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DiskTracker 2.2 adds refinements, bug fixes
DiskTracker v2.2 is a fully Appearance Manager-compliant utility for cataloging and labeling disks and CD-ROMs. Changes in the $10 update ($30 shareware) include a revised search window, updates to the batch scanner and bug fixes. This update is free to v2.x users. [Classic, Carbon]
700MHz iMac units (Combo) ship to resellers
According to reports, some Mac resellers are now receiving 700MHz Combo-Drive iMac shipments from Apple. The shipment notices reflect fulfilled orders placed on January 8, 2002.
Reader: Apple airs primetime iMac ad on NBC
Linda Thiel provides the following description of Apple's first television advertisement for the new iMac aired on NBC late this evening: "A young man is walking down a city street (similar to 5th Avenue in New York City) with large glass window stores. There is one store that is all white with a single iMac -- no table, desk -- just the iMac. The guy sees it, it "sees" him; he moves, it moves; he makes a face at it, it sticks its "tongue" out at him." Earlier today, we noted that Apple will pay $1.2M for a 30-second advertising slot during the 74th anual Academy Awards.
\'Wired weekend\' kicks-off tonight
Apple invites Mac users near the CambridgeSide, Tysons Corner, Glendale Galleria and Valley Fair retail stores to attend a Wired weekend beginning this evening at 6:00PM EST. Attendees of the Wired magazine-sponsored event can bring a digital camera and connection cable to experiment with iPhoto. To kick-off the event, Apple will give away an iBook computer Thursday and several digital cameras over the weekend.
iPod sync utility update available
iPod Free File Sync v2.3 is a utility used to synchronize music from any source to a Mac. iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to a Macintosh. IPFFS stresses iTunes integration. This update includes improved compatibility with localized versions of iTunes.
Tech: Xbox trouble; Intel P4-M, forecast
Evening tech update: c|net reports that some Japanese Xbox customers have fallen victim to a hardware bug in Microsoft's gaming console that leaves some discs scratched, and sometimes unusable; Intel today unveiled a new laptop microprocessor that runs at higher speeds than predecessor products; Intel expects Q1 revenue to be between $6.6 billion and $6.9 billion.
4D WebSTAR white paper shows speed boost
4D WebSTAR v5.1 is now up to three times faster than Apache, according to developer 4D Inc. The latest version includes an integrated 4D WebSTAR plug-in for URL management and a new Admin client updated for performance. This suite is fully PHP 4.1.1 compliant. [test files & white paper - PDF]
Architosh: New 3D app coming to OSX
Architosh reports that SketchUp, a new 3D modeling application, is coming to Mac OS X this year. The software is anticipated to be met with much enthusiasm from the Architecture and 3D community.
LDapper 2.0.1 offers LDAP directory browsing
LDapper 2.0.1 is a simple LDAP client for finding e-mail addresses and browsing LDAP servers.
Reunion Planner 5.0 offers HTML export, OS X
Reunion Planner 5.0 from Minutiae Software offers OS X compatibility, improvements in the LETTERS module, and a new HTML export feature. The $60 FileMaker Pro solution offers functions for planning and coordinating reunions, including a complete address book, integrated mail merge, automatic phone formatting, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other featurs.
Fire 0.30b: multi-service messaging client
epicware's Fire 0.30b is an update to its multi-service instant messaging cilent. This version requires users reenter account/service information and features a new accounts controller, stores passwords in the keychain, has buddy import functions, performs automatic update checks, and has other enhancments.
Apple\'s iPhoto Downloads Top 1 Million
Apple today announced that its digital photo application iPhoto has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it was released in January. (This does not include copies distributed pre-installed on new Macs): "With more than one million downloads in just two months, iPhoto has almost instantly become one of the most popular digital photo applications of all time," according to Apple VP Philip Schiller.
Apple to advertise during Oscars
Apple to open store in Central Florida
Apple will be among the 150 or so stores slated to open in the Mall at Millenia in Central Florida (Orlando). The "high fashion" mall will open in October and calls for "20 percent of the businesses to be ultra-high-end retailers in the Tiffany-Gucci-Cartier genre." (Apple's retail store page has not been updated yet.)
Blue World posts Lasso vs. PHP \'white paper\
Blue World has posted a white paper comparing Lasso Professional 5 to PHP 4.1.x. The 56 page report includes detailed coverage of key topics, concluding "Lasso outpaced PHP by over 200% in select benchmark tests comparing performance, specifically when executing class libraries. Lasso also beat PHP on all performance tests on Windows and virtually all tests on Macintosh. In all tests involving database access, Lasso proved the faster of the two."
OS X: Que!, NEC drivers; SNAX 1.2.5, more
osx.macnn.com has news on new drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW and NEC's PostScript printers as well as a new Lineage beta, a new software synthesizer for OS X, SNAX 1.2.5, and iDraw, a new animation/illustration software package.
High-school goes wireless with iBooks
Mounds Park Academy students and faculity in St Paul, Minnesota were part of a two-year planning effort that brought iBooks and wireless connectivity to 60 faculty members and 240 upper school students. The private high school uses the iBooks and AirPort BaseStations to help integrate the Web into curriculum, improve parent-teacher communication, improve students' access to computers, and provide a "roaming" learning environment.
QPS releases OS X driver fo Que! USB drive
A MacNN reader notes that QPS has finally released an OS X driver for its Que! USB Drive.
iOrganize X 4.0 rewritten in Cocoa for OS X
Bruno Blondeau's iOrganize X 4.0 is a "complete rewrite" of his shareware ($20) NotePad replacement application that can store notes, ideas, text extracts, web links and retrieve information using a built-in search engine.
Celview 3.0 offers legacy connectivity
Celcorp has released an updated version of its terminal emulation application, Celview 3.0. The 5250/3270 terminal emulator is the first Carbon emulator of its kind and handles tn5250e, and tn3270e (telnet protocols for communicating with AS/400, and mainframe computers either directly or thru popular SNA gateways of IBM and Microsoft). It also performs file transfer via FTP, IND$FILE and PC Support protocols and can conveniently print from the AS/400 or Mainframe.
IPNetMonitorX 0.6b2: Internet tools for OS X
IPNetMonitorX 0.6b2 fixes a bug in the NSLookup default server, uses kernel timestamps for improved accuracy in ping/traceroute functions, and has other enhancements in the Cocoa- and BSD-networking-based set of Internet tools. It offers new functions such as a DHCP Lease tool that shows lease parameters including Name Servers and allows manual Release and Rebind across multiple DHCP configured interfaces as well as 'Look Around Scan', which provides a quick list of active nodes on each attached LAN.
EasyView X 1.0 offers OS X iTunes support
Trinfinity Software has released EasyView X 1.0, an OS X version of its freeware Visual Plugin for iTunes. It allows you to easily view the track information for the current song, offering a customizable display of the font, size, and color of track, artist and other CDDB info. [Classic, Carbon]
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