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Apple has more retail stores: "coming soon"
Michael Dinsmore notes that Apple has updated its retail page with two more stores "Coming Soon": Clarendon (Arlington VA) and South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA): "Although not listed on the Apple Retail page for the store, the Clarendon location is two blocks from the DC Metro Clarendon stop, Orange line."
AAPL Stock Dock 1.0 for OS X
StimpSoft has released AAPL Stock Dock 1.0, a simple, stock quote grabber for Apple Computer: "It has a shiny happy apple icon that displays the current stock price, change, volume and update time for AAPL. Icon changes from green to blue to red (+, no change, -)."
MindAvenue offers sneak preview of Axel 1.5
MindAvenue is offering Mac users a sneak peek at its latest authoring software, AXEL 1.5. The OS X-compatible interactive authoring tool that enables Web designers and other creative professionals to model, animate, add interactivity, preview and publish animated content to the Web. It supports movie textures (application of textures to 3D content); cartoon and custom wireframe rendering styles; and import routines for EPS files and all QuickTime-supported formats.
WEP Key Maker 1.0.2 generates hex keys
The freeware utility WEP Key Maker v1.0.2 "generates a hexadecimal WEP key from a pass phrase....Generating such a key from a pass phrase makes it easy to create and reproduce a key without writing it down. The key can be copied from WEP Key MakerŐs dialog and pasted directly into Airport dialogs and third-party software."
AtWork 2.2: billing/invoice application
IGG Software has released AtWork 2.2, a time billing/invoice creation application. Version 2.2 now offers support for multiple currencies, the ability to create invoices as RTF files, new toolbar icons and an improved UI.
Adium 1.4: new Cocoa-native AIM client
Adium 1.4 is a new version of AIM client clone that offers keyboard-based navigation of IM windows and improved window management. Version 1.4 of the Cocoa-native application logging of messages, accent support, secure password storage via the Keychain, and other improvements.
GLterm 1.0b2: terminal app replacement
Michel Pollet's GLterm 1.0b2 is a $10 shareware replacement for the Terminal application which ships with OS X: "It's made to be faster, and to support more common terminal features. It supports full ANSI colors, all vt102 protocol, and a selection of useful xterm sequences. GLterm addresses Apple's Terminal shortcomings beautifully. [It] uses OpenGL and your 3D accelerator hardware to render text, making it incredibly fast."
dialpadX: preview of Mac-to-phone client
dialpadX is a preview release of the company's Mac-to-phone client, which includes an address book, which you can access from anywhere in the world. The company is not offering support for the application until its final release.
OS X: Mathematica for OS X, free OS X Guide
osx.macnn.com has notes about Wolfram's Mathematica for OS X, an updated (free) OS X Guide book, Vicomsoft's updated Internet Gateway, iMap 2, and a freeware utilty for graphing network performance.
Vicomsoft posts new Internet Gateway PB3
Vicomsoft has posted another beta of its Internet Gateway for OS X PB3, which offers an improved Auto Setup process, CyberUpdater functionality which allows the demo CyberNOT Internet filter to be downloaded and installed, and other minor improvements to RapidCache, the installer, and Gateway startup.
iPod unable to play subscription music
c|net reports that Apple's iPod, among other digital music devices, will be unable to play subscription-based audio files being delivered by Pressplay and MusicNet. The report adds that Apple's "not-our-problem stance" to music piracy typifies the consumer electronics industry, and will make it difficult for music subscription services to get off the ground.
Gideon 1.0a3: queueing FTP/SFTP client
Gideon 1.0a3, a queueing FTP/SFTP client with scheduling , remote editing and other features, is now available as a pre-release. (Send comments/bug reports/feature requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Wolfram now shipping Mathematica for OS X
Wolfram Reasearch is now shipping Mathematica for OS X, offering "significant speed gains and vastly improved stability." Version 4.1, the current release, includes improved symbolic differential equation solvers and dramatic speed increases for statistical functions.
New desktop photos at Pixel Mountain
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictures has five new pictures, including two mountain vistas, one pond scene, a garden wall, and another view of a lighthouse on the California coast.
IOGEAR intros USB 2.0 KVM switch
IOGEAR has introduced its MiniView III USB 2.0 KVM Peripheral (KVMP) sharing switch, which offers users control of up to four computers and access to two USB peripherals from a single KVMP switch. It supports video resolutions of up to 2048x1536. The two- and four-port (GCS1722U/1724U) products are priced at $180 and $250, respectively and will be available in the first quarter of next year.
TC PowerCore 1.5 adds new plugins, tools
TC PowerCore 1.5, an open DSP hardware platform for any VST or MAS recording application, will begin shipping this week. Version 1.5 introduces a new "PowerCore Instruments" format, allowing for virtual instruments to run on the card and also adds a hots of new plugins and tools. Updates to registered users of TC PowerCore will be available beginning tomorrow and it will be in stores on December 7th, 2001.
New Foldaway rackmounts for 15" ASD
Marathon Computer is now shipping new Foldaway rackmounts designed to fit the Apple 15" Studio Display in a 2U space: the rackmounts allow you to "mount your existing Apple Studio Display in any industry-standard 19" equipment rack -- with a new twist: when the display is not in use, the rackmount retracts into a mere 2U. When in use, the display rests in front of your rack." The lightweight steel mounts have a glossy metallic silver finish and are $225.
New Mac driver for HP-based POS printer
P.O.S. Direct has released a new Mac print driver for the POSjet 1000, a high-speed, 2 color, inkjet receipt printer with USB or serial interfaces. The drivers can be used with any application and can be accessed via the chooser. The POSjet 1000 prints color logos, illustrations, coupons, special offers--any promotional message, right on your receipts. It sports four ink options black, red, green and blue as well as the ability to print in any two simultaneously.
iStream 2.1 adds live streaming to MP3 server
Spork 1.0 edits data forks for apps, files
Spork 1.0 is a $5 shareware application that can be useed to open and edit the raw data fork of a files or programs: "This can be used for several different reasons, such as editing how a program works, make updates to the program, and things like that. While it doesn't generate patching programs yet, that is a goal for the future. Also, we plan to add resource editing in a style similar to Resedit, only more user friendly."
Maxtor updates FireWire drivers
GrabbyWindow helps organize files, desktop
GrabbyWindow, now in beta, is a new utility that offers a floating palette for "substantially" simplifying file management: "Texts and pictures can be effortlessly added into layout programs, text modules used or simply files managed. GrabbyWindow also offers big previews of text and picture files, a source of information with the most important file data and an integrated search function." [Classic-BETA, Carbon-ALPHA]
MacExpo 2001 draws over 21,000
Over 21,000 people attended last week's MacExpo 2001, which took place in London over the past few days. Macworld UK notes the release of an OS X-compatible drawing application, DrawWell; new products for UK users from AM Micro, including the iRez KritterDigital FireWire camera, Digicom's modem for GSM networks, and Keyspan's USB 2.0 Cardbus solution; and SmartDisk's FireFly drive, a credit-card sized drive that uses the same 5GB drive found in Apple's iPod.
3D character animation tool now in beta
Anzovin Studio has released a public beta of The Setup Machine, a 3D character animation application that installs a high-quality animation rig into any humanoid model created in Animation:Master. It includes full limb and spine rigs, auto knee and elbow pointing, one-bone finger manipulation, and FK-IK switching.
Retrospect update for OS X 10.1.1
Eric Garneaux notes that Dantz has updated its Website on the status of Retrospect for OS X:
"While Mac OS X v10.1.1 does include most of the device access and arbitration functionality that Retrospect requires, and it fixes issues surrounding hard linked files, it does not solve several remaining issues that prevent Retrospect from successfully backing up or restoring a complete Mac OS X system to a functioning state.
"Apple is well aware of the file manager and device issues that are still giving Retrospect problems; their OS engineers have been working closely with Dantz and are resolving these issues right now (fixing hard links is a great example)."
Sputnix 0.1: unofficial Audiogalaxy client
Serge De Oliveira writes about the release of an unsupported OS X version of Sputnix 0.1, a satellite client for the Audiogalaxy music sharing website: "AudioGalaxy is back on Mac, at least on OS X ! I've just downloaded an AudioGalaxy called Sputnix, and it works just fine ! I hope AudioGalxy don't change their protocol again, so we can enjoy Sputnix for a long time."
OS X Guidebook offers 60 pgs of tutorial
Rob Griffiths has rewritten his OS X Guidebook: "the resulting project is now 60+ pages of OS X information, covering the Finder, the Dock, general advice, key applications, and a fairly detailed UNIX tips section."
Free protocol analysis seminars at MWSF '02
WildPackets will host four free OS X protocol analysis training sessions during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Two sessions a day will be offered on January 9 and 10 at the Argent Hotel.
Register: OS X to ship as default in March
The Register claims that that Apple VP Phil Schiller has "gone on the record to suggest March as the date when new Macs ship with OS X as default," although the article does not state the source of the information.
Drop Drawers 1.5.8: organizes desktop
Sig Software's Drop Drawers 1.5.8 is described as a "revolutionary user-interface enhancement which provides floating drawers on the sides of monitors to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else." Versions 1.5.8 is a maintenance release which fixes all known outstanding issues with OS X 10.1 and Mac OS 9. [Classic, Carbon]
iMap 2: mapping application for plotting data
iMap 2 is a $15 shareware designed for mapping large amounts of latitude and longitude data. Version 2 offers support for AppleScript, support for larger map files, the ability to open multiple map files simultaneously, PDF export routines, and logging for all status changes.
Skeleton Key 1.0 locks, unlocks files
Audiocorder 3.1.2: sophisticated VOX app
Audiocorder 3.1.2 is an update to Black Cat Systems' $20 shareware audio recorder application. It can be used as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, can be programed with a recording schedule, can manually playback AIFF and other sound files, and can record telephone conversations using the internal modem. This version adds support for USB microphones that cannot record at 44.1 kHz, or stereo. [Classic, Carbon]
Clipboard Manager 1.0 system utility
Chaotic Software has released Clipboard Manager 1.0, which offers multiple clipboard support under Mac OS 9 (control strip) and OS X (dockling). The $20 shareware can create multiple clipboards, switch between clipboards on-the-fly, and provide persistent clipboards across reboots.
Vving measures, graphs network performance
Vving for OS X measures and graphs network performance in real-time. The application offers the the ability to ignore spikes (and other anomalies) and provides three different alarms for three different usage threshholds. it is free, but requires that you send the company an email with some basic user information.
Free QT plug-in for transforming photos
Buena Software has posted an update to its free plug-in, Diffusion Effect QuickTime 2.0, which transforms images into impressionistic or pointillist paintings. This release adds support for OS X. It works with QuickTime Player Pro, or any other QuickTime application which supports QuickTime effects.
DP Autochanger X changes desktop picture
Quandir Software has released an OS X version of its popular utility DP Autochanger X, a shareware utility that changes your desktop picture automatically. It will display pictures in random order or in alphabetic sequence and also supports URL files that point to pictures on the Web.
WebMerge 1.9 creates Web pages from databases
Fourth World today released WebMerge 1.9, an upate to its application that generates static Web pages from database files. It offers the option of selectively generating either detail or index pages, faster performance, and improved error reporting. The $70 application works with any database that exports in Merge or tab-delimited formats.
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