December 2003 Archived News

Slideshow Magic 2.0 (Posted 12/31/2003 at 9:44 AM)
Slideshow Magic has been reprogrammed from the ground up and offers a number of new features.

Mac Pilot 1.2 (Posted 12/30/2003 at 1:05 PM)
Mac Pilot has been updated again and includes a number of new features including a new Expose feature that allows you to shrink windows instead of moving them off the screen.

Macabinet 1.5 (Posted 12/30/2003 at 1:03 PM)
Macabinet can now place the Macabinet drawer on any monitor on a multi-monitor system.

Really Basic REALbasic (Posted 12/30/2003 at 1:02 PM)
Really Basic REALbasic is a web site for beginning programers using REAL Basic.

xTime Project 1.5 (Posted 12/30/2003 at 12:58 PM)
xTime Projectis a project management application for Mac OS X and has been updated.

Points (Posted 12/30/2003 at 12:57 PM)
Points keeps track of status items, bullet points, tidbits. You can keep a current list as well as maintaining an archive of those lists as you go.

EarthBrowser 2.0 (Posted 12/24/2003 at 8:15 AM)
EarthBrowser is a three dimensional model of the earth with constantly updating live information that is now available for Mac OS X.

FinKit 2.0 (Posted 12/24/2003 at 8:13 AM)
FinKit is a flexible and intuitive financial calculator that lets you calculate annuities, bonds, dates, interest, loans, leases, rates, and more.

Aki Mahjong Solitaire (Posted 12/24/2003 at 8:07 AM)
Aki Mahjong Solitaire is an elegant blend of the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan for Mac OS X.

TOPO! State Series (Posted 12/23/2003 at 10:00 AM)
TOPO! lets you scroll across entire states and regions with five layers of map detail, including 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 scale topographic maps.

xPad (Posted 12/23/2003 at 9:56 AM)
xPad is a notepad, TextEdit and Stickies replacement for Mac OS X.

NetNewsWire 1.0.7 (Posted 12/23/2003 at 9:50 AM)
NetNewsWire 1.0.7 has now been released as final.

MarkzTools 5 (Posted 12/23/2003 at 9:44 AM)
MarkzTools is an XTension that can be used to prevent corrupted QuarkExpress documents.

DiscBlaze, Macabinet and Zephyr (Posted 12/22/2003 at 11:49 AM)
DiscBlaze, Macabinet and Zephyr are available as a holiday special for $10.

Mac Pilot 1.1 (Posted 12/22/2003 at 11:48 AM)
Mac Pilot lets you change tons of hidden features in Mac OS X and its main highlight is that it can clear your Recent Files in NUMEROUS applications, empty Safari & IE Cookies/History and more.

End Hanging Disconnect (Posted 12/22/2003 at 8:38 AM)
End Hanging Disconnect is a Mac OS X application that will force-quit the infamous "endless disconnect" that can sometimes occur on dialup Internet connections.

iPalmMemo 0.1.6 (Posted 12/22/2003 at 8:37 AM)
iPalmMemo is simple Memo application and Palm Conduit.

MacWorld San Francisco Keynote (Posted 12/22/2003 at 8:23 AM)
Apple has posted a page with QuickTime information for the live keynote.

Security Update 2003-12-19 (Posted 12/20/2003 at 7:03 PM)
Security Update 2003-12-19 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components: AFP Server, ASN.1 Decoding for PKI, cd9660.util, Directory Services, fetchmail, fs_usage, rsync and System Initialization.

For more information on this update, please visit this website:

DeepSix 1.2 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 10:07 AM)
DeepSix has been updated and will now remove AdobeFNT.lst files, but NOT the dreaded AdobeFNT.DB files.

iClock 1.2 Beta 11 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 9:42 AM)
iClock has been updated wiith another beta version.

CandyBar 1.6.2 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 9:39 AM)
CandyBar has been updated and fully qualified for use with Mac OS X 10.3.2.

NetNewsWire 1.0.7b7 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 9:07 AM)
NetNewsWire has been updated and now includes performance fixes, a new widescreen display designed for laptop users and it now displays favicons for sites that use them as well as numerous other changes.

DVD Studio Pro 2.0.3 and Compresor 1.1 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 9:06 AM)
Apple has released updates for DVD Studio Pro and Compresor which include changes from DVD Studio Pro 2.0.1-2.0.3, add support for Cropped D-1 and 1/2 D-1 MPEG-2 video resolutions and change the behavior of the dual-layer break point for DVD-9 projects.

Transmit 2.6.2 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 9:00 AM)
Transmit has been updated and includes some Panther related fixes.

SimpleKeys 2.0 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 8:57 AM)
SimpleKeys 2 is a complete rewrite of the popular f-key shortcut program.

pop-pop 1.0.3 (Posted 12/19/2003 at 8:48 AM)
pop-pop is a unique fusion of pulse-quickening arcade game action and Internetworkable brick-bashing combat, where your paddle is your weapon, and your pop-fu must be strong to survive.

Earthlink TotalAccess 2004 (Posted 12/18/2003 at 6:08 PM)
TotalAccess 2004 adds the EarthLink Accelerator and features address book syncing that synchronizes your Mac OS X Address book with EarthLink's own Web Mail.

iTunes 4.2 (Posted 12/18/2003 at 6:03 PM)
iTunes has been updated to add the ability for AOL users to access the iTunes Music Store.

AOL Members Have Access to iTunes Music Store (Posted 12/18/2003 at 5:44 PM)
Apple has now provided AOL members access to the iTunes Music Store.

QuickTime 6.5 (Posted 12/18/2003 at 4:39 PM)
QuickTime 6.5 delivers a number of new features and important updates, including:
- Creation and playback of mobile multimedia in the new 3GPP2 format.
- Creation and playback of mobile multimedia in the popular AMC format.
- Improved text track support.
- Enhanced DV playback options.
- Enhanced support for iMovie, iDVD, and Final Cut Pro

DeepSix 1.1 (Posted 12/18/2003 at 8:29 AM)
DeepSix is a simple utility that removes some of the font-related files that can cause some design-based applications to unexpectedly quit, especially Flash, Microsoft Office and Adobe products.

Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update (Posted 12/17/2003 at 6:07 PM)
The 10.3.2 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" and is recommended for all users. Key enhancements include:

* Improved file sharing and directory services for mixed Mac and PC networks
* More robust printing to PostScript printers
* Improved font management
* Updated Mail and Address Book applications
* New ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
* FileVault, FireWire 800, WebDAV and USB Printing improvements from Update 10.3.1
* Previous standalone security updates

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:

Important Note:
Apple has identified an issue with external FireWire hard drives using the Oxford 922 bridge chip-set with firmware version 1.02 that can result in the loss of data stored on the disk drive. Even with the improvements available in this update, Apple recommends you update the firmware on your FireWire drive. Please contact your drive manufacturer for more information.

Battery Update 1.1 (Posted 12/17/2003 at 6:05 PM)
The Battery Update enhances the performance of the battery to ensure that full capacity is available for your PowerBook or iBook. Installation of the Battery Update requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The Battery Update supports the following products:

iBook (Dual USB)
iBook (Late 2001)
iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
iBook (32 VRAM)
iBook G4 (12-inch)
PowerBook G4 (12-inch)
PowerBook G4 (12-inch DVI)
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch 1.33GHz)

Note: Once the Battery Update software has been installed, each battery you install in your PowerBook or iBook will be updated automatically. The update is available through software update.

FruitMenu 3.2 (Posted 12/17/2003 at 12:51 AM)
FruitMenu has been updated with support for Mac OS X 10.3.

Apple Remote Desktop Client 1.2.4 (Posted 12/17/2003 at 12:49 AM)
The Apple Remote Desktop Client version 1.2.4 update delivers improvements to security, performance, and reliability of the Apple Remote Desktop 1.2 client software running on Mac OS X versions 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3. For more information on this update, please refer to (Posted 12/17/2003 at 12:47 AM) lets you send, receive and manage email with your new or existing FileMaker Pro database.

Totwise 1.3 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:49 AM)
Totwise is an easy to use, full-featured management and billing program specially designed for programs such as preschools, day care centers, sports leagues, scouting programs, and other youth oriented programs.

StuffIt Deluxe 8.0.2 Updater (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:48 AM)
The StuffIt Deluxe 8.0.2 Updater includes a number of changes that improve the stability of StuffIt Deluxe, and offers improved compatibility with Mac OS 10.3 "Panther".

Power Mac G5 Firmware Update 5.1.4 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:43 AM)
The Power Mac G5 Firmware Update 5.1.4 is available through Software Update.

iClip 2.6 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:42 AM)
iClip is a multiple clipboard/scrapbook application designed to improve user efficiency and productivity for many computing tasks.

25 Million Songs (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:41 AM)
Music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 million songs from Apple"s iTunes Music Store since it launched in April 2003.

DeepSix (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:38 AM)
DeepSix is a simple utility that removes some of the font-related files that can cause some design-based applications to unexpectedly quit, especially Flash and Adobe products.

EZxslt 1.5 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:37 AM)
EZxslt simplifies the generation of Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format documents using data stored in FileMaker Pro 6 databases.

Password Retriever 4.5.8 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:36 AM)
Password Retriever has been updated and includes completely revised synchronization engine, as well as a robust new Find Services function.

Schedula Professional 11.0 (Posted 12/16/2003 at 1:34 AM)
Schedula Professional is a powerful cross-platform enterprise appointment scheduler for use with FileMaker Pro 6.

Installer VISE 8.3 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:23 AM)
Installer VISE has been updated and is listed as a maintenance release that all current users are encouraged to install.

WebMerge 2.3 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:16 AM)
WebMerge produces HTML from any database or spreadsheet that exports in tab-delimited, merge or other tabular formats.

Nanosaur II (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:14 AM)
Nanosaur II has been unveiled by Pangea.

Mail Magic 2 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:10 AM)
Mail Magic allows you to create and send customized text and HTML mails, not only for business purposes such as e-mail direct mailings, but also for personal use, like sending Christmas cards or wedding invitations.

iKeeper 2.0 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:09 AM)
iKeeper enables you to quickly enter, view, or modify internet and product information and quickly search through your records to find the information you need, when you need it.

KidsBrowser 1.1 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:07 AM)
KidsBrowser is a browser designed for Kids using the Safari engine and it has been updated.

GoWeb 1.0 (Posted 12/11/2003 at 11:04 AM)
GoWeb is a favorites manager designed specifically for people who use more than one browser.

iSkin (Posted 12/10/2003 at 12:52 PM)
iSkin has announced updated ProTouch PB, iBook/PowerBook keyboard protectors and the new
iSkin Tattoo Service.

A Better Finder Rename 6.0.5 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:51 AM)
A Better Finder Rename adds new date formats, accelerates the context menu and fixes a number of minor bugs.

UpdateGenie 1.3 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:51 AM)
UpdateGenie includes the ability to distribute update packages via CD-ROM. The release also provides improvements to performance, several fixes, and revised documentation.

Page Sender 3.1.2 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:36 AM)
Page Sender is fax software for Mac OS X which includes support for Panther in the latest version. They also include a comparison with the fax capability that is built into Panther.

Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.5.1 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:24 AM)
Now Up-to-Date & Contact includes support for Panther in the latest update.

MSN for Mac OS X (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:23 AM)
Microsoft has released an updated to MSN for Mac OS X which includes the lastest versions of their software and support for Panther.

SpamSieve 2.1 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:22 AM)
SpamSieve now includes more control on the whitelist and blocklist, additional integration with Mail and Entourage and more.

BBEdit 7.1.1 (Posted 12/10/2003 at 9:19 AM)
BBEdit has and minor update available for download from the Barebones web site.

The Apple Stores (Posted 12/10/2003 at 8:38 AM)
A Wired article on Apple's chain of stores and the opening of the newest one in Tokyo.

Toysight (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:46 AM)
Toysight is a set of fun games and toys to play using your iSight that uses a system of object and motion detection to track your position. Toysight allows you to control buttons, sliders and perform gestures on the screen, putting you right in the gameplay.

MaxBulk Mailer 3.0 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:38 AM)
MaxBulk Mailer allows you to contact large numbers of clients and customers or other contacts via email.

iCal Calling iChat! 1.5 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:29 AM)
iCal Calling iChat! is an AppleScript applet lets you schedule iCal Events as messages in your iChat AV status message, which can be seen in other iChat users' Buddy Lists.

SquidCam 1.5.1 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:27 AM)
SquidCam has been updated and includes bug fixes for the video compressor and LANcast.

Captain FTP 3.1.1 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:24 AM)
Captain FTP has been updated and includes new features such as Server to Server file transfer, Resuming, Transfer Manager, Rendezvous, Accelerated transfer, BBEdit and other text editors support.

CDRestore 1.0 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:23 AM)
CDRestore creates image files from scratched or surface damaged CDs and DVDs. Replicas can then be produced using CD/DVD burning utilities such as Roxio"s Toast or Apple's Disc Burner.

OpenBase SQL 8.0 (Posted 12/9/2003 at 9:21 AM)
OpenBase SQL has been updated and its new features include Rendezvous auto server discovery; automatic IP configuration; improved security; increased performance; new OpenBase Manager tools and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther compatibility. New plugins for REALbasic, JDBC, ODBC, Perl, PHP, Omnis Studio, and Omnis 7 have also been released.

Nicecast 1.0 (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:32 AM)
Nicecast is the easiest way to broadcast music from OS X. Broadcast to the world, or just across your house. Nicecast can help you create your own internet radio station or allow access to your iTunes Music Library from anywhere in the world.

BumperCar (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:31 AM)
BumperCar is another web browser designed for kids that includes a built-in profanity filter, for example, whitelists, and Internet Content Rating Association self-rated sites.

Jobs and Rolling Stone (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:29 AM)
Steve Jobs talks with Rolling Stone about the iTunes Music Store.

Best Products of 2003 (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:16 AM)
Business Week has named the iTunes Music Store one of the best products of 2003 saying that "Its quick success attracted a slew of imitators, but Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store remains the class act for downloading music. With an easy-to-use design, a powerful search function, and reasonable restrictions on usage, Apple figured out what the record labels couldn't: how to get people to pay for music over the Net."

eSanta 1.2 (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:08 AM)
eSanta is a freeware Mac OS X application that will allow your children to email Santa Claus without the use of the Internet.

Alarm Clock Pro 6.3.4 (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:07 AM)
Alarm Clock Pro has been updated with numerous changes and bug fixes.

UpdateGenie 1.3 (Posted 12/8/2003 at 9:06 AM)
UpdateGenie is designed to create update packages for FileMaker solutions quickly and easily.

Third Party Stuffit Fix for Mac OS X 10.3 (Posted 12/6/2003 at 9:00 AM)
Aladdin has released an installer that will fix an issue with third party applications running under Panther being unable to access the Stuffit Engine. This includes fixing the problem in Microsoft Entourage.

Security Update 2003-12-05 (Posted 12/5/2003 at 4:49 PM)
Security Update 2003-12-05 updates Safari to prevent unauthorized access to a user's cookies. It is available via Software Update.

HimmelBar 1.1.1 (Posted 12/5/2003 at 10:25 AM)
HimmelBar is a little faceless application that provides an icon in the menu bar to quickly access your installed applications by scanning standard locations such as local, user, network and developer applications.

pReSS 0.1 (Posted 12/5/2003 at 10:18 AM)
pReSS enables you to load your current RSS 2.0 news feeds or create them from scratch with ease allowing easy access to ALL RSS 2.0 features.

Free VIP Exhibit Hall Pass (Posted 12/5/2003 at 10:16 AM)
MacSpeech announced that a Free VIP Exhibit Hall Pass will be given away with each iListen software package purchased between now and January 1, 2004.

UTC Clock 1.0 (Posted 12/5/2003 at 10:14 AM)
UTC Clock is a simple clock designed to display UTC (GMT, zulu, etc.) time under the menu bar clock.

Lights, Camera, Action: Panther Ready for Prime-Time (Posted 12/5/2003 at 10:11 AM)
An Article on Panther that states that "Apple's latest iteration of it BSD-based OS X software, version 10.3 or 'Panther,' has receive more plaudits than pans throughout the high-tech community."

NoteRiser (Posted 12/4/2003 at 1:40 PM)
NoteRiser is a rise that provides laptop users with the ability to raise their notebook computer screens higher off the desk than they could otherwise go.

PowerMac G5 (Posted 12/4/2003 at 11:38 AM)
The PowerMac G5 is the best product of the year from Fortune magazine which says "The G5's anodized aluminum enclosure isn't just an aesthetic home run: Its perforations keep the computer from overheating. Two sleek handles make the machine easy to move. And the G5's 64-bit processor is one of the fastest around."

Eudora 6.0.2 (Posted 12/4/2003 at 10:49 AM)
Eudora has been updated and mostly addresses some Panther related issues.

Timbuktu 7.0 (Posted 12/4/2003 at 10:48 AM)
Timbuktu has been updated and the new version includes support for Panther with its fast user switching.

BBC News 1.1.1 (Posted 12/4/2003 at 10:47 AM)
BBC News selects any number of the 68 BBC news feeds, downloads them, and presents their contents in an easy-to-read form.

Fax Alert 1.0 (Posted 12/4/2003 at 10:45 AM)
Fax Alert is a folder action script that alerts the user that a Fax has arrived through Panther's built-in Fax receiving.

SoundTrack 1.1 (Posted 12/3/2003 at 11:06 AM)
Apple has updated SoundTrack which includes general fixes and performance enhancements and is strongly recommended for all users of Soundtrack. The improvements include: Linking behavior of relocated project audio files, Recording latency, Compatibility with new features in Mac OS 10.3.

A Better Finder Select 3.3 (Posted 12/3/2003 at 9:08 AM)
A Better Finder Select can now be used as a file selection gateway for A Better Finder Rename, Attributes and Creators & Types. It also tweaks the user interface for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.

KeepAnEye 1.0 (Posted 12/3/2003 at 9:07 AM)
KeepAnEye is a multipurpose monitoring and notification utility which helps you to stay informed efficiently and includes Stickies-like visual rendering, General notification system upon dedicated events, Flexible plug-in architecture and a Homogenous user interface.

Symantec Updates (Posted 12/3/2003 at 9:05 AM)
Symantec plans to offer updates of its software with Panther compatibility in December and January.

Apple Offers DHCP Workaround (Posted 12/3/2003 at 9:04 AM)
According to this MacCentral article, Apple has offered a workaround for the DHCP problem that has been noted in recent weeks. However, this workaround is not a software fix and simply involves disabling the services causing the problems.

EyeTV 1.3.1 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:32 AM)
EyeTV has been updated and includes more seamless integration with Roxio's Toast 6 Titanium CD and DVD burning software.

Intuem 2.1 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:30 AM)
Intuem is an update to the tool for recording, editing, arranging and mixing music on the Mac.

SQLGrinder 1.2 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:28 AM)
SQLGrinder is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that makes your database development easier.

KidzMail 1.2 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:25 AM)
KidzMail includes support for Panther and includes the ability to speak a message in the compose window.

Greppie 1.0 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:23 AM)
Greppie is a GUI to the command line GREP search functionality and includes built in searches for text that you might be looking for, such as URLs, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, dates, credit card numbers and more.

CipherDisk 1.0 (Posted 12/2/2003 at 9:16 AM)
CipherDisk allows bullet-proof protection of data on internal drives, external firewire or USB drives, and CD/DVDs from prying eyes.

Mac Minder 1.4.2 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 1:38 PM)
Mac Minder has been updated and fixes a problem where using limits that began on the half hour could cause programs to be terminated at unexpected times.

MacWorld: Panther Server (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:58 PM)
MacWorld has a two part series on Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" Server. The articles are titled Is it ready for the enterprise? and The Server Admin Tool.

Volume Logic Beta 2 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:55 PM)
Volume Logic is an audio plug-in available for Apple's iTunes.

wKiosk Browser v3.0 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:53 PM)
wKiosk Browser is a fullscreen Web browser for Mac-based Internet and intranet kiosks. The software is aimed to provide users with access to the Internet without giving them direct access to Mac OS X or other applications.

JunkMatcher 0.52 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:50 PM)
JunkMatcher is a small tool that augments Apple's Mail and allows you to use various effective techniques such as IP-based filtering, and flexible regular expressions to identify those sneaky junk mails.

PureFTPd Manager (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:48 PM)
PureFTPd Manager is a small Cocoa frontend to PureFTPd, "a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server based upon Troll-FTPd", for Mac OS X.

SpamCop 1.3.1 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:45 PM)
The SpamCop bundle for Apple's Mac OS X Mail client makes it much easier to use the SpamCop reporting service when dealing with spam.

JunkBroom 1.0.2 (Posted 12/1/2003 at 12:41 PM)
JunkBroom is a statistical junk mail filter that learns what makes your email legitimate and what makes it spam.

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