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MacNN Launches IRC chat server

01/04, 9:30pm

MacNN Launches IRC chat server

We are pleased to offer a new service to our readers starting today: an IRC chat server for live discussion. Join irc.macnn.com with your favorite IRC client, such as Ircle or Snak (both clients are available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X). Additionally, we will be making available a Java-based front-end to our IRC chat server for our readers who do not wish to install a complete IRC client. Happy chatting, and we hope to see you there!

Xounds brings soundsets into Mac OS X

01/04, 6:25pm

Xounds brings soundsets into Mac OS X

Unsanity LCC has announced the release of Xounds 1.0, the "haxie that brings Appearance Sounds to Mac OS X." Xounds converts existing Mac OS 8 or 9 soundsets and allows them to be played in Mac OS X (note that not all sounds are able to be played).

DVD Studio Pro 1.2: support for ext. FireWire

01/04, 6:25pm

DVD Studio Pro 1.2: support for ext. FireWire

Apple has released DVD Studio Pro 1.2, an update to its DVD authoring software that adds support for external FireWire drives that use the Panasonic combination DVD-RAM/DVD-R mechanism, such as the LaCie DVD-RAM/R drive. It also improves the output of DLT tapes that are sent for replication, particularly those that use copy protection technologies, such as Macrovision and CSS.

Portraits & Prints 1.0.3 fix bugs & stability

01/04, 6:15pm

Portraits & Prints 1.0.3 fix bugs & stability

The third maintenance release for Portraits & Prints, the personal photo studio for Mac OS X, is now available. Version 1.0.3 is avaiable free of charge to all previous users ($20 for new users); added in the update are more layout templates, live preview when editing images, and improved stability.

Printer drivers available via Software Update

01/04, 5:40pm

Printer drivers available via Software Update

Apple has released printer drivers for Mac OS X via Software Update. Included in the update are drivers from Canon, Epson, and HP; it is suggested to only install the drivers if the printer is listed.

Printer drivers available via Software Update

01/04, 5:40pm

Printer drivers available via Software Update

Apple has released printer drivers for Mac OS X via Software Update. Included in the update are drivers from Canon, Epson, and HP; it is suggested to only install the drivers if the printer is listed.

PocketNotes 1.1 adds 14 new skins, bug fixes

01/04, 5:30pm

PocketNotes 1.1 adds 14 new skins, bug fixes

PocketNotes 1.1, a flexible notepad application for outlining and planning, has been released. The update adds 14 new skins, improves multiple monitor support, and fixes numerous bugs. A 30 day demo is available; the full version is $20.

Optigold ISP 2.9 adds features; fixes bugs

01/04, 5:15pm

Optigold ISP 2.9 adds features; fixes bugs

Optigold ISP 2.9, the cross-platform, internet service providing software, has been released. The update fixes numerous bugs as well as adds features, such as new style dialogs, billing enhancements, and increasing report abilities.

Software allows text accessability on iPod

01/04, 5:00pm

Software allows text accessability on iPod

ProVUE Development has announced the release of its Panorama iPod Organizer at the MacWorld Expo in San Fransisco. The application allows users of Apple's iPod to easily store information, such as phone numbers, contacts, and notes, on the iPod and allows accessability through the built-in interface.

Conflict Catcher 9: startup management util

01/04, 9:45am

Conflict Catcher 9: startup management util

Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 9, an update to its $80 startup management application which claims to offer "faster, easier and simpler Conflict testing" as well as logging of intermittant problems, enhanced USB/FireWire reporting, more extension link groups, and other enhancements. It also supports management of Classic under OS X. Upgrades are $30 and include a full version of InfoGenie 2. [site not responding]

Typeset manages fonts, iWatch updated

01/04, 9:30am

Typeset manages fonts, iWatch updated

Vizspring has released its new flagship font manager application, Typeset 1.0, a "full-featured" $15 font viewing utility and has updated its $5 Mac clock and timer application, iWatch 2.0. Version 2.0 offers custom time intervals for repeating alarms, custom sounds, and custom alarm messages. [TS, IW]

Glassbead to release SnapTalk for OS X

01/04, 9:25am

Glassbead to release SnapTalk for OS X

Glass Bead Software will release a beta of SnapTalk 3 for the OS X next week and says it expects to release the final version in March. (SnapTalk is a secure alternative to Internet-based chat for small businesses.)

Deek Sky updates 4th Dimension components

01/04, 9:20am

Deek Sky updates 4th Dimension components

eep Sky has released BASh v1.6.2, a 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functions for 4D programmers and TCP Deux v1.0.3, an update to its 4th Dimension component that provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension. [BASh, ']

BBC drops QuickTime news feed

01/04, 9:15am

BBC drops QuickTime news feed

Several MacNN readers note that BBC has dropped its QuickTime news feed via QTV: "BBC World is no longer available through QT TV. This is a major PR fiasco for Apple on the eve of MWSF. While many Americans may not care, audiences outside the US look to the BBC as the "gold standard" of news coverage. Personally, the BBC World feed was precisely why I would use QT TV; if I wanted CNN's lame-o Headline News, I'd punch it up on cable."

Studio Artist 2.0: graphics synthesizer

01/04, 9:10am

Studio Artist 2.0: graphics synthesizer

Synthetik Software today announced Studio Artist 2.0, described as "the world's first graphics synthesizer." Version 2.0, now available for OS X, includes 8 hours of QuickTime video tutorials, a new core image processing drawing engine that offers the ability to design 3-D lighting effects, new image processing effects, new paint Synthesizer Features, and enhanced time-based effects. Upgrades to the $380 software are $180 for registered owners. It is expected to ship next week.

IconBrowser 0.32 supports IconDropper packs

01/04, 9:00am

IconBrowser 0.32 supports IconDropper packs

The Iconfactory has released IconBrowser 0.32 for OS X, a free utility for registered users of IconDropper, that allows users to browse and apply icons from existing IconDropper packs (space-saving icon collections).

iHam on Rye 1.1 controls iTunes over Internet

01/04, 9:00am

iHam on Rye 1.1 controls iTunes over Internet

Stimpsoft has updated its freeware set of applications used to control iTunes over a LAN or WAN network: iHam on Rye 1.1, which fixes an issue under Classic and offers other cosmetic fixes.

Haxial Launcher 0.92: app launch utility

01/04, 8:50am

Haxial Launcher 0.92: app launch utility

Haxial Launcher 0.92 is a $10 program designed to "make it faster and easier for you to launch/open other programs, documents, folders, or URLs. Launcher allows you to create buttons with menus that contain the items you want quick access to for launching. Alternatively you can setup abbreviations for [to quickly launch] items."

QTBatchExporter 1.0b1 for batch QT conversion

01/04, 8:45am

QTBatchExporter 1.0b1 for batch QT conversion

Channel D has released QTBatchExporter 1.0b1v2, a $14 utility which offers batch conversion QuickTime movie files to a variety of different formats, using the system movie format exporters. It offers background conversion and export, accurate estimates of the conversion process, drag & drop conversion, and a conversion queue for tracking/managing files.

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