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Emailchemy 1.3 includes new converters
Emailchemy 1.3 is a free update to Weird Kid Software's email file conversion utility. Emailchemy converts proprietary email file types into universal files that any email client can process. Version 1.3 offers QuickMail Pro, Claris Emailer and Eudora 1.x conversion wizards, a simplified user interface and updated documentation.
Tenon releases iTools 6.5.6 for OS 10.2
Tenon Intersystems popular Apache configuration software, iTools 6.5.6, is now available for Mac OS X 10.2. In addition to the core Web server tools, iTools ($300) includes package installers for the latest MySQL 3.23.52 and PHP 4.2.3, both the Apache module and the CGI, a powerful search engine, and various additional open source and commercial packages for scripting, log rolling, database support, Java Server Pages, WEBmail 5.1 and Active Server Pages.
RC5 key found by Japanese PIII 450MHz
RC5, the long-standing competition to break the RSA's 64-bit encryption with brute force, has been solved. The winner is a relatively unknown Pentium III - 450MHz computer from Japan. Although the correct key was found on July 14, 2002, script problems on the server did not notice the winner until August 12, 2002. The $10,000 prize was split up between different organizations, with the winner receiving $1,000.
Dominions fantasy game available for OS X
Dominions 1.13 is a turn-based fantasy game where players take the role of a pretending god. More than 600 units, 400 unique spells and 300 magic items are included. The multi-player game is now Mac OS X compatible and fixes a few bugs and game balances. The price is $30.
GyazMail: alternative e-mail client for OS X
GyazMail 0.8.5 is an e-mail client for Mac OS X that features an easy-to-use interface, management of multiple accounts, message threading, rules and filters, MIME support and more. The planned release of 1.0 will feature an Address Book, the ability to import from other e-mail clients, and a Help feature.
NUDC 4.2.5 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar support
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.5 is now available for Mac OS X 10.2.x. The update to the scheduler and contact manager now fixes Quick Contact and Quick Day issues, modem dialing, rollover and tool tips displaying incorrectly, a memory leak and adds Text Smoothing. The price is $120.
Toast 5.2 Titanium to be released Oct. 2
Roxio will formally announce Toast 5.2 Titanium on Wednesday, October 2nd. The update will add read and write CD Text information capabilities to audio CDs, as well as Mac OS X 10.2.x support. Improvements to VideoCD encoding performance and Quartz text rendering will be included, along with support for up to 52x recorders and Yamaha CRW-F1 recorders. The update is free to existing Toast 5.0 Titanium customers; the retail price is $100.
Apple begins Wireless Printing promo
Apple's new Wireless Printing promo offers a savings of $80 with the purchase of a HP DeskJet 5550 and Jet Direct 380x wireless printer server from the Apple Store. The estimated ship date for both peripherals is 2-days.
Apple posts Star Trek Nemesis trailer
Earlier this week, Apple posted the trailer of Star Trek Nemesis, available exclusively in QuickTime. The feature film opens on December 13, 2002 in theaters nationwide.
Macworld SF registration available
Online registration is now available for the Macworld Conference & Expo, held January 6-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Multiple registration options are available, ranging from a Platinum Pass to an exhibit only pass. Discounts are available for educators, students, exhibitors, user groups and other organizations.
Soundcard addition adds powered audio outputs
A new product, which is an addition to the soundcard, allows the latest generation of PowerMac G4 towers to receive powered audio outputs to help drive high-quality speakers. The PM48 fits directly into a PCI slot and uses the internal 12V power supply. "The power amplifier on the PM48 is [...] made by Philips Semiconductor. This device has internal protections against short circuits (in case the louspeaker wires get shorted) and overheating, so it is completely safe." An assembled unit (PM48-AA) is $100 and the unassembled kit (P48-KK) is $70
Reader notes new Apple Store openings
A MacNN reader has sent the information included on a flyer that was handed out at the grand opening of the Westchester, NY Apple Store. "...they had a flyer with a map showing all the Apple Stores that are open/would be opening in the Fall 2002."
Steve Jobs highest paid exec in Q2 \'02
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the highest paid executive in the second quarter of 2002 with a bonus of more than $43.5 million (although he received no salary), according to the Executive Compensation Index released by the ERI. The Index tracks the total cash compensation (salary + bonus) for the highest-paid executives at a cross section of 45 major U.S. businesses and determines whether executive compensation is increasing or decreasing faster than company annual revenues. The highest paid executives saw a 1.9 percent decrease in their total compensation in the second quarter of 2002, while company revenues fell 2.1% in the second quarter, according to ERI's data.
Tech: IM premiums, MS handwriting, Web links
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft will release a two versions of its next-generation MSN Messenger 5 IM client with some features available only to paying subscribers of the MSN 8 online service; Microsoft is adding handwriting recognition software to its Tablet PC operating system in November; AOL Instant Messenger is now available to Verizon Wireless customers as a paid service, allowing users to send short messages to those on their Buddy List and receive notifications when users sign on; and The University of California at San Diego has ordered a student organization to delete hyperlinks to an alleged terrorist Web site, citing the recently enacted USA Patriot Act.
Thursby DAVE 4.0 for file, print sharing
Thursby Software has released DAVE v4.0, an update to its $150 cross-platform file and print sharing software. It brings Jaguar-compatibility along with other features and enhancements such as industry-standard file formats, improved browsing functions, and increased security. Version 4.0 provides NT Domain Login, shares files and printers between Macs and PCs, supports Microsoft standard browsing (including WINS), offers three options for Security, supports Microsoft standard NTFS file format, and shares CDs, printers, hard drives, folders, etc. It supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Jaguar's Classic environment. Upgrades from v3.1 are $90 (or free for those who purchase the annual $50 support agreement).
Bugdom 2 goes beta; to be released in October
Pangea Software's Bugdom 2, the sequel to the popular game title originally release in 1999, has reached the beta stage and is expected to be complete by October 15th. Pangea expects to post the electronic version of the game ($30) and a free demo in the last week of October and says that boxed CD version ($35) will be available in stores in mid-November. Last week, Pangea Software released a new set of screenshots from Bugdom 2. It requires an iMac DV/400 or PowerMac G3/266 with 128MB RAM and ATI Rage 128 video acceleration (with 8MB of RAM) and runs on both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Toon Boom Studio updated for Mac OS X 10.2
Toon Boom Studio 1.2.1 brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility to the $375 2D animation software. The company promises a free upgrade to version 2.0 (already available for Windows) for all users who have purchased the product after May 15, 2002. Version 2 will bring 3D scene planning, an Exposure Sheet and Timeline, new drawing tools, improved lip syncing of voice tracks, sound streaming support, Flash export, better QuickTime export, and other enhancements.
VEM 1.2: cross-platform file conversion SDK
RecoSoft's VEM v1.2 is an upgrade to its cross platform data extraction, file format conversion and import/export SDK. VEM allows applications and server based solutions to extract data, perform file format conversions and import/export services for document types such as MSWord, RTF, Appleworks, MacWrite II, HTML and EGWord. Version 1.2 contains updated import/export filters, support for more file formats, updated API's for improved data extraction and multi-thread enhancements for real time server based processing as wel as extends support for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean,Cyrillic and Central European languages.
MYOB announces AccountEdge v3
MYOB has announced AccountEdge 3, its accounting and business management software for small businesses. Version 3 brings support for vCard fles, multiple users across both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, a new Items Register, custom categories, split payments, better password protection, memo fields for expenses, dual accounting analysis, printable deposit slips (honored by most banks), and a built-in calculator and calendar. It is expected to ship October 23rd for $250.
Adobe posts Photoshop 7 tryout
Adobe has posted a 30-day trial version of Photoshop 7, the industry standard graphics application. Online documentation is included with the 345.1MB download.
MindVision updates InstallerVISE 8.02
MindVision's InstallerVISE 8.02 is an update to its cross-platform installer utility for developers. Version 8.02 bring changes designed specifically to support installs on Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. It also updates the installer package with the latest eSellerate 2.5 SDK release, adds better support for re-evaluation action items furing an installation, and other changes. Pricing starts at $275 per year.
Barcode Producer 1.6 adds GTIN support
Barcode Producer 1.6 from Intelli Innovations adds support for GTIN barcodes (unique product identification numbers represented on a variety of barcode symbologies) as wel as includes several Mac OS 10.2-related fixes. The $90 application can provide unique product identification barcodes in a variety of formats, including ITF-14, EAN-13, EAN-8, and UCC-12 (UPC).
Minolta Dimage Xi due in November
Minolta told MacNN reader Benjamin Leroy-Beaulieu that its recently introduced Minolta Dimage Xi digital camera would be available in Switzerland in mid-November for 838 Swiss Francs (about $560). The company did not indicate exact pricing or availability in its press release.
SanDisk intros FireWire reader for CF media
SanDisk today introduced its Ultra ImageMate Reader for the retail market. The new FireWire ImageMate Reader works with all CompactFlash cards (Type I and II), offers "real world" transfer rates of up to 5MB/sec, and includes a detachable 3-foot cable and travel case. The $70 device ships with a 2-year warranty and is expected to be available worldwide in October.
Reader: Apple Australia not honoring promo
MacNN reader Kerin Gordon notes that Apple Australia is not honoring an advertised promotion for iTools owners who upgraded to Apple's new subscription-based .Mac service.
Brother intros new multi-function centers
Brother has introduced a new 6-in-1 MFC-5200c, which ships with Brother's upgraded PhotoCapture Center feature, allowing consumers to print color photos and images from a range of digital media including the Sony Memory Stick, CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards. The flatbed multi-function device includes a color printer with 20 ppm monochrome/16 ppm color print speeds, color fax, color copier (1200 x1200 dpi), color scanner (600 x 2400 dpi, 36-bit color depth) and PC fax.
OS X utils: Xupport 1.1.1, Déjà Vu 1.4
The $20 shareware Xupport 1.1, now available for Jaguar, offers the ability to optimize system performance; clear log, scratch, and junk files; access hidden system settings; add custom firewall rules; launch system utilities; rebuild the desktop; optimize your broadband connection; and other functions; a limited demo is available. [186KB]
Déjà Vu 1.4 is a freeware preference pane which allows you to schedule backups of important folders, or even your entire system. It uses the ditto command (Apple terminal command for copying) or the psync command for backing up files on timed schedules (weekly, daily, or monthly). It requires the BSD subsystem to be installed. [DV, psync]
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