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A roundup of Snow Leopard-related software announcements


As our readers and staff are out buying copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard today, we thought we'd also start rounding up news about software updates related to the OS update.

We're getting a lot of emails today with news about Snow Leopard compatibility updates for applications, so we'll be listing the updates in this post. Be sure to check back from time to time today, as we'll be changing this post frequently. If you're using the new and free TUAW iPhone App [App Store link] to read this, be sure to tap the icon in the upper right corner of the screen to view the entire post.

Creaceed Hydra
Creaceed has released version 2.1.2 of Hydra, an application for creating High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs that are closer to what the eye actually perceives. This is the first Mac application for HDR photography that supports 64-bit architectures, which means that rendering times are faster.

Creaceed tested rendering of an HDR image under 64-bit Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on a Mac mini 2x2GHz with 4GB of RAM and the GeFORCE 9400 video card with 256MB of VRAM. The graph below shows the results over running the app under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

The update is free to all registered users of Hydra 2.x and is available today.

Yazsoft Speed Download 5.2.3
Yazsoft announced that Speed Download 5.2.3 is now available. The download manager for Mac OS X has now been updated for peak performance under Snow Leopard. There are new components for Safari 64-bit support, a new uninstaller, increased FTP compatibility and performance, and other internal tweaks for full compatibility with Snow Leopard.

Speed Download 5.2.3 is available as a free download for existing owners of Speed Download 5, or the application can be purchased in either the full (US$25) or lite (US$20) flavor.

According to Yazsoft, "Speed Download 5 redefines the Mac OS X download manager by combining four amazing products: a turbo-charged download manager, a fully featured secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and complete .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity, into one small and easy to use application."

DisplayLink has made new drivers available for their software, which allows you to add up to four additional monitors to any Intel Mac through USB. The new beta version of the software, version 1.5, is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

With the DisplayLInk software, you can hook up five monitors (one to the built-in display port, four more to USB ports) to a Mac mini. DisplayLink USB multi-display technology is managed and configured through System Preferences.

Kerio Mail Server
"Kerio MailServer versions 6.7.1 and older do not fully support the desktop clients in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Therefore, Kerio advises that all Kerio MailServer customers do not upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard at this time. While Kerio does not disclose information about unreleased products, Kerio remains committed to the Mac platform and Kerio MailServer will support Mac OS X Snow Leopard in the next service release."

Developer Literature & Latte today released Scrivener 1.52, an update to its Mac writing software. The updated version adds support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and also provides several bug fixes.

In addition, users of, Hog Bay Software's sync service for WriteRoom for iPhone, can now download documents directly to Scrivener 1.52. Writers can now take notes in WriteRoom on the iPhone, then move them directly to a Scrivener project.

Omni Group
The Omni Group has released new versions of their applications, which include OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniPlan, OmniWeb, OmniGraphSketcher, OmniDiskSweeper, and OmniDazzle. All of the applications now include support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

In addition, OmniFocus and OmniGraffle now have new features. In OmniFocus, the interface for Perspectives, which allows you to save customized view settings, has been redesigned. OmniFocus 1.7 allows users to view a list of attachments in OmniFocus documents, then delete them as necessary to speed up document syncing.

OmniGraffle 5.2 and OmniGraffle Professional 5.2 include support for Mac laptops with multi-touch trackpads. Users can now pinch to zoom in and out, and can use other gestures for resizing or rotating a selection. Other OmniGraffle improvements include fixes to tables and shared layers, as well as better stability.

All of the Omni Group's Snow Leopard-ready applications can be downloaded from

Eye-Fi Inc. announced that its Eye-Fi Manager software allows all Eye-Fi cards to work with Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The new Eye-Fi Geo (US$59), which allows lifetime geotagging and gives users the ability to wirelessly upload photos directly to iPhoto or a folder on their computer, has been available at Apple Stores and online for about the last month.

Marketcircle has announced that Daylite, Daylite Server and Billings are fully compatible with Snow Leopard. You can learn more from their Snow Leopard Info page. Both Daylite and Daylite Server are at version 3.9.3, while Billings is at version 3.0.5.

Cultured Code
Things 1.2 is available today, providing Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Spotlight, and Quick Look support. The new version also adds a system-wide keyboard shortcut in the Quick Entry dialog, and the application is localized in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese.

Things 1.2 remains priced at US$49.95, and the update is available for free to registered users.

Adam Tow
Adam Tow's wonderful MsgFiler plugin for has been updated to version 2.0.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility. MsgFiler is a US$8 shareware plugin for quickly filing emails into existing mailbox folders, and is optimized for keyboard-only usage.

Ambrosia Software
Today, Ambrosia Software released WireTap Studio 1.0.12, WireTap Anywhere 1.0.5, and Snapz Pro X 2.2.0. The new versions provide Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility, as well as additional improvements.

The updates are free to registered users of the applications. The US$69 WireTap Studio is an audio recording and management solution. WireTap Anywhere (US$129) is a suite of components allowing recording enthusiasts to take audio output from any Mac application or hardware input device, then route it to audio recording applications. Snapz Pro X is a professional screenshot and screencast recording application, available for US$69.

Reader Ken W. tipped us off to this thread over at the CounterPath support forums, where updated builds of their popular Eyebeam SIP client have been posted for users of Eyebeam 1.5 to ensure compatibility with Snow Leopard.

Josh Bryant
For those that use the iChat Matte plugin by Josh Bryant to soften the appearance of their iChat conversations, you may have noticed that installing Snow Leopard has reset the iChat bubbles to their default glossy look. Luckily, reader David Celis was kind enough point out that simply reinstalling the plugin worked like a charm. So, if you're an iChat Matte user and are missing your matte bubbles, be sure to try reinstalling the plugin.

Ayluro, Inc. has released version 2.0 of their clipboard management and organization software, Corkboard. The update includes several bug fixes, lots of new features and improvements, as well as Snow Leopard compatibility.

LateNite Software
If you're concious about saving disk space, Xslimmer 1.7 is the tool for you. With their most recent update, not only will Xslimmer work with Snow Leopard, but it takes advantage of some of the new built in features, allowing you to compress applications that you don't frequently use to save space. It also works with both 32- and 64-bit application binaries to ensure maximum compatibility.

AppleSource Software
The folks over at AppleSource Software have updated a couple of their offerings for Snow Leopard compatibility. Their TimeNet business management software is now at version 3.9.21, and their Master of My Domain application, which helps you keep track of your website and domain registration information, is up to version 1.7.

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