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Wed 13 Jul 2005

Highlights from CNET Download Dispatch (Mac Edition)

Category : mac and the internet

My highlights from the latest CNET Download Dispatch (Mac Edition), Vol. 10, No. 26 (12 Jul 2005):

Nvu Version: 1.0 (File size: 11.7MB; License: Free) {Note: do not run from disk image; copy to hardisk else you will experience a never ending loop} - "Edit pages on the fly with this fully open-source Web- authoring program. Nvu packs a punch, with integrated file management via FTP; tabbed editing; a spelling checker; in-line previewing; JavaScript editing and debugging; a CSS editor; and powerful support for forms, tables, and other standard tools.

The drag-and-drop interface has large, clear icons, and its logical menus are easily accessible and can be modified to suit your needs. The bottom of the page has four tabs that give you different views of the page you're working on. One of our favorite features is the tabbed editing, which definitely makes composing and editing multiple pages a quick and virtually painless process.

Nvu is still a very young program, so you might find a few features that need to be fixed or added. However, this WYSIWYG editor is definitely going in the right direction, offering all the basic editing tools and general usability features a new Web developer needs."

Audio Hijack Pro Version: 2.5.6 (File size: 3.98MB; License: Free to try; US$30 to buy) - "Like a fisherman with a huge net, this easy-to-use utility lets you tap into any audio or video app and capture its output as an AIFF file. Built on a spare interface, Audio Hijack is clean and focused. Presets let you quickly save and recall applications and associated settings. We like the included timer, which works well for scheduling recordings.

Audio Hijack comes with a few built-in effects, including a basic EQ and a filter called the Excitifier. On the downside, it lacks support for direct ripping to a compressed audio format such as MP3 or AAC; to do so, you must create an additional AppleScript. Though it does have its quirks, Audio Hijack works well and is extremely easy to use. We recommend it to both pro and novice users."

iVCD 2.4 (File size: 5.89MB; License: Free to try; US$29.95 to buy) - "Use iVCD to make VCD, SVCD, and other file formats from AVI, DivX, MPEG, MOV, iMovie, iMovie HD, and QuickTime files. This software offers all the burner features you need and the ease of use you want from an MPEG encoder/VCD burner. With one button control and two steps, you can go from movie to VCD."

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