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Sciral Consistency: track day-to-day tasks
Sciral Consistency 1.0 is the first in a forthcoming line of "Computer-Aided Life Management" products. The Mac OS X native application enables users to track and receive feedback on day-to-day tasks that are repeating yet flexible. The price is $25, and a free time-unlimited trial version is available.
iPod2iTunes 1.5 now supports iTunes 3.0
iPod2iTunes v1.5 is a Mac OS X utility to synchronize and transfer tracks and playlists from an iPod to a Mac. The update improves the user interface, supports iTunes 3.0 and iPod firmware 1.2, improves performance (about 20%) and more. The price is $20.
Apple to debut dual-processor 1.25GHz Macs
Apple tomorrow is expected to introduce new Power Macs as well as new eMac model. he new Power Macs are expected to be available in dual processor configurations of 867MHz, 1GHz, and 1.25GHz for $1,699, $2,499, and $3,299, respectively. The two higher-end Power Macs will reportedly ship with ATI's new Radeon 9000 graphics card, replacing the nVidia GeForce4x cards previously used in those Power Mac configurations. Sources also indicate that Apple will also introduce a new eMac with a SuperDrive for $1,499.
Security Manager: secure user-login for FMP
Security Manager 1.0 is secure user-login system for FileMaker Pro. It provides a single point of entry for any number of users and databases, eliminating password sharing. The application is due out in early September
Apple Store in Edina, MN, to open soon
Apple is opening a new retail store in the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota, notes a reader. "For those who have never been in Minnesota, Edina is a well-to-do neighborhood with lots of retail shopping and tons of Office complexes."
30-day demo of Image Doctor available
Image Doctor is a set of Mac OS 9 & X image-correction filters for Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro and other image editors. It can remove blemishes and defects, repair over-compressed JPEGs and replace any unwanted objects or details. A 30-day demo is available; the full version ships on August 20th.
Aladdin profits in second quarter
Aladdin Systems, makers of StuffIt, Spring Cleaning and more, have reported a $138,130 profit on revenues of $1,653,248, improving over last years loss ($411,585)."In this tough economy we continue our strategy of introducing quality new products and software updates to stay competitive and grow in our markets," said Jonathan Kahn, CEO. "We are striving to meet our goal of profitability for Aladdin's year-end in December."
Panasonic mini-DV camcorder announced
The Panasonic AG-DVX100 is a FireWire mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with exclusive CineSwitch technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and 480p/30fps image capture. The camera is equipped with 1/3" progressive-scan 410,000-pixel 3-CCD imagers, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio modes, wide-angle zoom lens and professional sound tools. The camera is priced at $3800, and will be available on October 10th.
Quickie Web Albums 2.3.1 adds meta support
Quickie Web Albums 2.3.1 is a cross-platform application that creates custom Web photo and movie albums. The update adds meta tag and ISO meta tag options and changes the image compression setting to work more easily. The price is $23. [Classic, Carbon]
BBEdit Back-to-School Special
Bare Bones Software has started a "BBEdit Back-to-School Special," for anyone who puchases BBEdit, its award-winning HTML and text editing tool, before September 20th. The special price of BBEdit is $99 ($39 for an upgrade), which includes a copy of Jennifer Niederst's Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond.
TrapEase acquired by Ascending Technologies
Ascending Technologies has acquired TrapEase, an $89 tool for trapping and displaying errors in FileMaker Pro databases. It provides the developer with an easy-to-use interface that assists in presenting customized error messages based on each error type. Developers can control alert icons, system beeps, message text and course of action for any error a user encounters. Future versions are planned to sport a new interface and much more.
PageSpinner 4.1: Web development package
PageSpinner 4.1 is a $30 Web development package for Mac OS 9 & X. The new version adds support for Quartz Text Smoothing and Tool tips, features a new psedit command line tool for the OS X Terminal, a Replace in Selection command, improved template handling and Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) compatibility. It also features an option to open hidden files, improved display of selected text in the editor, updated Web tools menus, plus bug fixes and other enhancements.
Adobe ships Elements 2.0, Premiere 6.5
Adobe has officially announced the availability of two Mac OS 9 & X applications, Photoshop Elements 2.0, its scaled down version of Photoshop targeted for consumers (as we noted last week), and Adobe Premiere 6.5, its digital video editing software. Photoshop Elements 2.0 brings increased power and simplicity to amateur photographers and photo hobbyists. It now includes new email support which automatically optimizes and attaches images from within the program. Premiere 6.5 adds Real-time Preview, the Adobe Title Designer, and support for MPEG-2 export and DVD authoring. Photoshop Elements is priced at $100 and Premiere is priced at $550.
DropDMG 1.7 creates disk images
Michael Tsai's DropDMG 1.7 can create ".dmg" and ".img" disk images on Mac OS X. The $5 shareware has offers encryption and post-processing with GZip or MacBinary as well as supports segmented images and auto-open images. This version adds support for license agreements, a finer-grained progress bar and status text, and better file name handling.
ABSplus: backup solution for OS X
CMS Peripherals has announced the availability of ABSplus, a backup solution and restoration/recovery system for Mac OS X with complete system bootability. Users boot directly into an exact copy of their system on Mac OS X by having the unit connected via FireWire and holding down the Option key. Pricing starts at $300, and the pocket-sized peripheral is available in 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB configurations.
AOL releases AOL client for OS X
America Online today announced its new AOL for Mac OS X client, which brings enhancements to AOL's popular e-mail and instant messaging features, such as a counter on the Mac OS X dock that displays the number of new messages; the new AOL Search; the addition of new short-cut keys; buddy list enhancements, as well as several Mac-first features, including the integration of the Netscape Gecko Web browser. Other features include an updated Welcome Screen and toolbar with better access to content, a "speed detect" feature to optimize AOL for the connection speed, Apple's QuickTime media player, compatibility with Apple's iChat; universal access to e-mail, Buddy List, Address Book and other favorite features (i.e., from any computer), and AirPort compatibility. It is available as an upgrade for existing members at no additional charge in the United States at AOL Keyword: Upgrade. (Some features were available as part of the public beta of the software.)
Location X 1.1 improves stability, interface
Location X 1.1 is a shareware ($10) location manager for Mac OS X. Similar to its Mac OS 9 counterpart, the third-party plug-in allows users to quickly and easily change internet and computer settings for different locations. The update provides improved stability and interface enhancements.
OWC drops support for iDVD software
Other World Computing today announced that it will no longer market its DVD Enabler software effective immediately, in response to a request from Apple. DVD Enabler was a software tool introduced by OWC in late July, which allowed its external FireWire DVD- R/RW hard drives to utilize Apple's own software program (iDVD v2.1) to author DVDs on OWC's Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW FireWire solutions. OWC says it is also dropping all support of Apple's iDVD software.
FileMaker Pro tool plots 2D functions
Function Junction, a new free tool that plots two-dimensioanl mathematical functions in FileMaker Pro, has been released. Using common FileMaker calculations, the tool does not require any plug-ins or third party tools.
Cacophony 1.2 adds Ogg Vorbis support
Cacophony v1.2 is a $25 digital audio editor for Mac OS X. The latest version optimizes the buffer reading functions, adds Ogg Vorbis support, and fixes numerous other issues.
Default Folder X now Jaguar compatible
Default Folder X 1.6, which is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.2, has been released. The file management utility now has a "Finder Click" feature, as well as improved integration with XRay, FileExaminer and Super Get Info.
Apple offers free Auto/air Power Adapter
Apple is offering a free Auto/Air DC Power Adapter with the purchase of any custom-configured PowerBook using promo code 'PBL802'. The offer is good at the Apple Store or at any of Apple's retail store locations.
Apple to \'break even\' this quarter
Reuters reports that Apple expects to break even in its European division? in the next quarter after disappointing results in the previous quarter, head of Apple's European division said in an interview with Italian la Stampa Daily published on Sunday.
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