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MacEdition ProNews 5th March, 2001

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Short and sweet

The fine folks over at Helix Technologies (you might remember them from such press releases as this), dropped us this:

Helix Announces OS 9.1 Compliance

San Diego, CA-February 26, 2001 - Helix Technologies today announces Mac OS 9.1 compliance. Helix version 5.0.1 has been tested and is compatible with Mac OS 8.1 up to and including Mac OS 9.1. A free demonstration copy of Helix RADE (Rapid Application Development Environment) version 5.0.1 is now available for download at

VCD watch

Yet another blast from our previous ProNews partners, Mireth Technologies, tells us that MacVCD has been updated. For those who want the convenience of the CD form factor without the headache of DVD (or maybe just folks who want to watch a movie on their Flower Power iMac), VCD (video compact disc) may be just the thing. Here's what Mireth has to say in their press release:

Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2, 2001 - The Mireth Technology Corporation has released version 2.0 of MacVCD.

Because it automatically recognizes the Video CD format, MacVCD lets you play VCDs on your Macintosh effortlessly. MacVCD supports large screens, can be used to play standard Quicktime movies, and can save VCD tracks (as either a Quicktime movie files or as a self contained Quicktime movies) to your hard disk. MacVCD can also be used to edit Quicktime movies.

MacVCD 2.0 adds support for multi-language VCDs, Karaoke VCDs, and keyboard control during movie playback.

For more information on MacVCD please see:

Located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, Mireth Technology is a software development company that produces Macintosh utility software products. At Mireth, we've combined the old economy idea of producing robust, easy to use software products, with the new economy electronic method of delivery via the Internet. Taking advantage of both the old and new economies allows Mireth to deliver quality utility software to its customers around the globe at a reasonable price.

For more information on The Mireth Technology Corporation please see:

Smackin’ the dog with your iMac

This technology has been in the news here and there for the past year or two. The fact that it's in The Economist just goes to show that the idea is finally filtering into the mainstream consciousness.

The idea? “Printing” a computer (or components of it). The Economist article talks about one company's attempt to bring this technology to market. It will be interesting if it ever happens, but even the article admits, “The long-term plan is to make a complete flexible computer in a laminated sandwich just a couple of millimetres thick. Of course, it is all still vapourware.”

Hmmm ... when we have computers printed on paper, will that mean certain brands will be destined for lining bird cages?

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