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REALbasic utilities for developers available
ZegsRuler v1.05 is a set of classes that enable programmers to add rulers and scales to REALBasic projects, offering support for scaling, zooming, scrolling and origin adjustment. ZegsRuler allows for precise control over line length, width and color, as well as background and text color. The $15 set is available as a stand-alone or with the source code for $25. Also recently released under LGL -- a public beta version of the complete XML parser and router for REALbasic -- is rXML. [ZR, rXML]
JumpStart edu. games available on Mac
Knowledge Adventure today announced that it would begin distribution of JumpStart Advanced, an array of educational games tailored to the unique needs of children. The software titles, costing about $30 each, are currently-available in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade versions. All JumpStart packages are available on Macintosh CD-ROM, starting today.
Troi posts File Plug-in revision
Troi Automatisering today released File Plug-in v2.5 -- an add-on for FileMaker Pro that lets users manipulate files and folders, and use file and folder information, directly from a FileMaker Pro databases. This update adds improved support for the referencing of MP3 and EPS files, support for Adobe's ImageURL format and a new user manual.
On-site Apple Certified Training offered
DiscoveryTools is offering nationwide on-site Apple Certified Training. "Discovery Tools is the only Apple Certified Training Center for Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro that has a 13 station G4 Titanium PowerBook lab available for training on your site."
4-Sight Fax v5 reduces entry-level pricing
4-Sight Fax v5, which provides a Mac OS X network fax server for direct access over any Internet connection, has now reduced the price of its entry-level server to $495 (1-line/5 users). The release also introduces a "fax forwarding to e-mail" option, which routes incoming faxes to a user's e-mail account in PDF format.
Sound Studio 2.0.3 adds more compatibility
Sound Studio 2.0.3 is a digital audio editing and recording application for Mac OS 9/X. It allows users to digitize tapes or records, do live recording of audio, edit new and pre-existing digital audio, and to save in several different file formats (AIFF, WAVE, QuickTime). The update fixes numerous bugs as well as adding compatibility with FireWire DV. A 14 day trial period is available; the price is $50.
POPmonitor 2.0.2: filter unwanted email
POPmonitor v2.0.2 allows users to filter and deleted unwanted email without first dowloading the messages. It can also automatically create custom block lists and custom filters, and bounce messages back to the original sender. The update now includes Mac OS X compatibility, as well as bug fixes and the removal of interface glitches. [Classic, Carbon]
Installgen helps set-up Oracle databases
The Installgen 1.05 application generates the scripts required to install, build, backup and document an Oracle database installation: "Installgen´s scripts are designed to allow a DBA to start with a brand new server containing only an operating system, and complete all of the tasks which are required in order to install an Oracle database." (Oracle is not supported on OS X, but the scripts can be created on OS X.) A one-year license with free updates is $100.
Mail.app plugin sets X-Priority header
MailPriority 1.0 is a plug-in for Mail.app (on Mac OS X) that provides "a simple interface to set the X-Priority header. MailPriority is a complete hack, relying on private internal API of Mail.app. Use it at your own risks!"
MCE intros PowerBook G4 Combo Drive upgrade
MCE today announced an internal CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive upgrade for the PowerBook G4 (Titanium) 400MHz/500MHz models. Customers can ship PowerBooks directly to the company as part of its MCE PowerBook G4 Combo Drive upgrade. The company expects upgrade turnaround times of 1-2 business days (not including transit) for the $300 service. The internal, slot-loading drive writes to CD-R media at 8x speed, to CD-RW media at 8x speed, reads CD-ROM discs at 24X speed and reads DVD-ROM discs at 8x speed. It is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X as well as iTunes, Disc Burner, and DVD Player software and is also certified by Dantz Development for Retrospect compatibility.
Demos of Fireworks MX, Dreamweaver MX
Thoth, Rosetta newsgroup utils updated
Rosetta 1.4.9 is an update to the $15 shareware program that provides complete support for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode and yEncoded files; rejoining binary files; and making some movie file repairs. Brian Clark has also updated his $25 shareware newsreader, Thoth 1.5.3, with advanced functions such as power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article and header downloads, quoted text coloring, reference-based article threading, and support for a multi-threaded connection to the news server. [Rosetta, Thoth]
Tinderbox adds OS X support
Eastgate Systems has released Tinderbox 1.1.2, a new OS X-compatible version of its $95 Macintosh tool for making, analyzing, and weblogging notes. It also adds performance enhancements and improved Tinderbox's agents, which constantly scan your notes seeking to identify, classify, and organize.
Asiva Photo 1.1 has better color correction
Shapiro Consulting has released Asiva Photo 1.1,an update to its 16-bit color correction and image enhancement application, adding several enhancements such as additional file and conversion support and "vastly" improved color correction algorithms. The $380 application allows photographers, graphic artists and desktop publishing professionals makes color corrections and enhancements without using masks as well as offers functions to soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create special effects.
Digitimes: 17-, 19-inch iMacs due in Q3
DigiTimes reports that Quanta Computer will start producing 17- and 19-inch iMacs in the third quarter of this year, noting stronger ties between Apple and Quanta: "[Quanta] shipped 235,000 units to Apple in the first quarter, and despite TFT LCD supply crunches in April that halted production for a week, analysts predict second-quarter shipments could grow to 350,000 units."
Maya 3D settings for ShuttlePRO controller
Contour Design today released pre-programmed settings for Alias|Wavefront's Maya 3D animation software, adding Maya's keyboard-based functions to the ShuttlePRO Multimedia Controller. The settings offer instant single-button access to frequently-used software features which "facilitates the animation workflow so that artists can continue to focus on the creative process." The $100 device offers control for audio, video, graphics, and animation software with customizable software for both Classic and OS X.
UMAX now charging for driver updates
UMAX has begun charging up to $60 for CD-based driver updates, which were previously available for free online, according to The Register: "And this amounts to a tidy sum. In some cases, the CD package on offer tops $60. The humblest driver update for MacOS 9 is now $32. Plus shipping. Plus your state's sales tax."
WebLight 2.04 checks Web URLs
WebLight 2.04 (formerly Website Illuminator) for OS X is "designed to help web developers build and maintain reliable, accessible websites. It quickly finds broken links and markup problems that are difficult and time consuming to find manually, and identifies relationships between URLs." It freely checks HTML and links for small sites (up to 24 URLs), while a $25 license offers unlimited checking.
MS releases Office v.X, MSN Messenger 3.0
Microsoft today announced the availability of Office v. X SR1 and MSN Messenger 3.0 for Mac, which brings performance improvements, updates, new features and fixes featured across the entire suite of business applications, including Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X and Entourage X. Microsoft also said it will provide a component to enable synchronization between Palm operating system-based handheld devices and Entourage X as a free download starting July 15. [Office v.XSR1, MSNM 3.0]
iPod2iTunes X 1.01 syncs playlists with iPod
Christian Vick's iPod2iTunes X 1.01 offers the ability to synchronize and transfer tracks and playlists from your iPod to your Mac. It creates for every transfer session a date/time stamped playlist which shows the tracks which you've transferred to your Mac and also synchronizes the iPod playlists to iTunes. It runs on both Classic and OS X.
Chinese Rewriter: language conversion tool
Chinese Rewriter 1.1 is a utility which converts texts between Traditional and Simplified Chinese and also includes contextual conversion and lexical replacement features. Version 1.1TC has been localized to support full Traditional Chinese interface. It is compatible with OS X, as well as Mac OS 8.6/9.
Free tool counts characters in any string
Nemesys Software has released a new, free tool for OS X, CountChar 1.0, an application that returns the number of characters in a string: "You can type or paste the string in a text field in the application, but the functionality is also available through the OS X services, so that you simply have to select a range of characters in an application supporting OS X services."
Photo Mechanic 3.0: image browser
Camera Bits today released Photo Mechanic 3.0, an image browser for digital camera files with batch captioning and renaming functions as well as functions for rotate, preview, copy, delete, tag, rename, and add caption. Upgrades are $80-$100 depending on the purchase date of the $150 application. It runs on both Classic and OS X.
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