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Register: MS considering Macromedia buyout
by Monish K Bhatia
Apps: Lasso update, Compositor, Apimac
Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 5.0.2, a free update to its Web scripting/development environment for Mac OS X. The update provides fixes for numerous issues, including a recently reported MySQL security issue. Note: This update requires version 5.0.1 of Lasso Professional. [Download - 4.7 MB]
Artly There Software has re-released Compositor 1.9.5 as freeware. Version 1.9.5 was the last major update to the image editor for the Classic Mac OS. The $20 registration fee has been waived because the developer recently released version 2.0 of the software. [Download - 2.1 MB]
Two new Apimac dictionaries/phrase-books are now available for Mac OS 9/X -- English-Spanish 4.0 and English-German 3.0. Each sell for $20, and are available in Mac OS 9- and Mac OS X-specific versions.
Apps: EnzymeX, Morphon XML-Editor, Microscope
Audio Hijack 1.6.5 ($16) will modify the audio output of any Cocoa or Carbon application on your Mac, featuring the ability to add professional-quality DSP effects to any application which outputs audio content and to record audio output from all your applications. The udpate adds Mac OS X 10.2.3 compatibility, a new Crystality Plugin, and German-localization. [2.1MB]
WeatherPop 1.6.4 adds a new "Feels Like" temperature (Wind Chill & Heat Index), addresses database corruption, and has other bug fixes in the utility that displays weather conditions for any city in the US (freeware) or World ($8). The shareware "Advance" version (WPA) also offers 3- and 5-day forecasts, color icons, and other enhancements. [WP, WPA]
ThemePark 1.0b9 is an application for creating themes on Mac OS X. It adds PICT resource support, implements more preferences, and has other bug fixes. The beta version will expire on April 1st, 2003, when it will be distributed as $20 shareware. [473KB]
Mek & Tosj have released EnzymeX 1.1, a scientific program developed to help molecular biologists determine which restriction enzymes (over 500 available) to use to cut DNA. Version 1.1 adds faster search methods, has updated information on each enzyme, improves its recent items functionality, and other enhancements. The freeware is available for Mac OS X only. [1.0MB]
The Java-based, WYSIWIG validating XML editor Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b3 ($150) features a new WebDav plugin, adds the ability to create new XML file without DTD/Schema, has a stylesheet menu to handle alternative stylesheets, and other enhancements. A free demo is available. [Classic, OSX]
The Morphon CSS-Editor CSS 1.3.3 ($40) editor, also written in Java, supports full CSS1 and CSS2 with an interactive user interface presenting CSS properties, using screens that have controls to modify these and show examples and source. Version 1.3.3 fixes problems under Jaguar and allows the use of Grammar to define element names. [Classic, OSX]
Microscope 1.1.1 is a Mac OS X freeware application written specifically for the Intel Play and Digital Blue QX3/QX3+ USB Computer Microscope. It captures images, create time-lapse QuickTime movies, and can add a text comment and/or time stamp to the image or movie. Version 1.1.1 adds French localization. It requires 10.2 or later (with a special build for Mac OS X 10.1.5 available). [678KB]
Pinnacle posts OS X drivers for Cinewave card
Pinnacle Systems has posted a CinéAcquire 2.0 updater with Mac OS X Jaguar support and CinéWave RT 3.0 for Mac OS X 10.2.3 with over 20 free RT effects (transitions, image control, and color correction) as well as support for CinéSuperSync (offers true audio and video sync), improved overall CODECs, improved Codec flexibility with user defined Gamma and Chroma Controls, 24p SD support with external video monitor at 29.97 FPS, and support for an all-new Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box, due out in January 2003:
"The Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box includes I/O for uncompressed standard definition Serial Digital Interface (SDI) video and, by popular demand, fully supports up to four channels of AES/EBU audio. The Pro Digital Plus also supports monitoring of analog Composite Video and RCA unbalanced audio." CinéWave RT Pro adds 3-Way Color Corrector with limit, real-time graphics, keys, motion effects and multi-track video and graphics support."
REWIND exhibition features Apple products
MacNN reader Corey Chandler writes: "Apple's products are, yet again, on display in a museum! This time, it's at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at an exhibit entitled 'Rewind at the V&A'. This is the second time I've seen my eMate 300 on display in a museum (the first being the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Pretty cool to see your laptop displayed as a work of art! Definitely only something that Apple could do. They also have on display the iPod, the famous '0-button mouse,' and others."
Conoa releases EasyTinter plug-in
Conoa has released Conoa EasyTinter plug-in for video editors and compositors, which will tint any media layer to which it's applied: "With only five controls, it's a snap to learn. [It] supports 16 bit-per-channel color, runs on Windows, Mac OS 9.2.2 and OS X, and plugs into After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Combustion and Avid with Elastic Gasket." It is free with any other Conoa product purchase, including its Conoa 3D plug-in and Conoa Sphere or Conoa Cube--each of which are $40.
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