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Newer Tech now under direction of Rick Estes
Kansas.com reports that former vice-president of Newer Technology Rick Estes has taken the helm of the the upgrade manufacturer as president. This comes after a recent announcement on Newer's Web site that the company would resume operations after being closed for more than a year. Resigned president and founder James Wiebe calls the move by Mr. Estes to buy the rights to Newer's products, "cool," and says Estes "knows the company, and [...] product line extremely well."
Extensis bundles FontDoctor with Suitecase 10
Extensis is now offering all new registered owners of Suitcase 10 a free copy of SoftDesign's FontDoctor tool. FontDoctor, which diagnosis and repairs font problems, retails for $70. Existing registered owners of Suitcase 10 are offered a special price of $30.
Pulldown Folder 1.0: contextual menu browsing
Alchemy Labs has released a new contextual menu plugin for Mac OS X, Pulldown Folders v1.0. The $7 shareware tool allows users to access files on hard drives and other volumes more quickly with simple contextual menus. It features special directory caching for increased speeds, depth level control and the support to show hidden files and folders.
QuickMail Pro 3.1 preview adds HTML support
CE Software has released a public preview of QuickMail Pro 3.1, which adds support for built-in viewing of HTML messages within the message window and Message Peek to the POP3 e-mail client. It is freely available for download to anyone, will expire June 26, 2002, and is expected to be a free upgrade to v3.0 owners.
New AOL Beta doesn't include IE as browser
AOL's latest beta software for Mac OS X (as noted yesterday) includes an integrated browser using technology from Netscape, not Internet Explorer as was previously used, according to a c|net article. The switch could be the result of the ending of a long-term agreement between AOL and Microsoft, which had AOL bundled with the Windows Operating System in return for Internet Explorer use on AOL.
New ListSearch searches archived forums
Today, Blue World Communications has released its re-designed and re-implemented ListSearch, which archives messages posted on email discussion forums and allows users to use a comprehensive search engine on the archive. New features include a new GUI, search methods (keywords, contains), relevance sorting, quick search and many more. The only archives available at this time are for the Lasso Talk list, but all of the other lists are currently being migrated to the new service.
Website Illuminator helps maintain websites
The Website Illuminator v2.03rc2 is a tool for Mac OS X that helps web developers to build and maintain reliable, accessible websites by checking for broken links and HTML markup problems. Release candidate 2 adds the ability to clear collected data and improves performance.
Apple posts Final Cut Pro 3.0.2
Final Cut Pro 3.0.2 addresses key performance and reliability issues in the video editing studio from Apple, including chapter and compression marker export support used in conjunction with DVD Studio Pro 1.5. Other notable changes include support for real-time effects, and updated real-time enablers for dual-1GHz Power Mac computers. Apple is also offering a free filter, CGM Film LE — a light version of the comprehensive Filmlook effects filter found in the CGM DVE Vol.2+ package from Eiperle CGM to those who complete a questionnaire that will help it "further develop the application to meet your needs." [updated]
Benchmarks on dual-1GHz vs. 933MHz
Digital Video Editing's benchmark comparison between the dual-1GHz and the 933MHz Power Mac G4 concludes: "If you work primarily in 2D design work, you can get yourself a G4 933 and feel pretty good about the purchase. You'll save yourself $700 (minus the cost of the extra RAM), and you won't be sacrificing too much in the way of performance. If, on the other hand, you work in video editing and/or compositing, the dual G4 is clearly the way to go, particularly with Final Cut Pro and Combustion."
Strata DVpro v5.0: non-linear video editing
Strata has announced the release of Strata DVpro v5.0, which it says is the "first non-linear editor to include Sorenson's Spark compression technology for Macromedia Flash." It can capture digital or analog video as well as edit and enhance videos, offering a number of export options including Real Player, MP3, AVI and any Quicktime compatible codec. It is $500.
Wired: Apple pulling a Microsoft?
A Wired News article talks about the growing number of applications Apple is integrating with OS X and the effect on and response by application developers. The article highlights recent previews of iChat, the AOL-compatible messaging application, and Sherlock 3, which the article notes has some features similar to Karelia Software's popular Watson application. Another article writes: "As Fox's hit espionage thriller 24 draws to a close, the theory that the good guys use Macintosh computers while the bad guys use Windows PCs appears to be reinforced."
MacPlay Value Series offers games for $20
MacPlay today announced plans to bring a slate of value-priced games to market in mid-June. Officially titled the MacPlay Value Series, the initial 12 titles in the series includes a selection of classic favorites along with some completely new titles for the platform--each of which will cost $20. Titles scheduled for the initial launch include Bejeweled, a fast paced gem-matching puzzler announced earlier today as well as Zork Grand Inquisitor, Birdie Shoot, JINNI ZEALA Pinball, HeXen II, and Majesty among others. Other titles will be announced shortly and the company expects to update the assortment every 90 days as new titles become available. The titles are expected to be both Mac OS 9 and OS X compatible.
Accounts 1.2 manages finances
Nano Software has released Accounts 1.2, an update to its personal finance and small business accounting software for OS X. It offers an Aqua interface for keeping track of income and expenses, and generating financial reports. The new version adds a ledger, plus many enhancements and bug fixes. It sells for $35. [more OS X news]
Reader points to Lexar driver for OS X
Lars Frich notes an older, but "hidden" driver for his Lexar USB Universal Reader, Lexar USB Combo MacOS 10.1.sit, which he notes is not listed on the main Website.
Apple retail stores in Hobart, Nassau County
A MacNN reader writes about Apple's plans for a retail store in Hobart, Indiana: "Some of my friends who have visited Westfield Shoppingtown Southlake (formerly Southlake Mall) in Hobart, Indiana have seen a sign for a new Apple retail store. The sign is black and has a white Apple logo and 'Coming Soon' below the Apple logo. This is good for all us Mac addicts-since Circuit City stopped selling Macs, we've had to drive all the way to a CompUSA in Chicago just to get Macs (and that's an hour away)or the Apple retail store in Schaumburg (1 1/2 hours away!)." Meanwhile, several readers note that another retail store has been spotted under construction at Roosevelt Field Mall in Nassau County, NY.Field.
QED: Apple losing ground in education market
Education Week notes that "Apple still vies with Dell Computer to be the individual leader in sales to schools. But the gang of companies making Windows machines, including Dell, has been winning the tug-of-war to have the dominant operating system." The article notes that Apple's share of the school computer market has dropped from 37 percent for the 1999-2000 school year, to 30 percent in 2000-01, to 26 percent in 2001-02, according to QED.
Marketcircle intros Group Edition of DayLite
Marketcircle has announced the Group Edition of DayLite, a workgroup edition of its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application for OS X that offers contact management and scheduling functions. It is scheduled to ship this summer and will allow users to share contacts, projects, and the management of sales opportunities at a business-wide level. The company will be starting a Beta Program for the Group Edition of DayLite.
MacPlay brings Bejeweled and Alchemy to Mac
MacPlay today announced it will publish the Mac versions of PopCap's popular puzzle games, Bejeweled and Alchemy. The "mind-bending and immersive games" will ship as a bundle to retail stores in early June for $20. The Mac version includes new features, sound effects and music, completely new game modes and high-resolution graphics. It is available for pre-order at MacPlay's Website.
CNNmoney: first-mover advantage with iChat
Eric Hellweg of CNNmoney says that 'by getting AOL to open up IM, Apple succeeds where Microsoft has failed," and quotes the director of MSN as saying: "Looks like AOL is picking out another weak stepsister to interoperate with."
Tech: biometrics, cooling, Internet radio
Morning tech news: A Japanese cryptographer has demonstrated how fingerprint recognition devices can be fooled using a combination of low cunning, cheap kitchen supplies and a digital camera; Cool Chips, which claims to be "the future of all cooling, refrigeration, and thermal management, use a revolutionary new thermotunnel technology to deliver up to a projected 70-80% of the maximum (Carnot) theoretical efficiency for heat pumps;" and A federal plan that could force Internet radio stations to pay high royalties on the songs they play may lead to the death of the emerging business.
FontDoctor 5.1 adds font organization
FontDoctor 5.1 is a $70 application for font problem diagnosis and repair. It will locate and repair common font illnesses, including missing Postscript fonts, missing bitmaps, corrupt/damaged fonts, font ID conflicts, extra fonts sizes, and mixed fonts types as well as print font sample sheets, convert Windows fonts to Macintosh (and vice-versa), and generate font diagnosis and organization reports as needed. Version 5.1 introduces font organization features that allow FontDoctor to sort and clean-up existing font folders into a neatly organized font library. It is a free upgrade for v5.0 and $20 for others. A demo is available.
Virtual TimeClock Professional 4.0b7 posted
Redcort Software today released a public preview of its new OS X version of Virtual TimeClock Professional 4.0b7. The software replacement for mechanical employee time clocks tracks worker start and stop times, total hours and overtime for any payroll period and offers flexible printing functions with reports to be dynamically totalled and grouped by worker, department, job or client. [Classic, OSX]
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