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The new "Pro" version of ePocrates Rx, a popular pharmaceutical reference for the Palm OS, will not include Macintosh support. Because the Pro edition requires periodic updates, Mac users will soon have to switch to the free version, according to some long-time users. While some are appealing to the developer for Macintosh support, one reader points to a public beta of Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopia, which, however, lacks the regular drug updates and lacks contraindication information.
OnMyCommandCM 1.3.1b1 is the latest version of Abracode's "contextual menu command line instruction executor" for Mac OS X. Users can add their favorite commands to a master list, and execute them via a universal contextual menu at any time. Commands can be executed in Terminal.app or "silently."
Mac OS X Server 10.2.2 (released earlier today) includes a new "journaling" feature for the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) file system. As noted previously, the journaling system protects the integrity of the file system on any OS X-based server. Apple highlights two key benefits of the new system: rapid recovery of lost files; automatic logging of file system transactions. Designed for rapid implementation, the journaling system does not require a drive reformat to work, and earlier versions of HFS+ can be easily retrofitted with the technology. [Download PDF outline]
Stupendous Software has released two new iMovie plugin packs, containing a total of 33 effects, including 6 free plugins in the demo download. Levels & Balances includes 13 effects--three of which are free. It brings Photoshop-style image adjustment controls to iMovie, including effects for adjusting the levels of an image, as well as effects for setting the gamma, color balance, and white balance. Smoke & Glass, which has 20 effects (including three free) includes effects for a number of animated smoke effects, as well as frosted glass effects and several wavy glass refraction effects. Each pack is $25 and runs with iMovie 2.1.1 or later under both OS X and Mac OS 9.
A group of SourceForge developers has released several Mac OS X 'binary distributions' of the TclTkAqua 8.4.1 scripting language port. In addition to the OS X releases, the developers have release a Mac OS 9 ('Classic') version.
Several MacNN readers note that Movielink -- billed as Hollywood's answer to requests for fee-based movie downloads -- is only compatible with computers that run Microsoft Windows. Additionally, Movielink is only available to residents of the United States.
La Jolla Underground has released See No Evil 1.0 for Mac OS 9/X. See No Evil will hide the current contents of your computer screen to protect confidential information from "prying eyes." See No Evil is accessible from a "floating," system-wide button. [727KB] MacInvoice 1.5 Beta 2 and MacLedger 0.8.0 are now available from Praevius. MacInvoice 1.5 fixes "payment" and "salesperson" bugs, corrects a several display errors, and includes a more user-friendly registration system. MacLedger 0.8.0 addresses a bug whereby the Remaining Balance (in lower left corner of main screen) would not display accurately when switching between ledgers. The update also prevents ledgers and categories from being created without names. [Form req'd to download] MacSpeech has announced the release of a UK English version of its iListen 1.5.2 speech recognition/dictation suite. "The software has undergone three years of intensive development and testing specifically for the Mac platform and offers the unique ability to dictate into almost any program." [Download link unavailable]
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.2.2 via the OS X Software Update app. It delivers "enhanced functionality and improved reliability for the following applications and technologies: Address Book, iChat, IP Firewall, Mail, Print Center, Rendezvous, Sherlock and Windows file service discovery. The update also includes the updated services previously delivered in Security Update 2002-09-20." The Knowledge Base article with more details is available online. Update: As anticipated, Mac OS X 10.2.2 includes a new "journaled file system" -- activated by the 'sudo diskutil enableJournal' command -- that provides users with a "historical view" of their data.
Bantam Interactive today launched its new line of portable USB storage drives. The slim, sleek device allows users to store and transfer files via the USB port. It features an innovative weatherproof casing, making it durable in all types of environments. The 2.8" x 0.9" x 0.4" inch device weighs only 0.4 ounces and comes with a blue LED status indicator. The USB drive is offered in 32MB ($50) and 64MB ($80) models. [site not updated]
Mark Malson's $13 shareware AutoTagX 2.5 automatically tags and organizes MP3 files with the simplicity of drag-and-drop and the power of internet music databases. Version 2.5 adds an option to add individual files in addition to album folders, has support for id3v2.4 tags, includes a contextual menu, and has other enhancements. [857KB] Troi's URL Plug-in v1.01 is a $60 cross platform plug-in lets you post and retrieve information from the Internet from within FileMaker Pro. A Sharp has released Addressix 1.2, an update to its $12 envelope printing utility for Mac OS X that remembers printer settings, auto-completes addresses, and prints bar codes for automated sorting. It adds custom envelope sizes and integration with the Mac OS X Address Book. [332KB] Electric Image has posted Universe 5.01, which brings fixes and new features for Animator and Radiosity to the 3D application suite. [2.3MB]
OWC and Newer Tech today introduced the TiHandle, an ergonomically designed handle plus stand for PowerBook G4 Titanium, which "makes it easy to carry a PowerBook G4, and also doubles as a stand, providing an elevated angle that allows for more natural typing position and better heat dissipation for cooler operation." It attaches to G4 Titaniums using the supplied Torx screwdriver and four supplied Torx screws and also includes clear heavy-duty rubber tape to protect the paint on the underside of a PowerBook when using the TiHandle as a stand. It is available at Other World Computing (OWC) for $40.
Thomas Schwab notes that Dazzle has posted updated ZiO! SmartMedia Reader and USB SmartMedia reader drivers for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, noting that the drivers also worked for his Microtech USB Cameramate and Zio! Digital Film Readers, although MicroTech has yet to post the driver at its Website.
Native Instruments is now shipping Traktor DJ Studio 2.0, an update to its $200 professional DJ software that is now available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It features an updated user interface, advanced interpolation and filters, and professional de-emphasis correction to emulate the characteristics of analog vinyl scratching. Traktor DJ also offers a powerful database with search functions, automatic MP3 tag import, improved cueing and looping, innovative tempo recognition, Wav or AIFF file export, and MIDI control.
Macromedia today announced Contribute, a new desktop application that allows users to update, add, and publish web content to existing websites without "requiring technical skills beyond basic word processing." It features integration with Dreamweaver as well as Microsoft Excel. Contribute will ship in December for Windows with a Mac OS X version due next year. Introductory pricing is $100.
Collaborate 1.0 is described as a "combination chat and whiteboard program through which individuals in disparate locations can interact to work out ideas. Collaborate functions as a distributed network allowing an arbitrary number of individuals to be involved." The $10 shareware is free to students, faculty and staff of educational institutions as well as to staff of non-profit and charitable organizations. It is available for Windows and Mac OS X. [818KB Keyboard Maestro 1.2.1 updates Michael Kamprath's shareware utility for controlling multiple clipboards, system actions, and other functions via the keyboard. It adds a new "iTunes Control" hot key action that allows you to control iTunes remotely, an improved "Select Menu Item" hot key action editor that enables you to define a menu item target for the action by simply selecting the menu item in the desired application, and French and Japanese localized manuals. [2.0MB] Black Cat Systems has posted Antenna Master 2.0 ($15), which fixes computational errors with Yagi and inductor designs in the antenna design package for amateur (ham) radio operators. Atomic Mac 5.5.1 ($25) fixes printing bugs in its periodic table of the elements and nuclear database. The company also updated Health Tracker 2.1.2 ($10), its graphing program to track health related measurements. [Antenna, Atomic, HT] Minutiae Software's Reunion Planner 5.1 is a $60 application for planning and coordinating family, college, high school or company reunions. It features a complete address book, integrated mail merge, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other features. It now includes a sales module, a mini calculator, new templates, and improved Microsoft Office compatibility. [Classic, OSX] DC Portfolio 1.0 can be used to catalog any removable storage device or folder: "The portfolios created can be searched on, and entries can be updated with descriptions and keywords." It is $35. [2.4MB]
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X