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Apps: eScope 1.0, Morphon XML-Editor...
eScope 1.0 is a personal horoscope monitoring program for Mac OS X 10.2. It features a one-touch button for retrieving horoscope data from the internet, and the added ability to add each day's horoscope directly to iCal or have eScope eMail your daily horoscope automatically. [1.0MB]
Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b4 is a validating XML editor that lets you easily create and modify XML documents. It offers improved handling of misplaced text, faster loading times for plugins, and many bug fixes. Pricing for version 2.x of the Java-based application is $150.
DCIT announced it will unveil the latest version of its BusinessMind for Jewelers software suite at the JA International Jewelry. Version 3.0 offers improvements in installation and networking. BusinessMind for Jewelers, billed a as a scalable software solution for jewelers for deployment in large multi-location network environments or simple single station systems, is expected to ship in the first week of Febraury. It will be a free update to existing users who have an active support and upgrades subscription.
RedleX has released Mellel 1.4.2, a minor update to its advanced word-processor for Mac OS X. The update includes support for import of vector graphics and hi-resolution images (including PDF), support for export.import encodings for Greek, Cyrillic and Central European languages, enhanced default view options, support for Greek and Cyrillic scripts, and more. It is $20. [2.0MB]
Willow improves PowerBook, iBook slipcases
Willow Design has announced a new line of slipcases for the Titanium, 12" and 14" iBooks. The new slipcases are based on its previous line, but add more space for accessories: "To meet their needs, we've designed the new line to feature a slightly thicker front pocket for accessories and then added a flat rear pocket which can bellow out to add a couple of inches of space when needed." The slipcases also include an externally accessed keychain clip and a change or small accessory pocket in the lid. Pricing is $80 each. Slipcases for the new 12" and 17" Powerbooks are in production and should be available within the next couple of weeks.
c|net: Keynote causing problems for many
c|net reports on the slew of Keynote problems users experiencing with the recently released presentation application, noting problems on older systems, printing glitches with translucent objects, and much larger-than-expected PDF files when exported. (See also Apple's Support Forums on Keynote.)
Lexmark debuts X5150 AIO Print Center
Lexmark today introduced its Lexmark X5150 AIO Print Center, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet-based device. The X150 features high-end print, scan, PC-fax functions, and flatbed copy functions. It offers 4800x1200 dpi printing in black and color (on all paper types); 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color print speeds; up to 11 ppm color copying; 600x2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit true color/12-bit grayscale for flatbed scanning; and a software bundle with photo editing software, BVRP Fax Software, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. It is available for $150 and supports Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS 10.1.5.
KaleidaGraph 3.6 available for Mac OS X
Synergy Software is now shipping KaleidaGraph 3.6 for Macintosh, which brings Mac OS X support. The suite also adds new parametric tests (ANOVA, Student T-test), new nonparametric tests (Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, Matched Pairs Test, etc.), and Post Hoc Tests (Tukey HSD, Bonferroni, Holm, and Dunnet). Other improvements include scroll-wheel support,support for high resolution PICT and TIFF files, improved text import, and an improved documentation and help system. Upgrades are $50, while the full version is $160 for a single-user license and $730 for a 5-user license.
Reader receives 12\" PowerBook from Apple
A MacNN reader reports receipt of his 12" PowerBook G4: "Just unpacked my cool new 12" Tin G4. My LA dealer got directly from Apple. No Tech-Data, No Ingram yet. Basic unit 256/40G with NO extreme airport card. Not yet avail. Very pretty black box!! Comes with 10.2.3 Build 6H28 and Quickbooks 5 New User Ed CD (not Quicken) Netscape and Explorer installed but no Safari." Meanwhile, MacNN reader John Byrne has posted photos of the new PowerBook. Another reader provided some more info on the new PowerBook: [updated]
Sources confirm iLife suite delay
MacNN sources have confirmed the iLife delay reported yesterday. Apple resellers report that the digital hub suite has been put on "indefinite hold," and have been told to notify pre-order customers. However, it is still unknown whether iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 will be released for download via the Internet as previously announced. (Apple's iLife Website still indicates a January 25th ship date, although orders from the Apple store are delayed by 5 days or more with some now indicating "on or before February 5, 2003".) Update: Sources indicate the iLife suite (and the iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 downloads) will not be available until January 31st. (Apple did not return phone calls confirming the delay or new ship date, but recently updated its iLife Website with "available soon.")
New Screen Protectors for Aluminum PowerBooks
JR Hill & Co has announced its new Screen Protectors for the new 12" and 17" Aluminum PowerBook G4s, which are available in both full grain leather or durable vinyl. The Screen Protector for the new 17" PowerBook G4 retails for $18 (leather) and $10 (vinyl), while the counterparts for the 12" PowerBook are $13 (leather) and $7 (vinyl). The Screen Protectors ship with a Lifetime Warranty and are available now.
Apps: Xbench, DigiLife Reports, iLink..,
The Iconfactory has released iPulse 1.02, an compact system monitoring tool. Version 1.0.2 is a free upgrade for registered users, fixes several bugs and
adds support for multiple languages. The $10 shareware for Mac OS X displays CPU Activity (single & dual), system load over time, network activity (packets in & out), memory activity and usage, disk usage, and the current time and date. [1.8MB]
SafarIcon 1.1.1 allows you to change Safari's user interface by installing icons as well as other application resources such as nib files and localization files. It is bundled with a set of high-quality icon themes (with others available online). SafarIcon copies all graphical elements of Safari's user interface from its own themes into the Resources folder of Safari.app and replaces the originals. It also gives you the option to install Aqua Pinstripe or Brush Metal appearances of both the browser and download windows. [956KB]
The YostWorks Dock Dispatcher 1.0 application creates and maintains a Dispatcher folder in the Dock, a hot button to a hierarchical menu with your apps and utilities categorized for easy access. The $8 shareware is available for Mac OS X 10.2 only.
Xbench 1.0b7 is a freeware benchmarking utility for Mac OS X. Version 1.0b7 offers drive and video card reporting, improved L2/L3 cache reporting for upgrade cards, added cache speed reporting, and other enhancements. [244KB]
Scruffy Software's DigiLife Reports 1.4 ($20) is a suite of applications for transforming information from Address Book and iTunes into elegant printable reports. Address Book Reports generates reports (based on all entries, a specific group, or person/company) in multiple styles (i.e. Card and Phonebook) and can also address envelopes. iTunes Reports can generate reports in multiple styles based on a playlist or your entire library. Options for grouping and sorting are also available. [5.8MB]
Angelo Scicolone has posted the second beta version of iLink 0.7, the "browser-integration-oriented" bookmark manager for Mac OS X. This update improves global usability of the applications and adds the ability to choose a unique default browser for each bookmark as well as full Safari and scroll wheel support. [1.3MB]
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