iData Pro, Go Cocoa -- iData Pro has long been my favorite digital shoebox, a repository for completely miscellaneous text snippets, as I explained in TidBITS-675. The program was available through Casady & Greene, who closed their doors in June 2003. iData's author, Mike Wright, robbed of a distribution channel, thereupon generously started giving the program away. On Mac OS 9 (non-Classic) it was made free forever; on Mac OS X it was a six-month "demo," but it was fully featured, and over time, eight bug-fix updates kept it from expiring. Meanwhile, Wright partnered with Robin Casady to revive the program by rewriting it in Cocoa. This effort has now resulted in iData 2 (currently version 2.0.2, with the "Pro" deliberately dropped from the name). The Cocoa rewrite provides all the cool stuff and good behavior that Cocoa brings along for free, such as styled text, Unicode, images, Services, scroll-wheel support, speech, and spell-checking. A valuable new feature is the capability to insert a live link to any file or folder on disk. iData 2 and iData 1.0.17 can import each other's files; iData 2 can also import InfoGenie and QuickDex files. iData 2 costs $50; a few iData 1.0.17 features still missing from iData 2, such as label printing and advanced phone dialing, are slated to return in a future major update, at which point the price will rise to $70. A 30-day demo is available for download (1 MB). iData 2 requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later. [MAN]
iCal Alerts You Can't Miss
Did you miss that tiny little iCal alert dialog? Use a more prominent Open File alarm.
First save an image, text file, sound, or movie that will really fill your screen and grab your attention.
Select an iCal event and choose Open File as the alert type. Choose your unmissable file as the one to open.
Set more alerts with more files to open for the same event if you like. You won't miss an appointment with one of these alerts!