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Sophisticated Circuits updates power bar SW
Sophisticated Circuits has released version 4.1.1 of its software for the PowerKey Pro 650 "smart" power bar. This free update adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, and features a "self-installing" control panel. [Classic, OS X]
Skunk Studios: minor Gutterball update
Skunk Studios recently released Gutterball 3D 1.0.1, a maintenance update to its realistic bowling game. The $20 game features three unique alleys, four commentators, "realtime 3D physics," and fully customizable bowling balls. Gutterball supports one to four players.
Apple UK launches Pro Memory deal
Apple UK has launched its Pro Memory deal, which doubles the amount of memory installed on newly purchased Power Macs, Xserves and PowerBook G4s for £28.20 (including VAT). A similar offer launched in the US on October 11. The US offer expires December 31; the UK offer ends January 6, 2003.
Apps: OSXvnc, Iomega Automatic Backup ...
OSXvnc 1.0 is a VNC server for Mac OS X that allows users to view and control their computer using the VNC protocol. It now handles Pasteboard events and multiple connections correctly, stores settings in preferences and allows Autostart server on launch. [151 KB]
Iomega Automatic Backup is a $40 tool that backs up files according to user settings. Features include backround burning, multiple folder selections and the ability to save copies of files on network volumes. [5.2 MB]
Jotz 1.0.75 is an update to the $18 notepad alternative for Mac OS X. The minor release fixes bugs and updates features. [490 KB]
Marcadesign has released Bella X 1.5.9, a free application for Mac OS X that deciphers Ciboulette 1.0 & 1.5 encrypted files. [1.6 MB]
Gorilla 1.2 is a suite of tools that assist in making a film from Preproduction through Post Production. New features include complete cross-platform compatibility, improved Crew Wizard and the ability to add Fringe Categories in the Budget module.
Revolution 2.0 to ship in November
Revolution 2.0, the multi-platform development tool for Mac OS 9 & X, is slated to ship in November. The release will add a Jaguar-friendly user interface, improved built-in documentation, spreadsheet fields, support for XML, Unicode, database access, multimedia, and more. Pricing starts at $300 for Small Business Developer Edition, $100 for a student edition and $25 per user for K-12 lab pack (minimum pack size of 10).
McCartney has Apple change DVD specs
MacNN reader Bob Stobener has noted that Paul McCartney made a reference to Apple in a locally taped radio interview. "[I] just heard that Apple Mac users won't be able to access this [DVD] because the technology is different for the Mac. So, I got onto our guys and said 'Get on the phone. Start making inquires.' What's happened is they just sorted it so that Apple Mac will be able to do it. So we're like advancing Mac technology... there's something that an Apple Mac couldn't do, but now they can because of our DVD." An MP3 of the interview is available.
Apple to sell iPods at Target stores
Apple is planning on selling its iPod digital music player at Target stores nationwide, according to c|net. "...several Target stores confirmed that they had the devices--both the Mac and the Windows varieties--on hand." In September, Apple announced a similar plan with electronics retailer Best Buy.
Aspyr to publish Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 3
Aspyr today announced it will publish Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the Macintosh (with conversion being done by Beenox): "Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or one of 12 other pro skaters on 8 massive living levels that are amazingly realistic with intelligent traffic that can be avoided or skated. Now with more tricks than ever, including the revert andflatland tricks like the handstand manual, you can show off using the enhanced Create-A-Skater feature, and Skatepark Editor." The $40 title, available for pre-order, will run under both Mac OS 9 and OS X; the ship date has not been announced.
Apps: iKeeper, Seagull Video Player...
The $20 shareware iKeeper 1.5b1 allows users to you to conveniently enter, view, or modify internet and product information and quickly search through the records to find important information. It runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [909KB]
Coffee Break Pro 2.0 is a shareware application ($20) designed to prevent (or improve) repetitive stress injuries: "It does this by making the user take periodic breaks. It also provides some basic user activity data, such as key presses or mouse clicks per second." [Classic, OSX]
Seagull Video Player 2.2.2 is an update to the application ($20) for easily creating video playlists and playing them full screen on your computer. A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, OSX]
10end Software's Customer Tracker 2.7.2 is an invoicing and customer database application that can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes, labels and more. It is $35 for new registrations and $20 for upgrades from v1.0. [Classic, OSX]
Kanzu Utilities has released IMAGEInfo for RB 1.0, a $25 REALBasic class for retrieving information about images: "Because it does not need to open entire images, it returns the info very quickly." [483KB]
SuperCard 4.0 available for OS X
Solutions Etcetera yesterday announced the availability of SuperCard 4.0, the Hypercard-like development environment: "This new version not only breaks the 32 kilobyte limits for text fields AND scripts, it also provides support for virtually every available interface item for both Mac OS X and Classic OS environments, allowing you to create a single project/standalone application that is completely compatible running in both environments with either the Aqua or Platinum themes." The Standard Edition ($180) includes SuperCard and the Runtime Editor environment, Standalone Maker, and the SuperCard Player, while the Developer Edition ($280) also includes SuperEdit, the ability to secure the scripts of commercially distributed applications, the SuperCard Internals Toolbox external development environment, and additional external code resources with full source code. A $30 discount is available to HyperCard users or previously registered SuperCard owners.
NI ships Reaktor Electronic Instruments Vol 1
Native Instruments is now shipping Reaktor Electronic Instruments Vol 1, a new set of new instruments for its Reaktor 3 sound design studio application. It features "seven versatile instruments designed to inject creativity and freshness into techno, industrial, drum and bass, electro, IDM, and electronic productions. Three powerful synthesizers, three unique effects, and a drum machine are packed with presets and ready to resonate." It is $70.
Heroes of Might and Magic IV coming to Mac OS
The 3DO Company today announced Heroes of Might and Magic IV for the Macintosh. The game expected to ship this fall, offers "the best in fantasy gaming with breathtaking graphics and an all-new magical skill system. In this fourth chapter of the Heroes series, Emilia Nighthaven must battle the evil immortal King Gavin Magnus and his horde of Dragon Golems. Featuring six campaigns, Emilia matches wits with Magnus for control of all of Axeoth, encountering over 60 new creatures, five schools of magic, six town types, and more than 180 artifacts." It features a new engine with multiple screen support, six massive campaigns and dozens of stand-alone scenarios, campaign editor that features a map maker and enables terraib deformation, and online play in which players can battle with up to six different players via the Internet. The first 250 pre-orders ($50) include a a free Heroes IV T-shirt.
Apps: Aizai 1.1, PiXL 1.0, TigerLaunch 1.0
Rainjul has released Aizai 1.1, an update to its $30 application that allows users to view, create and distribute digital photos, movies, music, web pages, documents and folders via virtual television channels. Version 1.1 of the OS X application includes improved multimedia playback, full-screen viewing options, streaming media support, traffic auditing for broadcasters and a more refined interface. [3.3MB]
PiXL 1.0 is a $100 FileMaker Pro 6 solution for building and maintaining image archives. [2.2MB]
Deep Sky's Serial ToolKit X v1.0.0 is a serial port management plugin for 4th Dimension that contains commands to completely manage local serial ports, including open connections, closing connections, port configuration, send and receiving data, and retrieving serial port parameter and configuration infomations. A one-year license (with 50 deployments) is $100. [144KB]
Ranchero software's TigerLaunch 1.0 is an open-source application launcher that displays a menu with an alphabetical listing all your applications. It also offers options to exclude applications from from the Dock menu. [130KB]
Make Mine MPEG-4 v3.5.1 is an AppleScript applet that automates the process of importing CD Tracks and encoding them as MPEG-4 files using QuickTime 6 Pro. The tracks are then added to your iTunes Library. It requires iTunes 3, QuickTime 6 Pro, and Mac OS X 10.2 or better. [114KB]
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