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CrossOver Updated to 6.1

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

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.


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.


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.


PageSender Updated to Version 4.0

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Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, 12:36
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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.


SpamSieve Updated to 2.6.2

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Date: Friday, May 4th, 2007, 14:36
Category: Software

SpamSieve, Michael Tsai’s pretty-near-essential e-mail filtering utility, has just been updated to version 2.6.2.
The new version, a 3.9 megabyte download, adds the following changes and fixes:
-Made changes to prevent a crash on Mac OS X 10.4.9 when quitting in response to a mail program quitting.
-Slight changes for better accuracy.
-Fixed regression where the Import Addresses… command didn’t always work for text files in the default encoding.
-Blocklist and whitelist rules that use Body (any text part) can now match text from the headers of bounced messages (which e-mail clients often display as part of the message body).
-The Software Update feature now checks whether the updated version can run on your installed version of Mac OS X.
-Better logging of messages that don’t have a sender.
-Fixed a threading bug.
-Made an optimization to the Apple Mail plug-in.
-Adjusted the setup instructions for Apple Mail to avoid problem with the Previous Recipients list.
-Modernized the crash reporter code.
-Updated the French and German localizations.
The program retails for a US$30.00 shareware registration fee and provides a 30 day trial period with which the test it. Spamsieve is currently compatible with Apple Mail, Emailer, Eudora, Entourage, GyazMail, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail, or Thunderbird and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and noticed any major changes, let us know.


Google Desktop Updated to

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:09
Category: Software

Software and Internet search giant Google has updated its recently-released Google Desktop for Mac to version
The new version, a one megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
-Speed of re-crawl (after restart) by about 20%.
-Memory use when quickly indexing a lot of data by compressing it until we can process it.
-Handling of UTF8 in Gmail.
-Support for datefrom: and dateto: query restricts.
-Display of search results when a document has been moved or renamed.
-Performance when indexing has been turned off in preferences.
-Detection of command-command key to reduce chances of activating it by accident.
-Thumbnails for image files in the Web UI.
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FTP Security Disaster with 2007-04 Update on OS X Server

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Apple has caused a major disaster with the 2007-04 Security Update.
The 2007-004 Security Update replaced the ftp.plist in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons from Mac OS X server with the version from Mac OS X *Client*. There is no check in the installer if the update installs on client or Server, and it is the same update for both.
The problem this occurred is that when a client uploads something via FTP, the file permissions are wrong, and are set to -rw-r—– instead of -rw-r–r–.
Why is this a problem? My server, for example is a web server, and ever since I applied the security update 2 days ago, new files uploaded to the server would not work, resulting in this error:
You don’t have permission to access [name of file] on this server.
Apache/1.3.33 Server at www.XXXXXX.com Port 16080
How do you fix it? Find out after the jump…


Flip4Mac Beta Released

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 15:55
Category: Software

Flip4Mac, the pretty-much-indispensable freeware utility that steps in where Windows Media Player left off years ago and allows QuickTime components to be installed in order to view Windows Media files, has been updated to version in a public beta release.
The new version, a 7.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Added support for Windows Media 9 Advanced playback.
-Added support for reclaiming file types assumed by other applications.
-Improved ASX handling.
-Improved support for MPEG 4 playback.
-Resolved some issues related to 2pass VBR encoding.
-Resolved manual activation issue.
-Resolved Helix streaming server playback issue.
-Resolved Save as and Save As QuickTime Movie issue on OS 10.3.9/QT 7.1.2 systems.
-Resolved potential for crash when playing back files that have been deliberately modified/damaged.
-Improved support for installation using Apple Remote Desktop.
Flip4Mac is coded as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. The application requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.
Take a test run with the new version and if you have any comments, positive or negative, let us know.


Microsoft Updates IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

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Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2007, 07:32
Category: Software

On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, a 6.9 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker).
The new version enables features such as button and keyboard customization as well as access to battery status and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run. The drivers are programmed as a Universal Binary and function at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
So far the update’s gone smoothly on this end, but if you’ve tried the new version and had a memorable user experience (either positive or negative), let us know.


Retrospect 6 Driver Update Released

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2007, 14:31
Category: Software

It may be minor on some level, but if you’ve forgotten to back your files up and a hard drive goes south, there’s only so much complaining your friends and family will put up with after the fact. On Thursday, Dantz released Retrospect 6 Driver Update, a maintenance update for its Retrospect 6 backup software that fixes bugs and adds support for the following devices:
-Buffalo Link Station Pro
-Dell PowerVault TL2000
-Dell PowerVault TL4000
-HP StorageWorks 1/8 G2 Tape Autoloader
-Imation Odyssey
-Qualstar RLS-8204
-Qualstar RLS-8404
-Qualstar RLS-8216
-Tandberg RDX QuikStor USB
The update is a 2.2 megabyte download and requires Retrospect 6 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’re a heavy Retrospect, let us know what the new version changes and how you like it.