Several Mac software makers have teamed up to offer
Mac OS X Utilities: Volume 1, which costs US$45 now through Dec. 13. Separately, the seven applications would cost $120. Included in the utilities collection are:
Alien Technology, a multi-service instant messaging client. With Proteus, Mac OS X users can have a single application to communicate with other users via instant messaging services including AIM, ICQ, MSN, Jabber and Yahoo! Chat.
Radical Breeze, a file management for Mac OS 10.2 (“Jaguar”) and Mac OS 10.3 (“Panther”). It can be used to store your downloaded files or commonly used documents in one location.
RedleX, a word processor. Among its features are: page, paragraph and character styles; multilingual support; live editing; Word document importing; and a live word count.
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Yazsoft, a download manager. IT offers multithreading so you can go online and download as many files as you want, simultaneously; it’s built to optimize both high speed and dial-up Internet connections.
Chickenbyte, an iPhoto-like application that helps you store and manage your icons, the way iPhoto manages your pictures. It allows you to browse through a collection of icons using libraries, preview the icons at any size and export them to a variety of formats.
Realmac Software, a sound recording tool. It enables recording from any input source such as a built-in microphone, USB microphone, Firewire video camera or even via a Mac audio-in port.
DiscBlaze, also from Radical Breeze, a CD-DVD burning utility. With it you can: burn data CDs and DVDs; burn multiple sessions to the same CD; save and load “Burn Lists”; burn an existing Toast or ISO disc image file; burn discs that can be read on Macs, PCs or both; and erase re-writable media (such as CDRW discs) for re-use.