November 2001 Archived News

AppleWorks 6.2.2 (Posted 11/30/2001 at 5:54 PM)
An update for AppleWorks 6.2.2 is now available for users running it under Mac OS X 10.1.

Brushfire 1.04 (Posted 11/30/2001 at 2:34 PM)
Brushfire is a script analysis utility for intermediate and advanced FileMaker Pro users.

DVD Player for Mac OS X (Posted 11/29/2001 at 4:08 PM)
Apple has released a DVD Player update for Mac OS X which the following description: "DVD Player update delivers improved performance and stability, as well as support for Blue and White Power Mac G3 and Power Mac G4 systems with PCI-based graphics."

Epson C60 and C80 Reviews (Posted 11/29/2001 at 4:05 PM)
Maccentral has reviews of the new Epson C60 and C80 printers.

Turbo Tax for Mac 2001 (Posted 11/29/2001 at 9:33 AM)
Intuit has released Turbo Tax for Mac 2001 (formerly Macintax) which is now available for preorder.

Novell Netware 5.1 (Posted 11/29/2001 at 9:14 AM)
Novell has released Netware 5.1 for both Mac OS and UNIX which gives access to storage on Novell NetWare" servers without any Novell software on their workstations.

iBuild 1.1 (Posted 11/29/2001 at 8:57 AM)
iBuild is an easy-to-use multimedia authoring and presentation tool for the Apple Macintosh. Version 1.1 is now a carbonized application so it will run on both Mac OS and Mac OS X.

PasswordWallet 2.7 (Posted 11/29/2001 at 8:53 AM)
Selznick Scientific Software announced an update for PasswordWallet(tm) for MacOS to version 2.7 and Conduit 1.1. The update includes better syncing with the PalmOS version.

QuickTime Popularity Soaring (Posted 11/28/2001 at 3:22 PM)
According to a MacCentral article, QuickTime's popularity is soaring and "More than 300,000 people download QuickTime 5 to their Macs and PCs every day," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Say What 1.1 (Posted 11/28/2001 at 11:05 AM)
We have released an update to our Say What application which allows you to remotely launch applications, applescripts, documents and now compiled applescripts with parameters.

Office v.X Problems (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:43 AM)
Macintouch has a letter from the Macintosh Business Unit of Microsoft offering tips for some of the problems experience by users of Office v.X.

iPoding (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:35 AM)
iPoding is a new site devoted to the iPod.

Webkool (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:32 AM)
Webkool is an open-source application server written in Key and based on XHTML and SQL.

Drop*Rename (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:29 AM)
Drop Rename performs many different types of renaming operations on files and folders.

EightyRez (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:22 AM)
EightyRez is an application for creating AppleScript dictionaries, specifically the 'aete' and 'aeut' resources.

CNET review of the iPod (Posted 11/28/2001 at 9:14 AM)
In their review of the iPod, CNET calls it "the best MP3 player we'd ever seen" and says that it "beats the pants off of anything else out there".

Apple joins critics of Microsoft deal (Posted 11/27/2001 at 11:47 PM)
Apple has joined the critics of Microsoft's offer to give 1 million copies of windows to schools as part of a proposed settlement as it would help them make inroads into schools. (Posted 11/27/2001 at 2:40 PM) has a large list of AppleScript links for those who want a good resource.

Lasso/Flash Whitepaper released (Posted 11/27/2001 at 11:47 AM)
iSolutions released a detailed whitepaper on integrating data from FileMaker databases with dynamic Flash Web animations.

Mac OS X Solutions Guidebook (Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:48 AM)
As noted on, The Mac OS X Solutions Guidebook is a 60 page PDF full of information on Mac OS X.

Typeator 1.2 (Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:44 AM)
Typeator 1.2 is an AppleScript for changing type and creator codes.

Transmit 1.7b2 (Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:38 AM)
Panic has released and update to their ftp program Transmit for Mac OS X which brings it to version 1.7b2.

Skeleton Key 1.0 (Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:36 AM)
Skeleton Key allows you to lock/unlock a group of files. Very handy for those who have used Norton Antivirus for Mac OS X and ended up with thousands of locked files.

(Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:14 AM)
Selznick Scientific Software announced an update to its SmartWrap software for Macintosh to version 2.1.

Sustainable Softworks - Continued Care (Posted 11/27/2001 at 10:13 AM)
Sustainable Softworks has started a "Continued Care" program which will give you Priority Support. A Continued Care ID number automatically puts you at the top of the support queue as well as other benefits.

Mathematica for Mac OS X (Posted 11/26/2001 at 8:45 PM)
Mathematica is now available for Mac OS X and offers a significant speed improvement due to the UNIX foundation of Mac OS X.

ASM 2.0.2 (Posted 11/26/2001 at 6:18 PM)
ASM adds the application menu (and much more) back to Mac OS X 10.1 for those who cannot live without it.

Office v.X (Posted 11/26/2001 at 5:18 PM)
As others have noted, we received our Microsoft Office v.X upgrade CD today and the product key did not work. Upon calling, we were directed to tech support at (800)936-5700 where, after a 3-4 minute wait, we were promptly given a new code.

Drop Drawers 1.5.8 (Posted 11/26/2001 at 11:39 AM)
Drop Drawers 1.5.8 has been released for Mac OS 7, 8, 9 and X and includes fixes for all known outstanding issues with OS X 10.1.

REALbasic Classes (Posted 11/26/2001 at 10:25 AM)
For those REALbasic programmers out there, you can find a bunch of REALbasic classes here.

Norton Antivirus 8.0 Beta (Posted 11/22/2001 at 8:49 AM)
Norton has released Antivirus version 8.0 Beta for OS X but the version seems to suffer from the same problem of locking 1,000's of files in Mac OS X as the 7.0 version did. So we recommed that you use it wtih caution.

iPod for Windows (Posted 11/22/2001 at 8:42 AM)
An article regarding the iPod and how once again it was "Steve Jobs's Apple that made the Windows world gasp--and then scramble to catch up".

Happy Thanksgiving (Posted 11/21/2001 at 5:47 PM)
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

ViaVoice for Mac OS X (Posted 11/21/2001 at 5:27 PM)
Apple has a page describing the newly released IBM ViaVoice for Mac OS X.

Mac OS X Server 10.1.1 (Posted 11/21/2001 at 10:13 AM)
Apple has released a Mac OS X Server 10.1.1 update.

Real Player for Mac OS X? (Posted 11/21/2001 at 9:41 AM)
According to a Maccentral article, RealNetworks has announced that they will have support for the Mac in the first half of next year, though their web site seems to say they are evaluating support.

Time Palette 5.0 (Posted 11/20/2001 at 1:50 PM)
Time Palette displays local time for any city, renders maps and much more. It will run on Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X and version 2.1 is available for older 68K systems.

Simply Powerful Web Serving (Posted 11/20/2001 at 9:18 AM)
Apple is holding some free "Simply Powerful Web Serving" seminars. article on Office v.X (Posted 11/19/2001 at 9:34 PM) has an article on the release of Office v.X for the Mac and the relationship between Microsoft and Apple.

Entourage Hotmail Fix (Posted 11/19/2001 at 3:59 PM)
Microsoft has released a patch to Entourage that will allow users of the 2001 version to connect to hotmail servers again.

SockhoEasyfind 1.3 (Posted 11/19/2001 at 3:51 PM)
SockhoEasyFind is a Mac OS X application that allows you to select some text and then search 6 popular search engines in the language you prefer.

Office v.X Special Upgrade Offer (Posted 11/19/2001 at 3:48 PM)
Microsoft is offering a special upgrade offer of $149 for registered users through January 18, 2002.

PocketMac (Posted 11/17/2001 at 3:11 PM)
PocketMac will let you Sync a Pocket PC device with a Mac running either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. It comes in both a regular and professional version.

Star Wars Episode II trailer (Posted 11/16/2001 at 10:37 AM)
Apple and Lucasfilm have posted a new trailer for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

Mac OS X 10.1.1 Update Details (Posted 11/16/2001 at 9:05 AM)
Apple has a Knowledge Base article which details what updates were included in the Mac OS X 10.1.1 release.

ViaVoice for Mac OS X (Posted 11/16/2001 at 9:02 AM)
IBM has released a version of ViaVoice which will run natively on Mac OS X.

Harry Potter coming to the Mac (Posted 11/16/2001 at 9:01 AM)
Aspyr will be releasing a Harry Potter game for the Mac that should debute around MacWorld San Francisco.

iTunes 2.02 (Posted 11/16/2001 at 8:58 AM)
Apple has released an updater for iTunes, this will bring the version to 2.02.

Learning the UNIX Operating System (Posted 11/15/2001 at 8:58 AM)
As noted on, Learning the UNIX Operating System is a great UNIX primer from O'Reilly.

Now Up-to-Date and Contact (Posted 11/14/2001 at 12:03 PM)
Power On Software has release Now Up-to-Date and Contact version 4.1. This version includes full support for Mac OS X.

Mac OS X 10.1.1 (Posted 11/13/2001 at 4:42 PM)
Mac OS X 10.1.1 has been released and delivers improvements for many USB and FireWire devices, including support for additional digital cameras and overall improvements to CD and DVD burning. Enhancements have been made to AFP, SMB, and WebDAV networking, as well as improved support for printing. the upate is available via Software Update.

Airport 2.0 (Posted 11/13/2001 at 8:45 AM)
Apple has released Airport 2.0 which includes up to 50 users, a built in Fireware and 2 Ethernet ports so you can isolate your network.

A Better Finder Rename version 4.2 (Posted 11/13/2001 at 8:37 AM)
Version 4.2 of a A Better Finder Rename Macintosh Finder enhancement has been released.

Stuffit Deluxe 6.5.1 Update (Posted 11/12/2001 at 3:35 PM)
An update to Stuffit Deluxe is now available and brings it to version 6.5.1. This update include Magic Menu support for Mac OS X, support to expand and install Palm files automatically and more.

USB Storage (Posted 11/12/2001 at 1:50 PM)
Sony is releasing a USB based storage device the size of a key. It will come in 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB.

Dave 3.1 (Posted 11/12/2001 at 11:33 AM)
Dave 3.1 has been released and includes full support for Mac OS 8.6-9.x and Mac OS X 10.1.

Episode II Trailer - "Mystery" (Posted 11/12/2001 at 9:32 AM)
Though we have yet to verify this, we have only been able to view the new Star Wars trailer while running in Mac OS 9. In Mac OS X 10.1 we get an error page.

iPod reviews on (Posted 11/12/2001 at 8:59 AM) has a full review of the iPod today.

Hands on with Office v.X (Posted 11/12/2001 at 8:53 AM) has a hands on review of Office v.X which will be released on November 19th.

MacTimeClock (Posted 11/10/2001 at 1:25 PM)
MacTimeClock is an employee time clock for your Mac and has a fully functional time limited demo available for download.

Star Wars Episode II - "Mystery" Preview (Posted 11/10/2001 at 12:59 PM)
Through the hard work of Apple Computer, our QuickTime video partner, is also pleased to offer Macintosh owners equipped with DVD-ROM a method to see "Mystery" as well. With the Episode I DVD in your Mac's DVD-ROM drive, click here to begin.

Quilan (Posted 11/10/2001 at 11:10 AM)
Qilan lets you build and deploy web database management systems without a knowledge of SQL or computer languages.

Mac Weather Stations (Posted 11/10/2001 at 11:02 AM)
Macintouch has a special report on weather stations for the Mac.

iDVD 2 buffer underrun error (Posted 11/9/2001 at 10:48 AM)
For those of you who have iDVD 2 and have experienced the same buffer underrun error that we (and many others) have, here is the solution we found on Apple's Discussing boards that appears to work for us:

1. Make sure that all types of sharing are off (Web, FTP, AppleShare, Telnet)
2. Turn off network time updating
3. Set energy saver to never for both hard disk and display sleep
4. Don't run anything else while it is burning

The best we can tell, the problem occurs when the machine can't access the hard drive fast enough to keep up with the burning process. So anything that may touch the hard drive while you are burning should be avoided. We started out with only item 1 and were creating 4 nice coasters for every 5 we tried. After also doing numbers 4 and 5, we haven't had a single failure and have burned close to 35 DVDs. This is on a Quicksilver 867 for those who might ask.

Mac OS X Installer Update 1.0 (Posted 11/9/2001 at 10:38 AM)
Apple has released a Mac OS X Installer Update 1.0 which is available for Mac OS X users through Software Update. This update is required for future updates.

Office v.X Review (Posted 11/9/2001 at 10:20 AM)
Wired News has a review of Office v.X including quotes from Steve Jobs at a publishing conference.

REALbasic 3.52 (Posted 11/9/2001 at 10:12 AM)
REALbasic 3.52 has been released and is available for download.

Snap it up (Posted 11/8/2001 at 12:21 PM)
Apple's new promotion will give you an HP 318xi digital camera with the purchase of a 600MHz or 700MHz iMac between 10/26/01 and 12/31/01.

iPod: Not Just iCandy (Posted 11/7/2001 at 2:43 PM)
A very good PC Magazine review of Apple's new iPod.

Icon Design Kitchen For OS X (Posted 11/7/2001 at 2:34 PM)
Icon Design Kitchen for OS X is a free, hands-on workshop which will save you time in developing an awesome Aqua-compliant user interface for your Mac OS X product.

The Dollars and Sense of OS X (Posted 11/7/2001 at 2:16 PM)
A Businessweek Online article on the cost, features and stability of Mac OS X 10.1.

Retrospect 5.0 for Mac OS X (Posted 11/7/2001 at 9:05 AM)
Dantz has announced that Retrospect 5.0 for Mac OS X should be available during mid to late first quarter of 2002.

Everything CD for FileMaker Pro (Posted 11/7/2001 at 9:03 AM)
Everything CD for FileMaker Pro volume 5 is now available from ISO's FileMaker World. Update (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:56 AM)
As you may notice, we have reworked our news engine to provide a more flexible (and less manual) mechanism to update the news. This change has resulted in a minor change to the look of Any comments are welcome at

Say What (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:53 AM)
Our new Say What application has been flying off the virtual shelves. Say What allows you to remotely launch applications using a web browser and is available for both Mac OS and Mac OS X. Get your copy today.

iDVD 2.0 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:53 AM)
Apple has released iDVD 2.0 and it is available from the Apple Store.

FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:52 AM)
FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited is now available with support for the new Mac OS X Server and Red Hat Linux 7.1.

Super Get Info (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:52 AM)
Barebones Super Get Info version 1.04 is now available.

Mac OS X Faceoff (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:52 AM) has done a face off between Windows XP and Mac OS X. (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:51 AM) is an online community of knowledgable Mac users.

InsideScan 1.5.2 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:51 AM)
PowerSolutions announced InsideScan 1.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 4.x through 5.5 with a free Mac OS X upgrade slated for next month.

Mac OS X 10.1 Review (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:51 AM)
A ZDNet article on Mac OS X 10.1 with a new iBook.

Power Management (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:51 AM)
A comparison on power management between Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

Audion 2.6.1 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:50 AM)
Audion 2.6.1 is available for both Mac OS 9 and X.

Command Line Tutorial (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:50 AM) has a tutorial on using the command line in X.

Timbuktu Pro 6.01 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:50 AM)
Timbuktu Pro 6.01 is available from Netopia and includes Mac OS X support.

Netscape 6.2 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:49 AM)
Netscape 6.2 is available for both Mac OS 9 and X.

Analyzer 3.0 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:49 AM)
Waves in Motion released Analyzer 3.0, a database analysis tool designed to take the guesswork out of building and documenting FileMaker Pro solutions.

Megahertz Myth (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:48 AM)
AMD has joined Apple in discussing the Megahertz Myth.

Mystery Island II (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:48 AM)
Mystery Island II is a game available from Koingo Software.

iPod (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:47 AM)
The iPod is drawing quite a crowd at Apple Store grand openings.

Ask the Web (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:46 AM)
Ask the Web is a Mac OS X application which allows you to search Internet dictionary servers.

OSXUtils (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:46 AM)
OSXUtils is a set of REALbasic classes for OS X.

Weblet Shopping (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:44 AM) has released Weblet Shopping for both Lasso and CDML. Weblet Shopping provides a full-featured, web based shopping cart that you can use all by itself, merge with your existing solution, or modify however you like.

Powermail 3 (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:42 AM)
Powermail 3 has been released and is available for both Mac OS and Mac OS X and has many new performance and ease of use features.

Mac Weather Stations (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:40 AM)
Macintouch has a special report on weather stations/software for the Macintosh.

IPNetRouter (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:38 AM)
IPNetRouter has been updated to version 1.62 and is now available for download.

Speedycam (Posted 11/6/2001 at 10:37 AM)
SpeedyCam has reviews of a number of popular web cams including images showing their quality.

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