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FWB intros Vol. 1 of new security package
FWB Software today announced the immediate availability of SubRosa Volume 1 - File Utilities. SubRosa Volume 1 is the first installment in a new series of security software applications for Mac OS 9/X. SubRosa Encryptor allows a user to take files and folders and encrypt them; Subrosa Shredder securely erases files or folders; SubRosa Decryptor is used to convert files made by Encryptor back to their original format. SubRosa Volume 1 is now available at the suggested retail price of $30.
Internet-ready wireless camera from Ricoh
Ricoh has announced the first mobile 802.11b (wireless) Digital Camera -- the RDC-i700. The new device features high-resolution still photographs (3.34 megapixels) and full-motion streaming video (320x240 pixels, 10fps). "Its readiness for connection to wireless 802.11 networks in any digital environment allows multiple cameras to be deployed and monitored simultaneously." The $1300 camera comes in a weatherproof housing and is available immediately.
cnet: iMac woes mean \"tight\" quarter
Apple's iMac supply problems over the next few weeks will make or break the company's second quarter financials, according to Prudential Securities analyst Kimberly Alexy, flagging potential problems.
iMsafe 1.5 offers HFS+, resource fork support
The OS X backup utility iMsafe 1.5 now has full support for HFS+ files (including support for resource forks) as well as the ability to stop and resume backups. The $13 application offers incremental backups, scheduling options, preservation of file modification dates and permissions, and the ability to backup to any mounted volume.
Yellow Dog Linux 2.2 due out this week
Yellow Dog Linux 2.2, due out this week, will include improvements, and support for newer Apple hardware, including improved nVidia and Radeon support for digital LCD screens as well as a new user interface00Gnome 1.4 (an aesthetic rival to Mac OS X), the updated v2.4.18 kernel and XFree86 4.2.0--built from a Red Hat 7.2 foundation. Version 1.4 of GNOME also includes the powerful Nautilus file manager, Ximian's Evolution email client which includes a contact database, email client (with BCC option), calendar, and import functions for a variety of mail clients.
CharlieX Screen Ruler v2.0 adds features
CharlieX software factory has released an update for their 'handy set of four different on-screen rulers and measure tools', CharlieX Screen Ruler v2.0. The update adds many new features such as region markers, a launch pad, and other minor fixes and adjustments; price is $15.
Corel Paint plug-in adds 100 nozzles
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Nozzles Pack Vol. 6, a set of one hundred royalty-free line/glow nozzles for use with Corel Painter. The $15 set of plug-ins adds nozzles that range from "strands" to "wave" effects.
Classic Menu 2.5.1 adds Japanese translation
Classic Menu v2.5.1 brings the 'Classic' Mac OS Apple Menu to Mac OS X, replacing the system's built-in iteration of the Apple Menu. The update to the $10 shareware application adds a Japanese localization, updated menu icons and improved detection of packages, network aliases and hidden files.
MegaSeg 2.1b8; software for mobile DJs
MegaSeg v2.1b8 is an application that is targeted at mobile club DJs and other audio performers that need live, continuous music mixes. The latest version -- which now supports Mac OS X -- includes improvements in search speed, multiple sound outputs and ID3 tag handling. The single-user price is $150; a demo is available.
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Olympus introduces new 2MP camera for $200
Olympus today announced the Olympus D-380, a value-priced 2-Megapixel camera for $200. It includes a 5x digital zoom, a new self-portrait and image resizing modes as well as the ability to merge two shots into one image, multi-mode flash, auto white balance and digital ESP metering. It will be available April 2002 and will be bundled with Camedia Master Software 4.0 for photo manipulation and management, an 8MB SmartMedia Card, USB cable, strap, and 4 AA Alkaline batteries.
Lexmark ships new 4800 dpi inkjet
Lexmark today became the first printer manufacturer to ship new 4800 dpi inkjet printers with its new 2002 Z-line of Color Jetprinters. The $200 Z65 offers support for dual paper trays, 15 ppm color/21 ppm black speeds, and 4800 dpi resolution, while its sibling product, the $130 Z55 offers the same print speeds with 3600 dpi resolution. Both offer the new industry-leading resolutions on any paper type. The $90 Z45 has 15 ppm black/9 ppm color print speeds and 2400 x 1200 dpi, while the $70 Z35 offers the same resolution, but 11 ppm black/6 ppm color printing. The entry-level Z25 ($50) functions as either a single or dual-head printing (via an optional black cartridge), offers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolutions and 9 ppm black/6 ppm color print speeds. Availability for all printers is listed as "shipping soon."
PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.0: PC file sharing
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.0, a new $25 software solution that allows users to transfer files between any type of Windows PC and Macintosh. File transfers can be paused/resumed and are protected by secure 448-bit encryption: "[it] is fully Macintosh aware, correctly transferring flat files from Windows PCs and files with resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macintoshes. Files transferred from Windows PCs have their type/creator set automatically, based on the Windows PC file extension." A demo version allows transfers of files up to 1MB.
New MRJ plugins support Mozilla 0.99
Pactrick Beard's MRJ plugin, which allow Netscape and Mozilla browers to use the Apple's Mac OS Run for Java (MRJ) to run Applets, provide compatibility with the latest Mozilla 0.99 release. [Classic, Carbon]
Plextor announces 4-in-1 CD-RW/DVD drive
Plextor today announced its PlexCombo 20/10/40-12A optical disc drive, an internal drive that delivers 20X CD-Recording and 10X CD-Rewriting, along with playback speeds of 40X-max CD-ROM and 12X-max DVD-ROM. The $230 four-in-one ATAPI drive is expected to ship in mid-April with a 1 yr-warranty and PC software bundle.
Macromedia updates Flash Player 6.0r21
Impasse 1.1 logs packets during operation
Glucose Develoment's Impasse 1.1 adds automatic firewall startup on startup and interactive packet deny/allow logging tools to its OS X firewall software. Single-user licenses, normally $35, are being offered for $10 for a limited time. A 30-day demo is also available.
ArrayMiner provides gene expression details
ArrayMiner, now available for OS X, is a clustering tool using advanced algorithms to reveal the true structure of your gene expression data: "Its unique graphical interface gives you the tools necessary to understand the clusters [and] its innovative high-performance clustering algorithms make sure no important similarity between genes goes unnoticed." A demo is available.
MacJanitor executes routing OS X scripts
MacJanitor offers a one-click GUI for executing system-level OS X scripts that are usually set to run at night and on weekends and may not execute because the computer is powered-off. It is freeware.
Trash X v1.3 improves Trash features in OS X
The $7 shareware Trash X v1.3 offers several enhanced "trash" features, including secure deletion of files, immediate deletion of select files, deletion of files on select disks, and the abiltiy to execute OS X system maintenance scripts manually.
IconViewer 1.0 offers 128x128 icon view
The Iconfactory has released a freeware icon utility, IconViewer 1.0, which "is a quick and easy way to view any and all resources contained within a Macintosh desktop icon." It can be used to view the 128x128 resources contained in a particular icon file without changing the desktop/Dock settings to full magnification.
bincat: command-line util for hex dumps
bincat is a command line tool for OS X that will do a hex dump of a file or standard input.
Blosxom 0+3i adds multiple blogs
Blosxom is a lightweight "Weblog-in-a-jiffy" Perl CGI script for OS X that features simple drag & drop installation, intelligent defaults, CSS-styled output, Permalinks, day/month/year "archive" views, and Weblogging from any text editor. Version 0+3i adds multiple blogs under one Blosxom installation and RSS syndication.
Tiff-Sight 1.2.2 fixes OS X printing
Blue Globe Software's shareware ($15) fax viewing application, Tiff-Sight 1.2.2, corrects a number of printing problems under OS X, adding the ability to print to non-default printers and properly supporting the Preview function in all printing dialogs.
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