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The Soulmen on Monday released Ulysses 2, the newest version of its creative writing program. The update sports a brand new interface throughout, as well as new project templates and project-wide search and replace. In addition, there are dozens of new enhancements and improvements to the browser and editor, such as the ability to add bookmarks, wider export format support, completely reworked preferences, a new startup panel, and more.

Ulysses 2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs €45 (approximately $63) for a new license or €25 ($35) to update from any previous version.—Dan Moren

Hazel adds multi-user support for App Sweep

Noodlesoft on Monday announced the release of Hazel 2.3, the latest update to its automated file organization software. Version 2.3 adds multi-user support for the program’s App Sweep feature: when one user deletes an application, other users on the same machine get the option to delete their support files for that app as well. The software also now features expanded formatting options for file attributes, support for the RAR archiving format, a host of user-interface improvements and enhancements, and several changes and fixes to the underlying architecture of the program.

Hazel 2.3 is a free update for existing registered users, or $22 for a new license. The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and a Web browser such as Safari, Camino, Firefox, or Flock.—DM

X-Power1 acts as charging cable for iPhone, iPod

Xmultiple has introduced the X-Power1, a special $30 charging and sync cable for the iPod and iPhone. It has a dock connector on one end and a standard USB plug at the other, and in the middle, there's an integrated rechargeable battery. The battery provides up to 4.5 hours of additional talk time for the iPhone 3G and up to 20 hours of additional audio playback.—Peter Cohen

MainMenu improves user interface

MainMenu 2.0 is the newest release of Dare to Be Creative's system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. It cleans up your Mac, improving system performance and freeing up hard disk space, according to the developer. The new version enhances user experience with an animated system menu icon similar to Apple's Time Machine to show when tasks are running and Growl notifications to inform when tasks complete, and offers more system tasks, such as force restarting unresponsive applications.

This is the first commercial release of MainMenu since its acquisition from its original developer, Santa Software. MainMenu costs $20.—PC

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