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March 2003 Archived News

Lights Out 2.1.1 (Posted 3/31/2003 at 2:14 PM)
Lights Out is an application designed to give users more control over Apple's Energy Saver. It helps solve the problem of Energy Saver insomnia.

Watcher'84 1.0 (Posted 3/31/2003 at 9:00 AM)
Watcher'84 monitors your list of favorites web pages and notifies you when something gets updated on one of them.

Wallet 1.0 (Posted 3/31/2003 at 8:58 AM)
Wallet can store passwords, credit cards, serial numbers, contacts, and more, all using 448-bit Blowfish encryption, and password protection on top of that.

Enigmo (Posted 3/29/2003 at 11:41 AM)
Enigmo is a 3D puzzle game where the player manipulates various streams of flowing liquid so that the droplets can reach their destination.

Virtual PC 6 Review (Posted 3/29/2003 at 11:40 AM)
A Macword review of Virtual PC 6 states that it improves OS X integration, performance and usability.

eMessage Archiver 4.0b5 (Posted 3/28/2003 at 9:05 AM)
eMessage Archiver archives email and newsgroup messages to a FileMaker Pro database, removing them from your email program afterwards. It supports Eudora, Outlook Express, PowerMail, and other programs and features replies to archived messages via any supported email application, filtering, and background operation.

Bio-IT World: IT outsourcing firm says Macs save money (Posted 3/28/2003 at 9:02 AM)
Dan Tully estimates that a company running a Windows-centric server environment will spend about two thirds less time and money managing its IT resources by doing the same things with Mac OS X Server and an Xserve instead.

Alarm Clock Pro 6.2.2 (Posted 3/28/2003 at 8:52 AM)
Alarm Clock Pro has received a small update with some bug fixes and new features.

Jaguar Cache Cleaner 1.7 (Posted 3/28/2003 at 8:49 AM)
Jaguar Cache Cleaner may help solve random application crashes by deleting the OS X caches and restarting applications.

EvoCam 3.0 (Posted 3/27/2003 at 2:14 PM)
EvoCam uses virtually any QuickTime-compatible video camera and periodically captures an image and uploads it via FTP to your web server, at intervals between 1 second and 24 hours.

X versus XP (Posted 3/27/2003 at 12:40 PM)
The Mac OS X vs. Windows XP web site has a number of sectioms comparing the two operating system.

ClipboardSharing 1.0b (Posted 3/27/2003 at 11:08 AM)
ClipboardSharing is a free application that allows you to send your clipboard between Mac OS X computers. You can use it to send almost anything that can be copied to a clipboard, including formatted text and images, and because it uses Rendezvous to find computers on the local network it is very simple and efficient to use.

Macaroni 1.3.4 (Posted 3/27/2003 at 10:56 AM)
Macaroni is a tool which handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X's Unix core. Normally these tasks run on a regular schedule, in the middle of the night. However if you don't leave your Mac on all night, they never run.

ShredIt X 5.2 (Posted 3/27/2003 at 10:55 AM)
ShredIt provides an easy, permanent way to securely delete files, folders or disk free space. Because throwing a file in the trash does not remove the file contents from the hard disk, just the file name, what you threw away can be recovered by someone else.

Air Whisper 1.3 (Posted 3/27/2003 at 10:50 AM)
Air Whisper enables a high-quality playback and easy browsing through MP3 files, while consuming minimal system resources.

Mobile High Speed (Posted 3/26/2003 at 11:10 AM)
Mobile High Speed allows you to use your mobile phone as a modem to go online and supports CDMA, TDMA as well as GPRS, GSM and HSCSD.

PGP Personal 8.0 (Posted 3/26/2003 at 11:05 AM)
A MacWorld review of PGP Personal 8.0, the first version to run on Mac OS X, states it is an excellent and inexpensive solution for people who must regularly protect the contents of files or disks, or who frequently need to send and receive secure documents.

AOL Voicemail (Posted 3/26/2003 at 11:03 AM)
AOL Voicemail, which rolls out Wednesday, functions like services offered by telecom carriers -- where users dial a number to access their voicemail -- but adds the combined functionality of e-mail.

iRoster 1.0b3 (Posted 3/26/2003 at 10:55 AM)
iRoster is a Rendezvous-based service browser and advertiser which can both find Rendezvous enabled services and advertise those that aren't.

ZDNet on the 12-Inch PowerBook G4 (Posted 3/26/2003 at 10:47 AM)
ZDNet reviews Apple's new aluminum-cased 12-inch PowerBook G4 and states that it "hits the spot nicely."

MCE Internal DVD-R Upgrades (Posted 3/26/2003 at 10:39 AM)
MCE internal DVD-R upgrades have been announced for the following Macintosh systems: Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube, PowerBook G4, Power Mac G3, PowerBook G3 (FireWire/Bronze), iBook (Dual USB), iMac (Flat-Panel), iMac (Slot-Loading), and iMac (Rev. A-D).

How to Use Your Mobile Phone as a Wireless Modem (Posted 3/25/2003 at 11:39 AM) noted this Apple Knowledge Base article on using your mobile telephone as a wireless modem.

MacAT 6.5 (Posted 3/25/2003 at 11:38 AM)
MacAT is a Windows AT/UNIX cron-like task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators. It is a fat binary application that allows 37 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run once, hourly, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention.

Airport 3.0 (Posted 3/25/2003 at 11:17 AM)
Apple has released version 3.0 of the Airport software which supports both AirPort Extreme and AirPort products.

Toast Titanium 5.2.1 (Posted 3/25/2003 at 11:15 AM)
The improvements to Toast 5.2.1 Titanium include, but are not limited to: added CDDB2 submit feature, fixed Toast online help formatting issues with Jaguar help system, improved compatibility of VideoCD export with iMovie 3, improved 4x recording performance with Pioneer DVD-R, fixed AppleScript error during transfers from iView, Panic, CD SpinDoctor to Toast.

Security Update 2003-03-24 (Posted 3/25/2003 at 11:13 AM)
Available through Software Update, Security Update 2002-03-24 addresses a Samba vulnerability which could allow unauthorized remote access to the host system. The built-in Windows file sharing is based on the open source technology called Samba and is off by default in Mac OS X. OpenSSL is also updated to address an issue in which RSA private keys can be compromised when communicating over LANs, Internet2/Abilene, and interprocess communication on local machine.

MSN Messenger 3.5 for Mac OS X (Posted 3/24/2003 at 4:19 PM)
MSN Messenger 3.5 for Mac OS X is now available on Microsoft's Mactopia web site.

FoldersSynchronizer 3.2 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 12:26 PM)
FoldersSynchronizer, a shareware utility for Macintosh (Classic and MacOS X) for Synchronizations and Backups, has been updated with numerous enhancements and fixes.

Apple ends Safari Test Program (Posted 3/24/2003 at 10:27 AM)
Apple computer has ended the Safari test program that allowed some developers access to the latest test versions of Safari after screen shots of the browser were made public.

Font Sampler 0.1 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 10:12 AM)
Font Sampler is a simple font viewer which gives you the ability to change the text and background color, the text size, if the text is underlined, and the phrase the text spells.

PopChar X 2.1 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 10:08 AM)
PopChar X has been updated with French localization and several bug fixes and enhancements.

MSN Messenger 3.5 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 10:06 AM)
Microsoft is planning to release an update to their MSN Messenger software for Mac OS X today with message archiving and new features in contact management.

Drumbeat (Posted 3/24/2003 at 10:01 AM)
Drumbeat is a File-Sharing application that provides access more than 800,000 users, 450 Million Files, and up to 11 Petabytes (11 Billion Megabytes) of information at any given time.

Mac Minder 1.2 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 9:56 AM)
Mac Minder has been updated to version 1.2 which adds new features, includes interface enhancements and fixes some bugs.

Contact Keeper 4.1.2 (Posted 3/24/2003 at 9:51 AM)
Contact Keeper has been updated with a number of new features, modifications and Bug Fixes.

Apple Students Web Site (Posted 3/22/2003 at 11:29 AM)
Apple has created a web site for students which provides information on how the Mac will fit in on campus and why it is better than a Windows PC.

Little Snitch 1.0.3 (Posted 3/21/2003 at 9:21 AM)
Little Snitch runs in the background and hooks into the operating system kernel while you are logged in. When an application tries to establish a network connection, Little Snitch intercepts the attempt and brings up an alert panel, telling you all the connection details including the name of the application which initiated the connection. You can either allow the connection, deny it or add a permanent rule for similar future-connections.

Team Task (Posted 3/21/2003 at 9:20 AM)
Team Task is a networked task and to-do organizer which uses Apple's new Rendezvous technology to locate peers on a local network and enable team work features.

Directors NoteBook (Posted 3/21/2003 at 9:18 AM)
Directors NoteBook is a digital "project notebook" for television commercial directors built with FileMaker Pro. It organizes all the information a director needs access to during pre-production, production, and post.

The Hard Drive Deli (Posted 3/21/2003 at 9:15 AM)
The Hard Drive Deli, an all-Mac cyber cafe, is quickly becoming a homing beacon for students from nearby high schools and colleges, graying baby boomers, business people and other cyber-minded customers who come to the deli for a decent cup of coffee, gourmet sandwiches - and one of the high-speed iMacs.

Apple WWDC 2003 (Posted 3/21/2003 at 9:13 AM)
Apple has changed the dates of its Worldwide Developers Conference to June 23-27th at the Moscone Center and they will be showing the next version of Mac OS X, codenamed "Panther".

Driving Automotive Dreams (Posted 3/20/2003 at 10:18 AM)
Driving Automotive Dreams is an Apple article on the use of Quicktime VR to produce virtual images of automobiles.

Cisco Buys Linksys (Posted 3/20/2003 at 9:27 AM)
Cisco Systems said it would buy Linksys, a manufacturer of networking gear for consumers, in a stock deal valued at $500 million. (Posted 3/20/2003 at 8:06 AM) is a Mac only ISP launched by Other World Computing that provides nationwide 56K internet access.

FruitMenu 3.0.1 (Posted 3/20/2003 at 8:04 AM)
FruitMenu, a haxie that customizes and enhances Apple and contextual menus in Mac OS X, has been updated.

Jaguar Training for .Mac Users (Posted 3/20/2003 at 8:02 AM)
Apple is providing subscribers to its .Mac online service access to exclusive Jaguar training.

DAVE 4.0.2p1 (Posted 3/20/2003 at 7:59 AM)
DAVE has been updated with numerous bug fixes.

MapServer OSX 3.6.4 (Posted 3/20/2003 at 7:59 AM)
MapServer OSX is a Mac OS X port of the Open Source MapServer software, distributed in the easy-to-install Mac OS X package installer format.

GEDCOM Editor 1.0 (Posted 3/20/2003 at 7:57 AM)
GEDCOM Editor allows to inspect, create and modify Genealogy Data stored in the GEDCOM 5.5 standard.

Al Gore Joins Apple's Board (Posted 3/19/2003 at 4:02 PM)
According to this article, Al Gore has joined Apple's board of directors.

Oyster (Posted 3/19/2003 at 9:31 AM)
Oyster is a laptop holder which allows you to use your laptop at a more comfortable viewing angle. It works with Apple laptops as well as other brands.

Pulp 1.0 (Posted 3/19/2003 at 9:26 AM)
Pulp allows you to track the time used by every method, function and event in REALbasic without tediously adding timing code to all those routines by hand.

AutoTagX 2.65 (Posted 3/19/2003 at 9:11 AM)
AutoTagX automatically tags and organizes your MP3 files with the simplicity of drag-and-drop and the power of internet music databases.

Apple Offers Clustered Servers (Posted 3/19/2003 at 9:07 AM)
Following in the footsteps of larger competitors that sell Intel-based products, Apple Computer has begun offering a version of the XServe that can be linked in groups, or clusters, capable of tackling mammoth computing tasks.

Apple Pulls Plug on Original iMac (Posted 3/18/2003 at 1:21 PM)
According to this article, Apple is no longer selling the original iMac and has removed it from its online store.

OmniGraffle 3.0 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:31 AM)
According to Think Secret, OmniGraffle 3.0 should be available in April and will finally include the ability to import/export Visio 2000 files.

OnSync 1.0.3 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:28 AM)
OnSync is an application that will synchronize your contacts between your mobil phone and the Address Book or Microsoft Entourage.

X11 for Mac OS X Beta 3 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:22 AM)
Apple has released Public Beta 3 of their X11 for Mac OS X implementation.

QuickLink Mobile Mac (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:21 AM)
The next version of QuickLink Mobile from Smith Micro will add support for Bluetooth enabled mobile phones.

ScreenRecord 1.3 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:18 AM)
ScreenRecord is a screen recording tool that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a Quicktime movie.

NetWorker 7 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:18 AM)
NetWorker is data recovery and backup application for enterprise environments and supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux.

MakeBundle 2.0.1 (Posted 3/18/2003 at 9:16 AM)
MakeBundle is a small application designed to simplify the process of creating bundled applications, libraries, or plugins from the Metrowerks CodeWarrior programming environment. Although CodeWarrior has the required support for creating bundles, MakeBundle improves upon the process.

MBS Plugin for REALbasic (Posted 3/17/2003 at 12:59 PM)
The MBS Plugin adds many functions to REALbasic including some AppleScript functions.

Apple To Bring Software-On-Demand To Developers In CompUSA (Posted 3/17/2003 at 9:08 AM)
The Apple Developer Connection (ADC) has rolled out a new publishing vehicle for Mac developers that places unprecedented options for developers and consumers alike at CompUSA retail locations.

24U DatabaseToWeb (Posted 3/17/2003 at 9:06 AM)
24U DatabaseToWeb is a solution for the management and actualization of Internet databases which manages to import almost any simple-structured database and export it subsequently to static web pages.

TextSpresso 2.2 (Posted 3/17/2003 at 9:04 AM)
TextSpresso 2.2 uses an enhanced threading system for Mac OS X and now large files now filter up to twice as fast on Mac OS X as they did with prior versions.

Labels X 1.1.2 (Posted 3/17/2003 at 8:54 AM)
Labels X adds file labeling features into Mac OS X. This means, you can apply various color tints to file icons, and sort the files by label.

JJEdit 1.1 (Posted 3/17/2003 at 8:53 AM)
JJEdit has been updated to include support for Java 1.4.1 which was installed with an Apple update last week.

PowerSchool 3.5 (Posted 3/17/2003 at 8:51 AM)
An update to PowerSchool includes updates to its Master Schedule Builder has been improved with multi-day scheduling, visual schedule matrices, walk-in scheduling and new scheduling reports.

iStorm 2 (Posted 3/15/2003 at 1:59 PM)
iStorm lets users work, talk, and think together. With iStorm, a user can open up a document, and immediately start brainstorming it with other collaborators over a network.

BurnoutMenu (Posted 3/15/2003 at 1:51 PM)
BurnoutMenu lets you track items in multiple categories at a glance. Just one click lets you see what you need to do and how important it is.

Lights Out 2.1 (Posted 3/13/2003 at 10:36 PM)
Lights Out is an application designed to give users more control over Apple's Energy Saver.

New Millennium offers FileMaker Server System (Posted 3/12/2003 at 2:09 PM)
New Millennium announced a FileMaker Server System which includes a Toshiba Magnia SG20 Wireless Mobility server running Red Hat Linux, FileMaker Server Administrator, an HTML front-end that can be used to configure and administer FileMaker Server itself.

FAXstf X Pro 1.0 (Posted 3/12/2003 at 11:48 AM)
FAXstf X Pro is now available from Smith Micro and includes more of the features missing in the FAXstf X.

Hilton to Offer Wi-Fi in Public Areas (Posted 3/11/2003 at 11:06 PM)
According to, Hilton Hotels and Resorts plans to install high-speed wireless Internet access at nearly 50 Hilton-brand hotels and resorts in major metropolitan areas throughout North America within the next 30 days.

OmniWeb adds Shockwave Support (Posted 3/11/2003 at 11:05 PM)
In the latest beta release, OmniWeb 4.2 has added support for Macromedia's Shockwave Player.

BBEdit 7.0.3 (Posted 3/11/2003 at 11:03 PM)
Bare Bones Software has released an update to BBEdit bringing it to version 7.0.3.

Apple Releases Java 1.4.1 Update (Posted 3/10/2003 at 10:49 PM)
The Java 1.4.1 update adds the following enhancements: improved Java applet support for Safari and other web browsers that support the Java Internet Plug-In; up-to-date with the latest Java release from Sun, with hundreds of new features, including built-in support for XML-based web services, enhanced client functionality, and improved performance and reliability; ava applications take better advantage of Aqua and Quartz Extreme; Java applications now fully leverage the built-in Universal Access features of Mac OS X v10.2; Java applications can now be controlled through AppleScript, via the new UI Scripting technology.

HomeRun 1.2.3 (Posted 3/10/2003 at 10:46 PM)
HomeRun now has additional AppleScript commands designed to make integration with the Sony Ericsson Clicker much easier. Specifically, it supports the notion of a "current module," much like iTunes supports the notion of a "current track."

BigFoot 2.2 (Posted 3/7/2003 at 9:29 AM)
BigFoot is a Mac OS X "desktop critter" that provides you with endless entertainment, in the form of a pair of feet.

Norton AntiVirus 9.0 beta 2 (Posted 3/7/2003 at 8:51 AM)
Symantec has released beta 2 of Norton AntiVirus 9.0.

Camino 0.7 (Posted 3/7/2003 at 8:50 AM)
Camino, formerly known as Chimera, has been updated with a download manager, Rendezvous support and more.

Keynote takes on PowerPoint (Posted 3/6/2003 at 7:24 PM)
A article compares Apple's Keynote software to Microsoft's PowerPoint software.

iMovie 3.0.2 (Posted 3/6/2003 at 6:34 PM)
Apple released an update to iMovie which provides improved performance and stability with iMovie 3.

Renicer 1.2 (Posted 3/6/2003 at 6:24 PM)
Renicer has been updated with the following enhancements: Dock and Window Server priorities can now be individually set, it now maintains a list of high priority applications, all of Renicer's changes can now be made persistant, so that Renicer can be quit if desired and it now also works in non admin user accounts.

AirPort Base Station Firmware 4.0.8 (Posted 3/6/2003 at 10:52 AM)
AirPort Base Station Firmware 4.0.8 is an upgrade for the Snow (dual-Ethernet) base station. This firmware revision is not necessary for the Graphite base station nor the AirPort Extreme Base Station. It is recommended that you use AirPort 2.1.1 or later software with this base station firmware release.

Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.1 (Posted 3/6/2003 at 10:49 AM)
Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer.

MacScan b3 (Posted 3/5/2003 at 2:21 PM)
MacScan is designed to detect, isolate and remove spyware, keystroke loggers, Trojans, and bring awareness to remote administration type applications which could have been maliciously or inadvertently installed on your Macintosh.

MacReporter 1.1.3 (Posted 3/5/2003 at 2:15 PM)
MacReporter has been upated with numerous bug fixes.

VPN Tracker 1.6PR1 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 10:05 AM)
VPN Tracker now includes WatchGuard How-To documentation, used the Mac OS X Authorization Services and more.

AppleScripts for Sony Ericsson Clicker (Posted 3/4/2003 at 10:02 AM)
Apple has released some AppleScripts for the new Sony Ericsson Clicker software which allows you to remotely control a Bluetooth-enabled Mac using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone.

InstallShield MultiPlatform (Posted 3/4/2003 at 10:00 AM)
InstallShield has released the latest version of their InstallShield software which allows you to create installers for Mac OS X, OS/400, Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and all other OS platforms you target.

Watson 1.6.2 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:57 AM)
Watson has been updated including enhancements to PriceGrabber -- Music, Books and Movies categories are now included, the Weather tool adds locations in Kansas, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania, the Movies tool lets users open and view movie trailers in QuickTime Player (when used with Jaguar) and the Packages tool now supports DHL.

Apple Music Service (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:56 AM)
We continue to see rumors regarding a new Apple music service that would allow users to purchase music online and download it to their iPod using iTunes.

Camino 0.6 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:53 AM)
The Chimera Web Browser has been renamed Camino, due to circumstances beyond their control.

Security Update 2003-03-03 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:50 AM)
Available through Software Update, the Security Update addresses a security issue in sendmail where a remote individual could gain access and control of the system. Although sendmail is off by default in Mac OS, it is recommended that all users install this Security Update. This update also includes a newer version of OpenSSL that provides improved data confidentiality by addressing a recently-discovered security issue.

Jotz 1.2.5 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:47 AM)
Jotz, the multi-media notepad, has been update to version 1.2.5.

Align Icons 2.0 (Posted 3/4/2003 at 9:24 AM)
Align Icons is a Mac OS 9 Contextual Menu plug-in that allows you to align icons in any way you want.

Romeo 0.5.0 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:38 AM)
Romeo is a freeware application allows you remote control of your mac via Bluetooth and a compatible Ericsson phone (t39m, t68), controlling programs such as iTunes and DVD Player, as well as presentation applications.

Eyeballs 2.4.1 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:37 AM)
Eyeballs is a fun Mac OS X application that gives you a set of eyeballs in your menu bar or on your desktop.

Prodent, the teeth of Mac (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:28 AM)
An article on that interviews an Italian dentist who runs his entire practice on the Mac.

Sim City 4 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:25 AM)
Aspyr is bringing Sim City 4 to the Mac this May. According to MacCentral, "SimCity 4 features new simulation and graphics engines, and a new regional gameplay mode. You can also create topographical features like mountains, valleys, forests and rivers. And unlike past SimCity games, no city is an island -- you can create a region of bustling metropolises that connect by transportation networks, share and compete for resources."

Juno Platinum Internet for Mac OS X (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:22 AM)
Juno Platinum Internet, the $9.95 version of Juno's dial up service, is now available for Mac OS X from United Online Inc.

Sidekick for AppleWorks 6 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 10:08 AM)
Sidekick for AppleWorks 6 is a Mac OS X menu bar item for AppleWorks 6 which allows you to quickly access many of AppleWorks features from a single point without cluttering your Dock with icons or searching through the Finder for frequently used documents.

MyPod 1.0 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 9:48 AM)
MyPod allows you to synchronize contacts and calendars, headlines, movies, stock quotes, weather, directions, lyrics, notes and more with an iPod.

24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 1.1.3 (Posted 3/3/2003 at 8:22 AM)
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In, a dialog-showing plug-in for FileMaker Pro 4.0 or newer, has been updated to versioin 1.1.3.

NewsHunter 2.0.10 (Posted 3/2/2003 at 11:17 AM)
NewsHunter, an application that automates the process of downloading images and files from Usenet newsgroups, has been updated with a number of bug fixes.

Apple "Integrating Mac OS X on Campus" Seminars (Posted 3/1/2003 at 3:22 PM)
Apple is working to attract more IT professionals to Mac OS X with a seminar series called "Integrating Mac OS X on Campus." The goal of the seminar is to provide real-world solutions for installing, maintaining, and managing Mac OS X systems in any environment.

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