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Forums: Camino, Mail.app, G4 iBooks, Adobe CS
Forums Roundup: Readers are discussing the new Adobe Creative Suite and the changes in the new version (which yesterday we noted had some problems with some Macs); availability and receipt of new G4 iBooks; details on how to encrypt and digitally sign Mac OS X 10.3 mail using secure certificates and Mail.app; reverse migrations from Apple to Dell; the top 5 shareware/freeware applications for Mac OS X; delays in the delivery of Panther in the UK; PowerBook G4 shipment delays of nearly 2 months on Apple Store orders (may be to due to white spots issues on PBG4 LCDs); problems with Junk Mail filtering in Panther's Mail.app; Camino's future as well as both unofficial and official weekly builds; and a Panther bug list.
MacMedia releases PhoneAgent 1.1 for Mac OS X
MacMedia has released PhoneAgent 1.12 for Mac OS X, an application for managing Sony Ericsson T610, T616, Z600 mobile phones. It offers functions for phonebook, SMS, MMS, Wap bookmarks, and media exchange (photos, sounds, games, themes). Version 1.1 supports downloading pictures, sounds and themes from the phone, simple picture editor for theme elements, an incoming call alert on the computer screen, dragging Wap bookmarks from/to Safari, and the ability to export/import phonebook pictures in vCards. It is $30 shareware and requires Mac OS X 10.2.6, QuickTime 6.4, and Bluetooth connectivity.
EZQuest, FireWireDirect post fimware updates
Both EZQuest and FireWireDirect have posted new FireWire 800 firmware updates to address the FireWire 800 data loss issue under Panther noted by Apple earlier this week. (Yesterday, La Cie, WeibeTech, and OWC also posted firmware updates to address the critical data loss issue.)
Apple: Jaguar to get recent security fixes
Apple yesterday confirmed that it plans to issue an update to older versions of Mac OS X to fix security flaws that were patched as part of the new Panther OS, according to CNET News.com: "Apple's policy is to quickly address significant vulnerabilities in past releases of Mac OS X wherever feasible. The shipment of Panther does not change this policy. Apple has an excellent track record of working with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and the open-source community to proactively identify and correct potential vulnerabilities."
MimMac offers system migration, backups
Ascendant Softworks has released MimMac 1.0, an easy-to-use data backup utility that is "designed to aid with moving your critical data between systems, and merging your old data with fresh system installs. It can also be used for simple backups, selective incremental backups, and full system clones. A fully-functional twenty day trial is included, and is $10 for a single machine license. MimMac requires OS 10.2 or higher (compatible with 10.3)."
Apple Store coming to Skokie, IL on Nov. 7
Apple will open a new Apple Store Old Orchard in Skokie, IL on Friday, November 7th at 6 pm. Meanwhie, Apple is expected to hold the grand opening of two new retail stores today at 10 a.m. local time: Corte Madera (CA) and Sagemore (Marleton, NJ). A MacNN reader writes: "I just walked by the new Apple Store in Corte Madera, CA (which is opening tomorrow morning) and snapped a few shots. Nice store (aren't they all?). Here are some photos I took of the preparation for tomorrow's opening, including heavy security."
Marketcircle releases DayLight 1.5 CRM app
Marketcircle has released DayLite 1.5, an update to its powerful and reliable customer relations application that allows you to synchronize your sales efforts. The free update offers a streamlined interface, full Palm support, XML-based import of lead information, workflow activity sets, import of QuickBooks contacts, Panther compatibility, and other features. The application also offers contact and sales management features, such as a built-in SQL database, project activity management, revenue forecasting, scheduling, contact sharing, synchronization with Mac OS X's AddressBook, and user-defined data forms and extra fields. It is available for $150 per seat.
NI releases Traktor DJ Studio 2.5 update
Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ Studio 2.5, an update to its $200 professional DJ mixing software, according to MacNN reader George Qualley. Version 2.5 features high-end time stretching and pitch shifting for independent control over a track's pitch and tempo as well as offers an additional waveform display, OSC and MIDI clock synchronization, compatibility with Final Scratch databases, new record cases, seamless looping, extended ID 3 tags, and a reworked auto-gain function. It will be available in stores on November 10th, while the online update is available now for $50.
WPA-enabled AirPort Extreme has limitations
Apple's AirPort Extreme Firmware Update 5.2, released as part of its AirPort 3.2 software update earlier this week, also provides support for the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) specification, which greatly increases the over-the-air data protection and access control on a wireless network using strong new encryption algorithm as well as improved user authentication, enhanced security for handling unsolicited Internet traffic (denial-of-service attacks), new protection mechanisms to help prevent loss of Internet connectivity, and additional improvements in USB printing performance." However, readers note that WPA requires an AirPort Extreme base station and AirPort Extreme clients running Mac OS X 10.3: "Use of WPA reduces the maximum number of network users. Computers with wireless cards that only support WEP (including AirPort) cannot join an AirPort network that has WPA enabled."
Apps: Flash AV Players, Watson, SSH Helper...
Eudora 6.01 updates the popular email utility with a few Panther-specific bug-fixes as well as many other issues with IMAP accounts, printing, long filenames, etc. Qualcomm's email utility is available in Lite, Sponsored, and Paid ($50) modes. [Classic, OSX]
PreDView 1.0 allows you to preview the video and audio sources available to your computer: "[It[ is designed to allow you to preview these streams in the easiest and most natural way possible." The freeware supports floating and regular windows, transparency, and many other features. [133KB]
Flash AV Players 2.4 updates the Flash application that broadcasts MP3, SWF (Audio and Video) and JPEG files by loading playlists in XML format. It offers a MP3 and database ready feature as well as a new playlist search engine,
navigation and sound controls, etc. Licensing is €30 per site. [406KB]
The freeware programs AWS Guitar Tuner 1.3 (plays notes in standard and alternative tunings) and Indie Toolbar 2 (customizable standalone Internet toolbar) updates address compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. AWS Guitar Tuner also is now available for Mac OS 9. [Classic, IT-OSX]
Gideon Softworks has released SSH Helper 1.1, a free OpenSSH configuration utility for Mac OS X that offers control over access your account, the ability to generate new OpenSSH keys, view/export your Public Keys, and setup/control over the OpenSSH Server. It offers Panther compatibility. [3.7MB]
Dog Park Software's MacLoggerDX 3.5 logs into your favorite Telnet or TNC DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the DX station on the Grey line Map with distance and
bearing from your station. The $95 application runs on Mac OS 9/X. [8.5MB]
iOrganize 5.2 updates Bruno Blondeau's $20 organization tool for Mac OS X that can quickly and easily store info and offers special features for advanced users.
This new version is optimized for Panther, supports clickable URLs and email addresses, improves the dock menu behavior and adds a "clear formatting" command. [1.4MB]
Dan Wood has posted Watson 1.7.5, a bug-fix update to his $30 desktop interface to various web tools: "a time-saving 'Swiss Army Knife' program that packs over 20 time-saving, productivity-enhancing interfaces to the most important web content and services." [1.8MB]
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