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Apps: iHPSync, FuzzMeasure, Font Pilot, App Wizard

01/08, 8:40pm

iHPSync, FuzzMeasure

    iHPSync 1.0 ($20) is an application for synchronizing the contents of iTunes with the iRiver iHP series of mp3 players. It is compatible with the iHP110, iHP120 and iHP140 devices and supports AIFF, WAV, M4A, OGG, and MP3 files with automatic conversion to the Ogg Vorbis format. It also copies iTunes playlists and converts them to a format compatible with the iRiver MP3 player. [site not responding]
    FuzzMeasure 1.1 ($50) is an update to the MLS measurement suite that can measure the dynamics of loudspeakers, listening room, or other environment; it is designed for both hobbyists and professionals to offer an instant look at the performance of virtually any setup. Registration unlocks copy/paste of the graphs and export of data output for for further analysis. [2.2MB]
    Airburst Extreme 1.1 ($30) is a free update to Freeverse's balloon bursting game. Airburst Extreme is a sequal to the first game, offering a new interactive story game, 10 different characters, 32 different game types, new power ups, OpenGL rendered graphics and a new soundtrack. Version 1.1 includes scores off specific bug fixes and perfomance tweaks. [29MB]
    Font Pilot 1.5 ($16) offers numerous new features and improved font handling. The font management system which allows you to install, view, analyze, deactivate and print virtually any fonts as well as displays the key combinations required to type special characters. Version 1.5 offers a fast font display option, adds the ability to preview/install fonts, search-as-you-type for quickly locating fonts, and more. [1.2MB]
    Application Wizard 1.4 ($15) lets you open, quit, show and hide single applications or groups of applications as well as open apps automatically at startup, force applications to open in Classic, force quit and relaunch, quit background-only applications, Finder/dock restart, and more. It adds better group management, support for opening folders, and other options. [1.6MB]
    ClickScroll 1.1 ($6) offers scrolling without scrollbars and scroll wheels. As soon as ClickScroll is activated, the user can scroll documents by moving the cursor. ClickScroll supports multi-button mice for a fast access, as well as single-button mice. The new version brings a smoother scrolling and now supports both horizontal and vertical scrolling. [315KB]

AquaMinds releases NoteTaker 1.9 with new features

01/08, 8:30pm

AquaMinds NoteTaker 1.9

AquaMinds has released NoteTaker 1.9, an update to its $70 productivity tool for working with unstructured, on-the-fly information. It can be used to organize, gather, share and publish personal notes, lists, information and project notebooks. It also features built-in web browsing. Version 1.9 offers enhanced voice memos with automatic bidirectional linking between recorded audio and text entries; spring-loaded tabs and drawer views for conveniently moving and dragging information to other pages; new 'Highlight & Summarize' features for creating personal search and index reports (dynamic hyperlinks); improved drag & support for reorganizing outlines; custom notebook covers, and more. NoteTaker also includes five free plug-in examples (demo Java applets) including Calc, DBquery, Sketchpad, Table and VisualMap.

Apple\'s Soundtrack no longer available for purchase

01/08, 6:10pm

Soundtrack EOL\'d

Apple has quietly removed all mention of its entry-level Soundtrack music composition software from the Apple Store, providing evidence that the company no longer has plans to sell the software in its current form and confirming a report by AppleInsider that Apple has notified resellers that the product has an "end-of-life" status and that the company would no longer honor backorders, would not accept any new orders, and would not provide automatic order conversion. The audio application was introduced at Macworld Expo in July of 2003, is no longer available for sale from Apple Store. Apple debuted the product at a price of $300, but later reduced it to $200.

Anti-spam utility adds anti-phishing detection

01/08, 2:50pm

Anti-phishing detection

Hendrickson Software Components (HSC) today announced that it has added the ability to track down 'phishers' to its software for spam source tracing and reporting. "Sp@mX will detect the embedded links in the body of the email message, trace the domain, and include the domain, along with the spammer's information in an abuse complaint to the spammer's ISP in addition to law enforcement...Sp@mX can effectively reduce spam in their e-mail Inbox and on their network." HSC says that users typically see their spam levels drop to near zero within four weeks. Sp@mX works by automatically tracing the source of spam and reporting offenders to their respective Internet Service Providers. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux in both client ($20) and server ($400) editions.

Briefly: Lawsuit interview, SoC for next Mac?, iTunes

01/08, 2:45pm

Apple lawsuit interview

In Brief: DrukenBlog has posted an interview with one of the defendents named in the Tiger illegal file sharing lawsuit, which Apple filed last December.....aRTiCA Semiconductor forthcoming System on Chip (SoC), which could provide the basis for the next generation Macintosh, incorporates native PCI Express and eliminates all legacy interfaces (including HyperTransport) as well as provides dual Front Side Busses (FSBs) for 2-way and 4-way (dual core PowerPC) processing....One reader notes that Google is indexing songs at the iTunes Music Store, presenting the direct iTunes link as the first search result in many searches....Despite suffering through an embarrassing computer crash that prompted jokes and guffaws, Bill Gates promised that Microsoft would help consumers stay plugged into technology, during a keynote speech Wednesday.

Mien releases MediaEdit Pro 2 for movie editing

01/08, 12:40pm

MediaEdit Pro 2 released

Mien Software today released MediaEdit Pro 2, an application for simple movie editing. It offers an easy-to-use Project Organizer with unlimited levels of undos, an action history, non-destructive editing to quickly revert any step, direct-video painting, all-in-one editor (edits image, video, and audio), many transitions/filters, and support for many formats. Other features include pan/zoom/rotate of both video and still images, export/import from a DV camera, QuickTime-enabled export, stop-motion capture, onion skinning, audio waveform editing, a 'clip shelf' and more. The full versionis $60, while upgrades are $30 for a limited time.

Klipsch debuts iFI 2.1 speaker sysetm for iPod

01/08, 12:40am

Klipsch iFI for iPod

 Klipsch today introduced its compact, high-performance speaker system designed exclusively for the iPod. Compatible with both the iPod and iPod mini, the "plug and play" Klipsch iF fits almost anywhere and in any type of environment. The 2.1 configuration offers two Klipsch Reference Series RSX-3 satellite speakers, a dedicated subwoofer, docking station and RF remote, which can send signals through walls and floors. The subwoofer has a built-in Class D amplifier that distributes 200 watts of peak system power to each channel and also features a slot port and line level input. Each RSX-3 satellite is a two-way, magnetically shielded speaker that employs a 3.5-inch aluminum woofer and a 0.75-inch titanium dome compression driver coupled to an exclusive round MicroTractrix Horn, which creates the company's dynamic signature sound. It will ship in March for $400.

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