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Reader: Bank of America dropping Quicken
Reader Jeffrey Collins recently received a letter from Bank of America regarding the dropping of support for Quicken on the Mac platform.
iPhoto plugin lets users make Toast photo CDs
El Gato Software LLC has announced a new iPhoto plugin. iPhoto Toast Export Plugin enables iPhoto users to burn directly from iPhoto with Roxio Toast Titanium v5. Users can create photo CD-ROMs to share with others and send for printing. The iPhoto Toast Export Plugin is free; tech support is not provided by El Gato Software.
PowerBookResQ: service for owners of old PBs
MacResQ announced today the launch of a new repair service for Macintosh PowerBook computers. The service, known as PowerBookResQ, will provide PowerBook users in United States with a source for service parts and labor. "PowerBookResQ is the only service of its kind for out-of-warranty PowerBooks," said Shannon Jean, President of MacResQ. The cost of the program is $100-- this price includes 3-way overnight shipping, the initial diagnostic service, and the "PowerBox" shipping cradle, which the customer can keep.
PhotoAlbum Pro: photo albums for the web
REALmac Software today announced PhotoAlbum Pro v1.0b. This public beta release provides a simple way to create photo albums for web distribution. Users can choose from several themes and use PhotoAlbum to resize and convert PICT, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PSD and PNG files into web-ready JPEGs. PhotoAlbum Pro is available for $10 as shareware.
MacPAR v1.0b2 released
The second beta release of MacPAR for Mac OS X has been released. MacPAR v1.0b2 is a user friendly PAR utility for Mac OS X v10.1.2 users created by sourceforge.net contributors as a part of the mutsu and parchive projects. New in the second release is 'drag and drop' functionality, improved checking for existing PAR files, an activity indicator, and the ability to select individual files to be placed in an archive.
Quark XPress 5.0 now shipping
Quark today released Quark XPress 5.0, a new version of the industry-standard layout software. Version 5.0 includes new Tables functionality, new Layers enhanacments, an enhanced print user interface, improved PDF support, contextual menus, and better color management. It also adds new tools Web design and improved license management. Upgrades to the $1000 application are $300 for v4.x owners and $400 for v3.x owners.
Iser updates Adium; new features included
Several MacNN readers report that Adam Iser has posted Adium v1.5b for Mac OS X. Adium is a free Mac OS X AIM client with many features. Version 1.5 adds several features including full multitasking, support for custom alert sounds and more buddy list customization options.
Reader: MS public comment period ends Monday
A MacNN Reader notes that the public comment period for the Microsoft settlement ends this Monday, January 28. People who wish to express an opinion on the matter to the government must do so before the deadline. Concerned parties can e-mail the Department of Justice. [Updated]
ShaManX 0.9d: utility for viewing \"man\" pag
ShaManX 0.9d is an OS X utility, currently in development, that allows you to view the "man" pages of the underlying Unix core, execute shell commands (only those that do not require additional user inputs), and view some system configuration files.
Forbes.com: Apple comes back stronger
Forbes.com talks about the Jobs-lead Apple revival: "Sustainable comebacks in big business are an amazing thing, partially because they are so seldom. It's rare that a once great company can lose its way (and tons of money) so profoundly and come back stronger than before."
eWeek has full Mac coverage in weekly mag
Brent Kessler writes about a Mac series in latest edition of eWeek, a weekly printed magazine geared toward IT professionals:
"I just opened up the January 21, 2002 issue of eWeek and finished reading it. To my shock, there were no less than four articles that mentioned the Mac! In a typical month I'd be shocked to see more than a single mention of Apple products in eWeek, and even that would be more of a passing reference....One had very positive comments about OS X, one was keen on the new iMac, one more had nice things to say about Virtual PC 5.0, and one tried very hard to be downbeat on Apple but gave me the opposite impression."
Delay in Power Mac release \"confirmed\"
Despite multiple "confirmed" reports on the Web about the January 22 (yesterday) release of new Power Macs, Apple has delayed the release of speed-bumped Power Macs for at least another week, according to MacUser UK, (who initially reported the January 22 release date, which was then followed by other "confirmed" reports on the Web).
iPhoto Edition of Memora Photo application
Memora has released a new iPhoto edition of its Memora Photo application, integrating the ability to share pictures with friends and family from users' hard drives. iPhoto can share an entire album, or select different pictures within an album, and simply drag-and-drop to share them from their harddrive. The company will make the first 1,000 copies available for free.
iOrganizer 2.5 adds new task manager
Channel 8 Software has added a new task manager to iOrganizer 2.5, the latest version of its $25 organizational application, which includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list.
Hitatchi ships new 15\" LCD monitor
Hitachi is shipping its new 15" flat panel, the CML155V LCD. It is the first in Hitachi's new Designer Decor series featuring a two-tone metallic silver and blue finish to "present a sophisticated, designer look in a space saving 8.1-inch deep package (including the base)." The $530 flat panel supports both analog and DVI-D inputs as well as S-Video and RGB composite inputs--with active switching between two different inputs through an on-screen menu.
LabanWriter 4.2: graphical notation editor
LabanWriter 4.2 is a freeware graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation,which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version features expanded on-line help, new symbols and bug fixes. A beta version of LabanWriter for OS X is also available. [Classic, Carbon]
Lexar to ship 1GB CompactFash media
Lexar will begin shipping its 1GB capacity CompactFlash Type II card by the end of the month. The 16X-speed 1GB Professional Series card clocks a sustained write speed of 2.4MB per second. It will cost $1,200.
FireWire Keychain housing ships for $100
WiebeTech today announced pricing for its FireWire KeyChain, a high speed, portable FireWire-based, keychain-sized storage device which supports capacities of up to 1GB using nonvolatile CompactFlash storage modules. The company also says it has reduced the physical footprint of the FireWire KeyChain and will offer "empty" modules for $100, allowing users and dealers to install any size CompactFlash module. It is expected to begin shipping to end-users by the end of March.
Readers: sound issues in OS X 10.1.2
Barclay Stiff writes about wide-spread problems with sound after putting Power Macs to sleep: "Just thought I would alert you guys to a trend I have noticed about a problem that myself and others seem to be having with sound issues and OS X.1.2. Here is a link...It's amazing to see that this seems to be happening to a lot of people."
Baker 1.5 adds new preferences, options
Eridanus today released Baker 1.5.0, an update to its $30 application that now offers configurable default folders, a configurable system throttle for allocating system resources to the application, and list processing improvements.
PC Mall reports net income of $2.2 million
PC Mall (a.k.a. MacMall) reported a net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2001 of $2.2 million or $0.20 per share, which included a tax benefit of $1.4 million or $0.13 per share. Sales for the year 2001 were $718.1 million compared with sales of $818.6 million for the year 2000, which it said was "attributable to the impact of the September 11th tragedy, discontinuation of aggressive advertising campaigns for eCOST.com that occurred during the first half of 2000, and the challenging economic conditions in 2001."
Wozniak gets funding for new startup
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has launched the Wheels of Zeus (wOz), a new company focused on designing "new consumer electronics wireless products to help everyday people track everyday things." The company has secured $6 million in first round funding from Mobius Venture Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Palo Alto Investors.
OmniGraffle 2.0b6 fixes bugs in OS X util
The Omni Group has posted a bug-fix release to OmniGraffle 2.0b6, its application for creating diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, and layouts.
Shareware app offers product registration
McSerialNumber Shareware Edition v1.4 offers enhanced support for OS X savvy software registration and administration tasks as well as improved handling for adding, changing, selecting, deleting and maintaining your software product registrations in conjunction with the integrated customer database. A limited demo of the $15 utility is available online.
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