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Ambrosia Releases Snapz Pro X 2.0

Ambrosia Releases Snapz Pro X 2.0 -- Ambrosia Software has released a major update to Snapz Pro X, their utility for making screenshots and recording movies of on-screen actions under Mac OS XShow full article

Text Wrangler 1.5.1 and Mailsmith 2.1.1 Available

Text Wrangler 1.5.1 and Mailsmith 2.1.1 Available -- Hot on the heels of last week's release of BBEdit 7.1.2, Bare Bones Software has shipped two more maintenance upgradesShow full article

Apple CFO Fred Anderson Retiring

Apple CFO Fred Anderson Retiring -- Apple announced last week that the company's well-respected chief financial officer Fred Anderson will retire 01-Jun-04; he will be replaced by current comptroller and finance VP Peter Oppenheimer, who has been leading many of Apple's financial departments for some timeShow full article

Take Control User Group Discount

Take Control User Group Discount -- User groups have long been one of the mainstays of the Macintosh community, which is why we've always encouraged user group newsletters to reprint TidBITS articles for freeShow full article

Bluetooth 1.5 Adds Headset and Printing Support

Apple last week released Bluetooth 1.5, which enables owners of Bluetooth headsets and Bluetooth printer adapters to use them directly with their MacintoshShow full article

Evaluating New Revenue Sources

Back in September 2003, I wrote about several new revenue sources we were testing in an attempt to supplement our waning income stream. I want to report back on how well they and some other projects have performed, particularly since a number of people had inquired. DealBITS Drawings -- We've done five DealBITS drawings so far, and overall, I'm quite pleasedShow full article

File Sharing Tips from the Newest Take Control Ebook

Even non-techies know about file sharing, mostly due to music that's illegally uploaded and downloaded through peer-to-peer systems like Gnutella and KazaaShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/09-Feb-04

.Mac benefits -- It's time to revisit the ongoing question: is Apple's .Mac service worth the annual subscription? (5 messages) Apple Releases Safari 1.2 -- Panther users can take advantage of the newest Apple Web browser, though some people still report problems accessing sites such as banksShow full article

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