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Reader: call for wider Epson support/notices
Colin Ong notes Epson has provided a "non-specific, non-committal, non-informative standard corporate line" respone in his effort to determine whether Epson will provide OS X support for his Epson Stylus Photo 700 and other printers currently not supported or for which no support is planned: "I urge other Stylus Photo 700 owners to email Epson at firstname.lastname@example.org to lobby for support or at least an announcement one way or the other."
Apple supports \"real Aqua experience\"
Apple has apparently worked things out with Eric Yang, whom we earlier today reported was prevented from developing an Aqua front-end for Mozilla and Netscape: "What Apple objected to was not Aquafying Mozilla, but rather the way I was doing it via emulation, thus not giving Mozilla users a pure Aqua experience. Apple is willing to provide information for creating real Aqua experience for Mozilla. Right now, my efforts are focused on an Aqua interface for Tenon's iTools, so work on Mozilla for the moment is in abeyance."
Aspyr posts Tomb Raider: Chronicles patch
Aspyr's Tomb Raider Chronicles 1.01 update fixes a few bugs that cause system freezes during gameplay.
OS X v10.1 availability notes from readers
Readers are writes with various notes about availability of OS X v10.1, which is expected in some retail outlets tomorrow:
[Christopher Hammack] "I had hoped to get 10.1 from our local (generally very mac friendly) campus store. Unfortunately, the manager told me that they are only being allocated enough copies of the 10.1 upgrade to cover the current stock of 10.0.x. In other words, no go. I guess I will have to wait like a lot of other people." [Paul Brainerd] "I spoke with the Apple Rep at CompUSA in San Antonio this morning, and he indeed has the 10.1 upgrade in his hands and will be there to distribute it at store opening in the morning (Saturday). Can't speak for the rest of the Comp stores across the country, but this is a good sign."
CrushFTP 3.0b16: Java-based ftp server
The Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b16, adds a new package for use under 10.1, a new file history for stats, an option to make files/folders invisible, purge options to clear directories, better download speed reporting, and other enhancements. Pricing starts at $25 for 10 concurrent users.
New Spy Master learning series for kids
Knowledge Adventure is now shipping Spy Masters, a new adventure role-playing series designed for kids ages 7-11. As Part of the JumpStart Learning System, the Spy Masters series debuts with two games, Unmask the Prankster and Max Strikes Back, which challenge players to solve mind-bending missions and earn state-of-the-art spy gear in a quest to save the world. It features a mix of console-style game play and arcade action in a 3D world.
Apple to debut $799 iMac this weekend
As noted by MacNN several days ago, Apple will be making a $799 iMac available to retailers and catalog reseller beginning this weekend. The Indigo-colored iMac with a 500MHz processor, 64MB, 20GB drive, 24x CD-ROM, and 56k modem, will be identical the version currently only available to education customers.
FlexiSheet: object-oriented spreadsheet
Material Arts today announced FlexiSheet, a multi-dimensional spreadsheet application, which will be released as a Technology Preview in October 2001. The spreadsheet uses an object-oriented approach to tables and data and allows the user to reorganize rows and columns on the fly, without losing data.
CyberGauge 3.2: Internet bandwidth util updat
CyberGauge 3.2, update to Neon Software's Internet bandwidth measurement application, brings enhanced SMTP server alert compatibility, QoS report enhancements, and other enhancements. It is a free update to registered users of v3.x.
Reader: Apple plans for retail in Cincinnati
Nate Brookes sent us a note about Apple's plans for a retail store in Cincinnati: "I recently noticed on Apples job page that they were looking for a Mac genius in Cincinnati. This made me curious. Today after a talk with a manger in the Gap in Kenwood towne center. The gap is moving to a larger location downstairs and apple will be moving into their old spot. The manger also said something about it coming from their corporate offices."
HP delivers $250 monochrome laser printer
Hewlett-Packard has introduced its HP LaserJet 1000 printer, a $250 monochrome HP LaserJet printer that offers USB connectivity and 10 ppm speeds, 600 dpi with HP Resolution Enhancement technology for output enhancements to 1200 dpi. [Update: printer not Mac compatible]
Codebook 4.04, new games plugins available
Rob Edvardsson's Codebook 4.04, a large database of cheats, codes and walkthroughs for Mac games, now includes new Plug-ins containing cheats for Alice, Alien vs Predator, Beyond Atlantis, The Crystal Key, Dracula Ressurection, Marathon Rubicon, Max Payne, Myst 3 Exile, The Feeble Files, Baldur's Gate, Myst, Netfungus, Number Munchers and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2.
BatControls 1.5 schedules events
The $12.50 shareware BatControls 1.5 lets you schedule events (reminder messages, shell commands, and launch files) to execute when you want. Version 1.5 adds the ability to schedule reminder messages, supports unlimited events, and repeating events. [Classic, Carbon]
PolyPhontics 1.0b1: SoundFont/DLS authoring
BEST Software is conducting a beta program for its forthcoming application PolyPhontics 1.0b, a full-featured SoundFont and DLS authoring tool that offers the ability to create SoundFont and DLS compatible files, manipulate synthesis parameters for tonal control, real-time previews your, and the ability to import a variety of sound formats.
Bold to ship \"Championship Edition\" of Link
Destineer's Macintosh label, Bold, announced today that it will ship the "Championship Edition" of Links when it releases the Macintosh version of Microsoft's best-selling golf game later this year and that the Mac version of Links Championship Edition will now include the same features and the same price as the Windows version. It is also expected to ship near-simultaneously with the Windows version. Links will include a new graphics engine, new physics engine, a full-featured course designer, new golfer personalities, and 13 of the world's best golf courses and will run natively on OS X.
Optigold ISP 2.8.3: business ISP software
Optigold ISP 2.8.3, a cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adds a fast mode payment generation, HTTP failure dialog, call back queue for billing and general issues, additional employee security and a few other miscellaneous items.
iMovie Pack 2.1.1: effects, transitions
Apple's iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1.1 contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that you can add to iMovie for OS X.
Dantz: status update on OS X 10.1/Retrospect
Dantz tells MacNN that it continues to work very closely with Apple to make Retrospect available for Mac OS X. OS X v10.1 has important issues that need to be resolved: "For example, it is not possible to back up and restore hard links. This functionality is required to restore a complete, functioning Mac OS X system. The beta Retrospect client is also affected by these issues. Therefore, beta testers should not rely on the beta client for full system restores. Testing indicates that user created documents should restore correctly."
Password Retreiver 2.1 logs access attempts
Koingo Software' Password Retriever 2.1, a $10 utility for securely storing passwords, is now available online, offering new logging of database access attempts, a new floating window option, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Vortex 1.1: free iTunes visual plugin
Trinfinity Software today released Vortex 1.1, an update to the free iTunes Visual Plugin, which displays graphics in the iTunes window that vary in color and shape as the sound changes. Version 1.1 includes a new automation feature, which when enabled, continuously changes Vortex settings to give you a more varied and unique experience. [Classic, Carbon]
PandoCalendar 5.7.4: free Calendar utility
Panda Systems' PandoCalendar 5.7.4 is a maintenance release to the Mac-only program places a fully functional calendar on the desktop.
Audion 2.6 gets CD burning, better freedb
Panic has released an update to its popular MP3/audio player, Audion 2.6, which brings CD burning, a maximizer plugin (to maintain consistent sound output), an echo plugin, and improved freedb support. It also includes OS X 10.1 specific features such as faster playlist window resizing, a dock menu which allows the user to control Audion entirely from within the dock, and the ability to manage Audion plugins through the Finder "Show Info" window. A free demo of the $20 application is available. [Classic, Carbon]
ImageBuddy 1.6 adds captions to photo app
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.6.0, adding image captions to the Page Layout Panel of the $15 digital photo printing program with options to View, Grade, Layout, Crop, Mask and Overlay. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple legal shuts down Aqua skin for Netscape
Apple legal has shut down Eric Yang's project for developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6, as noted by a MacNN reader: "Eric Yang from developing an Aqua skin for Mozilla and Netscape 6. Although this skin needed work, it was the only aqua skin on the web (as far as I know). Moreover, due to the fact that Mozilla /Netscape 6 was open source, we very well could've seen this ship with future versions of Mozilla and Netscape 6 for OS X. Currently OS X builds of Mozilla and Netscape 6 have NO support for the Aqua UI. I would advise emailing Apple to complain about this. I know I will."
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