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Omni releases free Graffle objects
OmniGraffle 2.0 developer, the Omni Group, today announced several new diagramming palettes for OmniGraffle, including those targeted at business and technical professionals. Available free-of-charge, are the Periodic Table and Maps palettes each with an assortment of new objects. The Periodic Table palette contains atomic elements 1 through 118, each with identifying colors. The Maps palette contains road signs, landmarks and other symbols useful in the production of simple maps.
Reader: Chicago 'Magnificent Mile' store
Apple may be bringing a new retail store to Chicago, according to a MacNN Reader living in the city. A storefront building permit indicates that Apple Computer is the owner of an empty Michigan Avenue store located on the 'Magnificent Mile' of the street -- an area known for pricey shops.
N. Softworks releases Login Items manager
Northern Softworks today released Login Items Engine v1.0, the initial version of the developer's Mac OS X utility for the simplification of the Login Items process. This utility helps manage Login Items -- applications or documents specified to be executed or opened upon login -- by offering a folder that users can place items in, similar to the Startup Items folder from Mac OS 9.
Griffin releases iMate 1.5.1 driver update
Following the release of the iMate Driver 1.5 fix earlier today, Griffin has posted iMate OS X Driver 1.5.1. This version adds the ability to select whether or not the iMate USB to ADB adapter should seek devices using Classic under Mac OS X and resolves issues from the prior release.
Moyer and Bowers publish FileMaker title
Chris Moyer and Bob Bowers of Moyer Consulting recently published a new book that focuses on professional-grade FileMaker Pro database development. Advanced FileMaker Pro 5.5 Techniques for Developers is now available and Internet retail sites for about $60, opening to an audience of over seven million users of FileMaker Pro worldwide. The book is the first of a three-part series, which will cover everything from traditional FileMaker databases to Web integration.
Login Item Engine brings OS 9 startup feature
Nothern Softworks has released its new utility for Mac OS X to simplify the launching of items at startup or login, Login Items Engine v1.0. The tool creates a Login Items folder (similar to the old Startup Items folder in Mac OS 9) and starts up the items contained inside the folder at login. The free software features "set and forget" interface, automatic configuration and a simple GUI.
Synchronize! Pro X 1.2.1: OS X backup SW
Synchronize! Pro X v1.2.1 makes bootable Mac OS X system backups as well as synchronizes files. The update now allows users to automatically start syncs at login, as well as fixes other small problems; the price is $100.
IRC client updated: Snak v4.8.4
Snak v4.8.4 is an IRC client for Mac OS 9/X that features little window clutter, multiple connection/channel support, logging and customization. The update fixes problems with transffering files along with a problem that could damage connection profiles. MacNN encourages readers to join the rest of our community and chat on the MacNN IRC server; irc.macnn.com.
iMac review: Apple needs to drop the price
Larry Blasko of the Associated Press comments on the new iMac, complementing its aesthetics while comparing it to 1.6GHz Dell 4500S, which has "a clock speed almost twice as fast as the iMac." He notes the advantages of the iMac and the Dell, one being the tech support on the Dell (1 year compared to 90 days for the iMac), but states that if Apple drops the price, it could be more a feasible purchase.
Some iMac orders to be filled by new vendor
Apple is reportedly switching contracts for its LCD iMac computers from Quanta Computer to Hon Hai Precision, as a result of Quanta's inability to recieve parts from Hon Hai on time. "Hon Hai's failure to supply Quanta with the crucial components has prevented Quanta from maintaining an even rate of production."
Loan Calc 1.5.1 brings interface enhancements
Macprog has released Loan Calc v1.5.1, an update to its easy-to-use Loan calculator for Mac OS 9/X. The application now features numerous interface enhancements, as well as continuing the ability to calculate repayments, mortgages, and interest in multiple currencies and saving the information to a text file or Excel database. [Classic, Carbon]
OWC named distributor for Newer products
Other World Computing announced that it has been named as the exclusive worldwide distributor of all Newer Systems Technology, Inc. (d.b.a. Newer Technology, Inc.) products. Former vice-president Rick Estes earlier this month announced that he bought all the rights to Newer products after the company went into bankruptcy more than a year ago. Estes noted that Newer would begin to ship products next month. (Newer's software downloads are again available on its website.)
Agfa releases Wedding Font Value Pack
Agfa today announced its Wedding Font Value Pack, which features five elegant script typefaces ideal for creating personalized announcements, invitations and thank-you notes. The collection, which includes Citadel Script, French Script, Helinda Rook, Mahogany Script and Young Baroque, can be previewed online and purchased for $100. Agfa is offering a $20 discount in a limited-time introductory offer.
Bookends 7.1: bibliography app
Bookends 7.1 is a complete reference management/bibliography generation application for Classic and OS X. It adds autocompletion for certain fields, improved term lists, better BibTeX handling (including support for data entry, formatting for output, and importing), better scanning of large docs in Word X, an editable reference Type list, and the ability to defragment/compact databases. A free demo of the $100 app (with a $30 discount for students) is available. [Classic, OSX]
OS X version of Logic Audio 5 due out soon
Emagic is notifying customers that an OS X version of its software for digital audio and MIDI production, Logic Audio 5 is "most probably due in June" as a free upgrade to all new purchases of Logic Platinum 5. (The most recent version Logic Audio Platinum 5.1.3 fixes an issue that when inserting a plug-in during playback.)
IOGEAR announces new Bluetooth product
IOGEAR today announced its Bluetooth Network Starter Kit, the first product in its line of Bluetooth-enabled devices. The $180 kit includes two Class 1 wireless Bluetooth to USB Adapters (GBU301), which "reach ten times further (100 meters) than Class 3 in the current market. It also comes equipped with two USB extension cables, one easy-to-follow installation guide and CD-ROM, and a three-year warranty." The GBU301 can also be purchased separately for $100. It is expected to be available at the end of June from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets.
New barcode app: Barcode Automator 1.0
Intelli Innovations today released Barcode Automator 1.0, a barcoding suite specifically designed for bulk generation and AppleScript automation. It supports 9 different symbologies, includes vectorized EPS and TIFF export capabilities, and comes bundled with a set of OCR fonts. A full-featured demo version of the $330 application for both Classic and OS X is available.
Aladdin ships iClean 5.0 privacy utility
Aladdin today began shipping iClean 5.0, a stand-alone version of its privacy utility that was released last week as part of Spring Cleaning 5.0. iClean quickly removes Internet build-up and "clutter," including unneeded Internet files that take up hard disk space and risk online privacy as well as Web surfing tracks by cleaning out Web cache files, cookies, and Web history tracks. Version 5.0 provides expanded cookie editing, menubar integration, and other reporting features. Upgrades to the $30 utility are $15. It is available in German-, French- and Japanese-localized versions.
OS X browser project updated with features
The Fizzilla-based Web browser project for OS X, Chimera v0.2.8, adds URL autocomplete, a new "Go" meno to go back and forward multiple steps, progress indicators for downloads, new prefs panels, and improved plug-ins.
Opera offers free browser licensing program
Opera Software today unveiled its Global Donations Program, offering registered versions of Opera away for free to organizations for the physically challenged, schools grades kindergarten through the 12th grade, as well as Web designer schools or individual programs. The browser is available for both OS X and Classic. An ad-supported version is free, while registration is $40.
Telnet, SSH manager for Terminal.app
Telnet Launcher 1.5.2 is an update to the SSH/telnet manager for OS X. The app offers integration with Terminal.app, bringing the ability to add custom terminal commands, dock-based organization, multiple session groups, session preference management, and new support for non-standard ports.
Tool for recovering photos from corrupt media
Andrew Toth's Salvage 1.0 is a tool for recovering digital camera photos from corrupt removable media. Unregistered copies of the $25 utility will recover the first two pictures in a disk image and report the total number of recoverable pictures.
Tool for searching OS X developer docs
Classical Software's TFM 1.0.1 is a $40 tool for searching and viewing OS X developer documentation, framework headers, source code examples, system header files and your own source and documentation. It offers search, HTML display, and source code formatting options. A 30-day demo is available.
MultideX 1.3 offers VCF, Entourage support
MultideX 1.3 is a $10 shareware address book that can import from/export to VCF and Entourage (as well as other) file formats. Version 1.3 adds the ability to open your favorite address book at startup, new menus, and new keyboard shortcuts.
Studio Collection 1.1 supports TDM2-systems
Native Instruments has posted a Studio Collection 1.1 update, which brings support for Digidesign's new TDM2-systems and sample-rates with up to 192 kHz as well as BATTERY support for multiple outputs with up to 32 separate channels and other improvements to its professional audio collection. The Studio Collection combines the Pro Tools Editions of the B4 organ, the BATTERY drum sampler, and the Pro-52 virtual analog synthesizer into a collection of creative instruments for use in Pro Tools TDM, LE and Free.
MacSSH help page offers secure ftp channel
David Zatz has posted a MacSSH help page that offers a quick tutorial on using SSH for secure connections from a Mac, including how to use GoLive's (or Dreamweaver's) FTP over a secure channel.
Griffin fixes some iMate problems
Griffin has posted an iMate Driver 1.5 Fix page, which includes instructions on how to recover from a blue screen boot stall: " At this point, the problem appears to have been caused by a recently released version of Apple's Package Maker application...We hope to release the 1.5 version of the driver using an older and more widely tested version of Package Maker in a few days." An iMate Remove 1.5 utility is also available as a last resort. (Others have reported loss-of-functionality with the latest driver release as well.)
Util offers improved app launch times for OSX
SpeedmeUp Lite 1.5 is "a down-and-dirty AppleScript that will help your OSX applications load faster immediately after launching since the application will spend less time looking up and 'binding' with various libraries and frameworks. Run the script about once a month and then restart your computer!" A SpeedMeUp Pro Pro 1.4b version, also free, is available as an AppleScript Studio app. [Lite, Pro]
Parental control app offers more flexibility
MAKI Enterprise's $30 parental control program Kids GoGoGo 5.6 adds a new plugin-in architecture, an auto-updating dictionary file, improved password protection, performance enhancements under Classic, and other fixes. The application filters adult-content as well as can disable use of specific applications by time of day and block movie playing. [Classic, OSX]
SmoothType 2.3 optimized for LCDs
Greg Landweber's SmoothType 2.3 is a shareware ($10) control panel that brings OS X-style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9.2: "[it] effectively doubles the resolution of text on the screen by blurring the edges of bitmap fonts with shades of gray...Version 2.3 offers subpixel smoothing optimized for LCD (flat panel) screens, which separately manipulates the red, green, and blue parts of eachpixel, effectively tripling the resolution. It also fixes a glitch smoothing popup menus that use the system font."
Music production app updated: Intuem 1.0rc3
The music production application Intuem 1.0rc3 is designed "specifically for non-professionals and students who demand extraordinary ease-of-use and professional sounding results." It adds play-through capability to play on the keyboard without having to record, better integration with MIDI Keyboards and modules, improved stability, an improved demo experience, and other enhancements. A demo of the $80 OS X application is available.
Slashdot's Malda to visit MacHack
In a "rare" public appearance, Slashdot founder Rob Malda is expected to attend the MacHack 2002 annual developers conference in Michigan, this June. Malda is an accomplished programmer, and founded one of the most popular computer news Web sites "for nerds."
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