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LaunchBar 3.1.1: keyboard driven launch util
Objective Development has released LaunchBar 3.1.1 for OS X, a keyboard-driven productivity utility that provides fast access to files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications by entering short abbreviations. This version fixes problems during screen resolution changes, now supports alternate screen locations, and properly brings all windows to the front when switching applications.
Cisco releases VPN 500 Client for OS X
Cisco has released its Cisco VPN 5000 Client 5.1.x, which offers secure connectivity to corporate networks and other secure servers via various authentication modes, including RADIUS, RSA SecurID, Axent Defender, and PKI user certificates. (only available to registered Cisco customers)
EasyDivx 1.1 plays DivX on OS X
abyssoft has released EasyDivx 1.1, a freeware utility to make playable versions of DivX movies on OS X 10.1. It extracts the soundtrack and replaces the defunct soundtrack by the working one, and save the result as a movie using references.
Another networkable PIM for OS X available
Chad Bergeron wrties about another networkable PIM with an OS X client: "Steltor, formerly known as CS&T started out by making the Calendar component of Netscape. Since then they have gone into production on their own, and have already released an OS X client for their very networkable PIM [CorporateTime].... it does scheduling, to do list, task management, address book information, and more. That seems fairly PIM-like to me."
Haxial DiskCatalog 1.0 helps catalog media
Haxial DiskCatalog 1.0 is a $10 utility for cataloging CDs, hard disks, folders, and any other types of media.
ProSQL 1.0p1 provides mySQL, OpenBase reports
Intelli Innovations has posted ProSQL 1.0p1, the first public release of its mySQL and OpenBase database management and reporting software for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The preview release is available free of charge, and expires November 8th. [Classic, Carbon]
MySQLConnect for 4D 1.02 fixes a few bugs
4ee4 has released an update to MySQLConnect for 4D 1.0.2, a database plug-in for 4D that provides MySQL connection routines.
SATIs trade show shows audio software
MacMusic.org has posted a report from at the 19th SATIs trade show in Paris, including the newest Logic Control from Emagic, Obleton's Live (ACID-like audio multitrack sequencer), Steinberg's Nuendo 1.5 audio sequencer, and Celemony Software's Melodyne audio utility that treats audio files as if they were MIDI data. [updated]
Group Organizer 4.0 to ship next week
Chronos LC today announced that Group Organizer 4.0 will be released next week, which it says that it will be the first networkable PIM available for OS X. Chronos recently introduced Personal Organizer 4.0, its time and contact management application.
Apple shares may have some \"serious upside\"
Apple shares have some "serious upside potential" despite the gloomy near-term outlook for retailers and other electronics vendors.
WindowShade X 1.1 adds new features
WindowShade X 1.1 adds new features to the $7 shareware utility that brings the familiar window collapse function to OS X. Ist adds Cocoa application support, selectable behaviors for double-clicking in the title bar, minimize button and control-double-clicking, uninstall/upgrade/reinstall options within the installer, an extended demo period, and many bug fixes.
Apple\'s iPod: How it stacks up
At $399, Apple's iPod is one of the most expensive portable MP3 players on the market, but also one of the most powerful and versatile. FireWire transfer speeds and a massive storage capacity are its main advantages over similar products. We've compiled a list of competitive MP3 players, and examined their specifications/price in contrast to the iPod.
The Street warns against Apple\'s stock
In an article for TheStreet entitled "Apple's Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel", author Arne Alsin says "Don't buy Apple's stock. And if you own it, sell it." Alsin claims that while Apple has "cool" products, investors are looking for profit. He opines that Apple's retail initiative is merely a last-ditch effort to generate product interest; "It's desperation time in Cupertino, California."
Touchable 17\" flat panel to debut at Comdex
TouchSystems has introduced a new touch-sensitive flat panel display dubbed Apollo Open. The display sports USB connectivity and tools for switiching from analog to digital signals. Now available in both 12" and 15" sizes, the 17" Apollo Open LCD, featuring Super-XGA, will be launched at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 12, 2001.
Jedit 4.09: text editor available in English
Jedit 4.09r2 is a newly English-localized shareware text editor. The $25 editor supports split-editing (use of more than one window for a single document), auto-coloring for HTML, AppleScript, grep searching, multiple undo/redo, and paragraph-levle formattting as well as other functions. [Classic, Carbon]
DragThing 4.2: desktop launcher updated
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.2, a new version of its $25 desktop utility. this version uses uses native Quartz graphics routines under OS X 10.1 and adds options for translucent docks, anti-aliased icons, to put the trash on the desktop, bring all windows of an application to the front, and other enhancements. It is a free update for v4.0 owners and a $10 upgrade for others.
New manual covering OS X 10.1 posted online
The IT-Enquirer has posted the first chapters of a new free manual covering Mac OS X 10.1. The new "instructor" is a work in progress with the introduction and the 'Best Practices Installation procedure' available for download in PDF or HTML formats.
eVe 3 Professional offers visual search API
eVision has released a demo of eVe 3 Professional, its Visual Search toolkit for OS X Java developers. The new release now supports visual search for images within digital video, enabling users to locate videos (and images) using visual similarity. It analyzes, indexes and retrieves images and video content according to their perceptual features and context. The Java-based eVe API is available for any platform that supports Java as a 60-day demo.
Grass GIS available on CD, binaries on Web
OpenOSX.com is now shipping its $30 Grass GIS Pre 2 CD, which installs and configures several packages, including Grass 5.0Pre2, NVIZ, XFree86 18.104.22.168, XDarwin 1.0a3, PostgreSQL 7.1.2, and others. Grass is an open-source, developmental Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functions, offering 3D, dynamic spatial analysis and visualization. Jeshua Lacock has also posted the Grass Pre 2 binaries, however, "it does not include the software required by Grass that the OpenOSX Pre2 CD installs."
BatChomod 1.0 modifies file/folder privileges
Renaud Boisjoly's BatChmod 1.0 is a new freeware Cocoa utility written for manipulating file and folder privileges in OS X. It can modify the ownership as well as the privileges associated to the Owner, Group or others.
Queen uses Mac to remix album
Robert Miller writes about the use of Macs in Queen's 'Night at the Opera' album: "It is being remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for DTS with Steinberg's Nuendo and a Mac G4 733 at Abbey Road Studios."
Apple opening Cincinnati store on Nov. 3
Apple has announced that it will hold the grand opening of its Cincinnati Apple store on November 3rd. Located at the Kenwood Towne Center, the opening will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the first 1000 customers receiving a free commemorative Apple T-shirt.
Apple raises price of iPod in UK by 6 percent
Apple has raised the price of the iPod in the UK from from £329 to £349, according to Macworld UK, who has been unable to clarify the reasons for the increase.
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