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Flat-panel materials factor in iMac delay
Giga Information Group vice president Rob Enderle told NewsFactor/osOpinion that a shortage of glass used in the construction of 15" flat-panel display found in the new Apple iMac is a "major factor" in the delay of the product. "The shortages are a result of increased demand for such monitors."
Heuris ships Xtractor - DVD ripping software
Heuris today announced the initial release of Xtractor, an application that can be used to extract, or "rip," audio and video files from unencrypted DVDs. Users can "de-multiplex" and extract elementary streams from MPEG-1 system streams, MPEG-2 program streams and MPEG-2 transport streams -- including those HDTV streams recorded with a DTV decoder card. Xtractor is currently available directly from Heuris for $149.
Mactracker v1.6.4 corrects domain name issue
Mactracker v1.6.4 is a minor, but important, maintenance release of the Macintosh specifications database that updates the domain names used to automatically connect to the update server. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including notes on processor speed, built-in memory and expansion options [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger 2.1 enhances server account utility
Passenger v2.1 is an account creation and password generation tool that can import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP, XML files as well as create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP, Mac OS X Server, Eudora Internet Mail Server and others. This version represents a moderate update to the software package and brings a handful bug fixes and improvements that include a new Export Preview, improved Folder Migration reporting and the ability to generate passwords based on short names. [Classic, Carbon]
Reader: no iMac shortage at Tampa Store
MacNN reader 'Chris' notes "I've been reading the Mac news sites lately about Apple having a shortage of iMacs. Nothing can be further from the truth at The Apple Store in Tampa. According to the sales staff, they have plenty of iMac 700MHz in stock with an ample supply of iMac 800MHz due by this weekend. I think that is a reflection of what is going on at all the Apple Stores."
REALbasic 4.0.2 fixes bugs
REALbasic v4.0.2 is a free update to the object-oriented visual programming enviroment. The update fixes various bugs, improves Listbox drawing, fixes crashes with BinaryStream and Menu Balloon Help (Mac OS X) and sockets when DNS lookup fails. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard version, or $350 for the Professional version.
QX-Tools Pro; new \'XTension\' for QuarkXPres
Extensis today announced QX-Tools Pro, a major upgrade to its productivity 'XTensions' for Quark XPress. New features include the ability to import to MS Excel and PowerPoint, and faster access to keyboard shortcuts; price is $60 for an upgrade and $300 for a full version.
Scopo Gigio 1.02; plug-ins for AE & PS
Scopo Gigio v1.02 is a full-featured waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The $50 software improves error checking, fixes bugs, and is now ready for After Effects 5.5 and Photoshop 7.0 in Mac OS X. Demos: [AE, PS]
Extensis Ships QX-Tools Pro
Extensis has begun shipping QX-Tools Pro, a revision to the company's set of XTensions for QuarkXPress. New functionality includes the ability to import MS Excel and PowerPoint graphics and tables, and a palette that allows faster access to keyboard shortcuts. The software is priced at $200 and is Classic compatible.
WiebeTech Unveils 160 GB, Oxford 911 Dock
WiebeTech's latest revision to its FireWire DriveDock includes an Oxford 911 bridge, gets a reduction in size, and sports support for IDE drives up to 160 GB. The company claims the new version benchmarks in excess of 30MB/second. The DriveDock is priced at $100, with an option $30 power supply.
PageSpinner 4.0 Gets Carbonized
Optima Systems has released PageSpinner 4.0, a new version of the HTML Editor that is now Carbonized. The new release adds support for Appearance and Aqua, multiple undo/redo, 8 user-selectable browsers, and better META tag support.
Virtix Offers SDK-Developed iMovie Effects
Virtix has unveiled Bravo and Echo, two new special effect packages that utilize the iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. The OS X versions of the effects packages can now position laser beams and lightning bolts, zoom up on a portion of an image, fix the broken pixels of a camera, and warp and distort images all by selecting positions in the iMovie preview window. A total of 38 effects is included in the two sets, priced at $25 individually and $40 together.
Apple to Open Retail Store in St. Louis
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Apple retail store will be opening at the West County Center Mall in Missouri. The new Apple outlet will be part of a $232 million re-opening of the shopping center.
P5 Glove to Debut at Game Developer Show
Essential Reality will take the wraps off its P5 virtual reality glove on March 21st during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the San Jose Convention Center. With the glove, users can control games and other applications through movements of the fingers and hand. Essential says it is planning OS X compatibility for the second incarnation of the USB-based P5.
Sony and Palm Enter Bluetooth Pact
Sony and Palm have entered into a marketing agreement to develop "strategic" Bluetooth programs for carriers and their customers. The companies plan to deliver a series of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and communications products by the end of 2002, including a solution that would allow users to tap a phone number on a PDA that would be automatically dialed on a cell phone.
Adobe adds Mac to Palm Acrobat Reader 2.0
Adobe has released Acrobat Reader for Palm OS 2.0 which adds the ability to synchronize Adobe PDF files to Palm Powered handhelds from Macs, and allows access to secured Adobe PDF documents. The software will be available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish flavors. An OS 9/OS X compatible beta is currently available for download.
Etchelon Tracer 4.2: animation development
Etchelon Tracer 4.2, Andy Pritchard 's $27 shareware tool for animation development, uses vector graphic and bitmap graphic morphing to create animated movies. It will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4.2 now includes a new text alignment tool.
MSN Messenger 2.1 adds new Emoticons
MSN Messenger 2.1, a new version of the instant messaging utility for MSN customers, offers updated Emoticons, improvements to enhance stability and performance, and other bug fixes. Japanese, German, Swedish, French, and Spanish versions of MSN Messenger are also now available.
Passenger 2.1: server account tool updated
Macinmind's server account utility, Passenger 2.1, now has checks for duplicates against NetInfo, export previews, better reporting and verification as well as other features and fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
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