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FireWire-ready external hard drives from Maxtor (800/262-9867, ): The 1394 External Storage drive comes with a 40GB capacity ($280) or 80GB capacity ($400).

An Adobe After Effects plug-in from Alias/Wavefront (800/447-2542, ): Maya Paint Effects ($499) lets users apply natural painting effects to full-motion video.

An Internet security utility from Symantec (800/441-7234, ): Norton Personal Firewall 1.0 aims to protect Mac users from hackers and security breaches by blocking connections to the computer. The utility sells for $70. It will also be included in Norton Internet Security 1.0, a $100 Internet security suite that also features Aladdin Systems' (831/761-6200, ) iClean 3.5 and the latest version of Norton AntiVirus.


Norton AntiVirus 7.0 and Norton Utilities 6.0, by Symantec: The $70 AntiVirus 7.0 (upgrade, $30) scans e-mail attachments for viruses and offers simplified preferences. The $100 Utilities 6.0 (upgrade, $50) offers new data-recovery benefits and custom optimization profiles. They'll be packaged together in Norton SystemWorks 1.0, a $130 suite.

CodeWarrior, by Metrowerks (800/377-5416, ): CodeWarrior 6.0 is completely Carbon-savvy. The new version sells for $499; previous users can upgrade for $249.


A countersuit by Macromedia (800/470-7211, ) against Adobe (800/833-6687, ): the legal wrangling between the two rivals started with an August lawsuit, filed by Adobe, that claimed Macromedia had infringed on its tabbed-palette technology. The Macromedia suit claims Adobe violated patents on blended elements and sound waveforms.

A free demo version of game-emulation software from Connectix (800/950-5880, ): the Virtual Game Station demo lets users play Sony PlayStation games on the Mac. It lacks some of the features in the $49 retail product.

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