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Pioneer updates aftermarket drive firmware
Pioneer has issued a firmware update for its aftermarket DVR-A03/DVR-103 andDVR-A04/DVR-104 drives. This firmware update supports IDE drives connected to G4 Macs with Mac OS 9.2.2; the update will not run in the Mac OS X 'Classic' environment. The company is working on a version for FireWire-enabled drives.
Dartware updates InterMapper add-on
Dartware has announced InterMapper Remote 1.5 ($200), an update to its network "health" assessment tool for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 allows managers to create and edit maps on an InterMapper server from any location and supports read-only access for particular individuals or groups. The key update also includes 'Notification Dependencies,' better Mac OS X performance, log files and zoom capabilities.
IOGEAR announces holiday deals
From now until December 31st, IOGEAR is offering $5 to $30 rebates on some of its most popular products. The "holiday special" includes savings on mice, connectivity devices, and other peripherals.
PlayerPRO revision yields speed boost, more
Quadmation has released version 5.9.6 of its 'PlayerPRO' music editing program for Mac OS 9/X. The latest release is said to be five percent faster, and is compatible with Quicktime 6 Instruments. PlayerPRO supports the following formats, in addition to several others: MOV, AIFF, WAV, MPEG layers I, II and III, MP3 and RAW.
stupidFish programming updates shadowIP
shadowIP 2.0 is the latest release of the $8 desktop IP monitoring tool Mac OS X from stupidFish programming. Version 2.0 adds support for the en2 and en3 ports, ppp0 and "real internetIP monitoring." Bug fixes are also included in the release.
Apps: IPNetMonitorX, Warcraft III ...
IPNetMonitorX 1.2c1 is a $40 utility that monitors and troubleshoots Internet connections in Mac OS X. Tools included are Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is and more. The latest version improves TCP Dump, includes tcpflow package and ignores left over data at the end of PCB list. [789KB]
Blizzard has released a new patch for Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos 1.0.4, its real-time strategy game for both Mac OS 9 & X. The patch includes several bug fixes and improvements; the update is currently only available by logging on through Battle.net.
Ultranlingua 4 for Mac OS X is a professional grade, bilingual and monolingual dictionary for education, government and industry. It now offers automatic conjugation of verbs (French, English, German, Spanish), modular construction, a PowerSearch feature, automatic text translation and a new Cocoa/Aqua interface with multilingual support. The price is $30 per language or $15 to upgrade from version 3.x.
MuchoThumbs Pro 3.0.1 is an update to the $15 website thumbnail creation tool. The update adds directory structure tuning, support for QuickTime movies, generation of ASP and PHP pages, an HTML slideshow and more. [1.7MB]
Ive named to \'Best and Brightest\' list
Jonathan Ive, Apple's vice president of design, has been named to Esquire's "Best and Brightest" list of emerging leaders who are "reshaping our world." Esquire has researched, interviewed, discussed and identified candidates who are "blazing the trail to a better world." Twenty years ago, the magazine identified such influential folks as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Apple\'s health in Thailand improved
The Bangkok Post talks about the health of Apple in Thailand, where the Apple World 2002 was held last weekend. "It is clear where Apple has positioned itself in terms of technology: high quality imaging (video and stills), music and printing. One area lacking, however, is the education sector." Although other countries are receiving different educational deals (computer rental and buy-back in Britian, free Mac OS X for teachers in the US), Thailand has received none.
Gefen releases ex-tend-it 2x2 DVI Switcher
Gefen has released its ex-tend-it 2x2 DVI Switcher, which switches two computers between any combination of dual DVI displays, USB, and audio equipped computers. The device includes four six-foot DVI cables, two six-foot USB cables and two audio cables. It is $800.
Dartware releases InterMapper 3.7 monitor
Dartware has released InterMapper 3.7, an update to its network monitoring application that continually checks the servers, routers, switches, and other networked equipment and provides alerts using audible alerts, e-mail messages, pages, and running scripts. It adds notification dependencies, built-in paging (with support for SNPP and modems), and remote map editing as well an Xserve probe, SSL encryption, and built-in firewall. Pricing starts at $300 for 10 devices. [Classic, OSX]
MCE offers Combo drive upgrade for iBooks
MCE is now offering an internal CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive designed to replace the original CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or CD-RW optical drive currently inside iBook systems (Dual USB, 12" and 14"). The $250 MCE CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive must be installed by MCE and features an 8x8x24x8x CD-RW mechanism and reads DVD-ROM discs at up to 8x speed. Pricing includes the drive, installation and 3-day return shipping to the customer (turnaround time is generally 2-3 business days).
Apps: Intellihance Pro, QPict, anti-virus
Slideshow Magic! 1.1.1 is a freeware application that can create slideshows using a range of QuickTime compatible image formats. It features an audio track, frame rate manipulator, scaling, titling, and other features. [779KB]
Extensis has released Intellihance Pro 4.1, an update to its utility for image enhancement utility and color correction. It adds compatibility support with Photoshop 7, includes online help, and now has OS X support.
Rune Lindman has released QPict 5.2, an update to his $35 media asset manager. It adds digital camera support, XML export, Quartz text rendering, better performance, JPEG 2000 support, improved PDF and font support, sheet dialogs, contextual menu support, better performance, and other enhancements. [4.4MB]
JewelCaseIllustrator 1.7 is a drawing program for creating labels, tray liners, and booklets for CDs and DVDs. It can also create a Finder-like directory listing of entire volumes. The new version includes a library of textures, and the ability to use them within graphic objects. [2.1MB]
Both McAfee and Symantec have updated the latest virus file definitions for Virex and NAV. [VX7, NAV7-OSX, NAV7-PPC, NAV8]
OpenOSX ships XFree 1.2 CD
OpenOSX has begun shipping its $30 XFree 1.2 CD, which will install XFree 4.2.1, a fully configured with the OroborOSX window manager in "less than 5 minutes, by simply double-clicking the OpenOSX package icon." The package is bundled with complete source code and limited installation support.
Bitstream releases new font set of fonts
Bitstream today announced that it is releasing its sixth set of fonts from the New Font Collection program, which features display and text fonts in PostScript Type 1 and TrueType formats for both Windows and the Macintosh. It includes 67 new typefaces
New FireWire/USB combo drive enclosure debuts
FireWire Depot has introduced the Speedzter2, a new 2.5" FireWire/USB 2.0 combo hard disk enclosure with a rugged aluminum body, a single FireWire and single USB 2.0 port and a compact design (5.0"x2.9"x0.6"). The $125 enclosure ships with a FireWire cable, USB2 cable, external power supply and mini screwdriver for assembly.
Apps: Eudora, Chimera, TypeJet, PocketMac...
Qualcomm has released Eudora 5.2, an update to its popular email client. It offers a number of bug fixes as well as SSL support under Mac OS X 10.2, better CPU usage, and search for international characters. The $40 client is available in a limited "lite" mode and a fully-featured ad-sponsored mode. A $10 discount is offered to owners of previous versions. [Classic, OSX]
Chimera 0.6 is the latest release of Mozilla.org's browser project that has a Cocoa interface and uses the Gecko layout engine. It adds Keychain support to save web site passwords, better toolbar customization, contextual menus for tabs, proxy icon support for URLs, and Talkback, which reports data about crashes back to Netscape. [7.6MB]
ArcaneWare's TypeJet 2.1 is an update to its font viewing utility, adding improved display speed, support for uninstalled fonts (including recursive folders) and other enhancements. The $13 shareware is available for Mac OS X (with an older version available for Mac OS 9). [Classic, OSX]
PocketMac 2.0 updates the original Mac-to-Pocket PC sync software for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility. It includes the ability to browse the Internet with your Pocket PC to full compatibility with HP 54x and iPaq 3900 devices and several of the newer Pocket PC phones as well as the ability to sync with the OS X Address Book and iCal and automatic network setup. [site not updated]
Maxum releases Rumpus 3.0 ftp server
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 3.0, an update to the company's high-performance FTP server for the Mac OS and OS X. Version 3.0 adds a Web File Manager (WFM), which provides classic FTP capabilities (file upload and download, folder listings, and other basic file management functions) using a standard HTTP interface. Other features include improved OS X support, auto-detection of hack attempts, better file recognition and handling, and a new, Web-based file management system. The standard version is $250 with upgrades free for purchases after January 1, 2001. Upgrades are $80.
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