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MWNY Digital Art Contest
Art submissions are now being accepted for the fifth-annual Macworld Conference and Expo Digital Art Contest. The contest, judged by an independent panel of professionals from the digital arts community, will accept entries until the specified deadline of June 1, 2002. Current contest sponsors include Iomega, Xerox, Aladdin Systems, Peachpit Press and MacAddict Magazine. The winning images will premiere at Macworld Expo in New York City in July.
Apple seeking support page feedback
Apple is currently seeking user feedback on a redesign of its product technical support Web page. Users are asked to individually rank all four design options on a scale of one (best) to three (worst).
Flix Pro: Flash package for Web developers
Media software developer Wildform today announced the release of Flix Pro for the Macintosh. Flix Pro features high-quality Flash MX v6.0 and Flash FLV video output, as well as support for Flash v3-5 video. Flix Pro is the "only" software suite that outputs all Flash video types in additon to offering 1 and 2-pass variable bitrate encoding. The $149 software aids in the creation of Web content and the production of video CD-ROMs.
Kids GoGoGo protects children at home, school
Kids GoGoGo v5.5 is a Web filtration system that protects children from harmful or inappropriate content on the Internet. Kids GoGoGo can screen adult content or limit access to approved Web sites only. The $30 ($40 for combined Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X support) application is designed for use in schools as well as home and offers surveillance features and HTML logging in addition to video screening and application/protocol blocking. A free trial is available. [Classic, Carbon]
ResPloder gets update to scripting, more
La Jolla Underground today announced the availability of ResPloder v1.6, a basic update to the resource fork viewer, which adds several new features and bug patches. New script functionality includes the use of "explode" and "implode" verbs, better handling of resource types with Unicode characters, added is the ability to set file type and creators for exploded files, and a new Window menu is available.
DEVONthink 1.2.2: information manager
DEVONthink Personal Edition 1.2.2 further improves reliability and performance to the information manager for OS X that "fully or semi-automatically classifies elements, lists similar contents and words immediately using fuzzy algorithms, finds and compares text and even images, summarises texts intelligently and provides high performance concordance tools." The $35 application is available as free limited-time demo.
Marathon Computer ships DeskMount for PM G3/4
Marathon Computer, maker of an array of rack-mount server solutions, today unveiled DeskMount, a unit designed specifically for Power Mac G3 and G4 computers users. The $60 DeskMount self-descriptively mounts on the underside of any desk to provide a sturdy storage space and easy CD/DVD tray access to any recent Power Mac tower. DeskMount offers easy access while protecting a Power Mac from accidental damage by placing it in a less susceptible location.. Built-in security is available that attatches directly to the Power Mac case.
Macs not welcome on Capitol Hill
The Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms, which makes technology recommendations to senators, has eliminated almost all Macs on Capitol Hill with the exception of three offices, and while the SAA's recommendations aren't mandatory, those that follow them are provided with follow-up hardware and software, and technical support, according to Wired News.
webMathematica available for OS X
Wolfram Research today announced OS X support for webMathematica, its product that merges the "computational power of Mathematica with the convenience and accessibility of the web." It offers the ability to add interactive calculations to the web, enabling users to build custom websites that provide specialized calculations; compute, visualize, and analyze data using a web browser; deliver sophisticated courseware and publish interactive books; and provide active functionality for technical documentation that can be instantly updated from a centralized location. The Java-based product is available in two license configurations: Professional for the development and deployment of sophisticated intranet and internet sites, and Amateur for individuals to showcase their work over the web.
Apple announces Design Award winners at WWDC
Apple today announced the winners of the Apple Design Awards.
- Toon Boom Studio was the winner in the Best New Mac OS X Product category (with Marketcircle DayLite the runner up).
- Karelia Software's Watson 1.5 won in the Most Innovative Mac OS X Product category with Toon Boom Studio as the runner up.
- OmniGraffle 2.0 captured the Best Mac OS X User Experience, while STX 1.0, an integrated business management tool with timesheets, payroll, inventory, billing, and accounting capabilities, was the runner up.
- OmniGraffle 2.0 also won the Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption category with Vektor 3 3.1.3 (full-featured chess application) as the runner up.
- The Best Mac OS X Open Source Port was TeXShop 1.19, a tool for formatting scientific and technical documents, while SIDekick 1.1, a tool for salvaging legacy sound files stored on Commodore64 SID file players, was the runner up.
- MacJournal 2.1, a tool for keeping and organizing logs, diaries, journals, notes, and ideas, was the Best Mac OS X Student Product, while CanCombineIcons 2.1.0, a tool helps you easily create icons for your applications, was the runner up.
CMS reduces prices on ABSplus, drive upgrades
CMS Peripherals today announced price reductions for its entire line of Notebook and Desktop Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) solutions. The drives provide hands-free, automatic backup and external storage in capacities ranging from 20GB to 120GB as well as a choice of USB 2.0 or FireWire connectivity. The pocket-sized Notebook ABSplus now starts at $300 for the 20GB model ($50 reduction) and the EPEG line of Notebook Hard Drive Upgrades starts at $180 ($50 reduction).
Screenshots, details on Jaguar
Several readers have posted screen shots, details, and thoughts on the latest builds of Jaguar in our forums.
Tiff-Sight 1.2.3 adds German language support
Blue Globe Software's $15 shareware Tiff-Sight 1.2.3 adds German language support to the fax viewing application with support for anti-aliased text and for viewing, printing, scaling, rotating, and exporting files.
AbiWord 1.0.1: free word processing app
The AbiWord team has released AbiWord 1.0.1, a free cross-platform word processor which runs on Linux and Windows, Mac OS X, QNX, FreeBSD, and Solaris. It is small and compact ("20 times smaller than OpenOffice"), but has most of the features found in larger word processors, including Word and WordPerfect import/export.
ABCNEWS.com on new digital hub apps
Tim Bajarin writes: "Apple's real secret weapon is the free software that lets users create and manage digital music, images and movies all seamlessly compatible with Mac's OS X...Apple's iPhoto and iTunes software is so easy to use -- and so powerful -- that it makes me want to spend more time with digital music, take more pictures and manage my digital images."
IRAF V2.12/X11IRAF V1.3 for OS X
Michael M. Briley notes that IRAF V2.12/X11IRAF V1.3, the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility", developed by the National Optical Astronomical Observatories Association has just been released for OS X: "This is pretty much the gold standard of astronomical image processing software, at least for data from the national observatory system. For astronomers with Powerbooks, this means we can start reducing our images on the plane ride home (instead of sleeping)!" He also notes that Maplesoft will be supporting OS X with the next version of Maple, a mathematics package, due in the second half of 2002.
My Money Minder 1.0 manages finances
BugSpray alpha for debugging Carbon apps
Barry Software has released a public alpha of BugSpray, a new automated debugging tool for Carbon developers. It is an automated debugging tool that closely monitors the executable code and "catches problems at the exact point they occur rather than at the point that the computer crashes - which can be completely unrelated." The alpha builds of BugSpray can be downloaded for free, but will expire each month. The $150 license includes all upgrades and support for a year.
Apple releases new BlueTooth software
Apple has released Bluetooth Technology Preview 2, which adds support for 2-Byte characters when transferring files, the bility to pair with devices other than phones, and the ability to create create outgoing serial ports. It requires OS 10.1.4 and the D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter.
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