CS Odessa Takes ConceptDraw Professional -- CS Odessa today released ConceptDraw Professional, a beefed-up version of the company's powerful and flexible graphics application (for a full review, see "Make the Connection with ConceptDraw" in TidBITS-553). New features in ConceptDraw Professional include over 25 additional libraries of specialized images and symbols, compatibility with CAD applications via DXF import/export support, bidirectional support for importing from and exporting to PowerPoint presentations, improved data exchange with Microsoft Visio, and outline support for converting drawings to and from textual format. Available for the classic Mac OS, Mac OS X, and Windows, ConceptDraw Professional costs $250; upgrades from ConceptDraw are $125 and academic discounts are available. ConceptDraw Professional requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher running on a PowerPC 603e-based Mac (PowerPC G3 recommended) with 32 MB of available RAM. [ACE]
How Loud Are Your Mac's Fans?
When they get hot, Macs turn on various internal fans to keep components cool. The noise can be annoying, but just how loud is it? If you have an iOS device with a built-in microphone, you can download one of many free sound meter apps (search on
decibel in the App Store) and see if you're subjecting your ears to a truly unreasonable noise level.