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Apple releases Networking/AirPort updates
Apple has released Networking Update v1.0 via the Software Update Application in Mac OS X. The 716KB download improves network and Internet access after "restarting your computer or when waking from sleep." Apple also this evening released an update for its AirPort Wireless Software.
ATTO intros OS X-compatible ExpressPCI card
ATTO today announced the release of the ExpressPCI FC 3320, a 2-gigabyte PCI-X Fibre Channel HBA (Host Bus Adapter). The card offers PCI backwards-compatibility for computers that do not have a free PCI-X slot. The 133 MHz ExpressPCI FC 3320 HBA is compatible with Mac OS X, and will work in any full-height workstation or 2U server case.
C&G unveils TimeSlice 2.5 upgrade
Long-time Macintosh developer Casady & Greene today released TimeSlice version 2.5, an update to its time-tracking and billing application for Mac OS 9/X. TimeSlice tracks the time spent on multiple business projects and client jobs. This $30 upgrade (full version $60) makes tracking time spent on multiple projects more powerful; follows time spend in individual applications; can generate invoices; offers schedule reminders; and includes many interface enhancements. The upgrade is available immediately as an electronic download; the boxed version will be shipping soon.
eMac debut in Hong Kong unimpressive
Although met with modest interest in North America an Europe, the Apple eMac saw a lackluster debut in Hong Kong. A Hoover's article explains that shoppers at the Windsor House and Wan Chai Computer Centre lacked interest in the bulky CRT (cathode-ray tube) system, which had a "muted" marketing debut. A salesman from a Macintosh shop said many consumers might have confused the eMac with the old iMac, since both are CRT machines. Slim Sony products, like the Vaio PCV-LX120, are more popular in Hong Kong, because they take up very little desk space. Apple's compact iMac was more heavily promoted in the Asian market, analysts attribute this to the iMac's LCD-based design.
Aatrix to bring Payroll Series to OS X
Aatrix today announced it will bring its Payroll Series to Mac OS X in the Fall of 2002. The payroll product line includes TopPay, Payroll, Ultimate Payroll, Multi Ultimate Payroll, and Paycheck.
pdfPreviewMaker 2.0: Acrobat plugin
callas software has released pdfPreviewMaker 2.0, a $250 plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that creates previews and thumbnails from PDF pages. The new release offers an interface for manual processing in addition to the AutoPilot mode, allowing it to be fully integrated into an automated PDF workflow.
Native Instruments releases FM7 update
FM7 v1.1 is an update to Native Instruments' FM synthesizer that delivers a variety of new functions and improvements. The developer notes the following changes in version 1.1: "The Envelopes of the Operators can be synchronized to each other and the Tempo Sync Delay Time can be set to dotted note values; the Randomize function has been improved and the FM7 is equipped with a new Pitchbend mode."
IdeaResources announces Commesso 3.0
Commesso v3.0 provides a scalable, platform-independent, "technology-based distributed system" for e-commerce Web sites and businesses. Commesso offers a simple interface to its database, which enables general employees to use the system. Both the client and server applications will run on Mac OS X, Linux, any UNIX and Windows; Commesso's open database architecture makes it compatible with any SQL-compliant database. A free demo is available for those interested in implementing the system in their enterprise.
PocketNotes 2.0 beta released
Pocket Software today announced the first beta of PocketNotes 2.0, its flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. PocketNotes v2.0b1 offers several major enhancements, including alphabetic sorting and prioritizing; a new reminder system; improved printing; the ability to create aliases of notes within the application; and new skin support. A 30-day demo of the new shareware ($20) beta is available.
shadowGoogle offers desktop searching
stupidFish has released shadowGoogle 1.0 for OS X, a freeware desktop google search utility written in Cocoa. It includes options for customizable search criteria, search for keywords or images, search in given languages only, set number of results displayed per page and a 'float above all' feature.
Velocity-X: 200 Gigaflop Mac cluster
The Danish Technical University (DTU) has developed Scandinavia's largest dedicated Mac cluster, consisting of 32 dedicated Power Mac G4 Dual-800 MHz workstations (equivalent to 200 Gigaflops). The cluster, which is called Velocity-X, will be turned on for use on Monday, June 24th with the presence of Apple Denmark. The dedicated Mac cluster will primarily be used to understand proteins' influence on cancer as well as on larger film and animation projects. Velocity-X can be rented for use through the Internet for approximately 50,000 Danish kroner per week ($1 = 8.5 DKK).
CD Session Burner 1.0 burns multiple sessions
James Sentman has released a final version of his CD Session Burner 1.0 utility, which allows users to "burn 'sessions' to a CDR or CDRW until all the space on the disk is used up. While CD Burning is built into OS X, it burns the entire disk even if you are just backing up a [portion]." The $17 shareware for OS X will burn 25 sessions and then limit the burn speed to 1x until registered.
Blue Line Studios testing LogotypeMaker Pro 4
Blue Line Studios is beta testing LogotypeMaker Pro 4, whose "main function is the typesetting of a text string using all the user's activated fonts. The purpose is to help graphics professionals choosing an appropriate typeface when creating a logotype. Version 4 is a major overhaul. New features include the loading of fonts not activated by the system...The font list filters are also greatly improved." Interested parties should contact the company via email.
Canon releases OS X updates
Several readers note that Canon has released OS X native drivers for its CanoScan N1240U scanner: ScanGear CS 184.108.40.206X (available in English, French, and German). Canon has also released ImageBrowser 2.3, which brings OS X compatibility to Canon's bundled application for importing and managing photos and movie clips from its PowerShot digital cameras: "Unlike the Canon Digital Camera Plug-in Module, RAW Image Converter and USB Mounter, Canon Digital Camera Software applications such as ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, and RemoteCapture are not available as free downloads. However, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disks are available for purchase at 1-800-828-4040 for $19.95. Specifically, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk v9.0 will be available for purchase in Mid June."
UpdateRadar 2.0 tracks app updates from Web
Ricci Adams has released UpdateRadar 2.0, his $9 shareware application that tracks application updates. It adds the ability to add a program from Hard Drive", new "Search & Add" features, automatic notification of updates, and automatic HTML parsing updates. The new version also downloads program icons in addition to the name, current version, and release date.
Apple Australia apologizes to Gartner
Apple Australia today issued a press release regarding a Gartner Measurement project conducted for Apple. The information contained in that report, which showed that Macs cost 36 percent less to maintain than PC counterparts, was "specific to a particular scenario and was intended for Apple internal use only.... The press release was not approved by Gartner and Apple Australia apologizes to Gartner for any confusion this has caused."
PAID!: Production Accounting and Invoicing
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 3.01, an update to the $80 Production Accounting and Invoicing Database, which adds fiscal reporting to the FileMaker Pro runtime database for tracking Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. It also adds new report and find menus, a new file recovery tool, and an improved interface. A demo is available online. [Classic, OSX]
ITC adds new weights to Conduit font family
Twenty-nine new fonts are now available as part of the newly revised ITC Conduit typeface family. In addition to ITC Conduit's six original weights (light, medium and bold with italic counterparts), the family now includes extra light, regular, extra bold and black. Each new font includes italic and small cap counterparts, and seven sets of oldstyle figures have been added to complement the non-italic weights. ITC has also fine-tuned the spacing and other digital aspects of the original design. The new ITC Conduit family can is $300 for all 35 fonts (a savings of $120.00) in an introductory offer.
ZDnet: 800Mbps FireWire due at MWNY
ZDnet speculates that 800Mbps FireWire technology will be unveiled at Macworld Expo New York in its article discussing USB 2.0, which one analyst says is "more cost-effective. FireWire will stil be around, but over the longer term it does begin to fade."
Free app, makes notes from black/whiteboards
Save My Whiteboard v2.0 is an important update to Rob Frohne's free educational-assistant used for the transformation of digital photographs of black/whiteboards to usable study notes. Version 2.0 adds program multi-threading, Mac OS X support, blackboard support -- as opposed to whiteboard-only support -- and better processing parameters for "cleaner" results. [Classic, Carbon]
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