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Graphic Converter v4.2.1 fixes bugs
Graphic Converter 4.2.1, the image conversion and manipulation tool from Lemke Software, has been updated. The update includes numerous improvements to functionality, such as support for more file formats, direct FTP upload capabilites, and zooming up to 1000%, as well as bug fixes found in previous versions. [Classic,Carbon]
Amazon.com posts 1st ever profit
As noted by CNN/Money, online retailer and dot-com giant Amazon.com has posted its first-ever quarterly net profit, a penny a share on an operating income of 9 cents a share, today. Amazon beat Wall Street estimates by 2 cents per share for its quarterly net income. The announcement sharply contrasts a loss of $545 million a year ago.
AOL Time Warner sues Microsoft
AOL Time Warner sued Microsoft in federal court today seeking damages for harm done to AOL's Netscape browser software as a result of Microsoft's business practices. AOL's John Buckley said the action is "an attempt to get justice."
beAccountable SE v2.1 time management SW
beAccountable SE v2.1, creative services management software, is now available. The software helps graphic artists, marketing consultants, PR agencies and programmers keep track of their projects so they can "be accountable" for time and resources spent on projects. The $50 application is available online and supports both Mac and Windows platforms.
Print Window 1.5: Finder window print util
SearchWare's Finder window print utility for OS X, Print Window 1.5, adds a new hotkey to launch to Print Window from the Finder (command-P), the ability to limit heirarchical lists, and other improvements.
ELI logins, tracks visitors to businesses
ELI, a single or multiuser package, is a "log-in and tracking system that is usually located in the lobby or entrance to your facility. The receptionist or security personnel log in visitors and give them badges created by ELI. Visitors or packages can be tracked and reports generated." The package was designed and is used Apple. A single user license is $2000, while a multi-user license is $4000.
SQLGrinder 1.1: brings syntax coloring
Advenio has released SQLGrinder 1.1, which brings syntax coloring of SQL code, an improved schema browser featuring table import/export, automatic loading of common JDBC drivers, an improved SQL statement library, and other bug fixes to the $50 SQL editor and developer tool.
XFree86 4.2 adds rootless mode, other options
The latest full release from the XFree86 Project, XFree86 4.2.0, is now available both online and in CD format. It adds a new rootless mode to the XDarwin X server, allowing X clients to display windows on the Aqua desktop as well as new support for Xinerama, multiple monitor resolution setting accessible via the GUI, GLX rendering, and improved keyboard mapping. The XDarwin user interface is also now localized in Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Korean. An XDarwin installer is now available for OS X 10.1, while CDs, due at the end of the month, are $25.
WebHelp Desk 5.2 supports WO 5.1, new search
MacsDesign Studio has released Web Help Desk 5.2, an update to its web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. It includes support for WebObjects 5.1, an enhanced user interface, improved asset management options, powerful new search settings, customizable asset and client fields and optional client self-registration.
iDVD wins BETT 2002 Award
Apple's iDVD authoring software has won a 2002 BETT Award, in the 'Software Tools - Secondary' category, according to MacUser UK: "The annual BETT awards, which accompany an exhibition of the same name, recognise 'excellence in information communications technology (ICT) for education." The article notes that the iBook mobile classroom was also nominated in two categories, but didn't win.
The Signal Framework 1.1, Vving 1.1 updated
VVI today announced http://www.vvi.com/products/signalframework/index.html, an upgrade to its high-level API programming framework specialized to time signals that store data in a circular buffer and graphed in real-time. It also released Vving 1.1, a simple $50 front-line diagnostic tool to look at network performance. [STF, VV]
Plextor ships 40x internal CD-RW
Plextor has released the PlexWriter 40x/12x/40x CD-RW drive. The $210 internal ATAPI drive is the first drive to offer 40x CD-recording and offers a black CD-holder tray for reduced C1 error rates, an improved power supply with decreased noise levels, and BURN-Proof technology utilizing a 4MB buffer.
Business 2.0: new iMac not enough
Eric Hellweg of Business 2.0 writes: "Everyone loves the new iMac. But that's not enough to save Apple from niche-market irrelevance," saying that Apple needs to both improve networking compatibility with Wintel computers and move away from the PowerPC platform to gain marketshare.
Gefen shipping monitor conversion units
Gefen is now shipping its ex-tend-it VGA-to-DVI Conversion Box, which works by converting the computer's analog output to a digital signal, as well as its ex-tend-it DVI-to-VGA Conversion Box for using an analog monitor with a DVI-equipped computer. Each unit is $400 and is available now.
PACE releases InterLok 4.0 security app
PACE Anti-Piracy has released InterLok (Pro) 4.0, an extensive anti-piracy toolset for software copy protection on OS X. It adds increased security, branding customization options, a new demo user interface, additional authorization options via digitally signed XML-based license files, updated support for web authorization, and new iLok support for specifying license expiration periods and demo launch counts in PACE's iLok USB Smart Key.
Renicer 1.0 sets application priorities
Northern Softworks has released Renicer 1.0, a shareware ($7) GUI tool that automatically sets priority values for applications that "automatically prioritizes whatever application is in front. Additionally, it ups the priority of the Finder, Dock, and Window Server. It also maintains a list of applications that are to be set to low priority."
Reader on nightly Mozilla builds
Mark Miller writes: "Check out the latest nightly Mozilla build. It is starting to include some real Aqua interface elements. These only show up in Classic theme view. Looks good so far and seems faster than Netscape 6. Between Mozilla, Omniweb and Netscape I think the Mac has some great browser choices now."
ScriptTimer 1.2 offers AppleScript scheduling
Script Timer 1.2 is an $10 "trialware" AppleScript scheduling application that lets you schedule the execution of AppleScript: "It will run your scripts at any time on a daily, weekly, weekdays only, monthly, or one time basis as well as at regular intervals ranging from minutes to weeks." Version 1.2 offers the option for either synchronous and asynchronous operation, to save data in the log, launch applications, and other enhancements.
WEP Key Maker 1.1 generates hexadecimal keys
WEP Key Maker 1.1 is an update to the utility that generates a hexadecimal WEP key from a pass phrase for use with Airport cards and third-party IEEE 802.11b wireless access points and routers. Version 1.1 offers improved key quality and aqua appearance, and addresses other interface issues.
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