Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0 Out the Door

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 08:23
Category: Software

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Mozilla.org, creators of the Firefox web browser, has just released version 2.0 of Thunderbird, its free e-mail client. The new program, a 19.2 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and new features:
-The ability to customize your toolbars the way you want them. Choose View / Toolbars / Customize inside any window.
-UI extensions can be added to Mozilla Thunderbird to customize your experiene with specific features and enchancements that you need. Support for extensions. Extensions allow you to add features particular to your needs such as offline mail support.
-A new look and feel. Thunderbird also supports a large number of downloadable themes which alter the appearance of the client.
-An addressing sidebar for mail compose which makes it easy and convient to add address book contacts to emails.
-Online help includes a FAQ, tips and tricks and other useful information.
-Simplified preferences UI and menus.
-Footprint and performance improvements.
-Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
-Visual Theme: Thunderbird 2′s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability and maximize screen real estate.
-Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
-Advanced Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
-Easy Access to Popular Web Mail Services: Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords.
-Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
-Improved New Mail Notification Alerts: New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message preview text.
-Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
-Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
-Find As You Type: Finds and highlights message text as you type.
-Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
-Updates to the Extension System: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
Thunderbird 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is programmed as a Universal Binary, allowing for native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
As always, if you’ve played with the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know.

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VLC Media Player Updated to 0.8.6b

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 07:11
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VLC, the open source media player client, has received another update, pushing the version up to 0.8.6b. The new version, which measures between 13 and 23 megabytes depending on the specific client chosen for download, offers the following bug fixes and feature improvements:
Notable bug fixes:
-Improvements to out-of-bound read in demuxers.
-Demuxers crashes (incl. CVE-2007-0256).
-Mac OS X interface crashes.
-VP31 decoding on Windows platforms.
-Direct3D Video Output modifications for Vista compatibility.
-Correct behavior for feeding streams to Icecast or Shoutcast servers.
-Enhanced Flash Video support incl. VP61 and VP60.
-Teletext subtitles (telx) support.
-Rectified web browser plug-in behaviour and improved usability.
Mac OS X Interface & Port:
-Diverse usability improvements.
-New wizard option to embed subtitles.
-Screensaver/automatic sleep mode is enabled when a video is paused.
-Improved Delete-Preferences-Script.
VLC requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available in PowerPC-native, Intel-native and Universal Binary formats. The program has gained popularity over the years in that it’s been able to play formats that Apple’s QuickTime software has not yet developed support for or may be legally constrained from supporting for some time given ownership and licensing terms.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either positive or negative experiences with it, let us know.

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John Starmer Releases MightyMonitor Widget

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 09:11
Category: Software

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Falling somewhere between the categories of “pretty neat idea” and “hey, that could be really useful”, developer John Starmer has released the MightyMonitor widget, a small widget application that displays the battery status of Apple’s wireless keyboard as well as its mighty mouse.
The readout displays remaining battery life as a percentage while the stop light-esque status readout warns the user that less than 25% of original battery life remains if the light is yellow and less than 10% remains if the light turns red.
MightyMonitor is available as a 412 kilobyte download through MacUpdate and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.

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BriteMac Introduces VM2Go Utility

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Date: Monday, April 16th, 2007, 08:14
Category: Software

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As virtual machines have become more popular, software for managing them begins to become necessary. Responding to this, BriteMac has released VM2Go, a shareware utility that allows users of the best-selling Parallels Desktop for Mac to easily load and maintain the individual virtual machine profiles they’ve created with the program. Virtual machines can then be transferred to an external drive such as an iPod, DVD or thumb drive.
VM2Go is available for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and is a 1.5 megabyte download for free, although will require registration after being run 20 times according to Macworld News.
If you’ve tried the program and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2 Released

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2007, 08:58
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On Thursday, Mark/Space announced that it had released The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 3.0.2. The update, a 28.1 megabyte download, serves as a free upgrade for registered users and runs US$39.95 for new users to purchase and download or US$49.95 to have a CD-ROM shipped along.
The new version of the software, which enables Macs to go beyond communication services provided through Mac OS X and iSync, allows for synching with Windows Mobile devices. Data such as contacts, calendars, addresses, notes, iTunes content and iPhoto pictures can be transferred back and forth via this program. Version 3.0.2 serves as a maintenance update and removes the need for the device to be running in “flight mode” prior to connecting to the Mac according to Macworld News. This update also provides support for the Orange 3100 and HP RX 19XX series devices.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later and a G4, G5 or Intel-based processor to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Skype 2.6 for Mac Beta Hits, Adds Call Transfer Feature

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:24
Category: Software

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Skype has just announced a public beta of its 2.6 version for the Mac OS X platform. The new version, a 29.6 megabyte download, adds the following new features:
-User reminders and notifications for events such as appointments.
-Call Transfer feature to bounce a call over to current Skype contacts.
-Public chats can now be joined.
-Chat typing indicator to see when others are writing messages
-Skype Prime services access.
-Automatic Update now allows client to upate without having to visit a web site to download a new version.
-DTMF tones for automatic answering services available also during Skype-to-Skype calls.
Skype 2.6 requires an 800 MHz G4, G5 or Intel processor, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, 512 megabytes of RAM, 40 megabyes of free hard disk space and a microphone to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures.
If you’ve tried the new version and had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Opera Browser Hits Version 9.2

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:25
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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.2 of its free web browser.
The new version, an 11.2 megabyte download, incorporates new features such as Speed Dial (a means of accessing favorite web sites in newly opened ab windows, then clicking on a site thumbnail to open a web site) as well as integrated BitTorrent support, content filtering, Widget support, a fraud protection scheme, IRC support and support for multiple search engines according to Macworld News.
Opera is programmed as a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know.

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VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 3

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:16
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VMWare has recently released beta 3 of Fusion, its virtualization product for the Mac that allows users to simultaneously run operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and others on their Intel-based Macs.
The new version boasts the following fixes and improvements:
-Much faster operating speeds.
-Full Boot Camp partition recognition support
-A Windows Easy Install wizard program to make installation easier.
-Improved virtual machine management. Multiple virtual machines and their individual settings can be centrally controlled from the Virtual Machine Library.
-Improved international support (European and Apple keyboards now have full functionality within the program).
-Host-Only Networking: This creates a network completely self-contained within the Mac between the virual machine and the Mac.
-Improved Suspend/Shutdown State: VMWare now takes a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine as well as a “play” button to resume use of the virtual machine.
-Improved Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now fully functional and devices can be removed when the virtual machine is powered down.
-Improved Networking Performance: In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case. Virtual networking no longer fills system logs.
-VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. Beta 3 release resolves this issue.
The new beta can be downloaded here after signing in through a registration form.
If you’ve tried the new beta and have had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Purple Ghost Releases iRepo X

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Purple Ghost Software released iRepo X, a shareware utility that allows users to both transfer songs to and from an iPod as well as recover lost songs on the iPod back to your Mac.
Like similar programs, the software allows users to connect a friend’s iPod, then go through a list of songs and select which ones they want to copy over.
iRepo X is a 3.3 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and retails for a US$12.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the software and have comments or feedback about it, let us know.

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Google Desktop for Mac Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2007, 08:59
Category: Software

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Internet giant Google has released Google Desktop for Mac, a desktop search tool the company states will work alongside Apple’s Spotlight feature built into Mac OS X 10.4.
Google Desktop functions as localized search tool as well as a web-enabled tool that can search through GMail, Google’s image engine, the company’s map program, available online media, etc.
Although Spotlight currently stands as an established local search standard on the Mac, Google claims its program can currently utilize any Spotlight plug-ins thtat users already have installed on their system according to Macworld News.
The program, a one megabyte download, is activated by hitting the Command key twice to bring up a search window. Begin typing and, like Spotlight, Google begins to display results such as whether it finds a document or application. If the first 10 listed results found don’t match what you’re looking for, clicking a “Search Web” option below the found results will pull up your default web browser and Google’s search engine results for your request.
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