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MacPlay posts Aliens vs. Predator v1.01 patch
MacPlay's Aliens vs Predator 1.0.1 patch brings compatibility with the final version of OS X 10.1.
Epson posts new OS X drivers for inkjets
Al LeVine notes that "Epson today posted drivers for the Model C60 epson printer as well as many other printers for OS X." The newly supported drivers include Stylus C40 v1.1, Stylus C60 v1.1, Stylus C80 v1.1, Stylus Photo 820 v1.1, and Stylus Photo 785EPX v1.1.
Reader receives iBook/600, posts picts online
A MacNN reader notes that his new iBook 600 DVD arrived today: "I ordered it through the On-line Apple Educational Store. I've posted images of the A/C adapter next to the old round a/c adapter. Also, I've included a photo of the build version of OS x that it came with: Build 5L14."
AOL posts AOL X 17B, new client software
AOL has posted a new build of its OS X-compatible client software, AOL X 17B. Users can download the newest build by by using the 'BETA' keyword feature.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever due soon
MacPlay today announced that it has secured the rights to publish Fox Interactive's The Operative: No One Lives Forever. The first-person shoot, expected to ship ship in the second quarter of 2002, offers 15 single player missions spanning across 60 levels, more than 30 unique and ingenious spy weapons and gadgetry, and support for multiplay for up to 16 players.
New multimedia lab tools for students
TimeCache 4.13 fixes OS X 10.1 bug
The PandaWare Company has released a free maintenance update to TimeCache 4.1.3, its $40 time and expense tracking application for users who bill clients for project work. It fixes a problem with improper type rendering in Mac OS X 10.1 and a cosmetic bug, and improves print previews. [Classic, Carbon]
frogslapper 2.0: free POP3 checker
frogslapper 2.0 is a light, free POP3 email checker, allowing you to download the Sender, Date, and Subject of emails from multiple accounts.
SteveMovieFloat 2.2 brings OS X 10.1 support
Steven Massey has updated SteveMovieFloat 2.2, his movie viewer that can "float on top" of all of the open windows in any application. It brings OS X 10.1 compatibility, performance improvements, and various bug fixes.
Readers document Apple Store openings
A MacNN reader has posted photos and movies of Apple's Northridge Store opening. Meanwhile, Drew Lamont has posted an iMovie of the Apple Store Grand Opening at the Chandler Fashion Center in Arizona.
IOGEAR MiniView USB device, a USB KVM
IOGEAR today announced its MiniView USB device, a true USB KVM solution that enables two or four separate computers to be accessed from a single console over a USB connection. The two ($150) and four- ($200) port models also come equipped with two peripheral plug-ins, allowing users to share USB devices such as printers and scanners. Both are equipped with 2048 x 1536 VGA resolution, built-in AutoScan function, two bonded cables and a LED display for easy status monitoring. It ships with a three-year warranty. IOGEAR is currently offering a mail-in rebate promotion which allows customers to receive $20 and $30 cash back on its 2- and 4-port hubs.
Tech: Bluetooth, Yahoo IM, AOL Time Warner
Afternoon tech news: A Forrestor Survey report claims that Bluetooth devices will outstrip wireless LAN nodes (including AirPort enabled devices) 10 to 1, but that both wireless access methods will be able to co-exist; Yahoo is set to unveil a new version of its instant messaging client that includes the ability to assign animated backdrops, allowing marketers to brand the software; AOL Time Warner inked a deal to bring an entertainment cable channel to South China in exchange for airtime on US stations.
Thursby posts beta of DAVE 3.1
Thursby today announced a public beta of DAVE 3.1, its cross-platform networking software. Version 3.1 works with OS X 10.1 as well as Mac OS 8.6-9.2 and brings support for inkjet printing as well as support file sizes larger than 2GB and file names longer than 31 characters. DAVE 3.1 is scheduled for release early in November for $150 and will be offered as a free upgrade for customers currently using DAVE 2.5.2 and for those who have a support contract. Customers with older versions can upgrade for $90.
Dual-network compatible wireless access point
Agere is now shipping its new ORiNOCO AP-2000 Access Point, a dual-slot access point that enables the operation of two separate wireless networks in the same physical space, including both 802.11a (54 Mbps/sec) as well as 802.11b (11 Mbps/sec) networks.
MacSFV 1.3: RAR verification application
Derek Smith has released MacSFV 1.3, an update to his RAR package verification program that "has been rewritten entirely in Cocoa with Apple's Project Builder and can scan packages up to 20% than the MacOS 9 classic application. MacSFV is used to verify complete RAR sets and to identify bad or missing individual files in a set." It also includes support for multiple processors, and a progress indicator. [Classic, Cocoa]
Startup Doubler 2.6.1 gets OS 9.2.1 support
Startup Doubler 2.6.1 is the latest release of Marc Moini's tool for accelerating the startup time of most Macs. Moini claims the software is capable of accelerating startup times on non-G4 Macs up to 50 percent. Version 2.6.1 is a maintenance release adding support for Mac OS 9.2.1.
Sony unveils new Clie with digital cam
Sony has announced its new CLIE PEG-T415 handheld, a Palm OS-based PDA that includes universal remote control capabilities. The company also announced an optional Memory Stick camera module that allows users to shoot and view digital photos. The new CLIE handheld will retail for about $300, and the PEGA-MSC1 camera module for around $150. Both devices are expected to be available in November.
The Register: PowerPC development with Mot?
The Register speculates on the future of PowerPC, citing sources who claim re-emerging difficulties between Apple and Motorola, frustration with G4 performance (compared with the G3), and the possibility of a new leader in PowerPC development--either Apple or an Apple-IBM partnership.
CBS ponders Apple\'s digital device
CBS MarketWatch has thrown its hat into the speculation swirling around Apple's "digital device" announcement, due tomorrow. "I'm theorizing that it's a moderately priced DVD/CD player, a multimedia MP3 jukebox, with DVR (digital video recording) onto a hard drive, CD burning capabilities, and a form of limited Web access to preselected home entertainment related sites, including Apple's iTools," says author Barry Ritholtz.
CrystalMaker 5.03 adds more bond options
CrystalMaker 5.03 is an application for displaying and manipulating crystal and molecular structures in photo-realistic colour or 3D stereo. Version 5.0.3 includes more flexibility in generating bonds, including multiple bond definitions for the same atom-pair combinations (with different bond lengths and bond styles) as well as features improved display of crystallographic vectors.
Lexmark announces fiscal results
Lexmark, a manufacturer of Mac-compatible printers, has announced results for its fiscal third quarter. Third quarter revenue was $1.004 billion, up 8 percent (9 percent in constant currency) from the same period in 2000. Diluted net earnings per share were 52 cents compared to 50 cents reported a year ago. The company says it will scale back its workforce up to 12 percent based on the results.
Strata 3Dpro 3.6 supports Flash export
Earlier this month, Strata began shipping the Rich Media Edition of Strata 3Dpro 3.6, its high-end 3D package, according to Macworld UK. Version 3.6 offers the ability to render 3D images and animations and export them as Macromedia Flash files and other vector formats for the web or for print. The application incorporates Swift 3D PowerModule, which utilizes RAViX II rendering technology from Electric Rain to produce high-quality, low-bandwidth, scaleable 3D vector animations for Flash-enabled Websites.
Alarm Clock 4.02 adds monthly/yearly alarms
Blue Line looking for beta testers
Blue Line Studios is looking for beta testers for JewelCase Illustrator, a drawing program for creating CD labels, tray liners, and booklets: "its most interesting feature is the Finder-like directory list that it typesets by simply dropping a volume onto the layout windows."
SnapzPro X 1.01 supports OS X 10.1
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro X 1.01, an update to its advanceed image/QuickTime movie capture tool for OS X. Version 1.01 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, additional features, bug fixes, and adds French-, Italian and Japanese- localizations.
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