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Metro A/V software gets OS X compatibility
Sagan Technology recently debuted version 6.0 of its Metro audio/video software. Most significantly, version 6.0 adds support for Mac OS X, and support for the underlying technologies in the OS, such as CoreAudio and CoreMIDI. Also included is VST 2.0 support, with the ability to convert 'VST Instruments' to audio easily. Included is the ability to read MOV, MPG, AVI and all other QuickTime-compatible video formats, and edit such content. A free demo is available by filling out a download form.
Apps: Labels X, Oswan, Lux, PHP, wKiosk
Unsanity has released a minor update to its Labels X ($7) folder labeling "Haxie" for Mac OS X. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug with affecting the 'Recent Items' functionality in Mac OS X 10.2. [Download - 1.2 MB]
Richard Bannister has released Oswan 0.7.0, a free Bandai Wonderswan emulator for the Mac. The Wonderswan is a handheld video game system with such titles as Final Fantasy 4 available. [Download - 500 KB]
LogMaster 1.1 is a maintenance update to the $3 system log browser for Mac OS X. This update contains an unspecified number of modifications. [Download - 189 KB]
Sillysoft has released version 1.2 of its Lux digital board game. Version 1.2 adds more modifier keys, auto selection of the best card set, and new graphics. Lux is based on the classic 'Risk' board game, but adds the dimension of multiple worlds and various enemies. Registration is $10. [Download - 1.1 MB]
wKiosk 1.0.1 adds a number of minor bug fixes and a French localization to the Internet kiosk management suite for Mac OS X. wKiosk utilizes the Netscape 7 engine to provide a complete, secure kiosk solution for the Mac. Additionally, a final version of the companion server software is now available. [Download - English, French, Server]
PHP 4.3.0 is an update to the Web scriping development environment that adds a finalized command line interface, a "streams" API and countless other improvements. A Mac OS X-specific version is not yet available, but is expected shortly.
Users note MSN Messenger fix
Yesterday, we noted that some Mac users were experiencing problems with connecting to Microsoft's MSN Messenger service. Several readers wrote in to say that MSN was functioning correctly on their computers, while other users indicate that deleting the MSN preferences under Mac OS 9 may be a solution.
Apps: Jotz, iDVDthemePAK PAL, Pet Rock ...
Virtual Pet Rock is a program for Mac OS X that challenges users to "keep alive" a pet rock by feeding it and playing with it. Virtual Pet Rock is a free download. [Download form]
The*Better*FileMaker*Developer today released a brain-teasing "Christmas puzzle" for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in entertains FileMaker users while allowing them to keep the productivity suite in the foreground. [Subscription required to download]
Thinkertons has updated its Jotz multimedia notepad to version 1.1.055. The update addresses a bug that could, under certain specific circumstances, cause Jotz to unexpectedly quit while importing Classic notepads. Jotz is distributed as shareware; registration is $18. [Download - 612KB]
iDVDthemePAK today released two of its iDVD menu theme collections in PAL format. Previously, the themes for Apple's iDVD 2.0 were only available in the NTSC format for North American and Japanese markets. PAL support allows European and Australian users to take advantage of the two 'PAKs.' Each iDVDThemePAK is priced at $30; bundled together they cost $54.
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