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FILTERiT4 now supports Adobe Illustrator 10
CValley Inc. has announced a new version of FILTERiT4, an Adobe Illustrator plug-in suite which specializes in helping create web graphics. New features in this version include support for Adobe Illustrator 10, more graphics options, and increased speed.
MacSQL 2.1 available
Runtime Labs Inc. has released MacSQL 2.1, an update which improves on OS X features and stability. The full version is available for $250; owners of version 2.0 can upgrade for free; previous owners are offered a discounted price.
24U WebCompanion update released
24U s.r.o software has released 24U WebCompanion patch 1.0 ($90) for Mac OS 9 and OS X. WebCompanion allows owners of FileMaker Pro to publish databases containing non-roman text on the web.
MacExpo 2001 Reader Report
MacNN reader/contributor Chris Ward has submitted an in-depth article on this fall's MacExpo that took place in the Business Design Centre in London, UK.
Lucid portable FireWire CDRW
MCE today announced the Lucid 8x8x24x Portable FireWire CDRW Drive described as the "slimmest dimensions and lightest weight of any FireWire CDRW drive on the market today, as well as a sleek industrial design. The bus-powered device weights a pound, measures 5.5" in width, 6.5" in length, and only 0.8" in height, and features JustLink buffer underrun protection. The $300 drive is bundled with Toast CD-Recording software and a FireWire cable. (An optional universal AC Adapter is $15).
New icon utilities for OS X
Jason Greene notes that Icon Exporter 1.4 is a $9 Photoshop plug-in for creating OS icon files from images. FolderX 1.06, a stand-alone companion utility, is a native application that offers a simple way to create a customized folder and document icons by placing another icon on a standard plain icon. It generates 32-bit icons that can be viewed under Classic and OS X.)
OWC introduces iPod protector carrying case
Other World Computing today introduced "The Pod Protector," a customized leather carrying case for the iPod MP3 player. The $30 full-grain, glove-soft leather case, features a clear vinyl window to protect the iPod screen and clear vinyl protection for the buttons and also has an optional swivel belt clip with quick release button. (A giveaway through December will offer cases to 50 random to registrants.)
Leather iPod carrying cases
JR Hill Co. also introduced new iPod Sleeve carrying cases. The full grain leather cases sport nylon elastic along the sides. The iPod Sleeve (CA10, $30) functions as a simple carrying case with belt clip (and includes a small opening on the top for access to the headphone jack), while the Deluxe version (CA11, $40) has a clear plastic area for the display and a round, open area beneath to access the special jog dial to control the iPod (as well as headphone jack accessibility and a belt clip). Both have a lifetime warranty.
Classic Toggler 1.0 manages Classic in OS X
Northern Softworks has released Classic Toggler 1.0, a $7 shareware Classic environment utility for OS X that provides a convenient means to launch and quit Classic: " It provides a Dock icon and menu to provide the status of classic and a means to turn it on and off. It can be automated to run whenever classic loads. Classic Toggler also provides easy access to key applications and folders within the active classic system folder."
Weather Grok 4.13 adds dock display status
Son of Weather Grok 4.1.3 is a free application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) data center information. The OS X version now reflects weather data in the dock (using the the last active window). [Classic, Carbon]
ATTO ships PCI drivers, ExpressStripe
ATTO has releaed its ExpressPCI FC driver v1.0 for OS X. which supports the ExpressPCI FCSW, FC 2600, FC 3305, and FC 3300 host adapters. The company also announced shipments of ATTO ExpressStripe for OS X, its disk storage application that provides RAID 0 functionality and benchmarking software for the Mac OS X (v10.1) operating system. This software improves performance of attached SCSI, Fibre Channel, FireWire and ATA storage with volume creation and management tools. It is bundled with ExpressRAID and also sold separately.
Graph-O-Matic 1.1: OS X calculator updated
The graphing calculator Graph-O-Matic 1.1 now supports user-defined constants, rotation about the X-axis in 3D mode, fixes a display bug on iBooks and iMacs and adds many other new features.
Seagull Video Player 1.2 adds zoom viewing
Trinfinity Software's Seagull Video Player 1.2 is an update to the $20 shareware video player that allows users to create a playlist of their video files and play them full screen. It includes the ability to view videos at various zoom levels and supports drag & drop to the playlist manager. [Classic, Carbon]
CopyPasteX: new shareware clipboard util
Script Software has released CopyPasteX, an update to its popular $20 shareware cliboard enhancement utility that offer multiple clipboards, direct editing of contents, the ability to save clipboards through restarts, and other functions.
Finance 4.3: shareware account management
Yenco has released Finance 4.3, which fixes a printing bug in the shareware ($20) checking, savings, and credit card account management program.
DopeWars game for FileMaker
DopeWars, a shareware game for the Palm, is availale for FileMaker: "The most politically incorrect game in the world just got worse. Buy and sell drugs, work the loan shark, run from the cops, and loot unconscious dealers. Ain't life grand?"
StageGrow 2.0: population modeling app
IGG Software has released StageGrow 2.0, a single species population modeling program. It brings "the complexity of matrix models to a easy to use graphical interface [and] allows the user to build matrix, logistic and geometric growth models. The matrix models compute elasticity and sensitivity analyses. All models have a graphical output."
New RC5 distributed clients fix G4 issue
New RC5 distributed computing client versions have been released. (It is strongly recommended that Team MacNN members who own a G4 upgrade to the new version. It resolves speed issues that affect over half of the G4s that crunch for RC5.) [Classic, Carbon]
Web Dumper 1.0 tool for off-line browsing
Free Illustrator 10 plugins, new bundle
Rick Johnson is offering three new free plugins for Adobe Illustrator 10: Isometric Line Tool, Rotate Text, and Arrowheads. He has also released a new Plugin Productivity Pack, which includes five plugins (Concatenate, Nudge Palette, Square-Up, Cutting Tools, and Proof Block). The $45 shareware offers a 25% discount (versus purchases of each separately).
WinTel Pre 1 CD has system install image
OpenOSX has begun shipping its $30 WinTel Pre 1 CD, which delivers true compatibility with Pentium processors, disk image and CD-ROM support within Mac OS X. The OpenOSX CD installs separate disk images with FreeDos, Linux, DLX Linux, NetBSD and OpenBSD pre-installed, allowing "users to install Pentium/x86-based operating systems and software of their choice."
New Asante router offers cache, NAS
Asante today announced its FriendlyNET FR5000 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router, a business-class router with support for 10/100Mb networking, an integrated cache, optional NAS storage, a print spooler, Web-administration tools, and othe features. The $1250 FriendlyNET FR5037 includes a 7-port 10/100 switch, a bi-directional print server, backup modem port, and 30GB hard drive.
Symantec posts new NAV 8.0b2 beta
Symantec has posted a second beta of its upcoming Norton AntiVirus 8.0b2 software for OS X 10.1. The page notes "Those that have installed the NAVm 8.0 Public Beta 1 should run the NAVBetaUninstall script prior to installing Public Beta 2."
Portal 1.0: free community, workflow tools
4D today released 4D Portal 1.0, a Web application that offers browser-based functions for task management, contact database centralization, online calendaring, and other workflow items. 4D Portal, available as a free download, offers members to communicate through virtual bulletin boards, shared calendars, and surveys and includes an Administrator Web Log, Contact Manager, Notes, and Reminders to facilitate community development and workflow interactions.
XLR8 announces Carrier ZIF SSE
XLR8 today announced its Carrier ZIF SSE (Six-Slot Edition), which is available in three configurations - the 400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 SSE, the 450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 SSE and the Carrier ZIF SSE, an unpopulated board, which is compatible with Apple and XLR8 ZIF G3 and G4 processors. The new upgrade brings G4 power to Macintosh clones with PCI cards in more than 3 of their six slots as well as the Power Mac 9500 and 9600 series computers.
Visage 1.0 manages OS X prefs, adds options
Sanity Software's Visage 1.0 is a "System Preferences pane which allows you to easily customize your Boot Panel, Boot Strings, Login Panel, Login Screen Background, Dock Poof, and Dock Transparency. The $10 shareware offers review options for each of the customizations and the option to switch between items in your collections without using the command line.
Petition for ATI drivers for older Macs
Several readers write about a new petition "to get Apple to provide functional drivers for 'earlier' ATI graphics chipsets as found in (officially Mac OS X supported) hardware like the Lombard Powerbook and several iMac models."
Apple India director interview on company
A Peopleone Consulting interview with Naren S. Ayyar, Managing Director of Apple India and SAARC countries talks about competition, the impact of the US economy slowdown on Apple India, and the work culture at Apple, noting that the Ayyar has "a new lease of life" to Apple India.
New iPod cases from Water Field Design
Nick Fleming notes that Water Field Design has posted photos of its new sleeve iPod cases. They are accepting pre-orders for its iPod Sleeve Case ($20), which is expected to begin shipping this week and its iPod Super Dooper iPod Case, which is available three colors for $50 and is expected to begins shipping next week.
Apple India announces exchange program
Apple India has announced an exchange offer for users to trade in their old desktop PCs for new iBooks or the Titanium PowerBook G4 laptops: "The offer is on till September 28 and the old machines to be exchanged can be Celerons/ MMX, P-II or P-III's, both branded or unbranded ones. The exchange price is below Rs 90,000."
Power On giving away ACTION Menus util
Power On Software is giving away free copies of ACTION Menus, its $50 utility for menu customization for Mac OS 8/9. The free download is available online for a limited as a "thank you" to the Mac community for its success this year, culminating with its selection as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc Magazine.
Quickie Web Albums 1.7 has new image rotation
Quickie Web Albums 1.7 adds an image rotation for images and thumbnails, a new custom template wizard, and the ability to export pages as shtml to the $23 utility for creating Web-based photo albums. [Classic, Carbon]
Color Finesse 1.0: color correction tool
Synthetic Aperture is shipping Color Finesse 1.0, an advanced telecine-style color correction tool for Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and other compatible applications. The $700 application offers multiple color spaces, tonal correction, curve-based correction, automated color matching and balancing, six-channel secondary color correction, reference images with split wipes, smart color legalizing, and waveform monitor and vectorscope displays.
Online magazine: iPod as \'Best MP3 Player\"
The Norwegian online news magazine ITavisen.no voted the iPod as the Best MP3 player of the year 2001.
OS X Metadata \'counter petition\'
Mark Miller has posted a counter petition to the OS X metadata proposal noted here (and elsewhere) over the past week: "...I applaud the elimination of resource forks and non-standard meta data. While I understand the need to use HFS+ as the main file system to maintain backwards compatibility with older Mac files, I don't believe we should be using anything not available in a standard unix file system going forwards."
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