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Dantz Retrospect Backup 5.0.205 released
A Dantz Retrospect Backup v5.0.205 updater is now available from Dantz for current version 5.0 owners. Customers that purchased Retrospect Backup 5.0 directly from the Dantz Web site, before 6:30PM EST, April 24, 2002 should download this patch. [Retrospect Express, Retrospect Server/WG/DT]
c|net on Mac/PC switch-overs
Switching from Microsoft Windows to the Macintosh, or vice-versa, may not be as large of a leap as it once was, according to a c|net guide. The article by John Rizzo, author of How the Mac Works, Millennium Edition indicates that the Macintosh continues to see a growth in application development, "Think you'll lose all your applications when you move to the Mac? Think again."
Unsanity releases Xounds v1.2
Unsanity has released Xounds v1.2, an updated version of the Mac OS X 'haxie' that brings Mac OS Appearance Sounds -- originally introduced with Mac OS 8.5 -- to Mac OS X. The free update allows uses to exclude specified applications from sound effects, and import Mac OS 9 sound sets.
Visual effects QuickTime card now cheaper
Digital Voodoo today announced a price reduction of 20% on the Iridium AV PCI card. The now-two-thousand-dollar card is an output-only 10 bit uncompressed QuickTime PCI card for the Macintosh. Fully compatible with all Power Mac G4 series workstations, the Iridium AV provides 10-bit quality for paint, compositing and video/audio output applications such as Adobe After Effects or Photoshop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm ColorTheory DV or Boris FX.
4D 4.5 provides HTTP uploads, long file names
4D has posted 4D WebSTAR Server Suite v4.5, a Mac OS 9 compatible version of its web-serving software. It provides File Upload plug-in for HTTP file uploads, long file names and paths as well as prevention of memory leaks. The update is free to all registered 4D WebSTAR 4.x users. [updated]
Speed Download 1.8 improves compatibility
Speed Download v1.8 is a download manager for Mac OS 9 & X that provides enhanced speed, resumable downloads and scheduling of downloads. The "must-have" update has been adds numerous new features, such as better performance and compatibility with numerous browsers, faster plug-in performance, and more contextual menu options. A 30-day demo is available; price is $20.
HTML Converter 1.4 checks code w/ W3C
HTML Converter 1.4 is a free tool for converting special characters into HTML code equvalents in HTML, PHP and ASP. The latest version now verifies code using the W3C's offical SGML list as well as updates AppleScripts.
Tubed Vol 1-6: plug-ins for Paint Shop Pro
Sapphire Inoovations's Tubed Volume 1-6 are a set of plug-ins for Paint Shop Pro, as well as now being compatible with Splat! plug-ins. The "tubes" can be used to create paint images, stamp effects, and more. A demo is available; price is $50
Official Matlab survey for OS X port of app
Aspyr ships Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is the highly anticipated first-person shooter for Mac OS 9/X. After months of beta testing, Aspyr has begun to ship the final version which costs $50.
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Architosh: Strata 3Dpro 3.7 demo, v5.0 coming
Apple UK offers new Peace of Mind promo
Apple UK's Peace of Mind promo offers a 17" flat panel display, a Power Mac G4, and 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan at up to a £207 discount, according to Macworld UK.
RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings
RealNetworks today released RealVideo 9 and RealAudio Surround, which it says brings "broadcast quality video to broadband users and a subscription quality video experience to dialup users." It claims that RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings over RealVideo 8 at all quality levels (including VHS quality starting at 160Kpbs) and that RealAudio Surround enables multi-channel surround sound starting at 44 Kbps. The company has also submitted components of RealVideo 9 to the Joint Video Team, a joint working group of MPEG and VCEG that will create the next version of MPEG-4. RealPlayer 8 already supports RealVideo 9; a "unix" version of RealOne is due 30 days.
Press 3 offers Mac certifications
Press 3 has announced a certification program targeted toward experienced Mac technical individuals. The program, marketed as a alternative to Apple Certifications, offers three certifications with a possibility of earning a fourth, including Mac OS X, Mac Classic, and Mac Hardware; passing all three certifications gives individuals a MacCSE or Mac Certified Systems Engineer Certification. Press 3 has extended its examination period discount through Saturday, April 27th, 2002.
Reader: report from Apple event in Beijing
A MacNN reader provided a report from Apple's recent showcase in Beijing, China:
"Yesterday I went to the Apple demo in the Schillers 3 bar in Beijing which was performed by Derek Ling, Director of Business Development for Apple in China. He showed off most the Apple consumer hardware including iPod and Airport, He also talked about OSX in detail and showed of iPhoto, iMovie and Office X.
"He also responded to some tough questions from the Audience by appoligising for the lack of access to Apple products in china and saying Apple will be setting up 2 Stores in Beijing this year! He also denied any knowlege of OSX 10.2/10.5 (Jaguar) saying "as far as I know, we have no update planned", this was receved with sniggers from the audience. The whole even was very informal and great fun."
Glucose updates Impasse 1.2.1 firewall util
Glucose's Impasse 1.2.1 is a "major bug fix and usability release" to the firewall utility for OS X. It ofers more informative interactive logging, alerts users of new updates, and has other fixes. It can be registered for $10 for a limited time. A free 30-day demo is available for download.
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