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mindwrap integrates Sybase ASE with Optix 6
mindwrap this week announced the integration of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12.5 with Optix 6 for Mac OS X Server. Mindwrap's says that its existing native Mac OS X client works with the new server, allowing a 100% Apple system implementation at a workgroup, department, or enterprise level. Optix 6 is a platform for rapid development and deployment of all your document management and workflow applications. The off-the-shelf system captures, stores, creates, retrieves and controls information and documents from creation to archiving. Mindwrap says it expects availability in Q3 2003.
Apps: FoldersSynchronizer, MailTemplate...
FoldersSynchronizer 3.3.3 is an update to the $40 utility that can synchronize and backup files, folders and disks under Mac OS X. It adds support for Mac OS X bootable backups, support for exact sync/backup, Sessions Files for storing options, copying invisible files/folders, correct resolution of Aliases and Sym links, and other new features. [757KB]
VersaForward 3.0 is a $20 mail forwarding application that offers powerful customization options, including Advanced Text Reduction options to shorten email length; email filters based on email address, subject, and content; scheduling; flexible account management; and SSL, POP, IMAP and proy support. [2.2MB]
Gammonsoft has released Absolute Backgammon 2: "it has superb graphics and sound and a very attractive default board with the ability to use other newly created beautiful boards (themes/skins)." It also includes the ability to play the game using the speech recognition built into OS X, option to beaver, and instant feedback on move quality. The $25 shareware runs on Mac OS 9/X. [960KB]
MailTemplate 1.2 and EntourageTemplate 1.2 are Mac OS X applications for sending similar messages to different people. Version 1.2 adds a new EntourageTemplate application, a better UI for the TemplateEditor, a duplicate button in editor for easier template creation based on previous work, and other enhancements. [MT, ET]
Default Folder X 1.8b3, a beta of the system utility ($35) for enhancing Open/Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.8b3 adds the ability to click on the name of an existing file in Save As dialogs to name a new file as well as global hotkeys for Favorite folders, setting a single default folder for all applications, and improvements in performance. [3.0MB]
VirtualLab 3.6.2 is data recovery software that recovers deleted files, damaged or missing volumes and even formatted disks. It performs an exhaustive scan of the drive, allowing users to recover up to 1MB of data for free and displaying all the files it finds (prior to purchase). A new wizard help tailor the recovery process. It works with any media and is $100. [2.0MB]
Webalbum 1.2 is a freeware utility that allows users to publish photos on internet or CD without any knowledge of HTML: "Just drop a folder with pictures (filenames up to 28 characters, without special characters). WebAlbum supports JPG, TIFF, GIF und PICT. [185KB]
MaBaSoft has released Application Wizard 1.2 ($15), which lets you open, quit, show and hide single applications or groups of applications. It can also open applications automatically at startup, force applications to quit and relaunch them, quit background-only applications, start and stop Classic, quit, launch and relaunch the Finder and relaunch the Dock. [1.8MB]
Sony Clie PEG-UX50 and UX40 announced
Sony has unveiled two new Palm-based handhelds -- the PEG-UX50 and UX40. The models have a laptop-like design with a large swivel screen, digital camera and built-in keyboard. The PEG-UX50 has both integrated in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless, while the UX40 only includes Bluetooth. Sony is billing the new device as a "personal entertainment communicator."
Virtual TimeClock updated to version 4.6
Redcort Software today released Virtual TimeClock Pro 4.6. TimeClock is a cross-platform software replacement for traditional employee time clocks. Version 4.6 -- a maintenance update -- 4.6 delivers enhanced functionality and improved program reliability. Improvements were made to client registration, the help file, and timecard editing. New licenses are $180 with upgrades starting at $90. [Downlad - Classic, OS X]
Panic calls on pro users to test software
Panic is seeking beta testers from the Macintosh community for its latest software. Panic is the developer of Transmit, Audion, CandyBar and other popular Mac applications. The company is seeking "able-bodied, creative, and disturbingly-thorough" beta testers. Applications will likely only be accepted for a few days.
MCE ships iBooks with DVD-R/RW
MCE Technologies today began shipping Apple’s new 12” and 14” 900MHz iBooks with an internal DVD-R/RW drive as standard equipment instead of the normal CD-RW/DVD combo drive ($1300 and $1500, respectively). Each Apple iBook with the internal MCE DVD-R/RW drive includes DVD Authoring Software for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 for the creation of video DVDs, Toast Lite software for burning audio and data CDs, and the drive is compatible with iTunes and Finder Burning.
iTunes 'will become Net-songs king'
Apple's iTunes Music Store could capture 20 percent of the US paid-music download market, claims Needham's analyst Charles Wolf in a report this week. Wolf believes Apple could generate annual revenues of $600 million through its store, and that this figure could increase. He describes the Store as "providing an arguably superior customer experience." While the ITMS does not represent a major income opportunity, Wolf says iPod sales will benefit from Apple's music strategy.
"Pods Unite" available for online viewing
Apple has posted its "Pods Unite" commercial on its Web site for online viewing. Earlier this week, the commercial began airing on television stations. It showcases the company's partnership with Volkswagen to provide 2003 New Beetle sedan buyers with an iPod and connectivity kit.
Monkeybread announces new app, update
Monkeybread Software has released Combine PDFs 1.0, a simple utility for combining pictures and PDF files into one larger file. The developer has also released Network Screenshot 2.0, a utility for watching regularly-updated screenshots from another computer. Details of the update were not published. Both applications are freeware, but contributions are accepted through PayPal. [Downlad - NWS, CPDF]
Vicomsoft updates InterGate 8.5 for Mac OS X
Vicomsoft has updated its flagship software, InterGate 8.5 for Mac OS X, its application for e-security, network management and connectivity, InterGate provides firewall, content filtering and web caching. Version 8.5 offers multi-NAT support for multiple servers, a convenient firewall status, video conferencing support (H323 protocol), Rendezvous support, improved fallback/redundancy, better connection teaming for multiple modem / DSL lines, and other enhancements. A 5-user license is $100.
Trillium debuts TL MasterMeter for Pro Tools
Trillium Lane Labs today announced TL MasterMeter for the Digidesign Pro Tools platform, "the first" oversampling digital meter software for Pro Tools: "By harnessing the DSP power of Pro Tools, TL MasterMeter digitally models the same conversion process which occurs inside the digital to analog stage of a consumer CD player. It can identify potential intersample peaks and ensure that a final mix will not create undesirable digital clipping by producing peaks which exceed 0dB." TL MasterMeter features 2x, 4x and 8x oversampling DSP models and displays both regular and intersample peaks. It is due in August 2003 for Pro Tools 6.x Macintosh systems for $200.
Kano ships external 4x DVD+RW/R drive
Kano Technologies has introduced its K4Xtreme 4x DVD+RW/R drive, a storage solution that offers a 4x write speed for both DVD+RW and +R media. The drive can also write to and read CD media at speeds of 24x10x40x, and can read DVD-ROM at a speed of 8x. It is bundled with both Roxio Toast Lite for audio and video recording and playback and Dantz Retrospect for data backup. The K4Xtreme drive ships with cables for the external models, drive mount screws, and both DVD+R and DVD+RW media. The external FireWire/USB 2.0 model is $300.
EZQuest announces FireWire 800 PCI card
EZQuest has announced its FireWire 800 PCI card, which sports two FireWire 800 ports and allows Mac users to quickly. The card can achieve FireWire 800 data transfer rates of up to 75MB/sec, In addition to the two FireWire 800 ports, the PCI card includes one FireWire 400 port. The card requires Mac OS 10.2.4 or later (works as standard FireWire port under Mac OS 8/9) and is priced at $80.
Apple CFO Anderson joins eBay Board
eBay has announced the appointment of Apple's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Fred D. Anderson to its board of directors. Anderson's term on the board begins immediately. "Fred brings a wealth of talent and experience as a corporate executive and director to the eBay board. He will be a solid addition to an already stellar board of directors." Anderson is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Apple Computer, Inc., a position he has held since April 1996.
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