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Apps: XTension, DoThisNow, LazyMouse, DeskCover

updated 07:45 am EDT, Mon May 3, 2004

XTension, DoThisNow

  • ($50) updates Sand Hill Engineer's home automation software for Mac OS X. It now incorporates the ability to create Graphic Views with 'hot' icons on photo-real backgrounds, including support for "live" video and new labels/icon overlays that represent the objects in the video field view. A free lite version is available.

  • DoThisNow 1.1 ($20) adds several new actions, new graphics, and fixes to the scheduling application. It adds new Log Out, Shut Down, Restart and Sleep actions as well as new Set Desktop Picture action. Users can run an AppleScript, launch an application, delete the contents of a folder, speak a message, and perform repetitive tasks. [2.4MB]

  • LazyMouse 1.0 ($7) is a Preference Pane that moves the cursor to the default button whenever a dialog box appears on the screen: "In other words, it will save the user time moving the mouse to dismiss dialogs." The shareware requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [315KB]

  • DX Toolbox 1.7 ($20) updates the radio propagation / conditions analysis and forecasting tool. This version adds a propagation forecast map, which shows the estimated signal level for a given frequency from all parts of the world, for given solar conditions, and the time of day and day of year. [Classic, OSX]

  • DeskCover 1.0 (free) resolves "an unrecognized yet widespread aesthetic error in Mac OS X. On lightly colored or busy desktop pictures, icon names become nearly unreadable. DeskCover inserts a customizable translucent sheet between your icons and the desktop picture. This sheet automatically resizes itself upon launch to fit all desktop icons within the sheet." [120KB]

  • DesktopCollage 2.01 ($13) can easily arrange images, movies and animations ("stickers") on the desktop, offering complete control over the layering of the stickers and transparency support. Version 2 supports all QuickTime files, adds a floating semi-transparent audio controller, automatic scaling, better transparency options, and support for Fast User Switching and Exposť. [550KB]

by MacNN Staff



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