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On Wednesday, SkypeCap released version 3.3 of its eponymous Skype video and audio capture tool, which allows users to record calls made with the popular VoIP program and export them in a wide variety of formats.

Version 3.3 adds support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, auto-recording for audio and video, an updated interface and fixes for miscellaneous bugs. SkypeCap 3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 12MB of hard drive space; it costs $50 for a single license.—Dan Moren

More Snow Leopard-ready software releases

SkypeCap wasn’t the only Mac application adding Snow Leopard support on Wednesday. Other announced updates included:

• iScrapbook and SOHO Labels: In addition to delivering full compatibility with OS X 10.6, both updates from Chronos introduced other changes. In the case of the iScrapbook scrapbooking program, Version 2.1 adds new options for editing and controlling bezier shapes and improvements to table scrolling; the application’s Smart Inspector window also dynamically repositions itself when you move the main window. SOHO Labels 4.1 adds those same features; also, the label design and printing program now checks zip codes for validity before drawing PostNet barcodes.

• Kona video capture cards: AJA Video Systems says its line of 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback cards for audio and video input now support Snow Leopard, thanks to a software update. The 7.0 update adds Snow Leopard support to the Kona LSe, LHe, LHi, and Kona 3 offerings. The software update also adds a new AJA 64-bit Kona driver and new graphical icons across all AJA utilities and applications.—Philip Michaels

Panoweaver 6 panoramic image creator released for Mac

Easypano Holdings released a new Mac version of its Panoweaver software. The application is used to create 360-degree panoramic images from single and multiple rows of digital photos.

The new Panoweaver 6.0 adds auto and manual stitching support as well as automatic lens recognition. Users of the Professional and Batch versions can create HDR panoramas and stitch together a variety of image types including wide angle, fish eye, and RAW.

For large volume panorama creators, the Batch version of Panoweaver has the added ability to stitch together 100 groups of photos and batch export them. All panoramas created with Panoweaver can be exported to Flash, QuickTime, and Java players.

Panoweaver 6.0 is available in three versions: Standard ($99), Professional ($500), and Batch ($999). The software runs on OS X 10.4 and later.—Heather Kelly

Audio 2 DJ ships

Native Instruments says Audio 2 DJ, a small USB audio interface for DJs, is now available in stores around the world. The audio interface is designed to deliver the same audio quality and performance as the company’s Audio 8 DJ and Audio 4 DJ interfaces that are used by professional club DJs.

Audio 2 DJ features studio-grade converters and special high-power output amplifiers to accommodate demanding club systems. The dual stereo outputs of the interface provide connectivity to route two decks separately into an external DJ mixer or to output independent master and cue signals when mixing in software.

Audio 2 DJ sells for $119.—Jackie Dove

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