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osXigen version 1.2 builds on FTP app
osXigen v1.2 is fully-featured FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Mac OS X. This version includes enhanced Web site management, the ability to automatically remove "obsolete" files upon synchronization, fully keyboard navigation, French localization and four distinct icon sets. osXigen is available for $20 from JomoSoft.
Tech news: Palm still on top
c|net notes that handheld software sales tripled in 2001, following a sharp decline in the inflated prices of the previous year. The average price of a handheld application dropped from over $40 to $30 or less -- a shift in a trend that could have led to software titles costing nearly 1/4 of the original price paid for a handheld device. The Personal Technology article also notes that Palm Computing continues to dominate the handheld market with 97% of all handheld applications sold in 2001 being designed for the Palm OS.
NaN Technologies files for bankruptcy
NaN Technologies, maker of the free Blender 3D application for the Macintosh, today announced that it will cease all operations immediately. Software development will be frozen, and the company's website is mostly unavailable until further notice. Shareholders cite an unready marketplace as a cause for the collapse: "The digital media market has shown that it is not quite ready for the Blender technology offering, both for the Internet and for wireless applications."
Barcode Producer 1.2 adds drag-and-drop
Barcode Producer v1.2 is a barcode creation utility for Mac OS 9/X. The update now allows a field for barcode prefixes, 1200 dpi support, and drag-and-drop support with AppleWorks, Microsoft Word, and other word processing applications.
Grade-based educational games announced
Knowledge Adventure has anounced a new grade-based educational series of interactive games. JumpStart Preschool, JumpStart Kindergarten, JumpStart 1st Grade and JumpStart 2nd Grade will be available in May for $30.
Apple releases Remote Desktop for OS X
Apple has announced Apple Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, which enables users to remotely manage other Mac desktops (OS 9 or OS X) anywhere on a local network, Airport, or across the Internet. Users can view desktops, send text chat, provide remote assistance and get comprehensive system profiles. The tool, designed for teachers, students, and administrators, offers secure password protection and is available now for $300 for a single license, or $500 for unlimited licenses.
PocketNotes 1.13 adds Spanish lang. support
PocketNotes v1.13 is an update to the easy-to-use, flexible notepad applicaiton for outlining and planning. Added to the new version is Spanish language support; price is $20.
Computer Analyst thinks Macs are better, now
Tim Bajarin, computer consultant and leading computer industry analyst, explains why Apple's new line of Macs (and Mac OS X) will help convert PC users. "The Titanium has given me some real reasons to consider making it a more integral part of my computing lifestyle. The new Mac OS X is by far the best windowing operating system on the market today."
Tranquility 5.0 now fully OSX-native
Tranquility v5.0 is a unique $24 Mac OS X game that is now 100% Mac OS X-native. Every aspect of the game has been revised with this release; new OSX-specific features include clipboard capturing and printing of screen shots, exploration of game features and preferences through a full-Aqua dialog box. Tranquility 5.0 is not compadible with Mac OS 9; version 4.5 is avaiable for 'Classic' Mac OS users.
Hexum talks iPod in brief interview
Nick Hexum of rap-rock band 311 briefly discusses his use of the Apple iPod Hartford Advocate interview "I had this like really intense sort of Beatles study that I'd set up for myself, where I put every Beatles album on my iPod."
All-round ISP manager update
Optigold ISP v2.9.5 is a Mac OS 9/X business application for the management of all aspects of an internet service provider. Optigold ISP can handle tasks from billing to server management; version 2.9.5 adds new Web functionality, new Texas tax calculations, email manager fixes, credit card 'swipe reader' support, new server event functionality and a customer Web interface fix.
Illustrator helper for vinyl sign cutting
New Ceres Solutions today announced the release of NCS MagiSign v1.3, a collection of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 10. NCS MagiSign eliminates the need for export to another application by offering direct compabillity to more than 300 models of vinyl sign cutting plotters.
JR Hill, Willow Design ship iMac covers
JR Hill today announced a new form-fitting iMac Display Sleeve designed to protected the iMac's delicate flat-panel display from scratches and debris. The Vinyl and Leather versions sell for $20 and $40, respectively. Willow Design announced a similar product that covers the entire iMac unit; the DC-01 Seabreeze iMac Dust Cover sells for $18.
Seattle Mac user group launches OS X group
Seattle-based dBug is starting a special interest group focused on Mac OS X -- Apple's flagship operating system. The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM (Seattle time) and will be held in the dBug Resource Center. Topics for discussion include Mac OS X rumors, a Mac OS X overview and an open discussion. dBug is a non-profit Macintosh user group for hobbyist and professional Mac users.
Richmond, VA Mac reseller to close down
Capitol Mac of Richmond, VA recently announced to employees that it will close its doors after twelve years in the Macintosh business. There will be a liquidation sale on Saturday, March 16 to clear inventory. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and Macintosh memorabilia will be sold; products not sold will be put up for auction on eBay. Store representatives cite the opening of Apple's own retail outlet in McLean, VA as a cause for slowing business.
Propellerhead announces OSX Reason 2.0
Propellerhead Software announced yesterday full Mac OS X support of Reason 2.0, at the Frankfurt Musikmesse conference in Germany. Reason 2.0 is an advanced audio editing studio that includes effects, a polyphonic 'Graintable' synthesizer several sequencers. The update will sell for $90 to current Reason owners, non-upgrade pricing has not been announced. Yesterday, we noted the announcement of Cubase SX for Mac OS X at Musikmesse.
Math app solves statistics problems
mathStatica is a Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X application that can solve algebraic/symbolic problems as they relate to mathematical statistics. The software package, purportedly in development for five years, builds on the "incredible symbolic computational power" of Mathematica to create a sophisticated toolset designed to manipulate mathematical statistics.
UPS manager gains support for more devices
PowerGuardian v1.0.4 is a UPS management application for Mac OS X that supports a wide range of UPS power devices. PowerGuardian monitors a connected UPS (uninterruptible power supply), and if power event is sustained, safely shuts down your Macintosh and saves open work. This version contains support for PowerKinetics BlackoutBuster, CyberPower AVR/SL series, OptiUps PS/ES series, Liebert UPSStation GX and ConeXt AVR series models.
Fungible ships minor iTunes Watcher update
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher v1.11, a maintenance update that eliminates bugs from the iTunes monitor application. iTunes Watcher is a background application that provides a small window to monitor what is being played in iTunes -- without the added window clutter of the iTunes application.
Rumpus v2.1 adds revised UI; assistant
Rumpus v2.1 is an update to Maxum Development's popular FTP server package for Mac OS 9/X. Among the new features included in the update are: a new setup assistant, packet forwarding on private networks, a revised interface and bug fixes that improve stability and performance. Rumpus version 2.1 is a free upgrade for all Rumpus 2.0 owners; for other users, a $79 upgrade is available.
IMG: Metal of Honor for Mac in pipeline
Medal of Honor may be coming to the Macintosh platform, according to an Inside Mac Games report. Mac developer Aspyr Media today "informally" announced that they will publish the Windows hit -- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault -- for the Mac OS this summer.
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