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XDarwin 1.04: X Window Server test release
The newest test release of the XDarwin 1.04, an X window server, fixes many bugs and adds a new preferences panel to access new XFree86 4.1 features via a GUI. It also includes a rewritten help file and is now localized in Japanese, French, German, and Swedish. (Different files are available for OS X 10.04 and OS X 10.1.) [v10.1, v10.04]
SVG Viewer 3.0 now supports OS X 10.1
Adobe has posted a final version of SVG Viewer 3.0, its viewer for the SVG graphics file format and Web development language based on XML. Version 3.0 includes a number of new features to more fully support the SVG 1.0 specification, including more support for elements and attributes and CSS properties and DOM. It also offers customizable contextual menus, an internal script engine, performance improvements, and support for OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Castle Wolfenstein MP Test 2 posted online
Castle Wolfenstein MP Test 2 is latest version of the classic first person shooter. It contains one multiplayer level and represents an unsupported version of the multiplayer mode of RtCW: "The Allies must storm the beach and capture the Axis documents and transmit them via radio."
Limewire 1.8: Gnutella client gets MP3 player
NP Grade 1.5: free gradebook for teachers
Marc Weil has released NP Grade 1.5, which brings a completely customizable grading scale, the ability to export only assignments or only the students to class files, unlimited students and assignments, and automatic alphabetizing of student names to the freeware gradebook for school teachers. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple helps users with loss from iTunes 2 OSX
Apple is offering users who lost data using the initial version of the iTunes 2.0 for OS X installer both reimbursement for purchase of Norton Utilities and/or data recovery services.
Digital Voodoo introduces Iridium AV
Digital Voodoo today introduced Iridium AV, a standard definition output only broadcast design card featuring two 10-bit SDI outputs, one composite output for composite preview and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It is designed for output to a broadcast SDI monitor or on a standard NTSC/PAL video monitor as well digital audio output. The $2.500 card is bundled with Digital Voodoo's Media Transfer application, which permits the frame accurate capture and insertion from and to RS-422 controllable digital tape decks such as Sony's Digital Betacam decks.
Sibelius 2 coming to OS X in Q1 \'02
Sibelius 2, a music notation application, will be available for OS X in the first quarter of 2002: "It has been re-designed to take advantage of the Aqua interface and will utilize OS X's new MIDI architecture. No OMS or FreeMIDI to deal with," writes Joseph Dakroub.
Fire 0.28b: multi-protocol IM client updated
Fire 0.28b, the popular multiplatform Instant Messenger client, fixes some bugs with the Yahoo! client routines. The freeware utility can handle similtaneous connections to AIM, ICQ, Yahoo , IRC, MSN and Jabber IM.
PocketDock 2.2: launcher, organizer for OS X
PocketDock 2.2 adds interface enhancements, updated skins, performance enhancements, and bug fixes to the utility to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and email addresses. A free 30-day trial version is available online.
Snak 4.8: IRC client improves DCC transfer
Snak 4.8, an update to Kent Sorensen's IRC client, offers improved window sharing, better nick completion, improved DCC transfer speeds, and otehr usability improvements.
Photoshop for OS X coming at MWSF \'02?
The Register speculates on the forthcoming Carbon releases of various Adobe applications, including Photoshop, following the release of Illustrator 10 earlier this week.
Apple announces two more store openings
IPNetRouter 1.6.2: more filters, custom DHCP
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetRouter 1.6.2, an update to its popular $90 Internet sharing software. Version 1.6.2 increases the aged filter table size to 2000 entries from 250, adds integration with IPNetSentry with the option to turn on/off the application, and extends the DHCP Server functionality to handle any DHCP Option, including custom commands.
New royalty-free shapes for Photoshop 6
Shapes Volume 9, a set of custom shapes for Photoshop 6/Elements, includes 400 warped shapes for use in web design, layer effects, text effects, and as paths in Photoshop. It is £13 (approximately $18).
Group Organizer 4.0 ships for Mac OS 8/9, OSX
Chronos today announced Group Organizer 4.0, a network organizer for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. It integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock into a single application. It also includes Palm sychronization. Group Organizer 4.0 uses a client/server architecture to provide group collaboration, including the ability to perform synchronization updates when connected to the network. It adds a new spell checker, customizable button bar, adjustable mini-calendards, and new interface themes/"skins" as well as other changes. Licensing is $100 per user; upgrades are $60.
Freeware util remaps PB keyboard under OS X
CommmandAndControl 1.1 is a kernel extension for OS X 10.1 that is designed to reconfigure the keyboard: "This utility remaps the enter key into a Command (open apple) key, and switches the option and control keys. Thus, on the left side of the keyboard, the keys (in order) are: fn, opt, ctrl, command, and on the right side: command, ctrl."
MacUser: another UK dealer in bankruptcy
MacLine, one of the UK's leading Mac dealers, has gone into "receivership," according to MacUser UK, who also notes that "MacLine is the second dealer to go to the wall in little over a month, following the demise of Mygate at the beginning of October."
Reader: Apple PowerBook G4 delays
Justin Grevich writes about PowerBook G4 delays, which Apple finally acknowledged in an email after he tried following up several times: "Due to an unexpected supply delay, we are unable to ship your PBG4/667/768/48G/DVD/AP/LL by the date you were originally quoted. Our goal is to ship your order within the next 7 business days."
Freeware Illustrator plugin now for OS X
The free "Select" plugin from Graffix has been updated for Adobe Illustrator 10, and is Carbonized for OS X. It adds 18 types of objects to the Select menu, including envelopes, symbols, embedded raster art and placed art. [Classic, Carbon]
New open-source FMPro plugin converts ASCII
The open-source Troi ASCII Plug-in v1.02 for FileMaker Pro adds the ability to convert higher ASCII characters to lower ASCII characters, while trying to retain as much information as possible.
Modified Gerry\'s ICQ and source for OS X
Chris Silverberg has released a modified version of Gerry's ICQ: "This version fixes bugs several important bugs that are specific to MacOS X, and work will continue to improve the client with specific focus on the new OS. Full source code is available."
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