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RenderBoy updated with better DXF geometry
Vista Systems today announced the release of RenderBoy v2.3.1, an update to the popular shareware solid modeler and ray-tracing render application. RenderBoy is available for PowerPC and 68K Mac OS computers running Mac OS 7 or later. Version 2.3.1 greatly improves support for DXF geometry (introduced in v2.3.0) with DXF rendering speeds now 2X to 5X faster. A "lifetime" registration is US$40.
Quickie Web Albums gains previewing, java
Apple: Everything is easier on a Mac
Apple continues its apparent phasing-out of the Think Different advertising campaign with a new Web page outlining why the Macintosh is easier to use than Windows. "Everything is easier on a Mac" cites iTools, Mac OS X, Microsoft Office, AirPort, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie and iPhoto as reasons why the Mac platform is simpler and better than its competitors. Moreover, Apple appears to be pushing the 'digital hub' concept as it presents the Mac as a complete solution.
MassTransit 4.07 helps transfer digital files
Group Logic has released MassTransit v4.07, an update to its advanced business-to-business application for digital files transfers over LANs and the Internet. It now offers customizable, web-based job tickets, the ability to remote proof using EPS files, and enhanced web-based administration. It is available immediately to existing customers with current maintenance and support agreements
DFP: iPhoto makes digital photos fun
The Detroit Free Press has published an online editorial by technology analyst Mike Wendland on the ever-growing popularity of Digital Photography. The author points to Apple's new iPhoto software as a reason to 'fall in love' again with digital photography. "iPhoto scores a hat trick for Apple's marketing plan to make the Mac a digital hub, working with the iTunes music management tools and the iMovie video editing software."
MicroMat revs TechTool Pro: 9.2.2 support
MicroMat today released TechTool Pro v3.0.6 for Mac OS 9.2.2. This maintenance releases fixes a memory issue with File Lab, fixes a Directory Maintenance window bug and adds more items to the conflict database. TechTool Pro is a utility application for detecting and repairing software issues as well as analyzing hardware problems.
Reader: Comcast posts native OS X installer
Daniel Ramirez writes "I recieved new package from Comcast with instructions on installing Comcast. Materials gave an online site (download.comcast.net) where comcast users could download PC/MAC installers. I downloaded the installer just waiting to boot into 9.2 to install the files and I was surprised that the installer just ran in X. Seems like all it does is rename your Network config to Comcast Online, makes sure that it is running DHCP and removes any Client ID's. It also sets your user info in the internet control panel."
Community talk: forums round-up
FCP Project nominated for ACE award
Final Cut Project "My Louisiana Sky" has been nominated by the American Cinema Editors as best edited motion picture for non-commercial television.
Xicons brings more icons back, adds new sets
Xicons continues to bring Mac OS X icons back online with its updated layout. Xicons now has close to 2000 icons back online. Today also brought a new icon set of five.
Helios solutions available as OSX test
Helios Software is offering a free test drive of its server products for Mac OS X. Supporting a large number of AppleShare servers worldwide, Helios Software's EtherShare, PCShare, Print Preview and EtherShare OPI are now available as 30-day trials from Apple.com's Mac OS X section. The Helios suite of networking and prepress servers represents the most extensive offering of native Mac OS X server software, according to the developer.
Partnership brings PDA wireless sharing
Ericsson and Electric Pocket have announced a new PDA Messenger application that allows Palm OS devices to send handwritten notes, multimedia content and sketches to other wireless users. The software will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes next week.
Free service brings Mac.com web-based UI
EGO Systems has announced the availability of a free web-mail service for Apple iTools members. IMAPple.net allows iTools members to check their Mac.com email via a web-based, IMAP-compatible interface built on the SquirrelMail email interface. IMAPple.net also provides hourly reports on the status of the Mac.com mail servers, including graphs showing uptime statistics for the current month.
EIMS filter helps reduce SPAM
SimpleText Filter is a rules-based filter plug-in for EIMS (Eudora Internet Mail Server) that allows you to set up simple rules to reject SPAM/UCE. The $75 "trialware" plugin will operate for 12 hours after startup.
Vanguard FireWire drives get RAID 0 support
FirewireDirect.com has updated its Vanguard Series of FireWire Hardware RAID products to provide Level 0 RAID support. The Vanguard product line is available in configurations up to 240GB using 7,200 rpm drives and offers support for both Level 1 (mirroring) and Level 0 (striping) RAID and requires no additional RAID software, hardware or device drivers,.
Web Server 4D adds virus detection to server
MDG is now shipping version 3.6 of Web Server 4D and WS4D/eCommerce, its a single application that includes a full featured web server, shopping carts, storefronts, credit authorization, virtual domains, and database publishing. Version 3.6 adds a virus prevention and notification feature as well as an automatic virus definition update feature.
White paper on Carbon, Cocoa differences
REAL Software has published a white paper titled "What's the difference between Carbon and Cocoa, and why should I care?." in which Geoff Perlman explains what they are, what impact they have on you as a Mac user, and what that means to users of REALbasic.
Mimio ships OS X compatible software
Version 1.6 of Mimio's software for its white-board device for recording information offers native OS X support as well as the ability to export your whiteboard notes as animations to iMovie and QuickTime formats.
AOL tests updated client with IE update
Readers note that AOL last week posted a new version of the AOL for Mac OS X software, which includes an updated version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It is available at Keyword: 'Beta'.
NameCleaner 2.5, Cross Platform 1.1.5 posted
Sig Software has released NameCleaner 2.5, its Carbonized utility for manipulating file names and types designed to help move files to and from foreign file systems. Version 2.5 includes a regular expression cleaner, full support for long file names on HFS Plus and UFS volumes, filters for preparing file names for use under Unix and a contextual menu module for OS X. Personal ($25), Network ($50), and Administrator ($100) licenses are now available. It also released Cross Platform 1.1.5, a disk catalogging tool that also "provides information about how the files on a Macintosh can be used with Windows-based computers." [NC Classic, NC Carbon]
String Generator Pro 1.6 handles text
Thoth 1.5: advanced Carbon newsreader
Thoth 1.5 is an update to the $25 shareware newsreader. The Carbonized application offers power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article andheader downloads, quoted text coloring, reference-based article threading, multi-threaded connections, and other advanced options.
CE releases QuickMail 3.0
CE Software today announced the release of QuickMail 3.0, an upgrade to its Internet and interoffice e-mail system. Version 3.0 features a Mac OS X client and server, new address book distribution, Windows XP compatible client, and numerous other improvements, including client/server-side support for SMTP authorization. Upgrades start at $7/user from version 2.x. QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades start at $8/user from version 2.x. New copies of QuickMail Pro are available for $35 (plus client licenses).
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