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Sputnix 0.8.2B Audiogalaxy client released
Sputnix v0.8.2B is an unsupported and unofficial "satellite" client for the Audiogalaxy music exchange protocol. This version brings the temporary removal of German, Dutch, Swedish, and French localizations that caused application instability. Other, more minor, changes include non-case-sensitive uploads requests, a Customize Toolbar option and new "Pro" features for paying users.
Chimera 0.2.7 offers customizability
Chimera v0.2.7 is an update to the powerful Fizzilla-based Web browsing solution for Mac OS X. Version 0.2.7 offers more-intuitive customizable toolbars and tabs, drag-and-drop arrangement of the bookmarks drawer, new key bindings and bug fixes relating to forms.
Default Folder X 1.5 adds Cocoa support
Default Folder X v1.5 is an update to the highly popular utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Important new features in this release include support for Cocoa Open/Save dialog boxes, integration with BBEdit's "Super Get Info," and compatibility with the latest version of Keyboard Maestro, PageSpinner and other Carbon applications.
Discreet Media Cleaner issues under OSX
Ed Krafsur writes that the latest version of Discreet Media Cleaner (v5.1) -- billed as Mac OS X-compatible -- lacks certain features under Apple's new OS. "I noticed this week that Discreet had finally released an OSX version of Media Cleaner [...] found that in OSX the DV import option is Disabled." After further investigation, Krafsur found a small notice in the ReadMe file for Media Cleaner: "Booted in OSX, cleaner does not support the following:-Real Media-user must be in Classic or booted to OS 9 in order to encode to Real -MotoDV-user must be booted to OS 9 in order to run."
New FTP Wizard works with Mac OS X
An updated version FTP Wizard, released today by CyberKare Technologies, now fully supports Mac OS X, in addition to Mac OS 9. FTP Wizard is a file transfer protocol application that allows users to connect to FTP servers and transfer files. Multiple destinations for FTP accounts and/or directories can be created that allow users to 'drop' a file onto the application icon and automatically upload those files to the designated FTP site.
Marketcircle produces first PIM/CRM for OS X
Architosh notes that Canadian developer Marketcircle has shipped the first PIM/CRM-combo software package for Mac OS X. DayLite is a "gorgeous" personal information manager (PIM), combined with customer relationship manager (CRM) functionality. Palm and iPod synchronization are planned features for forthcoming releases.
REALdocbuilder 1.0 builds documentation
REALbasic developer Mike Murry today announced the initial release of REALdocbuilder, a utility for REALbasic developers that generates basic HTML documentation for custom classes. REALdocbuilder 1.0 creates HTML documentation based on user input. [Classic, Carbon]
iView MediaPro 1.5: media browser, organizer
iView MediaPro 1.5 is an update to the $65 media browser and organizer that includes a media presentation system, tools to organize and annotate media files, print reports, keep version backups, and export files in a variety of formats. Version 1.5 is a free upgrade, with new Backup and HTML export features.
Drumbeat v1.5 improves file-sharing software
Groundlevel Software has updated Drumbeat v1.5, which brings a new UI, a built-in Player for previewing Music files, and a new Preview Tab, which lets you preview Movies and other files and other enhancements to the $30 file-sharing software: "This is the only the first of a planned 4 release cycle which will culminate in a totally new Drumbeat, with more features, more search results, better speed, and greater download success." An OS X version is in final testing and due out "shortly."
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XLR8 announces OS X upgrade for InterView
XLR8 is now accepting for orders for upgrading InterView and InterView 2.0 to the newly released InterView 2.0 with OS X Support package. The updated USB capture device package includes the reprogrammed InterView 2.0 capture device, QuickTime Pro, and InterView Capture from EchoFX, which is designed to offer OS X capture functions. Current customers can upgrade for $25.
WSJ: Mossberg praises Apple laptops
"Two of the absolute finest laptops around don't run Windows. They are Apple's PowerBook and iBook models, and they run the new Mac OS X operating system" according to Walt Mossberg of the The Wall Street Journal.
Macs have \'trouble\' with Wintel machines
The Mecury News notes that while setting up an iMac was a "snap" neither Linksys nor Apple technical support could explain the AirPort networking problems, which once solved (after disabling encryption) only revealed further issues: "My systems administrator at work informs me that the AirPort uses a wireless networking protocol that the Mercury News doesn't support. I can't access the newsroom's virtual private network wirelessly."
AOL UK now developing new OS X client
After discontinuing development last November, AOL UK has said it is now developing a "completely" new client for OS X with Mac-only features (and features different from the US version), according to a note sent to customers: "We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience over recent months. We have examined the UK market very carefully, and now feel confident about the business case for this new software as more and more Macintosh users in the UK move across to OS X."
The Law Office Software List finds new home
The Law Office Software List for the Macintosh Computer, a comprehensive list of all the available software for law office use on the Mac has moved to a new URL on the Web.
AppBeat 1.2 offers application debugging
Cityview Software has release AppBeat 1.2, a developer utility that "enables programmers to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes. Using AppBeat's real-time profiler, programmers can see the profile results as the application runs...[it also] provides a real-time memory monitoring utility that allows programmers to visually inspect their application's memory usage to find functions that are allocating too much memory or to find memory leaks as they happen." A Basic license ($20) limits the applications to 500 or fewer functions, while the Professional ($40) license offers debugging of any application. A demo is available for applications with 100 or fewer functions.
MenuStrip 2.5 offers system utils in menubar
MenuStrip 2.5, now implemented as a system preference pane, is a multi-purpose utility for Mac OS X that provides easy access to frequently used settings, such as computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth from the OS X menubar, or in a floating window similar to the OS 9 control strip. It also features an Application Menu to switch between running apps, app hiding functionality (such as 'Single App Mode' and 'Hide All') and a configurable clock with chime and alarm capabilities. Version 2.5 has a new installer/uninstaller, lower CPU usage, and better integration with other utilities.
DivX Tool 1.2 for working with .avi files
DivX Tool 1.2 offers the ability to repair, split, extract, and edit AVI files. Version offers a new "Speed Boost Option." A guide page explains "how to use DivX AVI files on the Mac [including] how to get the audio to work correctly." [Classic, OSX]
Sound Studio 2.02: audio editing tool updated
Sound Studio 2.02 is a maintenance update to the $50 audio recording and editing tool that can record up to 2GB of audio, mix audio, apply effects filters, generate tones, pitch-shift and resample audio, and open and save in several file formats.
Apple discontinues Shake for Windows
Following Apple's recent acquisition of Nothing Real, Apple has announced that it will no longer develop Shake for Windows beyond the upcoming v2.5 upgrade, but will continue to develop and support Irix and Linux versions through 2003, according to fxGuide. An OS X version of Shake, a compositing software for feature film effects, was demoed at NAB and is expected to be released for OS X "soon."
CyClone intros new 40x CD-RW drive
CyClone today announced its new 40x12x48x CDRevo FireWire drive, which includes burn-proof technology and a 2MB buffer as well as a CD mastering software bundle (Toast), cables and media. The drive is available from CyClone and their established channel members. [pricing not available; site not updated]
New low-profile 2.5-inch, 5400 rpm drive
Trans Intl. has announced the online availability of a new low-profile IBM 40 GNX 2.5 inch, 5400-RPM hard disk drive offered in 20GB ($160) and 40GB ($240) capacities. it offers "increased 'power-on' hours with" the ability to leave the power on around the clock [24x7]. Other performance features of the drive are, high RPM, increased data rate, advanced cache management software, larger cache size [2MB[ and most notable -- 5400 spindle speed in a drive with 9.5 mm thickness." External FireWire versions of the drives are also available, featuring sustained data transfer rate of 20-35 MB/s.
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