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iPod Software 1.1 Updater via Software Update
Apple has made its iPod Software 1.1 Updater, released on the Web in late March, available via the Software Update control. It adds audio playback and user interface improvements, equalization presets, shuffle by album, track scrubbing, Contacts, and additional languages: Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Macromedia beats Adobe in counterclaims
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
MECcheck comes to OSX
Red Rock Software, and the United States Department of Energy (Pacific-Northwest) have announced plans to release a Java version of MECcheck -- an application used by the construction industry to test modle energy code (MEC) compliance -- at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) conference this week. Red Rock Software was chosen for the project due mainly to its past experience with both Java and Macintosh programming. MECcheck will run on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X systems.
Dying iPods may have common cause of failure
"Chris" describes a potential solution for the so-called death of many iPod digital music players. Several iPod owners have experienced a complete and permanent loss of FireWire connectivity from the device to a Macintosh. When presented with these unexplained occurrences, Apple's technical support department has been largely unable to remedy the problems and offered replacement units for $256 apeice.
Houston, TX Apple Store coming
Apple is reportedly setting up a retail store in Houston, Texas, according to job postings on Apple's career Web site. Positions are open at the Houston Galleria location in sales and management.
LabanWriter 4.3: graphical notation editor
LabanWriter 4.3 is a free graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation, which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version allows users to export their scores in various image formats, and has been completely carbonized for OS X.
Quicken user support list formed
Phil Lefebvre notes the recently formed Quicken user support list: "Quicken 2003 beta testing is under way, and several list members are also beta testers, so feedback on the list has a good chance of getting back to Intuit before the code is frozen."
HP updates OfficeJet G, D series drivers
Coco 3.5: color correction for Photoshop
Aurelon has released Coco 3.5, a $300 Photoshop 7 and OSX compatible plugin, which offers selective color corrections in the RGB, Lab, CMYK and MultiChannel modes: "[it] is the smartest tool for dealing with non-standard jobs such as spot colors, bump plates, HiFi or jobs which will not be printed on a white substrate. CoCo works in a fundamentally different way than Photoshop. Colors are corrected in accordance to the relative distance to the source color." Upgrades are free for v3.0 owners.
Optigold ISP 2.9.9 adds LDAP functions
Optigold ISP 2.9.9, a cross-platform ISP business software package, adds LDAP provisioning functionality (add, modify and delete entries record), new QuickDNS functionality, new reports, new email manager functions, new product package flexibility and other miscellaneous improvements. A free demo is available online.
MemoryPro 1.0 manages app memory
MemoryPro 1.0 is a utility that can control the memory allocation settings of applications. It can adjust memory settings for several applications within a single window and can change memory partition settings even if the application is running.
Poly 1.09 for making paper models
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly 1.09, a $28 application for making paper models with your Mac. It includes new Polish and Italian interfaces, support for more file formats (STL, JIF, and PCX) and the addition of Geodesic spheres and domes.
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