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RealOne Player: no CD authoring
RealNetworks told MacNN today that it does not currently have plans to incorporate NTI's high-speed CD writing software into the RealOne Player for Mac OS X, (Released last month as a beta at Macworld Expo NY). Real yesterday announced it was replacing Roxio's 2x CD writing component with NTI's 52x CD burning engine; however, the announcement was only pertained to RealOne Player for Windows, which includes Jukebox and CD burning features. Real was unable to confirm whether the "player-only" Mac version would include the high-speed NTI CD authoring engine. The final version of RealOne Player for OS X is due at the end of the year, included will be support for: SuperPass, and Real's digital media subscription service featuring exclusive programming from ABCNews.com, 'Big Brother 3,' CNN, FOXSports, MLB, and NASCAR.
ClearDock gets minor revision
Only a day after the initial release of its Application Enhancer and accompanying modules "ClearDock" and "Metallifizer," Unsanity today released ClearDock 1.1. This update adds a ClearDock configuration application, a Dock transparency toggle and bug fixes. ClearDock works in conjunction with Application Enhancer to remove the translucent background from Mac OS X 10.2's "Dock."
EZQ ships new USB 2.0 CD-RW drive
EZQuest has started shipping its Boa 48x12x48 external USB 2.0 CD-RW drive. The high-speed, $190 drive is billed as the fastest in the industry, with 74-minute CD creation in just over 90 seconds. The Boa 48x is housed in a light gray, streamlined metal case, includes a cable and software, and sports an internal 50-watt auto-switching power supply. Mac support is available from Charismac.
Quicken 2003 released, Brokerage announced
Quicken 2003 for the Mac became available for order today ($50) from Intuit's online store and at several retail locations. Last month, MacNN reported the upcoming release of the suite. Quicken Brokerage 2003 (powered by 'Siebert') offers personal finance and brokerage services for the creation of a "financial management resource;" it will ship early next month.
procreate launches student art contest
Just in time for the annual "back-to-school" season, Canadian software maker procreate today announced the "Paint Your Future" art contest. Students can create original artwork using the company's Painter 7, and submit it by October 31, 2002, to procreate, for a chance to win one of several prizes, including $2500 USD, $1500 USD, or a Wacom tablet. Two contest categories have been established: category one is for high schoolers, while category two is aimed at university and college students. Categories one and two have respective grand prizes of $1,500 and $2,500. Students can also receive a $30 USD / $50 CDN mail-in rebate when purchasing the academic version of Painter 7 from procreate.
Digi-Net rolls-out DigiChat 4.0
Digi-Net today announced the release of DigiChat 4.0, a new version of its Java-based chat solution, which can be deployed on Mac OS X, UNIX or Windows Web servers. Features of version 4.0 include: BOT support, enhanced automatic flood control, SPAM detection and a new "skinnable" interface.
OS X shareware news on osx.macnn.com
Visit MacNN's OS X section for coverage of the latest shareware releases for Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar," and more.
PocketDock 2.53 enhances Dock lock, more
PocketDock 2.53 includes minor enhancements to the Dock locking (child-proofing) and auto-save features of PocketSW's utility for the organization of applications, documents, Web links, and email addresses. In addition to significant updates, version 2.53 also updates the PDMiniDock and PDDrawer interface skins.
Bare Bones Software updates Super Get Info
Bare Bones Software today joined the multitude of Mac OS X developers making the transition to Mac OS X 10.2, with the release of Super Get Info 1.0.9. "Super Get Info has been enhanced to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar," notes the developer. The update also includes a "Reveal in Finder" menu item and provides the ability to configure a keystroke to invoke the "Empty Trash" command. The $20 tool enables the user to open a separate Get Info window for each selected Finder item, so that multiple selected items can be viewed and edited individually.
Maquarium 1.0.1 adds 10.2 compatibility
Everyday Software has released a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of Maquarium, its aquarium management software for the Mac. This update (version 1.0.1) fixes small conflicts under Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), adds French language support and fixes other minor problems. Maquarium features a "fish profile database" -- which is continuously updated -- that helps pet owners track and maintain the delicate needs of all the fish in the tank.
WindowShade X gains Jaguar support
Unsanity has posted WindowShade X 2.1 -- an update to its 'haxie' for Mac OS X that adds Mac OS X 10.2 support. WindowShade X brings the Classic Mac OS "Window Shade" functionality to Apple's new OS X. The $7 utillity offers four minimize styles: WindowShade, "Make Window Transparent," "Hide Application," and "Do Nothing."
Two REALbasic developers release classes
REALbasic developer Alfred Van Hoek today released an updated version of the 'NavDialog' plug-in, used by other developers in open-source software. NavDialog 2.8 includes a new 'class,' NavCallback, which allows certain options to be disabled in Open/Save dialog boxes. Also announced today, by developer Colourfull Creations, is an updated version of its Calendar Class. The latest version adds multiple window styles, color customization and special localization properties to the easy-to-implement calendar for REALbasic programs.
SBC: OS X support follow-up
A SBC employee provided some follow-up on yesterday's note on SBC's OS X support: "At issue is only the dialup aspect of SBC's service. Specifically, an installer that sets everything up. Mac users with X currently use the service and have no issues. They just have to do things by hand--not much work. On the DSL side, we support and will always support X. It's the favorite OS among techs and executives because it results in high first call resolutions. People with OS X almost never call back."
MacSQL 2.5 gets Oracle, Jaguar support
Runtime Labs today released MacSQL 2.5, its solution for database management on the Mac. It can connect to a variety of databases as well as includes a Web Script Assistant to generate PHP or Embeded Perl, offers a multi-panel display of schemas, the ability to export data, and synchronize between SQL databases and FileMaker Pro. Version 2.5, available for Classic and OS X, includes Mac OS X 10.2 support, more database support (Oracle, OpenBase), XML export, and full Unicode support. A $100 Lite version excludes Oracle, ODBC, FrontBase, OpenBase, or FileMaker Synchronization as well as had limited email-only support, while the full $250 version incluides full email/phone support.
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix goes Gold
MacPlay announced today that Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix for the Mac has gone gold and that the first-person shooter game will begin shipping to retail within 2-3 weeks: "Players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret agency known as The Shop. In the game, players must make use of stealth, as well as firepower, to tackle a wide-range of missions including hostage rescue, intelligence gathering and search-and-destroy." It is built on an enhanced version of the Quake III Arena game engine. The OS X-only game, ported by Omni Group in only 8 weeks, is available for pre-order for $50 with free shipping in the contintental US.
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Youpi Key 1.7.2: free keyboard utility
Philippe HUPÉ has released Youpi Key 1.7.2, an update to his freeware keyboard-automation utility the ability to execute a number of actions, including launching applications/URLs/files, copy to the clipboard, run Unix commands, open system preferences, simulate either the keyboard or mouse, and others. Version 1.7.2 adds the ability to use the function keys without a modifier, the ability for severals shortcuts (in different sets), to have the same keyboard equivalent), and other improvements.
Jitter 1.0: video, matrix, and 3D graphics
Cycling '74 has released Jitter 1.0, a set of video, matrix, and 3D graphics objects for the Max graphical programming environment. Jitter, which provides modularity in graphics processing applications, includes "over 130 new objects for describing and manipulating matrix data -- any data that can be expressed in rows and columns, such as video and still images OpenGL-based 3D geometries, text, spreadsheet data, particle systems, voxels, or audio." It includes support for QuickTime, a set of OpenGL objects, DV camera control (as well as input and output via FireWire), and provides multiple monitor support. Upgrades are $400, while a bundle with Max, MSP, and Jitter is available for $850.
FileMaker Developer 5.5v2 adds Win auth
FileMaker has posted both Classic and OS X versions FileMaker Developer 5.5v2 update for its developer solution, which adds the ability to require Windows Authentication from Mac OS FileMaker clients when they connect to a server on a Windows 2000 domain, and supports OS X's Mail via the Send Mail script as well as brings several bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Apple posts Security Update 2002-08-20
Apple's Security Update 2002-08-20 includes updated OpenSSL and other Security components which provide "increased security to prevent unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system." The update is not available under Mac OS X v10.2, but is available for Mac OS X 10.1.5. (We noted its release yesterday afternoon via the Software Update Control Panel.)
Cave Dig arcade puzzle games comes to OS X
Foxchange Software has released Cave Dig 3 v1.1, an OS X-version of the original Cave Dig 3, a "challenging arcade/puzzle game [$15] with beautiful graphics, a great soundtrack, and simple, yet entertaining game play. Cave Dig 3 features fifty completely different levels and two bosses, soundtracks of six high quality music themes, more than twenty-seven stereo sound effects, detailed and colorful environments, fully animated characters, cinematic introduction and ending."
ConceptDraw MINDMAP 1.2 posted
ConceptDraw MINDMAP 1.2 ($100) is an update to the professional program that helps to capture, store, organize and present ideas and information. It uses "Mind Mapping technology, enabling users to create a visual map of information. Version 1.2 is now available in English, German, and French and also includes an improved find/replace function, rearranged toolbars (with larger buttons), and other bug fixes. The Professional version ($150) additionally offers PowerPoint support and ability to create multiple maps within one document.
Speaker Grille collection separated
Difusi Corporation today announced a price drop and single-unit availability of the Speaker Grille collection for Apple's Quicksilver G4 Mini-Tower. Each design is now available for $10 per grille and the company says it will be releasing additional sets to the collection in approximately 3 weeks while "wrapping up the manufacturing of next generation of grille designs" for the eMac? and iMac Pro Speakers, as well as the next generation G4 Tower. The Speaker Grille collection has been designed as an aesthetic enhancement and to provide protection for the exposed speaker on the front of the Quick Silver G4 mini towers. The package includes a self-adhesive neoprene gasket, to firmly hold the grille in place without glue.
Planar intros new large-screen flat-panels
Planar Systems has introduced two new 19- and 20.1-inch flat-panel displays, offering ultra-thin bezels, analog and digital inputs, and an optional Video-EX accessory for additional TV tuner and s-video inputs. Planar's $950 ultra-slim, SXGA 19-inch LCD sports a USB hub, a 500:1 contrast ratio and 160 degree viewing angles (horizontal and vertical). The company's new 20.1-inch flat-panel monitor ($1,500) features UXGA (1600x1200) resolution and extra-wide 170 degree viewing angles (horizontal and vertical). The ew models are available in white or black and feature integrated speakers for multimedia applications.
Apple announces Jaguar kick-off event
Apple today announced "100 Minutes of Jaguar," its kick off event for Mac OS X v.10.2 at each of its 35 retail stores. The event will run from 10:20 pm to midnight on Friday, August 23rd and the company says it will offer "free gifts, great savings, theater demos and a chance to win a Mac." Several other Apple retailers are holding special events, including MacMedia, Re-Mac Computers, and Computer Advantage as well as First Tech.
MacHTTP 2.5: open-source HTTP server
MacHTTP 2.5 is the latest version of the original HTTP server for PPC and 68k Classic Macs. The project is now a community-supported open-source project that is freely available for non-commercial use. Version 2.5 includes user-defined actions, support for folder aliases, thread manager support, performance tuning options, multiple domain support, protection from false virus requests, byte range serving (for page-based PDF requests and resumable downloads), and other features.
Gefen ships ex-tend-it DVI Hub solution
Gefen's ex-tend-it DVI Hub splits a single digital monitor signal into two digital source signals--each capable of driving its own digital display or screen--and can also extend each signal up to 50 feet using two 25-foot DVI cables. The $600 device is available now.
Formac debuts DVI-ADC adapter
Formac today unveiled ADConnect, a DVI to ADC conversion box for that allows users to connect high-quality ADC displays to a Mac and PC. The $80 device, which has a footprint of 8 by 3 inches and is 1.5 inches thick, provides "high-quality conversion at an affordable price." Besides giving Mac and PC owners the option to use ADC displays with a standard DVI interface, the ADConnect also allows multiple ADC displays to be attatched to the same computer.
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