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Apple jumps the gun with 10.2.1 KB posting
In what seems to be an accidental publication, Apple effectively announced the upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.2.1 with a Knowledge Base document outlining the changes in the revision. The document, which is no longer available, outlined countless modifications.
Formac offers speedier devideon software
Formac has issued devideon 1.1, an updated version of the driver software the its devideon 'superdrive.' The latest release improves the encoding speed by up to 30 percent, according to the developer -- reducing the most time consuming process of the DVD creation process. The software is compatible with Mac OS 9/X and works with G3 and G4 Macs.
TextLightning 2.0 more efficient, flexible
TextLightning 2.0 "dramtically reduces [the] memory consumption and conversion startup times" of the $20 utility for the conversion of PDF files to the RTF format. In addition to automatically extending the functionality of applications such as Apple's TextEdit and DEVON-think via a system-wide 'filter services' mechanism, version 2.0 also supports popular business apps like Microsoft Word (which cannot take advantage of system-wide services), as well as conversion directly from the Apple Finder.
Thinkertons continues to add polish to \'Jotz
Thinkertons has released the latest maintenance update in a series of recent revisions to its 'Jotz' software multimedia notepad. Jotz 126.96.36.199 fixes bugs that could cause data loss. Version 188.8.131.52 also formats dates correctly for non-U.S. locations. [Web site and download link unavailable at publication time].
NewTek offers new video/anim. bundles
NewTek today unveiled two special bundles for the professional video and animation markets. The VT Graphics System: Video Edition, designed for animators, motion graphic artists and digital video professionals, sells for $2,500 and combines the "production power" of Video Toaster with the compositing capabilities of eyeon's Digital Fusion 4 and DFX+. The VT Graphics System: Film And High Def Edition ($6,000), which includes Video Toaster, Digital Fusion 4 and LightWave 3D, is a "no compromises" solution for the creation of professional motion content.
Location X brings location manager to OS X
Location X, the $10 application that brings the popular location manager functionality of Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, has been updated to version 1.1.1, providing Mac OS 10.2 compatibility and a new sound volume plug-in that allows users to change their computer's sound level when they switch locations.
iDress produces envelopes from Address Book
A new reporting application built on top of the Address Book in Mac OS X 10.2, iDress is a template-based solution that allows users to generate envelopes, Avery formatted mailing labels, custom stationery and more. A demo version is available, which produces a special watermark on all items outputted; the full price is $15.
Xounds 1.3 adds Japanese localizations
Unsanity has released Xounds 1.3, a $7 shareware haxie that brings Appearance Sounds back to Mac OS X. New in the update are improved Jaguar compatibility, Japanese localizations, bugs fixes and optimizations.
ScreenArena: CRT add-on personalizes monitor
ScreenArena is a monitor add on that enhances the aesthetic of the desktop by adding style, color and form to any CRT monitor. Notes, photographs or anything else can be used to personalize the desktop. Additionally, ScreenArena enables the user to organize the desktop area by storing personal items in its angle-adjustable storage compartment. Three colors will be available: Vision Blue, Focus Red and Clarity Gray. The price is $35.
FileMaker Developer 6 is now shipping
FileMaker Developer 6, "the tool of choice for commercial and corporate developers creating custom FileMaker solutions to be deployed across workgroups, distributed as royalty-free runtime applications or published for the Web," is now shipping. The Mac OS 9 & X software is price at $500.
JobOrder 10.2.5 adds Blast Email, more
JobOrder 10.2.5, a cross-platform business management solution, now includes major enhancements such as Activity Efficiencies, Blast Email sending, Digital Asset Management, PERT Charts and more. Special pricing is now available: $1,600 for 2 users, $6,000 for 10 users, and $13,750 for 25 users.
Future Apple Store in Dallas, TX
A MacNN reader notes the location of a future Apple Store in Dallas, TX. "It looks like there is another new Apple Store under construction in Dallas. In Uptown at Knox and McKinney. It is surrounded by the black plywood, with the white Apple logo. It's in very early construction though, it looks as though most of the building was recently removed."
Vektor3 3.1.6: full featured chess for OS X
Vektor3 v3.1.6 is a $10 full featured chess program for Mac OS X. It features multiple fully multi-threaded games, PGN import and export, post game analysis and more. The update adds Jaguar support, French localizations and newly designed chess boards.
Homeland Alert 1.1 displays advisory level
Homeland Alert 1.1 is a menu bar display of the current Homeland Security Advisory status level for the entire country. Changes in the Homeland Security status are reflected immediately in the menu bar. The latest version adds four different display modes including icon only and alert code only.
G4/G3 upgrades available for original iMacs
TechnoWarehouse has announced G4 and G3 iMac processor upgrades. The rev. A through rev. D (233MHz through 333MHz) iMacs can be upgraded with either the iMAXpowr 500MHz G3 ($199) or the iMAXpowr 433MHz G4 ($299).
WeatherMan Xtras add lunar data
AfterTen Software's WeatherManX.menu 2.3 and WeatherManX.saver 1.2 now add lunar (Moon) data (and bring bug fixes) to the "menu extra" that puts weather data into your menu bar and the screen saver that shows current weather data (respectively). A registration fee of $5 covers both applications and a 10-day demo is available.
BDRuleEngine Framework 1.0 builds apps
BDRuleEngine Framework 1.0 is an open-source framework that lets Mac OS X developers build very flexible business rule-driven applications quickly and easily using Apple's Cocoa framework. It provides "a rule system for software developers to use when constructing applications. This rule system lets developers specify business rules at a higher level than their application code, reducing code complexity and increasing both code flexibility & reuse at the same time."
Sapphire Pack 7: 11 plugins for Illustrator
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Pack 7, a $10 set of effects that includes eleven new toolbox/plugins for Illustrator, including new colors, stroke widths, styles, point effects, scaling, rotation effects, jitter/scatter effects, transparency effects, and blend modes. It is only available for OS X.
MediaEdit 1.3 is audio, video editing tool
MediaEdit 1.3 is a movie and graphic editing tool that lets you add effects and transitions to your movies. It includes over a hundred transitions and dozens of effects to choose from, offering support for audio editing and the ability to edit individual or multiple audio tracks. Version 1.3 adds a new "blink selection effect," faster previews, custom scratch folder, and new zoon in/out effects. It is $60 for the standard version and $90 for the "Pro" version.
iCal utils offer sync, PalmDesktop migration
iToast has released calSync 1.1, a $4 application which allows users to share iCal calendars via FTP (instead of via a .Mac account or WebDAV server). A trial version is limited to synchronization of a single calendar. Serg Koren's vCal Exploder helps users migrate from PalmDesktop 4.0 to iCal by generating multiple vCal files from a single input vCal file based on Palm category, offers the ability to customize the duration of "infinitely" repeating events, and the ability to clean up "all day events." [CS, vCE]
Mail Scripts 1.1.1 for Address Book, Mail
Andreas Amann has updated his Apple Scripts for Mail and Address Book in Mac OS X: Mail Scripts 1.1.1. It includes new scripts to create a new rule based on the first of the selected message, to change SMTP server, to export addresses from the Address Book, and to create a mailing list. The source code is also available.
Canon debuts new cameras, printers, scanners
Canon today announced new consumer products, including two digital cameras, three Bubble Jet printers, and three flatbed scanners.
CandyBar 1.01 customizes system appearance
CandyBar 1.01, an update to the $13 shareware tool for customizing system graphics and icons, is now compatible with Jaguar, including new icon replacements for the Finder, Private Folders, Drop Box, Mounted Server. It also includes an updated Smoothicons starter set.
AutoPairs 2.01 helps track keystroke pairs
AutoPairs 2.01 is brings Jaguar-compatibility to James Walker's free Mac OS X only application that modifies the behavior of certain keystrokes, to help you keep paired characters such as parentheses properly matched: "...when you type a left parenthesis, AutoPairs will type the right parenthesis and a left arrow for you, so that you are read to type what goes between the parentheses. This and other pair macros can be turned on and off individually."
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