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nVidia GeForce 4 Ti cards begin to ship
Several MacNN readers write to confirm that Apple has begun shipping nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium (M8831LL/A) AGP video cards to customers. A generic message sent to purchasers advised them check their order status on Apple's Web site. "We are very excited to be shipping the nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium graphics card to you at no charge. We appreciate how patient you have been in waiting for the card to arrive and it should be on your doorstep very soon!"
Architosh: rack-mount may contain G4/G5, more
MacNN's Architosh has posted speculative specifications of Apple's forthcoming rack-mount server product. The article suggests that tomorrow's expected server announcement may consist of a MPC7455/MPC8540 processor-equipped machine with 1GHz-plus clock speeds, DMA controllers, serial and USB ports and 800Mbps FireWire.
Apple expected to introduce new server
Apple will be hosting a special event tomorrow morning at 9:00AM, PT, where the company is expected to introduce a new Mac OS X server product. Sources at last week's Apple World Wide Developer Conference indicated that Apple would likely ship a rack-mounting G4 server for Web and business applications -- such an announcement would be Apple's first foray into the mainstream server market.
iPhoto 1.1.1 works with iPhoto update
El Gato's iPhoto v1.1.1 plugin is a minor update to the Roxio Toast Titanium plug-in that enables users to write CDs directly from Apple's iPhoto. Version 1.1.1 offers full compatibility with the 1.1.1 release of Apple's photo management software.
CCDP Beta 1: basic music software for OS X
CCDP Beta 1 is a simple CD and digital music music player for Mac OS X that uses approximately one third of the resources that Apple's iTunes consumes. The beta, which expires June 15, boasts standard controls, Internet track name queries, and very modest system requirements.
Vindigo 2.0 now has OS X support
Vindigo v2.0 is now available for Palm Desktop 4.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The personal navigation system for both Palm and Pocket PCs shows directions, resturants, full color maps and other information for larger cities. The new version, along with bringing OS X support, now includes more cities information. An introductory price of $20 is available until May 24, while the regular price is $25 per year.
Apple on RedHerrings 50 top Public Companies
Apple has been put on the list of 50 public companies that are likely to "Change the World" by RedHerring. Other companies include IBM, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Oracle.
File Manipulator 2.0.2 fixes moving/copying
File Manipulator v2.0.2 is a file/folder manipulation utility that allows users to create self-contained Droplets to Move, Copy, Delete and Rename files and folders. The update fixes a problem with moving or copying folders. It runs on both Mac OS 9 & X; the price is $20.
Bay Area industrial design credited to Jobs
An article from Thestar.com talks about industrial design in Silicon Valley, which is moving from high-tech to other things, such as diving instruments and blood sugar monitors. Jay Wilson, one designer, credits Steve Jobs with the boom in the Bay Area's industrial design industry. "It was in Jobs' genes to make beautiful, elegant things," Wilson says. "Elegant in appearance, elegant in the operation. That's just the way he's wired." Also stated is the way Apple is moving in their designs today, "Apple has just got the whole world chasing colour and they go to monochrome."
Cocoa-based time/billing app updated
AtWork 2.5, an update to the Cocoa timer/billing application, adds support for exporting projects as Excel files and text (tab delimited) files. Additional new features include: an improved project database with a toolbar, new toolbar buttons to manage the project database, support for fixed rate earnings for events, table column width and window size saving and several other improvements.
Updated Mac ODBC drivers offer Tango support
August Software today delivered updated Macintosh ODBC drivers that offer better support for the Tango 2000 Web Application Development Studio. The free ODBC drivers, SDKs and its low cost ODBC Router provide Macs and PCs with client/server access to many SQL database systems, including MS-Access, DB/2, ORACLE, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, and SYBASE.
New Web cookie manager: Bad Cookie! 1.0
Navdeep Bains has created Bad Cookie! 1.0, a cookie manager supporting both Netscape & Mozilla, Internet Explorer, and OmniWeb. It supports an unlimited number of profiles as well the ability to automatically scan for new cookies, inspect the details of a cookie (domain, path, date discovered, expiration date), delete cookies, and edit a cookie's content. A 30-run limited version of the $15 shareware is available
PrefsOverload 4.2 helps manage preferences
PrefsOverload 4.2 is a new version of the preferences management tool; it sports a faster rating engine that offers a ten times performance improvement, and other enhancements.
MacAmp Lite X v1.0.0: music playback app
Subband Software has released MacAmp Lite X v1.0.0, (a.k.a, MaltX), a complete rewrite of the original music playback application: "[it] uses far less CPU than other audio apps, and saves screen space. From MacAmp Lite's compact player window, which floats above other applications, users are able to maintain complete control using the standard controls, as well as a full playlist menu." A two-week fully functional demo of the $12 shareware is available. [read more OS X news...]
Celestia: real-time space simulation
Celestia is a free real-time space simulation, now available for OS X, lets you experience our universe in three dimensions: "Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy."
Office 1.0: edit MS Word, Excel files, SVG
OpenOSX today started shipping its $40 Office 1.0 CD. It automatically installs AbiWord 1.0.1, Gnumeric 1.0.6, SodiPodi 0.24.1 and TeXShop 1.19 which offers the ability to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file formats.
CFO Anderson files to sell more stock
Apple CFO Fred Anderson planned to sell $3.8 million worth of shares, according to the May 8th filing with the SEC in which he said he intended to sell 159,332 shares recently acquired through exercising options. Anderson previously sold sold 274,000 shares for about $6.6 million in four transactions between April 23 and May 3, according to Reuters. Apple board member Sina Tamaddon also said he planned to sell 250,000 Apple shares valued at $6.1 million.
Mozilla 1.0rc2: open-source browser
Mozilla 1.0rc2 is another candidate release of the open-source browser effort, offering fixes for a security vulnerability, more bug fixes, support for CSS2 :hover, and the ability to enable in preferences HTTP 1.1 pipelining as well as restored support for Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6. [Classic, OSX]
EntourageMail 1.0 syncs messages w/iPod
Michael Zapp's OS X AppleScript, EntourageMail 1.0, takes Entourage e-mail messages from a given folder and exports them into vCard files: "Each message includes the sender name and e-mail address, when it was sent and indicates if it has been read, forwarded, replied to, redirect or flagged (with the information only being displayed if it has). It will also indicate if the message has attachments."
Netscape 6.2.3 quietly posted on ftp servers
Service Pack 1 includes three freeware tools
DEVONtechnologies has introduced ServicePack 1, which includes 3 freeware tools: AntiWordService, CalcService and WordService. AntiWordService 1.0, enables Cocoa applications able to read plain text and to open Microsoft Word documents; CalcService 2.6 replaces a selected formula by the result of the calculation and WordService 2.3 provides a variety of 30 functions for converting, formatting, sorting or speaking text, inserting the current date, time or folder contents, and showing statistics about selected text.
Black Cat updates shareware titiles
Black Cat Systems has released updates to its shareware applications: iUnit 2.1 adds 80 new conversion units to its $20 measurement unit conversion program. Audio Toolbox 1.1 brings the ability to store generated sounds as AIFF recording files to the $20 software-based audio function generator that can produce sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms of any frequency up to 22 kHz. The MultiMode 4.0a8 is an early alpha of the shareware which allows your Macintosh to decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio.
MacAT 6.1: \"cron\" task scheduling app
MacAT 6.1, a $50 automated task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators, is now available as a Carbon application. Version 6.1 also brings "Perform Shell Command" task for OS X, adds a "Boot Volume Free Space" to email Vocabulary, includes a new 'Send TELNET' task that sends a telnet command to a Solaris UNIX server, and other enhancements.
Pads 2.1b1: Note Pad and Stickies replacement
Fractal Domains' Pads 2.1b1 is a Note Pad and Stickies replacement application that adds a new Dock menu feature, the ability to reorder pages by title or date, a new autosave feature, and other enhancements to the $15 shareware.
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