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17\" PowerBook shipment delays?
MacNN reader John Byrne reports that his early 17" Aluminum PowerBook order from the Apple Store shows a ship date of March 21, 2003, despite placing an eraly order: "I ordered my 17" PowerBook the minute you could order (I actually held on the phone for a few minutes while they waited to get the green light)." New orders from the online Apple Store are estimated to ship in 7-10 weeks. In his keynote, Steve Jobs noted that the first 17" PowerBooks would ship in February.
Meanwhile, MacNN readers report receiving shipment confirmation of 12" Aluminum PowerBook orders: "We got email confirmation today that our order for the PowerBook G4 12" models have shipped from Taiwan." (The first models were expected to ship within 2 weeks of the January 7th keynote.)
Phoenix browser for OS X released
Kevin Gerich has created a Mac OS X port of the experimental version of Phoenix for Mac OS X, a Gecko engine-based browser by Mozilla.org: "Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform." [9.8MB]
Apps: HELIOS TCP/IP driver, ToDo X, PhotoPage
HELIOS today released HELIOS TCP/IP-based printer driver for Mac OS X for its EtherShare 3.1 file and print server software. The driver is integrated within the Mac OS X Print Center, supporting SLP browsing for selecting printers via the TCP/SLP Chooser list or by IP name/address. It also automates PPD installation from the HELIOS print spooler, offers performance improvements over AppleTalk PAP, and supports remote secure printing. (It is already available for Mac OS 9 as part of EtherShare 3.1.)
Omicron Software has updated ToDo X v1.2, a simple, dedicated to-do list application written in native Cocoa for Mac OS X. Version 1.2 delivers a number of user interface refinements and user-requested features, including additional printing options and the ability to choose screen and printer fonts. [159KB]
Safari Icon Manager 0.61 can browse your Safari icon cache, and it can edit/empty it. The freeware runs on Mac OS X and can edit icons of web pages with an already existing icon: "I am looking into adding support for setting custom icons for sites that don't have an existing icon, but it is currently impossible for me to implement unless Apple tells me what the numbered folders and filenames inside the main icon cache folder mean." [58KB
PhotoPage 1.6a1 is a free application for Mac OS X that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web. It allows you to enter descriptions for each picture, creates the HTML, and also creates thumbnails. Version 1.6 adds the ability to add watermarks (e.g. copyright text) and can optionally choose whether clicking on the scaled image will download the original unmodified image. [1.9MB]
KB: multi-session CDs, Keynote, PMU reset
Apple KB roundup: Apple describes how to burn a multi-session CD under Mac OS X 10.2 and how to perform a Mac OS 9 Clean Install with 10.2 restore CDs. Apple also describes resetting the PMU (Power Management Unit) on an iBook and PowerBook; MP3Pro sounds files playback at the encoded resolution on an iPod; and Keynote may stop responding or unexpectedly quit during a slide show presentation or unexpectedly quit on launch if your computer doesn't have enough free disk space.
Update: Apple has also provided an iSync workaround for non-admin users to sync data using iSync 1.0, while another details AirPort Extreme compatibility with earlier AirPort and third-Party 802.11b wireless products.
Apps: SpamStopper, ZipCodes FM, TimeCache...
PandaWare's TimeCache 5.1 for Mac OS X and Classic, its $50 time and expense tracking application. Version 5.1 adds features for workgroups to track work on common projects and also improves its built-in report capabilities, adds workflow improvements and more user options, and fixes bugs. [Classic, OSX]
BrianDunning's has updated ZipCodes FM, his FileMaker Pro utility that performs proximity searches based on zip code latitude & longitude. It has been updated with the current 2003 U.S. zip code data. A Lite version ($40) has partial zip code information, full the full version ($130) includes the complete Zipwise 2003 zip code database.
SearchWare Solutions has posted a public preview of iHam on iRye 2.0pr, which allows users to control iTunes 3.0 from another computer on a WAN or LAN network. iHam on iRye lets users control just about every playback function iTunes provides from any other Mac OS-based computer on your network. It will expire after March 1, 2003. The server requires Mac OS X and the client will run on both Mac OS 9/X. [2.6MB]
Abracode's OnMyCommandCM 1.4 is a command line instruction executor: "UNIX command may take a clicked object path as a parameter so you may perform an action on file or folder. A command can be executed in Terminal.app or silently. But the best part is that you are building your own command, your own Contextual Menu Item. OMCEdit is a description editor is available as a separate application. Both freeware utils run on Mac OS X. [266KB]
Aspyr intros MoHAA Spearhead for the Mac
Aspyr today announced a Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead for the Mac: " Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin." The expansion pack combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers. It is expected to ship in May 2003 for $30 (and is available for pre-order now).
FCP Express reviewed by Seattle Times
The Seattle Times reviews Final Cut Pro Express, Apple's trimmed down version of its video editing software. "This is not a consumer product," said Susan Marshall, the Final Cut product-line manager. "It's very robust and includes everything that a small-business owner would need to put video on the Web. And it will help businesses to communicate more effectively and increase their sales through the use of video." The Express package includes a tutorial DVD to walk new users through the basic features, including some 70 keyboard shortcuts.
More than 1 million downloads of Safari
Apple today announced that more than 1 million copies of its new Safari web browser have been downloaded since the free public beta was posted on Apple's web site on January 7: "Safari is a home run, with over a million downloads in less than two weeks," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Mac users have discovered that Safari beta release is already the fastest browser on the Mac and possibly the best browser in the world."
Apps: CDFinder, tasks, GNUMail.app...
Norbert Doerner's CDFinder 4.01 is a $25 application to catalog your hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and other external/internal media. Version 4 features a new interface, custom fonts, improved column display, support for anti-alias text, and other features. It runs on Mac OS X 8/9/X, is available in several different languages (as well as a Windows version), and is a free update. [1.1MB]
Automated Solutions Group has released MenuPack 3.2, a plug-in for 4th Dimension that provides the ability to create and manage custom menus and popups, including complete hierarchical menu support. Developers can create enhanced menus and popups and provide complete integration with AreaList Pro. Pricing is $40 for a runtime license and $100 for a Developer license.
Version 1.0 of Alex King's tasks is a web-based hierarchical task manager/to-do list software. The donation-ware application runs on PHP and MySQL and was developed on Mac OS X for "anyone who is comfortable installing and configuring PHP & MySQL and wants to manage their tasks/projects from a central spot. Also, for someone who wants to view their tasks in an iCalendar enabled calendar." [252KB]
The freeware GNUMail.app 1.1pre1 is a complete and fast mail application for GNUstep and Mac OS X. It features a reworked preferences panel, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's new address book, has auto-completion support when composing new mails under OS X and GNUstep, adds DnD support for attachments, features better OS X integration (using sheets, spell checking, etc), and has better PGP support. [1.1MB]
El Gato Software's EyeTV 1.11 updater for its EyeTV digital video recorder restores full-screen playback under QuickTime 6.1, has greater flexibility when resizing a player window while the Editor is open, and fixes crashes when scrubbing the timeline in the Editor. [7.9MB]
Kairos 1.01 is a weather graphing and monitoring application for Mac OS X. It records the weather conditions for any location you specify and graphs the data and can monitor the temperature and send out warning emails if it detects the conditions are becoming icy. It offers 28-day histories, records temperature/dew point/pressure/wind speed, English or metric unit display, and email notification. Version 1.01 adds speech and fixes a problem with the preferences performing a location lookup when not needed. [323KB]
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