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Apps: Descender, BetterHandles, Disco

updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon December 4, 2006

Descender, BetterHandles

  • Chat Transcript Manager 1.1.1 ($20) enables users to scan thousands of saved chat conversations, view images inline, search based on multiple criteria, and display custom chat views. The update fixes an issue that prevented the software from working on Mac OS X 10.3.9, enhances several localizations, and includes numerous minor fixes. [Download - 2MB]

  • Descender 1.6 ($12) marks the latest revision of the Tetris-style arcade game with animated pieces, 2-player support, and a global online high score system with a Game Boy-inspired 'surf-rock' soundtrack. The update adds a 'recent online high scores' screen, a new background for level 30 and above higher key sensitivity settings, and fixes a minor graphical glitch. [Download - 8.3MB]

  • MovieChapterizer 1.2 ($15) enables users to add chapters to videos as well as sound files that are playable in QuickTime Player. Version 1.2 increases the number of chapters users can add to a video or sound file to 50, adds support for the WAV file format, includes a volume control slider, and increases the area of the 'splitview' occupied by the movie to better suit large screen displays. [Download - 2.4MB]

  • BetterHandles 1.0 ($30) is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that combines a tool and palette to ease the process of working Bezier curve handles. The plug-in supports selection of multiple handles to collectively move, extend, rotate, and retract. Handles are extendable and retractable without changing angles, and edit points numerically convert multiple points from corner to smooth or vice versa. [Download - 1.1MB]

  • Disco Public Beta 3 ($15) is another disc burning utility that claims to accomplish real burning tasks with minimal effort. The software features Disc spanning, full multi session support, audio burning, disc erasing, multi-file system support, one-to-one copies, VIDEO_TS burning, motion sensor support, and many disc imaging options. The update allows users to manage the index library and index existing disks, offering more than 30 new features and bug fixes. [Download - 900KB]

  • iWisdom 1.20 (freeware) is a Java-based program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights including author, source, year of publication, title, and category. The latest revision adds the ability to generate RSS feeds, as well as a new Collection Tab to store information about a broad wisdom collection. [Download - 3.1MB]

by MacNN Staff



  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's OK, but no better... with Quinn ( Mac users have a world-class Tetris style game that is every bit as good (and I say far superior) to this, and for a much better price. Free. I've played Quinn for several years now, and in fact it was named among the top ten games of 2006 by Macworld magazine today! I'm not hesitant to add that MacNN has far better web site content than Macworld however... just pointing out an article from this morning on the competition's site.

    With superior, and free alternatives I'm not laying down a dime for a Tetris-style game like Descender without a heck of a lot of added value, whch it lacks. "Cool surfing soundtrack" doesn't cut it for me as a feature worth boasting about. Quinn, on the other hand is now a networkable multi-player game with world stats automatically uploaded to the web site. And it's still free...

    And no, I have NO affiliation with Quinn or its makers so don't bother. I'm just a fan of a great game.


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