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Stone Studio: 7 Cocoa tools for various tasks
Stone Design is shipping all seven of its applications that make up Stone Studio, its flagship suite of tools designed in Cocoa that provide the tools to do graphic design, page layout, web publishing, manage digital photos, track time and bill clients and produce PDF from PostScript files. The entire suite now has Danish and Dutch localizations, in addition to the already added French, German, Italian and more. Also added are unique features for each application in the suite -- SliceAndDice can now zoom in on images and display dividers; Create now features Text Styles which visually show different styles that can be applied to text. The entire suite of applications is available for $300; each application is available separately. A demo of the suite is available.
OS X: LiteSwitch X, XChar 1.5, PrintMagic 1.0
osx.macnn.com notes the latest versions of LiteSwitch X, a keyboard application switching tool; XChar v1.5, which helps users who need to use uncommon symbols and characters; and PrintMagic 1.0, a printing utility for OS X.
LiteSwitch X switches apps via keyboard
LiteSwitch X is a free keyboard application switcher for Mac OS X. It offers expanded features beyond just the Dock's keyboard switching, including Windows-like Alt-tab for moving between different open applications. LiteSwitch X is a complete rewrite for OS X of its earlier offering, LiteSwitch 1.0. The application will be available first to paying owners of MaxMenus.
Mouseki 2.2: modifier key now works globally
Mouseki v2.2 allows users to input text in "situations where it is not possible to use a keyboard - be they physical impairments such as RSI or disabilities or kiosk applications." The latest version now supports the modifier key globally and also supports different keyboard sizes. The update is free to owners of v2.x; the full price is $15.
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.0 updates sw
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury v3.0 is a new realistic spacecraft simulation that features fully operational cockpit, real-time 3D visuals and compatibility to run networked simulations. The software includes a suite of tools that allows users to edit the launch and landing areas, calculate different variables and more; price is $60 for a full version or $30 for an upgrade.
EarthLink Satellite for Macs within 90 days
MacNN reader Sean Pons notes that EarthLink expects their Satellite service to be up and running for Macs within 90 days. "EarthLink says they expect Mac satellite service available within 90 days. [It costs] $69.95 for 2-way satellite service (400k down, 128k up). Equipment is $399 and installation is $199. They will take your name, number, email and say they will contact you when the service is available."
Fetch 4.0.2 adds long file names, duplication
The popular FTP Client, Fetch, has been updated to version 4.0.2. The OS 9/X compatible FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client offers many improvements including performance, compatibility, and features such as long file names and the ability to duplicate remote files. A free 15 day trial is available; the full version is $25.
The Website Illuminator helps maintain sites
The Website Illuminator is designed to help web developers to build and maintain reliable, accessible websites. It quickly finds broken links and markup problems that are difficult and time consuming to find manually, and identifies relationships between URL's. It is compatible with multiple operating systems, including Mac OS X.
Satellite Simulator: educational space game
Satellite Simulator! v1.1 is an educational game that includes "sophisticated orbital dynamics and a network interface supporting up to 8 spacecraft!" Users can manipulate over 10 different spacecraft and satellites over LAN's or WAN's, design spacecrafts with CAD tools and import other 3D models such as DXF and 3DS; price is $35.
Free Photoshop Plug-ins comp. with v7 & OS X
Reindeer Games has free plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop that are now compatible with the latest version of Photoshop (7.0) including Mac OS X, and now have both 8-bits and 16-bits per channel. Plug-ins include Custom Filter, Adaptive Equalization and Enter Magnification.
XChar 1.5: use uncommon characters easily
XChar v1.5 allows users to use uncommon characters without having to remember the key combinations. The $10 shareware app now has an improved interface and allows the font display to change size.
Adobe lawsuit against Macromedia begins today
Adobe's jury lawsuit against Macromedia, filed in August 2000 over alleged infringement on Adobe's "tabbed palette" patents by Macromedia's Flash UI, begins today in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Macromedia's countersuit charging that "Adobe's Photoshop image-editing software and its GoLive Web design software infringe on two patents that Macromedia holds for editing tools," is expected to go before a jury shortly after the original case is decided, according to c|net.
Live 1.5: audio sequencer from Ableton
Live 1.5, a free update to Ableton's $350 audio sequencer which "can be played like an instrument" and can bring together audio material form various sources with automatic adjustment of the samples to the tempo of the song in realtime and without changing the pitch. Version 1.5 offers Rewire master and slave support (with Cubase, Logic, Reason, Rebirth, Digital Performe), a Render/Bounce export audio function, MIDI Sync master and slave support, MIDI Support for incremental controllers and motor faders, a new reverb effect.
PrintToPDF 2.4.2 generates PDF files
James Walker's PrintToPDF 2.4.2 is a maintenance update to the $20 shareware Mac printer driver that can generate PDF files without purchasing Adobe's Acrobat package.
Sharp intros new flat panel LCDs
Sharp's new 18" flagship LCD monitor is the first commercail LCD panel capable of displaying over 1 billion colors. The LL-T1820 is an 18-inch LCD monitor that has super-wide display angles of 170 degrees, dual DVI inputs, an integrated USB hub, a tilt/swivel stand, 1280x1024 resolution, and the ability to pivot to portrait mode. It is available now in black or white for $1,300. The 18" "value" LL-T1803 offers a 220 nit brightness, 400:1 contrast ratio, and analog or digital (DVI) inputs for $950 (due in May). Sharp also introduced 15" LL-T1520 with an integrated pair of speakers, 1024x768 resolution support, and integrated USB Hub, and Standard/Tilt & Swivel base. It is available in white or black for $500. The $430 LL-T15G1 due next month has high brightness (260 nits) and high contrast ratio (350:1) as well as features a backlight with very low power consumption (29 watts).
iPodCradle, iPodDock to ship in early May
Photo Control Corporation has announced two new accessories for the iPod: the iPodCradle and iPodDock. The iPodCradle ($30) allows the iPod to be supported in an upright position on the desktop (with or without most cases), while the iPodDock ($45) acts as a holder and also provides connection ports for audio and FireWire, for instant docking. Both items are expected to ship May 6th. [link updated]
DynamicStructure 1.01: new 4D plugin
Deep Sky Technologies is distributing, DynamicStructure 1.01, a plugin that lets 4D developers dynamically get and set properties and contents of objects in the structure. It offers automatic documentation and dynamic manipulation of objects. Pricing starts at $260 for the initial, single-platform license with 10 deployment licenses.
piPop 2.0b2: FinderPop-like util for OS X
piDog Software has released piPop 2.0b2 (previously known as piDock), a $25 shareware utility for navigating files and folders. It offers tear-off menus, drag and drop to piPop menus, improved click-and-hold folder drilling, and the ability to access running applications from piPop's menus.
ResPloder 1.5 for exloding/imploding
ResPloder 1.5 adds the ability to exclude resources (or the data fork) from an explosion or implosion as well as the ability to specify the type and creator of exploded resource files (and default PICT and TEXT file types), an explosion/implosion progress dialog, a cancelation option, and better preservation of resource flags and names.
InterMapper 3.6.1 adds wireless monitoring
Dartware's InterMapper 3.6.1 allows network managers to continously monitor the status of Apple and Cisco wireless access points, displaying the number of clients associated with a base station, along with the client name or MAC address and the signal strength for each client. Version 3.6.1 also adds authenticated email notifications, improved log files, improved HTTPS probe for Classic, and new SNMP v2c versions of the Cisco and Basic OID probes. Pricing starts at $300 for 10 devices. [Classic, OSX]
TC Works shipping SPARK 2.5 with OS X support
TC Works is now shipping SPARK 2.5, a new OS X version of its audio processing application with improved editing, processing, and cursor handling as well as better file handling for direct access to MP3 and QuickTime files, a new visual scrub tool, which allows tape-style acoustic navigation through a file, and enhanced waveform overview and zoom handling. The company also claims that large projects will open up to 10 times faster with the new version and says that the OS X version supports Apple's Core Audio for extremely low latencies and Apple's Core MIDI, supporting direct playback of the modular synthesizer from any connected MIDI device. Spark 2.5 is $400, while Spark XL 2.5 with with full TDM integration and audio restoration features is $700.
Together at last promo for PowerBooks
Apple's Together at last promo offers $150 off the purchase of the PowerBook G4, a flat panel display, and a new Apple DVI to ADC Adapter. It runs from April 30th through June 30th.
Adobe releases first OpenType fonts
Adobe today announced that more than 650 converted Adobe Type Library (ATL) fonts are now available in OpenType format, promising to release two additional sets separately in the third and fourth calendar quarters of this year.
Antenna Master 2.0 helps design antennas
Black Cat Systems' Antenna Master 2.0 is an antenna design package for amateur (ham) radio operators, and other radio enthusiasts. The $15 shareware application supports OS X and offers several tutorials on building antennas and performs several calculations. [Classic, OSX]
db Reports 3.0: report writing application
db Reports 3.0 adds new features such as more band options and bug fixes to the cross-platform report writing application that extract, format and print data from various data sources, including 4D Server 6.7, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, and Valentina (1.8.10). Upgrades from v2.0 to the $130 application are $50. [Classic, OSX]
BTV 5.4.1: video capture utility updated
BTV 5.4.1, from Ben Bird, brings improved playback (via a CPU control setting), automatic DV-out selection when connected to a DV converter device, and a deinterlace filter for captured and exported images to the $20 aplication for viewing and capturing video. It works with any Macintosh compatible video input source such as video input cards, TV cards, built-in video, USB, DV, and FireWire video sources. [Classic, OSX]
TouchStrokes 1.0: virtual keyboard utility
Niemeijer Consult's TouchStrokes 1.0 is a virtual keyboard for touch screens, server management and graphic tablet users. The customizable utility automatically adjusts to US and international keyboard layouts, has multiple resizable keyboard models, and handles command-key combinations, dead-keys, and modifier key - click combinations. A demo of the $95 utility is available online.
ResellerPower now available for OS X
dSoft, Inc. has released an OS X version of ResellerPower, its integrated database system for small business that includes functions for quoting, order entry, purchase order, prospecting, and office automation. The application offers double-entry accounting, inventory checking, and contact management and scheduling via optional modules. Pricing starts at $600.
PrintMagic 1.0 offers enhanced printing
PrintMagic 1.0, now available for OS X, offers several printing options for users, including the ability to select and print text from within any application and a virtual Desktop Printer that supports drag-and-drop printing. Other options include the ability to add a time/date stamp or URL to printed text and a "notes" features to annotate, store, and organize text. The $25 utility ships with a 30-day money-back guarantee. A demo is available.
LittleSecrets 1.1 helps store private info
LittleSecrets 1.1 is designed to store all your passwords, account numbers, provider data, serial numbers, URLs, or any other "secret info". The $7 enhanced notepad, which uses Blowfish encryption, now correctly saves window positions, list width, and the previously selected entry and offers drag & drop support, Undo functionality, and improved keyboard navigation.
Apple introduces new DVI-to-ADC Adapter
Apple today also announced its DVI-to-ADC Adapter which can connect its line of all-digital, flat-panel displays to the new PowerBook G4 via its integrated Digital Visual Interface (DVI) port and also provides the ability to add a second Apple flat-panel display to selected Power Mac G4 configurations, including models with the new NVIDIA GeForce 4 Titanium graphics processor. The compact device measures 5-inches square and features active components to boost the DVI signal. It includes an integrated power supply, an AC power cord and a 2-meter cable with USB and DVI. It is available now for $150.
Gefen ships DVI-to-VGA conversion box
Gefen's ex-tend-it DVI-to-VGA Conversion Box connects a computer's digital (DVI) port to an analog (VGA) monitor. The device comes equipped with its own power supply and cables and offers analog/digital conversion. It is $400.
HexEdit 1.8 edits data/resource forks
HexEdit 1.8 is a Macintosh hexadecimal file editor that handles both data and resource forks. Version 1.8 includes several user experience and GUI improvements and fixes, including color windows (with user-definable color schemes added).
IconBuilder Pro 3.5 supports OS X, Adobe PS 7
The Iconfactory has released IconBuilder Pro 3.5, an OS X compatible version of its professional icon creation filter/plugin for Photoshop (and compatible applications). It offers compatibility with Photoshop 7 and a revised, Aqua user interface as well as support for 32-bit icons for both OS X and XP, single-click conversion from Mac-to-Windows, and translucent / transparent masking of icons. The $70 utility is a free upgrade to registered users of v3.x.
Macromedia FireWorks MX, Dreamweaver MX
Macromedia today announced Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX, new OS X compatible versions of its Web graphics utility and Web site authoring utility. Both are due to ship in May.
Apple releases updated Titanium PowerBooks
Apple today introduced an updated Titanium PowerBook G4 line featuring an all-new, high-resolution display , faster PowerPC G4 processors (up 800MHz), and an integrated Digital Visual Interface (DVI) port, 1MB of level 3 cache, and an integrated Gigabit Ethernet interface. The new 15.2-inch wide display features an enhanced resolution of 1280x854 pixels along with higher brightness and better color saturation. The new PowerBook uses ATI's Mobility Radeon 7500 with 32MB of memory and also features a new audio-in port, but lacks the IR port. The 667MHz model (256MB/30GB) is $2,500, while the 800MHz model (512MB/40GB) is $3,200. [updated]
Apple unveils eMac for education
Apple today unveiled the eMac, a new desktop line designed specifically for education, featuring a 17-inch flat CRT and a 700 MHz PowerPC G4 processor in a compact design. The $1000 machine offers a 40Gb drive, an integrated 16-watt digital amplifier and stereo speakers, a NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 3D AGP 2X graphics with 32MB of DDR memory, 128MB of RAM, a CD drive and Apple's optical Pro mouse and full-size Apple Pro Keyboard. the $1,200 version has a combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive. [updated]
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