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PandaWare posts TimeCache 5.0.6 update
TimeCache 5.0.6 is a service update PandaWare's time and expense billing application for Mac OS 9/X. Version 5.0.6 adds the ability to disable the rounding of time entries; enhances reporting capabilities and; fixes a number of bugs, primarily in its reporting functions. An unlimited single-user registration is $50. [Classic, OS X]
Fantom unveils new 480GB FW RAID
Fantom Drives today announced the addition of the new G-Force FireWire RAID array to its G-Force product family. The 480GB, $3300 device provides an integrated hardware RAID system that is "ideal for any FireWire-enabled computer." The high-performance RAID controller of the G-Force RAID handles Level 0, 1, or 5 RAID configurations, with Level 5 performance and reliability rivaling that of more expensive units.
MP3 Rage 5.2.1: new reg. expression formulas
Chaotic Software has released an update to its popular MP3 tag editor software. MP3 Rage 5.2.1 offers more accurate pattern identification, thanks to updated default regular expression formulas. The $25 package allows users to edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3s, adjust an MP3's sound volume automatically to play at similar levels, export MP3 files to be written to CD, batch-modify several ID3 tags at once, to name some features.
Adobe reports Q3 earnings
Adobe today reported that its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 were on track with adjusted targets. The software giant reported revenues of $285 million for the quarter ending August 30, compared with $292 million for the year ago quarter.
IRISPen II: handheld scanner for text, figure
IRISPen II allows Mac OS 9 & X users to scan printed text, figures, bar codes and handwritten numbers into any application. The Executive version also features a Text-to-=Speech Module that allows audio checking of the imported text. The USB scanner is $130 and the Executive version is $200.
Epson intros new portable projector
Epson has announced the PowerLite 30c, its latest portable multimedia projector that features the company's LCD technology and high-quality video capabilities. The projector offers 800 ANSI lumens, an 800x600 SVGA-native resolution, 400:1 contrast ratio and a lightweight, portable design. The PowerLite 30c is compatible with RGB, composite, s-video, and component video; the price is $1300.
Jotz 1.0.2: easy-to-use multimedia note pad
Jotz 1.0.2 is an easy-to-use multimedia note pad for Mac OS X. Features include automatic Find/Import of Classic Note Pads, one-button automatic polylingual significance, user-configurable auto-hide and much more. Changes in the update include a preference for making the pad window draggable by background and a brushed-metal style interface. The price is $18 for a lifetime serial.
Compositor 2.0: image editor and visualizer
Compositor 2.0 is a $35 Mac OS 9 (a Carbon version is expected soon) image editor and image to art creator and visualizer. It now has full painting and editing tools to go along with more than 160 Filters and Channel effects. A new Actions Palette, anti-aliasing Zoom Window and more have been added to the update.
Installgen implements 100 tasks for Oracle
Installgen v1.1.6 is a Mac OS X implementation of over 100 Oracle tasks required when performing installations of Oracle database servers. This latest update adds support for building Oracle 9.2.0 primary and standby databases on Windows servers. The changes provide the foundation for a future revision which will add support for building Oracle 9.2.0 databases on MacOS X 10.2.
Dungeon Siege for Mac in 2003
Dungeon Siege, Microsoft's popular fast-action, fantasy role-playing game, will be released for the Mac in early 2003. One of the 10 best-selling games for Windows this year, it has received Editors Choice awards from PC Gamer, Computer Games Magazine, Gamespot and more. Westlake Interactive is developing the Macintosh version.
NXRAID pre-release orders available
NYRO Technix has begun accepting pre-release orders for NXRAID for Mac OS X, which is expected to ship this month. NXRAID is the first software-based RAID 5 solution for Mac OS X. It offers partition-based RAID usable on IDE, FireWire, SCSI and Fiber Channel systems. The pre-release price is $99 and after release, will be $189.
SQUISH! beta: simple online game
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Vanguard 3.0 offers secure testing under OS X
VanGuard 3.0, now compatible with OS X, is a secure online testing environment designed for educational institutions. It provides a complete "lock down" environment, only enabling access to a particular testing application delivered within VanGuard. Users cannot exit the VanGuard environment to surf the Web, or use other applications or "hot keys." Version 3.0 also provides XML support as well as support for Math ML to offer greater functionality for mathematics applications as well as greater printing support and the ability for client-specific and product-specific branding.
Olympus intros 10x zoom, 3.2MP digital camera
Olympus today introduced its CAMEDIA C-730 Ultra Zoom digital camera, which features 3.2 megapixel resolution as well as 10X optical ultra-zoom lens (and 3X digital zoom) in a compact and stylish body weighing only 11.1 ounces and measuring a mere 4.2" wide x 3.0" high. The $600 (street price) camera includes advanced settings include controls for aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual operation as well as Digital ESP multi-pattern and spot metering; adjustable white balance; multiple flash settings including slow sync flash; and auto bracketing and exposure compensation. It is expected to ship in October with an Auto-Connect USB cable, Audio/Video Out cable, carrying strap, lens cap with retainer cord, 2 LB-01 (CR-3V) Lithium batteries, a 16MB xD-Picture Card, and Olympus CAMEDIA Master Software 4.0.
Download Deputy 5 manages downloads
ilesa Software's Download Deputy 5 is the latest incarnation of its Internet download accelerator and manager. Version 5 brings MirrorMagic technology, which "locates all of the Internet mirrors that offer a specific file for download. If you get disconnected from a server, or you download speed drops below a certain threshold, MirrorMagic will connect to the next fastest server and resume your download, ensuring that you always get your files in as little time as possible." It also adds the ability to download different file types to different folders, has contextual menu support, and supports the Mac OS Keychain for storing/retrieving login info for downloads from password-protected web and ftp sites. A trial of the $24 utility is available online. Upgrades are $12. [Classic, OSX]
BASh 1.8 adds new methods, modules for 4D
BASh 1.8 is a free 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and other functions. Version 1.8 adds 66 new methods and 3 new modules of code for a total of 411 methods across 30 modules of code, including an XML module, which introduces a simple document object module for storage of structured XML data.
Maya 4.5 brings OS X feature parity, MFE
Alias/Wavefront today announced that it is shipping Maya 4.5 3D software for Windows, IRIX and Linux and that Maya Complete 4.5 for Mac OS X will ship on September 23rd. Version 4.5 adds "major technological developments" such as Maya Fluid Effects (MFE) and modeling improvements, the largest collection of API enhancements since version 1 and version parity with Mac OS X (both feature-parity and file-format compatibility). Maya Fluid Effects allows users to create atmospheric effects, thick, viscous liquids (e.g., mud, lava), pyrotechnics, and space effects. A new Ocean Shader allows users to create realistic oceans and the ability to create buoyant objects that react to the simulated water movement. Pricing starts at $2,000 for the basic version and $6,000 for Maya Unlimited.
Media 100 i Version 8.01 adds Jaguar support
Media 100 has begun shipping Media 100 i Version 8.0.1, which adds support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. It also announced that the digital video system for professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists has been certified on the dual 1 GHz and dual 867 MHz Power Mac G4s. It is available for free to registered users. Pricing for new configurations starts at $2,000. (Earlier this week, we noted Media 100's initiative to bring OMF support to its software.)
Gefen lowers price of USB Switcher
Gefen's updated USB Switcher brings better efficiency and a lower cost to its device that allows two cross-platform computers to share one monitor, keyboard and mouse. The USB Switcher, which includes the Switcher unit, two DVI-A/VGA cables, two USB cables and 12-volt power supply, is now available for $300.
Apple posts Schiller Seybold keynote
Apple has posted Phil Schiller's special Seybold keynote address from Moscone Center in San Francisco, which took place last Tuesday. It is available via MPEG-4, which requires QuickTime 6.
WiebeTech: FireWire RAID, Super DesktopGB
WiebeTech today announced FireWire RAID, which features two high-speed 7200RPM drives in a single aluminum enclosure and offers transfer speeds of up to 60MB/sec. Each drive has a separate FireWire bridge board, allowing completely independent operation as well as striping and mirroring without drivers under OS X. The system includes a PCI FireWire host card, allowing FireWire RAID to connect each independent FireWire bridge through an independent FireWire channel. Pricing is $500 (120GB), $600 (160GB), or $700 (240GB). The drives are expected to ship October 18th. An optional $40 6-port FireWire hub is also available which allows daisy chaining of FireWire RAID.
WiebeTech also announced Super DesktopGB, which features a bus-powered desktop drive in a 3.5-inch enclosure with dual daisy-chainable FireWire ports and a USB 2.0 port. The drive is bundled with MediaFour's MacDrive 5 software, which allows it to mount on Windows computers when the drive is formatted as a Mac volume. (The press release notes that "not all types of computers provide enough FireWire bus power for Super DesktopGB" and it includes an AC adapter as well as FireWire and USB cables, and a vertical stand.) The drives are expected to ship at the end of the month for $150 (case-only), $220 (40GB/5400 rpm), $250 (80GB/7200 rpm), and $300 (120GB/7200 rpm).
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