewire Hard Drive, which features a 7,200 rpm mechanism as well as burst transfer rates of up to 38MB/sec and sustained rates of 34MB/sec. The drives ship with Intech's SpeedTools drive utility, sports dual 6-pin FireWire ports, and includes a built-in universal auto-switching power supply, a built-in cooling fan, and a 6' FireWire cable. The Cobra+ line retails for $$250 (40GB), $$300 (60GB), $360 (80GB) and $490 (100GB). All drives are shipping with a "Pro-Mar" exterior and are covered by a two year warranty.
cObserver 1.0 profiles remote Mac systems
AppMac has released a final version of cObserver 1.0, its client/server application that enables administrators to gather system profiles from remote computers. The application creates HTML remports, regularly checks the computers for updated profiles, and runs on both Classic and OS X. Pricing starts at $70 for 10 computers. [Classic, Carbon]
Fastware posts driver, firmware upgrades
Fastware.net has posted new revisions of both the Mac OS SIM Extension v1.01 and an internal FW301 firmware upgrade for the BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter. SIM version 1.01 fixes a previous issue in the support and improves transfer rates of Sony DAT drives (users will need to upgrade to the new firmware revision FW302.mot). BridgeIt supports SCSI HDD, MO, tape, printers, scanners, removables and CD-R/RW in a full chain of up to 7 SCSI devices connected to a FireWire port and also has two extra 1394 ports for FireWire Hub functionality.
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