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Customer Tracker 2.6 includes fixes, updates
Customer Tracker, a $35 invoicing and customer database application, has been updated to version 2.6. Customer Tracker v2.6 can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes, labels etc. New features include the printing of higher-than-than-72dpi logos and international Number formatting. [Classic, Carbon]
Aspyr taking preorders for Star Wars game
Last week, Aspyr Media began taking preorders for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds from LucasArts. Aspyr reports that the game, first shown at MacWorld Expo San Francisco, reached 'first playable' late last week. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds centers around the Star Wars saga with real-time strategy involving six key civilizations. The Mac OS X-compatible game sells for $40.
PB G4 DVD update fixes issues on 550, 667 MHz
Apple has released an update to PowerBook G4 systems that fixes the Mac OS 9 DVD Player. The update for 550 Mhz or 667 Mhz systems fixes an issue when using the DVD player for extended periods or while using it simultaneously with other applications that use the graphics processor.
XMedia UI replaces beta shipped with InDesign
XMedia UI has been released, replacing the beta version of the XML capable plug-in that was included with InDesign 2.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The plug-in allows importing, creation, editing, and exporting of XML files. New features of the update are image conversion, which automatically exports images as web-ready graphics, and full support for importing and exporting Shift-JIS encoded characters.
Password Retriever 3.0 brings 50% more speed
Password Retriever v3.0 is a $12 application that will categorize and retrieve thousands of passwords for purposes including voicemail PIN numbers to email passwords. This update improves speed and stability under Mac OS X and is approximately 50% quicker. [Classic, Carbon]
Review: Lapvantage by The Plasticsmith
We've posted a review of the Lapvantage Ergo by The Plasticsmith, a specialized riser unit that elevates any laptop computer off the desk for optimal viewing. the Lapvantage includes an area for an extended keyboard.
iMac shipments may fall short
According to a c|net report, shares of Apple fell Wednesday after Merrill Lynch warned that shipments of new flat-panel iMacs would not meet consumer demand, citing reports of production problems in Taiwan. Orders for iMac desktops have reached nearly 200,000 units; Apple has only fulfilled 10,000 to 15,000 orders.
ideaSpiral 1.0.1 helps organize ideas
ideaSpiral v 1.0.1 is a word processing enviroment designed to help keep track of ideas and projects. It allows multiple text entries in one file and hierarchical lists to help organize text documents. The latest version of the $14 shareware application fixes naming problems and other minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple posts Final Cut Pro 3.01 updater
Apple has released Final Cut Pro 3.0.1, which addresses a problem with installing FCP on dual processor systems that "has plagued the software since its initial release. Owners of dual 1-GHz machines have been struggling with crashing installers since that machine's introduction." The update also claims to fix a conflict with the Internet System Preferences file. Updaters for Retail, NFR, Academic and Academic Lab are available.
Kodak announces 4MP camera for under $400
Kodak earlier this week introduced the EasyShare DX4900 Zoom Digital Camera, which features 4.0 megapixel resolution, an all-glass aspherical lense system and a 3x digital/2x optical zoom. It will be available in stores in March for $400. [link updated]
Email Magician 1.5 doubles spam filters
Email Magician 1.5, the YAV's $35 utility for Eudora users, has more than 1000 spam filters as well as Spammer Address Collection for tracking spammers. The utility also features the ability to export mailboxes to FileMaker Pro while stripping html tags. It is a free upgrade.
Panasonic intros new Lumix digital cameras
Panasonic has introduced a new series of Lumix digital cameras which feature Leica lenses that can "capture the most delicate nuances of light and shade, the elusive ambience of 'air,' and subtle gradations of color." Panasonic's DMC-F7 ($500) and DMC-LC20 ($350) feature a 2.1 megapixel CCD and support Vario-Elmarit lenses, while the DMC-LC40 ($700) and the DMC-LC5 ($900) feature 4.0 megapixel CCDs and support Vario Summicron lenses. The Lumix cameras also offer USB connectivity and feature a memory card slot that is compatible with either SD Memory Cards or aMultiMediaCard. An 8MB, 16MB or 32MB SD Memory Card, depending upon the model; All models except the DMC-F7 feature a 3x optical and a 2x digital zoom and all but the entry-level DMC-LC20 (April) are due in March.
Flix 2.0 produces vectorized video
Wildform's $130 Flix 2.0 can turn a standard video into a vectorized video and also offers the ability to encode Flash files. Version 2.0 also features batch encoding, advanced Flash features, the ability to add an overlay or watermark, export audio as .wav or .mp3 files, and to set outut audio sampling and bitrates as well as video size.
EZQuest ships slim-line FireWire drive
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its 60GB Cobra Slim FireWire hard drive. The drive, which weights 0.7lbs, operates at 5400RPM, has a 28MB/s transfer rate, a 2MB buffer, and is bus-powered. The $630 drive ships with Intech Speed Tools Formatting and RAID Level 0 software, a six-foot FireWire cable, EZ Start Up CD and an optional AC power adapter and ships with a one-year warranty.
802.11b market grows in Q4 of 2001
The 802.11b WLAN market grew 14% in the fourth quarter of last year, according to In-Stat/MDR. A new report by the high-tech market research firm, notes that rapidly decreasing prices, especially for Network Interface Cards (NICs) and low-end Access Points (APs), contributed to negative revenue growth during the same quarter. Apple was among the top six vendors who shipped to the home market, which grew 20% in terms of shipments (11% by revenue) in Q4 of 2001.
OSX: Adaptec drivers, FAXstf 10.03, Frontbase
osx.macnn.com has notes on new Adaptec drivers for its SCSI cards, FAXstf 10.0.3, Frontbase 3.5 (scaleable database server), iMsafe (a new backup utility), and LaunchBar 3.2b2, a useful system utility for quickly locating apps, URLs, and other items.
Willow Design intros flat panel iMac case
Willow Design has released its The Flat Panel iMac Wedge. The flat-panel iMac case is 8 lbs. and offers rigid protective external walls, and dividers throughout to separate and protect the flat panel and other components. There are specific compartments for the iMac, speakers, keyboard, two separate accessory compartments and room for cables. It is available in black, navy, and charcoal for $207.
4D releases WebSTAR 5.1 update
4D today announced the release of its 4D WebSTAR 5.1, an update to its Internet Server package, offering integrated FastCGI functions, a new 4D WebSTAR Rewrite plug-in for URL management, new Language Negotiation features and a new Admin Client with increased performance and interface improvements. Other enhancements include a new WebObjects adapter, compatibility with PHP 4.1.1, an updated 4D Link Plug-in and improved Search summaries.
BW: Should Apple Sell PC Software?
BusinessWeek Online debates the merits of Apple selling PC software: "The notion of tackling Microsoft on its home turf appeals to Mac partisans. A moment's reflection, however, reveals a host of pitfalls."
Dock Fun 2.01 offers multiple dock configs
DockFun 2.01 is a tool that can run up to ten Dock configurations. Version 2.0 adds customized graphics for each Dock configuration, improves performance, and offers control via the contextual menu as well as other enhancements and bug fixes.
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