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EarthGlobe v0.9: freeware globe desktop
Gary Martin has released his OS X freeware application EarthGlobe v0.9, a real-time, OpenGL rendered globe: "Designed as a sister application to MoonDock - it provides a lightweight view of the Earth day-light/seasonal cycles and takes up few system resources so it can be left running on your desktop."
Virtix Spectra effects/filters for iMovie
Virtix Spectra for iMovie is a package ($25) of 20 filters, useful for subtly correcting colors, highlighting objects or adding truly unique color effects to your videos. It includes a suite of color correction filters and advanced Black & White filters can be used to separate and manipulate different colors. Color Bleed, which can make colors "run" off the screen and the Moonlight and Sunset can be used to "take footage shot in broad daylight and make it look like it was shot in the evening."
Sun to push StarOffice for Mac OS X
Apple and Sun are cooperating on a Mac OS X version of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, according to c|net. Sun has been seeking alliances with hardware makers in its effort to overthrow Microsoft's Office suite with its StarOffice. This announcements comes after relations between Microsoft and Apple have sunk to more tense levels.
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Freeverse releases minor \'Arcane\' updater
Freeverse has posted a maintenance update to Arcane Arena, its "persistent online game of dank dungeons and magical mayhem." The update boasts a host of bug fixes and improved stability.
MacCVSClient 1.7 update issued
MacCVSClient 1.7 adds scroll wheel support, a "Move to Trash" command, long file name support and a handful of bug fixes to the free CVS source code revision control client. MacCVSClient displays "checked out files in an intuitive hierarchical list view" to monitor the "status" of files over time. Several editions of the application are available for different operating systems; a new Mac OS X-only version is available. [MacCVSClient - Classic, Carbon]
FastTrack Schedule 8 for Mac ships
AEC Software has begun shipping copies of FastTrack Schedule 8 for Mac. Version 8 is redesigned to run on Mac OS X and take advantage of its and its "elegant Aqua interface." The full version of FastTrack Schedule sells for $300, upgrades to version 8 are $150.
Dartware offers InterMapper/IM Remote updates
InterMapper 3.6.2 is the latest version of Dartware's network monitoring and alerting software. Version 3.6.2 delivers wireless probe enhancements for AirPort networks, an improved Web display and device labeling that includes SNMP 'Interface Names.' Pricing ranges from $2000 for an unlimited number of devices down to $295 for ten devices. Dartware has also announced the release of InterMapper Remote 1.0.2x for Mac OS X. The update to the $195 application provides performance optimizations.
Excel Software Ships MacA&D 7.4 & WinA&D 3.4
Excel Software today announced that it had started to ship major upgrades to its popular MacA&D and WinA&D software design tools. MacA&D 7.4 and WinA&D 3.4 both provided enhancements to identify, specify, track and control system requirements of projects. Additionally, both suites now offer user-defined "definition templates" that help developers "capture a structured collection of fields in each requirement entry," such as Status, Priority, Author, Date, Assigned, Category, Effort, Summary and Description. Both packages come in four editions: Standard ($500), Desktop ($1300), Educational ($850) and Developer ($2000).
Apple offers Xserve Up-To-Date program
Apple is offering "all" Xserve customers the ability to upgrade to "Jaguar" Server for $20 via its Xserve Up-To-Date program (regardless of purchase date). We also recently noted Apple's Up-to-Date programs for retail OS X purchases and Mac purchases made after July 17, 2002.
NewTek debuts free LightWave 7.5 3D trial
NewTek has released its free LightWave 7.5 3D Discovery Edition CD, a fully-functional trial of the 3D-animation and video product, which ships with five interactive Flash tutorials, PDF-based documentation, and "all the models, images, textures and scenes from the retail version of the product. The product lets animators save their creations with up to 400 animation points, and "subtly" watermarks the renders," according to Macworld UK.
PC clone takes on iMac, digital hub market
PC manufacturer Northgate has produced an iMac-inspired PC clone that "crosses the boundaries between the PC industry to home entertainment and a wide range of digital multimedia uses." The Integra is designed to compete directly against the eMac and iMac with "a minimum of 35 per cent increase in performance at 35-40 per cent less cost." (We also recently noted an iPod knockoff by e.Digital.)
ideaSpiral 1.5: word processor tracks ideas
ideaSpiral 1.5 updates the alternative word processor for trackng ideas and projects. The $20 application can store multiple text entries in a single file and can organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window to provide convenient one-click access. Version 1.5 includes a new 'Sections' feature for better organization and new Auto-Save and backup features. [Classic, OSX]
iData Pro stores, organizes info in database
Casady & Greene has updated iData Pro, a simple database for tracking stored in free-form or in templates. It provides the ability to dial phone numbers, search for data instantaneously, and archive emails from Outlook Express, Entourage, Netscape, and Eudora. The $40 application will be bundled with iData Remote which allows users to sync contact information, or any other data, directly with any Palm OS product. Registered users will receive a free update.
Key Xing 2.1.2: keyboard based launch util
John Scalo's Key Xing 2.1.2 is a $7 shareware utility, which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. It adds Jaguar compatibility, "anytime" Google searches, and an Empty Trash action.
ExecutiveSync offers \"dependable\" file sync
ExecutiveSync 1.0 for Mac OS X provides a "dependable file synchronization" solution for Mac OS X users. It offers support for long file names, Unicode and synchronization with Microsoft Windows File Servers, among other features. ExecutiveSync -- in its initial release stage -- "works the way you expect a file synchronization utility to work."
Customer Tracker 2.7.1 includes fixes
Customer Tracker 2.7.1 is a $35 ($20 upgrade) invoicing and customer database application, used to store and track jobs done for customers, amd print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes or labels. Version 2.7.1 fixes countless bugs, adds VAT number/Company Registration number storage and includes more straightforward alert messages. [Classic, Carbon]
Adaptec reducing Mac investment
Adaptec may be winding-down Macintosh development, according to a reader report. An Adaptec representative reports that it currently employs a single part-time Mac programmer. Reportedly a result of an executive decision by a high-ranking VP, the Macintosh market is less of a priority to the hardware/software developer than in previous times.
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