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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.3

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DEVONtechnologies has released significant updates to its document and information management programs DEVONnote and DEVONthink (which comes in three varieties: Personal, Professional, and Pro Office). Changes in both programs include the capability to drag and drop multiple email messages into a database, support for printing to PDF, and the capability to install and use folder action scripts. The updates also add support for importing bookmarks from the forthcoming DEVONagent 2.5, preferences for Mac OS X 10.6's Data Detectors, the capability to merge multiple groups/tags, and support for smart copy and paste. Changes specific to DEVONthink 2.0 Pro Office include the added capability to store thumbnails for bookmarks and a new advanced search setting that enables users to use smart-group search criteria in the search window. A lengthy list of changes, including many minor bug fixes, for both DEVONthink and DEVONnote, is available on the DEVONtechnologies Web site. (Pricing varies, 17.8/10.9 MB)

 

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