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Ciboulette 1.5: clipboard encryption, keygens

05/31, 6:45pm

Ciboulette 1.5: clipboard encryption, keygens

Ciboulette v1.5 represents a significant update marcadesign's Classic Mac OS file encryption software. Version 1.5 includes the ability to encrypt sensitive clipboard content that can be subsequently emailed or stored in a nearly "unbreakable" format. The free update to the $10 shareware application also offers multiple encryption algorithms, a greatly-improved Strong Key generator and a new random key generator.

Ericsson Client beta has new UI

05/31, 6:40pm

Ericsson Client beta has new UI

Ericsson Client 1.0b5 is an application for OS X that allows you to transfer files to and from an Ericsson phone using a wireless Infrared or Bluetooth connection. It enables users to utilize PIM capabilities by moving contact and calendar items between the phone and calendar/address applications; make a backup of your phone's calendar or phone book; and transfer files (notes, sounds, screensavers, background pictures, themes) to the phone. The recent beta has a new UI and expires June 30.

Nikon intros new Coolpix digital cameras

05/31, 5:25pm

Nikon intros new Coolpix digital cameras

Nikon earlier this week introduced three new Coolpix cameras, including the Coolpix 5700 (5MP, 8x optical zoom), Coolpix 4500 (4MP, 4x) and Coolpix 2000 (2.0MP, 3x) as well as a new portable light for macro shooting.

\"Blue Car\" produced on Macs with FCP

05/31, 4:35pm

\"Blue Car\" produced on Macs with FCP

A recent Apple article takes a look at the digital production of a small Indie film titled "Blue Car." First-time director Karen Moncrieff headed the production -- Miramax's first Sundance debut of the year -- which has been called "the most haunting film at Sundance" by critics. Blue Car was edited on Macintosh computers using Final Cut Pro and the previously named FilmLogic suite (now know as Apple Cinema Tools).

OS X license fix, PB G4 S-video replacement

05/31, 4:05pm

OS X license fix, PB G4 S-video replacement

Some 2002 Macintosh Server G4 servers came with incorrectly-printed software serial numbers, according to an Apple knowledge base document. Owners of such machines received ten-user licenses for Mac OS X Server instead of the unlimited licenses they were entitled to. Apple will issue users new serial numbers at the Mac OS X Server Serial Number Exchange Web site. Apple has also launched a PowerBook G4 S-video-to-Composite Adapter Fulfilment Program for customers whose PowerBook G4s shipped without the adapter.

KDE available for OS X via Fink

05/31, 2:55pm

KDE available for OS X via Fink

The Fink team has announced preliminary support for KDE on OS X: "Work has been progressing steadily on getting KDE 3.0.x ported to run in XFree86 on MacOS X. Packages and pre-built binaries are now available for users interested in running KDE on MacOS X via Fink... There are a large number of issues remaining before the port is truly complete, but the vast majority of KDE builds and runs just fine." (Fink provides a "virtual" package for XFree86 called "system-xfree86", for users that have downloaded XonX or some other binary XFree86 distribution and don't want to build XFree86 from source.)

Xserve: \'first bid\' for government business

05/31, 2:55pm

Xserve: \'first bid\' for government business

Apple's new Xserve represents the "first bid for federal data center business," according to Federal Computer Week. Both pricing and software availability are noted as potential pitfalls for entering the server market: "the $3,000 starting price for Xserve is actually very competitive in comparison to similarly equipped Unix servers or PC servers running Microsoft Corp. Windows...We've already received dozens of requests for pricing and availability information," according to one reseller. [article date misprinted]

Analyst predicts lower iMac shipments

05/31, 2:30pm

Analyst predicts lower iMac shipments

Morgan Stanley says that Apple will ship about 235,000 iMac units this quarter compared with Wall Street consensus estimates of roughly 300,000, according to Briefing.com. Update: Salomon Smith Barney is "defending AAPL against a rumor that they will miss the 300k iMac Street forecast ; firm does not know where the 300k forecast comes from, and believes [Apple] is tracking towards 225k-250k units for the quarter (although that is still below firm's estimate of 265k)."

Updated virus definition files for June

05/31, 2:30pm

Updated virus definition files for June

Updated virus definition files have been posted for June, including Symantec's NAV 6/7/8, Network Associates' Virex, and Intego's VirusBarrier. [NAV: 6/7/7OSX/8, Virex, VB]

MindVision ships Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X

05/31, 2:20pm

MindVision ships Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X

MindVision today began shipping Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X, a fully Carbonized version of its developer utility for creating application installers. It can now also create OS X application bundles and supports more OS X install locations as well as has updated Gestalts and more integrated e-commerce options. Annual pricing starts at $275 for up to 3,000 copies of a single product, while a lite version is available for free to qualified shareware/freeware authors.

Data analysis and charting app released

05/31, 2:00pm

Data analysis and charting app released

Gigawiz has released Aabel 1.0, a new data analysis and charting application for OS X, which includes a free, complementary OS 9.x version for users who are in transition. Aabel enables simultaneous data analysis and charting from multiple worksheets and databases, offering native worksheet and database support, a wide range of 2D and 3D charts, built-in statistical methods, integrated tools for quality control of numerical data, and integrated map projection utilities. A demo of the $350 ($250 for education) AltiVec-enhanced application is available.

IPNetTunerX optimizes TCP/IP performance

05/31, 11:40am

IPNetTunerX optimizes TCP/IP performance

Sustainable Softworks' IPNetTunerX 1.0b1 is an application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under OS X by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. It supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU.

AJA Video expands warranty on Kona PCI cards

05/31, 11:35am

AJA Video expands warranty on Kona PCI cards

AJA Video has expanded its warranty terms for the Kona HD and Kona SD uncompressed 10-bit video cards for OS X to 3 years. The Kona SD and the Kona HD are uncompressed 10-bit PCI video cards designed for both editing and design on OS X. The Kona SD ($3,300) provides all the features for standard definition television, while the Kona HD ($11,000) offers support for HDTV television. Both include real-time capture to Offline RT motion jpeg files for Final Cut Pro, six channels of 48/96 KHz AES/EBU digital audio with sample rate conversion on each input, fully digital SDI connections, separately available multi-format analog options, and software codec's for OS X and Mac OS 9.

Trashcan utility for OS X updated

05/31, 11:30am

Trashcan utility for OS X updated

The $7 shareware Trash X 1.4 is a fully functional trashcan for OS X, adds features such as the ability to instantly delete files and folders, empty trash on selected disks, securely delete (Shred) files and folders, automatically empty items from the trash after a user specified interval and other options.

MouseWorks 2.0b3 adds simplified app settings

05/31, 11:25am

MouseWorks 2.0b3 adds simplified app settings

Kensington's latest MouseWorks 2.0b3 beta adds a simplified application settings interface as well as several bug fixes to the driver software for its input devices under OS X.

Hairstyle simulation software for Macs posted

05/31, 11:20am

Hairstyle simulation software for Macs posted

Infinisys has released an English version of its popular hairstyle simulation software for the Macintosh, Change My image, which allows "you to quickly and easily try out a variety of hairstyles and hair colors. Just load in your photograph and then click on the desired hairstyle and hair color." A demo of the $15 application for both Classic and OS X is available online.

Full-featured graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client

05/31, 11:15am

Full-featured graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client

Robert Vasvari has posted Remote Browser 3.07, which provides access to files on the local host as well as remote UNIX systems with an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is a full-featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, which allows users to manage/browse files on the remote host, offering file management features such as move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. Version 3.07 fixes a bug that prevented multiple ssh proxy connections, improves handling of SSH Key changes of remote hosts, adds support for symbolic links, and adds a dock menu.

PPTP client for OS X in beta testing

05/31, 11:05am

PPTP client for OS X in beta testing

Gracion Software has posted digitunnel 1.0b4, an update to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS X, which is compatible with Windows 2000 servers and supports PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), an Internet standard for VPN.

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