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New OmniWeb beta brings much-awaited features
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb v4.1 beta 1. OmniWeb is a popular web browser for Mac OS X. New features include a compatibility preferences pane that allows the user to make websites think OmniWeb is another browser and several user interface enhancements like pop-up history menus on the forward/back buttons. The new beta also has a redesigned download manager with more options. OmniWeb is available for $30 ($20 educational); OmniWeb can also be used for free.
GameRanger update fixes @Home users problems
GameRanger 2.1.6 is an update to the Mac-friendly, web based game enviroment that "works around a problem with web proxies that some ex-@Home users (and possibly others) were experiencing that prevented auto-updating."
Native OS X FireWire driver available
IOXperts has announced the release of its FireWire Webcam Driver 1.0 for Mac OS X. The "extremely" stable driver provides support for OS X users using some FireWire Webcams. A free trial version of the $20 software is available online.
Micronet Advantage HD re-introduced
Micronet has re-introduced its Advantage Series of external single bay hard drives. Available in 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120 GB capacities, the small 5" x 9" footprint hard drives are priced from $290 to $455.
Captain FTP v1.0 packs features
Xnet Communications today announced Captain FTP v1.0, a new FTP client specifically designed for Mac OS X. Captain FTP has drag-and-drop functionality, file and folder transfers, basic FTP functions like renaming/moving, interrupted download resuming and bookmarks. Future features may include mirror transfers and a text terminal.
PDFCat 1.0 indexes PDF doc info
Rijdat Software has released PDFCat 1.0, a new $30 utility that tracks and indexes PDF documents, including title, author, subject, keywords, and other data.
Preview: International CES 2002
We've published an in-depth preview of the upcoming International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2002 in Las Vegas, which coincides with the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
DTerm: real-time app debugging
AustinSoft has released DTerm 1.0, a $65 programming utility that provides an "interface for displaying diagnostic and debugging information in real-time from your programs. Each program has its own window, and can intelligently merge the contents of multiple windows into a single window, showing the interactions between multiple programs." It works with both Mac OS 9 CFM programs as well as Mac OS X Mach-O programs.
TestTimer 2.0 for proctoring exams
Dave Hirsch has released a Cocoa version of TestTimer 2.0, a utility designed to do help teachers proctor a station-based exam: "Each station has a certain amount of time, and an aural announcement must be made when it is time to switch stations." The source code is also posted for both the Classic and Cocoa versions at the same web site.
Tech: QT under Linux; unreachable net...
Afternoon tech: The open-source MPlayer offers QuickTime support under Linux with its latest release; A recent study found that up to 5% of the Internet - potentially 100 million hosts - are completely unreachable; and Yahoo announced that sales volume at its shopping sites between Thanksgiving and Christmas increased more than 86 percent from a year ago and that its shoppers spent $10.3 billion online in the fourth quarter.
LA Times: \"OS X has reached its stride\'
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times writes "Although the older OS 9 remains a better choice for many types of users, OS X is becoming more viable every day," noting the growing numer of applications for OS X.
Apple grants 1M options to senior execs
Apple has granted options for one million shares to each of its senior executives except Chief Executive Steven Jobs, according to the company's annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Yahoo! names TiBook holiday best seller
Yahoo! Shopping has named Apple's Titanium PowerBook G4 as one of the best sellers for the 2001 holiday buying season. Other top sellers include Microsoft's xBox, Nintendo's GameCube, and the Nikon Coolpix 995.
Tech: FBI warns XP, Minolta, Holiday sales
Morning tech news: The FBI has warned owners of Windows XP to disable a feature that could open the operating system to intrusion from hackers; Minolta has halted new product development for APS (advanced photo system) cameras, announcing that it will instead focus on digital cameras; E-Commerce sites are reporting strong holiday sales, with Yahoo revealing that its visitors spent more $10.3 billion in the fourth quarter.
No OS X version of Cro-Mag Rally
Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software notes that the company is not working on an OS X version of its popular Cro-Mag Rally because of Apple's lack of Net Sprocket on OS X.
iPod Free File Sync 2.0b1
iPod Free File Sync 2.0b1 now displays which MP3/AIFF/WAV files on an iPod are not on your computer and offers the ability to sync the iPod with any computer.
Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.0 for artists
Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.0 is described as "an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities." Registered users of the beta version receive $30 off the $100 registration price.
Mediafour updates Windows iPod utility
XPlay Preview Release 2, a new version of Mediafour's Windows utilty for the iPod, adds the ability to copy MP3, AIF and WAV files through both Windows Media Player and Explorer. The preview release expires January 31, 2002.
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