April 2002 Archived News

Rumors on Mac OS X 10.1.5 (Posted 4/30/2002 at 10:42 PM) has some new updates on the Mac OS X 10.1.5 release. (Posted 4/30/2002 at 10:01 PM)
MacHelpNet is help web site for Mac users.

Fetch 4.0.2 (Posted 4/30/2002 at 9:19 PM)
The Fetch Update includes new features such as support for longer-than-31-character filenames and the ability to duplicate remote files as well as some bug fixes.

Chimera 0.2.6 (Posted 4/30/2002 at 9:16 PM)
The Chimera web browser has been updated to version 0.2.6 with support for OS home page and proxy settings and the Open File and Open Location now work.

SCRIPTit 1.0.2 Update (Posted 4/29/2002 at 12:40 PM)
SCRIPTit is an update to the Filemaker plug-in which allows you to create script events and dynamic popup menus all with the power of XML markup.

Brushfire 1.5.2 (Posted 4/29/2002 at 12:39 PM)
Brushfire 1.5.2 is an update to the script analysis utility for FileMaker Pro users and developers.

FileMaker E-commerce in a box (Posted 4/29/2002 at 12:27 PM)
FileMaker E-commerce in a box is a fully functioning E-commerce website that you can use to sell your products on the web.

ecOrganizer (Posted 4/29/2002 at 11:18 AM)
ecOrganizer is a FileMaker Pro workgroup diary, contact and project management system with optional modules for quoting, invoicing as well as time and cost management.

Update PowerBook G4 (Posted 4/29/2002 at 10:06 AM)
Apple has released an updated PowerBook G4 which offers up to an 800MHz G4 and an updated display with 1280x854 resolution.

Apple eMac (Posted 4/29/2002 at 9:43 AM)
Apple has released a new computer targeted at the education market called the eMac. It features a flat 17" CRT and a G4 processor and looks similar to the old iMac.

OmniWeb 4.1b5 (Posted 4/28/2002 at 9:35 AM)
OmniWeb 4.1 public beta 5 has been released with some bug fixes as well as some enhancements.

Apple one of few computer companies to grow (Posted 4/26/2002 at 3:56 PM)
This article talks about how apple is one of the few computer companies to show year-over-year growth in an industry that overall saw a 2.7 percent decline.

XP in Virtual PC on Mac OS X (Posted 4/26/2002 at 3:33 PM)
An O'Reilly article on running Windows XP in Virtual PC running on top of Mac OS X.

Go Wireless and Save (Posted 4/26/2002 at 7:17 AM)
Apple has a new promotion offering a $100 discount on an Airport Base Station if you buy and iBook or PowerBook.

icWord 2.1 (Posted 4/26/2002 at 7:12 AM)
icWord 2.1 allows users to easily open, convert, view, print, and export AppleWorks or Microsoft Word documents in the convenient RTF format.

Blue Label PowerEmulator 1.7 (Posted 4/26/2002 at 7:08 AM)
Blue Label PowerEmulator is a program that allows Macintosh users to run PC applications on their computers.

Chimera 0.2.4 (Posted 4/24/2002 at 10:43 PM)
A new version of Chimera, the new web browser based on Fizzilla, is now available.

Xounds 1.2 (Posted 4/24/2002 at 10:31 PM)
Unsanity has released an updated version of Xounds which brings back Appearance Sounds to MacOS X.

DockFun! 2.6.1 (Posted 4/24/2002 at 10:26 PM)
DockFun! is a tool to run up to ten Dock configurations, without losing the original simplicity of the Dock.

MacBreakZ! 3.2 (Posted 4/24/2002 at 10:25 PM)
MacBreakZ! is a personal ergonomic assistant which monitors keyboard and mouse activity and helps computer users structure their computer use in a healthy manner.

Retrospect 5.0.205 (Posted 4/24/2002 at 10:24 PM)
Dantz has released an update to Retrospect which is available for download.

Page Sender (Posted 4/23/2002 at 1:53 PM)
Page Sender presents a fully-functional E-mail (or eFax) envelope when you print - just fill in the envelope, click "Print", and your document is on its way.

Hughes-DirecWay Offers Mac Satellite Option (Posted 4/22/2002 at 10:03 PM)
Hughes satellite access comes to the Mac via a home networking gateway.

University of Texas Requiring Apple Laptops (Posted 4/22/2002 at 7:04 PM)
An article in the Austin American Statesman details plans for the University of Texas to require students of the teacher preparation program to purchase an Apple laptop.

Washington Times Article on Mac OS X (Posted 4/22/2002 at 6:38 PM)
A Washington Times article on Mac OS X determines that it is rock solid.

Fire 0.3 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 10:41 PM)
Fire is an instant messenger client which can handle similtaneous connections to AIM, ICQ, Yahoo , IRC, MSN and Jabber IM.

RBrowserLite 3.0.5 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 10:39 PM)
RBrowserLite provides a uniform interface to file transfer and file related operations, greatly simplifying access and use of files on remote systems scattered across the Internet.

Proteus 1.6 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 10:37 PM)
Proteus is an instant messaging solution for Mac OS X with support for all the popular online services.

Analysts Praise Apple's Superb Management (Posted 4/18/2002 at 6:49 PM)
A article on the second quarter results that Apple released yesterday and analysts review of their performance.

Apple Q2 Profit (Posted 4/18/2002 at 6:43 PM)
Apple reported a net profit of $40 Million on $1.5 Billion in revenue which was a 3% increase over last year.

Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 6:42 PM)
Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 is now available via the Live Update feature. Webmail Beta Test (Posted 4/18/2002 at 6:39 PM)
Apple is beta testing a web interface to their email service.

Troi Grabber Plug-in 1.5 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 6:00 PM)
Troi Automatisering released the Troi Grabber Plug-in 1.5 for FileMaker Pro 5.5.

Yahoo Messenger 2.0 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 5:59 PM)
A new version of Yahoo Messenger for Mac OS X has been released.

Password Retriever 3.5 (Posted 4/18/2002 at 11:20 AM)
Password Retriever offers an encrypted file format to store passwords and the update has been completely rewritten for stability, performance and unification.

Mac OS X 10.1.4 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 6:41 PM)
Apple has released a Mac OS X update with improved networking, security, and additional disc recording device support. The update is available via Software Update as is yesterday's Mac OS X 10.1.4 Server update.

Pixelpalooza 2002 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 11:46 AM)
The Iconfactory has announced the winners of their Pixelpalooza 2002 contest.

Eudora 5.1.1 b22 and b23 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 11:43 AM)
Qualcomm has released new betas for the Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X version of Eudora.

OmniWeb 4.1 beta 4 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 11:28 AM)
OmniWeb has a new beta available for their 4.1 version.

Web Watch 1.0 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 11:25 AM)
Web Watch is a screen saver for Mac OS X which goes through a list of your favorite websites and displays them in your default browser. It is only for Mac OS X.

Google for web developers (Posted 4/17/2002 at 10:21 AM)
Google has released a new set of web developer API's which allow developers to query their database as a publish the results as they wish.

AquaGrep 1.0 beta 1 (Posted 4/17/2002 at 10:05 AM)
AquaGrep is a Mac OS X front-end to the Unix grep text search utility.

Microsoft Office v.X Combined Update 10.0.3 (Posted 4/16/2002 at 10:09 PM)
Microsoft released a combined updater for Office v.X.

Internet Explorer 5.1.4 Update (Posted 4/16/2002 at 9:56 PM)
Apple has released an update to Internet Explorer for Mac OS X via their Software Update feature which solves some security vulnerabilities.

OmniGraffle 2.01 (Posted 4/16/2002 at 11:14 AM)
OmniGraffle has been updated to version 2.01 which includes some new features and pallets.

Mailsmith 1.5.1 (Posted 4/16/2002 at 11:07 AM)
Mailsmith has been updated to version 1.5.1 which includes both fixes and enhancements.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Now Shipping (Posted 4/16/2002 at 11:04 AM)
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is now shipping as mentioned in this press release from Adobe.

Quick Pallet Maker 2 (Posted 4/16/2002 at 11:02 AM)
Quick Pallet Maker 2 pallet loading/package design program that lets users calculate the optimal secondary package dimensions and pallet arrangements to reduce shipping costs.

Photoshop 7 Shipping (Posted 4/16/2002 at 10:55 AM)
Other news sites are reporting that Photoshop 7 is now shipping though we are still waiting on confirmation for our copy.

XEALbc (Posted 4/16/2002 at 10:53 AM)
XEAL bc provides a graphical front-end to the bc command line tool that is shipped with Mac OS X, and includes optional support for the preprocessor. Equations and functions are entered in a free-form manner in a text-editing pane. When you want to see the results, just click a button (or hit enter), and see multiple lines of formatted output.

AquaMon 1.3.9 (Posted 4/15/2002 at 11:00 PM)
AquaMon is a network transparent MacOS X system monitoring app.

WindowShade X 2.0 (Posted 4/15/2002 at 10:41 PM)
WindowShade X, the haxie which brings back the windowshade feature, has been updated to version 2.

Apple in a Great Position (Posted 4/15/2002 at 10:35 PM)
Apple is in a great position for the next computer boom as Alex L. Goldfayn says for a Chicago Tribune article.

Genealogy Pro (Posted 4/15/2002 at 10:31 PM)
Genealogy Pro is a free genealogy program which supports the GEDCOM format and allows you to store family relationships and draw family trees.

Cro-Mag Rally 2.04 (Posted 4/12/2002 at 7:06 PM)
Cro-Mag Rally has been updated to version 2.04 and is now released as Shareware.

MaxMenus 1.1 (Posted 4/12/2002 at 6:25 AM)
MaxMenus 1.1 has been released and includes some new features and numerous bug fixes.

Microsoft Releases Transcript of MacBU Speech (Posted 4/12/2002 at 6:24 AM)
Microsoft has released the transcript of the speach by MacBU general manager Kevin Browne.

Planned Office v.X Updates (Posted 4/11/2002 at 8:12 PM)
Microsoft is planning an Office update towards the end of May or beginning of June which will fix more than 1,000 bugs and other tweaks as well as a couple of new features such as improved text rendering. Microsoft also plans to release software that will allow Office to synch directly to a Palm handheld and a new version of its MSN Messenger.

Delete Completely for Entourage X 1.0 (Posted 4/11/2002 at 8:02 PM)
Delete Completely for Entourage X is a simple AppleScript for Entourage X that takes the selected email, moves it to the trash and deletes it completely.

DropPrint 1.0 (Posted 4/11/2002 at 8:01 PM)
DropPrint 1.0 is a utility which will let you drag adn drop a file on the icon and have it print in Mac OS X.

DragThing 4.3 (Posted 4/11/2002 at 7:45 PM)
DragThing 4.3 has been released and includes a new Disk Dock and many other features and fixes.

Chimera 0.2 (Posted 4/11/2002 at 7:39 PM)
Chimera 0.2 is a Mozilla based browser in early development with a Mac OS X front end and includes such features as Quartz rendering of text.

Microsoft Reaffirms Mac Commitment (Posted 4/10/2002 at 10:20 PM)
Kevin Browne, General Manager for Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit reaffirmed the company's commitment to develop products for Apple's Mac OS X operating system and also stated that an update to Office v.X and a Palm conduit are in the works.

Microsoft Continues to Support the Mac (Posted 4/10/2002 at 3:07 PM)
A article on the comments by Kevin Browne, head of the Macintosh Business Unit, confirmed the companies commitment to the Mac.

Mac to get .NET support (Posted 4/10/2002 at 12:38 PM)
Rumor is that Microsoft will announce support for the Mac in their .NET initiative.

A Better Finder RENAME 4.5 (Posted 4/10/2002 at 9:42 AM)
A Better Finder RENAME 4.5 features contextual menu integration into the OS X Finder, a full MindVision licensed installer and a new feature which allows trailing spaces to removed from file names.

SnapperHead 4.5.2 (Posted 4/10/2002 at 9:09 AM)
SnapperHead, originally from StimpSoft, has been updated by its new developer, Navdeep Banes who also acquired Son of Weather Grok.

Mactracker 1.7 (Posted 4/10/2002 at 9:02 AM)
Mactracker 1.7 is now available including new hardware and some bug fixes.

XChar 1.0 (Posted 4/10/2002 at 8:54 AM)
XChar allows you to drag and drop characters from one window to another so you don't have to remember all the special keystrokes.

PiePants (Posted 4/10/2002 at 8:53 AM)
PiePants is a VPN client for Mac OS X which support PPTP.

Spamfire 1.02 (Posted 4/10/2002 at 8:43 AM)
Spamfire is an anti-spam email filter which deletes unwanted commercial and pornographic email and works with any email program.

Retrospect 5.0.203 (Posted 4/9/2002 at 4:04 PM)
Dantz has released an update to Retrospect 5 which will solve the problem under Mac OS X where the application continually increased its memory usage.

Apple Remote Desktop 1.0.1 (Posted 4/9/2002 at 4:00 PM)
Apple has released an update to their Apple Remote Desktop software.

Secure Delete (Posted 4/9/2002 at 2:25 PM)
Aladdin has released a new utility called Secure Delete for Mac OS 8.1-X which supports drag and drop to securely delete a file by overwritting its section of the hard drive.

Magic Bullet Suite 1.0 (Posted 4/9/2002 at 10:05 AM)
The Magic Bullet Suite is a set of Adobe After Effects plug-ins developed by former Industrial Light and Magic employees. The first version is Mac only.

Bluetooth Primer (Posted 4/9/2002 at 9:40 AM) has a primer on using Apple's Bluetooth implementation as well as screen shots of it.

netOctopus 4.0 (Posted 4/9/2002 at 8:42 AM)
netOctopus is an asset management, remote configuration and software distribution tool from Netopia which now supports Mac OS X and includes a SQL back-end database.

Flat Panel iMac Kiosk (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:49 AM)
Termimac Informationssyteme introduced a new terminal kiosk based on the flat panel iMac. The new system is called the Termimac IV.

MSN Internet Access (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:44 AM)
MSN Internet Access and MSN Explorer may be coming to the Mac.

Apple Leads the Industry in DVD Burning (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:29 AM)
Apple announced it has shipped nearly half a million SuperDrive-equipped Macintosh computers and more than 2 million DVD-R media discs to date and is leading the desktop DVD revolution.

FlightCheck 4.5 (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:27 AM)
FlightCheck from Markzware now includes support for QuarkXPress v5.0 and Adobe InDesign 2.0.

QuicKeys X 1.5 (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:25 AM)
QuicKeys X 1.5 has been released and includes additional controls for menu, window and click shortcuts.

Adobe FrameMaker 7 (Posted 4/8/2002 at 9:24 AM)
Adobe FrameMaker 7, the latest version of their professional authoring solution, is coming soon and includes full support for XML.

Sambucus 2.0 (Posted 4/8/2002 at 8:46 AM)
Sambucus is a time tracking application for those who work on multiple projects at once and is written in REALbasic.

StartupItemManager 1.0 (Posted 4/8/2002 at 8:44 AM)
StartupItem Manager lets users can create, edit, enable/disable, and delete startup items without using the Unix command line.

Email Magician 1.6 (Posted 4/6/2002 at 9:18 PM)
Email Magician 1.6 offers more filters: more than 250 new spam filters, a new Valid Accounts Filter, and more filter options for unregistered users.

Go Wireless and Save (Posted 4/5/2002 at 11:00 AM)
Apple has a new promotion with a $100 rebate when you purchase an Airport Base Station and either an iBook or PowerBook.

USB Webcam Driver 1.0b2 (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:55 AM)
IOXperts have released a beta webcam driver which supports some USB webcams under Mac OS X.

DVD Studio Pro 1.5 (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:50 AM)
Apple has announced the latest version of DVD Studio Pro which includes support for Mac OS X.

MacWorld Magazine (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:46 AM)
The current edition of MacWorld is a Special Mac OS X issue featuring over 2,800 Mac OS X applications and products.

Apple Bluetooth (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:44 AM)
As noted on Macintouch, John Richey installs and tests Apple's implementation of Bluetooth adn decides it is Insanely Great.

Znippetizer 1.4 (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:35 AM)
Znippetizer has a small global floating window (with a Z in it), where you can drag any text for those who need to quickly sort and categorize things.

Security Update April 2000 (Posted 4/5/2002 at 9:30 AM)
Apple has released a security update which is available via the software update function of Mac OS X. The update includes: updated components which provide increased security to prevent unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system such as OpenSSH v3.1p1, rsync v2.5.2, groff v1.17.2, PHP v4.1.2, sudo v1.6.5p2, mod_ssl v2.8.7 and mail_cmds.

SCRIPTit 1.0 (Posted 4/4/2002 at 4:54 PM)
SCRIPTit is a very flexible FileMaker interface enhancement plug-in that allows you to create script events and dynamic popup menus all with the power of XML markup.

Apple cuts a small number of jobs (Posted 4/4/2002 at 4:12 PM)
A article states that Apple has cut a small number of jobs as part of its ongoing restructuring effort, though it still remains one of the only silicon valley companies to not announce major layoffs.

Toast Titanium 5.1.3 Update (Posted 4/4/2002 at 3:24 PM)
Roxio has released a 5.1.3 update to Toast Titanium.

Microsoft Expect to Stay with Mac (Posted 4/4/2002 at 2:34 PM)
A article talks about the event next week when Microsoft is expected to say it will stay with the Mac.

Forward Your Spam (Posted 4/4/2002 at 10:15 AM) has an article on the FTC's initiative to combat spam by having receivers forward the unsolicited mail to and says it appears to be making a difference.

ClubMac being Acquired (Posted 4/4/2002 at 10:04 AM)
ClubMac is being acquired by the PCMall, who also owns MacMall, though the ClubMac brand is supposed to continue.

ToothPics Dental Practice Management Software 6 (Posted 4/4/2002 at 10:03 AM)
The ToothPics company is offering a full featured dental software package that includes cashier, billing and reports and electronic claims functions, as well as clinical and imaging features. Version 6 runs on Classic Mac OS but version 7 will be Mac OS X native.

Whistle Blower 3.0 (Posted 4/4/2002 at 9:59 AM)
Whistle Blower is a server monitoring and restarting utility that now supports Mac OS X.

OmniWeb 4.1b2 (Posted 4/3/2002 at 4:09 PM)
OmniWeb 4.1b2 has been released which features better Java support, improved JavaScript compatibility, turther CSS improvements, uses less memory, improved stability and ots of other enhancements and fixes.

Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.1 (Posted 4/3/2002 at 4:02 PM)
The Troi Dialog Plug-in is a plug-in for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro.

Sony Clie Icons (Posted 4/3/2002 at 9:02 AM)
Sony Clie Icons are available for Mac OS 8.5 and higher.

Will Microsoft and Apple renew vows? (Posted 4/3/2002 at 8:55 AM)
After nearly five years of living in technological harmony, two of the biggest names in personal computing are due to renew their vows, but will they and do they need to?

Math Flash (Posted 4/3/2002 at 8:49 AM)
Math Flash is a flash card style program to aide students in learning single and double digit addition and subtraction.

Alarm Clock Pro 5.2.2 (Posted 4/3/2002 at 8:40 AM)
A small update is available for Alarm Clock Pro, bringing it to version 5.2.2.

AppleWorks 6.2.4 (Posted 4/2/2002 at 5:19 PM)
Apple has released an update to AppleWorks which adds improved functionality with Macintosh Manager and FAXstf and also provides various other fixes and frequently requested features, including the ability to read and write Microsoft Word and Excel files, enhanced formatting tools, faster downloading of Internet templates, improved networking compatibility and more.

Secure Mail in Mac OS X (Posted 4/2/2002 at 4:51 PM)
An O'Reilly article on using Mac OS X and its Mail application for Secure mail.

MoonMenu 1.8.1 (Posted 4/2/2002 at 10:18 AM)
MoonMenu is a system extension that draws the current phase of the moon in the menubar. The menu, when selected, reveals a textual description of the moon phase, illumination percentage, the moon's age in days, current lunation number, Farmers' Almanac names, and upcoming quarter predictions.

Gravite 2.0.3 (Posted 4/2/2002 at 10:17 AM)
Gravite 2.0.3 is a Control Panel for Mac OS 8 or 9 which makes dragged items behave according to the laws of mechanics.

OmniGraffle 2.0 (Posted 4/2/2002 at 10:05 AM)
OmniGraffle, for Mac OS X 10.1 or later, has been updated to version 2.0.

Wacom Mac OS X driver (Posted 4/2/2002 at 9:43 AM)
Wacom has released an updated Mac OS X driver for all their USB tablets.

Dragon Web Surveys 6.5 (Posted 4/2/2002 at 8:42 AM)
Waves in Motion released Dragon Web Surveys 6.5, an upgrade to the FileMaker Pro-based system which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based surveys, with no web programming needed.

Bluetooth Technology Preview (Posted 4/1/2002 at 4:35 PM)
Apple has released their Bluetooth Technology Preview which requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 and a D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter.

StimpSoft (Posted 4/1/2002 at 9:43 AM)
As noted on the StimpSoft news page, they are no longer updating and supporting their software and have given some of the key appliations to other developers.

Microsoft Intellipoint Driver 2.1.0 (Posted 4/1/2002 at 9:39 AM)
Microsoft has released the first version of their Intellipoint Driver for Mac OS X.

Selznick Scientific Updates (Posted 4/1/2002 at 9:17 AM)
Selznick Scientific Software announced updates to the following: PasswordWallet 2.7.2, PasswordWallet Conduit X for Palm Desktop 4.0 for MacOS X, Typist 1.2 and MoonMenu 1.8.1 for MacOS 9 with is coming soon for MacOS X.

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