July 2003 Archived News

Linksys Wireless Game Adapters (Posted 7/31/2003 at 10:58 AM)
Linksys has released wireless game adapters that allow you to connect your GameCube, Playstation or XBox to your wireless network.

Library 1.1.3 (Posted 7/31/2003 at 10:56 AM)
Library is designed to catalog your books with a no-nonsense interface and can be connected to a reader to scan the ISBN number.

GraphicConverter 4.8 (Posted 7/31/2003 at 10:52 AM)
A new version of GraphicConverter is now available for download.

iTunes Music Store Most Successful (Posted 7/31/2003 at 10:50 AM)
The NPD Group says that Apple's iTunes Music Store is the most successful digital music store that's been launched, having translated "consumer awareness into actual usage."

Marble Blast (Posted 7/31/2003 at 10:47 AM)
Marble Blast is a free new game for .Mac members. (Posted 7/30/2003 at 1:00 PM) launched earlier this month. It's a new Web service aimed at users of Apple's iChat AV software, who want to find new people to talk with.

Apple Confirms Best Buy Plans (Posted 7/30/2003 at 12:58 PM)
Cnet's Ina Fried reported on Wednesday that Apple has confirmed plans to begin a pilot retail program with national electronics reseller Best Buy.

iPod It 2.0.1 (Posted 7/30/2003 at 12:54 PM)
iPod It can transfer your PIM data to your iPod so it's available whenever you need it; iPod It supports transferring information from Entourage, Stickies, Mail, Address Book and iCal. You can even download weather forecasts and news headlines directly to your iPod.

A Better Finder Attributes 3.1 (Posted 7/30/2003 at 12:53 PM)
"A Better Finder Attributes" Macintosh Finder enhancement now allows the tool to be started using the Ctrl-Command-A hot key combination from within the Finder.

2x DVD-Recordable Drive for PowerBook G4 (Posted 7/30/2003 at 12:52 PM)
MCE announced an internal 2x DVD-Recordable drive for the PowerBook G4.

Platypus 1.5 (Posted 7/30/2003 at 12:50 PM)
Platypus is a program for creating application wrappers around scripts, i.e. creating MacOS X applications that execute a script they are bundled with. Scripts can thus be run transparently from the graphical window environment without having to resort to using the command line interface.

Sendmail Enabler (Posted 7/29/2003 at 3:44 PM)
Sendmail Enabler is an application which allows you to turn on and use OS X's built-in mail server with just one click.

Mac Beta of Personal Communication Service (Posted 7/29/2003 at 11:42 AM)
Netomat Inc. is offering a Mac beta release of its "new personal multimedia communication service." Described by the company as "Java and XML with personality," the software is designed to simplify the process of combining digital pictures, audio, voice, text, free-form drawing and animations into personal multimedia experiences that can be sent via e-mail or published as a Web site.

Macromedia Contribute 2 (Posted 7/29/2003 at 11:31 AM)
Macromedia Contribute allows individuals and teams to update, create, and publish web content to any HTML website. Administrative controls let nontechnical users make content changes, while Contribute maintains site standards for style, layout, and code.

G4 1.4 GHz Upgrade for Graphite and Quicksilver PowerMacs (Posted 7/29/2003 at 11:28 AM)
Sonnet has released a 1.4 GHz Upgrade for Graphite and Quicksilver PowerMacs that utilizes the 745X series of Motorola G4 chips, has 2MB DDR (Double Data Rate) L3 backside cache, and delivers processor performance of up to four times that of the original systems.

Nextel i95cl For Sale (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:57 PM)
We are selling a Nextel i95cl cell phone for those who may be interested. The phone was used for only 5 days and includes the original box and all accessories.

Bill Frontier (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:13 PM)
Bill Frontier is a Mac-only arcade style action game from Pangea that puts you in the role of a "space cowboy."

Napster 2.0 (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:12 PM)
Napster is getting ready to emerge as a legal paid music service.

GPSNavX (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:09 PM)
GPSNavX is the solution for the boater that wants to take the Macintosh aboard for real-time display of position on full color charts. Just plug your GPS into your Macintosh and watch as your boat moves along in real-time, plotting a track behind the boat and logging your historic position on a digital chart.

seeCard Rendezvous 1.0 (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:07 PM)
seeCard Rendezvous shares and synchronizes Mac OS"X"address books by means of Apple Computer's Rendezvous protocol, implemented in Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

Script Editor 2.0b2 (Posted 7/28/2003 at 10:05 PM)
Apple has released a new beta version of Script Editor.

Silk 2.0.2 (Posted 7/26/2003 at 12:20 PM)
Silk enables the Quartz text rendering and smoothing introduced in Mac OS X 10.1.5 in all Carbon applications.

Zinio for Mac OS X (Posted 7/25/2003 at 11:02 AM)
Zinio, which allows you to download a digital version of popular magazines, now has a client for Mac OS X 10.1 and 10.2 and a free trial issue of Macworld.

MSN Messenger 3.5.1 (Posted 7/25/2003 at 9:56 AM)
Microsoft has released an update to MSN Messenger.

Australian Government to Ban Spam (Posted 7/25/2003 at 9:50 AM)
Australia's government will introduce legislation that will ban the sending of commercial electronic messaging without the prior consent of end-users unless there is an existing customer-business relationship.

Griffin iTrip Station Finder (Posted 7/25/2003 at 9:49 AM)
iTrip Station Finder will simplify the process of finding clear frequencies to tune the iTrip in to and is a free download.

MacSpeech Will Donate Portion of iListen Sales (Posted 7/25/2003 at 9:46 AM)
MacSpeech will donate $10.00 from the sale of each copy of iListen, from July 25 thru August 31, to the local Boy Scout Organization.

iQue 3600 (Posted 7/24/2003 at 7:05 PM)
iQue is a Palm OS based handheld with built-in GPS navigation.

ASM 2.1b4 (Posted 7/24/2003 at 1:51 PM)
ASM brings back the application switcher menu (and more) to Mac OS X and is at version 2.1b4.

Keyspan Offering USB Cables to Charge Cell Phones (Posted 7/24/2003 at 12:03 PM)
Keyspan is now offering USB cables that can be used to charge cell phones from the USB port of a computer.

Mac OS X "Panther" Server Look (Posted 7/24/2003 at 12:00 PM)
A Computerworld article has a look at the next version of Mac OS X Server.

BBEdit 7.0.4 (Posted 7/24/2003 at 11:57 AM)
BBEdit has been updated with some additions and a number of fixes.

Mail Convert 2.5.5 (Posted 7/23/2003 at 10:58 PM)
Mail Convert has been updated and is available for download. RSS Feed Available (Posted 7/23/2003 at 10:08 PM)
For those using RSS newsreaders such as NetNewsWire, you can now access Maccentric at:

Security Update 2003-07-23 (Posted 7/23/2003 at 8:11 PM)
Security Update 2003-07-23 improves the security of your system by assigning a "disabled" password to a new account created by Workgroup Manager until that account has been saved for the first time. This ensures the new account cannot be accessed by an unauthorized individual.

Sparkpod (Posted 7/23/2003 at 1:06 PM)
Sparkpod is a service that allows you to easily create and maintain your own web log.

TuneDok Car Holder for iPod (Posted 7/23/2003 at 1:03 PM)
TuneDok is a car hold for the iPod which fits into a cup holder.

RagTime 5 (Posted 7/23/2003 at 1:02 PM)
RagTime 5 for Mac OS X is the "Swiss Army Knife" of office software and lets you create spreadsheets, annual reports, generate catalogues and price lists, perform calculations and display them in graphical form.

Hydra 1.1.1 (Posted 7/23/2003 at 12:36 PM)
Hydra allows all users to type anywhere in the text without locking parts of the text for other users, making Hydra just as easy to use as a traditional text editor.

fmMailmerge (Posted 7/23/2003 at 12:27 PM)
fmMailmerge is a personal bulk mailer that supports the merging of data from FileMaker Pro databases together with user defined template letters togenerate output messages that may then be sent via email.

Apple Cuts Teacher/Student Prices (Posted 7/22/2003 at 4:06 PM)
Apple lowered the price it charges educators and higher education students to the same price it charges schools and colleges, a drop of up to 15 percent on some models.

Ipanema 1.3 (Posted 7/22/2003 at 2:36 PM)
Ipanema will report your IP addresses to you via OS X Mail, once a day at a time including ethernet, airport or PPP.

Status Symbol 1.01 (Posted 7/22/2003 at 2:30 PM)
Status Symbol features weather, stock & personal information broadcast as your status in iChat.

FruitMenu 3.1 (Posted 7/22/2003 at 2:13 PM)
FruitMenu has been updated and is available for download.

Mac2Phone 1.9 (Posted 7/22/2003 at 12:40 PM)
Mac2Phone has been updated with a number of new features including Mac OS X Address Book integration.

FoldersSynchronizer 3.3.3 (Posted 7/21/2003 at 5:15 PM)
FoldersSynchronizer is a tool to synchronize and backup files, folders and disks on MacOS X with a lot of features.

The Alaska Desktop Photo Collection (Posted 7/21/2003 at 5:14 PM)
The Alaska Desktop Photo collection is a collection of scenic Alaskan photos edited for use as Mac OS desktop pictures.

REALbasic to Support Linux (Posted 7/21/2003 at 1:29 PM)
REALbasic plans to support Linux in the next update which is anticipated in 2004.

Sony Releases New Clie (Posted 7/20/2003 at 12:38 PM)
Sony has released a new Clie which incorporates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a digital camera and more.

Intuit Looking for Beta Testers for QuickBooks (Posted 7/20/2003 at 12:35 PM)
Intuit is recruiting beta testers for the next version of QuickBooks for Macintosh.

Panic wants beta testers (Posted 7/20/2003 at 12:34 PM)
Panic is looking for beta testers to check out upcoming "mystery projects."

America's Army released for Mac OS X (Posted 7/17/2003 at 9:53 AM)
America's Army is a 3D virtual simulation of what it's like to train and combat as part of America's military.

Apple Third Quarter Financial Results (Posted 7/16/2003 at 3:54 PM)
Apple posted a net profit of $19 million, or $.05 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $32 million, or $.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $1.545 billion, up 8 percent from the year-ago quarter and up 5 percent sequentially, and gross margins were 27.7 percent, up from 27.4 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo Keynote (Posted 7/16/2003 at 1:26 PM)
Greg Joswiak reviewed the recent announcements from Apple in his keynote at the Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo.

SpamSlam 1.0 for MacOS X (Posted 7/16/2003 at 1:20 PM)
SpamSlam is spam software that will attempt to verify that the email is legitmate before sending it through.

Soundtrack (Posted 7/16/2003 at 1:16 PM)
Soundtrack, previously part of Final Cut Pro, brings the art of music composing to everyone. With minimal cost and effort, you can produce custom music to your video, DVD or Web project. It is being released as a stand-alone product in August.

Missing Sync for Sony CLIE v3.0.7 (Posted 7/16/2003 at 12:58 PM)
Sony CLIE - Missing Sync 3.0.7 has just been released with full support for the latest models, NX73 and NX80.

A Better Finder Rename 5.8 (Posted 7/16/2003 at 8:54 AM)
A Better Finder Rename now allows the hot key combination used to start the tool from within the Finder to be customized in the System Preferences.

AtYourService 1.0 (Posted 7/15/2003 at 6:16 PM)
AtYourService 1.0 is a new utility that allows users to add items to their Services menu.

United Electronic TimeTable for Palm and Mac OS X (Posted 7/15/2003 at 3:54 PM)
United has a version of their Palm electronic timetable that includes a sync conduit for Mac OS X available.

Macaroni 1.4.2 (Posted 7/15/2003 at 11:26 AM)
Macaroni handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X "repair privileges" process as well as Unix-style maintenance.

iDVD 3.0.1 (Posted 7/15/2003 at 11:25 AM)
Apple has released an update to iDVD that provides improved performance and stability for encoding, burning and managing your DVD projects.

Retrospect 5.1 (Posted 7/15/2003 at 11:22 AM)
Dantz has released an update to Retrospect that provides bootable Mac OS X disaster recovery CD.

PhoneValet (Posted 7/14/2003 at 4:30 PM)
PhoneValet is an integrated combination of hardware and software to help you get more out of your existing telephones.

Security Update 2003-07-14 (Posted 7/14/2003 at 4:29 PM)
Security Update 2003-07-14 addresses a potential vulnerability when a password is required upon waking from the Screen Effects feature, which could allow an unauthorized user access to the desktop of the logged in user.

Pixadex 1.0 (Posted 7/14/2003 at 4:28 PM)
Pixadex is to icons, what Apple's iPhoto is to images. Brought to you by Panic and The Iconfactory, the team who created CandyBar, Pixadex lets you import, organize and search huge numbers of icons quickly & easily. Pixadex lets you store all of your icons in a single place, organized into collections that you create.

MacXM (Posted 7/14/2003 at 4:25 PM)
MacXM is software for the XMPCR Satellite receiver.

MacStumbler 0.7b (Posted 7/14/2003 at 10:19 AM)
MacStumbler is a utility to display information about nearby 802.11b and 802.11g wireless access points. It is mainly designed to be a tool to help find access points while traveling, or to diagnose wireless network problems. Additionally, MacStumbler can be used for "wardriving", which involves co-ordinating with a GPS unit while traveling around to help produce a map of all access points in a given area.

iCanary 1.0 (Posted 7/11/2003 at 6:59 PM)
iCanary is designed from the ground up to provide FileMaker developers a clear and distinct view of what is available to their solution users via AppleScript.

Nisus Writer Express (Posted 7/11/2003 at 6:58 PM)
Nisus Writer Express is an all new writing and editing tool that is engineered lean, focused and fast at a price even a student can afford.

MacSpeech offers Olympus DS 2000 (Posted 7/11/2003 at 6:53 PM)
MacSpeech announced that they will be offering the Olympus DS 2000 Digital Voice Recorder (refurbished) for $199.00.

Alarm Clock Pro 6.2.7 and Password Retriever 4.5.2 (Posted 7/11/2003 at 6:52 PM)
Koingo Software has released Alarm Clock Pro 6.2.7 and Password Retriever 4.5.2.

Alida (Posted 7/11/2003 at 6:51 PM)
Alida is an adventure game for Macintosh OS9 and OSX from Dejavu Worlds.

Apple and Dell Top Survey (Posted 7/11/2003 at 12:02 AM)
Apple and Dell took the top grades in the annual Readers' Choice survey at PC Magazine.

BuddyPop 1.0 (Posted 7/10/2003 at 11:59 PM)
BuddyPop lets you quickly access your Apple AddressBook via a customizeable shortcut. It is small, light, and discrete; there is no icon in the Dock and you access it at any time.

Mac Minder 1.3 (Posted 7/9/2003 at 8:55 PM)
Mac Minder now offers the option to display status information in the menu bar indicating whether the current program is managed or not, and how much time is remaining.

AOL Instant Messenger 4.6 (Posted 7/9/2003 at 8:54 PM)
With AIM Mac's new IM to Cell feature, you can easily stay in contact with your buddies, that have SMS (Short Message Service) enabled mobile phones.

REALbasic 5.2 (Posted 7/9/2003 at 8:43 PM)
REALbasic 5.2 is available and among other updates should greatly reduce compile times.

WireTap 1.0.0 (Posted 7/9/2003 at 7:24 PM)
WireTap is a free product for that allows you to record any audio playing on your Mac, saving it to a file for later listening or processing.

Alfred 1.6 (Posted 7/9/2003 at 7:23 PM)
Alfred is an easy to use, customizable, universal plug-in manager. Inspired from Mac OS 9's Finder and Extensions Manager, taking care of Mac OS X specificities, it improves user experience to install, remove and manage any kind of plug-ins like screen savers, preference panes, fonts... or anything else.

Watson 1.7.2 (Posted 7/8/2003 at 9:13 AM)
According to MacCentral, the current update to Watson, version 1.7.2 is ready for Panther and includes a few other updates.

JBoss Embedded in Panther (Posted 7/8/2003 at 9:11 AM)
The JBoss server will be embedded in Panther according to this article from MacCentral.

iShell Mobile Edition (Posted 7/8/2003 at 9:07 AM)
iShell Mobile Edition is a new application development tool from Tribeworks for mobile devices.

Orator 1.0 (Posted 7/7/2003 at 4:58 PM)
Orator will save any typed text to an AIFF file using any voice included with Mac OS X.

LipSync 2.0b4 (Posted 7/7/2003 at 9:51 AM)
LipSync allows you to sync between Lotus Notes, Apple's iCal and Apple's Address Book.

Ulysses (Posted 7/7/2003 at 9:48 AM)
Ulysses is a text editor that is being billed as an editor for creative writers.

MacAstronomica 2.02 (Posted 7/7/2003 at 9:38 AM)
MacAstronomica is an astronomy shareware application for beginner and amateur astronomers. It generates sky maps at any time, from anywhere on Earth.

SightClips Offers iSight Mounting Options (Posted 7/7/2003 at 9:15 AM)
SightClips includes three new mounting devices designed to work with the iSight. It includes a display clip that fits the top edge shape of the Apple Cinema Display and Apple Studio Display, a shelf edge clip that attaches to the front edge of any shelf behind a user's Mac system, and a full-size desk stand that raises the iSight to over six inches above a desk surface.

MacResponder 1.01 (Posted 7/7/2003 at 8:58 AM)
MacResponder is and email responder that is fully customizable, works with multiple email accounts, and features rule-based settings to customize what is sent.

Detour 1.0 (Posted 7/7/2003 at 8:57 AM)
Detour lets you control where audio from all your programs is going. Whether you send it to your speakers, your headphones, or mute it all together, you're in charge.

Adobe Premier for Mac (Posted 7/7/2003 at 8:52 AM)
Adobe announced that in the next version of Adobe Premier Pro, it will drop support for the Mac. They site the competition from Final Cut Pro and a complete rewrite as the reasons.

Apple on SimCity 4 (Posted 7/5/2003 at 10:05 AM)
Apple has a review of SimCity 4 on their games site.

Happy 4th of July! (Posted 7/4/2003 at 7:45 PM)
We would like to wish all of our readers a safe and happy 4th of July!

Apple pushing for .Mac renewals (Posted 7/3/2003 at 5:16 PM)
Apple is gearing up for a campaign designed to convince users of its .Mac service to pay for another year.

iSkin eXo (Posted 7/3/2003 at 1:36 PM)
The iSkin eXo includes a uniquely designed removable screen protector (Shades) that inserts into the screen opening of the protector, covering the iPod"s screen and protecting it from scratches. It also includes a removable belt clip that connects to a unique, first of its kind embedded metal belt clip connector.

Schedula Professional 10.1v4 (Posted 7/3/2003 at 1:35 PM)
SkedPro 10.1 includes many new customer-requested features, including private network messaging and availability checks.

Deimos Rising 1.0.4 (Posted 7/3/2003 at 1:34 PM)
Deimos Rising 1.0.4 has been released; this new version contains a number of bug fixes, concentrating on conrtrol devices.

Uplink 1.3.2 (Posted 7/3/2003 at 1:33 PM)
Uplink 1.3.2 has been released; this new version contains a number of bug fixes.

Spy 1.1 (Posted 7/2/2003 at 5:31 PM)
Spy is a small server that shares your screen and information about your Mac with others using a web browser.

Netscape 7.1 (Posted 7/2/2003 at 9:04 AM)
A new version of Netscape is now available with a number of new features.

Casady & Greene (Posted 7/1/2003 at 2:07 PM)
Casady & Greene, the Mac software maker, is closing its doors as they stated in a farewell email to their customers.

PowerSchool SIS 3.6 (Posted 7/1/2003 at 1:47 PM)
PowerSchool SIS 3.6 features more scheduling versatility, expanding on the Master Schedule Builder of version 3.5. Improvements include matrix displays for graphical representation of student schedules across the term, walk-in scheduling for enrolling students one section at a time, improved management of state attendance reports, and additional features to accommodate complex scheduling.

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