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ePocrates Rx Pro for Mac to add bio alerts
ePocrates recently partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to communicate bio-terrorism alerts to users via its DocAlert messages. With the upcoming launch of ePocrates Rx Pro for Mac users in the coming weeks, users will be able to receive these alerts via AutoUpdate (when they HotSync while connected to the Internet).
Woz to deliver keynote at NC university
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will be speaking for the first time at at North Carolina State University on Saturday, April 26. The event will be hosted by PackMUG, the North Carolina State University Macintosh Users Group, and will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Jane S. McKimmon Center. The keynote is open to the public and various representatives from area colleges and universities will be present. Admission to the address is free for all attendees, with tickets Sponsored by Apple. Preceding the event will be a tour by Mr. Wozniak of the NCSU campus, and interactions with students researching emerging sectors of technology. PackMUG will also provide a live video stream of the event.
Apps: Web Help Desk, Macaroni, DBGateway ...
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 6.2.7, an update to its Web-based technical support solution. For education and enterprise customers, version 6.2.7 introduces customized priority and status types, due-hours calculation and scheduled tasks. The WebObjects-built application is utlizes a Java foundation to provide platform and database independence as well as scalability using built-in clustering support. Commercial licenses start at $600 and education licensing starts at $450.
Macaroni 1.3.4 is an update to the Mac OS X tool that handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X "repair privileges" process as well as Unix-style maintenance. Version 1.3.4 now repairs itself when necessary, to recover from file corruption and keep maintaining your Mac. [Download - 573KB]
DBGateway is a 4D plug-in that connects to any ADO-compliant RDBMS that is running on Windows NT/2000/XP, including MS SQL Server, Oracle 8i/9i, Sybase ASE, MS Access, etc. DBGateway proposes a set of 4D commands allowing your 4D appllications to execute queries on most of the RDBMS that run in the Windows world. [Download - Download form]
REAL Software announced today that VB Converter, a new utility that converts Visual Basic (VB) projects into REALbasic, will be included with the company’s upcoming release of REALbasic 5 for Windows, and in the next Macintosh release of the suite. REALbasic 5 for Windows will enable developers to create applications once and compile them for both Windows or Macintosh.
KB: Using a wireless phone as a modem
A new AppleCare document explains how to use a mobile telephone as a wireless modem. Owners of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile telephones can connect their Macintosh computers to the Internet using the phone as a modem.
Apps: SQLVue, EchoMac, Spacey, izi-Course...
LogicalVue Software today released SQLVue 1.0, an interactive SQL editor that makes it easy to view and develop REALbasic databases. Available in two Editions, a Starter Edition (free) and a Professional Edition ($30), it displays data in any table in a sortable grid, exports table data as HTML, displays all tables and columns in the database, processes any compatible SQL command, and can connect to multiple databases simultaneously. [Classic, OSX]
Dog Park has released version 1.0 of N9YTY's EchoMac client, which gives licensed amateur radio operators the ability to access the Echolink system. EchoMac allows any licensed amateur radio user using Mac OS X to connect and talk to another amateur radio operator on a remote system whether it is a repeater, link, conference room or another computer user. Using a server connection, users can talk to as many stations as that conference server supports. [124KB]
Spacey is a software utility that will work with iTunes and smart playlists to compile a top 5, 10 or 25 list and either email them, add them to iCal or send them to your iDisk. It can also send your compiled playlist(s) to an FTP site of your choice. [1.9MB]
izi-Course 1.4 is a FileMaker-based solution for companies arranging trainings and courses that helps with registering and grading students, managing actions, sending mail, billing and creating other reports. Version 1.4 adds the ability to sell products with course participation (books, course materials, etc.), print lists and reports based on study- and course data, support for different VAT tariffs, more billing options, and other improvements. Pricing starts at $175. [4.0MB]
Final Draft AV 2.0 is a full-featured script processor specifically designed for audio/visual scriptwriting. It combines powerful word processing with a variety of industry-standard formats, all in one self-contained, easy-to-use system that can line up multiple audio/video columns automatically and keep them aligned when text is added, edited or deleted. The $180 software runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Apps: Tex-Edit, WebCopier, MP3 Strip...
Kanex Group's MP3 Strip 1.5 is a freeware Control Strip Module that provides browsing and playback of MP3 files under Mac OS 8.8/9: "Just drag MP3 Strip onto the Control Strip, select a CD or a folder with an MP3 files and press the 'Play' button. Moreover, the tiny MP3 Player can be set up exactly the way a user wants to sort parameters, display song titles and assign keyboard shortcuts, plus many other settings." [110KB]
Apimac English-German Dictionary 3.1 is available in both English and German versions for Mac OS 8/9/X. The all-in-one dictionary and phrase book application corrects the Mini-Window behavior, improves the reliability, and has several other changes to the Standard dictionaries. It is a $25 shareware application and is a free upgrade. [Classic, OSX]
EVX_SHELL is a 4D plug-in that allows 4D running on Mac OS X to execute UNIX commands and scripts. EVX_SHELL provides 'root' level command execution and returns standard output data to a text or blob variable. Pricing is $70.
The Fontz 3.5 is a font utility that allows you to "browse installed and uninstalled fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a 'WYSIWIG' group editor." It now works with uninstalled fonts, has a new Quick Fontz browser window, and has other interface and performance improvements. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [1.0MB]
Tex-Edit Plus 4.5 is an update to the scriptable, styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare-bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. Version 4.5 features a new floating toolbar, improved menu layout (and other UI changes), smart hyphen conversion, better keyboard access to specific characters, and an expanded, searchable documentation. It is $15 shareware and runs on Mac OS X. [2.6MB]
Adobe touts PC speed, citing benchmark study
A MacNN reader notes that Abode's "PC Preferred" page touts the original Digital Video Editing benchmarks (which were subsequently updated in November): "While the computers used in this study are no longer the fastest in their respective classes, the information is still valid. The PC outperformed the similar Macintosh machine, at an impressive rate."
Ubi Soft ships Shadowbane MMO gaming title
Ubi Soft today announced that Shadowbane, its massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game for both PC and Macintosh, has shipped to retailers in North America: "Set in a dark fantasy world burning with strife and unrest, Shadowbane takes the MMO genre to new heights of possibility by offering gamers an unparalleled challenge. It combines immersive role-playing with deep strategic elements such as city management, army creation, siege warfare and economic development. Shadowbane is also the first MMO to offer a Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game." A limited edition of Shadowbane CDs ($40) are available with a code to unlock three restricted races in the final version of Shadowbane.
Font Agent Pro 1.2 adds Illustrator support
Insider Software today released FontAgent Pro 1.2, adding automatic activation of fonts in documents created in Adobe Illustrator to its abilities to auto-activate fonts in QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign. The update also offers enhanced database management, auto-activation of fonts in OS X documents, printing support for Classic applications, as well as the ability to differentiate between Mac and Windows True Type fonts with a .ttf extension. The update also includes new documentation. The $90 font management application runs on Mac OS X 10.2 only.
IOGEAR ships Combo ION external drive
IOGEAR today introduced its Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire Combo ION hard drive. It is available in six drive sizes ranging from 20GB to 120GB in both 2.5" and 3.5" external hard drive models. IOGEAR's Combo IONs are priced at $200 for 2.5" version equipped with a 20GB drive and $180 for the 3.5" model equipped with a 40GB drive (7,200 rpm mechanism). Both are available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets. It works with Mac OS 8/9/X and is also USB 1.1 backwards compatible. The Combo ION ships with a three-year limited warranty.
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