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Apps: IntelliMerge, izi-Course, EndNote, ...
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 3.0.1, an update to its popular business communication software for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The release brings Mac OS X 10.2.3 compatibility, and the ability to sort custom fields in the Recipient Browser. All other minor bug fixes relate to the text import feature. [Download - Classic, OS X]
izi-Course 1.1.1 adds the ability to "register actions and to watch over the follow-up" to the $175 FileMaker Pro-based student/prospect management system. Additionally, version 1.1.1 adds the ability to generate and print to-do lists, send email to contacts, and register an individual to a complete study. [Download - 3.2MB]
EndNote 6.0.2 is a free update to the reference list and manuscript organization software for the Mac. The update only makes modifications to the EndNote program file; styles, filters, and connection files are not updated. Additionally, it will only update 6.x versions. [Download - 1.9MB]
Mark-O-Matic, an Adobe InDesign add-on, has been updated to version 1.5. This update adds the ability to create marks and guides for an document's live, trim, and bleed areas, includes an intelligent EPS "agent" on the page that will indicate printout percentage, and includes point, pica, inch, millimeter, and centimeter measurements. Mark-O-Matic is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, and costs $35. [Download - 1.4MB]
Amorphium 3.0 for OS X starts shipping
Amorphium 3.0 is now shipping, according to Electric Image. The update contains many new features, most notably the implementation of "Subdivision Surface" modeling tools. These new tools, collectively called "Tin," bring a completely new sculpting system to the artist, allowing "unprecedented control and creativity." Other additions include an updated "windowed" application style, new material elements and controls, use of QuickTime movies for backgrounds, and animation previewing. Amorphium 3.0 is priced at $150, with upgrades at $100.
HEURIS ships MPEG Power Pro for OS X
HEURIS announced today that it is now shipping a Mac OS X-compatible version of its MPEG Power Professional MPEG encoding software. MPEG Power Professional for OS X contains all the features and functionality of the other products in the MPEG Power Professional 2.5 line, but is compatible exclusively with Mac OS X. "Interest in an OS X version of our powerful and fully featured MPEG Power Professional line has been very high," said HEURIS President, Brian Quandt. Pricing information was not available at the time of publication. However HEURIS indicated that significant discounts will be offerred throughout January.
RBrowser: full-featured Internet transfers
RBrowser 3.1 is a full featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, allowing users to manage/browse files on the remote host via an Aqua GUI. File management includes move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. It features column/icon views, protocol helper support, drag & drop support, local printing, multitasking, and site aliases for quick access. A free RBrowser Lite version supports FTP, while the $30 Basic version offers FTP and SFTP protocol support (as well as remote editing and saveback). The $50 Professional version also includes SSH and SCP support, including tunneling support. Each license is available in a either "fixed" or floating licenses. [RB Lite, RB]
Pixels Digital adds features to PiXELS 3D 4.5
Pixels Digital has released PiXELS 3D 4.5 for OS X with new features such as LogoMaker, Global Illumination, a newly engineered Inverse Kinematics system, improved 'Area Lights', and other features. Version 4.0 owners can upgrade for $200 and competitive upgrades are $300. The $400 application is available for Mac OS X with a version for Mac OS 9 "nearing completion."
ExtremeTech: Photoshop 8.0 due out in Q4 \'03
ExtremeTech reports that the next major upgrade to Adobe Photoshop is set to ship in the fourth quarter of 2003. Photoshop 8.0, code-named "Dark Matter," and ImageReady 8.0, code-named "Taconite will include NTSC/PAL/HD preview choices, a Histogram palette, nested layer sets, and text on a path as well as "filter layers" for non-destructive image editing and manipulations.
Flat-panel iMac production to be terminated?
The DigiTimes reports "The 17-inch flat-panel iMac will terminate production in June, following the same fate as the 15-inch flat-panel model, which stopped production last October...It is estimated that about 500,000 to 600,000 flat-panel iMacs were sold in 2002 following their introduction last January. The once highflying desktop computer, which created a buzz with its desk lamp-like look, is expected to sell another 300,000 to 400,000 units between now and June."
Aspyr ships NASCAR Racing 2002 Season
Aspyr Media has announced that NASCAR Racing 2002 Season is now shippping. The Mac conversion of NASCAR, completed by Westlake Interactive, features teams, drivers, sponsors, and every track in the of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series as well as driving lessons and track tours narrated by three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion, Darrell Waltrip. The $50 title only runs on Mac OS X. It requires a G4 processor running at 733MHz or faster.
Apps: Scheduler, VisualRoute, Little Snitch..
Little Snitch 1.0 is an application supervisor that watches all running applications and brings up an alert panel when an application tries to establish a network connection. You can either allow the connection, deny it or store a permanent rule for similar future-connections. The $25 application only runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [431KB]
Scheduler 3.3 adds an advanced Hot Key manager to the all-around scheduling utility for appointments, launching applications, documents and AppleScripts. It is also able to trigger the download of web pages and files in many browsers and can record and import sounds for playback. The $20 utility runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [1.7MB]
GoldfishSoft released version 1.1 of Xenophaquinox, its unusual puzzle/board game. This version includes several bug fixes, interface improvements, and speed improvements. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS 10.1.2 and up. [118KB]
Movie Archive 1.0b enables you to capture, compress, browse, and organize a multi-tape video library. The $40 application requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and a DV camera connected via FireWire. [340KB]
VisualRoute 7.0g offers popular Internet tools such as ping, whois, and traceroute in a single visually integrated package for Mac OS X. It automatically analyzes Internet connectivity and performance problems, displaying the results in an easy to understand table and on a world map. It now supports Ping Redirection (to start pings from any other point), Ping Grapher (real-time display of ping latency), advanced/simple GUIs, and an improved graphical database. The personal edition is $50, while the Server edition starts at $150 (10-users). [1.5MB]
Apple releases final version of iSync 1.0
Apple today released a final version of iSync 1.0, which works with the Mac OS X 10.2 Address Book and iCal to synchronize contacts and calendars between Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Palm OS devices, the iPod portable digital music player and other Macs using Apple's .Mac service. Users can now sync their "Jaguar" Address Book with the new .Mac Address Book. Version 1.0 also includes regularly-scheduled Mac-to-Mac synchronization, a menubar icon, faster Palm syncing, and other fixes.
World Book 2003 Jaguar Edition now available
World Book, Inc. has released World Book 2003 "Jaguar" Edition, a new version of its electronic encyclopedia with support for Rendezvous technology. It also adds support for more multimedia elements, free online updates, theme-based categorization and browsing, a report writing coach, a screen saver, and other enhancements. The $60 title ($68 online at the store) is available as a $40 upgrade to those with previously installed versions (including pre-installed versions).
Apple updates iCal 1.01 calendar app
Apple today released iCal 1.0.1, an update to its innovative calendar program that lets users manage multiple calendars and share them over the Internet. Version 1.01 provides a number of performance and stability enhancements, and improved support for importing vCal and Entourage information. The company said that since the introduction of iCal in September 2002, more than 1 million copies of iCal have been distributed and more than 200,000 calendars have been published online.
Mac OS X Forensics Paper posted
Roland Miller writes: "A detailed forensic analysis of a Mac OS X system using primarily open-source forensic utilities on a Mac OS X analysis system is now available as a Microsoft Word document. The paper clearly illustrates the potential of using Mac OS X for forensic analysis as well as some of the issues related to analyzing Mac OS X itself; in this case the Public Beta. The analysis is contained in Part I of the paper."
Apple suffers another .Mac service outage
Apple has posted a note about another .Mac service outage, which has been noted by many MacNN readers: "Access to the .Mac Web site (www.mac.com) is severly limited at this time due to an unexpected outage. Apple engineers have been working on the outage since 1:00 PM PST on 1/1/2003, and we will update this status notice as soon as possible."
Secure.CC updates OS X ecommerce apps
Secure.CC has released eShox 1.1 and mShox 1.1, new versions of its ecommerce packages for Mac OS X. Both include support for import and export of customer and product information in flat-file database format, allowing administrators to transfer data to other Mac OS X applications such as FileMaker Pro. The single-app commerce solution offers web administration, interface themes, tax/payment processing, and shipping features. The updates also include numerous bug fixes and are available free for current users. Both products are now shipping on CD for $400 each with a limited-time $100 discount offer.
Apps: music tools, Whamb, even-t, Atomic Mac
Bellas Music Studio today released Mac OS X versions of its music
tools software: EarTraining 1.5 ($50), GuitarPaper 1.0 ($50), Metronome 1.0, Maestro 1.0 ($100),
GuitarTuner 1.0 and StudioLog 1.0 ($20). Each title features an Aqua user interface and runs under Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.
Whamb 1.1 is $13 skinnable digital audio player for MP3 and OggVorbis files. The Mac OS X-only shareware adds rendezvous playlists/songs sharing and supports playback of Audio CDs with CDDB tracks names. [2.1MB]
Sapphire Innovations has released Andrew's Vector Plugins 8: Symbol Paint, a symbol hose plugin for Adobe Illustrator, offering support for spray paint, brush stroke, scatter symbols. The new symbol brush tool offers different options and paint styles, including custom-symbols. The $13 package works with Mac OS X and Illustrator 10. [97KB]
The Essential Wedding Planner CDROM features a "simple, easy-to-use interface that allows users to keep track of expenses -- including deposits, balances due and total expenses -- as well as dates, guests, vendors and seating charts." It also includes multimedia presentations from Colorado wedding vendors in 10 different categories. The $10 software is available online for both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X, while the CD-ROM is available for free at many outlets in the Denver Metro area.
even-t 1.1 is a calendar tool that can manage, view and organize calendar entries. The $50 application for Mac OS X can create events, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2 address book, can link events to specific files, browse entries in list mode, export calendars using XML, and has other features. [960KB]
Brickles3000 v2.02 is completely customizable, colorful, "soundful" version of the classic ball and paddle game. Brickles features adjustable colors and patterns, adjustable ball and paddle sizes, adjustable speed and window sizes. The $25 game title runs on Mac OS X. [573KB]
Black Cat Systems has released Atomic Mac 5.6.2, a periodic table of the elements and nuclear database for the Macintosh. The latest version adds gamma ray energies for radioactive elements, in addition to the already existing alpha and beta ray energies. The $25 shareware runs on both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X. [Classic, OSX]
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