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Gaming roundup: Arcane Arena, GB Demo
Aspyr Media has released a free demo version of Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds; Freeverse Software today announced the release of Arcane Arena for Mac OS X (a demo of Arcane Arena 1.04 can be found at the Freeverse Web site).
Samba Sharing Package updated for 10.2
Derk-Jan Hartman has released a new beta of his Samba Sharing Package for Mac OS X 10.2. Version 2.5b1 allows users to use Mac OS X 10.2 to share printers with Windows users. Additionally, the latest release fixes a small bug related to the Start/Stop action, corrects a problem with with Windows XP and "Hide Mac Files," and adds several new options. Documentation for OS 10.2 is not fully complete, neither are all language packs.
PowerLogix revs up performance, drops price
PowerLogix today announced that it would lower the pricing and increase the L3 cache on its PowerForce G4 Series 100 processor upgrade cards. The PowerForce G4 Series 100 at 700MHz, 800MHz and 1000MHz will sell for $370, $450 and $700, respectively, with the latter two models including 2MB of L3 cache.
Danicsoft releases Copernicus 1.1 update
Danicsoft has released a major update to its "Copernicus" screen-capture software. Copernicus 1.1 introduces several changes, including: minor bug fixes, a new interface, better support for menu bar and Dock capture, theme support, QuickTime exporting for still images and multiple-key triggers. Copernicus allows users to capture and manage standard or slideshow screenshots in Mac OS X. [Classic, OS X]
Dejal offers site auto-checker
Dejal today introduced Simon, a new site-checking utility for Mac OS X that is currently available as a public beta. Simon 1.0b1 is a Web/FTP site monitor that checks for changes to favorite sites at a desired interval. Simon is free.
textSOAP 3.2 gains Quartz rendering support
unmarked software has released textSOAP 3.2 -- an updated version of its $20 ($10 upgrade) 'text cleaning' software that adds Quartz rendering support, an updated WASTE library and Entourage X Scripts for each of the standard cleaners. Version 3.2 also includes bug fixes for AppleScript, the installer, OS X preferences and Net Text cleaner.
Yahoo! Messenger X 2.5b2 posted
Yahoo! Messenger X 2.5b2 is the second beta release of Yahoo!'s newest instant messaging client for the Mac. Beta 2 offers improvements over the first beta -- released two weeks ago -- but Yahoo! has yet to published specific details. [Classic, OS X]
Jaguar Special Report: last day
Today marks the conclusion of MacNN's special Mac OS X 10.2 coverage. Throughout the day, we will post final compatibility reports, interesting tidbits and software updates.
Wordsmith: new shareware arcade/puzzle game
Dracosoft's Wordsmith is an "entertaining word-forming game. Form words up to seven letters long before the time expires, or enjoy more relaxing play in practice mode." The arcade/puzzle game is $10 shareware and available for both Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Simple Weather 1.0: desktop weather app
Colourfull Creations has released Simple Weather 1.0, another $5 shareware application for both Classic and OS X, which "puts the weather on your desktop for fast and easy reference. Simple Weather has an easy to set up and easy to understand interface that 'just gives you the facts' that you will need to keep you informed throughout the day and week." [Classic, OSX]
VOODOO Server 2.0 supports Jaguar, CW 8
uni software plus has released VOODOO Server 2.0, an update to its $80 version control system for software developers using Metrowerks CodeWarrior. The included CodeWarrior plug-in provides version control from within the development environment. Version 2.0 adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro8. VOODOO Server offers object-oriented version management. Upgrades are $40 for the Server and $60 per extra remote client.
Logitech updates drivers for Jaguar
Logitech has released Logitech Control Center 1.02, which brings support for Jaguar to its OS X application that users to program the keyboard and/or mouse buttons to perform different functions.
Cocoa eFax: shareware FAX utility updated
Ben Mackin today released Cocoa eFax 0.9.7, his $5 shareware application that sends and receives faxes using almost any fax modem (internal and external). It offers address book support, optional coversheet support, the ability to create quick notes, a fax browser interface, and support for a wide variety of modems. Limited trial versions are available for Jaguar and pre-Jaguar systems.
DeskShade Plus: customization, security
DeskShade Plus 1.0 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X that can discreetly hide desktop icons, animate the desktop background and protect the computer from intrusion. The latter feature works using three built-in components -- DeskLock, DeskShade and HackerLog. DeskLock password-protects the computer, DeskShade allows the user to post on-screen "away" messages for a home or office setting and the aptly-named HackerLog tracks failed attempts to bypass DeskLock.
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