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MacNN Film Competition Winners announced
The winners of the MacNN Film Competition have been chosen. The competition, which has been going on for over 5 months, now has 10 winners in 5 different categories: Animation, Computer Related, Miscellaneous, Movie Trailer and Music Video.
Symantec and Virex defintions for May updated
Digital FireworX: Fireworks from you Mac
Digital FireworX is an application that creates fully rendered simulated fireworks. The software allows users to fire off fountains, gerbs, cones, firecrackers, mortars, and rockets that are accompanied by 3D particle animations and sounds. The shareware costs $10
Reader: MSN internet now available for Macs
A MacNN reader notes that MSN's internet access is now available for Mac users via Qwest. The service is compatible with Mac OS 9 (not X).
Sorenson responds to Apple lawsuit
Sorenson Media has responded to a lawsuit that has been filed against the company by Apple. Apple has claimed that the release of Sorenson Spark has breached their contract as the company previously signed an agreement with Apple preventing them from "developing, marketing, or licensing" any form of their compression technology used in QuickTime. Sorenson believes that Apple's claims are "without merit, and if necessary, intends to mount a vigorous defense against the allegations." Also, Jim Sorenson, the CEO of Sorenson Media states "We are reasonable, and as is usual practice, we are always willing to discuss and work to resolve issues. In the meantime, we remain focused on executing our overall corporate and product strategy and doing what we feel is best for our customers." [updated]
NFN: \"The Case for Carbon\"
A NFN article shows the issues developers face in choosing between Cocoa and Carbon for their Mac OS X applications. "Apple has been slow to promote the advantages of Cocoa, instead touting Carbon as a swift development route with little re-coding required."
Retrospect Express 5.0 update for SystemWorks
Dantz has released an updater for Retrospect Express 5.0 for owners of Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2.0. "This updater is only for Retrospect Express 5.0 that came with Norton SystemWorks 2.0 and may be accessed from the Symantec page on the Dantz website." The update improves OS X functionality and added support for additional backup devices.
eMac & PowerBook G4 Dev. Notes available
Apple has released the developer notes for both the new eMac and the update to the PowerBook G4 (DVI), which were noted yesterday (eMac, PowerBook G4). The notes contain developer-oriented, in-depth technical information the new hardware.
Aspyr offers game updates, new promo
Aspyr has offered updates on several of its games, including Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, The Sims Hot Date, and Harry Potter v1.01 update as well as a special promo on SpiderMan.
Iridium AD: uncompressed 10-bit SDI PCI card
Digital Voodoo today introduced the Iridium AD, an uncompressed 10-bit SDI 64-bit PCI card designed specifically for broadcast designers and visual effects artists. It features dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, one analog component output for analog tape decks, a composite output for viewing SD-SDI video, and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It is compatible with After Effects, PhotoShop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm's ColorTheory DV and Boris FX. It is due in the second quarter for $2,500.
Feelorium updates QT apps, offers bundle
Feelorium has updated several of its QuickTime applications: Tattto 1.1, its $23 tool for adding media skin and interactive buttons to QuickTime Movies, has 13 new buttons, support unlimited undo, export options for a self-contained movie (or with dependencies), and limited control of the aspect ratio. Textation 1.06 adds a 'Save Replace' function to the $23 QuickTime text track editor for OS X. Both Full Screen Player 1.1.3 ($12) and Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.6 ($12), which provides a floating QuickTime Movie player and Web Cam viewer, have also been updated. A bundle of the four applications is $35, a 50% savings over purchases of each application individually.
IPNetMonitor X: Internet tool suite for OS X
IPNetMonitor X 1.01 is an update to Sustainable Softworks' $40 Internet suite with Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is, Finger, Subnet Calculator, DHCP Lease, TCP Dump, Address Scan, Port Scan, Link Rate, Connection List and TCP Info functions. Version 1.01 encodes tool paths using UTF8 to accomodate extended characters in path names when first run.
iPhoto v1.1 coming \"soon\"
A MacNN reader notes that an update to iPhoto, Apple's digital photo application, is due out "soon" via the Software Update Control Panel. iPhoto 1.1 is expected to bring "enhanced editing, improved organizing and new ways to share your photos including the ability to include photos in Email, set your desktop picture and your Screen Saver slideshow."
iTunes Library Manager v1.2: multiple configs
Doug's AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager v1.2, an applet that allows you to make a back-up copy of your "iTunes Music Library (2)" file, allowing users to save multiple copies of various Library/playlist configurations which the applet is able to retrieve at any time. Version 1.2 allows you to over-write a previously backed-up Library with an updated version. Four iPod Scripts 1.1, also available, includes 'Random Albums to iPod', 'Random Artist to iPod', 'Random iPod', and 'Clean iPod'.
Chimera 0.2.6: browser project updated
Chimera 0.2.6 adds default OS homepage support, view source support, proxy settings and bookmark import functions (from Mozilla, Netscape, Internet Explorer, or Omniweb) to the Cocoa-based browser project.
MicroNet announces OS X compatible SANcube
MicroNet today announced OS X compatible configurations of its SANcube, its FireWire SAN (Storage Area Network). The single-user SANcube provides up to 720 GB of online storage and delivers up to 33 MB/sec data throughput, while the new dual channel SANcube X-stream arrays offer up to 720GB capacities, and achieve up to 65 MB/sec sustained throughput by striping data across two FireWire busses. The company says that OS X compatibility is currently limited to single attached systems. The 720GB version of the SANcube and the dual-channel SANcube X-stream arrays will be available for shipment in May 2002. Upgrades consists of software and firmware; current owners of the SANcubes can send in their SANcube to MicroNet for single-user OS X upgrade for $270.
QPS releases new drivers for Que! USB CD-RW
QPS has released the new set of drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW drive, according to MacNN reader Gabriel Botnick: " The installer says the drivers work with OS X up to 10.1.3, but it in fact works with 10.1.4 as well."
eMail Alert! 3.0: redesigned for OS X
The shareware ($15) e-mail notification application eMail Alert! 3.0 includes a refined user interface with spaced controls, easier message readability, and a redesigned global alert system with 22 built-in alert sound effects, including a floating alert for OS X users. [Classic, OSX]
Liquid Ledger update, demo released
Modeless Software today released a save-disabled demo version of Liquid Ledger as well as an update to its $40 personal finance application that offers the ability to record bank account and credit card activity; track income and expenses; track investments and measure resulting capital gains and losses; manage foreign currency accounts; obtain summary information; and other functions. Liquid Ledger 1.01 offers improved support for the sorting of accounts and transactions as well as minor bug fixes. [demo, update]
MPEG2Splitter 1.4 splits MPEG-2 files
MPEG2Splitter 1.4 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments, manually or automatically, from any size source (support files over 2GB). Version 1.4 brings OS X 10.1.4 compatibility and fixes other bugs. A 15-day demo of the $15 utility is available online.
Macromedia working on OS X port of Director
Macromedia representatives note that the company is working on a port of Director to OS X: "As you know, Director is a very powerful application with many years of coding poured into it. We're working as fast as we can to port this code to OS X. We can't discuss dates at this time, but again, stay tuned for more information."
Daydreamer: Webcam-util for Web URLs
Quandir Software has released an OS X version of Daydreamer, which will display pictures (at one or more URLs on the Web) at customized intervals. The $10 shareware can create time-lapse movies of the URL picture, adding a new frame to a movie each time the picture is refreshed. It is AppleScriptable and is bundled with sample scripts that allows you to view slide shows of picture folders on your computer, or even make those slide shows into QuickTime movies.
Iomega ships 40x12x48 FireWire CD-RW drive
ramBunctious 2.0 provides RAM disks under OSX
ramBunctious 2.0, an OS X-compatible version of the $25 shareware utility, provides basic RAM disk functionality for OS X, including being able to read from and write to RAM disks created using ramBunctious 1.x on OS 9 or below.
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