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Opinion: will IBM supplant Motorola for G5s?
osOpinion has posted an editorial by Kelly McNeill on an alternate path the much-awaited G5 processor could take. "What I find curious is the fact that few have considered the notion that Apple might not turn to Motorola for its next-generation G5 processor. While there is a slight difference in features when comparing the Motorola PPC road map to IBM's own road map, the two are still surprisingly similar."
Charismac: Discribe v5.0 now shipping
Charismac Engineering begun to ship version 5.0 of their popular CD/DVD mastering software Discribe. Discribe v5.0 includes several new features including DVD mastering support as well as full native Mac OS X support. Charismac has lowered the suggested retail price (SRP) of the new version from $100 to $70.
Tech news: AOL not bidding, Toshiba gets thin
Evening tech news: c|net is reporting that AOL Time Warner will not bid for Linux manufacturer Red Hat; Toshiba is due to ship a new ultra-thin laptop in early February called the Portégé-- the $2200 portable PC is just over .7 inches at its thickest point.
Oofile v1.4: C++ app development library
Oofile v1.4 is now available for download. This release represents "a huge step" in features and debugging. Version 1.4 and is compatible with CodeWarrior Pro7.1 and Visual C++ v6.0. This is the first fully Carbonized release that will run natively on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Customers since the beginning of January 2000 can upgrade for $10, all older version upgrades are $20.
P2P file sharing software, Drumbeat, updated
Groundlevel Software has released Drumbeat v1.0.5, which was demonstrated earlier this month at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco. The $30 peer-to-peer file sharing software allows connectivity to numerous servers (100+) and the sharing of music, video, text files. Updated in the new version are working adult content filters, numerous bug fixes, and an improved interface.
Battery Charger for iBook charges 2 batteries
MCE has announced a new Battery Charger for Apple's Dual USB iBook. The dual-bay battery charger can charge two Lithium-Ion batteries simultaneously. The $150 peripheral will begin shipping February 20, 2002.
Contextual Menu plug-ins released
Tomasz Kukielka has released Contextual Menu Workshop, a free framework that includes tools for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X as well as 3 "pre-built" plug-ins ready for users.
Convert v2.0b4 now Mac OS X native
Fifth Wave today announced the availability of the latest version of Convert, v2.0b4, for Mac OS 9 and X. The $15 conversion and calculating tool converts categories such as temperature, velocity, time, mass, and currency; improvements include new conversion categories, interface enhancements, and Euro currency support.
Troi Dialog Plugin 3.02 for developers
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0.2, a bug fix release for its $40 FileMaker Pro plugin that allows develoopers create and implement a variety of dialog boxes in FileMaker solutions.
Mbox: 2-channel audio via USB
Digidesign's new Mbox is a 2-channel USB audio peripheral. It ships with Pro Tools 5.2 LE software to "provide you with a high-quality, self-contained project studio. Features include: two analog inputs and outputs, featuring Focusrite mic pre amps; 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital I/O; a pristine 24-bit signal path from input to output; two analog TRS inserts; a headphone amp and output with dedicated volume control; zero latency monitoring; 100% USB-powered operation; and remote collaboration capability through DigiStudio." it is expected to ship later this quarter.
Netlock intros new VPN client for Mac
Netlock Technologies announced today the availability of a new Mac VPN client to work with the Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator, offering users the ability to secure communication between enterprises and branch offices, business partners, mobile users and home offices.
The Fontz 3.3: font preview utilitiy
The Fontz 3.3 is an upate to the shareware font utility that "allows you to browse your existing fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a 'wysiwyg' group maker."
\'Randomised\' Photoshop brushes collection
Sapphire Innovations' new $21 collection, Saphire Brushes Vol 11 'Randomised brushes' contains 450 new random grainy smeared brushes for Photoshop 6 and elements, including a wide range of different brush types great for art history, dodge, burn, paint, spray and others.
The Merc: Apple tries hard to keep a secret
Apple's tight-lipped culture has both operational and marketing benefits, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News.
MWSF: Java is alive and well on the Mac
JavaWorld talks about the state of Java on the Mac and points to some key software featured a JavaWorld's MacWorld conference session, including eVision Visual Search, Borland's JBuilder 6, QuickTime for Java, and Thinkfree Office as well as the forthcoming release of Java 1.4 (by WWDC in May).
Adobe posts Illustrator 10 tryout
Bob Lussier notes that Adobe has recently posted a 30-day tryout of Adobe Illustrator 10 (requires registration).
Extension Overload v5.9.5 supports OS 9.2.2
Extension Overload v5.9.5 adds Mac OS 9.2.2 compatibility to the extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that includes detail information of 5583 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items.
Iomega ships USB 2.0 Predator 24x10x40 CD-RW
Iomega is now shipping the USB 2.0 version of its Predator 24x10x40 CD-RW drive. The $230 device, compatible with USB 1.1 machines, will be available from Iomega's Website later this month.
Adobe ships InDesign 2.0 page layout software
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of InDesign 2.0 software, an OS X-compatible version of its professional layout and design program. Version 2.0 also introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible markup language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface. Upgrades to the $700 application are $100 for the next 90 days and $150 thereafter.
Apache, PHP database installer
OpenOSX.com today published a package that installs Apache 1.3.22 and PHP 4.1.1. designed for patrons of the OpenOSX OpenWeb and OpenDB CDs versions 1.x through 2.0. The downloadable package restores and adds new functionally to OpenWeb and OpenDB installations, but does not install all of the other software the $60 OpenWeb CD or the $30 OpenDB CD.
Local Web Synch 2 maintains Websites
FreeBSD printing drivers for OS X
Denis Hill writes about a tip regarding unsupported Epson printers in OS: "...Someone mentioned using the Linux drivers at http://www.linuxprinting.org. Mentioned there was a link for Unix print drivers. The drivers and there are many, are supported in FreeBSD which should work with Mac OS X. "
Technical difficulties at MacNN.com
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Jasmine 1.2.5: multitrack editor/mixer
Jasmine 1.2.5, an update to the audio multitrack editor/mixer, now sports Normalize and Auto Level functions for pre-adjusting levelsfor maximizing loudness in sixteen bit formats (like Audio CD) and mixing such as in the Jasmine multitrack mode.
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