Tango QuickStep facilitates variable publishing
Tango QuickStep Studio is web-based data-publishing software that sorts and organizes various forms of information, and now allows variable graphic and text elements to be dropped directly into QuarkXpress layouts without leaving QuarkXpress, thanks to a free XTension released today. The XTension works with QuarkXpress v8 and currently requires 32-bit mode (a 64-bit version will be released soon, according to Elixir Technologies, the developer).
XTension home automation
Sand Hill Engineering on Thursday unveiled XTension 6.0, a major update to its home automation software that adds support for a number of new hardware devices, as well as a new web-based interface. XTension now offers connectivity with multiple concurrent powerline and RF interfaces, supporting devices from Oregon Scientific, such as barbeque temperature monitors, atomic clocks, power monitoring, and more. Sand Hill Engineering is selling XTension 6.0 for $150, while a free "lite" version is also available.