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Apps: Monobot Assistants, Platypus

updated 11:00 am EST, Tue February 28, 2006

Platypus, iStabilize

  • Sound Studio 3 Monobot Assistants (free) are automation assistants for Sound Studio 3, offering automation and new functionality designed to address specific types of users--such as podcasters or those who do complicated batch processing. Bookend Audio is an assistant for automating the addition of intro and outro audio to multiple sound files, while Clean-and-Convert provides an assistant to batch-process files to remove unwanted noise or frequencies. Mastering Console is a comprehensive tool for automating many different Sound Studio 3 abilities, including equalization, reverb, and band-pass filtering. [Download - 1MB, 1MB, and 853KB]

  • KidsFilterShare ($40, two-user license) allows users to share the Web filtering features of KidsGoGoGo over a Wireless or wired network. Content can be filtered for Macs, Windows systems, UNIX and Linux systems, as well as PSP and PDA units. Additionally, KidsFilterShare turn an AirPort card into a software base station to provide a low-cost, safe HotSpot service without an AirPort base station. [Download - 1.2MB]

  • ConceptDraw MindMap 4.2 ($200) is a free update to the brainstorming and mind-mapping software. Version 4.2 allows users to exchange map outlines with outliner application users, supports OPML--the native file format of outliners--, and adds the ability to set text wrapping. The update also allows users to rotate text box associated with a relationships connector, adds new shapes for children as well as school teachers, and fixes several minor problems present in the previous version. [Download - [form]]

  • Geekbench Preview 2 for Rosetta (free) will run natively on PowerPC-based Macs, but will run under Rosetta on Intel-based Macs, and should give an idea how efficient Rosetta is at translating PowerPC instructions. The application was developed in response to concerns about Rosetta performance, with several Mac users asking about measuring Rosetta performance. [Download - 76KB]

  • Platypus 3.3 (free) is a developer tool for creating MacOS X applications that execute bundle scripts. Platypus 3.3 supports shell scripts, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Expect, Tcl, and Applescript. The application can execute scripts with root privileges via Apple's Security Framework, and offers drag-and-drop support for files which are passed to the scripts as arguments. Platypus provides graphical feedback of script execution via a progress bar or text window with script output, and can create applications which run in the background. Version 3.3 is available as a Universal Binary, and generates applications that will run on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. [Download - 1.4MB]

  • iStabilize 2.2.0 ($60) is a standalone software video stabilizer for Mac OS, stabilizing movies by removing unwanted shaky motion and smoothing the image path. Version 2.2.0 offers native support for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, and provides improved support for multiple processors. The application can separately smooth motion with respect to translation, rotation, and scaling (zooming) in an image sequence. [Download - 3.2MB]




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