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Intego updates SW, offers rebates
Intego today released a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of its Personal Backup X synchronization, backup and volume cloning solution. The program manually or automatically backs-up files, synchronizes data between two computers or volumes, and clones bootable Mac OS X volumes. Users can choose from single-click operations to custom scripts. Personal Backup X ($60) recognizes any HFS/HFS+/UFS volume, including hard disks, magneto-optical disks, SyQuestcartridges, Zip cartridges, iDisks, and AppleShare, samba and NFS servers. Using rebate code 452725, customers pay $55 for Personal Backup X if purchased before October 17.
Apps: Live Channel, Keyspan drivers...
Several application have been updated today, including Live Channel, 24U Hex OSAX, Keyspan drivers, Quake III Arena, and a VNC viewer with keybindings:
- Channel Storm's Live Channel 1.4.2 now supports MPEG-4 audio (AAC) encoding under OS X, compression options in Qualcomm PureVoice encoder, and improved video/audio sync in unicast and multicast streaming. Live Channel is a software-only solution designed to replace a television studio, enabling anyone to produce and broadcast live media over the Internet or a LAN. A commercial license is $1000 and an education license is $500. [1.1MB]
24U's "donationware" Scripting Addition 24U Hex OSAX 1.0 converts text and integer numbers to hexadecimal notation (and visa versa). [25KB]
Keyspan has updated its drivers for its serial port expansion card, Keyspan SX Pro 1.1, and for its USB-to-serial adapters, Keyspan USB 1.4. [SX, USB]
Quake III Arena v1.3.2 addresses a number of issues, and adds fully integrated PunkBuster anti-cheat protection. [19.7MB]
Chicken of the VNC 1.3 is a port of an OpenStep-based VNC viewer with a variety of keybindings. Version 1.3 adds a full-screen, auto-scrolling mode and supports automatic keybindings as well as new preferences, a new text sending engine, improved GUI for OS X, and other changes. It is free. [182KB]
LANsurveyor 7.0.1 brings Jaguar compatibility
Neon Software has updated LANsurveyor 7.0.1, its administration tool that allows network administrators to map, manage, and report on their entire cross-platform network. Version 7.01 brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility, support for queries from new versions of Dantz's Retrospect client, an OS X-compatible method of verifying maps. It requires that a "fresh" copy be installed before applying the patch.
Logic Platinum 5.4 supports Audio Units
Emagic today released Logic Platinum 5.4 for OS X, the first host program to support Audio Units for musicians and audio producers. Logic Platinum 5.4 also bings system-level standard for software instruments and plug-ins. Logic Platinum 5.4 includes support of all Emagic software instruments and plug-ins. The new Audio Units architecture offers improved handling of multiple audio streams, improved compatibility with Mac OS X applications, robust graphics and editor support as well as support for the Rex file format. It is a free download to registered owners.
Stupendous Software: 4 new iMovie plug-ins
Stupendous Software has released four iMovie effect plug-ins, containing a total of 99 effects. Color Effects includes effects for various black and white styles, as well as color adjustment features; Crops & Zooms includes effects for various zoom options -- "from blocky to ultra-smooth;" Glows & Blurs includes several kinds of blur effects, ranging from simple defocus to "extreme defocus;" Time Effects contains effects for creating slow motion, fast motion, and "stylized motion," such as skipping frames. Free demos of the Mac OS 9/X effects suites are available. [Download - CE, C&Z, GB, TE]
Mac-in-One Virtual Open Announced
Inside Mac Games recently announced the 'Mac-in-One Virtual Open,' which is hosted by Inside Mac Games and governed by Links Golf Community regulations. All proceeds are directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and participants are eligible to win prizes that have been graciously donated by developers in the Mac community. Prizes include the Adobe Web Collection, various flavors of ATI Radeon video cards, Palm handheld computers, game titles from Aspyr Media, Destineer Studios, Freeverse Software and MacPlay, Kensington mice, and more.
New book details Quicken 2k3 usage
Peachpit Press has released its Visual QuickStart Guide to the Macintosh edition of Quicken 2003. The $18 book by Tom Negrino outlines easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for using Quicken 2003 for the Macintosh. It also covers how to: use Quicken's report and graph features, work with credit cards/loans and track investments.
MWSF 2003 Select/Premier ADC pricing
IDG World Expo and Apple have announced two special pricing packages for 'Premier' and 'Select' Apple Apple Developer Connection members for January's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The $5,500 and $7000 packages both include a 10' x 10' exhibit space and the necessary components to assemble a basic booth (table, display surfaces, lighting, etc.). The more expensive of the two ($7,500) also includes a 1/4 page, four-color ad space in the 'Macworld Program & Buyer's Guide' as well as placement of a company logo on the expo Web site.
MacDJ 1.0: pro audio mixing tool for 9/X
Danicsoft has released MacDJ 1.0, a $20 real-time audio mixing application that is ideal for professional DJ work. It features automatic cross-fading, volume memory of songs, total control over fades, recursive folder searching, an equalizer and uses less CPU than iTunes. [Classic, OSX]
iStorm helps brainstorm ideas over networks
iStorm is a $20 application that provides group brainstorming and online collaboration with a simple, one-button user interface. It offers zero configuration hassle with Rendezvous for LAN, automatic recognition and activation of http links and free upgrades to the next version (which will feature new-enabled chalkboard and TeX support).
K4 Publishing System 4.1: workflow system
K4 Publishing System 4.1 is an update to the workflow system based on Adobe InDesign and InCopy. It links the two applications with an SQL database to "provide a collaborative workflow system suitable for individual workgroups and publishing enterprises." Capabilities include check-in and check-out of content, copy editing at the page stage, and more.
Digi-Net 4.03 offers Java chat to communities
The Java-based chat/online comunity server Digi-Net 4.03 addresses numerous performance and other issues, including improved private messaging, lower CPU utilization, and resolved bugs with Command broadcast, upgrades from v3.5, and Java 1.4.x. It also brings better performance under Mac OS X 10.2.1.
Jotz 1.0.6: easy-to-learn notepad for OS X
Thinkertons.com has released Jotz 1.0.6, their "zero-learning-curve" notepad for Mac OS X. The update adds features for power users, including Jotz Mailroom with Address Book Integration, keyboard note navigation and improvements to other features. Jotz 1.0.6 is $18.
Extensis InDesign 2.0 plugin for Suitcase
Extensis is now shipping a free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe InDesign that automatically activates fonts used in InDesign documents and ensures that any time an InDesign 2.0 document is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated. It is free-of-charge to registered Suitcase 10 users utilizing Mac OS X, and uses Apple's FontSync, industry-standard font matching technology. Suitcase 10.1.3 is available for $100 ($70 upgrade for registered owners of previous versions).
America Online updates AOL client for Jaguar
America Online has posted an update to its AOL Client 10.2.1, which brings better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2.1. It is available on the Web or via the keyworkd 'Upgrade'.
BootCD 0.5 creates bootable CDs in Finder
BootCD 0.5 is a Cocoa application that "creates a disk image that can be used to burn a Mac OS X boot CD with a working Finder and Dock on it. This utility is unfinished and still has some flaws, but works. The current version works much better than previous versions, and includes the ability to run Drive10 and other utilities, although Norton does not yet work from the CD."
chartConstructor 1.1 combines Gantt and PERT
headshack has today made available a major update to chartConstructor 1.1, its $30 project management application. This update adds many highly requested new features - chief amongst them is the combination of Gantt and PERT Charts into a single unified file format. Other significant improvements include integration with OS X 10.2's address book and the ability to group tasks as subtasks of a common parent task.
MacBreakZ 3.3: personal ergonomic assistant
publicspace.net has released version 3.3 of MacBreakZ! - a personal ergonomic assistant which monitors keyboard and mouse activity and helps computer users structure their computer use in a healthy manner, preventing computer-related injuries from developing. This version provides additional ergonomic tips for healthy mouse use and full Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. It also fixes some display glitches and minor configuration bugs.
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