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Multilingual translator for Mac OS X updated
Halldor Gislason has introduced Word Translator v4.5.2, an update to the multilingual translation software for Mac OS X. Word Translator includes several dictionaries and integrates with other applications.
Q3 Urban Terror 2.4: maintenance update
Silicon Ice Development has released Quake 3 Urban Terror v2.4 for Mac OS 9 & X, an update to its popular mod for QuakeIII Arena. Urban Terror is an add-on -- or mod -- that offers high-paced, realistic action.
BoredGamer 1.0.2 now OS X compatible
BoredGamer v1.0.2, an online client for playing Chess, Go, and chatting, has been updated. The free software, which allows users to easily communicate and join games with eachother, is now Mac OS 9 & X compatible.
people book 4.0: OS X native address manager
people book v4.0, a Mac OS X address manager, has been released from REAL Software. The application, which is now Mac OS X native, is available for $19, but a 30 day free trial is available.
Icewind Dale goes beta; will ship in March
MacPlay also announced that Icewind Dale has reached beta and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in early March. The classic dungeon crawl, which incorporates gameplay elements from Baldur's Gate, offers players a chance to hone their combat skills while exploring the caverns and dungeons beneath the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The title is available for an introductory price of $50 (with free shipping and handling). Current customers of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, as well as any customer who has previously purchased from MacPlay's online store, will receive an additional $10.00 discount under the company's Customer Loyalty Program.
Circuit City to no longer sell Macs
Circuit City will no longer carry Apple products effective this month, according to Circuit Cirty representatives. The company has already begun phasing out its Apple products and has directed stores to remove marketing displays, but will continue to sell the remaining Macs in its inventory. Representatives told MacNN that the decision to terminate the relationship happened earlier this month. "The decision was made by our buyers and we have no further information to release to the public." Circuit City said it would honor all extended warranties.
VueScan 7.5 adds more scanner support
Hamrick Software's popular scanning utility VueScan 7.5 brings support for Scan Elite II, Epson Perfection 600, document feeders on Epson/Umax scanners, cropping/saving preview files, and for writing the raw scan to a file during the scan.
realMYST enters beta, due in March
MacPlay today announced today that the Mac conversion of Ubi Soft's realMYST, its forthcoming realtime 3D adventure, has reached beta and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in early March. realMYST uses a real-time 3D graphics engine to present Myst in an immersive, dynamic world that allows players to walk and look anywhere they choose in real-time with 360 degrees of freedom. The game is available for pre-order for $30 with free shipping to US customers ($20 for international orders).
QuickTime 5.1 due with MPEG-4 support
After first previewing QuickTime technology with MPEG-4 support in April of 2001, c|net reports that QuickTime 5.1 is due at QuickTime Live! next week with support for MPEG-4, according to c|net's Rumor Mill.
Pixar beats estimates; profits, revenues fall
Steve Jobs' other company, Pixar, yesterday reported a better-than-expected profit of $13 million, or 25 cents a share on dramatically decreased revenues, attributing its success to Monsters, Inc., which became its top-grossing film domestically.
Kids GoGoGo 5.0 helps manage computers
MAKI Enterprise has released an update to its parental control program, Kids GoGoGo 5.0, which bring support for OS X (as well as multiple users), improved site monitoring with a new surveillance server, and other enhancements for both the Classic and OS X versions. Both versions are $40, while users can purchase a license for either OS for $30.
OS X: Lotus 6 client, Griffin\'s iMate
osx.macnn.com has news of a new pre-release of Notes 6 client for Mac (which offers OS X support), a beta of acgi dispatcher for Apache, Griffin's iMate driver for OS X, and Youpi Key 1.6 automation utility.
Lotus pre-release client offers OS X support
Lotus has posted Pre-release 1 of its Lotus Notes 6 client for the Mac, offering OS X support and improved tarball handling.
Apple, Genentech deliver open-source BLAST
Apple yesterday announced a "breakthrough implementation of BLAST software that accelerates protein and DNA searches used in biomedical research and drug discovery and is offering Apple/Genentech BLAST as open-source software for the biomedical community.
ZDnet offers praise for iMac, Mac experience
AnchorDesk David Coursey's first week update in his month long Mac challenge offers praise for his new flat-panel iMac desktop and the Mac experience: "Overall, I'd rate the Macintosh photo 'experience' significantly superior to Windows XP, although XP has the basics covered."
GraphicSim shipping Black and White
Graphic Simulations has begun shipping Black & White, its strategy game that allows gamers to play the role of God and effect the evolution of a small tribe of villagers. The $50 game was released in limited quantities at Macworld Expo, but is now widely available for both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Project Backer 1.01 tracks document changes
MacZ Software has released Project Backer 1.0.1, a project backup application, which generates backup copies of your files automatically while you are working on them: "If you overwrite something you weren't supposed to overwrite, just go back to a copy that Project Backer has saved for you. The app even timestamps the backup copies."
Most oppose MS anti-trust settlement
Almost half of the 30,000 public comments received by the Justice Department opposed the Microsoft settlement, while only a quarter of them supported last November's settlement proposal, according to a report in The New York Times. The report also noted that fewer than 10 percent of the comments "were deemed by lawyers for the Justice Department and Microsoft to be worthy of being "' as containing a degree of detailed substance.'"
Beta of acgi dispatcher 1.0b now available
James Sentman has released a beta version of his acgi dispatcher 1.0b, which can use acgi programs written in AppleScript or other AppleEvent-aware languages to write cgi programs to be run with Apache. It runs as a background process and can optionally run and serve pages while your machine is logged out.
Dr. Bott ships white gHub to match new iMacs
Dr. Bott has announced a white version of its gHub designed to match the new flat-panel iMacs. The $44 compact, self- and bus-powered USB hub (with dual LEDs on each port) is expected to ship later this month and is also available in silver and transparent graphite.
Youpi Key 1.6: shareware automation utility
Youpi Key 1.6 is an update to Philippe Hupé's automation utility that executes actions based on a keyboard equivalent, a menu item, or a pre-set (customizable) schedule. Version 1.6 can now execute keyboard and mouse action and add text to the existing clipboard.
CoolCam 2.2: shareware webcam app
Evological has released CoolCam 2.2, its shareware ($20) webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items. Version 2.2 features a Java webcam applet to display your webcam image, enhanced motion sensors with customizable actions, enhanced timelapse movie archiving, and other new features.
SuperSocket 2.1: REALbasic networking plugin
SuperSocket 2.1, a networking toolkit for REALbasic, offers support for active listening TCP, UDP, ICMP (Ping), AppleTalk (ADSP & DPP), and DNS. Version 2.1 of this developer utility lets you build TCP packets, includes a new NetworkInterface class, and other enhanements. It is $150 for commercial use and $65 for an academic license.
First Wave ceases operations
Nik Hammarberg, a former employee, writes, that First Wave, Inc. folded in late January 2002:
"I regret to inform you that as of 1/21/02 First Wave Inc. has suspended all operations. We were in business for over 11 years selling our Flagship product Kiosk Communicator as a shrink wrapped software product and producing "Kiosks that Work" for our clients which included Disney, Kids R Us, Whirlpool, NASA, Ben & Jerry's, Motorola, and many others. In that time we met some wonderful people (both clients and vendors) and to all of you, thank you for your support throughout the years, we will miss you."
FileType 1.0: freeware app for type, creators
Frederik Seiffert's FileType 1.0 is a freeware application to change the file types (type- and creator-codes) of files and also allows users to save the file types in a database for future use.
iPhoto Library Manager 1.0 adds features
iPhoto Library Manager 1.0 allows iPhoto to work with multiple photo libraries and also adds the ability to have your library in a location other than the one it chooses. The freeware also allows you to control the access permissions of all the files within your libraries and stores separate preferences for each library.
MacTFTP Client 1.1 : TFTP client for Mac
MacTFTP Client 1.1, an update to the $12 shareware TFTP client, enables send and receive, provides for multiple, simultaneous transfers, and provides an optional password field required by some devices such as the Linksys and MacSense series of routers. [Classic, Carbon]
iMate OS X driver v1.1
Griffin Technology has released version 1.1 of the iMate driver for OS X today for its popular iMate USB to ADB adapter. Compatible with OS X v10.1 and higher, the new driver supports all currently available ADB devices that offer Mac OS X compatibility. "Our customers desperately want to use their favorite ADB trackballs and their original Apple Extended ADB keyboards with their new Mac and OS X."
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