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Pangea developing Bugdom 2
Pangea Software today unveiled plans for Bugdom 2, a game currently under development from the entertainment software maker. Bugdom 2 is described as a spin-off of the original game -- shipped with Mac computers as early as two years ago -- that features all new characters and an original plot. "I was not sure if we would ever do sequel to Bugdom [..] but we received a tremendous number of requests from our fans," said Brian Greenstone, President and CEO of Pangea Software.
Snapz Pro X 1.0.3 fixes bug that causes crash
Ambrosia Software has updated it's versatile screen capture utility, Snapz Pro X v1.0.3, which saves user actions as QuickTime movies. The update fixes a bug that can cause the VM sub-system to run out of pmap entries (which causes a crash). The shareware application costs between $30 and $50, depending on which features are purchased. [download currently unavailable]
OS X: Snapz Pro, AOL, Epson Scanner, more
osx.macnn.com notes an update to the screen capture tool, Snapz Pro X v1.0.3, AOL v2.0 beta, Epson scanner enabler and ShadowKiller v1.2, a "haxie" that removes drop-shadows.
Ambrosia releases Bubble Trouble X
Ambrosia has released an OS X version of its "classic arcade game in which cutthroat fishies are playing hardball in a squabble over some very wet turf." Bubble Trouble X has a new level editor and features improvements such as being able to play it in the multi-tasking friendly "in a window" mode.
InDesign 2.0.1 fixes bugs, updates plugins
Adobe's InDesign 2.0.1 update addresses several bus and incorporates updated versions of the Scripting and Cross-media plug-ins.
AOL for OS X 2.0 adds Aqua, HTML mail support
The latest version of America Online for Mac OS X includes a new Aqua-based interface, HTML e-mail support and enhanced buddy list features, according to a bulletin sent to Mac AOL beta testers. AOL for Mac OS X beta version 2.0 includes a host of new features, in addition to bug fixes. Numerous glitches remain in the release, including one that would cause the AOL client to crash when viewing some HTML emails
Neon ships NetMinder 5 for OS X
NetMinder Ethernet v5.0 is an update to the network security package that adds Mac OS X support with OS X-specific features, custom security alerts, interface changes and new usability features. NetMinder Ethernet protects wired and wireless Mac networks for $200.
Epson posts scan enabler for Mac OS X
Epson has released a scanner plug-in module for Adobe Photoshop 7.0 that works with its popular line of scanner products. The Mac OS X-native Epson Scanner Enabler has full scanning functionality and works with 'Perfection' and 'Expression' scanners.
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French version of AliasMultiplier 2.5 release
A French language version of AliasMultiplier X v2.5 has been released. The $7 shareware application, which creates single aliases that open more programs, documents, and webpages, is available in English, Italian, German and French.
ABFR: batch change files via contextual menus
A Better Finder Rename v4.6 is a utility from PUBLICSPACE.NET that allows users to quickly rename files via a contextual menu plug-in. It features OS 9 & X compatibility, mutliple modes (automatic, manual), numerical and alphabetical list creation and many other options for sorting and renaming; a single license is $15. [Classic, Carbon]
New Belkin products; USB/KVM Switches, more
Belkin has released several new products at the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas, NV including USB switches for Home offices and enterprise KVM switches.
ShadowKiller 1.2: freeware OS X haxie
Unsanity today released ShadowKiller 1.2, a freeware utility for OS X that removes shadows on menus and windows in Mac OS X. It now toggles all shadows when the application is launched, and immediately quits.
Gemini UDS 1.1.2 helps locate results on Web
Gemini UDS 1.1.2 is a software solution that "intelligently automates the searching process using a patent-pending process called Localized Webcrawling, thereby enabling you to find what you are looking for faster, with greater versatility, and with less effort compared to existing search tools and methodologies." It also integrates private private and subscription-based data services (Lexis-Nexis, PsycInfo, Ovid, etc). It improves search speeds by offering concurrent loading/evaluation of potential search results and improves the display performance of the results. Licensing starts at $100 for a single-user.
Meeting Maker 7.1 announced for OS X
Meeting Maker, under a new management team, announced Meetingmaker 7.1, which includes the ability to animate and coordinate "time-stamped" information to the event, resource, and project management application for enterprise customers. It also includes a new Mac OS X client and server, Web calendar publishing, LDAP and administrative APIs, SSL security, and high-performance Palm synchronization. [site not updated; pricing and availability not available]
eTrans v1.1 offers online CC authorization
Deep Sky has released eTrans v1.1, an update to its 4th Dimension component that provides a simple, consistent interface to online credit card authorization service providers. Version 1.1 now supports the SurePay payment gateway for direct response transactions and CVV2 codes with AuthorizeNet and PlanetPayment. Pricing starts at $200/year (for 10 deployments).
PHP 4.2.1: new version of Web language
The PHP Group has released PHP 4.2.1, the latest version of the general-purpose scripting language for Web development. It contains several bug fixes, including fixes for the session, com and mbstring extensions, as well as a major upgrade of the DomXML extension as well as a few extra checks for safe_mode were added.
Apple to open store in Las Vegas
Apple will be opening a new retail store in Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip by the end of the year, according to an article on the expansion of the mall in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Jobs: Apple looking for 5M OS X users
Steve Jobs hopes to more than double the number of OS X users by the end of the year to 5 million active users, according to a c|net interview; however, one analysts says: "Apple could get to 5 million active OS X users just from the number of machines it will sell pre-installed with the operating system. Reaching that level won't mean Apple has gained ground versus Windows."
WebPics 2.5 supports CSS, better HTML
Steve Splonskowski's WebPics 2.5 brings redesigned the HTML generation (including CSS support and 'roll-over' link color), support for using PhotoShop documents and MPEG movies, and support text overlay on pictures to the utility for building web page galleries from your digital pictures. The $16 includes a built-in ftp manager for managing remote galleries. [Classic, OSX]
Python scripts for iPod on new Website
Peter Stoltz's new Py4iPod website contains Python scripts (and some other tools) for the iPod. The scripts do things like download the latest baseball standings and statistics to the Contacts folder, write out a monthly calendar (using the Unix 'cal' routine) to the Contacts folder, and write out Palm Desktop Dates to the Contacts folder." They require that Python already be installed.
Glucose brings Ratchet 1.0 to OS X
Glucose today introduced Ratchet 1.0, a new utility for OS X that retrieves URLs, email addresses and names from any document: "We have found that Ratchet makes it easier to manage links and email addresses, enhancing and simplifiying our busy lives. We are working on stuffing more interesting tools into Ratchet, such as a tool to eliminate unwanted quoting from emails and rewrap email text." A two-week demo of the $10 application is available online.
Haxial NetFone 1.21: multiuser Internet phone
Haxial NetFone 1.21 is an update to the $20 encrypted multi-user Internet telephone. It adds new volume settings, the ability to read Purchase Certificates from a file, and other enhancements.
NUDC 4.2.1 adds Grap-\'n-Go technology
Power On today released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.1, which adds support for system menus as well as its Grab-'n-Go technology under OS X. Grab-'n-Go allows users to turn virtually any text into an action item, such as an appointment, task, or note and is available in virtually any application that supports contextual menus. The update also allows users to schedule events and receive reminders even if they have not launched Now Up-to-Date & Contact. Upgrades to the $130 application are $50.
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