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iTunes v2.0.3 released via Software Update
iTunes v2.0.3 has been released via the Mac OS X Software Update panel :
iTunes for Mac OS X lets you create and organize your own personal digital music library. The second generation of iTunes adds powerful new tools that help enhance your listening experience, burns MP3 data CDs, and provides support for Apple's iPod, offering unprecedented music portability. This version also improves overall stability and performance.The Mac OS 9 version is available at Apple's download page.
Petition to bring Windows AVI to Quicktime
MacNN reader Jason Thacker has started an online petition aimed at Apple; the petition asks that "Apple use the Windows implementation of AVI (in Quicktime) instead of the official specification. This will allow Mac users to play most AVIs when used with the new Divx codecs."
New fantasy role-playing game announced
Spiderweb Software, the makers of Exile, Nethergate and Avernum, today announced Geneforge, a fantasy role-playing game. "It features fully animated 16-bit graphics, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help." Geneforge costs $25, but a free demo is available.
Illustrative math software updated
Pedagoguery Software Inc. has released Tess 1.06, an educational mathematics application that creates planar illustrations. The update improves functionality and design ability.
O'Reilly publishes wireless help book
O'Reilley & Associates has published a new book entitled "Building Wireless Community Networks" ($25 retail). Included in this comprehensive publication are tips on network layout, implementation, and general help on setting up your own wireless network.
Mac OS X Newsweek scans
A MacNN reader has posted a scan of the two-page OS X advertisement that appeared on the inside cover of the December 17th edition of Newsweek magazine.
DiskTracker beta supports OS X
Review: Buena Video Effects Packs
We have published a review of Buena Software's three Video Effects Packs, priced at $30 each and compatible with QuickTime Player Pro and any other video editor that accepts QuickTime effects.
GraphicConverter 4.2: dozens of improvements
LemkeSoftware has released version 4.2 of its popular GraphicConverter software. The update brings dozens of improvements and bug fixes including: drawing of recorded points, improvements in slide shows, and expanded support for graphic formats. The retail price is $35. [Classic,Carbon]
Standalone QuickTime installers from Apple
Apple has posted standalone Quicktime 4.1.2 installers for both Mac OS and Windows.
QuickMail v3.0b3 now available
CE Software has posted another development build of its next generation office mail utility, QuickMail 3.0b3. This version fixes problems with draft emails, adds message formatting tools to the Edit menu, supports commas in URLs, and other enhancements.
Fall Internet World "Best of Show" winners
Internet World Fall 2001 wraps up today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Show officials have chosen this year's "Best of Show" award winners, which include Sierra's AirCard 555 wireless networking add-on; the Lexign Suite for managing electronic transactions; and Caw Network's WebAvalanche 3.1.
Addressix 1.0: envelope printing utility
A Sharp has released Addressix 1.0, its $16 envelope printing utility for OS X: "It remembers printer settings so you can't forget to use manual feed, auto-completes addresses, and prints bar codes for automated sorting." A fully functional 30-day trial is available.
Corel posts Bryce 5.01 updater
Corel has quietly posted a Bryce 5.01 updater for its 3D landscaping and animation package, fixing several outstanding issues with the previous release, including extraneous artifacts on transparent objects, camera tracking problems, and fixes for several network rendering isues. (You must download and install the 5.01 Lightning client to use the Bryce network rendering solution, as older clients are no longer compatible with the update.)
OSX: Developer Tools, Maya 3.5.1, CopyPaste-X
osx.macnn.com reports on the release of December's OS X 10.1 Developer Tools set, a new version of CopyPaste-X, Alias/Wavefront's shipment of Maya 3.5.1, and a final release candidate for CarbonLib 1.5.
Tech: Piracy raids, P4 Mobile, Magic Lantern
Afternoon tech news: U.S. Customs Agency officials are planning more raids targeting Internet "warez" groups in the coming weeks, including efforts overseas; Intel's new mobile Pentium 4 chip, which will reportedly run at 1.7 Ghz, will produce significantly more heat and consume more power than current portable chip offerings; The FBI has confirmed the existence of a "Magic Lantern" project that could be used to eavesdrop on computer communications.
SiPix ships mini-printer for wallet, stickers
SiPix, the same company that helped Apple to develop its first mouse, has unveiled a new $100 photo printer that produces wallet-style glossy prints as well as photograph stickers. The PocketColor 100 connects via the USB port and runs on four AA batteries. Packs of 20 sheets of media for the PocketColor 100 include a color cartridge and cost $9 for photo paper and $10 for stickers.
D-Link offers 10 GB, USB, $210 MP3 player
Along with a host of other digital music player manufacturers responding to Apple's iPod, D-Link has introduced the 10 GB capacity Roq-it MP3 Jukebox. The device sports ID3 Tag Support, a backlit LCD Display, a USB Interface and M3U Playlist Support. Five minutes of skip protection are provided through a 2 MB DRAM buffer and D-Link claims the Lithium-Ion battery delivers 8 hours of juice. The Roq-it MP3 Jukebox is priced at $210 and is available immediately,
Windows XP commercial compared to Apple ads
NewsFactor's Robyn Weisman compares Microsoft's recent Windows XP commercials to Apple advertisements, saying "As Madonna's 'Ray of Light' pulses, a person flies through a Technicolor blue sky holding a Windows laptop, while below people edit movies and do all sorts of multimedia things. It is as if they had walked into a Mac ad by mistake."
wxWindows 2.3.2: C++ GUI library
wxWindows 2.3.2 is a development version of the C++ GUI library with bindings for Python, Perl, and recently Basic and Lua. This is the first release that supports MacOS 8/9 and MacOS X, compiled either with CodeWarror or Apple's Developers' Tools. It is the open-source alternative to the Qt toolkit and is free for any use, including commercial use. The currently supported platforms are Windows (including WinXP), the GTK toolkit, widely used under Linux and Unix and Mac OS.
Reader: update on OS X 10.1 Developer tools
A MacNN reader provided a status update on the online Developer Tools, which were made available earlier today, but temporarily pulled:
The December Dev tools for OS X are also BACK online at ADC, the ones that were online for 2.5 hours on the 8th, now back online since around 2AM est this morning, pulled for a few hours AGAIN today, and now back again, still no word on OS X 10.1.2 which apple says is REQUIRED to use some of the tools (Applescript Studio).
Handmark acquires MemoWare
Handmark has acquired MemoWare, a provider of on-line content for PDAs and other handheld digital devices. Under the arrangement MemoWare will operate as an autonomous business unit within Handmark. MemoWare founder Dr. Craig Froehle becomes president of the MemoWare division reporting to Handmark CEO August Grasis III. Handmark produces several Mac-compatible desktop PDA componenets.
Web Poofs 1.2 adds PayPal support
Web Proofs 1.2, a $35 software package that helps create web forms and other online ordering documents, adds PayPal integration, allowing users to use PayPal's shopping cart in an online store. [Classic, Carbon]
Nu Font Pack updated for OS 9.2.2
Marty Pfeiffer has updated his $31 Nu Font Pack, which contains some of Scooter Graphics' most popular fonts: Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospaced--in a single package that is offered at a 20% discount. A demo version is available. This release allows folks to use Nu Sans as the system font in Mac OS 9.2.2. Nu Sans is available separately for $12.
CopyPaste-X 1.01: clipboard extender updated
CopyPaste-X 1.01 is an update to the popular utlity that extends the OS X clipboard.
Boston Globe: OS X open-source movement
The Boston Globe has a feature article on Jordon Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD project, who now works for Apple: "[OS X] is what I've been waiting for the past 20 years ... I never thought about working for Apple before, and now I was saying, 'How do I join?'"
CarbonLib 1.5f5 SDK posted to ADC Website
Maya 3.5.1 supports new graphics cards
Alias/Wavefront is now shipping an OS X 10.1.1-compatible version of its Maya 3.5.1 package. The free update also brings support for new grpahic cards, including the ATI Mobility Radeon, NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and NVIDIA GeForce3. The updaet will be shipped on CD to existing customers and is available for sale ($7,500) through Alias/Wavefront or its resellers.
Miramar ships PC MACLAN 7.2.1
Miramar today released PC MACLAN 7.2.1 for Windows 95/98/Me, which "provides seamless compatibility between users of Windows 9.x and Apple OS X.1, allowing them to maximize the use of digital media devices to both operating systems, while also sharing files and printers bi-directionally over AppleTalk or TCP/IP." It supports AFP (AppleTalk File Protocol) over IP as well as AppleTalk to provide the ability to connect to AppleShare servers and Macintosh workstations. It retails for $200 and is available as an upgrade ($70-$100).
Reader: Office v.X upgrade ships early
David Rider has received a status update from Microsoft late this evening, noting that his order for Office v.X Special Upgrade shipped yesterday, instead of the original January date.
MS rejects 'radical, punitive' offer
Microsoft yesterday rejected a settlement offer from the nine dissenting states in the DOJ/States antitrust case, saying that proposals "seem calculated to inflict maximum commercial harm on Microsoft" and would amount to a divestiture of its valuable Windows operating system and Office suite of business software.
Sonnet extends free 128MB RAM promo
Sonnet has extended its "128MB for FREE" DIMM program, which it has been offering with the purchase of any Sonnet Crescendo/7200 upgrade. U.S., Canadian, European and Japanese customers are eligible for a free 128MB DIMM with any qualifying purchase through the end of the year. Claims must be submitted by mail and postmarked by January 31, 2002.
4D releases Dreamweaver extension
4D has released 4D for Dreamweaver v1.0, an extension plug-in for Dreamweaver which inserts 4D tags into pages designed in Dreamweaver via an easy-to-use GUI. The free utility is designed for use with Dreamweaver 3.x, 4.x or UltraDev and requires 4D Version 6.7.1 or higher.
Web Confidential 3.0 adds OS X support
Web Confidential 3.0, Alco Blom's $20 shareware password manager, offers industrial-strength encryption (using BlowFish), automatic entry of WWW Forms and automatic HTTP Authentication, access to passwords in your browser and from the Dock, synchronization with a Palm via a Conduit, a password generator, new dock menus, and new help book. Upgrades are $11.
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