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GraphicConverter 4.4.1: shareware image util
The popular shareware image utility ($35) GraphicConverter 4.4.1 has been updated, bringing support for larger TGAs (on MacOS X), file size-based resize options, copying of EXIF info to the comment window, 8-bit export of PGPF, improved DXT1/DXT3 import, and other enhancements. [Classic, OS X]
FirstClass Server 7 for OS X due in Q4 2002
Centrinity says it is currently completing testing of the new FirstClass Server 7 for OS X and that release of FirstClass Server 7 for OS X is targeted for Q4 2002. This will include all core components of FirstClass, including the FirstClass Server and Internet Services. A First Class Client for OS X is available now. [site currently unavailable]
Symantec CDs do not support latest PowerBooks
Symantec notes that "you cannot boot your new G4/800 or G4/667 Titanium PowerBook from the NUM 7.0, NAVM 8.0, NSW for Mac 2.0, or NIS for Mac 2.0 CD," although it does outline instructions on creating a bootable Mac OS 9 CD to use Norton Utility functions such as Speed Disk optimizer, diagnose/repair OS X drives with Disk Doctor, and diagnose/repair a damaged drive in emergency situations.
Apple bullies IDG into denying media badges
Apple has apparently strong-armed IDG World Expo -- the producers of the Macworld Expo show -- into denying many news outlets media passes to the upcoming New York Expo, according to eWeek: "[Apple] has taken a uniquely aggressive stance toward information that it can't completely control or that doesn't come from a publication too big or influential for it to mess with [...] it clearly has more to do with the Mac maker's desire to control every aspect of its coverage than it does with sorting the pros from the amateurs." The article remarks that larger technology media outlets, such as eWeek and c|net, are not being held to same "rumor and speculation yardstick" as other publications such as MacFixIt and Graphic Power.
iDVD Backdrops releases \"Old Glory\"
iDVD Backdrops has released a free 'Old Glory' background, available through July 15. The free background -- for use with Apple's iDVD software -- is offered as a July 4th Independence celebration.
Emagic Logic cross-grade for Windows users
Emagic has announced a "crossgrade" migration plan for users of Logic 5 for Microsoft Windows. The plan would allow Windows users to switch to the Mac version of Logic 5.2 -- for free. The offers will be available starting August 1, 2002 -- for every registered Logic 5 Windows user -- and will run until the end of the year. Emagic became an wholly-owned Apple subsidiary following a recent acquisition, but the plans for the integration of the Logic product line have yet to be announced.
Microsoft posts Internet Explorer updates
Microsoft has posted Internet Explorer 5.2.1 for Mac OS X, a small update to the company's Web browsing software. Version 5.2.1 is seemingly a maintenance update to Internet Explorer that delivers "the latest security and performance enhancements." Further details are currently outstanding.
Microsoft has also posted Internet Explorer 5.1.5 for Classic, which "provides enhanced support for the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and resolves all security vulnerabilities in previous versions of Internet Explorer 5. This includes vulnerabilities that might have caused Internet Explorer to stop responding or caused a memory problem that compromised the security of the computer." [Classic, OSX]
CodeTek: final release of VirtualDesktop
CodeTek has released the final version of VirtualDesktop, its multiple-desktop manager for Mac OS X. VirtualDesktop 1.0 lets users switch between several desktops, each with a respective set of windows and icons. The developer likens the added screen space to having multiple monitors. The $20 shareware application provides a control window that contains all active desktops, arranged in a grid.
4D WebSTAR 5.1.3 fixes bugs in Web server
4D has released WebSTAR 5.1.3, an update to its Webserver that "eliminates a potential security vulnerability [and] fixes an incompatibility that prevented some WebDAV clients from accessing password-protected realms."
Syslog Gen X 3.0.1: helps manage system logs
Syslog Gen X 3.0.1, now with a revamped interface, offers a GUI for creating a syslog.conf file as well as "real-world" translations of various system event logs. It offers the option to log events to the console, save events to a log file on the hard drive, or send the info to a remote machine on the network running a syslog program.
WorkStrip X 1.0: dock alternative for OS X
WorkStrip X 1.0 is described as "an intelligent, system wide productivity-enhancement tool [that] provides an advanced customizable alternative to the Dock.." It uses a "workspaces" metaphor to organize the desktop working environment as well as offers instant file previews, advanced tracking of applications, documents, and websites, and flexible auto-hide options. A 30-day trial of the $40 application is available online.
Zettabyte offers SuperDrive-equipped eMac
Zettabyte today announced that it will begin selling a SuperDrive-equipped eMac, replacing the machine's built-in CD-RW drive with a CD-RW/DVD-RW mechanism that allows users to view and burn DVDs. The company is offering the systems for $1,500.
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