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News stories of Feb. 24th, 2003:

OS X Server 10.2.4 Update Available
Matthew Culmore wrote to say that OS X Server 10.2.4 update is available via Software Updates. (I didn't see a standalone version yet at Apple's site or recent software updates page.)
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Forty-two (DVD to other formats conv. utility) 1.5.1 Update
There's a 1.5.1 update available now to the DVD conversion utility Forty-two that appeared at Macupdate today.

    "forty-two is a system, comprised of the forty-two.app GUI, the dvdmp and dvdvx engines and certain *nix tools used for video compression and conversion. It is designed to be a simple, hassle-free tool for converting DVD's to other formats, such as DiVX, SVCD or VCD.
    forty-two will convert DVDs with ac3 audio to VCD, SVCD, DVD or DiVX AVI, including user rates. If your DVD is PCM only or DTS only, you can only convert it to DiVX AVI with forty-two at this time.
    Requirements :
    forty-two 1.0."
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USB Overdrive 10.2.2 for Jaguar
I saw the USB Overdrive 10.2.2 update (for Jaguar) at Macupdate but no info at either site that I can find on the exact changes. (maybe in a readme in the download...) USB Overdrive is a (shareware) utility/driver for USB mouse, trackball, joystick or gamepad devices.
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Apple comments on ColorSync Profile Swapping
Here's an email from someone at Apple regarding recent reader comments on swapping LCD colorsync profiles.

"(Quote from a PB G4 12" owner Timothy Nitz in Friday's news)
"All I want to point out is that people migrating from a 12" iBook to the 12" PBG4 might want to save their colorsync profile if they are happy with it and transfer it to the PBG4.

That's exactly what you do NOT want to do. A ColorSync profile is a description of a particular piece of display hardware, so you don't want to have the description of an iBook standing in for a description of a PBG4, it would be inaccurate because those are two different powerbook models.

As far as sharing profiles across powerbooks of the same model, theoretically that should work as long as the LCDs are from the same manufacturer. (I had previously commented on the fact the LCD panels could be from different mfr's as came up when the Pismo was first released.-Mike) But not all powerbooks of a certain model use the same LCD, and there isn't an easy way to tell which company manufactured your LCD display, so I'd avoid using a profile created for someone else's powerbook.

By the way, the profiles that powerbooks are set to initially are generated at boot time by the system based on display information specific to that model, so they should be pretty good. They're not just generic display profiles.
---
John Gnaegy
ColorSync
(Apple) "

As I've said twice in the recent posts here, you might also want to give SuperCal a try.

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Demo Movie of Clicker Control Util for Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Phones
Update: I wrote Dimitrios asking what codec was used for his demo movie, since with QT 6.1 there's a browser error message (about a missing QT component that is not available on the Server) and all I get is audio. He replied:

"Mike,
You'll have to download 3ivx.
http://www.3ivx.com/download/index.html
I've already added notes in the webpage, however it takes some time for the apple servers to refresh the content of the page I suppose. The installation of the codec is pretty trivial, you should be over in less than 1 min.
Regards,
Dimitrios "

(original news item follows, In reply to the earlier news item below on this utility)

" Mike,
Having just d/led this app I thought I'd give it a go and see how it works with my SE T68i. I'm really excited so far, for a preview go to:
http://homepage.mac.com/rtouris/iMovieTheater38.html
and see for yourself. Your readers might also be interested in this.
Regards
Dimitrios T. "
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Unsanity releases FruitMenu 3.0
FruitMenu is a haxie that gives you the ability to customize the Apple Menu and contextual menus. Using a visual editor you can edit the contents of the menus to suit your needs and taste. FruitMenu will also display the contents of the FruitMenu Items folder inside of your Library folder, launch applications and shell scripts from the Apple Menu and contextual menus, to allow easy file navigation and launching. To make the haxie completely flexible and customizable, you can assign hotkeys to particular Apple menu items."

FruitMenu is priced at $10.00 per license (free upgrade to registered users), a direct download link to v3 is http://www.unsanity.net/fruitmenu-30.dmg.

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Control Utility for Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Phones
The reader that sent the comments in the earlier news item (below) on Bluetooth utilities sent a reply that the author had just posted an Ericsson Client at Versiontracker. I searched for 'bluetooth' in the listings there and found this item - Sony Ericsson Clicker:

" This preview release may have minor issues. Therefore it will cease to work on March 1st 2003. Please send feedback!
Clicker lets you remotely control your Macintosh from a compatible Sony Ericsson phone. Here are some ideas on how to use Clicker: Control PowerPoint or Keynote when giving presentations. Control DVD Player or iTunes from your sofa or bed. Use AppleScript to control anything you like! Further, Sony Ericsson Clicker has a built in "proximity sensor", allowing you to trigger actions when you leave or come back to your Mac. Again, here are some ideas: Pause iTunes when you leave the room, turn it on when you come back. Use AppleScript to let your presence (or absence) control anything you like!

Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.2.4 or higher
Supported phones: T39m, R520m, T68 or T68i
Compatible Bluetooth addapter "

The author's website is http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/.
(see the later news item above for a demo movie of Clicker in action)

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Reader's Instrument Calibrated iBook 12in LCD ColorSync Profile
" Mike, I spotted the Timothy N. article on Friday's news page which described his problems with the 12 inch powerbook's LCD profile making his screen appear less than satisfactory. I'd like to forward to him a copy of my own instrument derived dual USB ibook 12 inch's colorsync profile. While it won't be an exact match to his screen, it should be considerably better than the ones that Apple provided.
The Apple supplied profiles yield poor grayscale tracking with very visible differences in the color of gray as brightness goes up. The relatively low gamma for the Apple also makes things look more washed out. This was created using a GretagMacbeth spectrophotometer and produces excellent grayscale tracking for d65 (NTSC standard for white) with a 2.2 gamma curve (again to match NTSC). It is only a perfect profile for my own particular screen, but he should be able to use it to good advantage.
Guy K. "

I don't know if the PB G4 12in uses the same brand of LCD panel, but if any owners try this let me know. (As I mentioned in Friday's news - in the past with other PBs I have used SuperCal with good results, but I'm not a professional graphics guy.)

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Reader Comments on Mac Bluetooth Utils/Controllers
(Update - see the later news item above for sources of one of the utils mentioned in this reader email.)
(original news item follows)

(from a reader email this weekend - I don't personally own any bluetooth devices or adapters)

"Hi Mike,
I think there's a type of app that hasn't been getting enough (or any for that matter) press. See if this interests your readers.
While surfing the web for information about apps/hardware for macs that utilize Bluetooth I came across this thread. I encourage you to read it and post a story about it.
The general idea: a college student is close to releasing two apps for Macs that work with a t68i Sony Ericcson phone. One is a phone based iTunes controller that controls the functions of iTunes via Bluetooth and displays the currently playing song on the t68i screenb. He is supposedly expanding this to make the t68i a Keynote presentation remote! The second app is a presence detector. It would detect when the t68i is in range and then launch Applescripts like launch iTunes and playlists and launch mail.app. Essentially when you walked into the room with your phone's bluetooth on, iTunes would start playing and your new mail would be up on the screen.
It doesn't get any cooler than that. Similar apps like this already exist on the PC.
Philip S."
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DiVA 1.0b3 MPEG-2 to QuickTime Transcoder
(from their email press release)

" DiVA 1.0b3 has been made available
What's new in this version
* new gui layout
* fixed a datarate calculation problem
* with NTSC the framerate is now as close as is possible to film framerate
* removed the framerate pulldown menu
* new aspect ratio calculation based on ITU standard

Product Description:
DiVA is High Speed, High Quality MPEG-2 to QuickTime transcoder which features an all YUV graphics pipeline and pro-level image scaling, for maximum image fidelity. The built in crop/scale panel and support for NTSC 3:2 pull-down makes video manipulation simple.
Combined with 3ivx D4 4.0.3 DiVA achieves framerates in excess of 40fps on a Dual 1Ghz G4.
DiVA is the fastest, highest quality MPEG-2 transcoder available for Mac OS X. "

They didn't include any link but checking www.3ivx.com found this page in the news there.

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Source for Mac Soundblaster Live (OS 9) 1.1 drivers
Since many readers have written saying they could not find the 1.1 drivers at Creative's site - here's a post from Brian Souder of Creative Labs on his mirroring of the 1.0 and 1.1 (not for OS X) drivers:

(from his forum post)
"For those of you that asked for the OS 9 Sound Blaster installers, I posted the final release of both the 1.0 and 1.1 driver to my iDisk. Some systems had trouble with one version but not the other, so I posted both for your use. .
just use the link at the top of the page at
http://homepage.mac.com/creativemail/Menu31.html
Creative One (aka Brian Souder) "

Note that these drivers will not work with a PC Soundblaster Live card (noted early on here when the Mac SBlive was first released). I've added this info to the Audio section of the FAQ for future reference. (As noted in some of "Creative One's" posts in the past, the work on OS X drivers is ongoing but nothing released yet.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 13 new reports this morning (reader entries from Friday until Sunday midnight; entries today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 8,104. Here's a summary of the updates added today :

  • Apple Dual G4 800 in Quicksilver G4 733 AGP (rated 5, L3 cache not recognized)
  • Giga Designs G4 1GHz in G4/400 AGP (rated 8)
  • Newer Tech G4/500 Pismo Upgrade in PowerBook G3 2000 (rated 7)
  • Newer Tech G4/400 in B&W G3 (rated 8)
  • Other World Computing G3/450 in B&W G3 (rated 7)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/400 AGP (rated 9)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/733 AGP (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix G4 1.2GHz Dual in G4/867 AGP (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 1GHz in G4/450 AGP (rated 10)
  • Powerlogix G4 800 in G4/400 AGP (rated 8)
  • Powerlogix Bluechip G4/500 in PowerBook G3 wallstreet2 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G4 800 in 9600/350 (rated 9)
  • PowerBook G3/400 (2000) OC report (@500MHz)

(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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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 16 new reports added (reader entries from Friday until Sunday midnight; entries today are added the next newsday morning). (*Entries missing info, having no useful info, etc. are deleted. I'm just tired of emailing over and over for missing info, sorry. Also Search for answers, don't post questions there.*) The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 9,895 reports.

    Combo DVD+CDR Drives:
  • IDE LG GCC-4480B - (48x24x48x + 16x DVD ROM) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (problems noted, FAQ here has burn support plugin for this drive)
  • IDE Toshiba SD-R2212 (16x10x24x + 8x DVD ROM) in iBook 2002 (OS X)
    (noted low CDR write speed issue covered in the past here from iBook combo drive owners. I asked if 10.2.4 was tried to see if that helped)
  • Expansion Bay Toshiba SD-R2102 (8x8x24x + 8x DVD-ROM) in PowerBook G3 lombard (OS X) (no itunes/db burn support)

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drives:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Beige G3 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    IDE CDRW Drives:
  • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52x) in Beige G3 (OS 9.1)
    (FAQ has OS 9.x burn support file)
  • Teac CD-W548E (48x12x48x) in Starmax (OS 9.1)
  • Samsung SWS 248 (48x24x48) in B&W G3 (OS 9.1)
  • Samsung SW-248F (48x24x48x) in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (using modified device-plugin file)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drives:
  • Que Que!Fire (8x4x32x) used w/B&W G3 (OS X)
    (noted problems w/onboard FW ports solved w/PCI FW card from OWC)

    USB CDRW Drives:
  • HP 8200 Plus (no speed rating given) used w/G4 AGP (OS X)
    (noted no X drive support)

    IDE Hard Drives:
  • Maxtor 60GB in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (rev 1 B&W G3, data corruption noted.) guides)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models.
    IDE articles page RAID section has an illustrated guide for adding 2 more drives in the side bays.)
    (Beige G3 MT illustrated HD upgrade guide here)
  • Toshiba MK4018GAS 40GB in PowerBook G3 2000 (OS 9.2)
    illustrated HD install guide here for PB G3 2000/aka Pismo/Firewire model)
  • Western Digital 200GB in Dual G4 DDR (OS X)

    SCSI Hard Drives:
  • Maxtor Atlas III 18.4GB in Beige G3 (OS 8.6)
    (problems noted - may be drive jumper setting related)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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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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