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Office 2007 File Converters Abound

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 11:35
Category: News

PowerPage associate editor Chuck Freedman brought this to my attention and it’s a good point: Microsoft Office 2007 has introduced the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx) which is not compatible with older versions of the suite such a Office 2004. The Mac version of the new suite (Office 2008) is not expected to ship until the second half of this year. Chuck then mentioned that people are currently sending out file attachments in this format and the end result was making him slam his head against his desk in appreciation.
The guys over at creativetechs have completed a full roundup of conversion options that are both currently available as well as on the horizon:
-Microsoft will be shipping a free Office 2007 converter that’s due any day now. Details are provided in their Mac Mojo blog.
-Panergy Software has released their docXConverter utility. This program, which retails for a US$20 registration fee, allows .docx files to be opened in almost any text editor or inserted in Quark, InDesign or other graphics documents. The free trial allows users to convert up to 20 documents before pushing the user to register the program.
-Docx-converter.com is a free web-based service that allows users to convert a .docx file into an HTML file. Users can upload their files and the read the converted copy in a web browser. This text can also be copied and pasted and a Mac OS X Widget is also available for download.
If you’ve run across this problem or any other solutions/workarounds, please let us know.


Announcement: Joost Offer Continues

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 09:03
Category: Announcement

You people are demented.
And that’s a good thing.
We’re now at 245 requests for Joost invitations and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, I’ll get it out as soon as I can today.
For the time being, if you’d still like an invitation, let me know via the comments (don’t post your e-mail in the comment itself, as spam-bots like to collect addresses where possible and usually use publicly viewed fields like this). The only proviso is that Joost only runs on Apple’s current Intel-based hardware, so if you have an older machine, you might have to borrow a friend’s Mac to try it out.
If you’ve gotten the Joost invitation and had a chance to play with it, feel free to chip in your two cents.


Adium Updated to Version 1.0.3

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Adium, the free multi-client instant messaging application (or the Mac’s best answer as to how you can make a client compatible with AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Bonjour, Novell Groupwise and Lotus Sametime, still make it sound like a squawky bird and have it be cool), has been updated to version 1.0.3.
The new version, a 13.2 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and enhancements:
-Fixed a major memory leak after closing chats present since Adium 1.0.
-Updated to libpurple 2.0.0 (from libpurple 2.0.0 beta).
-Improved retrieval of MSN buddy icons.
-Fixed setting our own buddy icon in some situations in which it would not be set previously.
-Fixed determination of encoding for some AIM profiles and messages (#6839).
-Added NAT-PMP support, significantly improving AIM File Transfer, AIM Direct-Connect, and more when behind an Apple Airport Express or Extreme router.
-Fixed Direct IM images sent to iChat users after pasting from the clipboard.
-Fixed the dropdown menu shown when there are multiple destination contact. choices for an outgoing message. It previously could display a contact different form. the one to which the message would actually be sent.
-Fixed reversion of privacy settings to “Block Certain Contacts” for ICQ and Yahoo accounts (#4770).
-Fixed a crash which could occur when waking a system which had gone to sleep while Adium was conencting.
-Fixed import of logs via Spotlight (#6287).
-Fixed printing of logs (#5617).
-Fixed a crash which could occur after finishing indexing of chat transcripts.
-Fixed an exception when importing Fire contacts.
-Fixed display of bold in the Chat Transcript viewer.
-Fixed a crash which could occur with certain font related problems.
-Improved performance when pasting or dropping large images for use as contact icons or account icons (#6729).
-Fixed incorrect shadow drawing in some situations in the contact list (#5232).
-Suppressed a spurious warning message when connecting to ICQ in some situations (#6533).
-Fixed iTunes away status when nothing is playing (#5899).
-Fixed cascading a message windows when ‘open new chats in tabs’ is disabled. (#4451).
-Allow ` in Jabber / XMPP usernames (#6690).
-Improved icons for SIMPLE, QQ, and Zephyr, using Pidgin’s icons.
-Various localizability improvements.
-Switch to Smart Crash Reports for crash reporting. This will only do anything if Smart Crash Reports is installed (see www.smartcrashreports.com); Adium does not install it.
-(French) Fixed Encryption preferences.
-(German) Fixed advanced messages preferences (#6781).
-(Portuguese) Fixed Personal preferences.
-(Turkish) Fixed a crash on first launch.
-Updated Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish translations.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.


Joost Invitations Available

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 15:52
Category: Announcement

Folks, a friend saw fit to invite me to Joost and with the new beta in process, users have unlimited invitations.
If any of you want in, contact me via the comments and I’ll see that you’re taken care of.
No repayment is necessary, but if someone out there is in a position to make sure that Paris Hilton is deployed into deep orbit with only 20 minutes of oxygen and a Rubik’s Cube for company, that’s all I ask.
Update: Guys, you probably shouldn’t put your e-mail in the body of the comment. We here at PowerPage aren’t in the spam business and don’t harvest your e-mails, but various spam bots do. Just be careful about it and it should save a few headaches down the road!


Tech Data Now Offering Macs Bundled With Parallels

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 15:31
Category: News

Tech Data Corporation has announced that the firm is now offering Macs already bundled with the much-lauded Parallels Desktop for Mac. The offer is applicable to 13 pre-configured packages including a Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro. Each machine included in the deadl arrives with Microsoft Windows XP Pro pre-installed out of the box. The operating systems are pre-configured on Tech Data’s end and cuts off about 1.5 hours of internal setup time per customer.
The configuration service is available for no added charge until June 30th.
Specific price points for the units have yet to be announced.


MapMemo 3 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 11:30
Category: Software

On Tuesday, German software maker MapMemo unveiled MapMemo 3, the new version of its map-modification software. Similar to WYSIWYG HTML/image map editors, the program links files to map images. The new new version allows users to print to paper and PDF as well as add map layers on top of each other. A new “Export to text” function allows maps to be created with number-indexed memos as well as an indexed list of details.
For a demo video of how the program works, click here.
MapMemo 3 retails for US$25.00 and users who purchased a version of MapMemo after March 1st can acquire the upgrade version for free. Registered users will receive a complimentary second license that can be personalized to another user – an unlicensed version will allow three MapMemo files to be created or saved before reminding the user to register.
The software is a 3.5 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later to run. The program is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.


Miglia’s TVMax Software Updated, Now Allows for Apple TV and iPod Conversion

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 08:54
Category: News

Miglia has announced that it has released a software update to its TVMax product, a device which hooks into a Mac and allows video to be imported via coax, S-video and composite inputs. The TVMax itself relies on a USB 2.0 connection to interface with the computer.
According to Macworld UK, the version 1.0.1 update, which weighs in at an 11.6 megabyte download, allows both the TVMax and TVMax+ models to export captured video to either iPod or AppleTV formats. Imported video is encoded in real time to an MPEG-2 format and users can run further conversions from there.
The update is free for TVMax users who purchased a unit after January 19th of this year. Otherwise, the software retails for about US$39.27 (29 Euros). The TVMax and TVMax+ units themselves retail for about US$201.78 (149 Euros).


Microsoft Releases Latest Vista Update for iPods

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, 07:19
Category: News

Microsoft‘s Windows Vista team has announced that it has published the “final” update for iPod compatibility with the Windows Vista operating system.
According to the Infinite Loop blog on Ars Technica, the update was developed in cooperation with Apple and addresses a concern wherein users have been in danger of corruption on the iPod when using Vista’s “Safely Remove Hardware” feature in the system tray.
The update has been released on a Microsoft support page for the time being and will become available via Windows Update on May 22nd.
Why this is the “final” update, we’re not sure, but they seem detemerined to lick this problem and maybe they finally have.
If you’ve tried the update and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.


Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.3.5 Update

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 16:19
Category: Uncategorized

On Tuesday, Microsoft released a version 11.3.5 update of its Office 2004 suite for Mac. The update, a 58.5 megabyte download, repairs security-related vulnerabilities that can cause file contents to be overwritten by malicious code.
According to Macworld News, the update also corrects a bug that can increase the use of system resources when files or objects are dragged to an Office application windows. Other fixes include a patch for Excel which would prompt the program to suddenly open workbooks or other files, a patch to reduce PowerPoint’s number of unexpected quits and an update which improved responsiveness in Microsoft Entourage.
The update can be downloaded via Microsoft’s web site or through the Microsoft AutoUpdate program. Office 2004 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to run and retails between US$149.00 and US$499.00 depending on version purchased.
If you’ve tried the new version and have comments about it, let us know.


PageSender Updated to Version 4.0

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 12:36
Category: Software

In other news, SmileOnMyMac has released PageSender 4.0, the newest version of its fax program for Mac OS X. Historically, PageSender has worked as a beefed-up version of Mac OS X’s internal faxing features, offering a browser and additional functionality such as automated/scheduled sending and receiving of faxes.
The new version offers the following changes:
-Spam filtering.
-PDF cover pages.
-Direct lookup in Address Book (no launching).
-Preview faxes in PageSender Fax Center.
-Preview cover page in print dialog.
-More space for cover message in print dialog.
-Font and style support for cover message.
-Enhanced performance with Printer Sharing.
-Improved PageSender Fax Center user interface.
The new version retails for US$39.95 and can be purchased as an upgrade version for US$20.00 or for free if purchased from January 1st, 2007 to the present date.
PageSender 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-native hardware. The software is a 6.6 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.