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SoftRAID drivers on the way
Kenneth Roberts recently contacted SoftRAID about Mac OS X drivers for their RAID products. Despite a statement on their website indicating a MacWorld San Francisco announcement, no such release was announced. Shortly after emailing SoftRAID, Mr. Roberts was informed that drivers would be available "at the end of the quarter" and in "worst case" by mid April.
Aladdin offers custom installers
Aladdin Systems and Prosoft Engineering have partnered to offer outsourcing options for software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker. Engineering services for the design and creation of software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker are now available. The new service offers developers custom-built and tested installers created by engineers "intimately" familiar with both InstallerMaker and the Mac OS. Pricing starts at $500 for a basic installer/uninstaller and testing on three platforms.
G4 PowerMac c|net\'s #1
A MacNN Reader notes that c|net has put the Apple PowerMac G4 tower at the top of its 'leading-edge PCs' list.
MacAppProcess: plug-in extends App class
Mile23 has released a new REALbasic plug-in that extends the Application class with three properties and a method. MacAppProcess is free and runs on 68k and PPC as well as Mac OS X. App.MacCreator, App.MacFolderItem, App.MacName and App.MacSendToFront make up MacAppProcess.
Architosh: Blender 3D, CADViewer 3D, BOA
Architosh reports that the new Blender 3D application is featured in an "awesome" QuickTime Trailer; Oracle has introduced 'Oracle CADViewer 3D,' a collaboration tool; AEC Vision has turned its attention to Macintosh-based BOA by BOA Research.
Report Magic v2.13: minor updates, fixes
Report Magic v2.13 has been released. Brazilian Portuguese is now 'pt-BR,' and character set conversion only converts text if the character set is iso-8859-1; the update also includes several big fixes.
SeaPine ships TestTrack Pro 4.5 for OS X
Seapine Software today announced that it is shipping TestTrack Pro 4.5 for Mac OS X. The cross-platform application offers enterprise-level, web-based defect management solution; version 4.5 adds a Visual C++ add-in access to TestTrack Pro, full TestTrack Pro administration support from a Web browser, additional SCC integration with support for Perforce and CS-RCS, and server support for OS X.
PressPlay coming to Mac users this year
Pressplay, a Web music service owned by Sony and Vivendi Universal, said it hopes to make its online service available to Mac users sometime this year, according Reuters.
eLister 1.2: eBay auction util updated
eLister 1.2, an update to the $40 auction listing utility, includes a completely new, faster category update system, updated listing fees to reflect eBay's price increases which go into effect on January 31, and a number of other minor changes. [Classic, Carbon]
Z-Write 1.3b adds internet dictionary
Stone Table has Beta G of Z-Write 1.3b, which adds new features, such as Internet dictionary and thesaurus lookup to its $30 "non-linear" word processor.
Jobs missing from c|net tech CEO roundup
Keith Bourgoin notes that Steve Jobs is missing from c|net's review of top tech CEOS: "c|net is actually running a review of influencial tech CEOs (see right side bar). Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was carefully omitted from this exclusive crowd. It seems correct to assume that in line with their evaluation points, he would probably get an A for leadership, an A+ for vision, a B+ for execution (remember the cube fiasco) and an A+ for star power (surely). This would bring him to the top of the crowd at this point with an average of A."
OmniGraffle 2.0b: charting app in public beta
OmniGraffle 2.0 Beta, a public beta of Omni Group's diagramming and charting application, include AppleScript support, URL links to graphics, layer support, cool new tools, shape enhancements, line ending enhancements, export to HTML, grid enhancements, auto layout improvements, a magnet editor, OmniOutliner import preferences, and other fixes and miscellaneous enhancements.
OWC: lower-rated chips in Sonnet upgrades
A reader forwarded a note from Other World Computing, which discusses the use of lower-rated in chips in some of Sonnet's upgrade products:
"Responding to an anonymous insider tip, we did a closer inspection on the Sonnet Upgrade models we had in stock and found that the Sonnet G3/500 PCI and G3/500 L2 Sonnet upgrades actually had 466MHz marked IBM G3 processors and even more of a stretch, the Sonnet G3/450MHZ PCI had a 333MHz marked IBM G3 processor. [...]"
"I approached an available Sonnet manager on this issue [who said] it was normal and that they had high-temp rated chips and that was why they could use them for a faster speed than their markings."
MacUser UK: speed-bumped Power Mac next week
Apple is expected to introduce new speed-bumped Power Macs next week (Tuesday, January 22), according to a report on MacUser UK: "Dealers in the US have been alerted to expect new stock of three new models early next week." The high-end machine will be a dual 1-GHz G4 machine, according to the report. Other speeds and pricing are not available.
Kontakt: new sampling app at NAMM 2002
At NAMM 2002, Native Instruments today released a new sampling application Kontakt, offering support for standard sample playback and manipulation abilities as well as realtime time-stretching and resynthesis, graphical breakpoint envelopes, an integrated loop editor, analog-modelled filters, visually displayed modulation, and better efficiency for up to 256 stereo voices per instance on a standard computer. The $400 application is due in March with 3GB of high-quality samples.
Two new OS X books released
Mac OS X Unleashed ($50 list price) is a "complete guide and reference" for Mac OS users both new and advanced users, covering system administration topics ranging from advanced configuration of FTP servers, SSH tunneling, to installing secure E-mail and Web servers. Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours ($25 list price), the "little brother" of Unleashed, is described as "a streamlined version of the content of the Unleashed book, directed at home users."
pearCalc 0.3 adds user-definable shortcuts
pearCalc 0.3 adds a new shortcut-feature for defining constants or shortcuts for application names to the freeware calculator and application-launcher for OS X.
WSJ: \'Radical\' iMac is \"excellent\"
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has written a glowing review of the new iMac: "despite a few drawbacks, it works very well. The screen is the most vivid 15-inch flat panel I've seen, and insidethe base Apple has packed a surprisingly powerful computer with a fast G4 processor, ample memory and hard-disk space..."
Chronos releases beta Palm conduit
Chronos LC has released a beta Palm conduit for synchronizing Personal & Group Organizer with Palm OS-based handhelds. The new conduit is designed to work with the Palm Desktop 4.0 public beta. It is immediately available for Mac OS 9 and OS X, free of charge, to all existing Personal & Group Organizer 4 users. A 30-day trial of Personal ($60) and Group Organizer ($100) are available online. [Conduit: Classic, Carbon]
Follow-up: AirPort basestation failures
Constantin von Wentzel writes about the AirPort basestation failures noted here over the past few months, including one report by a reader that coincided with the AirPort Driver Update 2.01 release yesterday evening:
"...the most prevalent reason why ABS' have been failing is because of the well-documented internal power supply problem. Apple has a informal recall on selected units....There are two failure modes: During operation and after resets/firmware upgrades/power downs. The later failure mode can make people believe that the unit has failed due to the firmware upgrade. In fact, boot-up is the most stressful time for the internal power supply, so if it's marginal, it'll fail during boot-up (the dreaded infinite reboot LED sequence).
"Two things to keep in mind: ABS' are fairly simple to repair. Even better, as long as you live in the right country, Apple will replace a large number of them for free. However, the refurbished units you get in return may not be as pretty to look at."
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