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Quake v1.03 for OS X updated
A Cocoa-native version of Quake for OS X v1.03 has been released. This version adds brightness slider functions and other enhancements.
iFFA offers access to iPod music folder
iPod Free File Access 1.1b2, a "pay-if-you-like-ware" utility that let you access the hidden music folder on the iPod, has been updated. It runs under both Mac OS 9 and OS X Classic and adds preliminary support for Mac OS 8.
MS Entourage Patch fixes MSN, Hotmail access
Microsoft has posted a new Entourage 2001 Hotmail patch, which offers support for MSN Hotmail and MSN mail accounts as well as extended support for SMTP authentication.
Version Control plugin now Carbonized
Electric Fish has released CWCVS 2.4.1, a Carbonized version of its CodeWarrior version control plug-in which provides access to the GNU CVS system from inside the CodeWarrior IDE.
Reader: Motorola quietly updates PowerPCs
David Krauss writes "Sometime around the 15th, Motorola quietly released two new PowerPC processors, the 7451 and 7441. I just noticed it while browsing their site for some other info. I can't find any list of changes from the 7450 and 7440 (the processors used current G4 Macs). The available documentation says that they have more efficient L2 caches, tho. That's the only difference I've found so far - Motorola's ratings for performance, power consumption, and clock rates are all identical."
Web Help Desk 5.1: tech support via Web
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.1, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. Pricing for corporate customers starts at from $3000 with discounts for government and education customers. An online demo is available.
The SJ Mercurty: behind the MacBU
The SJ Mercury News talks about the business behind the MacBU, Microsoft's Mac-focused software group and the complex relationship between Apple and Microssoft. The article notes that MacBU expects to sell $30 million worth of Office v.X software between now and the end of the year and also that Microsoft "no longer holds any of the $150 million in Apple stock it bought four years ago."
Emulators get fix for multiprocessor Macs
Richard Bannister has updated 17 of his emulators, including a fix which is particularly important for anyone using my software on multiprocessor Macs. In addition, various other bug fixes and minor tweaks are included.
QPict 5.0: media asset manager
QPict 5.0 is an media asset manager for organizing images, full-screen video, MP3 files, and live streaming audio and video. It supports meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) annotation and EXIF photo information and includes advanced search and batch processing capabilities for catalogging and organizing thousands of media files in a fully searchable database.
pro Fit 5.6b9: scientific analysis app
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0 B9 for OS X, a prerelease version of its tool for analyzing scientific data and mathematical functions. Version B9 provides various improvements and bug fixes and is the final release candidate.
Tech: Pirates caught; Intuit; Photoshopping
Afternoon tech news: Law enforcement officials seized $100 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft software in the largest piracy bust in US history; Intuit plans to release a new small business accounting package code-named Hercules some time next year; Wired News reports on the "photoshopping" phenomenon that has produced a series of manipulated news images on the Internet.
PrefsOverload 3.5PR1: manage preferences
Angelo Scicolone's PrefsOverload 3.5PR1 is the first development release of his new Carbonized application for managing the Preferences Folder.
iKeeper 1.3: organize, search product info
YENCO.COM has released, iKeeper 1.3, its $20 shareware utility for tracking, storing, and organizing product information. The new version features an improvement to the file conversion process, fixes a few bugs with cut & paste, and updates the help documentation.
ID3X 2.0: edit ID3 tags for MP3 files
ID3X 2.0, an update to the $15 shareware editor for manipulating of ID3 tags in mp3 music files, has a new OS X-native UI, improves speed and reliability, offers autocomplete in each field, supports viewing of the hidden iPod music folder, and can connect to the Internet for song/artist information.
BoardRoom 2.0: instant messaging in FileMaker
The BoardRoom 2.0 allows users to communicate instantly through FileMaker. The $100 application supports up to 250 users online simultaneously and offers send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieval of old messages. A SDK ($300), which allows developers to integrate the product into custom solutions, is also available. It now supports FileMaker 5.x.
Clean-Install Assistant 1.5.2 adds OS 9.2.1
Clean-Install Assistant 1.5.2, Marc Moini's utiity for system folder migration, allows moving files to/from Mac OS 9.2.1. Licensing is free for personal use and businesses with less than three Macs.
FileMaker offers $100 rebate with Office v. X
FileMaker is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of FileMaker 5.5 for users who purchase Office v. X between November 1, 2001 through March 15, 2002.
Apple trying to lure former Mac users back?
With the ongoing $1 billion Window's campaign, c|net's Apple tries to woo Windows defectors discusses Apple's attempts to lure former Mac uses back to the platform: "While Apple says that the differences between the two operating systems are greater than ever, at first blush consumers will see many similarities between the two products. The deciding factor may come down to the deftness of the marketing Apple employs to woo back customers who once used a Mac."
Office v. X now shipping, available at retail
Microsoft today announced (retail) availability of Office v. X for Mac. The $500 productivity suite includes Entourage X, e-mail and the PIM, as well as Word X (word-processing), Excel X (spreadsheet) and PowerPoint X (presentation). Entourage X boasts a refined, easier-to-use interface and improved support for Internet standards, while Office v. X also includes multi-selection and clear formatting support in Word X, auto-recover and customizable keyboard shortcuts in Excel X, and new PowerPoint Packages in PowerPoint X. Upgrades are $300 for the suite. Office 2001 users (or users of any of the 2001 indvidual applications) can upgrade for $150 through January 18, 2002.
Mediafour announces XPod software for iPod
Mediafour today officially announced its XPod software, which offers access to iPod music from the Windows operating system. Compatible with Windows Me, 2000, or XP, the software will transfer MP3, AIFF and WAV files to the iPod. Mediafour says it plans to include automatic transcoding of WMA files to MP3 in a subsequent release.
Ballon Helper 1.0 helps control system help
Steve Becker's freeware Balloon Helper 1.0 provides customizable access to Balloon Help by offering user-definable shortcut to quickly turning Balloon Help on/off. It also allows you to iconify (reduce to a small icon) its display when it's visible.
Gideon Softworks 1.0a1: SFTP/FTP client
Gideon Softworks 1.0a1 is an early development version of the SFTP/FTP client for OS X. It has a queue-based architecture, a configurable UI, contextual menu support, and other features. Registration is $30.
Dr. Bott ships new 3 meter DVI, ADC extension
Dr. Bott is now shipping its $60 ADC Extension cable for Apple's digital flat panels, which extends the built-in ADC cable by 3 meters. Dr. Bott is also shipping its 3-meter DVI Extension ($50) and DVI Extractor ($35), which allows digital monitors with non-standard 24-pin DVI-D connectors to be used with Apple CPUs with the new ADC connector.
Keyboard Maestro PB 5 now remaps keystrokes
Michael Kamprath's Keyboard Maestro PB5, can quickly define any number of hot keys to launch applications or files, switch between running applications and insert text. The fifth pulic beta adds the ability to remap keystrokes, bring all application windows to the front, and improved hot key editing. The free demo expires January 15, 2002.
Reader: Outpost.com no longer selling Macs?
Rudy Rugebregt writes: "I went looking for a G4 at Outpost.com today and, to my surprise, they don't have any PowerMacs, iMacs, iBooks or PowerBooks listed any more. Their Mac section is now called 'Mac Computing' rather than Mac CPUs as it was in the past. Search on PowerMac and no computers are listed. Have they quit selling Macs or is a major product announcement in the works?"
New photos at Pixel Mountain Desktops
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictures has five new pictures today, including two cloud vistas and a mountain lake.
WebPic 2.42 builds Web photo galleries
WebPics 2.42 offers the ability to quickly build web page galleriesd. It adds support for Image Capture in OS X, improves installation under OS X, and a new recent item menu for re-opening frequently used documents. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple retail store locator available online
Dantowitz Consulting has posted an Apple Store locator, which offers the ability find upcoming and current Apple retail store location based on city or zipcode.
MacHack developer conference set for June \'0
The 17th annual MacHack developer conference will take place in Dearborn, MI from June 20-22, 2002. Registration is $425 before February 28, 2002, which includes a meal package as well as full access to all conference events including the Hack Contestand Awards Banquet. (Student registration is $50 but limited to the first 50 registrants.)
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