Software Updates & New Release Highlights For Week Ending 05-10

My picks for the best program updates and new releases from this past week:

  • VMware Fusion 2 Beta – this popular virtualization tool adds enhanced graphics & printing capabilities plus more diverse import options
  • 3.0 Beta – one of the most comprehensive (only?) open source office suites adds native OS X Aqua support plus many enhancements to importing files, charting & layout viewing plus new spreadsheet collaboration options
  • Transmission 1.20 – a full-featured BitTorrent client which has added support for https tracker connections, IP blocking via Bluetack Level 1 blocklist, better support for mutli-tracker torrents, faster UPnP startup port mapping, statistics resetting and updated Dock badge images
  • CoverStream 2.0 – the application that brought CoverFlow to your Desktop has dramatically reduced its memory and disk footprint while also increasing speed twofold and adding new filtering & browsing features along with support for Apple Remotes and integration with Last.FM
  • Parallels Desktop 3.0 Build 5600.0 – that other virtualization tools which has fixed many bugs and included support for Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 & XP SP3
  • OmniGraffle 5.0.1 beta 1the drawing tool for OS X smashes a slew of bugs & crashers
  • OmniPlan 1.5.1 – this simple & efficient project management tool has also smacked a ton of bugs, enhanced AppleScript support and enhances security (the app is now code signed)
  • Audacity 1.3.5 – this great, open source audio tools gets even better with the ability to record onto the end of existing tracks, updates to suppotig libraries, enhanced user interface elements and many bug fixes
  • NetNewsWire 3.1.6 – the “gold standard” in feed readers fixes a nasty memory leak
  • Vidnik – a new tool from the fine folks over at Google that lets you use the built-in camera on your Mac to create movies and upload them to YouTube
  • Ascent 1.9.2 – this amazing GPS-enabled cyclist/runner/hiker application adds support for new devices, better track manipulation functionality and enhanced drag/drop features
  • GPSBabel 1.3.5 – a handy GPS “Swiss Army knife” squashes bugs, adds support for new devices, enhances the user interface and improves document support/compatibility

Full disclaimer: I either regularly use these apps and updated them or deliberately gave them a go this past week. I’m always on the lookout for new toys/tools, so drop me a note if you release new stuff!