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Apple posts WebObjects 5.2.1
Apple has released WebObjects 5.2.1, an update to its Web development software that resolves incompatibilities between it and the new Java 1.4.1 implementation for Mac OS X. The update also includes "general bug fixes."
Apple launches new student Web site
Apple's Education group headed by John Couch has launched a new Student Web site, aimed at promoting Macs and Apple technology for the 2003 back-to-school season. Interestingly, it is one of the few Apple Web sites to use Flash technology.
O\'Reilly publishes \"Mac OS X Hacks\"
O'Reilly has released "Mac OS X Hacks" ($25), by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway. The book examines a number of modifications and optimizatiosn to improve Mac OS X's functionality. "In some ways, the Macintosh computer is like a half-grown tiger cub," the publisher says, "Its cute appearance and playful manner belie its underlying power. Mac OS X, for example, combines the user-friendly, highly customizable interface for which Macs are known with the solid
Tech: SONICblue falters; worm; Dell printers
SONICblue announced today that it and three of its subsidiaries will file for bankruptcy; a new e-mail worm has surfaced that purports to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a computer security company warned yesterday; Dell will announce its computer printer plans next week, a company spokeswoman said today.
Apps: URL Manager Pro, Issa, MySQL..
Alco Blom's URL Manager Pro 3.0.5 adds a global bookmarks menu in the upper right corner of the menu bar in any application and the Finder on Mac OS X, while URL Manager Pro is running and a bookmark file is open. The $25 universal bookmark manager for Mac OS 9/X also offers support for Linux bookmark files, reading bookmark files in the XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL). [2.7MB]
Issa 1.1 is new version of the $10 virtual fridge poetry set by Stick Software: "[it] gives you a bunch of word tiles and lets you assemble poetry using them. With the ability to configure everything from Issa's vocabulary to the font, size and color of your poems, plus facilities for sharing your poems with other users and posting them to the web." Version 1.1 of Issa fixes several bugs in the previous version and adds Spanish localization. [904KB]
Stick Software has also updated its full-featured screen snapshot utility, Constrictor 2.3: "It lets you position a frame and then snap the area inside, applying border effects and saving in a variety of formats. It's even scriptable." Version 2.3 of the $10 shareware fixes several bugs and adds a new icon. [396KB]
MySQL 4.012 earlier this week was been declared stable for production use; with the v4.0 release, the company has released official Mac OS X binaries of the new database server software. Version 4.0 brings speed enhancements via query caching, native support for InnoDB storage engine, full-text indexing, new Truncate/Identity/Union statement support, and on-the-fly switching of parameters. [STND, MAX, Debug]
WWDC 2003 delayed to showcase \'Panther\'
Apple today rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference in order to provide developers "with a more complete preview release of the next version of Mac OS X, code-named 'Panther.'" Originally scheduled for May 19-23 in San Jose, the WWDC 2003 developer conference will now be held June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. "Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands." The Early Bird registration discount scheduled to end on April 18th has been extended to May 23, 2003. Update: Apple today posted detailes for more than 140 of the approximately 170 sessions planned, categorized into seven tracks-Enterprise IT, QuickTime, Apple Developer Tools, Application Frameworks, Core OS, Graphics and Imaging, and Hardware.
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