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Snard offers a more organized Dock
Snard v1.0a1 is an application launcher that can be used as a system menu ("dockling") and accessed from the Dock. Snard reduces dock and screen clutter by replacing numerous items with a single menu. New in this version is a Servers menu, a new configuration interface and more control over menu contents.
Eudora Mailbox Cleaner helps Mail transition
Andreas Amann has announced Eudora Mailbox Cleaner v2.0.3, a simple 'drag and drop' application that provides one-step migration from Eudora to Apple Mail. Eudora Mailbox Cleaner will import messages and contacts, but currently has certain developer-noted shortcomings that may be addressed in future updates. This release includes bug fixes.
Panopticum Figure: AE plugin for shapes
Panopticum Figure v1.0 is an Adobe After Effects plug-in for the creation of 2D and 3D shapes like boxes, ellipses, clouds and stars. This software provides an easy way to apply artistic effects to figures created. Figure 1.0 costs $25 as a stand-alone plug-in, or is offered for free with Panopticum's AnimaText 2.0.
DealNN contest to end Friday
MacNN reminds digital music fans that the free DealNN iPod giveaway ends Friday, March 8, 2002. To be included in the drawing, please submit product deals/bargains to Macintosh News Network subsidiary DealNN. Each contribution counts as a ballot for the contest. See DealNN for further details. (Open to U.S. and Canada residents only).
FileDropper v2.01 adds comp. with 10.1.3
File Dropper v2.01 is a $10 shareware file attacher for Mac OS X's Mail and iPhoto. It allows simple drag-and-drop to add a "huge assortment of different file types immediately into a new Mail message, whether your Mail program is open or not". Added in the new version is compatibility with Mac OS X 10.1.3 and improved user features.
LaCie ships USB Hexa Media drive
LaCie announced today that it is shipping its new USB Hexa Media Drive, a compact, portable drive that reads several types of storage media, including CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MemoryStick, SD card, MultiMedia card and MicroDrive (340MB, 1GB) memory cards. The $60 reader also transfers data between memory cards using the multi-LUN (logical unit number) support available with the Mac OS 10.1.2.
Badia FullMeasure 3.0 PB; tools for QuarkXP
Badia FullMeasure 3.0 Public Beta is a control palette for QuarkXPress 5 that holds more than 150 functions within 11 panels, saving screen space. The QuarkXPress native application is available for free during the public beta.
Corona v1.9 adds better address management
Corona v1.9 is an accounting and payroll application that provides check register, account chart, invoices, and address indexes. The $50 software now adds better support for users and improved address management.
Medical software updated, improves PDF export
CS-Odessa has updated ConceptDraw MEDICAL v1.7.5, its set of tools for creating medical diagrams, workflows, research layouts, and plans. The $250 cross-platform application (Mac OS X and Windows) now improves medical samples, PDF export, and DXF and EPS capabilities.
Apple Store Atlanta sets May opening date
MacNN reader Scott Downes writes: "The Apple Store in Atlanta will be opening 5/11/2002 according to a sign outside the new location at Lenox Square." Apple's retail store page does not yet have this location listed.
Photosharing software: WinXP or Apple?
David Pogue of The New York Times writes "That P in PC Now Stands for Picture," where he discusses the photo software options from Microsoft and Apple: "And in terms of simplicity and artistry, Microsoft still can't match Apple: the XP slide show lacks crossfades or music, you cannot export a slide show as a stand-alone file for distribution, as iPhoto can, and posting your pictures on the Web involves a typically Microsoftian snarl of dialogue boxes (11 of them)." [free registration required]
Illustrator plugins offer new effects
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Pack Volume 1 for Illustrator, which contains 11 plugins, including opacity effects, blends, envelope, repeat effects and more. The £40 package has been updated for OS X.
Peer Visual 2.1 adds PDFs to charting service
VVI has released Peer Visual 2.1, which adds dynamic PDF (Portable Document Format) report generation and other improvements to its utility for generating dynamic reports, charts, diagrams and other visuals for print and web distribution.
Key Xing 2.0: keyboard util now a pref pane
John Scalo's Key Xing 2.0 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. Version 2.0 is rewritten as a system preference pane, adds support for URL launching, has more rebost file tracking, and other enhancements.
XPlay offers iPod access from Wintel
Mediafour has released XPlay Preview 5, which offers the ability to rebuild the iPod song database on demand and eliminates many stability problems to the utility. The Windows utiltiy provides read and write access to your iPod hard drive for documents and data files, as well as the ability to organize music either from the Explorer-based XPlay interface, or from Windows Media Player.
XFree 1.1 CD offers instant X-Windowing
OpenOSX is shipping its $30 XFree 1.1 CD, which will install "XFree 4.2.0 and Xdarwin 1.1 configured with the OroborOSX window manager in less then 5 minutes by simply double-clicking the OpenOSX package icon." XFree is a native implementation of the X-Window library that is the "UNIX" standard for graphical user interfaces; it offers access to many open-source and commercial Applications that utilize X-Windows.
iPod Organizer offers contact management
ProVUE today released the iPod Organizer, a new software package that allows the iPod to be used as a data organizer in addition to its normal role as a music player: "users can store and access phone numbers, email addresses, flight numbers, appointment times and more on their iPods. Data can be entered and edited in the Panorama iPod Organizer itself or can be imported from other database or contact manager software. ...[It] requires no special software on the iPod. To transfer data to the iPod the package exports the data as tiny MP3 files compatible with iTunes." The software is $20.
SilverCreator DR5: new game creation system
SilverCreator DR5 is the first public release of a new game creation system from SilverNetworks. It features 1000 cards, a robust sprite system with 256-color masks, a non-resource fork based file format, scripting based on "events", and OSX compatibility. This developer's release supports game compiling with separate runtime packages. It is free, while the upcoming SilverCreator Plus will offer more features for $15. [Classic, Carbon]
It is an exciting time for consumer technology, with gadgets and devices that once used to the stuff of dreams now coming to fruition. ...JBL Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones
All headphones are not created equally, especially when it comes to use during vigorous activities or workouts. Over-the-ear headphone ...Bracketron Power Flex external battery
When we're traveling or just generally out and about, we've taken to bringing a tablet and Bluetooth keyboard with us, rather than a ...
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