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Issue 3.6

NEWS

News

Issue: 3.6 (July/August 2005)
Article Description: No description available.
Article Length (in bytes): 13,953
Starting Page Number: 6
Article Number: 3601
Related Web Link(s):

http://www.radicalbreeze.com/blaze/
http://www.pariahware.com/chimex.shtml
http://www.sawbladesoftware.com/powergamefactory/
http://www.realsoftware.com/rapidrelease
http://www.realbasic.com/
http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugins.shtml
http://www.ragesw.com/explorer.php
http://www.realbasic.com/
http://www.ragesw.com/webdesign.php
http://www.ttpsoftware.com/Products/fontz.html
http://www.intellisw.com/barcodeproducer/
http://www.kwerkx.com/rd/products/LockSecret.html
http://pyramiddesign.us/ftpsuite/
http://www.radicalbreeze.com/formation/
http://homepage.mac.com/vanhoek/
http://www.pariahware.com/filestitcher.shtml
http://www.callerid.com/?page=realbasic
http://www.turingart.com/abt_lan__en.htm

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Disc burning application updated

Radical Breeze has released version 5.1 of DiscBlaze, their CD/DVD burning software for MacOS X. This update includes the ability to create bit-for-bit ISO images of removable media, an improved user interface, and more. Version 5.1 Pro is a free upgrade for all registered users of DiscBlaze 4 or later.

Product:

DiscBlaze 5.1

Price:

$29.95

Website:

http://www.radicalbreeze.com/blaze/

Miss those hourly chimes?

Pariahware has released v1.5 of ChimeX, a MacOS X utility that brings back the hourly chimes missing in the new OS. Choose between speaking the time, playing an alert sound, playing a sound file (QuickTime compatible), or having ChimeX randomly choose a file from a folder. Alerts may be set for the hour, quarter past, half past, and quarter of. In addition, v1.5 restores the Dock icon, removes the menu bar icon, adds bug fixes, and addsTiger and Panther compatibility, as well as an updated user interface including online help and the ability to check for new versions within the application.

Product:

ChimeX 1.5

Price:

$12

Website:

http://www.pariahware.com/chimex.shtml

Heavy Duty Game Design Software

Game design just got easier with Power Game Factory, software for creating side scrolling action games for the Macintosh. Featuring a polished graphical user interface, Power Game Factory is capable of producing games similar to many of the most highly regarded 8-bit and 16-bit console video games, but with far superior graphics and sounds. Best of all, no programming is required.

Product:

Power Game Factory 1.0

Price:

$44

Website:

http://www.sawbladesoftware.com/powergamefactory/

Release Plans for REALbasic 2005

REAL Software announced that REALbasic 2005 will be updated every 90 days after the release in June, via the company's Rapid Release Model. This model is detailed in a new white paper, "The Rapid Release Model for Software Development http://www.realsoftware.com/rapidrelease," available from REAL Software.

Product:

REALbasic 2005

Price:

n/a

Website:

http://www.realbasic.com/

Huge Plugin Library Updated

The MBS plugin comprises a collection of several plugin parts which extend the REALbasic development environment with over 500 classes and 4 controls featuring around 10,000 documented functions. This version adds Core Image classes, a much improved DiscRecording class, new classes (PortMidi, CFHostMBS, DarwinTaskInfoMBS, WebBackForwardListMBS, WebHistoryMBS, and WebHistoryItemMBS), better compatibility with REALbasic 2005, updated for Mac OS X 10.4 and QuickTime 7, plus a lot of small changes and fixes.

Product:

MBS Plugin 5.2

Price:

$110

Website:

http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugins.shtml

Finder Replacement App

Macintosh Explorer brings the hierarchical, tree-view navigation style of Windows Explorer to the Mac. Combining powerful file management tools along with a unique approach to Mac file browsing, Macintosh Explorer is the first Macintosh file browser to offer tabbed file browsing, thumbnail previews while you browse, and filter based file browsing. Macintosh Explorer eases the transition for Windows users who switch to the Mac, while offering existing Mac users an appealing alternative to their current file navigation system. This free update adds speed improvements when resizing the Explorer windows, as well as in other areas, and brings compatibility with Mac OS X Tiger.

Product:

Macintosh Explorer 4.3.1

Price:

$15.95

Website:

http://www.ragesw.com/explorer.php

REAL Software Acquires DB Technology from SQLabs

REAL Software has acquired SQLite-based database technology developed by SQLabs of San Diego, California. This technology includes SQLitePlugInPro for REALbasic and SQLiteServer. SQLitePlugInPro is a popular database plugin that enables development of single-user database applications. SQLiteServer is a SQLite-based database server.

Product:

DB Technology from SQLabs

Price:

n/a

Website:

http://www.realbasic.com/

Web Authoring Package

WebDesign is a professional web authoring package offering a powerful and easy to use text editor combined with a fully featured Site Manager to help keep your web sites up to date and organized. WebDesign includes built in support for HTML, XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, PHP, JavaScript, ASP, XML, and VBScript. This free update adds the ability to customize syntax highlighting colors within WebDesign, and support for Mac OS X Tiger.

Product:

WebDesign 2.6.1

Price:

$29.95

Website:

http://www.ragesw.com/webdesign.php

Font Browser for Mac OS X

The Fontz is a versatile font utility that allows you to browse installed and uninstalled fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a "wysiwyg" group editor. This version adds a loading of uninstalled fonts progress bar, uninstalled fonts are now listed in proper alphabetical order, the ability to change group names, an error reporting system, and fixed a Favorites bug in the Fontz Viewer window and fixed automatic version checking.

Product:

The Fontz

Price:

$12

Website:

http://www.ttpsoftware.com/Products/fontz.html

Bar Code Generation

Intelli Innovations has released a major upgrade to its award-winning barcode generation suite for Mac OS X. From simple retail package design projects to advanced inventory and asset tracking deployments, Barcode Producer features an easy-to-understand interface and trademark Symbology Guide that offers advanced barcode generation functionality -- without the need for prior experience with barcodes. It includes major new features and enhancements, including integration with Adobe Creative Suite 2.0.

Product:

Barcode Producer 3.5

Price:

$149

Website:

http://www.intellisw.com/barcodeproducer/

Batch File Encryption for Mac and Windows

LockSecret is a batch based file encryption/decryption utility that can process from one to 99 files. LockSecret can create archives from one or more files as a convenient way to store or transmit encrypted files. LockSecret uses the strong Blowfish encryption system. Encipher and decipher keys can be password generated, randomly generated, or file based; almost any file can be used for a key. Version 1.1 features interface and workflow improvements and is also now available as shareware.

Product:

LockSecret 1.1

Price:

$6.95

Website:

http://www.kwerkx.com/rd/products/LockSecret.html

FTP Suite for Developers

FTP Suite is a professional software library that allows REALbasic applications to implement the FTP protocol. First released in November 2002, FTP Suite is the only full-featured and professionally supported FTP solution available to REALbasic developers. Three new Smart Commands have been added: AbortTransfer, RestartGetSingleFile, and RestartPutSingleFile. Also included is a bug fix that allows ParseDirListLine to properly parse file and folder names that contain spaces when accessing directory lists on the standard Windows FTP Server.

Product:

FTP Suite 4.1

Price:

$79.99

Website:

http://pyramiddesign.us/ftpsuite/

Radical Breeze takes over Formation

Radical Breeze has announced that it has taken over the development and support of Formation, the highly rated information organizer originally developed by Mekanica Software. "We have a lot in store for the future of Formation," stated Bryan Lund, President of Radical Breeze. "It's already a fantastic product, and we're looking to take it to the next level. Our first priority is to give existing Formation users some of the features they've been wanting most."

Product:

Formation

Price:

n/a

Website:

http://www.radicalbreeze.com/formation/

Custom EditField for REALbasic

WordGuise is a REALbasic plugin that defines a widget to be used as a text editor for Windows and Macintosh. WordGuise is also an RTF control, supporting most, if not all, of the gadgets of an RTF document. In addition, it allows embedding of picture objects in the text. WordGuise was put to life to provide an alternative to REALbasic's EditField. This plugin demonstrates the successful development of a different plugin architecture allowing a control to be instantiated as a class on the fly, in addition to providing a very simple window container (WordGuiseContainer) for design time purposes. WordGuise uses native text rendering engines for the Mac and Windows platforms.

Product:

WordGuise Plugin 1.0fc1

Price:

$100 -- plugin pack

Website:

http://homepage.mac.com/vanhoek/

File Merger

Merge files quickly and easily. Pariahware has released v1.2 of File Stitcher, a MacOS X utility that gives users an easy way to merge files together. Simply drag and drop files onto the File Stitcher icon and click the button in the main window. The new version is compatible with MacOS X Tiger. With the MP3 Edition of File Stitcher, ID3 tags can now be set for the stitched file.

Product:

File Stitcher 1.2

Price:

$12

Website:

http://www.pariahware.com/filestitcher.shtml

GIF Class for Developers

GifInfo is a REALbasic class that will give you internal information for a GIF format image file, including: Width, Height, Frame count, Color resolution, Background color, Transparency, Transparent color, Global color table values, Local color table values, and Pixel ratio.

Product:

GifInfo

Price:

FREE

Website:

http://www.callerid.com/?page=realbasic

Address Book Class for Developers

AB Transfer reads, converts, and imports contact data from files into OS X's address book. Turingart's solution imports comma separated data (CSV), TAB-separated data, and Act! DBF files. Version 1.5.1 adds plaxo.com support. Plaxo.com is a unique online service, which allows users to keep contact data current "by magic." Each time another plaxo registered user changes his contact data, saved contact data of connected address books is updated automatically. Using AB Transfer, OS X users are now able to export contacts from their OS X address book and easily import contacts in plaxo.com.

Product:

AB Transfer 1.5.1

Price:

€10

Website:

http://www.turingart.com/abt_lan__en.htm

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