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Andromeda 1.92 released
Andromeda v1.92 is an update to the MP3 utility that offers functions for streaming files over the Internet using Apache. It has remote playback, private/public play lists and personal jukebox functions. The $20 "donationware" application supports skins, video files, and a variety of audio formats.
POPmonitor email app gets full rewrite
POPmonitor v2.0 is a complete rewrite of the $25 e-mail management software with new functionality, performance enhancements and an improved user interface. POPmonitor offers the ability to delete email directly on the server, to automate the removal of unwanted messages by creating lists of trusted and blocked senders and by creating custom filters based on other criteria. Also available is the option to automatically return rejected mail to the sender to indicate that the message is unwanted, or to notify a coworker that further correspondence is necessary.
Flaw in Office damaging to Macs
c|net points to a serious flaw in Microsoft Office 2001 and v.X for the Macintosh -- only recently acknowledged by the software giant -- that would leave a user's system open to Internet 'vandals' and computer worms. Malicious hackers can cause a complete system crash of Mac OS 9, or an application crash in Mac OS X by formatting HTML in a particular manner and taking advantage of the software's built-in HTML engine. Discovered by the w00w00 security group, the method can result in loss of work, or just simple annoyance. "In all cases, writing shellcode (a program) to exploit this problem is simple." A patch to correct the hole is now available from Microsoft; OS X users can get the update via the Apple Software Update application; a Microsoft Office X Combined Update also addresses the issue; a small patch is available for Mac OS 9.
MIDI monitors, formats MIDI signals
MIDI Monitor v1.1 is a free utility that displays MIDI signals in a variety of formats and can watch both incoming and outgoing MIDI streams as well as filter them by message type and channel, "Musicians will find it handy for tracking down confusing MIDI problems. Programmers can use it to test MIDI drivers and applications." An update allows MIDI Monitor to "spy" on MIDI data as it is sent to destinations by other applications; version 1.1 offers an updated interface to several portions of the software.
Mac OS-X Unleashed posts book fixes
Mac OS-X Unleashed is a Mac OS X book that goes over many different aspects of Apple's operating system. The authors would like to note that mistakes in the book have been realized, and have been put onto a website before a future release of the book corrects the mistakes.
NAV 8.0.1 available via LiveUpdate
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 is an antivirus appilcation for Mac OS X. The latest update, which is available via LiveUpdate (download update is not available at this time) resolves an issue that occurs when files in the Finder are replaced.
24U Email OSAX 2.0 sends email w/o client
24U s.r.o. has updated 24U Email OSAX v2.0, its AppleScript Scripting Addition. The software automatically sends mail without an email client necessary. The update now provides OS 7-X support.
Power on X: statistical calculator for OS X
Power on X is a Mac OS X native statistical power calculator from MMISoftware. The $20 shareware program is able to perform a priori and post-hoc analysis for two-tailed t-Test of means.
Troi Grabber 1.5 records pics/movies into FMP
Troi Grabber Plug-in v1.5 is a plug-in for FileMaker Pro 5.5 that allows users to record pictures and movies directly into FileMaker Pro databases. New features include OS X compatibiltiy and new and improved example files. A fully functional version is available; full price is $80.
Folder Spy 1.5: folder monitoring shareware
Chaotic Software has released Folder Spy v1.5, its folder monitoring shareware for Mac OS X. It now features support for saving and opening Folder Spy documents and improves the user interface. The price is $10.
clipEdit 2.6 adds dock menu support
Everyday Software's clipEdit 2.6 is a $5 shareware picture clipping editor for OS X. Version 2.6 adds sheet support, live window resizing, scroll wheel support, a dock menu, long file name support, Services support and speech recognition as well as a new interface and several bug fixes: "It is particularly useful under Mac OS X because the Finder lacks the ability to copy text from a clipping window when being displayed."
Pooch 1.2 for creating a parallel computer
Pooch 1.2, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic Application, is designed for assembling and operating a parallel cluster. Version 1.2 adds support for jobs compiled with other MPIs; Cocoa apps and other bundle-based apps; Unix-based executables (including Mach-O executables and Unix scripts); Unix-style permissions, process monitoring, and process killing; and scheduling of Node registration. It is $150 for the first node and $100 for additional nodes through the month of April.
Tech: HP vote, IBM drives, Intel earnings
Afternoon tech news: HP shareholders appear to have narrowly approved the $20 billion acquisition of Compaq, according to an independent proxy certifying firm; IBM and Hitachi have agreed to combine their hard disk businesses into a single company; Intel yesterday met Wall Street expectations on stronger-than-expected microprocessor sales, earning $936 million, or 14 cents a share--nearly double its revenue and profit numbers from the year-ago-quarter.
NYT: Beige Box Fades to Black
The New York Times discusses the trends in PC case design in a piece titled "The Beige Box Fades to Black," which notes new case styles/coloring from Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony: "But the real innovator in computer design and the use of color has been Apple since Steven P. Jobs returned to the company in 1997."
Qualcomm releases new Eudora betas
Password Retriever 3.5: stores info securely
Koingo Software's $12 shareware for securely storing passwords and other private info, Password Retriever 3.5, adds the ability to protect different password lists with different passwords, stores all information a single encrypted archive, and has new export options which allow you to specify unique delimiters. [Classic, OSX]
Iconographer 2.4 supports QuickTime Effects
Iconographer 2.4, a fully-featured icon editor, allows you to both change the icons of items and to edit the icon resources used by various applications. Version 2.4 adds support for QuickTime effects, help tag support under OS X, palette snapping, and other performance/stability improvements. It supports classic Mac OS (8-bit icons only), Mac OS 8.5+ (32-bit icons with 8-bit icons), Mac OS X (128 x 128 icons in .icns files), Windows and Windows XP (.ico files), and Mac OS X Server (48 x 48 icons in .tiff files). [Classic, OSX]
RealViz introduces Stitcher 3.5
RealViz yesterday announced Stitcher 3.5, an update to its application for building panoramas for film, print, 3D and the Web. Version 3.5 brings a new Forced' Stitch option to create images in the exact position required; new lens distortion correction; the ability to crop final renderings; enhanced Horizon Definition for eradicating 'wavy' cylindrical panoramas; a new Hotspot tool for creating hyperlinked areas; an artifact removal tool; and a new flat stitch function for assembling images of a flat object. It is due in May as a $200 upgrade to v3.1 owners. Full versions of the application are $500.
Apple posts $40M profit on increased revenues
Apple yesterday reported a profit of $40 million or $0.11 per share on increased revenues of 1.5 billion, edging out analysts estimates of $0.10 profit. We have updated our conference call highlights from yesterday with more information. (We also noted the release of OS X 10.1.4 yesterday.)
WeatherPop: freeware tools displays weather
Glucose today unveiled WeatherPop, a freeware tool that periodically queries the internet and displays the current weather conditions for virtually any city or town in the world in the menu bar.
On Guard 3.4 improves security options
Power On Software today released On Guard 3.4, an update to its security and computer access management software. It adds support for Apple's Navigation Services and the ability to prevent files from being saved into protected folders; prevents the use of the Finder's Duplicate command on protected items; allows removable USB and SCSI volumes to be recognized as "Floppies/Removables" and configured in the Security Tab of the On Guard Control Panel; and can now disable certain Internet Explorer menu items. It is a free update to v3.x owners of the $70 product.
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