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News stories of April 15th, 2002:

Reader Comments on Receiving Photoshop 7
    "Mike --
    Just a quick note about Photoshop 7.0, which has been widely reported as now shipping -- I did NOT receive an Adobe confirmation that my order had shipped, but I did receive the upgrade this morning via Airborne Express. Nice! I ordered it through Adobe.

    One HUGE improvement... the upgrade CD does not require you to insert a previous version of the Photoshop CD during installation. That was a major pain with 6... Thank you Adobe!

    And it works with the beta ScanGear drivers released by Canon with my 1240U to boot.
    Steve"

He later said he had v6 install previously and only needed to enter the version 7 S/N.

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Formac LCD Display Promotion
    "Mike,
    Flat panel displays are becoming more popular every day. They occupy less desktop space, save energy and, which is unique to Formac's latest generation LCD technology, allow color-accurate on-screen colors. Starting today, Monday April 15th 2002, Formac offers a special bundle promotion on its award-winning Formac gallery flat panel displays. End-customers can now save up to $100 if they purchase a qualifying Formac gallery display and a Power Mac G4 or an Adobe PhotoShop 7.0 Upgrade from a participating reseller.

    For more information please visit us at
    www.formac.com/html/shopformac.html?cid=shop_products_gallerysp
    This promotion ends June 15th. 2002.
    Best regards,
    Public Relation department
    Formac Electronic Inc."

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Mailsmith 1.5.1 Update has long list of Additions/Fixes
Barebones software has released an update (v1.5.1) to their Mailsmith OS X/OS 9 email client. See www.barebones.com/support/mailsmith/mailsmith-notes.html for a very long list of additions and fixes. The update is available for download at www.barebones.com/support/updates.html.
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Floppy Disk Driver for OS X
Don't know if this works or not since all the OS X machines here don't have a floppy drive, but there's a driver available at http://www.darwin-development.org/floppy/. That page lists some known bugs in the current (0.91) version and notes the following compatibility info:

    Machines believed to work:

    • Beige G3 Minitower/Desktop
    • G3 All-in-One
    • PowerBook G3 Series (Wallstreet and Mainstreet)
    • PowerMac 8500

    All other PCI PowerMacs with SWIM3 floppy hardware should work, but are untested.

A powerbook G3 wallstreet owner said he could not get his expansion bay floppy drive to work with the driver.

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FlareStorm Playstation Emulator for OS X
I'm too swamped to try this (even farther behind since I've been really sick the last few days), but a reader post in the forums noted there's a Playstation emulator for OS X available at this www.cronos.ne.jp page. (Thanks to Stephen Buckley for the link.)
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XPostFacto 2.2b3 Update (OS X for legacy Macs utility)
Ryan Rempel released another update to his XPostFacto utility.

    "Version 2.2b3 of XPostFacto is now out. The new feature is the ability to "throttle" (i.e. slow down) the CPU during the early part of the boot process. This helps in some cases where users had trouble booting with G3 or G4 upgrade cards. "

For more info and download links, see the XPostFacto web page and the OS X for Legacy Macs page.

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Wipeout 2097 1.1 Update (Carbonized for OS X)
The Wipeout 2097 (game) update for OS X noted in last week's news as coming soon is now available at this versiontracker page. Version 1.1 changes are listed as:

  • Fully Carbonized
  • Inbuilt screen shot mechanism now works at all resolutions
  • Fix for users with multiple monitors
  • Performace and Graphical fixes
  • Speed increases

I don't know any sources for the game in the USA, but here's the Vendor's product page for the game.

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Logitech Beta OS X Mouse Drivers
Yesterday a reader started a thread in the forums about the Logitech beta OS X drivers (available at this page or this direct download link).
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XPlay Preview v6 (Windows software for iPod) Released
Mediafour has released preview version 6 of their "XPlay" Windows (PC) software for iPods. See http://www.mediafour.com/products/xplay/preview.asp for more info and download link.
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CPU Upgrades Owner Reports Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 8 new reports. (Total to date: 6,976). [Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning. Incomplete entries, those with no comments, missing info, etc. are deleted]
Here are the new entries (does not include update/added comments to previous reports):

  • Other World Computing G4/500 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G3/466 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 2)
  • Powerlogix G3/500 in PowerCenter 150 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 9600 (rated 7)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 8500 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in 9600 (rated 9)
  • XLR8 G4/500 in Beige G3 (rated 9)
  • B&W G3/350 OC report

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated:
The Rate Your Mac Games database updates today included more reviews of 4x4 Evolution, Baldur's Gate and Carmegeddon 1. Total Reviews (all titles): 841. To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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