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SpamSieve: Mail.app SPAM filtering for all
SpamSieve 1.1 is a major update to the powerful SPAM-filtering utility for Mac OS X. This release adds support for PowerMail, launches faster than its predecessor and includes countless minor refinements. SpamSieve employs the same junk-mail-eliminating technology used in Apple's Mail.app, but delivers these technologies to other applications, such as Mailsmith and Entourage.
Salvage helps recover lost photos
Salvage 1.1 is a tool that aides in the recovery of digital camera pictures from corrupt removable media. Version 1.1 of the $25 utility improves support for Canon cameras. Salvage works with 'Classic' versions of the Mac OS (8.6 or later), and requires Apple MRJ 2.2.4.
Jotz update adds more features, squashes bugs
Thinkertons has again updated its 'Jotz' notepad application with several bug fixes. Jotz 1.0.3 for Mac OS X includes numerous cosmetic changes and fixes a bug that caused the 'note-locked' attribute to be ignored, in some instances. Version 1.0.3 also includes its share of new features -- a 'Text Format Drawer' that provides easy access to font styles, and a 'Delete Current Note' button in the 'pad' window.
Analyst calls iMac slow, despite some pluses
In an article for MSN bCentral, industry analyst Kim Komando says, for most users, the impressive looks and design functionality of the new iMac do not justify the price difference between it and comparable PCs. Although she praises the iMac for Windows cross-compatibility -- namely with Microsoft Office -- Ms. Komando gives the iMac bad marks for its "slow" performance, specifically when running Mac OS X. How could the iMac improve? Ms. Komando recommends a larger base-unit screen size, a multi-button mouse and the return of the diskette drive.
TI calculators to work with OS X soon
Texas Instruments is expected to offer a Mac OS X-compatible version of its 'TI Connect for Mac' in the "near future." This is good news for Mac OS X users who are currently restricted to running the connection software inside OS X's Classic environment. Although it hints to a nearing release, Texas Instruments has been unable to provide users with a specific timetable.
CDFinder 3.6.4 corrects several OS X bugs
CDFinder 3.6.4 adds an export-to-HTML option, corrected icon display under OS X 10.2 and several bug fixes to the disk cataloging tool. CDFinder ($25) can catalog hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs, or any storage device recognized by the Mac OS.
eWeek: Apple tesing 64-bit IBM GPUL processor
eWeek reports that IBM is working with Apple on a 64-bit PowerPC processor for use in the latter's high-end desktops and servers, noting that Apple is testing the CPU, dubbed the GigaProcessor Ultralite (GPUL) on Mac OS X-based hardware to ensure that "the processor complies with a new bus architecture on tap for future Macs." GPUL will inherit many of IBM's current server CPU (Power4) advantages, including being able to perform more instructions per clock cycle than current PowerPC chips and (likely) the 0.13- (later 0.10-) µm lithography copper and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. The report indicates it will be a multi-core chip, with two or four processors in one package, doubling the performance when compared to an equivalent-speed PowerPC G4 processor and the processor may also be AltiVec compatible, despite previous reports to the contrary: "VMX and Altivec are highly compatible, if not identical."
Mac OS X Server finalist in 'Server of Year
Apple's Mac OS X Server is a finalist in the 'Server Product of the Year' category at Computing Industry Awards 2002, which takes place in London on Wednesday October 2, according to Macworld UK. Sun's Solaris 9.0, the SunOne Application Server, Novell's Netware 6.0, Dell's Poweredge 2550, and Windows 2000 are among the other finalists.
Nikon Coolpix 3500 has 3.2MP Nikkor lens
Nikon today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 3500 digital camera, which builds upon the multi-angle capability of the inner-swivel design by integrating an enhanced 3.2 effective Megapixel CCD into the camera's sleek new charcoal gray body weighing only 6 ounces. It also features a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and a fully Automatic Shooting Mode, Continuous Shooting Mode to capture action shots and 12 pre-programmed Scene modes which automatically adjust exposure and other camera settings. The Nikon Coolpix 3500 includes Nikon's slim, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, a quick battery charger, and a 16MB Starter Memory Card. It will be available in stores in November for $400.
ITC announces complete font collection
The ITC 1500 Library is a new set of 1,580 fonts, which "contains 245 more fonts than ITC's previous library, and over 650 of the fonts are not available from any other source...The library spans ITC's three-plus decades of design and is the only complete ITC library product on the market." It will ship in October as a single CD-ROM of unlocked typefaces, including both Postscript and TrueType formats for Macintosh and Windows platforms and will include licensing for 20 users. The introductory price is $5000 ($1000 off) through January 2003.
StuffIt Deluxe 7.0 has new file format
Aladdin today released StuffIt Deluxe 7.0, a new version of its industry-standard access and compression utility. The new StuffIt X file format (.sitx) integrates compression with security and safety options, including stronger encryption (512 bit), improved compression (up to 30% over other formats), error-correction, larger archive size, and support for long-file names. The StuffIt Deluxe application includes Microsoft Word integration, Command Line tools as well as support for archives larger than 2GB, Zip archives, OS X Finder, DropTar for Unix, drag-and-drop TAR (.tar) archiving compression, and other features. Upgrades to the $80 are $30 for registered users of DropStuff, StuffIt Deluxe, and StuffIt Lite. The latest version of the freeware StuffIt Expander 7.0 is also available online. [Classic, OSX]
DragThing 4.5: shareware dekstop launcher
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.5, an update to its $25 shareware desktop launcher application. Version 4.5 adds the ability to turn docks into sliding drawers that work like popup windows (ala Mac OS 9), has better support for Mac OS X "Jaguar", includes more cool translucency effects, can now flag Classic applications in docks, improved contextual menus in Jaguar, new hot keys to control individual docks, and support for custom sounds on Mac OS X and a "DragThing Sounds" folder as well as other changes and enhancements.
IDG working on last "major road block"
The Boston Globe reports that the "last major roadblock to bringing the Macworld computer trade show back to Boston in mid-July 2004" is a dispute over hotel space: "The [Macworld Expo] move cost Boston about 50,000 visitors and $60 million in revenues annually........Greco also wants a commitment for 2,400 hotel rooms, priced at around $150 a night. More important, he wants these rooms concentrated in the downtown and Back Bay areas, so that it will be easy to arrange shuttle service between the hotels and the convention center."
Apple details changes in Mac OS X 10.2.1
Apple's Knowlegde Base article 107026, now available online, lists some of the changes in Mac OS X 10.2.1, which was released yesterday. Annotated highlights include:
Allows CDs burned on a Mac to be read on Microsoft Windows.
Adds support for various third-party disc burners.
- Wake-from-sleep issues such as an urecognized keyboard, sound failure in Classic, and AppleTalk blackout in Classic. SMTP issues where certain ISPs may not accept outgoing email (SMTP) from computers using NAT and a ".local" hostname (which may be assigned by Rendezvous). Reduces instances of Web page graphics taking longer than expected to appear.
- Addresses an issue in which Mac Help may not be available following an erase-installation.
Fuji intros FinePix F402 digital camera
Fuji has introduced its FinePix F402, a 2-megapixel digital camera housed in a palm-sized, lightweight metal casing. It includes multimedia features such as movie recording and videoconferencing and weighs only 4.4 ounces (without batteries). The FinePix F402, which features a 3.6 digital zoom, comes bundled with an NP 40 battery, USB cable, hand strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, AC Power Adapter and Battery Charger. It is due in November 2002 for $350.
Speed Download 1.9: download accelerator
Speed Download 1.9 brings a redesigned scheduling interface, post-download options (quitting the application, shutting down, or closing the Internet connection), more keyboard shortcuts, and better support for Mac OS X 10.2.1 to the $20 download and acceleration utility from YazSoft.
HP updates OfficeJet G Series drivers
HP has updated its OfficeJet G Series drivers for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It provides "improved support, increased stability, greater functionality and a wide range of bug fixes." The page notes that Jaguar users must manually configure the print/fax queue and that the drivers must be installed separately under Mac OS 9 for Classic support.
Theme tools updated for OS X
Conundrum's Duality 4 MR1, is the first public beta of its completely rewritten Cocoa-based application that brings better stability and performance to the "scheme changer" for OS X. There are two versions of the application available: "DE contains features developers have asked for, such as listboxes and Duality as its own application. The normal version uses pop up buttons and is a preference pane." [DE, Normal]
The company also released Catalyst 1.0b1, its theme creation tool, which features support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and an updated version of the Duality 3.1.1, which brings support for trunked themes. [CT, DLT]
TimeCache 5.0.7: time, expense billing app
The PandaWare Company has released an update to its $50 time and expense billing application: TimeCache 5.0.7 addresses bugs in the display of some data and adds a few custom fields to report layouts. Free trial copies are available online for both Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
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