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MacEdition Pro News : July 19, 2001

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I can read your lips, Dave

Windows file services on a Mac? Of course, that means Thursby Software’s DAVE. Unless of course, you’re one of those Mac OS X folks. Until now, that is.

Thanks to the folks over at a new site, The Mac Spin, we find out that Thursby is giving away a version of DAVE for Mac OS X. 10.0.4, to be exact. Why? From Thursby’s site:

Why is this version FREE?

When asked why a commercial software company would give away a key technology, company president, William Thursby, responded "Apple’s engineers have done an outstanding job of supporting us. Unfortunately, they just have not been able to complete the key features to allow us to properly integrate DAVE into Mac OS X in a timely manner. We remain optimistic that we will be able to release a commercial version of DAVE for Mac OS X in the near future, but for now we felt that we owed early adopters of Mac OS X an interim solution."

Get the scoop (and the download) from the fine folks at Thursby.

Games, games, everywhere? Not yet, but you can help!

Do U dev games? If so, Carlos Camacho wants to hear from you. It’s all about game development for fun and profit, as idevgames.com is launching a new contest. Here are the details:

uDevGame 2001 - Macintosh Game Programming Contest Opens

Takamatsu City, Japan, July 16, 2001 - iDevGames is proud to announce the official opening of uDevGame 2001, a new Macintosh game creation competition!

Since its inception, iDevGames has been a stalwart supporter of game developers who write for the Apple Macintosh platform by providing news, articles, tutorials and a forum where advice and ideas can be freely exchanged. To help highlight the talents and abilities of our readership and the wider Macintosh game development community we have organized a new competition: uDevGame 2001.

Simply write a game that runs on an Apple Macintosh computer and you could win prizes from a prize pool that retails at over $3700! Any game genre is welcomed and entries are permissible from anywhere in the world. The competition closes on September 16th 2001 and winners will be announced on October 1st 2001. "With the release of Mac OS X and new machines on the horizon, this is an exciting time to be a Macintosh game developer. We hope this contest will energize developers and enhance the state of gaming on our platform," said Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames.

More information about the competition and how to enter can be found at uDevGame 2001’s official home page: http://www.idevgames.com/html/contest/contest.php3

New sites aplenty!

If you’re looking for peripherals, Powershare Peripherals has changed its name and is looking to make a dent in the Mac peripheral market as MacFool. We’re not currently in any relationship with them, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a view. Tell ’em where you heard about them anyway (here, right?). We won’t get any money, but they’ll know where the customers are.

The Key(span) to the kingdom

Keyspan (the "Connections for your computer" folks) sent us several blurbs relating to Macworld Expo. They’re short and sweet, so we’ll just include them here:

HONEY, THEY SHRUNK THE HUB!

The Keyspan MINI USB HUB announced at PC Expo will be on display and will ship later this month. With the footprint of a credit card and just 1 cm thick, it sports four full-spec USB ports and comes with an equally tiny adapter for self- or bus-powered devices. Silver or Black; just $49. A road warrior essential for every Mac!

MAC OS X SERIAL-to-USB drivers

Keyspan continues its open beta test of its Mac OS X drivers for its popular serial to USB adapters. You and your readers can download the drivers from: http://www.keyspan.com/support/macosx/.

DIGITAL MEDIA REMOTE DRIVERS FOR MAC OS X

Keyspan also has released new Mac OS X drivers for its popular Digital Media Remote. They can also be found at http://www.keyspan.com/support/macosx/.

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