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February 2004 Archived News

Safari Wars IV : A New Hope (Posted 2/27/2004 at 9:41 AM)
Safari Wars IV : A New Hope is a series of articles that discuss the difference between Safari and the Finder. The first one focusses on the history of the Finder.

Salling Clicker 2.1 (Posted 2/27/2004 at 8:48 AM)
Salling Clicker has added support for Symbian-based smartphones as well as adding support for Sony Ericsson's brand new T630 and T628 models.

Entourage Manipulator Plug-in 1.0 (Posted 2/27/2004 at 8:46 AM)
The Entourage Manipulator Plug-in is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that allows you to pass data between FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Entourage for Mac OS X.

Cyberduck 2.2b6 (Posted 2/27/2004 at 8:42 AM)
Cyberduck is an open source SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) and FTP browser licenced under the GPL.

MacSpeech ScriptPak for TaxCut 2003 (Posted 2/27/2004 at 8:37 AM)
MacSpeech ScriptPak for TaxCut 2003 adds 45 voice commands for controlling the 2003 edition of TaxCut, including commands for opening forms, moving between fields, and displaying tips and help.

FlashRestore 1.0 (Posted 2/27/2004 at 8:28 AM)
FlashRestore is an easy to use application that has been designed to recover image files that have been deleted intentionally or accidentally from your digital camera"s media. It is compatible with most Memory Sticks, SmartMedia, CompactFlash I & II, and SD/XD Cards.

MacSpeech ScriptPak for TurboTax 2003 (Posted 2/26/2004 at 1:41 PM)
MacSpeech ScriptPak for TurboTax 2003 adds 60 voice commands for controlling the 2003 edition of Intuit's TurboTax, including commands moving around in TurboTax's Easy Navigator, getting help, and moving between fields.

Mushroom 1.3 (Posted 2/25/2004 at 5:03 PM)
Mushroom is an utility which assists Cocoa developers to create and maintain the localized resources of their projects, and the translators to localize existing softwares.

REALbasic 5.5 (Posted 2/25/2004 at 4:55 PM)
REAL Software is now shipping REALbasic 5.5 which can create Windows, Linux & Mac software from Windows or Mac and includes a new embedded database, web services and more.

Snap Server Adds Storage Capacity (Posted 2/24/2004 at 9:15 AM)
Snap Appliance Inc. has announced new storage capacity options for its Snap Server 1100, 220 and 4200 models and feature up to 640GB of storage.

PocketMac iPod Edition (Posted 2/24/2004 at 9:09 AM)
PocketMac iPod Edition automatically converts and exports Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and unread Email from Microsoft Entourage to the iPod. It will also reformat and copy files such as PDFs, Word, Text and Rich Text documents to the iPod for viewing on the road.

FAXstf Server (Posted 2/24/2004 at 9:05 AM)
FAXstf Server enables Mac OS X users to send and receive faxes over a LAN, wide-area network (WAN) or Intranet. The software features a network-based address book, network cover pages, administrative ability to restrict clients, support for Apple's Rendezvous network discovery technology and more.

MimMac 1.1 (Posted 2/24/2004 at 9:00 AM)
MimMac is an easy-to-use data backup utility that was designed to aid with moving your critical data between systems, and merging your old data with fresh system installs.

iMsafe 2 Public Beta (Posted 2/24/2004 at 8:58 AM)
iMsafe backs up data stored on any mounted OS X volume (such as your HD) to any mounted OS X volume.

Tasks Pro 1.0 (Posted 2/24/2004 at 8:54 AM)
Tasks Pro is the multi-user version of Tasks: a powerful web-based task manager (to-do list manager) that allows you to organize your tasks in a hierarchical structure.

The Macs Don't Crash and The Windows Machines Do (Posted 2/24/2004 at 8:49 AM)
A ZDNet article that compares Macs to Windows and says that the "nice thing about Mac OS X is that it's darn near uncrashable. No matter what programs I install or uninstall or how I use it, OS X just runs."

CLASS-1 Broadcast Video Server (Posted 2/23/2004 at 3:23 PM)
CLASS-1 to play Final Cut Pro projects directly on-air without resorting to file format conversion. CLASS-1 works through drag and drop and supports all major file formats supported by QuickTime, including DV and MPEG.

Security Update 2004-02-23 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 3:21 PM)
Security Update 2004-02-23 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components: DiskArbitration, IPSec, Point-to-Point-Protocol and tcpdump.

Pop-pop 1.0.4 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:35 AM)
Pop-pop contains both enhancements and bug fixes to the popular arcade game.

iSeek 1.0.3 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:35 AM)
iSeek has been updated and contains an important bug fix for all users where the online version check would not disconnect from server until iSeek was activated the first time.

iGrabNews 1.0b3 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:29 AM)
iGrabNews is a fast, efficient, and simple binary news grabber for Mac OS X.

Lights Out 2.2.2 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:27 AM)
Lights Out has been updated and is available for download.

PMX 2.23 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:25 AM)
PMX, the project management software from JTech Softworks has been updated.

NetShade 1.0.1 (Posted 2/23/2004 at 8:24 AM)
NetShade is an Internet security tool which makes your Web presence anonymous and secure by routing through a network of Internet proxy servers.

Mac OS X Server One Of The Most Secure (Posted 2/21/2004 at 9:47 AM)
British cyber security firm mi2g recently announced the results of a study that names Mac OS X one of the most secure online server operating systems in the world.

DiscBlaze 3.0.3 (Posted 2/20/2004 at 4:48 PM)
DiscBlaze has a free update to the CD/DVD burning burning utility for MacOS X which includes a number of bug fixes.

Xnippets 1.2 (Posted 2/20/2004 at 9:40 AM)
Xnippets allows you to capture and organize all those little items of information that you want to store and have easy access to. It allows you to store your entries by name, in a hierarchical list, making it easy to categorize and later find any item. It also leverages Mac OS X's services, to allow you to save and retrieve Xnippets from within other applications.

LogoCreator (Posted 2/20/2004 at 9:36 AM)
LogoCreator lets you modify or import images, graphics and text to create a professional looking logo.

Apple Leads Pack for Computer Support (Posted 2/20/2004 at 9:33 AM)
Apple is leading the pack in customer support of PC buyers with a score of 74 in the Consumer Reports survey. The next closest was Dell with a score of 62 out of 100.

iPulse 2.0.2 (Posted 2/20/2004 at 9:30 AM)
iPulse graphically displays the inner workings of Mac"OS"X on the desktop or in the dock and among other updates, now will use the Griffin PowerMate so the LED brightness corresponds to CPU usage.

iSight 1.0.2 (Posted 2/19/2004 at 9:46 PM)
iSight is a state-of-the-art video camera that's the easiest way to video conference with your colleagues, friends and family over broadband. The iSight 1.0.2 update provides improved auto exposure and auto white balance functionality, enhanced IIDC compliance and better overall performance. The iSight 1.0.2 update is recommended for all iSight users.

FileWave Free With Support Contract for K-12 (Posted 2/19/2004 at 10:02 AM)
FileWave will provide to all K12 schools and universities their FileWare software for free with a 2-year support contract.

AOL Instant Messenger 4.7 (Posted 2/19/2004 at 9:54 AM)
AOL Instant Messenger includes Friendly Name Support so when you add an ICQ or Mobile user to your Buddy List, you will have an opportunity to create a more familiar Friendly Name for that user.

PDF Manipulator Plug-in 1.0 (Posted 2/19/2004 at 9:53 AM)
PDF Manipulator Plug-in allows you to exchange data between FileMaker Pro and Adobe Acrobat PDF files that have embedded fields.

USBVision (Posted 2/19/2004 at 9:52 AM)
EchoFX sells and supports software to enable the following USB-based video capture devices under Mac OS X: EchoFX InterView Lite, XLR8 InterView, Belkin VideoBus and VideoBus II, iRez USBLive! and CapSure (USB only), Global Village VideoFX, Alpha Data USBVideo Adaptor, Hauppage USB-Live and many other similar devices, including those originally sold as PC-only.

KeepAnEye 1.1.1 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:44 AM)
KeepAnEye has been updated and introduces the new "Reminder" observer plug-in. This one provides simple countdown timers which can be used for instance to remind to do something after a given period of time.

Why Windows breaks (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:43 AM)
Why Windows breaks is a Windows versus Mac/Linux article which discusses the reasons behind the numerous security updates for Windows.

MacSQL 2.6 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:35 AM)
MacSQL provides a graphical and scriptable interface to all the major SQL database servers: Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, OpenBase, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and FrontBase.

Now Up-To-Date & Contact supports Rendezvous (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:32 AM)
Now Up-To-Date & Contact has added support for Apple's Rendezvous which allows the software to connect and configure with network servers, synchronizing calendar and contact data.

Polycom WebOffice 6.0 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:30 AM)
Polycom WebOffice has added Mac support for its personal conferencing tool, which integrates instant messaging, voice, video, data, and Web conferencing in a single interface accessible from the desktop.

QuicKeys X v2.1 Public Beta (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:29 AM)
QuicKeys X has a long list of new features, including the ability to jump to a particular step or an offset of a step in a shortcut, a Typing Speed preference as well as new functions tied to it, recording improvements, a Save As dialog that appears when you close a newly created shortcut without naming it first, and more.

LexPad 1.0b (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:15 AM)
LexPad is a MacPAD application for developers. It keeps PAD information for all your products in one convenient application, and generates PAD files for submission to software sites that utilize MacPAD (such as

MindFortress 1.01 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:14 AM)
MindFortress is a multi-media knowledge base app for the Mac OS X platform where you can choose from around 28 cards built in that vary from Financial to Notes, Pictures, offline Web Pages, Health and Body, Identification, Internet, and Phone.

Page Sender 3.2 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 11:11 AM)
Page Sender lets you fax or E-mail anything you can print. Use the built-in Page Sender Fax Center to manage and automate your fax activities.

A Better Finder Rename 6.2 (Posted 2/18/2004 at 10:22 AM)
A Better Finder Rename introduces the ability to insert numbers within existing file names in this new release.

iSync 1.4 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 4:57 PM)
iSync lets you manage your contacts, calendars, To Do lists, and Safari bookmarks across multiple Mac OS X computers and devices (such as an iSync-compatible mobile phone, Palm OS device, or iPod), so you always have your most current information with you. To sync a Palm OS device, you need to install the iSync Palm Conduit version 1.2 or later. iSync 1.4 includes support for more Symbian OS smart phones and the iPod mini, as well as stability improvements.

Before you install iSync 1.4, you must install iCal 1.5.1 or later. To download the latest version of iCal, visit If you are using Mac OS X version 10.3 and plan to synchronize a Bluetooth mobile phone, you need to have Bluetooth version 1.5 or later installed. To download it, use Software Update (in System Preferences). If you have an earlier version of Mac OS X, visit to download the appropriate Bluetooth version.

VChat 1.0a36 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 11:14 AM)
VChat is a CU-Seeme video conferencing client for use with the Apple MacOS X operating system.

The Inevitability of Big Broadband (Posted 2/17/2004 at 10:21 AM)
The Inevitability of Big Broadband is an article by Reed Hundt on his views of converged service offerings and how we should move towards them.

Interarchy 7.0 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 10:04 AM)
Interarchy is a new version of Stairways' Internet application for Mac OS X that serves as an FTP client, with support for SFTP and FTP over SSH.

AirPort Monitor Utility 1.1 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 10:00 AM)
AirPort Monitor Utility uses SNMP to retrieve base station data and then displays it in well organized tables providing easy access to detailed information.

FinFlow 1.1 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 9:59 AM)
FinFlow is a general purpose financial application that lets you solve both simple and complex time value of money problems.

Mobile High Speed (Posted 2/17/2004 at 9:58 AM)
Mobile High Speed connects your Mac to the Internet via your mobile phone.

Advanced Web Ranking 2.4 (Posted 2/17/2004 at 9:49 AM)
Advanced Web Ranking features two new interactive reports, the ability to define custom reports that can be executed after each update, and a new and improved documentation system.

iPod Mini Available Friday (Posted 2/17/2004 at 8:19 AM)
The iPod Mini will be available on Friday and already has around 100,000 preorders.

Radio365 (Beta) (Posted 2/16/2004 at 8:48 AM)
Radio365 (Beta) integrates Internet radio and digital downloads.

AliasMenu 3.1 (Posted 2/16/2004 at 8:28 AM)
AliasMenu adds customized menus to the menu bar. Each menu extra has a corresponding folder and the menu automatically reflects the folder's content.

CDRestore 2.0 (Posted 2/13/2004 at 4:02 PM)
CDRestore now includes Audio CD support, CD burning capability, and a new and streamlined interface.

NetNewsWire Atom Beta (Posted 2/13/2004 at 9:15 AM)
NetNewsWire has posted a beta version for testing of NetNewsWire"s Atom parser.

DVDpedia 1.1.2 (Posted 2/13/2004 at 9:11 AM)
DVDpedia is catalog software for DVD's that will retrieve all the information about a DVD over the internet.

Monkeybreadsoftware Realbasic Plugin 4.0 (Posted 2/13/2004 at 9:10 AM)
Monkeybreadsoftware Realbasic Plugin has been updated and has over two thousand new functions.

GarageBand 1.0.1 (Posted 2/13/2004 at 9:08 AM)
GarageBand has been updated and gives you more useful information about system performance.

Own a Piece of History (Posted 2/12/2004 at 12:35 PM)
MacMall is selling the PowerMac G5 computers that were used in Virginia Tech"s combination of 1,100 Power Mac G5 systems, named System X, became the third fastest supercomputer in the world.

Lasso Professional 6.0.5 Update (Posted 2/12/2004 at 11:14 AM)
Lasso Professional 6.0.5 Update includes fixes for security, reliability, and tag functionality issues along with a new feature to aid in troubleshooting certain data source connections.

ShredIt X 5.4.1 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 11:13 AM)
ShredIt X complies with standards for securely deleting information from the US Department of Defense and the NSA.

LANsurveyor 8.0 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 11:10 AM)
LANsurveyor now features Mac OS X "Panther" support, switch and hub port mapping and reporting, enhanced asset management features, and multiple SNMP Community String support.

Missing Sync for Palm OS 2.0 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 11:03 AM)
Mark/Space will release the Missing Sync for Palm OS later this year in anticipation of the first Palm OS Cobalt devices. The newest member of the Missing Sync family will enable users to connect and synchronize information between Palm OS Cobalt devices and Macs running Mac OS X via USB, network, WiFi or Bluetooth.

LetterRip Pro 4.0 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 11:00 AM)
LetterRip Pro now supports Mac OS X while retaining support for Mac OS 9.

Status Symbol 1.22 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 10:43 AM)
Status Symbol is a stand-alone application that can manage your iChat AV status. The application can display stock, weather, system, personal, iTunes, iChat and system information as your iChat status-without "hooking" into the system.

Bubble Trouble X 1.0.2 (Posted 2/12/2004 at 10:42 AM)
Bubble Trouble X has been updated and fixed startup crash under MacOS X 10.3 (Panther), added support for sharing a single license code with all users on a computer and updated register program with shared license support, new contact info.

Shrook 2.0 Preview (Posted 2/11/2004 at 10:16 AM)
Shrook is a desktop aggregator for MacOS X, while is an online aggregator available anywhere.

Spamfire 1.4.3 (Posted 2/11/2004 at 10:14 AM)
Spamfire is an anti-spam email filter that deletes unwanted commercial and pornographic email. Works with any email program.

MacBand (Posted 2/10/2004 at 10:43 AM)
MacBand is an online directory of songs and loops made by artists using Apple Computer's GarageBand software.

iLife 04 Voice Solution (Posted 2/10/2004 at 9:52 AM)
The iLife Voice Solution add over 250 voice commands for controlling virtually every aspect of GarageBand, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes.

Groupcal Viewer (Posted 2/10/2004 at 9:39 AM)
Groupcal Viewer lets iCal users to view other users' Exchange calendars, but not publish their own (or view Free/Busy time).

Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5 (Posted 2/10/2004 at 9:37 AM)
Mozilla Thunderbird is an e-mail and newsgroup client based on the open source Mozilla browser.

Basecamp (Posted 2/10/2004 at 9:33 AM)
Basecamp hosted web-based service that lets you manage projects and quickly create client/project extranets. It lets you and your clients (or just you and your own internal team) keep your conversations, ideas, schedules, to-do lists, and more in one password-protected central location.

DiscBlaze 3.02 (Posted 2/9/2004 at 8:39 AM)
DiscBlaze is a free update to their popular CD/DVD burning burning utility for MacOS X which includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements.

iSeek 1.0.2 (Posted 2/6/2004 at 5:19 PM)
iSeek has been updated with both enhancements and bug fixes.

Running a business on OS X and Linux (Posted 2/6/2004 at 10:43 AM)
A blog about running a business on Mac OS X and Linux and the benefits of that choice.

iSkin EXO 2 at the Grammys (Posted 2/6/2004 at 9:15 AM)
The iSkin EXO 2 will be making its way down the red carpet at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards accompanying no other than the Apple iPod itself, as part of an elite gift package being offered to participating recording artists in attendance throughout the week.

Unison 1.0.1 (Posted 2/5/2004 at 2:12 PM)
Unison is a Usenet reader from Panic that has been updated.

SlimBatteryMonitor (Posted 2/5/2004 at 2:05 PM)
SlimBatteryMonitor is a replacement power gauge for Mac OS X that monitors both laptop batteries and many UPS batteries.

iChat AV 2.1 Public Beta (Posted 2/5/2004 at 2:02 PM)
iChat AV 2.1 Public Beta includes support for video conferencing with Windows computers running AIM 5.5.

Backup 2.0.1 (Posted 2/5/2004 at 11:52 AM)
Backup 2.0.1 provides added quality and reliability improvements to scheduled backups and is now available through Software Update in System Preferences and as a download from .Mac.

Bluetooth 1.5 for Mac OS X (Posted 2/5/2004 at 9:46 AM)
Bluetooth 1.5 for Mac OS X provides support for Bluetooth enabled headsets and printers. NOTE: Headsets must support the Bluetooth headset profile and printers must support the Bluetooth HCRP profile. In order to configure and use a Bluetooth headset, the Bluetooth module must have the latest Bluetooth firmware from the Bluetooth Firmware Updater application version 1.0.2 or later (

RebuildDesktopX 1.0 (Posted 2/5/2004 at 9:10 AM)
RebuildDesktopX is a freeware utility for cleaning various caches on OSX that store information relating to the application binding, icons, etc... It is essentially similar to the old "rebuild the desktop file" found in older versions of MacOS but not found in OSX.

Eudora Internet Mail Server 3.2.3 (Posted 2/4/2004 at 5:05 PM)
Eudora Internet Mail Server fixes the username shown in the console and logged for ACAP logins, adds IMAP RECENT response after EXPUNGE if the number of RECENT messages has changed, supports Unicode in NTLM authentication so that PC clients can't log in with their Windows user names and passwords, and logs errors with SMTP incoming Mail X files.

Alfred 1.6.2 (Posted 2/4/2004 at 9:23 AM)
Alfred is an easy to use, customizable, universal plug-ins manager. Inspired from Mac OS 9's Finder and Extensions Manager, taking care of Mac OS X specificities, it covers every aspect of plug-in management and improves the overall user experience to install, remove and manipulate any kind of plug-ins.

KeepAnEye 1.1 (Posted 2/4/2004 at 9:18 AM)
KeepAnEye is a multipurpose monitoring and notification utility which helps you to stay informed efficiently. It lets you watch pieces of information by generating visual representations which can be freely organized on the screen.

SmartBook 1.0.1 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:45 AM)
SmartBook brings smart groups to the Apple Address Book. Smart Groups are to the Address Book what Smart Playlists are to iTunes.

Snapz Pro X 2.0 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:20 AM)
Snapz Pro X 2.0 allows anyone to easily record smooth, high quality video of anything on their screen.

iClip 2.7 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:19 AM)
iClip is a multiple clipboard/scrapbook application designed to improve user efficiency and productivity for various computing tasks.

NewsFan 1.2.3 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:02 AM)
NewsFan is an RSS web news aggregator for Mac OS X.

NetNewsWire 1.0.8 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:01 AM)
NetNewsWire is an easy-to-use RSS Web news reader for Mac OS X.

Safari Enhancer 2.0.8 (Posted 2/3/2004 at 9:00 AM)
Safari Enhancer lets you modify Safari to enable the debug menu, remove underlines from hyperlinks, make the status text in the downloads window and bookmarks sidebar more readable, disable Safari's cache entirely, set a minimum font size for webpages, change colours of hyperlinks, remove and restoring the brushed metal appearance, wipe the site icon cache and import bookmarks from any HTML file, and directly from Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape, Camino, OmniWeb (imperfect), and iCab.

PDF2Office 1.0.1 (Posted 2/2/2004 at 4:54 PM)
PDF2Office converts PDF documents into fully editable MSWord, RTF, AppleWorks, HTML etc... files re-creating the original construct and layout of the document - forming paragraphs, applying styles, re-grouping independent graphics elements, extracting images, creating tables, processing headers/footers, endnotes/footnotes and columns/sections - Automatically - without any intervention.

VisualRoute 8.0b (Posted 2/2/2004 at 4:51 PM)
VisualRoute allows you to analyze connectivity problems and identify the source of IP addresses.

Ecto 1.0 (Posted 2/2/2004 at 4:49 PM)
Ecto is a desktop blogging client for Mac OS X, supporting a wide range of weblog systems, such as TypePad, MovableType, Nucleus,Blogger, and more.

Safari 1.2 (Posted 2/2/2004 at 4:47 PM)
Safari 1.2 improves compatibility with websites and web applications by providing increased support for standards, adds support for personal certificate authentication, and works with Java 1.4.2 to enable websites that rely on LiveConnect for communication between JavaScript and Java applets. This update also provides improved application stability, full keyboard access for navigating web pages, and the ability to resume interrupted downloads.

Java 1.4.2 Update (Posted 2/2/2004 at 4:46 PM)
In addition to providing support for Sun's Java 1.4.2 APIs, this release includes enhancements to drawing performance and stability for both Java applications and Java applets. Note: The installer will replace your current installation of Java 1.4.1. The update is available through Software Update.

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