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iPod Free File Sync v2.0 for Mac OS 9.X
iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is a utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods (or any other source) to your computer. It shows the user exactly which music files in the source are not on your computer. After synchronizing, you can browse through the new files directly in iTunes 2. Among new features in version 2.0 is an auto-copy function that copies optionally selected files from the synchronized "New Music" playlist to the "New Music" folder on your disk.
BeAccountable version 2.1 introduced
BeAccountable v2.1, a software solution for the graphic arts professional, has been released. Tracking and archiving the details of your projects and incorporating daily time cards with relational databases for scheduling, contact management, cost accounting, traffic and requesting vendor quotes is possible with BeAccountable. A free demo version is available; the full version sells for $500 (reduced from $700).
FileType v1.0b changes type and creator codes
Frederik Seiffert has announced FileType version 1.0b, an application that allows you to easily and intuitively change type and creator codes. The application is distributed as freeware in English and is available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Asthma SW digital hub concept to healthcare
FireLogic today announced HealthEngage Asthma v2.0, an update to the initial release of the health management software for asthmatics. The developer believes that HealthEngage Asthma extends Steve Jobs' digital hub concept to healthcare. FireLogic says the current paper diary approach is not working to help people manage an illness that afflicts 1 in 10 children. [Form, 3.4MB]
Ive on sunflower-inspired iMac
The Independent has posted an exclusive interview with Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive. The article talks about the success of the original iMac and the outlook for the new "sunflower-inspired" machine. "I think they like it," Ive told the interviewer after he paced the show floor at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
Turbo Tax 2001 maintance update
Intuit has released a maintenance update to its tax preperation software, Turbo Tax Deluxe 2001. The update, available through the application's updating feature or from Intuit's website, improves stability and updates tax forms for the upcoming year. [Deluxe version, Home & Business version]
Follow up: Combo Drive upgrade program delay
Following our note this morning about delays in Apple's PowerBook G4 Combo Drive upgrade program, Apple has updated its upgrade FAQ Webpage, indicating that the program will begin on January 28th and run until March 30th.
Reader: Palm may introduce new handheld
James Bouklas notes that Palm may introduce new handheld(s) in the very near future. An email he received today from Palm Inc., reads "All we can say is that the newest Palm™ handheld is coming. Very soon. Stay tuned for more details."
Unsupported Utility X; name change and update
Other World Computing has updated its free application that allows unsupported, pre-G3 & G4 machines, to run Mac OS X. Previously known as Unsupported UtilityX, XPostFacto 2.1 now allows installation on Mac OS X v10.1 and supports a wider range of SCSI CD-ROM devices, including CD-R and CD-RW drives. Support for burning custom Mac OS X Install CDs has also been added.
IK Multimedia announces four music products
IK Multimedia has announced four new products to coincide with the forthcoming winter NAMM show.
Photo Galaxy 3 offers 1050 high-res photos
The Plugin Site has released Photo Galaxy 3, a collection of over 1000 Royalty-free digital photographs. Volume 3 of Photo Galaxy, "Dark Season," includes material for graphics artwork, multimedia projects, web sites, brochures, flyers and desktop backgrounds. The Photo Galaxy CD-ROM contains 1050 high-resolution photos divided into 82 different topics. Photo Galaxy 3 is available for $30.
Sonnet to address issues in Encore/ZIF SW
MacNN reader Greg Raven shares new information on the upcoming Sonnet Encore/ZIF G4 software v1.1:
I just got off the phone with Sonnet Tech, who informed me that their current version 1.0.3 software for their Encore/ZIF G4 upgrades has a problem. On my beige G3 mini-tower, the problem shows up during installation of OS X: as long as the Sonnet 1.0.3 software is installed, Software Updater will not work properly. Their customer support informed me that version 1.1 of their software will be out in two weeks, and will address this issue.
iArch to rewrite software, focus efforts
iArch Global today announced that it will conduct a major rewrite of its flagship magazine management software PubPro. Additionally, in an effort to further consolidate its market niche, iArch will concentrate all of its resources on PubPro. In the same announcement, the company announced that its next generation software, PubPro X2, will be available in the second quarter of 2002 and have over 100 new features. Pricing will start with a 3 user license for $500.
Seagull Video Player 1.3 adds video info
Trinfinity Software's Seagull Video Player 1.3 adds convenient access to various pieces of video information to its video player with support for full-screen display and video playlists. [Classic, Carbon]
Brickoids X: Carbonized arcade classic
Soth Development has released Brickoids X, a Carbon version of its arcade classic.
NYT: "a Faux Pas" for Time Magazine
A New York Times article talks about the controversy surrounding the Time Magazine iMac exclusive, also hinting that the Jobs keynote had been moved to coincide with the release of Time to newstands across the country. [free registration required]
Reader: USB ports on new iMac
Following notes on the USB ports on the new G4 iMac, one reader sorted through the confusion:
"In response to the confusion over the iMac G4 USB controllers. It's two controllers and 4 USB ports. The modem is an internal USB modem that shares a controller with the port directly next to it. The other controller is for the next two ports. Tech. documents recomend that any high-speed devices (USB Harddrives, removeable media, CD-RWs, etc.) be plugged into either of the USB ports that to not share a controller with the USB modem." [updated]
Classic Toggler 1.1 adds new pref manager
Northern Softworks has released Classic Toggler 1.1, a $7 shareware application 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 also provides easy access to key applications and folders within the active classic system folder. Classic Toggler is being bundled with Trash X for $10, a savings of over 25%.
KuConta 1.0: accounting app for small biz
KuConta 1.0 is an accounting program for home or small bussiness that "offers an easy way of managing multiple cashes or bank accounts and every type of expenses or incomes that you will need." It is localized in English and Spanish and distributed as a $16 shareware utility. [Classic, Carbon]
Reader: PB G4 Upgrade program delayed?
Craig Madey writes about delays in the PowerBook G4 Combo Upgrade program, which starts today--although Apple's website has yet to be updated: "I called my (Buffalo) Apple store today to confirm that they would be taking orders for the Powerbook G4 Combo Drive upgrade offer. I was informed that the program had been indefinitly delayed."
Mac drivers for Card Printer/Encoders
Fargo Electronics has released a Macintosh Driver Kit for its Fargo DTC500 Series, allowing either the Fargo DTC510/515 (single-sided) or the DTC520/525 (dual-sided) Card Printer/Encoders to work on any Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6. The new driver also offers USB support, using a USB-to-parallel cable, as well as supporting older systems with Nubus or PCI Parallel cards. The DTC500 Series features a 4-line LCD panel, removable card cleaning cartridge, dual locking 200-card capacity input hoppers, and Fargo's exclusive RibbonTraq.
PrintToPDF 2.3.1: shareware generates PDFs
James Walkter's PrintToPDF 2.3.1 is an update to his $20 shareware printer driver that creates PDF files, adding support for the euro symbol (in each font) and the ability to suppress the application version in the PDF document info window.
Keyboard Maestro 1.0: system enhancement util
Michael Kamprath has released Keyboard Maestro 1.0, which includes three system-enhancement components: Hot Keys, Program Switcher, and Clipboard Switcher. The $20 utility allows userst to define any number of user configurable actions simply by pressing a keystroke, incorporates the Classic MacOS application switching utility, and can define any number of clipboards.
lameXdecode 0.1: freeware decodes MPs
Ben Bargagliotti has released lameXdecode 0.1, a freeware application, based on the LAME engine, that decodes mp3's into CD format.
JellyfiSSH v2.01 helps organize SSH bookmarks
JellyfiSSH v2.01 is an update to the freeware SSH/Telnet login & bookmark manager, which now includes preferences for Terminal Colors and Transparency per bookmark, a Dock Menu, a new icon, and support for Telnet and SSH1&2.
OFPong 1.1: pong game runs on newer Macs
David Krauss writes: "I just updated OFPong 1.1, the Pong game for Open Firmware, to work with newer Macs. Previously, running OFPong required two Macs and a special serial connection. Now, it's just drag-and-drop (and typing into the OF prompt). OFPong won a MacHack conference Best Hack award in 1998. The original version is by Quinn "The Eskimo" of Apple Developer Tech Support."
starQuiz 1.1: in-classroom testing app
cosmicsofthas released starQuiz 1.1 described as "a powerful, easy to use solution to in-classroom testing on the computer." Version 1.1 brings several new features, including the ability to give questions in random order, add a time limit to a quiz, add teacher graded questions, and other enhancements. Classic, Carbon]
Team MacNN adds personal stats pages
Team MacNN has added personal statistics pages for SETI@home, RC5, and Ubero team members. In each case, click the unique rank number of the person you wish to see an analysis on. These new pages complement the team stats pages for SETI and RC5. Numerous member stats pages are also available. As always, Team MacNN encourages readers to 'crunch' for MacNN!
Snak 4.82:maintenance update to IRC client
Kent Sorensen's IRC client, Snak 4.82, fixes problems copying text and resuming DCC transfers and fixes an occasional redraw issue. it is available in English, german, Swedish, and Danish versions.
MacPAR OS X 1.0b1 for creating PAR archives
MacPAR OS X 1.0b1 is a freeware utility that can create PAR archives or to recover missing files in a chain of multipart files (like .001, .002 etc.) by using .PAR files (like .P01, .P02): "Nowadays people should add PAR files to their posts of multipart split files on Internet newsgroups. With the PAR utility it is namely possible to recover any missing part (e.g. that didn't manage to get thru to the news server). Using PAR files will therefore diminish spoiled Internet bandwidth and will prevent you from the deception of having downloaded many files yet not being able to use them because one or more parts are missing."
No QT stream of British Parliament
Sascha Leib writes: "the British Parliament is now under constant observation - but it only offers Real and Windows Media Player streams. They also have a survey - how about if a number of Mac users would go there and ask for their favourite streaming format, which would of course be QuickTime streaming?!"
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