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throttle 0.21 helps manage bandwidth

03/04, 9:00pm

throttle 0.21 helps manage bandwidth

throttle 0.21 is bandwidth throttling application for OS X. It is released under the GPL (with source code) and allows you to put a cap on your upstream bandwidth and keep your download speeds high even when your server is sending out at full speed. It support application-specific or global settings, working with Hotline, Carracho, KDX, Apache, Limewire, Acquisition and other TCP/IP applications.

DivX 5.0 alpha supports decoding on Mac

03/04, 8:30pm

DivX 5.0 alpha supports decoding on Mac

DivXNetworks has released DivX 5.0 suite of video technologies for creating, production and distribution of DVD-quality digital video. Currently, only available as an alpha version for the Mac, Divix 5.0 alpha has no encoding tools, but sports playback compatibility with all versions of DivX video content; includes a first pass at a fix for the MP3 audio QuickTime bug, which prevented MP3 audio from playing properly in AVI files; improved encoding and decoding performance with optimizations for G3 processors; and the ability to decode MPEG-4 Simple Profile, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile, and H.263 video (all levels). It is free for personal use.

PDF Plugin for 4D creates PDF files natively

03/04, 7:55pm

PDF Plugin for 4D creates PDF files natively

PDF Plugin for 4D is a plugin for the 4th Dimension programming language that allows you to generate files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). It has an extensive command set for programmatically creating text, graphics, images and hypertext objects as well as an optional license to import PDF files.

Team MacNN announces gains in RC5, Ubero

03/04, 7:20pm

Team MacNN announces gains in RC5, Ubero

Team MacNN proudly announces a break into the Top 100 teams in the RC5 distributed computing challenge. 220 members comprise the RC5 team, with over 40 million RC5 data units processed. Additionally, MacNN currently holds third place in the Ubero computing challenge with 600,000 data units; team leaders anticipate a "serious run" for second and first place in the coming weeks.

SETI control 1.1.4 now available

03/04, 7:10pm

SETI control 1.1.4 now available

SETI control v1.1.4, a REALbasic application that can control the Darwin version of SETI@home, was announced today by REAL Software. The Darwin edition of SETI@home runs faster that the standard animated version, according to developer Bob Delaney. The download includes an explanation of how to obtain and install the Darwin (Unix) version of SETI@home.

Webmonkey outlines Flash MX features, more

03/04, 6:50pm

Webmonkey outlines Flash MX features, more

Lycos Webmonkey has posted a complete overview of Flash MX, a product announced earlier today by software leader Macromedia. Explained are the new features included in the vector-based animation package and the new product naming scheme.

Email \"agent\" touts OS X 10.1.3 compatibili

03/04, 6:45pm

Email \"agent\" touts OS X 10.1.3 compatibili

Mail Siphon II v2.7 is a major update to the email "agent" software that aids in the elimination of SPAM, 'mail-bombing,' and unwanted file attachments. Mail Siphon II is specifically designed for people with permanent Internet access, but works for any email user. Version 2.7 includes full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.1.3 and bug fixes.

SSH Helper eliminates the CLI

03/04, 5:00pm

SSH Helper eliminates the CLI

Gideon Softworks has released SSH Helper v0.2.5, an OpenSSH configuration utility for Mac OS X. The software controls account priveleges, generates new OpenSSH keys and views/exports Public Keys. The update includes the source code in the download as well as numerous bug fixes.

Steve Jobs criticizes record companies

03/04, 4:55pm

Steve Jobs criticizes record companies

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, after recieving a Grammy for technical achievements in music last week, has criticized record labels' efforts in digital distribution of music. "No one is going to use such services," says Jobs, speaking on digital music services backed by the labels which make it difficult for consumers to burn tracks from CDs they buy.

Location X brings Mac OS 9 capabilities

03/04, 4:35pm

Location X brings Mac OS 9 capabilities

Location X v1.01 brings the popular Mac OS 9 functionality of the Location Manager to Mac OS X, allowing the user to change networks, time zones and email settings all in one click. The $10 shareware application also allows third party plug-ins to provide more functionality.

Sorenson Spark codec for Flash MX

03/04, 1:50pm

Sorenson Spark codec for Flash MX

Sorenson Media today announced that its Sorenson Spark codec is part of Macromedia Flash MX and Macromedia's Flash Player 6. The new codec enables designers and developers to deliver compressed video as part of Macromedia Flash content and applications. Flash MX can import any standard video file supported by QuickTime or Windows Media Player, including MPEG, DV (Digital Video), MOV (QuickTime), and AVI as well as manipulate, scale, rotate, skew, mask, and animate any video objects as well as make them interactive using scripting. The video is automatically compressed by the Sorenson Spark codec in Macromedia Flash MX. Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX, which includes the Sorenson Spark Pro codec, offers additional compression capabilities, batch conversion. two-pass VBR compression, and other advanced features. The $300 application is due on March 15th.

TinkerTool 2.1.1 enables hidden system prefs

03/04, 12:55pm

TinkerTool 2.1.1 enables hidden system prefs

TinkterTool 2.1.1 fixes OS X 10.1.3 bugs in the freeware utility for enabling/disabling several "hidden" system preferences. Options include the ability to control font-smoothing in most applications, use various scrollbar arrow styles, set the file format for screenshots, select/change default fonts in Cocoa-applications, and active window translucency.

Synk 4.0p8 offers archival, synchronization

03/04, 12:50pm

Synk 4.0p8 offers archival, synchronization

Randall Voth's Synk 4p8 is the eight preview release of his new native Cocoa application for performing intelligent sychronization. It offers a preview window for full control over all functions, tracks and stores permission/date settings, and has archival functions for tracking modified documents.

Mac Army Knife 2.7 adds line encoding tool

03/04, 12:45pm

Mac Army Knife 2.7 adds line encoding tool

Chaotic Software has released Mac Army Knife 2.7, an update to its $25 utility suite for Mac OS 9 and X. Version 2.7 adds a new Line Endings Converter Tool for batch conversion of documents to Mac, Windows, or Unix line feeds. It also includes full support for OS X 10.1.3.

Epson delays Perfection Scanner driver

03/04, 12:40pm

Epson delays Perfection Scanner driver

MacNN reader Paul Jones reports the Epson continues to delay the release of certain scanner drivers: "I purchased a Perfection 1250 in December 2001 when the webpage said that drivers would be available before the end of January. Now it says 'Drivers for the following EPSON scanner models are planned for release in Summer 2002.'"

Antitrust sanctions could kill Windows

03/04, 12:35pm

Antitrust sanctions could kill Windows

The Washington Post reports: "Microsoft Corp. plans to argue in court hearings next week that if antitrust sanctions sought by state prosecutors are granted, the company would be forced to pull its latest Windows computer operating systems off the market and be unable to develop new systems." Meanwhile, Chairman Bill Gates is expected to take the witness stand when the case against the company returns to trial starting March 11.

iMsafe 1.1 supports resource forks

03/04, 12:35pm

iMsafe 1.1 supports resource forks

iMsafe 1.1, an update to PSoft's backup application, adds resource fork support and fixes some smaller issues users experienced with the first version. The $13 application offers scheduling, incremental backups, preservation of file modification dates and permissions, and status notification via the dock, and other advanced functions.

MovingPicture 3.0: still image animation

03/04, 12:25pm

MovingPicture 3.0: still image animation

StageTools has released MovingPicture 3.0, its still image animation software, adding motion-blur, timeline scrubbing, multi-image Flash output, increased performance, and a host of productivity enhancements as well as OS X compatibility for After Effects (and other apps as Carbonized versions of the host applications become available). Designed for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images, the application takes scanned images up to 4,000 pixels and allows for perfectly repeatable pans and zooms directly from a Windows or Macintosh computer or as a plug-in to most nonlinear editors. A demo of the plugin for After Effects, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, and Premiere is available online. It is $200.

TextSpresso 2.0b2: text cleaning utility

03/04, 11:20am

TextSpresso 2.0b2: text cleaning utility

A second beta of Taylor Design's text manipulation utility, TextSpresso 2.0b2, offers batch conversion functions, an enabled OS X application menu, and other enhancements. Registration ($20) is discounted during the beta period.

JAW MPEG2Splitter 1.3 supports OS X

03/04, 11:15am

JAW MPEG2Splitter 1.3 supports OS X

JAW MPEG2Splitter 1.3 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments, manually or automatically, from any size source (even over the usual 2Gb limit). It now supports OS X.

AutoCat 3.0.4 supports Unicode

03/04, 11:15am

AutoCat 3.0.4 supports Unicode

Kebawe's AutoCat 3.0.4, a $15 disks cataloger, adds support for Unicode filenames on Mac OS X.

Mid-level iMac ships from Apple Store

03/04, 11:10am

Mid-level iMac ships from Apple Store

Dave Graham reports that his mid-level iMac, originally expected to ship in February, has shipped from the Apple Store: "This was the basic configuration ordered on-line on announcement day. A FedEx tracking number locates it as leaving Taiwan." The Apple Store is currently showing a 3-5 week delivery time on new orders.

LA Times: Mac software better than XP

03/04, 9:45am

LA Times: Mac software better than XP

Jim Heid's LA Times editorial talks about the OS X vs. WinXP choice and concludes: "Buying an iMac--indeed, any Mac--means spending somewhat more and having somewhat fewer add-ons and programs to choose from. But the iMac and Apple's software have a design elegance that's missing from the Windows world. I use both Macs and Windows XP computers daily, and the Mac is less frustrating, less commercially intrusive and more elegant. Quite simply, it's a better computer."

Macromedia intros Flash MX environment

03/04, 9:20am

Macromedia intros Flash MX environment

Macromedia today announced Flash MX, the latest version of the the vector animation development environment. Among the 45 new features is video support, new graphic design tools, pre-built components/templates, a customizable ActionScript editor, and timeline enhancments as well as support for the Sorenson Spark codec and for ECMAScript, HTML, MP3, Unicode, and XML. It is due to ship on March 15 in English, French, German, and Japanese-localized versions and will support OS X.. Upgrades to the $500 application are $200.

Agfa shps fonts with OS X

03/04, 9:10am

Agfa shps fonts with OS X

Agfa Monotype today announced that 19 of its TrueType fonts are now shipping with Mac OS X, including fonts from Baskerville, Gill Sans, ITC American Typewriter and Papyrus families.

BTV Pro 5.4: advanced video capture, editing

03/04, 9:00am

BTV Pro 5.4: advanced video capture, editing

Ben Bird's BTV Pro 5.4 is a software package for video capture, editing, and stop-motion animation. It offers timelapse capture, motion detection, and DV video input and output (with support for video input cards, TV cards, built-in video, USB, DV, and FireWire video sources). The $40 shareware adds a new deinterlace filter, improved motion detection from DV sources, a direct DV-QT conversion process, and previews during DV stream captures. [Classic, Carbon]

Desktastic 1.1 for drawing on OS X desktop

03/04, 9:00am

Desktastic 1.1 for drawing on OS X desktop

Stephen Frank has updated Desktastic 1.1, his utility that lets you draw directly on the OS X desktop. It now offers the ability to change pen colors and erase options as well as fixes a bug on multiple monitor systems.

iPod Free File SynX 2.3: iPod sync utility

03/04, 8:55am

iPod Free File SynX 2.3: iPod sync utility

iPod Free File SynX 2.3 is an update to the utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to your computer. It adds support for non-US systems, a new auto copy feature, better error reprting, and other enhancements.

Palm intros new color handhelds

03/04, 8:50am

Palm intros new color handhelds

Palm has unveiled two color handhelds: the Palm m130 and m515, which both feature Palm's Expansion Card Slot for use with SD Card and MultiMediaCard media and the Palm Universal Connector for attaching add-on modules, such as a collapsible keyboards and modems. The entry-level Palm m130 includes a rechargeable battery, 8MB of memory, a removable flip-cover to protect the screen, and optional color faceplates, while the m515 has 16MB of memory and a business software productivity package. They are immediately available worldwide for $280 and $400, respectively.

iAlarm 1.0 offers alarm clock options

03/04, 8:40am

iAlarm 1.0 offers alarm clock options

iAlarm 1.0 is a freeware alarm clock application that provides 5 basic alert types, including the ability to play iTunes, speak the local weather, speak the headline news, speak a custom message and a standard beep.

osXigen 1.2b2 adds website management

03/04, 8:35am

osXigen 1.2b2 adds website management

JomoSoft's osXigen 1.2b2 brings website management features, keyboard navigation, firewall support, improved transfer speeds, filter options for both mirroring/synchronization, and a French-localized version of the $25 Cocoa-based ftp server. A special promotion offers $5 off registration through the end of March.

SIDekick v1.0: Commodore 64 SID tune player

03/04, 8:35am

SIDekick v1.0: Commodore 64 SID tune player

SIDekick v1.0 is a Cocoa-based Commodore 64 SID tune player that includes a Filter Editor, mixer panel, routines for multithreaded export as AIFF and WAV samples, a playlist panel and both a SID Register view and a STIL view panel.

PandoCalendar 5.7.6 fixes OS X 10.1.3 bug

03/04, 8:30am

PandoCalendar 5.7.6 fixes OS X 10.1.3 bug

PandoCalendar 5.7.6 adds OS X 10.1.3 compatibility to the freeware desktop calendar that offers options for calendar customization, day-specific notes and reminders, and other advanced options.

Samba Sharing Package 1.5 released

03/04, 8:25am

Samba Sharing Package 1.5 released

Derk-Jan Hartman has released an updated Samba Sharing Package 1.5, which adds a new improved installation methiod, a new Samba X preference pane, the latest version Samba 2.2.3a, and other enhancements to freeware package for setting up a Samba (Windows filesharing) server (shares files using the CIFS/SMB protocol.)

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