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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.



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DealBITS Drawing: SmileOnMyMac's PDFpenPro

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About a year ago, in one of our earliest DealBITS drawings, we gave away a few copies of SmileOnMyMac's PDFpen software, which enables you to manipulate PDF files in a variety of ways. SmileOnMyMac has now updated PDFpen to version 2 and released PDFpenPro, which builds upon PDFpen by enabling you to create interactive PDF forms. Both programs let you merge PDFs, rearrange and delete pages, add text (for filling in non-interactive forms) and graphics (such as signatures), and more. PDFpen 2 improves the program's performance and adds the extremely useful capability of searching for, selecting, and copying text from PDF documents. Macworld gave PDFpen 4 mice in a recent review.

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For many people, PDFpen will be at its most useful when dealing with faxes. If you can receive a fax in PDF format from a fax-to-email service, you can use PDFpen to fill in any necessary text, add a graphical signature, and return it via fax using either Mac OS X's built-in fax capabilities or SmileOnMyMac's own pagesender fax software.


In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win a copy of PDFpenPro 2.1, worth $94.95. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on PDFpen and PDFpenPro, so if you ever need to manipulate PDF files, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won.


Lastly, remember our new way of increasing your chances of receiving a prize. On the confirmation Web page and in the email confirmation message entrants receive, you'll see a custom URL that you can send to friends and colleagues so they can enter the drawing, too. If one of our randomly chosen winners entered using your referral URL, you'll receive exactly the same prize. The more people you refer, the more likely it is that you'll receive a prize, so feel free to distribute your referral URL widely (without spamming, of course!)


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