online service has updated its offerings with a free screen saver for members, a discount on a satellite simulator, and updated tutorials in its Learning Center focused on the new applications including with iLife ’05.
Freefall is a commercial offering from XtremeMac — it’s a satellite simulator and screen saver that won a 2004 Apple Design Award at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The software lets you view the flight paths of more than 850 existing orbiters ranging from GPS satellites to weather satellites and more. For a limited time .Mac is allowing subscribers to download a special screen saver that uses some of the Freefall data to plot satellite paths, and is also offering a 30 percent discount for users who want to buy the US$29.95 retail version.
Also new on .Mac this week is an updated Learning Center, which offers tutorials covering the updated applications included with iLife ’05, the software suite released by Apple earlier this month at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. An overview of iLife ’05 has been posted, along with details on how the software can help you listen to music with iTunes, make music with GarageBand, manage and edit photos with iLife, and edit and burn DV movies to DVD using iMovie and iDVD. Other new and updated content in the .Mac Learning Center offers practical advice in troubleshooting, networking and other member-requested information. The Learning Center features a new catalog system to help make navigation easier.