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RSSOwl Update v1.2

RSSOwl has been updated to v1.2. This update adds a fully customizable toolbar, improves feed search and feed discovery, and adds support for Atom 1.0 feeds. The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for RSSOwl here.

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Favored Freeware: OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Pros: OpenOffice.org is a free and easy-to-use alternative to most commercial office suites, including (but not limited to) Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org is a cross-platform application for Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

Cons: OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X requires the use of Apple’s X11.app window system.

Note: NeoOffice is a Mac-only build of OpenOffice.org that runs natively, supporting such native features as fonts and printing, under Mac OS X.
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Preferential Treatment Update v1.1.6

Just hours after the release of v1.1.5, Preferential Treatment has been updated to v1.1.6. This update fixes both an authentication error which occurred on some non-English systems and an error which occurred when scanning preference files with apostrophes in their names. The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for Preferential Treatment here.

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Safari Passes the Acid2 Test

Back in April, I reported the release of Acid2, a new standards compliance test. Seven months later, I am proud to report that Safari is the first publicly-released browser to pass the Acid2 test. Passing the Acid2 test was no walk in the park for the Safari and WebKit developers. If you don’t believe me, take the Acid2 test with Firefox v1.0.7 or Internet Explorer v6.x. If you are interested in the more technical aspects of this accomplishment, then you may want to see the list of changes that the Safari and WebKit developers have made in order to pass the Acid2 test.

(hat-tip: Tom)

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Preferential Treatment Update v1.1.5

Preferential Treatment has been updated to v1.1.5. This update adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4.3, “the ability to specify the user name of the admin account when authenticating,” and a few “minor code and interface improvements.” The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for Preferential Treatment here.