Netscape, Camino Web Browsers Updated

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 08:50
Category: Software

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Although the web browser wars may never be fully settled (and this is a good thing), some interesting new updates emerged on Tuesday that are worth looking into:
Camino, by the Camino Project, just reached version 1.5. The new version, a 14.8 megabyte download for the English version and an 18.1 megabyte download for the multilingual version, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Adobe Reader Updated to 8.1

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 08:38
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
-Improved forms performance.
-New Acrobat 8 3D support.
-New Integrated FedEx Kinkos Print Online – Send any PDF directly to FedEx Kinko’s.
-Print Online for printing (US only).
-Bug fixes.
-Security improvements.
Adobe Reader 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen. For more information, click here to begin the selection and download process.
The program is coded as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Cool Find: Safe Sleep 1.0

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:32
Category: Software

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It may not be iPhone-related news, but developer Tomis Erwin may have come up with something useful.
SafeSleep 1.0 is a free AppleScript front-end that taps into various Terminal commands to improve upon Mac OS X’s sleep features. Here, the computer can save the contents of the memory to the hard drive before shutting down the computer. This features is also available on other operating systems and is known as “Hibernation” or “Suspend-to-disk”.
The program requires a laptop running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 21 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
Give it a shot and if it works out for you or goes south in any way, let us know.

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iTunes 7.2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:28
Category: Software

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In the midst of yesterday’s update-o-rama, Apple released iTunes 7.2, the newest version of its cross-platform media jukebox program.
The new version, a 29.2 megabyte download, allows users to preview and purchased Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free iTunes Plus music from participating music labels. These files have been encoded at higher bit rates and have been tagged as sounding better while selling for a slightly higher price on the iTunes Store (US$1.29 as opposed to US$0.99 for a standard file).
DRM-free music provides no usage restrictions and is part of a deal Apple penned in April with EMI and other participating labels to begin offering unrestricted music via its online marketplace.
iTunes 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program can be downloaded from the iTunes web site or snagged through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Cool Pick: WiFind

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 11:54
Category: Software

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In other news, reader David Blumenstein pointed out WiFind, a shareware utility from TastyApps that supplements the airport menu in Mac OS X.
Here, a user can click on the wireless network selector and observe additional information such as signal strength and whether or not a given network is open or locked.
WiFind is a 481 kilobyte download for the demo version and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program retails for an US$8.00 registration fee and is coded as a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’re tried WiFind and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Parker Sets About Spring Cleaning

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 10:19
Category: Software

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PowerPage Associate Editor Rob Parker has apparently embarked upon spring cleaning and sent this image along to demonstrate what Unsanity’s utilities can do:


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This effect is achieved via a combination of utilities called ShapeShifter, ClearDock and MightyMouse, which allow for the Mac OS X interface to be customized. The theme shown above is called Eternal 1.2 and the MightyMouse cursor set is known as “lambda”.
The programs are currently coded as universal binaries and run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
Not bad, especially considering when Apple first released Mac OS X, the company had tightened controls as to how appearances could be altered, the classic Kaleidescope program dropping by the wayside.
If you’ve found any cool hacks or ways to change your system’s appearance outside of the standard Mac OS X controls, let us know.

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BackRow Developer’s Kit for Apple TV Emerges

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 07:23
Category: Software

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Developer Alan Quatermain has released a software development kit for Apple TV plug-ins. The BackRow Developer’s Kit program allows users to create custom menu interfaces and other software compatible with Apple TV. The package includes templates as well as framework code to begin working on projects.
Full information can be found on the project’s web site and the current version of the BackRow Developer’s Kit is available as a 1.0 megabyte download.
A sample movie of the software in action can be seen here.
This isn’t for the techie faint of heart, but it is interesting and may allow you to do something new with your Apple TV.
If you’ve played with this and have an opinion about it either way, let us know.

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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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