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May 2007 Archived News

Security Update (QuickTime 7.1.6)
Posted 5/31/2007 at 22:54 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Security Update (QuickTime 7.1.6) is recommended for all users and improves the security of QuickTime 7.1.6. For more information on security updates, please visit this website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61798.

iTunes 7.2
Posted 5/31/2007 at 22:54 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
iTunes 7.2 lets you preview and purchase iTunes Plus music - new higher-quality, DRM-free music downloads from participating music labels.

EagleFiler 1.2
Posted 5/31/2007 at 22:51 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
EagleFiler 1.2 lets you archive and search mail, Web pages, PDFs, chats and more.

Swift Share 1.0
Posted 5/30/2007 at 20:57 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Swift Share 1.0 is a share points and file server management tool for Mac OS X.

MappingService 2.0 beta
Posted 5/24/2007 at 18:07 PDT in Beta by Greg Nye | Permalink
MappingService 2.0 beta helps you use mapping websites with address information in other applications - including email, the web and your Mac's Address Book.

TextSoap 5.6
Posted 5/24/2007 at 18:06 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
TextSoap 5.6 is a text transformation tool designed to make you more productive with all your text.

Security Update 2007-005
Posted 5/24/2007 at 18:05 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Security Update 2007-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of the following components: bind, CarbonCore, CoreGraphics, crontabs, fetchmail, file, iChat, mDNSResponder, PPP, ruby, screen, texinfo and VPN. Security Update 2007-004 has been incorporated into this security update. For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61798.

Ovolab's Phlink 3.3
Posted 5/23/2007 at 13:12 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Ovolab's Phlink 3.3 fixes a bug which could prevent receiving faxes through FAXstf Pro.

A Better Finder Rename 7.8
Posted 5/23/2007 at 7:51 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
A Better Finder Rename 7.8 renames multiple files in seconds.

Calcline 1.2
Posted 5/22/2007 at 11:24 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Calcline 1.2 is a utility that lets you solve mathematical expressions and have the result available in a snap.

MacFamilyTree 4.4.6
Posted 5/22/2007 at 11:23 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
MacFamilyTree 4.4.6 adds Google Earth Integration to reveal places from your family tree in Google Earth.

Emailchemy 1.9
Posted 5/21/2007 at 6:32 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Emailchemy 1.9 reads email from the closed, proprietary file formats of the most popular (and many of yesterday's forgotten) email applications and converts it to standard, portable formats that any application can use.

Adium X 1.0.4
Posted 5/21/2007 at 6:31 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Adium X 1.0.4 has been updated and is available for download.

Reunion 9.04
Posted 5/18/2007 at 11:08 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Reunion 9.04 adds dozens of new features and enhances dozens more, resulting in more than 100 updates to an already excellent program.

Coda 1.0.2
Posted 5/18/2007 at 7:02 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Coda 1.0.2 has been updated and is available for download.

Garmin Loader Beta
Posted 5/17/2007 at 11:28 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Garmin Loader Beta is now available for Mac OS X.

Lotus Sametime 7.5.1
Posted 5/17/2007 at 8:40 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 is available with support for Mac OS X.

iPlanner 1.1
Posted 5/17/2007 at 8:39 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
iPlanner 1.1 is a utility to bridge the gap between Apple's iCal software and popular paper based planning systems, like Franklin/Covey and DayTimer.

NetNewsWire 3.0a8
Posted 5/16/2007 at 9:46 PDT in Beta by Greg Nye | Permalink
NetNewsWire 3.0a8 includes clippings, going back/forward through news items, hiding read items, a send-to-Twitterrific command, attention report, smaller/bigger text commands, and plenty more (including performance enhancements and lots of bug fixes).

PageSender 4.0.1
Posted 5/16/2007 at 9:45 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
PageSender 4.0.1 lets you fax or E-mail anything you can print.

DoSQL 1.0
Posted 5/16/2007 at 9:44 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
DoSQL 1.0 is a FileMaker Pro plug-in for Windows and Macintosh that allows you to to manipulate FileMaker data from FileMaker calculations.

DragThing 5.8
Posted 5/16/2007 at 9:43 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
DragThing 5.8 makes items on your Mac such as files, folders, applications, disks, URLs, clippings, and even windows, quickly and easily accessible, while taking up as little space on your screen as possible.

Skype for Mac 2.6
Posted 5/16/2007 at 8:52 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Skype for Mac 2.6 is available for download.

DEFCON
Posted 5/15/2007 at 20:20 PDT in Reviews by michael@amdesign.net | Permalink
DEFCON (Mac port) is the latest game from the UK-based Introversion software. Like their last sleeper hit Darwinia, DEFCON is built on a simplistic concept turned into a deep and complex game.

Heavily influenced by the 1980's movie War Games, the graphics of DEFCON are simplistic yet beautiful at the same time. The colors are pleasing and soft on the eye. The HUD information is stashed in the side, yet accessible, and fits in the style of the game. The tactical-focused unit icons fit the style, and get the job done, and are sized well.

The gameplay of DEFCON revolves around a nuclear war. You start in DEFCON 5, where you place your units. There are radars, which allow you to see enemy units and nukes. There are silos, which either protect your airspace or launch nukes. There are airbases to launch fighters and bombers. And there are a limited number of ships you can deploy. Unlike conventional real time strategy games, there is no resource collection in DEFCON. Instead, everyone is simply given a limited number of units.

As time passes, you progress to DEFCON 4, and enemy units become visible on the radar. Conventional warfare begins in DEFCON 3, and DEFCON 1 opens the game up to nukes.

In the game, you are balancing on a strategical knifepoint. If you focus all your defenses in one point, you are vulnerable to be hit from a different location. If you spread out your defenses too wide, then it won't cover well enough, and will be overwhelmed when there are a dozen of nukes flying towards you. Another key strategic point is the sea. Submarines are capable of launching nukes, and if you lose at sea, you will have nukes being launched in your own doorstep. Sea battles are hell for micromanagement, and without balancing things right, a battle can take a turn for the worst. Through the strategy, however, the game is fairly simplistic, as there are few units, no levels, etc.

While you can play games against bots, DEFCON is primarily an online game. You play anywhere from 2-6 player games, and there are six map regions you play as. Against humans, not only is basic strategy important, but so is timing and diplomacy. In order to come out on top of 5 other players, you will have to make alliances. However, only one player can win, so eventually all alliances will crumble. Timing is key, and you are dealing with real human players. Diplomacy certainly adds depth to the game.

Overall, DEFCON is a highly polished and fun experience. Despite some shortcomings in depth, online is a real plus, and the game plays beautifully, rarely lagging or crashing. If anything it is justified by the price of the game, far less than the average PC or console game. I would recommend picking up the game without a heartbeat.


Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.1 Beta
Posted 5/15/2007 at 12:08 PDT in Beta by Greg Nye | Permalink
Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.1b can convert the following Office Open XML file formats: Word Document (*.docx) and Word Macro-Enabled Document (*.docm).

CrossOver 6.1
Posted 5/15/2007 at 8:56 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
CrossOver 6.1 includes a number of changes and updates and is available for download.

Peek-a-Boo 2.6.4
Posted 5/15/2007 at 8:35 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Peek-a-Boo 2.6.4 is a utility to monitor and manipulate all running processes. You can watch how much CPU time each process uses, adjust processes’ priorities, and monitor process information.

TinkerTool System 1.7
Posted 5/15/2007 at 8:34 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
TinkerTool System 1.7 is a professional all-in-one maintenance tool for the Macintosh platform. It allows you to change advanced operating system settings and offers a wide variety of maintenance features.

Anzan 1.0.0
Posted 5/15/2007 at 8:17 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Anzan 1.0.0 is a new utility used to transfer files between multiple Macs on a local network.

MacBook Updates
Posted 5/15/2007 at 8:16 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Apple has updated their MacBook line to include faster processors, more memory and larger hard drives.

Google Buddy 1.0
Posted 5/14/2007 at 9:17 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Google Buddy 1.0 allows Google searches directly from the menu bar.

Picnic 1.0b2
Posted 5/11/2007 at 14:00 PDT in Beta by Greg Nye | Permalink
Picnic 1.0b2 offers the ability to create shared folders of files which are automatically synced between all user's accounts using Bonjour.

DayLite 3.2.3
Posted 5/11/2007 at 13:59 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
DayLite 3.2.3 is productivity software including simple projects, contact management, email integration and more.

HoudahGeo 1.0.6
Posted 5/11/2007 at 13:58 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
HoudahGeo 1.0.6 lets you "pin" photos to the locations where they were taken. The thus created information may be exported to EXIF tags as well as to Google Earth KMZ file.

Salling Clicker 3.5
Posted 5/11/2007 at 13:54 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Salling Clicker 3.5 lets you control popular applications from a mobile phone or handheld computer through a user interface similar to a portable media player.

Adium 1.0.3
Posted 5/10/2007 at 17:21 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Adium 1.0.3 has been updated and is available for download with a number of fixes.

What ToDo 1.1
Posted 5/09/2007 at 21:49 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
What ToDo 1.1 is a new task management application for Mac OS X.

Billings 2.5
Posted 5/09/2007 at 21:48 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Billings 2.5 combines a retooled User Interface and highly-anticipated integration with Daylite.

MediaManager 8.2
Posted 5/08/2007 at 17:36 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
MediaManager 8.2 is a plug-in that radically expands FileMaker Pro's ability to work with stored documents, images, sound files, and other media. With MediaManager and FileMaker Pro's friendly database environment, you can easily create powerful document management and media editing solutions.

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.5 Update
Posted 5/08/2007 at 17:30 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.5 Update contains several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. In addition, this update includes all the improvements released in all previous Office 2004 updates.

NoteMind 1.5
Posted 5/07/2007 at 14:04 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
NoteMind 1.5 has been updated and is available for download.

MarcoPolo 1.1
Posted 5/07/2007 at 14:03 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
MarcoPolo 1.1 is an automatic location switcher.

PopChar X 3.2
Posted 5/07/2007 at 13:58 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
PopChar X 3.2 adds new features, fixes and improvements.

SpamSieve 2.6.2
Posted 5/04/2007 at 12:33 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
SpamSieve 2.6.2 has been updated and is available for download.

DEFCON 1.4.2
Posted 5/04/2007 at 11:02 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
DEFCON 1.4.2 eliminates performance problems with fleet activity, fixed oddities with ships around the International Date Line, fixed queued nuke indicator, hopefully fixed occassional crashes related to sound playback and various other optimizations and bug fixes.

Airport Extreme Update 2007-003
Posted 5/02/2007 at 21:02 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Airport Extreme Update 2007-003 is recommended for all Intel-based Macintosh computers and includes compatibility updates for certain third-party access points configured to use WPA or WPA2 security.

QuickTime 7.1.6
Posted 5/02/2007 at 20:59 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
QuickTime 7.1.6 delivers numerous bug fixes, addresses a critical security issue with QuickTime for Java and includes support for: Final Cut Studio 2 and Timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player. This update is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users.

Montage 1.2.2
Posted 5/02/2007 at 20:41 PDT in Software by Greg Nye | Permalink
Montage 1.2.2 allows you to submit, track, and send your query, synopsis, and scripts to hundreds of included industry contacts through Montage's integration with Apple's Address Book.

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