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CADintosh 4.2: 2D-CAD program for Mac
Lemke Software's CADintosh 4.2 brings improved printing under Carbon, long file name support under OS X, better DXF import/export, and several bug fixes and internal changes to the 2D-CAD program for technical and architectural drawings. [Classic, OSX]
Tenon offers special \"serverware\" package
Tenon is bundling iTools, Post.Office, and WEBmai in a limited-time "serverware" package offer. The $1000 package created for the introduction Apple's new rackmount Xserve, includes "everything you need to support Apache, DNS, FTP, a mail server, a list server, a fully-configurable web-based mail client, a search engine, a range of web scripting tools (PHP, Java Server Pages, Active Server Pages) and backend databases."
Stone Studio 5-16 brings fixes to app suite
Stone Design's Stone Studio 5-16, an update to its suite of seven professional applications for OS X, adds TIFF export any DPI, better HTML support and other options to Create and better PhotoToWeb integration with the latest version of iPhoto as well as other minor enhancements. A 30-day demo is available online.
Annual MacHack conf. calls upon Iron hackers
MacHack, an annual conference of Macintosh software developers, is scheduled to take place this year in Dearborn, Michigan, in June. Each year the conference strives to provide a unique experience by offering a specific theme for the two-day event. This year, MacHack calls upon "Iron Hackers" -- developers of the highest technical ability -- to compete against each other in a 72-hour competition. Conference registration costs $525 and includes access to all conference events, three meals and the conference banquet.
MSN quietly modifies default user prefs
Some Hotmail users report that the Microsoft Network recently changed the default Personal Profile to allow Microsoft to share the respective email address -- at the company's discretion -- with other organizations and advertisers. Microsoft makes no note of the change, although it comes after other upgrades to the popular service. The Eastside Journal notes that the change is not limited to new subscribers, but affects current users as well. Marketing chief of Canadian Internet service provider Rogers Communications calls the move "outrageous."
Apple influences new mobile keypad design
Apple's design methodology was used by ex-Apple employee David Levy when designing the new mobile keypad that gives every letter and number its own key in an area no larger than one-third of a business card.
PopChar X 1.0 for easily inserting symbols
ergonis software today released PopChar X 1.0, the OS X sibling of the popular PopChar Pro, which can quickly find and insert characters using a handy pull-down menu without remembering the keyboard combinations. Upgrades are $20, while the full version is $30. Licenses are good for both the classic version, PopChar Pro 1.5 (also released today) and the OS X version running on a single Mac. [Classic, OSX]
Free storyboard software available
The Atomic Learning Library has released a free Basic Edition of its Video Storyboard software, which is designed to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. The company also offers access to thousands of narrated QuickTime screenmovie tutorials for a $50 annual subscription fee; several free tutorial series on Apple's iPhoto and iMovie as well as a free orientation to Mac OS X are available.
Apple offers wireless iBook solution for UN
The UN gave 376 children and young adults from 115 countries the opportunity to express their views to the UN General Assembly May 8 using 20 iBooks with the iBook Wireless Mobile Lab, according to an Apple feature highlighting the use of Macs and noting the rationale behind the choice: "I went to the websites of every major computer manufacturer....Apple was the only one that had a simple explanation. I thought 'Well, that makes sense.' Going through other web sites, you just couldn't get to the bottom line, like 'Do you have something or not?"
Key Xing 2.1.1 improves AppleScript support
John Scalo's $7 shareware Key Xing 2.1.1, an update to the utility that allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard, focuses on AppleScript, adding some new features and fixing a few bugs.
URL Manager 3.0fc18 adds new features
Alco Blom's shareware URL Manager 3.0fc18 adds a Mac OS X style toolbar, anti-aliased inline text editing, and improved browser import and export (supporting Mozilla, Chimera and OmniWeb among others). Upgrades to the $25 application are $11.
Allgood Solitaire 2.4 adds 8 new games
The $15 shareware Allgood Solitaire 2.4 adds eight additional games for a total of 65 different solitaire variations: "[it] combines sharp and snappy game play, with a rich feature set, including: pile peeking, unlimited undo and redo, ace finding, inline game rules, and much more. Different styles of card decks are offered, as well as the option to play on any background image you want."
Geo3D 2.1.1 adds 3DMF texture preview
Stefan Huber's Geo3D 2.1.1, a freeware 3D Metafile (3DMF) viewer (available in English, French, and German), adds new a 3DMF texture preview function and fixes a few bugs.
Reader: 12.1\" iBook ships with 8x CD-RW
Brian Pink notes that his new 12.1", 600MHz iBook 600 (with a Combo drive) shipped with a faster 8x8x8x24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW mechanism, originally shipping with the 14.1" iBook only: "I fired up Toast to burn some CD's and was pleasantly surprised to find that the burner was not a 4x as reported on apple.com, but an 8x!"
ProSpeaker-Breakout Cable for external sound
Griffin Technology has introduced its ProSpeaker-Breakout Cable, which allows Mac owners to connect any set of home stereo speakers directly to a PowerMac G4 or LCD iMac. Designed for "Digital Audio PowerMacs" (running 500MHz or faster), it contains a pair of spring loaded speaker connectors for direcly connecting to speaker wire and is self-powered with no additional hardware or software required. It is $25. Griffin also released PowerMate Software 1.1 for Mac OS 9, which fixes numerous bugs and extends the usability of the wildly popular PowerMate, audio & video programmable USB controller.
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