Early Version of G4FanControl Now Available

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 08:59
Category: Software

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Software developer Andrea Fabrizi has released G4FanControl 0.2, a small utility that can be used to specify a certain minimum temperature limit that much be reached before the fans on an iBook G4 or PowerBook G4 laptop start up (note: Apple sets the default temperature limit to 60° on these units).
The G4FanControl utility is run out of Mac OS X’s Terminal program and users need to be logged in as root. Default temperature limits will be restored by Mac OS X in the event of a reboot.
To download the software and give it a try, click here.
If you’ve tried the utility and have feedback either way, let us know.

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Cool Apps Receive Timely Updates

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Date: Friday, May 25th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Software

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It’s been a little while since we did a software roundup, but several incredibly useful applications have just received updates within the past few days.
Here we go:
iSale 4.1:
One of the quintessential Mac tools for eBay, iSale has been updated to version 4.1. The new version, a 57.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
-New: Support for uploading your pictures to Picasa Web Albums.
-New: Support for new USPS shipping options.
-New: Auctions can be deleted from within groups.
-New: Auctions can be moved into groups in bulk.
-New: Auctions can be selected and deleted in bulk.
-New: A list of selected auctions can be printed.
-New: The selling date of an item is automatically added to the buyer’s Address Book entry.
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DVDxDV Pro Updated with Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2007, 10:31
Category: Software

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DVDxDV, creators of DVDxDV Pro, a program used to export content from unencrypted DVDs to the Mac, have updated the program to version 1.085. The new version, a 3.9 megabyte download, adds an Apple TV export feature.
DVDxDV retails for a US$80 registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run as well as QuickTime 7.0.3 or later to export video to iPod video units.
If you’ve tried the new version and have feedback about it either way, let us know.

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Battery Drain 1.0 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, 08:28
Category: Software

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In the category of “hey, that could be interesting”, developer Scott Finney has released Battery Drain 1.0, a free utility designed to allow laptop users to drain their batteries to a specified amount in order to prepare them for long-term storage (Apple recommends a 50% charge prior to a few months of inactivity).
Once the specified charge has been reached, Battery Drain will shut down the computer and allow the user to store it safely. One alert reviewer has noted that laptop batteries will only hold their charge for a few months in storage, so while this might not be the ultimate catch-all solution, it should help in the shorter term.
Battery Drain is a 125 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate and requires Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later to run.
If you’ve played with this and can provide feedback about it, let us know.

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Unboxing: Final Cut Studio 2

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Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007, 00:01
Category: Software

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The PowerPage’s resident videographer Rob Parker has unboxed his shiny new Final Cut Studio 2 box and has posted five pictures of the packaging in a Flickr photostream.

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QuickTime’s Understated Sidekick: Perian

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Date: Monday, May 21st, 2007, 08:23
Category: Software

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Sometimes your friends open up a network port on their Macs and let you see some of what you’ve been missing. And no matter how savvy or cool you think you are with your shareware, workarounds and free programs, they demonstrate something that blows you away.
Recently, a friend showed me Perian, a set of open source QuickTime components that provide additional support for AVI, FLV, 3ivX, DivX, Sorenson H.263 and other video formats. The end result was QuickTime cleanly opening and working with file formats that had previously needed third party programs such as VLC to play back.
Perian 0.5 is a 944 kilobyte download courtesy of cachefly and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’re interested, give it a shot and let us know what you make of the experience.
Perian is free yet backed by donations and the development group accepts tips via Paypal. If you like what they’re doing, chip in a little bit and support the effort or take a look at the project’s wiki to learn how to become involved with development and testing.

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Adium X Updated to Version 1.0.4

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Date: Monday, May 21st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

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Adium, the free multiple-protocol chat client with support for environments such as AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and Novell Groupwise, has been updated to version 1.0.4 and includes bells and whistles such as tabbed messaging and encrypted chat modes for privacy.
The new version, a 13.2 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Fixed a crash introduced in 1.0.3 which could occur when accounts disconnected or status changed.
-Fixed a crash introduced in 1.0.3 which could occur after a chat is closed.
-Fixed group chat when message history is enabled.
-Fixed incorrect updating of icons in an active chat when a contact’s icon changes or your own icon changes.
-Properly upgrade OTR fingerprints and private keys made in Adium 1.0.2 and earlier (#6891).
-Fixed deletion of temporary images when they are no longer needed (#4711 and #6732).
-Fixed a crash when command-dragging the message window (#6873)/
-Improved chat transcript viewer performance after finishing transcript indexing.
-Added ability for external processes to communicate with Adium via Distributed Objects (connection name: @”com.adiumX.adiumX”).
-We now follow updates to the system time zone (#5383).
Adium requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is coded as a Universal Binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’re tried the new version and have feedback about it either way, let us know.

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PageSender Updated to Version 4.0.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007, 09:45
Category: Software

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Maybe a quick software update’s good for the ego. Or at least it keeps you honest. Less than two weeks after the widescale release of PageSender 4.0, SmileOnMyMac has released version 4.0.1 of its PageSender fax program, which functions as an extended set of tools for Mac OS X’s built-in fax features.
PageSender retails for US$39.95, allows users to send and receive faxes from any program as well as automate when faxes are sent and received.
The new version adds the following features and changes:
-Address Book panel works in Carbon apps (e.g. Word, FileMaker Pro, etc.)
-Live addressing works in Carbon apps.
-Cover page messages can have returns.
-Create new recipients by clicking in the address list.
-MaxEmail and EasyLink work as selected.
-Fixed problem with quitting PageSender Fax Center.
-Other minor fixes and improvements.
PageSender 4.0.1 is coded as a Universal Binary and can function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The program is a 6.6 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and can offer feedback or impressions, let us know.

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CrossOver Updated to 6.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 15th, 2007, 10:46
Category: Software

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CrossOver, the popular emulation program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 6.1. The new version, a 38 megabyte download, offers the following changes and updates:
Mac OS X-specific changes:
-Added handling of mailto: links, both within and outside of CrossOver.
-Added support for installing a set of Windows-specific truetype fonts.
-Fixed a problem with Quartz-wm on new Tiger install disks. Previously this problem caused CrossOver to crash on some new Macs.
-Added a feature that will check for available updates.
-Improved support on Leopard.
-Added Japanese localization.
-Improved support for composed characters
-Some cosmetic changes to the GUI. No major redesigns.
-Improved the menu-syncing algorithm.
New application support:
-EVE Online
-Quicktime 7
-Ichitaro 2006 and 2007 (Japanese locale only)
-Ichitaro Viewer (Japanese locale only)
-IBM HomePage Builder 10 and 11 (Japanese locale only)
Application fixes:
-Fixed some font problems in FrameMaker 7.1
-Added support for RPC over HTTP in Outlook 2003 when running in a Windows XP bottle. This allows use of HTTP mail in Outlook.
-Improved authentication support in Outlook 2003.
-Lots of widespread graphics improvements. Game rendering and performance should be much improved.
-Improved the Equation Editor installation process.
-The Half-Life 2 Intro now plays properly
-Several IE fixes: Wikipedia.org and Microsoft.com now load properly. Improved IE launch times.
-Improved Quicken window rendering.
-Lots of doc revisions.
-Fixed a problem with black icons in the Outlook shortcut bar.
-Fixed autocompletion in Outlook
General CrossOver fixes and improvements:
-Major update of DirectX support.
-Added the ability to automatically download and install localized versions of some installers and service packs, including IE.
CrossOver retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and Intel-based hardware to run. A fully functional 30-day trial version is available for download and testing for potential users.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about the experience, let us know.

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Adium Updated to Version 1.0.3

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

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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.

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