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Love of Mac’s OS X continues.

After running in New York for five years, the summer Macworld Conference & Expo will be returning to Boston in 2004, coinciding with Beantown’s launch of a new $800 million exhibition center. But oddly, it might be without an Apple presence. “IDG announced plans to move Macworld New York to Boston in July of 2004,” the company said in a statement. “Apple disagrees with this decision, and will not be participating in Macworld Boston. Since IDG is no longer investing in New York, we now need to re-evaluate our participation in Macworld New York 2003.” The trade show promoter said it has inked a three-year deal with the city of Boston and the city’s new convention center to host Macworld. It also has the option of a two-year extension.

DigiDesign has announced Pro Tools 6 for OS X, an update to their audio recording, editing and mixing software. The new version adds support for OS X, and also boasts a streamlined interface for several windows used for mixing and editing. Also added is multi-user log-in functionality, a file management utility, and better MIDI abilities. The new version, due to be launched at the time of this writing, hasn’t been priced yet.

To make text shine in OS X, Taylor Design has released TextSpresso 2, a major upgrade to its text editor and cleaner. The program cleans up text like e-mails and Web page downloads, and can perform data extraction as well as text conversion between Macs and PCs. The software also has more than 200 filters for a variety of tasks. TextSpresso 2 is OS X compatible, but works with OS 8.6 or higher. It’s available directly from the Web site for $19.95, and if you’ve tried an earlier version and want to take the new one for a spin, the 30-day demo time limit has been reset.

RealNetworks has released the second beta version of RealOne Player for OS X, which has a premium subscription component that allows users to access sports, news, and entertainment content from broadcaster and live audio feeds for $9.95 per month. Also offered is RealOne RadioPass, a service that provides feeds of 50 ad-free stations of different genres for $8.95 per month for a 64Kbps feed, and $5.95 for a 32Kbps feed that has fewer stations. The new version, available for download from the RealNetworks site, also features pop-down menus and improved search capability.

Shareware developer Steve Becker has released WebPrint Plus, a set of tools for collecting, saving, printing, and editing information for OS X. The program eliminates some browser printing problems, and supports drag-and-drop printing of text and clipping files. It also includes a built-in text editor that lets you edit and add to the content of your saved information. A demo version of the application is available at the MacEase site, and costs $34.95 for the legit version.

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