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Gefen DVI Switchers shipping
Gefen announced today that its digital DVI switchers are now available for order. The DVI Switcher enables Mac users to setup a slew of monitor configurations including two or four-monitor with single computer setups, and dual-monitor, dual-computer configurations that offer dual monitor functionality, dual computer functionality, and independent support. Pricing ranges form $500 to $800 for the 2X1 DVI Switcher and the 4X1 DVI Switcher, respectively.
Visual Network Operating System network ann'
Singlestep Technologies today announced the introduction of the VNOS Developer Network, a online gathering for VNOS (Visual Network Operating System) developers. VNOS technology is compatible with Mac OS X; VNOS is priced at $99 per year, per user.
Sibelius Software intros Sibelius 2 demo
Sibelius Software has released a demonstration version of the Sibelius v2.0 music notation software for Mac OS 9/X. The cut-down edition of the $600 package features a full feature set and demo guide for new users.
ConverTable Units 2.0 released
Synergy Creations' ConverTable Units v2.0 adds several features to the company's popular $15 unit conversion shareware including main window fraction entry, Mac OS X style options, a total of 270 units and other minor improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
WristSaver 1.0.1: minor update to injury SW
WristSaver v1.0.1 is a Mac OS X application that can remind regular computer users to take a break from keyboard/mouse usage to prevent long-term wrist pain, and can temporarily lock-out stubborn users from their computers. This update is primarily a "bug fix release" that focuses on improving user experience with further Dock feedback; other improvements include support for multiple displays.
Styles Vol. 1/2 add 2000+ PS 7/6 styles
Sapphire Innovations has released Styles Volumes 1 and 2 for the Macintosh. Styles offers over two-thousand "stunning" styles for Adobe Photoshop 6/7. Included are gradient, bevel, satin, glow, colorized stroke, inner glow and drop shadow effects. Also offered are "instant effects" ideal for Web design and on-screen productions. Pricing is $32 for a single-user licence.
Buena reduces price on Effect Essentials
Buena Software has reduced the price of its Effect Essentials plug-ins for Adobe After Effects by $100 to $250, and is offering an extra $50 off through the end of the month. The set of 10 AltiVec-enhanced effects plug-ins for Adobe After Effects 5.0 work under Classic and OS X in both 8-bitper channel and 16-bit per channel modes.
Reader cautions against new IBM Tivoli Backup
MacNN reader Ian Crew notes that IBM earlier this week announced version 5.1 of its Tivoli TSM Backup software, which includes a Mac OS X client and released the product today, but notes that product has several flaws--most of which are outlined in IBM's documentation: "but they don't mention just how big an impact those bugs will have on your average end user... here at UC Berkeley, we have posted a webpage telling our customers why they should NOT use this product."
Extension Overload 5.9.7 provides system info
Extension Overload 5.9.7 is an extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that offers detailed information on 5803 different system items and also lets you activate/deactivate them. It adds more than a 100 more component definitions, updated URLs and emails, and fixes a bug in Mac OS 8.6.
PocketBackup 1.0 offers 3-step backups
PocketBackup 1.0, a $20 backup utility for OS X, offers backup to disk image format, auto mounting of AppleTalk and Network Drives, scheduled backups, logs of previously made backups, and other features.
Freeware, edu versions of LightWave available
NewTek has announced its new LightWave Free Discovery Edition, a free version of LightWave with limited saving and watermarked rendering and is also offering a full-featured educational version of LightWave 3D available to students for $400: "These new options for students will help create a new generation of visual effects artists, filmmakers, illustrators, and animators,” said Jim Plant, CEO of NewTek. LightWave  Upgrades from previous versions for educational users are available for $200. It is available for Classic and OS X.
DivX Doctor II 2.1 converts .avi movie files
DivX Doctor II 2.1 brings Mac OS 8.6 compatibility, Scratch Disk selection, Error Logging, and Preliminary AC3 support to the utility that updates DivX .avi videos to 3ivx QuickTime (.mov) videos for better playback of video and resolution of audio glitches inherent to the AVI format.
Proteron releases MaxMenus 1.1 system util
Proteron has released MaxMenus 1.1, an update to the $30 system utility that adds improved drag-and-drop functionality, including support for dropping into menus invoked with a hot-key, and "grabbing", the ability to start a drag with an item in a menu. It also improves its Dock enhancing features. MaxMenus offers a variety of customizable menus that simplify the launching and managing of applications, documents, volumes, preferences, recent items, photos, music playlists and much more.
Hailstorm fails as companies remain resistant
Microsoft has quietly shelved plans for My Services, a centerpiece product in the .Net Internet software strategy, according to New York Times editor John Markoff. Originally codenamed "Hailstorm" the development project fell apart as "they [Microsoft] ran into the reality that many companies don't want any company between them and their customers."
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