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Sonnet Tango firmware update 1.1
Sonnet Tango firmware patch v1.1 updates the firmware on the Tango FireWire/USB Combo card to improve compatibility with a wider variety of FireWire storage devices.
Mozilla 1.0 nears release
The three-year-old Mozilla project may finally yield a general-use release of the open source Web browser in the coming weeks, c|net's John Borland writes. The evolving repository of program code -- often referred to as the "tree" -- has now been restricted to only minor revisions in preparation for a '1.0' release.
MS ships OS X Intellipoint 2.1 mouse driver
Microsoft has posted new OS X Intellipoint 2.1 drivers for its line of optical mouse and trackball products, after announcing it would earlier today. The drivers extend programmability options for existing Microsoft mice, including those from the popular IntelliMouse line. Drivers for Microsoft keyboards should be available in mid-April, according to Microsoft representatives. [updated: Drivers now available for download]
KeyStrokes on Mac OS X helps the disabled
Niemeijer Consult today announced that KeyStrokes, the company's on-screen keyboard software for the Macintosh, is now available for Mac OS X. The much-anticipated Mac OS X application is the first fully-functional on-screen keyboard to run natively on Apple's next generation operating system, according to the developer. KeyStrokes works with all standard Mac OS X applications (including those running in the Classic environment) allowing a physically disabled person to type virtually anywhere a hardware keyboard can be used.
Dell, others raise PC prices
In recent weeks, PC manufacturer Dell Computer has introduced several new computer models that sport faster processors and more memory, but also carry larger price tags for what would normally be successor products. In an effort to maintain profitability on bargain-basement PCs, rising component costs have forced Dell to raise the price of low-end machines and offer relatively marginal improvements, according to a Yahoo! report. Earlier this month, Apple raised the cost of all three iMac models by $100.
Optigold ISP offers more management options
Optigold ISP v2.9.6 is a cross-platform business management package that helps with the organization of all aspects of an Internet Service Provider. Version 2.9.6 adds new Web functionality, ACH processing through ECHO, expanded billable tech support, more reporting, a new postcard format and the ability to export individual invoices.
iMac quality keeps noise down
An Ananova summary indicates that Apple's new iMac personal computer is one of the quietest machines on the market as a result of high-quality components used in its construction. The iMac lacks the noisy fan found in most home PCs and features a more quiet hard disk drive than previous models.
Palm developer Blue Nomad ships updates
Palm OS developer Blue Nomad today announced the release of WordSmith v2.1.4 and a TimeSync update for Macintosh handheld users. Both applications now offer full Mac OS X compatibility and support for Palm Desktop 4.0. [Download - WordSmith, TimeSync]
Graffiti 2.0: advanced graphics, titling app
Earlier this week, Boris FX began shipping Graffiti 2.0, a major upgrade to its graphics and titling application billed as "the only integrated vector-based titling package on the market." It offers the ability to create sophisticated animations with flexible animation tools such as Type On and Title Containers for auto-animated rolls, crawls, fades, shuffles and zooms. It also.0 allows users to map text to 3D shapes, and extrude and composite in three dimensions and also supports the addition of third-party Adobe After Effects filters.
Virtix Sample Pack for iMovie has 3 effects
Virtix has released Virtix Sample Pack for iMovie, "the first" freeware special effects that utilize the new iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. It contains 3 effects: "Extreme Black and White" turns an iMovie clip into an abstract high-contrast image; "Flame adds fire to action scenes; and "Letterbox" gives video the look of a widescreen movie. It works with iMovie 2.0.1 in both Classic and OS X.
Suitcase 10.1.2 adds Auto-Activation in OS X
Extensis has released Suitcase 10.1.2, a free update to its $100 font management utility that includes an updated font manager with support for Auto-Activation in OS X. It has a bug fix for auto-activating fonts in Mac OS X Classic Mode for users with International English operating systems and has added Auto-Activation support for Adobe Illustrator 10 in both Mac OS 9 and OS X. Upgrades are $50.
beCreative Desktop 2.1 manages projects
beAccountable has released beCreative Desktop 2.1, a custom application for tracking time and resources spent on projects. It is designed for graphic designers, marketing and communications companies, service bureaus, printers, consultants, advertising and PR agencies. The $250 application records accurate time logs, project details, vendor information, workgroup collaboration functions, and costing functions.
InterMapper Remote 1.0.1: network monitoring
InterMapper Remote 1.0.1 is a utility that allows administrators to connect to any InterMapper application and remotely display the monitored network's topology, view detailed device info, and acknowledge application alarms.
FileMaker to iPod has iPod export functions
FileMaker to iPod allows users to export data to an iPod from any data source by first importing contacts into this nifty little database first and then selectively exporting contacts to the iPod format. It is a free utility.
TCP-IP XT v1.4: control for Quark XPresss
Techno Design has released TCP-IP XT v1.4 for QuarkXPress, its remote control application that allows users to control 95% of all QuarkXPress user-interface functionality through an Internet/LAN connection. It has over 320 commands that can provide unattended automatic QuarkXPress document construction, document querying, data extraction and export. It is Euro 2,500 (and a free upgrade to current customers.)
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