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Keynote to be delivered via QuickTime webcast
Apple has posted an official MacWorld Expo San Francisco webcast page, which indicates that Macintosh enthusiasts will be able to "tune-in" to Steve Jobs' keynote address on January 7 at 9am PT via QuickTime. "It's an event you won't want to miss."
Convert v1.3.3: FAT code, new formulas
Graphics software developer Fifth Wave today announced the availability of Convert version 1.3.3. Convert is an in-depth tool for calculations and conversions on the Macintosh. 40 different conversion categories allow for "thousands of conversion possibilities," according to the developer. Version 1.3.3 adds a number of improvements including PowerPC and 68K native code, new conversion factors for the Volume, Moment of Inertia, and Mass categories. Convert is available for $15 through Kagi.
Grammatica 3.07 improves French checking
Grammatica 3.07, the bilingual grammar and spelling utility, has been released. The update improves French checking and includes a new and direct access to the FR, ENG, and FR-ENG Ultralingua dictionairies; price for the full version is $45.
Hard Drive utility fixes bugs, adds features
Mallet and Bare has released Erase the Trail 1.2, the hard drive management tool, for Mac OS 9. The utility allows batch change of creator codes, deletion, creation, and management of invisible files, and backup of the entire drive with the click of a button. Erase the Trail's cost is $7, but discounts will be given on later versions for registered users.
MOTU posts OS X beta of USB MIDI driver
MOTU today announced a public beta of its USB MIDI driver for all MOTU MIDI interfaces, including the 2x2 FastLane-USB, 4x6 micro express-USB, 8x8 MIDI Express XT-USB and the 8x8 MIDI Timepiece AV-USB interface/universal synchronizer. The MOTU USB driver leverages OS X's new 'CoreMIDI' architecture, making "all MOTU USB MIDI interfaces compatible with all Macintosh software that supports standard Mac OS X MIDI drivers. "
Omni Group ships Outliner v1.2
The Omni Group is shipping OmniOutliner v1.2, a cocoa application that can make outlines and lists in Mac OS X. New in this version is the ability to export to plain text, multiple columns, document-wide stylesheets, multiple bug fixes and numerous interface enhancements. A free trial version is available; the full version is $21.
Word Translator v4.5 now Carbonized
Word Translator 4.5 brings OS X compatibility to the application that can translate English words into 14 other languages. The $40 shareware integrates with other applications, has user-modifiable dictionaries and can accept very large dictionaries-- some up to 400,000 words. A trial version is avaialbe that will expire after "a few weeks" of usage.
Open-source \'ntop\' updated to version 2.0
ntop v2.0, a Unix tool that generates detailed network usage reports, has been released. ntop works with Mac OS X servers and is compatible with several protocols including AppleTalk. The ntop source code is available to the public.
Apple\'s executive compensation criticized
TheStreet.com has posted a piece dubbed "Sweet Exec Deals Sour Apple's Image" in which columnist Glenn Curtis criticizes Apple's executive compensation. Curtis says he's "not always convinced that the company has the common shareholder's best interest at heart," pointing out a $500,000 signing bonus for Timothy Cook, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales Service and support, and hefty stock option awards.
Dual Power Mac vs. Dual P4, Dual K7
A MacNN reader writes "DV Pressroom has an interesting 'Dual Duel' article in which a PM G4 800 DP got summarily clobbered by multi-processor Wintel peers in a digital video editing shootout. Not a happy story for us Mac faithful, but not the complete story, either."
Tech: AOL subscribers, CD prices...
Morning tech news: AOL's global subscriber base has topped 33 million; CD prices are set to fall due in part to increased availability of music online; and The FCC granted Boeing a license for the aircraft manufacturer's Connexion service, which will let passengers transmit and receive broadband data in flight.
NYT: OS X, iPod are among \'most notable\'
David Pogue's latest New York Times column highlights OS X and the iPod as "some of the year's most notable products."
Cisco Aironet drivers support OS X
Cisco recently posted updated Aironet 2.0 drivers for its line of wireless PCI/PC card adpaters. Version 2.0 contains new OS X drivers as well the previous release of Mac OS 9 drivers; James Nenneman provided some feedback:
"I emailed you last week about the drivers that were soon to be posted for Aironet Cards. I downloaded them within an hour of their being posted. The 2.0 version of the driver software for OS X does not work. I have tested it with Powerbook G4s and G3s running anything from 10.1 to 10.1.2. It does not work. ;-( What is more disappointing is that when installed on OS 9 the driver and utility package are still the older 1.02. I have attempted to contact Cisco, but with no luck."
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