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JPEGDeux 1.3 available: new features
Software developer Peter Ammon has released JPEGDeux v1.3, an open source image slideshow viewer for Mac OS X. Version 1.3 fixes a bug that caused some images to display smaller than intended, adds the ability to display filenames, and provides recursive searches of subfolders.
Googie Drives ships tiny FireWire Hard Drives
Googie Drives has announced the release of their new line of Firewire hard drives, which will be shipping at the end of February. The drives, which are fan-less and only 3 1/2" wide (smallest on the market), come in 40Gb, 60Gb, and 80Gb, and run at speeds of 7200 RPM. Prices are estimated at $230, $270, and $300 respectively. [updated]
Wall Street Journal praises iPhoto
Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has published a review of Apple's iPhoto software. "If digital photos are your passion, iPhoto is a strong argument for getting a Mac."
OWC renames UtilityX, releases new version
Other World Computing has released XpOSfacto v2.11, an update to its utility which allows some pre-G3 Macs to run Mac OS X. Previously known as Unsupported UtilityX, the new version adds support for a wider range of SCSI CD-ROM devices and creation of custom Mac OS X install CDs and assorted bug fixes.
iContact v1.1.0 fully carbonized
Roarcube Software has released iContact v1.1.0, its $10 shareware utility for Mac OS 8, 9 and 10. The utility, which stores data like URLs, addresses and dates, is now fully Carbonized to work with Mac OS X and now allows importing of URLs. This maintenance release also fixes minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Samba Package fixes bugs, adds new prefs pane
SourceForge member Derk Hartman has updated Samba Sharing Package. The free software, which allows file sharing between Macs and PCs, fixes known bugs in previous versions, adds a new preference pane, and updates the Documentation.
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.0.5 adds features
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.0.5 is now available for users of the Standard and Professional editions of the organizational software. Version 1.0.5 includes enhanced support for multiple maps, printing improvements and a number of bugs fixes.
File formats added to Barcode Producer v1.1
Intelli Innovations has announced Barcode Producer v1.1, an update to its $65 barcode generation software for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The update adds the ability to save barcodes in BMP, PICT, Photoshop and TIFF formats and fixes bugs forund in the initial release.
iView adds HTML galleries, optimizes for OS X
iView has released iView MediaPro v1.4, an update to its photo gallery software. Included in the update are backup features, a new HTML Gallery function and better optimization under Mac OS X.
Reader: Apple ad in Entertainment Weekly
MacNN Reader Matt Roberts dropped us a note indicating that Apple has placed a large advertisement in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. "There's a slick 12 page advertising insert from Apple in Entertainment Weekly magazine (and probably others) touting the new iMac, iPhoto, the 'digital lifestyle' and OSX. They even have a de-bunking myth section that explicitly goes after Windows users. It's quite impressive."
\'Spector\' spyware software announced
Spectorsoft Inc. has announced the release of its new spyware program, Spector v1.0, which automatically takes periodic screenshots of a PowerPC-based Macintosh and saves those screenshots to a local or network drive. Screenshots can be taken as often as every few seconds, or as infrequently as once every few minutes. The Mac OS 8.0-9.x software is available for $70.
PalmOS CEO David Nagel to speak at PalmSource
Palm, Inc. has announced that it will will have a presence at the PalmSource Conference and Expo, "the premier gathering of the Palm OS community." Palm OS subsidiary CEO David Nagel will discuss the future of the Palm OS platform in his first address to the Palm OS community. Attendees can visit developer booths to see the latest in Palm-powered devices and peripherals. The expo will take place February 5-8 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Dr. Bott ships \'fist-sized\' 7-port USB hub
Dr. Bott LLC, today announced that it is shipping a new seven-port USB Hub. The fist-sized T7Hub offers LEDs on each port indicating device connection and status of USB peripherals. Dr. Bott now has a full line of USB hubs including the 'thumb-sized' T3Hub, the 'palm-sized' gHub and the new T7Hub. The T7Hub is available immediately for $60.
X Font Info final release
Vincent Jalby has released the final version of his free font utility for Mac OS X. X Font Info v1.0 displays the content of any Mac OS X Font file. X Font Info works with Mac OS X v10.1.1 and later.
Rijdat intros CGMailCleaner v2
Rijdat Software has released CGMailCleaner v2.0, a $30 utility for use with the CommuniGator e-mail system. CGMailCleaner will 'tidy up' file names and make saved mail messages open in with a selected word processor. CGMailCleaner can be downloaded from Rijdat, but will only function as a 30-day trial. [Classic, Carbon]
Shaq on Fox Sports LA with iPod
MacNN Reader, 'Eric,' reports that Shaquille O'Neal appeared on last night's Fox Sports LA sportscast using an Apple iPod in the gym. "They showed Shaquille O'Neal working out in the gym and using his iPod, and he goes on to rave about it. Then they showed 2 Laker players, Sumaki Walker and Jelani McCoy take a limo and go to the Apple Store at the Mall of America where they purchased two iPods."
MacSpeech certifies Griffin iMic
MacSpeech, Inc. announced today it has certified the iMic from Griffin Technologies for use with its Speech Recognition products, including iListen for Mac OS 9 and the upcoming iDictate for Mac OS X. The iMic universal audio adapter is a USB device that allows the connection of virtually any microphone or sound input device to the iBook, G4 Cube, Titanium PowerBook G4 or any other Mac with USB ports.
Opinion: Sonnet Fiasco: Overclocked or Not?
osOpinion has posted an editorial on the recent controversy over OWC's latest processor upgrades: "Late last week, an e-mail forwarded throughout the Mac community sparked an eruption of controversy as allegations of misleading marketing tactics surfaced against upgrade manufacturer Sonnet Technologies. Online Mac reseller Other World Computing (OWC) stated overtly that Sonnet was labeling its processor upgrade cards with clock speeds higher than supported by the rating of the PowerPC chip inside."
Galactica Anno Domnari v2.0.9 fixes bugs
MonkeyByte and Sacred Tree Software have released an update to their OS X native game, Galactica Anno Domnari v2.0.9. The update to the galactic colonization and warfare game fixes known bugs and further optimizes the game engine.
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