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4D component BASh v1.6.2 ships
Deep Sky Technologies, today announced the release of BASh Professional v1.6.2 for Macintosh. BASh is a '4th Dimension' component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. BASh Professional is the source code version of the internationally popular BASh 4D component. Renewing existing BASh Professional licenses are available at approximately 50% the cost of the initial US$395 license.
OS X themes for Win removed at Apple request
Apple has asked makers and distributors of Mac OS X themes for Windows XP to cease distribution of such material as it is a "violation of our copyrights and intellectual property." A c|net News.com article notes that Apple asked Web site ThemeXP to stop offering two "desktop themes" that let Windows XP users make the OS resemble the Apple's own Mac OS X.
Black & Bleu standard & pro editions updated
Bleu Rose today announced Black & Bleu v5.0/ Black & Bleu Pro v5.0. Black & Bleu is an application that provides a comprehensive database of Mac OS error codes -- almost 6,000. Additionally, the database includes a detailed explanation for, and suggestions for dealing with, many of these errors. The Professional edition of the product offers the same features as the Standard version, but differs in one important way: 'Pro' allows users to export detailed explanations to file. This version includes countless enhancements from 531 new error codes and 'Sad Mac' sounds to explanation statistics. The Standard version is $30 electronic and $40 on CD-ROM; the Pro version is $100 on-top of the base prices.
Marathon shipping 2U rackmount for ASD
Marathon is now shipping a new 2U rackmount case for the Apple 15" Studio Display. The $225 rackmount case is made of lightweight steel construction with ball-bearing slides and a sleek neutral gray finish that complements the Studio Display's industrial design and accommodates equipment rack depths of from 18" to 26.5".
Apple posts fix for OS X 10.1 issues
Apple's FixApplicationsFolderPermissions application fixes a problem where "in some situations, the Applications folder may be locked or have incorrect permissions after installing Mac OS X 10.1."
Freeware app brings back OS9 menu bar feature
Frank Vercruesse has introduced a new freeware application that displays icons for running applications in the menu bar. Ambar v1.0 is intended for Mac OS X users who are still accustom to using the menu bar to switch the active application.
Architosh: VectorWorks 9.5 for OSX
Architosh has published an article on VectorWorks 9.5 Viewer. Developer Nemetschek North America announced on Friday that VectorWorks Viewer has been updated for Mac OS X compatibility. "Since the Viewer was made available on our website in August 2001, we've had close to 6,000 downloads. We're happy to see that the Viewer has been received as a valuable and useful tool. We will continue updating it, as our products develop, to ensure that it remains a helpful tool."
ATTO launches Ultra320 SCSI Host Bus Adapters
ATTO has introduced its ExpressPCI UL4S single-channel and UL4D dual-channel host adapters, which feature Ultra320 SCSI technology with transfer speeds of up to 320 MB/sec. per channel. Both offer packetized SCSI, Quick Arbitration Select (QAS), Pre-compensation and Flow Control for improved throughput as well as 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality and Vpath Technology for connecting legacy SCSI peripherals without slowing down transfers. [site not updated; pricing and availability not available]
Plug-in: iPod-like functionality for Newton
Eric Schneck has unveiled an iTunes plug-in for the Apple Newton. The software package allows users to copy music to the Newton via the built-in serial port on older Macs or via Ethernet. The plug-in works with MAD Newton by Eckhart Köppen. [updated]
Osirus 1.1.3: hypnotic screensaver
töshöklabs has posted Osirus 1.1.3, a screen saver that "generates hypnotic circular patterns, which randomly form various disc shaped imagery. Controls are provided for different color schemes, the speed, transparency, refresh rate, line thickness, motion, fade and full screen options." It improves full screen rendering, a new 'Fade Out' control, new keyboard arrows controls, and other enhancements.
iEvents 1.4 builds online calendars
iEvents 1.4 is a maintenance release to the $20 client-side tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites.
Optigold ISP 2.9.3: ISP business package
Optigold ISP 2.9.3 is an update to the cross-platform business software package designed to perform all tasks from billing to server management. It adds more web-based functionality, new email manager functions, CVV collection via web, new web based reports, invoice type can be set on a per employee basis, new event functionality and some other miscellaneous items.
Aspyr ships 4x4 Evolution 2
Aspyr Media is now shipping Terminal Reality's 4x4 Evolution 2, the single and/or multiplayer interactive true racing game that provides a realistic and exciting off-road racing experience. The customizable game has more than 120 off-road vehicles to choose from and over 125 performance upgrades for the vehicles. It also includes an off the track adventure where drivers search for ancient ruins and lost treasure. The $40 title runs under OS X and Mac OS 9.
Get Info 0.95: file, folder attribute editing
Gideon Softworks has released Get Info v0.9.5, a file/folder attribute editing application that offers batch mode, Privilege Presets, Type/Creator favorites, dock menu support, and extensive Finder Hot Key support.
TC PowerCore 01: monophonic synthesizer
The virtual instrument plugin for VST, TC PowerCore 01, is a monophonic synthesizer for the TC PowerCore, which "is modeled after the classic analog monosynth. Unlike its inspiration, it even comes with more than 100 unique presets and is great for fat bass, wicked leads, sound FX and even percussion!" It is a free download for registered PowerCore users.
Quark Guide Manager 1.4 available
Quark's Guide Manager 1.4 is an XTension that ofers you greater control over the placement of guides in QuarkXPress documents and spreads, allowing users to create, lock, or remove a guide grid.
Canto ships Cumulus 5.5 with new options
Canto is now shipping Cumulus 5.5, an update to its digital asset solution that adds improved IPTC Support (including the ability to write IPTC data back into the file), Palette View Mode, Server/Client Asset Transfer, Remote Administration, and integrated versions of URL AssetStore and ZIP AssetStore. Canto also offers new versions of the Options PDF AssetStore, QXP AssetStore PPT SupportKit and the Web Publisher.
Apple adopts new auditor policy
Apple today announced that it has adopted a new auditor policy which bans its auditors from performing non-financial consulting, such as information technology consulting and internal audit services. Apple says it will continue to use its auditors to perform financial consulting in such areas as audits of statutory filings of foreign subsidiaries, 401-K audits, SEC registrations, and tax compliance and planning.
Microtek promises OS X drivers in March
Microtek customer service notes that an OS X driver will be available for its scanners in mid-late March 2002.
c|net: Apple: Don\'t flub it again
c|net's latest editorial on Apple praises the company for its design but says it is " destined to forever remain a prisoner of its own success...The [iMac] is without a doubt a piece of art and lives up to the purple prose of praise spilled in its honor. Not long ago, I ran a friend's new iMac through its paces, concluding the evening suffering from an acute case of computer envy."
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