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MacDICT 2.2 now available for OS X
Bains Software has released an OS X version of MacDICT 2.2, a dictionary program popular on the Mac OS platform. MacDICT lets the user access a growing number of databases -- including Webster's Dictionary -- for free. The Classic version is still at v2.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Innobits announces new MPEG-2 video encoder
Innobits today announced the release of BitVice MPEG2 Encoder, a high-end video encoder that is friendly to a producer's quality and budget needs. BitVice MPEG2 Encoder helps Mac users fit more broadcast-quality digital video onto a DVD. Pricing starts at $300 for a single-user license.
IOGEAR ships USB 2.0 card for Mac
IOGEAR has unveiled a two-port USB 2.0 PCI card that enables Mac and Windows users to cost-effectively upgrade to USB 2.0 technology. The new card is designed for use in any standard PCI slot on a Macintosh or IBM-compatible PC. The $35 product is available immediately from catalog and online resellers. The card requires a Mac OS driver to function correctly; USB 2.0 support is not currently available from Apple.
March 2002 ATI Retail Update released
ATI has released the March 2002 ATI Retail Update for Mac OS 9/X, which updates the Radeon and Rage line of video cards -- Radeon 8500/7500, RAGE 128, ORION, Nexus 128 and XCLAIM VR 128. The updated drivers improve compatibility as well as performance.
NFN: Microsoft to announce Mac .Net plans
NFN reports on Microsoft's plan for .Net implementation on the Macintosh platform, which is expected to be announced later this week. Because the five-year-old Apple-Microsoft partnership expires this summer, both companies want to re-affirm the commitment that they are "staying together."
SnapperHead 4.5.2 improves stability, control
SnapperHead v4.5.2 is an update to the freeware application that allows others to see a snapshot of your screen in their web browser. Improvements in the update include stability, controls, and user features as well as fixing a few bugs.
StudioSystem 4.1: all-in-one music admin pack
rootsolutions has annouced StudioSystem v4.1, an all-in-one administration package for recording studios and musicians. Features include archival integration, contacts, invoicing, and more. A demo is available; price is $60.
Apple Remote Desktop 1.0.1 released
Apple has released Remote Desktop 1.0.1, an update to its remote control application that manages Macs over local networks or the Internet. The update offers improved security for opening and copying applications, folders, and files on a remote client. Pricing is $300 for 10 licenses or $500 for unlimited licenses. [updated]
Dantz posts Retrospect Backup 5.0203 updater
Dantz has released a minor update to Retrospect Backup 5.0203 recommended for all customers. The update fixes a problem that caused all Retrospect Backup 5.0 editions running under Mac OS X to continually increase their memory usage while any LaunchCFMApp process was running and also fixes a problem that caused Retrospect Desktop, Workgroup,and Server Backup 5.0 editions running under Mac OS 9 to assert failure (with "elem.c-812") when backing up a client AppleShare IP Server or a client computer that has personal file sharing turned on. [Express, Desktop/Workgroup/Server]
ATTO delivers first Ultra320 card to market
ATTO today announced it will begin shipping its single- and dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapters (HBA) for the Mac platform within 30 days, noting that production-quality cards have already been delivered to select beta testing sites. The ATTO Express PCI UL4D/S Ultra320 incorporates 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality while retaining backward compatibility with earlier SCSI versions. Pricing, although not final, is targetted for $650 for the single-channel card.
THR: Cinema tools for film editing
The Hollywood Reporter says that "Apple's interest in becoming a serious contender in the world of film editing and postproduction became more fully realized with the release of a software package beta-tested on Steven Soderbergh's upcoming movie," Full Frontal. Final Cut Pro with Cinema Tools is now being discussed for use on the director's sci-fi feature "Solaris," according to the article.
Bluetooth comes of Age: \'next big thing\'
Bluetooth comes of Age discusses the implications of Apple's recent backing of the BlueTooth standard, noting that Apple has been in a leader with new technologies over the past 5 years (USB ports, FireWire, 802.11b, etc.).
Zend Studio delayed: faulty Mac Java cited
Zend Tecnologies is notifying Zend Studio 2.0 for OS X beta testers that the upcoming release of its client-server PHP development environment has been delayed: "The final release of the Zend Studio 2.0 for Mac OS X has been postponed indefinitely due to several problems found in the Mac implementation of Java." The company is offering users an extended beta license of the client through June 30, 2002.
FilePod 1.0b1: export for FMPro to iPod
OFFICER FilePod 1.0b1 is a freeware solution that can export contact information from an existing FileMaker Pro 5/5.5 database into the iPod's contact list. The tool is available for both Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS 10.1.3 and requires Apple's iPod Update 1.1.
Mactracker 1.7 adds new Apple products
Ian Page's Mactracker 1.7, which contains detailed info on a host of Apple products, now includes info on the Apple Cinema HD Display, updated 10 GB iPod model, info on both AirPort Base Stations, and a few bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
[info]Batcher 1.0 edits file/folder flags
Iceblink has introduced [info]Batcher 1.0, yet another system utility ($20) that can change attributes including file Type/Creator, Visibility, Locked status, Label, Comments, etc.. It can also erase Custom Icons and Rename files in sequential manner. It has an advanced filter system that can be used to apply the changes to only specific files and includes an Undo functionality to restore the previous state of changed files.
CatDV Pro 3.0 has workgroup functions
Square Box Systems Ltd today announced the upcoming release of CatDV Pro 3.0, a multi-user version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility. It can capture and log video and has the ability to add comment/annotations. CatDV Pro also creates and manages low-resolution preview versions of movies. Version 3.0 has a central shared database of clips and logging information, and a file server holding preview movies. The Server runs under Mac OS X Server (or Win2000), while clients can run on Classic or OS X. Other new features include an enhanced search dialog, Live HTML Publisher, support for QuickTime text tracks, and ownership and permissions to control access to the clip library. It is due in the third quarter.
Secure Delete 1.0: new deletion utility
Aladdin today began shipping Secure Delete 1.0, its $25 data deletion tool that completely and permanently erases selected files by overwriting them.
O\'Reilly provides AltiVec details, advantage
The AltiVec Difference details the functions and advantages of the vector processing unit found in the G4 chip: "For all it's marketing hurrah, the concept of AltiVec is exceedingly simple: it processes data in multiples, working on a whole mouthful of data instead of tackling it one nibble at a time like the integer and floating-point units."
First TMPE-authorized Final Cut Pro classes
Professional film editors recently completed the first Final Cut Pro-based film editing classes authorized by The Motion Picture Editors Guild in the Sunset Boulevard offices of DigitalFilm Tree, a Certified Apple Training Center.
3D PowerPack for VectorWorks users
Nemetschek NA has introduced 3D PowerPack, a new advanced modeling application plugin for VectorWorks users, according to Architosh.
Tech: MS lawsuit, Apache 2.0, MovieLink
Morning tech news: A New Zealand company has filed a complaint against Microsoft, alleging that a subscription-like software-licensing program violates that country's laws; Apache 2.035 brings performance boosts, IPv6 support, filtered IO, and other changes to the popular Webserver (bundled with OS X) as well as the ability to run Apache in a hybrid thread/process mode on any platform that supports both threads and processes; and MovieLink, a joint venture among five major movie studios, is expected to launch its Internet video-on-demand service later this year using MPEG-4 technology.
eClick 1.2 creates Web buttons in 6 steps
eClick 1.2 adds GIF file support to the $25 utility that creates button graphics for web sites and presentations in 6 steps (from selecting a button's style, size, color, shadow and label to choosing its final output file format). It includes over 900 button styles.
Dominoes 2.0: new version of classic game
Allgood Software's Dominoes 2.0 is an update to the classic game, offering 11 different variations, including the straight forward Block and Draw, Matador, and Mexican Train game styles. The $20 shareware allows you to play against up to three computer opponents, offers the choice of three different skill levels, and supports both Double 6 and Double 9 domino sets.
Revolution 1.1.1 adds more database support
Revolution 1.1.1 is the latest version of the cross-platform development environment, bringing Valentina and MySQL database support , improved stability, more comprehensive error reporting, custom HTTP header control, FTP upload functions, a new driver interface for communicating with and controlling external devices, and better performance. [Classic, Carbon]
Extension speeds up WebSTAR/FM Pro servers
"Freakin' Magic" is a Mac OS System Extension that claims to accelerate "the performance of WebSTAR 3.x/4.x and FileMaker Pro 4.x/5.x a minimum of 100% to 200%, gauranteed! [sic]" Licenses are $200 or $100 for education and registered users of WebFM 4.1.
VideoClix 2.0 builds interactive videos
eline Technologies has released VideoClix 2.0, a major upgrade to its interactive video authoring solution. Th application offers the ability to build interactive Objects int video content. Version 2.0 adds new click, rollover and time triggered Actions, messaging for third party application support (Flash, iShell, LS Pro...), HTML independent interactivity, faster Object tracking, canned effects, full OS X support, MPEG support and UI improvements. The application is $500 and is bundled with an iShell Silver membership for $1000 (nearly a $500 savings). [upgrade pricing not available]
PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.5 adds drag n\' drop
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.5, which adds drag & drop support to the $25 application that can transfer files securely between any type of Windows PC and Macintosh over a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. A free demo limited to files of 2MB is available online.
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