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New RB plug-in brings key-related features
'Code 66' and '3TAG AB' have introduced a REALbasic plug-in that allows REALbasic under Mac OSX to "do some new cool stuff." The plug-in contains two controls and one "global methods pack." The HotKey control can register a GlobalHotKey combination, and when the respective key combination is pressed, the control's EventHandler will be called; the KeyCode control identifies virtual keycodes for keys pressed-- useful for configuring GlobalHotKeys. The PostKeyEvent methods allow applications made with REALbasic to post 'keydown' and 'keyup' events to the system, which will be received by the frontmost application. Pricing is $8 and $25 for "Hobby" and "Pro" licences.
At&T to axe dial-up option
MacNN Reader Norm Rechtman reports, effective February 28, At&T Broadband is eliminating the ability to dial-in remotely with a modem to its service. Users have expressed concern because people who work 'on-the-road' will need to sign-up for a separate dial-up ISP. [At&T has yet to issue an official notice]
Addressix offers more flexible envelope print
A Sharp has released an update to Addressix, its envelope printing utility for Mac OS X. Addressix v1.1 remembers printer settings, auto-completes addresses, and prints barcodes for automated sorting. The new version adds the most popular user requests -- the ability to have graphical return addresses. A fully functional 30-day trial is available; users can purchase a copy for $12.
BOA decision \"surprising;\" customers assure
In response to claims made by the Bank of America regarding the dropping support of Macintosh users, Intuit, maker of Quicken, has clarified its position on the issue noting that Mac Quicken users will still be able to take advantage of the BOA service.
Reader: Apple Store 6 mon same as cash
Reader Eric Johnson has dropped us a note on a new offer at the online Apple Store: "The Apple Store is offering 180 days (6 months) same as cash PLUS free ground shipping. The deal even applies to education orders (for students, faculty members, etc.). But you have to act before 1/31/02 (tomorrow)."
Reader: Dual Ghz G4 at NYC TekServe
MacNN Reader 'pcurtner' reports: "New York City's TekServe, the greatest Mac shop on the planet, told me today that they have received the dual 1GHz G4 model."
Gibson releases music sequencing freeware
Gibson Guitar Company has released two music sequencing applications as freeware -- Studio Pro Vision v4.5.1 and Vision DSP v4.5.1. The applications are intended for users of previous versions, but no registration is required for new users. [Studio, DSP]
iGetter v1.7 brings compatibility to IE 5.1
Presenta Ltd. has announced the release of iGetter Download Manager v1.7 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The download utility allows resuming of broken (interrupted) downloads, segmented downloading, scheduling of downloads and automatic reconnection if the modem connection is lost. Additions in the new version include an improved drag-and-drop interface, support for Internet Explorer v5.1 and a browser plug-in uninstaller. [Classic, Carbon]
Logitech posts MouseWare 4.03 on ftp site
Logitech has posted several international versions of its MouseWare 4.03 driver utility.
Internet Gateway, SurfDoubler 7.05 updated
Vicomsoft's Internet Gateway 7.05 and SurfDoubler 7.05, fixing problems where long URLs would caush a crash when using CyberNOT and an issue during Auto Setup would configure the application to use using the Apple Modem Tool instead of the Open Transport Modem. [IG, SD]
Game Memorizer 1.03 helps gamers
Athena Shareware has released Game Memorizer 1.03, an update to its utility that helps you memorize the keys or buttons to your games.
Click \'N Design 3D labelling software
Stomp has released the Mac edition of its Click 'N Design 3D labeling software, which allows computer users to design and print their own custom labels for CDs, DVDs, CD business cards, mini CDs, zip disks, VHS, cassettes, 3.5-inch diskettes and jewel case inserts. The $20 utility includes 3D text, dynamic circular text editing and multiple options for graphic effects as well as graphics import filters and an include 5,000-piece background clip art library.
Readers: more notes on ISP issues
Several readers followed-up on our ISP notes over the past few days:
["Luke"] "I thought you might also like to know that the world's largest ISP, AOL doesn't support macs (at all) down under either. On their website they state no date, when AOL for OS X in the US has already been released and on Mac for years... Thought you'd like to know in light of your telstra comments."
[Neil Burham] "Why not use OS X? It is very easy touse DSL with it. I just set up my Lombard to work with Centurytel's DSL. Have not signed on yet with OS 9 via MacPoet, but went right one with X. Their tech support said X is the easiest OS to get on with. Just set up TCP/IP for via ethernet and supplied via server, then on to PPoE where I typed in my service provider, name and pasword, closed and then open connection with Internet connect, the same as you do with dialup. I would also try a static IP address, which should allow you to go on without most of the above."
textSOAP 3.1.5 has Entourage X AppleScripts
unmarked software's $20 text cleaning utility textSOAP 3.1.5 fixes services under OS X, adds better URL support to the SCRUB and MIME filters, and includes AppleScripts for Entourage X.
MegaSeg 2.1b3: OS X support for DJ software
MegaSeg 2.1b3 adds refinements to the search engine, Griffin iMic and Telex P900 support on OS X, improved speed on OS X, and Mixer enhancements to the OS X-compatible version of the Radio and Mobile DJ music mixer and catalog program. Other featuers of the new version include custom display options, VU meters, full screen mode, Drag-n-Drop support, improved mixer controls, Automatic Gain Control, increased library size, and easy import options from iTunes and iPod.
Public beta of Revolution 1.1.1b1 dev tool
Revolution 1.1.1b1 is a public beta of the developer tool for deploying application on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) using a "powerful English-like programming language, easy to use GUI builder and development tools." [Classic, Carbon]
MusicMatch launches music service for Macs
MusicMatch today introduced MusicMatch Radio MX, a new subscription service for Mac owners available through MusicMatch Jukebox 3.0. The "near music-on-demand service" offers CD-quality, ad-free streams of customized music. The $5 per month service is available with both Basic (free) and Plus ($20) versions of the Jukebox 3.0 software.
Epson scanner drivers for OS X due tomorrow
Stuart Roebuck notes that "Epson Scanner drivers for OS X are due out by the end of tomorrow."
Tech:Sony Linux, HP-Compaq, wireless Interne
Morning tech news: Sony will start selling Linux kits to allow Linux applications to run on its PlayStation 2 game console; The personal computer business of a merged Hewlett-Packard and Compaq would be profitable next year, according to Compaq's CEO Michael Capellas; the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is offering free AirPort-compatible internet access to laptop owners users beginning in March and is charging others $6-$8 for the use of kiosks.
FileMaker offers non-profit special pricing
FileMaker announced today it will offer non-profit organizations (NPOs) special pricing--up to 40 percent off the single-unit price, on FileMaker Pro 5.5 database software. Beginning in February, NPOs will be offered FileMaker Pro 5.5 at $150 per seat (in quantities of 10 or more) and upgrades for $100 (for 10 or more).
Gefen ships CAT5 extenders for monitor, USB
Gefen is shipping its ex-tend-it CAT5 extenders, which employ a core USB technology that enables a single CAT5 cable to carry signals for both USB and monitor peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-1000 ($700) includes a sender unit, a receiver unit, and a CAT5 cable up to 330 feet in length, allowing users to remotely connect a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and up to two USB peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-5000 ($1000) supports remote connection of two monitor workstations.
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