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Office v. X shipment delays from Apple Store
Several readers are reporting issues with delivery of Microsoft Office v. X from the Apple Store, forwarding a note from the store: "Due to an unexpected supply delay, we are unable to ship your T4118LL/A, AMER-MICROSOFT-OFFICE X FOR MA by the date you were originally quoted. Our goal is to ship your order within the next 5 business days."
Text Wielder 1.0b1 adds custom services
Tinnef Software has posted the first public beta of Text Wielder 1.0b1, a text processing application that provides Custom Services in OS X. The application can create and provide custom services via the OS X service menu, including the ability to process text, generate and open URLs, generate and execute Applescripts, display processed text in a dialog box, or create new text files. A built-in Service Manager allows users to add, rename, and remove services from the service menu. It includes 120 services and the ability to create SFRL scripts which can be used both as services or directly in the built-in text editor.
AOL UK pulls OS X support?
AOL UK has pulled the plug on Mac OS X support and had effectively frozen the development of the Classic version of its online access software - all to focus its efforts on Windows software development, according to The Register.
Web Help Desk 5.1: WebObjects-based Web app
MacsDesign Studio has released Web Help Desk 5.1, a web application for technical support. Designed for education and small- to medium-sized business customers, the WebObjects-based application supports Mac OS X Server, Windows 2000/XP, and Solaris 8. The Java application includes an Aqua UI; business logic for job assignments based on location, problem type and load balancing; advanced asset management; e-mail notifications; graphic reporting; and a Frequently Asked Questions module. Pricing starts at $3000.
Architosh: Doodle 9 for VectorWorks 9
Architosh reports on Doodle 9 for VectorWorks 9, an add-on module that lets you assign different hand-drawn effects to different classes directly in VectorWorks 9.
Apple to open retail store in Buffalo, NY
Apple today announced the grand opening of its Walden Galleria retail store in Buffalo, NY. The store is expected to open on Friday, November 23rd at 8 am.
Arturia released Storm 1.5.1 music studio
Arturia has released Storm 1.5.1, a free patch to its music studio software that brings a new sequencer, improved VST and MIDI mode, multiple output connections, ACID WAV file support, and an improved (faster) audio export feature. It is a free update to the $225 application.
Cleaner 5.1 adds support for Sorenson Video 3
Discreet today announced Cleaner 5.1, an update to its recently acquired streaming/transcoding software package. Version 5.1 of the $600 package adds new support for Sorenson Video 3 Professional as well as updated support for the latest Windows Media 8 codecs, RealSystem 8.5.1 codecs and QuickTime 5. It also offers improved reading of .AVI sources on Windows, 2-pass VBR support for Sorenson Video 3, faster encoding and improved MPEG output. It is free update for v5.0 registered owners (after completing a survey).
New file converter available for developers
Recosoft today announced VEM, a cross-platform document file format converter and import/export solution kit for use by OEMs. The document file converter and viewer offers developers import/export routines for 50 different document file formats, such as MSWord, RTF, Appleworks, MacWrite II, HTML and EGWord. VEM supports English, as well as European language(s), Japanese, Chinese, and Korean documents. It supports styles, paragraph formats, headers, footers, sections, tables, and embedded graphics.
Wired: Office v. X is \" high art\"
Wired News has written what it calls an "appreciation of a great-looking application, something so pretty it almost doesn't look like real software -- it's more like concept software, a product that designers dream of but never quite achieve, given the exigencies of coders and the particular limitations of an operating system."
Web Proofs 1.1 adds sales tax option
Web Proofs 1.1 is an update to the $35 application that "creates web forms and other documents so that when users submit an order, web proofs will process any orders, and send you the order via email." Version 1.1 adds options for calculating sales tax, supports special characters, and has better document generation. [Classic, Carbon]
Reader: Office v. X installer issue for some
Marty Cohen writes about installer bug w ith the Office v. X upgrades:
"I got the free upgrade disk for Office v.X today from Microsoft and it won't install. After I drag the folder to my hard disk and run Word, it asks me to enter the Product Key CD Code. I enter it and it consistently tells me that it is incorrect and to re-enter it. I called Microsoft Support and they tell me that others with the Free Upgrade CD are having the same problem but they don't know why. They hope to have a solution by Today and they'll contact me with it. I hope so too."
ProSQL 1.0: remote/local database management
Intelli Innovations today released ProSQL 1.0, a final version of its database management system for local and remote databases. It offers users the ability to directly access the tables and data, display and search that information, and generate SQL reports (without knowledge of query syntax or database engines). It connects directly to mySQL, PostgreSQL, OpenBase, FrontBase, and ODBC-accessible database servers. The $190 application is available for $90 in a limited "Personal" edition with limited reporting and administration functions. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott introduces new iPod accessories
Dr. Bott today introduced a new Auto Charger for iPod and iPod Connection Kit for Apple's portable music device. The Auto Charger for iPod, due in December for $25, connects it to a standard 12-volt DC cigarette lighter. iPod Connection Kit provides most every option for connecting to iPod's 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices, boom boxes, and clock radios. The $50 kit includes an Auto Charger, FM Transmitter, various audio cables and a carry pouch. It is expected to ship in December.
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