iScroll2 0.27 Adds 2-Finger Scrolling to Older Apple Laptops

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 07:28
Category: Software

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Though hardly a secret feature by any means, discovering that your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook and MacBook Pro can be scrolled through simply by using an extra figner on the trackpad amounts to one of those “Hey, that’s kind of cool!!!” moments.
Unfortunately, this ability wasn’t present until Apple’s 2005 laptops came on the market.
Daniel Becker’s iScroll 2 0.27 adds full support for this on most of Apple’s aluminum PowerBook G4 units as well as all iBook G4 models introduced from 2003 to 2004. The program, a free 176 kilobyte download courtesy of sourceforge.net, is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse driver, which was written for the Apple Desktop Bus-powered trackpads found on older Apple laptops. This code was then released via Apple’s Darwin project and has since been rewritten to support newer laptop models.
iScroll 2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 2003 aluminum PowerBook or iBook G4 to run.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with this, let us know.

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OpenOffice.org 2.2 Released

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 07:34
Category: Software

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OpenOffice.org, the free, open source miltilingual office suite project, has been updated to version 2.2. The software, based on free code and XML capabilities with support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, features the following fixes and improvements among others:
-Enhanced text display throughout.
-Better support for Pivot Tables in Calc.
-Several key improvements in Base.
-A more robust Mac version for X11.
OpenOffice.org supports both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures for the Mac with multiple versions available for Mac OS X. The program is about a 134 megabyte download depending on version selected and requires Mac OS X and the latest version of Java for the operating system 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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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.2 Beta

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 08:46
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On Wednesday, Apple released the latest public beta of is Boot Camp utility. The program, a 138 megabyte download, allows Intel-based Mac owners to easily create a Windows partition and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later on this partition. The Boot Camp Assistant program will burn a CD or DVD containing all of the required drivers for Windows.
The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for Windows Vista (32-bit).
-Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera.
-Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player).
-A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions.
-Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian.
-Improved Windows driver installation experience.
-Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows.
-Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista).
Though currenlt free to any who want to use it, Boot Camp is still in beta and shipped “as-is” with no official support from Apple or Microsoft.
If you’ve tried the new version and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Front Row iPhone Mod Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 13:29
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If you’ve named your pets, family members and nearby furniture “iPhone” in anticipation of Apple’s June release, this might be the thing for you.
Software developer Mike Schumann has just released a freeware program that modifies Front Row’s icons to look like Apple’s upcoming iPhone. The program is a 3.1 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate and also includes a removal program in case you don’t like the changes made.
Front Row iPhone mod requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and Front Row to run.

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VisualHub 1.23 Gains Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Software

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Techspansion’s VisualHub, a catch-all video video conversion program, has just been updated to version 1.23. The new version, a 4.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Apple TV Support! Convert video for the Apple TV all the way up to 720p resolution.
-Improvements to WMV creation.
-Garbled sound through Windows Media Player on Windows XP/Vista fixed.
-Updates to Matroska compatibility.
-Conversions of videos with strange aspect ratios to TV-sized iTunes MPEG-4 files now play properly on the iPod.
-High-bitrate Two Pass H.264 conversions will no longer be susceptible to grey blips in low-motion scenes.
-Fixes to Dutch localization.
-Updates to dvdauthor.
-Stitched iPod/iTunes files can now be automatically added to iTunes.
-MP4 files created by VisualHub have their creator code set to QuickTime Player again instead of iTunes.
-Generic MPEG files are now always created with square-pixels unless otherwise noted.
-Better detection of QuickTime-determined resolution.
-Scene changes handled better for H.264.
-Fixes to PPC NTSC DVD FPS detection. OMG.
-Finnish Localization by Arto Vartiainen.
-Many other fixes and small tweaks.
VisualHub converts to iPod, PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG and Flash formats and is available for US$23.32. The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a universal binary which runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Spanning Sync: Seamlessly Bridge the iCal and gCal Gap

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Spanning Sync v1.0b14 (135)If you’re ever wanted to use both Apple’s iCal and Google Calendar and found yourself confounded by having to juggle two interfaces you owe it to yourself to check out Spanning Sync.

I found out about Spanning Sync from Youngmoo Kim during the roundup section on Episode 36 of the PowerPage Podcast. It’s a fantastic application that delivers on its promise and automatically syncs iCal and gCal behind the scenes.

If you use iCal and wish there was an easy way to share your calendar(s) with other people or computers (without having Dot-Mac or a WebDAV server) then Spanning Sync is just the ticket. You can even sync in the other direction so Google Calendar users can sync events to an iPod, mobile phone and eventually iPhone.

The best way to learn about Spanning Sync is through their demonstration video. Spanning Sync costs US$25 per year or US$65 for a permanent license.

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Adium X Updated to Version 1.0.2

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 07:57
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Adium, the long-standing free instant messaging alternative (the software supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and other protocols), has been updated to version 1.0.2.
The new version, a 14.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Firefox 2.0.0.3 Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 11:50
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Firefox, the open source web browser from mozilla.org has been updated to version 2.0.0.3.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, fixes the following bugs:
-Fixed: MFSA 2007-11 FTP PASV port-scanning security issue.
-Fixed various web compatibility regressions.
Firefox requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is a universal binary that functions 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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Koloroo Releases New Programs for Color Screen iPods

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Koloroo announced two new widgets that could be run on any iPod featuring a color screen. The first, TipKalc, serves as a utility for calculating a 15 to 20 percent tip on any bill and can even split a check five ways.
The second, KolorWheel, displays a suggested color scheme on your iPod. Users can hold their iPod next to an object they wish to match it with and choose a color scheme from there.
TipKalc is available for US$4.99 whereas Koloroo is available for US$7.99. Both programs can be loaded onto an iPod via a Mac or Windows-based PC.
If you’ve tried either of these programs and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Democracy Player Updated to 0.9.5.3

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:00
Category: Software

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Democracy Player, the open-source media player/Internet TV application, has been updated to version 0.9.5.3.
The new version, a 9.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), repairs problems in searching Google video, which had changed its playback format and updates language translation files.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and QuickTime 7 or higher to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
While free, Democracy Player is donationware, so if you like it, you can contribute to the effort via Paypal and through Google Checkout.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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