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Analyzer 3.0: FileMaker database anaylsis app
Waves in Motion today released Analyzer 3.0, a new database analysis tool designed to take the guesswork out of building and documenting FileMaker Pro solutions. The $290 utility supports OS X as well as FileMaker 5.5.
CrushFTP 3.0b20 adds Web-based administration
The full-featured, Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b20, adds Web-based GUI administration, remote user management, improved user/group distinctions, minimum transfer speeds for downloads, and other enhancements and bug fixes.
Netopia posts Timbuktu 6.01 for OS X
Netopia has posted an OS X-compatible version of its remote control software, Timbuktu 6.01. It supports OS X package files, authentication based on the current system user, the ability to accept incoming connections only when the application is running, and improves performance of remote control and observe-only sessions.
iScreensaver Designer 2.0 uses QT movies
iScreensaver Designer 2.0 is a cross-platform screensaver editor that will convert any QuickTime-compatible movie (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, and Macromedia Flash files) into a self-contained screensaver. A free trial is available online.
MuchoThumbs Pro 2.5 generates Web thumbnails
MuchoThumbs Pro 2.5, a free upgrade for all registered users, supports AppleScript, reads images descriptions from a text file, creates banners automatically, and has other enhancements to the $40 application for creating thumbnails on the Web. [Classic, Carbon]
Netscape 6.2 posted, offers OS X support
MP3 Streamer 1.4 adds OS X 10.1 support
Alexandre Carlhian's MP3 Streamer 1.4, which now supports OS X 10.1, is a $20 shareware server that allows MP3 to be streamed on a local network or on the Internet.
iDVD 2 now available at Apple Store
Bill House notes that iDVD2 was posted on the Apple Store today. The OS X-compatible version supports full-motion menus and buttons, background MPEG encoding, the ability to add soundtracks to slide shows, up to 90 minutes of video on a disc, and "stunning" new themes.
"I've been waiting for it since I understood that it would solve the issue of iDVD not working with external DVD burners. I have the Pioneer AO3 in a firewire enclosure that I plan on using between my G4 desktop and my Tibook. I contacted Apple (800-MY-APPLE) and was told "we have no idea if it works or not, but we're being overwhelmed by calls asking this question". Any chance of you guys posting an article to help those of us who want to find a solution?
Bouncer helps return incorrect emails
AustinSoft today announced the release of Bouncer 1.0 for Microsoft Entourage, which simulates the bounce message sent by SMTP servers when an e-mail address is invalid: "users can selectively 'bounce' e-mails back to senders. This can be used in conjunction with 'catch-all' addresses provided by some e-mail service providers."
Tech: Quantam wins, MS hacked, Napster
Afternoon tech news: Quantum has won a preliminary injunction that requires rival Imation to pay royalties for a Quantum backup-tape format, though Imation will still be allowed to sell drives; Hackers in China are distributing a crack for Microsoft's digitally protected on-line games, films, and music videos; Napster has delayed the release of its new file sharing client until next year, bowing to industry pressure.
Live 1.01: instrument-like audio sequencer
German company Ableton is now shipping Live 1.01, a $350 audio sequencer that can be played like an instrument: "[It] allows you to bring together audio material from various sources. All the samples used are adjusted to the tempo of the song in real time and without changing the pitch....Samples can be played back and new ones can be recorded using the mouse, computer keyboard or MIDI Notes." It includes high-impact effects, supports VST plug-ins, can be remotely controlled by MIDI-control-devices, and supports ASIO as well as ReWire.
EarthLink unveils child-safe browser
EarthLink has debuted a new filtered browsing system for children dubbed "EarthLink Kids Powered by SurfMonkey." The new service will be available on EarthLink's Web site, and include links to educational sites as well as a filtered portal to the Internet. Industry pundits say the move is a response to America Online's child-safe content options.
Epson Stylus Scan 2000 hack for OS X 10.1
Scott Naness has modified the Epson Stylus Scan 2500 hack posted here yesterday to work with his Stylus Scan 2000 under OS X 10.1. It includes a Read Me with instructions and basic/limited functionality (no scanning, only printing).
Law firm alleges violations by Apple
The Law Offices Of Charles J. Piven, P.A have distributed an announcement alleging violations of federal securities laws on behalf of purchasers of Apple products between 07/19/00 and 09/28/00. The firm says "If you purchased stock in any company listed above during the period indicated, you may have certain rights." The announcement is in sequence after class action proceedings began against Apple for its purported unfair promises about the Power Mac G4 Cube and other products.
Extension Overload 5.9.3 manages system
Extension Overload v5.9.3, an update to the information database on and management application for extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus adds information on 167 more system components, offers better support for non-English systems, and other enhancements.
Team MacNN in new RC5 race, looking for help
Team MacNN, MacNN's distributed computing team, is looking for more participants. On November 1st, Team MacNN will begin a two month race against one of the top producers in the RC5 project. Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN to help demonstrate the power of Macintosh and the cohesiveness of the Mac community. (Team members can also participate in other non-RC5 projects.) The website has more information on various initiatives and there is a specific discussion area in our forums.
BTV (Pro) 5.2 has widescreen video support
BTV 5.2 ($20) and BTV Pro 5.2 ($40), updates to Ben Bird's shareware video applications, add Global floating video window that floats above all applications, supports viewing of 16:9 widescreen format video, now consumes less processor time when in the background, and is available in a German-localized version. [BTV, BTV Carbon, Pro, Pro Carbon]
IPNetSentry 1.3 improves firewall application
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetSentry 1.3, an update to its $35 personal firewall and intrusion detection software. It adds support for a greater number of filters, moves the "payload inspection feature" for protection against worms such as Code Red and Nimda, into the kernel (for better reliability/performance), offers an option to "slam shut"" intruding TCP connections, fixes memory leaks, and has new options to turn off all disk access functions for use in ultra-high performance environments such as 100Mb/sec networks.
Apple France sees sequential marketshare gain
Apple's marketshare in France for the third quarter is 3.8%, down from 4.4% in the third quarter of 2000, but up from 2.8% in second quarter of this year. In France, the PC market sales fell 18% this quarter. Apple is now the 8th in overall PC unit shipments in France, up from its 9th position last quarter, according to a MacGeneration report.
Sorenson Sqeeze 1.0, Sorenson Video 3.1
Sorenson Media today announced the availability of its new VBR compression utility for QuickTime 5 on OS X, Sorenson Squeeze 1.0 and Sorenson Video 3.1, an update to its professional QuickTime codec.
XTension provides paragraph editing in window
The free QuarkXPress extension ParaPalette 2.0 has been "completely reprogrammed" for QuarkXPress 4 and 5, adding support for Metadobe Toolbox. It enables the user to modify the most important paragraph format settings in QuarkXPress via a compact palette window.
New VST plugin bundle from Dragan Petrovic
Dragan Petrovic has released SoundModelers v1.1, a $20 shareware bundle of 3 VST plug-ins that includes LoopDelay (a multi-tap long delay with a Loop function), Reson (a multi comb filters plug-in), and ReverbModeler (a room modeling plug-in to create original reverb sounds). The plug-ins are compatible with any VST host application, including Cubase (Steinberg), LogicAudio (Emagic), Spark (TCworks) and Peak (Bias).
Unsupported UtilityX 2.0 improves error logs
Ryan Rempel's Unsupported UtilityX 2.0 is a utility which helps to install and boot Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, and Darwin on certain unsupported systems: "The only difference from a supported installation is 3 extra clicks of your mouse! When Mac OS X installs successfully, its stability on unsupported systems appears to be excellent. However, there are cases in which Mac OS X is difficult to install--read on for details."
Troi Serial Plug-In 2.2: FMPro serial access
Troi Serial Plug-in 2.2, which offers FileMaker Pro 5.5 users access to one or more of the computer's serial ports, now works under OS X, adds the ability to trigger different scripts for different ports, and now supports runtime modes.
Lightwave plugins available for OS X
New OS X versions of X-Dof v1.0 and Shadow Designer v1.1, two plugins for Lightwave, are now available as free upgrades. X-Dof is a plug-in for simulating real camera Depth-Of-Field and the Shadow Designer suite of plugins simulates soft shadows from user-defined light sources.
SampleTank 1.1 supports Digital Performer
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank 1.1 MAS, an update to its professional software sound module that combines a synth/sampler engine and multi-sampled sounds into a plug-in software instrument. The new MAS version is a native plug-in, offering support for MOTU Digital Performer. Pricing starts at $280, depending on version. It is a free update for registered users.
HP to ship G Series All-In-One OSX drivers
Andy Barton writes that HP has told him that the company is developing OS X drivers for HP G series All-in-ones: "Just a note to say that HP called me this morning to confirm that OS X drivers for the G series all-in-ones will be released on 14th November 2001. The lady confirmed that she would send the software out directly to my home."
Koingo updates OS X utilities
SnapperHead 4.2 displays remote machine image
SnapperHead 4.2, a freeware application that sends screenshots to people who enteryour IP address into a web browser, offers faster connections and includes "a slew of new SnapperHead tags to display dynamic system info on the web page."
Epson UK ftp site has new OS X inkjet drivers
Apple retail store in Clarendon, VA open Dec.
A MacNN reader notes that the Apple retail store in Clarendon, VA is set to open on December 1st. (The Kenwood (Cincinnati, OH) and Tice's Corner (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) are expected to open this weekend.)
FileGrabber 1.0: shareware download utility
The $8 shareware FileGrabber 1.0 automates the downloading of sequentially numbered files and also allows users to create a folder containing all files and/or display the files in a custom HTML window--with or without downloading the actual files.
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