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FileMaker, Inc. recently shipped FileMaker Pro 8, and FileMaker developer William Porter offers a full review of what's new and why it's an exciting release. Also in this issue, Adam looks at the new features of StuffIt Deluxe 10, while Glenn proposes a sensible time-based authorization scheme for iTunes playback on multiple machines. We also note the release of "Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security" by Glenn and Adam, cancellation of Macworld Expo in Boston, XPostFacto 4.0, and a special Coldplay EP to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Macworld Boston Cancelled -- Our friends at MacCentral reported news that comes as no surprise: IDG World Expo has cancelled Macworld Expo Boston and will be concentrating efforts on Macworld Expo San Francisco in JanuaryShow full article
Exclusive Coldplay EP at iTMS to Benefit Hurricane Katrina Victims -- In "Net Responds to Hurricane Katrina Aftermath" in TidBITS-795, Jeff Carlson reported on how the Internet community has come together in countless ways to help the victims displaced or otherwise affected by Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the southern United States a little over two weeks agoShow full article
XPostFacto 4.0 Adds Tiger to More Legacy Macs -- Other World Computing has released its latest version of XPostFacto, a tool designed to help owners of Macintosh models not supported by Apple for specific Mac OS X releases to install and use those operating system versionsShow full article
Allume Systems, now owned by Smith Micro, Inc., has released the latest version of their venerable compression and archiving utility, StuffIt Deluxe. Improvements in StuffIt Deluxe 10 fall largely into two categories: low-level improvements in its compression engine and support for new technologies in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. StuffIt Deluxe 10 costs $80, with upgrades from previous versions of either StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard Edition priced at $30Show full article
Many folks are irritated by the authorization limit in the digital-rights management system that Apple uses to handle songs purchased from the iTunes Music StoreShow full article
On August 29, 2005, in the keynote address at FileMaker's annual developers conference in Phoenix, FileMaker, Inc. President Dominique Goupil announced the immediate release of FileMaker Pro 8 and its more powerful alternative, FileMaker Pro 8 AdvancedShow full article
"Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security" Released -- Putting on my author hat for a moment, I'm delighted to tell you that I, with my co-author Glenn Fleishman, have written a new ebook about wireless network security for youShow full article
The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. What's happening to our favorite GUI? iTunes 5 introduced a slightly different look to Apple's applications, leading to a discussion of whether the Aqua human interface guidelines are being tossed out the window or evolvingShow full article