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Pro App Runtime 1.5.1
Apple has released Pro App Runtime 1.5.1, an update for Mac OS X 10.3 that improves performance of Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Cinema Tools, Compressor, and LiveType. The update offers interface ehancements, improved reliability, and is required to receive future updates. The update is available via Mac OS X's Software Update utility.
Raven Shield released
Aspyr has announced the release of a Mac version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, the much-anticipate third installment to the popular Rainbow Six series. "Command an elite, multinational squad of special operatives against a hidden terrorist foe." Raven Shield is powered by the Unreal 2003 graphics engine and features fifteen all-new single-player missions, and six dedicated multiplayer maps. Raven Shield is $50.
Tech: Anti-spam arrests
Evening tech news: Judges in Finland and Sweden have given Microsoft what it has twice been denied in the U.S.: preliminary injunctions barring Linux vendor Lindows.com from using the Lindows name; two North Carolina men face charges under new anti-spam legislation and up to 20 years in prison for allegedly operating one of the most prolific spamming operations in the world; Microsoft said on Friday that its latest version of Office software inadvertently contained a font featuring two swastikas, and said it would offer tools to remove and replace the offending characters from the program.
Production Pack 3.0
MetaCommunications today announced Production Pack 3.0, a major update to its software for Virtual Ticket. Version 3.0 adds support for Adobe InDesign and the Adobe Creative Suite on Mac OS X. Production Pack provides creative, publishing, and prepress staff the ability to access related production and digital asset information from within their production tool of choice. Virtual Ticket Production Pack 3.0 is expected to ship in early 2004.
The Sims Makin\' Magic
Aspyr today announced it would publish The Sims Makin' Magic expansion pack for the Macintosh: " Add a little magic to your Sims' lives. Cast spells, hypnotize friends, and even turn a neighbor into a frog. Perform magic, quest for ingredients, and unlock spell recipes. You can craft charms, animate minions, and add magical decor. But watch out, spells can go haywire if you're not careful. Either way, the neighborhood will never be the same." It features 175 new items and requires the full version of The Sims to play. It is available for pre-order for $30 and wis expected to ship in late January.
EasyFind, Installer VISE
The free find-file utility for Mac OS X, EasyFind 3.0, adds support for advanced search operators Users can use the high-end operators "near", "before", "after" and "xor" as well as parenthesis. It also offers more convenient access to the settings defining which files to scan when searching for file contents. [189KB]
SQLitePluginPro 1.0b4 for REALbasic offers both bug fixes and new
functionality as well as institutes a limitation of 10 rows per query for the unregistered version of the plugin. The update adds support for compressed fields, native BSD calls, and other features. It is avaialble for a special introductory price of $90. [1.4MB]
MindVision has released Installer VISE 8.3, an update to its versatile installer brings enhanced stability for installs on both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. Version 8.3 is a maintenance release that all current users are
encouraged to install. Pricing starts at $650 per year. [1.4MB]
Photologist 1.4 updates the $20 shareware application designed for image management, manipulation, and presentation solution. Version 1.4 brings panther compatibility, automatic version checking, improved file management, and other enhancements. [3.5MB]
Dracosoft has updated Christmas Avalanche 1.02 ($10), its addictive arcade/puzzle game: "As the Avalanche rapidly approaches, you must destroy it as quickly as possible. Use bombs and combine bonuses for increased enjoyment." It also updated Amazed 1.01 ($10), its fun filled maze game for Mac OS X with four different difficulty levels. [AMA, CAV]
The $16 shareware Password Retriever 4.5.8 is an update to the secure data storage tool (up to 448-bit) geared for web passwords, serial numbers and other sensitive information. It boasts a completely revised synchronization engine, as well as a robust new Find Services function. [1.1MB]
Cross Culture has released Mergemill 3.0.1, an update to the applicaiton that allows users to generate both index and detail web pages from a folder of content source files. Earlier versions create similar web pages with ease from databases and spreadsheets. The $80 software runs on Mac OS 9/X. [6.9MB]
Pop the Wheezil 1.01 is a new tetris-like shareware game by Ground Zero Software: "You must align different colored balloons in rows and columns as they float to the top. Your balloons will pop and disappear when four of the same color are together." [9.5MB]
Halo for Macintosh
MacSoft today announced that Halo for Macintosh began shipping to retailers on December 11 and is available today at some North American retailers. Halo for Macintosh is expected to be available in Europe later next week. The game features many enhancements over the critically acclaimed and best-selling Xbox version, including 16-person online multiplayer mayhem, better graphics, new vehicles, new weapon, new maps, customizable multiplayer games and the precision of playing with a mouse and keyboard. The $50 title requires a 800MHz G4 machine running Mac OS X 10.2.8.
Quickie Web Albums 4
LAJ Design today released Quickie Web Albums 4, a cross-platform application that creates custom Web Photo (and movie) albums. Version 4.0 offers a new slideshow option, a full redesign of application layout, a funciton to auto insert IPTC / EXIF information into the description, CSS style sheet support, and other options. The application will move your digital pictures to web photo albums and offers dozens of options to customize your albums, including the ability to use a custom templates and custom logos. A 45-day demo of the $23 application is available. [Classic, OSX]
X Overload 2.0 updated
X Overload 2.0 is an application with a collection of useful utilities that manages and maintains the Mac OS X and classic system folder. It can manage Contextual Menu Items, Fonts, Preference fi les, Preference Panes, Services, Screen Savers located in the library folders in Mac OS X as well as the counterparts in the Classic System folder. It can also delete unnecessary localization language files. Version 2.0 offers an updated description database, a new user interface, descriptions for more than 7500 items, and more. The $20 shareware offers 1-year of free upgrades.
TiCase15 II for 15\" AlPB
Dr. Bott has released the TiCase15 II for 15" Aluminum PowerBooks, offering protection for the laptop in an elegant, brushed aluminum briefcase. TiCase15 II includes matching cutouts to hold the power supply, power cable, and accessories as well as an iPod. The TiCase15 II is designed so that it can only be opened when it is right side up, while the detachable cover allows users to use the PowerBook while it is in the case using special "Lift-o-Matic" rear pads, which provide access to the rear ports while adding an ergonomic tilt to the keyboard. The total combined weight of TiCase15 II, PowerBook, power supply, and power cable is less than 12 lbs. It is available now for $430. Dr. Bott also makes TiCase12 for 12" PowerBooks ($400) as well as TiCase17 for 17" PowerBooks ($550).
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