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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Safari 4.0.3 Update Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has released a minor update to its Web browser this afternoon, which claims to come packed with stability improvements, bug fixes, and security improvements. Will it stop our frequent crashing?"

This is a 40MB update that has fixes for some minor problems with display issues, as well as some security and stability issues. The update was released yesterday for Tiger, Leopard and Windows users, and for all the specifics Apple has the list of fixes on their update page.

Monday, August 10, 2009

MacWeed Joins the Bundle Wars

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"We generally report on Mac software bundles only from entirely new groups, since by definition, these bundles are pure marketing efforts. Sure, the bundle may benefit deserving independent developers, donate a portion of the proceeds to charity, or be part of some sort of online game, along with offering a great deal for Mac users, but the news value of even most new bundles is fairly low. (Occasionally, we'll have a separate advertising relationship with the bundle vendor.) That said, there are two new bundle groups that have popped up in the last week or so: TheMacSale and MacWeed."

Three or four days ago we noted the MacSale and prior to that the MacBundle. Well now a third bundle has risen, with a few twists. MacWeed is donating 20% of their proceeds to the victims of the April 2009 earthquake in Italy. They have put together 14 programs worth over $700.00 USD for $49.99 USD. However only 6 of the programs are given out initially, with the remaining 8 programs unlocked at certain sales levels. To top it off, they are giving away an iPhone 3GS randomly every 200 sales, up to 10,000 bundles. Feeling lucky?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Updates for OS X and GarageBand

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple released an update to its operating system Wednesday, version 10.5.8."

They also released a GarageBand Update, version 5.1 a few days prior, which addressed stability and problems in downloading the lessons from iTunes. The OS X update is supposed to fix several compatibility and reliability issues with Airport Extreme and Bluetooth, which should help with the frequently reported problem of disconnects from those using Bluetooth keyboards and mice. It also addresses several issues related to Safari, iCal and MobileMe, among others. Sounds like a diversified update that should be installed.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bodega, an App Store for Your Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple developer IDFusion on Monday is launching Bodega, an application that brings a Mac App Store to users' desktops."

Interesting idea, and they already have 150 applications available for download at their site. They plan on getting their revenue stream from advertisers so unlike the iPhone app store, Bodega won't take a cut from the sales for developers that place their software here. The app will feature reviews of the applications, best selling apps, automatically check for updates for apps you have purchased and keep all your registration keys handy in the Bodega application. I would think the established developers would continue to use their own websites for distribution but this might be a pretty good way for new developers to get their products out there. What are your thoughts?

First MacBundle, Now MacSale

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"You must have seen the banner ad in our sidebar for a while now, and been wondering what exactly was going on. Truth be told I myself didn't know much about the deal except it was going to cost $50 a piece, and set to go live on the 3rd of August. In case you didn't realise, it's the 3rd already, and The Mac Sale has gone live."

Monday we told you about the MacBundle sale, today we have the Mac Sale. Usually you can find at least one of the programs in the bundle that are worth trying out, maybe not the case of the MacBundle, but usually. In this case, in my opinion, there are a couple that I'm interested in such as Interarchy and Scribbles. I'm still a bit underwhelmed at the assortment so I'm still on the fence as to the value I would be getting for the $50. This article gives a pretty good run down of what is included, and the sale only goes until August 18th so I guess I need to decide quick. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fake Steve Jobs and the Board Opening

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

"Fake Steve has a hilarious series of posts about Eric "Squirrel Boy" Schmidt's resignation from Apple's board. Much better than the real news and boring analysis."

On the heels of the resignation announcement for Schmidt, thought I would throw out a little humor. This is a very funny set of posts from Fake Steve Jobs blog, but be warned, it isn't censored like the above photo. The series of calls he supposedly gets from people interested in the opening are pretty funny too.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mac Bundle Time Again

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Mac Bundle Box is back, with a whole new bundle of 12 amazing apps worth in total $458.59 for only $49. We've got loads of great titles this year, from website design to finances, we've got it all, and it's all together for the low price of $49."

You can usually get at least one program out of these bundles that is worth the cost. The bonus to all this is that there is a certain amount donated to charity, this time 10% of the proceeds will go to "Water", an organization devoted to providing clean drinking water in various places around the world. I'm not sure if any of these programs will entice you to buy the package, but they are available for a free trial to give them a whirl before you commit.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Learn About Aliases

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Aliases in Mac OS X are essentially equivalent to shortcuts in the Windows world. They work by creating a link to an original file located somewhere on your Mac or network and maintain the link even if the original is moved or renamed."

I never took any formal classes or training when I started using Macs, and I'll wager a lot of you didn't either. I always like to find quick tip articles on things that I think are useful in my daily use of my Mac and this is one of them. The article gets right to the point in clear language, on how to use aliases with your Mac.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Apple Design Award Winners 2009

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"The Apple Design Awards 2009 took place yesterday evening during the WWDC. The awards were designed to recognize some of the best iPhone and Mac software developers from all over the world. As can be expected, the competition was fierce, but someone has to win."

Apple had five categories for their Design Award: OS X Leopard Developer, iPhone Developer, iPhone Student App, OS X Student App and iPhone OS 3.0 Beta App. The iPhone Developer category, for example, had five winners: MLB At Bat 2009, Postage, Topple 2 and Tweetie. I have got to agree with the MLB win, that is a great program. I have only used one of the others, Tweetie, very little since I keep going back to Twitterfon for my main twitter client on the iPhone. The winners received a nice prize package including a 15-inch MacBook Pro, 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, iPhone 3G S and some other very nice items. You can get a list of the other award winners and a brief description of them at the WWDC Apple Design Awards site.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Announced at WWDC '09

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"In between new notebooks and fawning over the iPhone, Bertrand Serlet got up on stage to talk about Snow Leopard, the next release of Mac OS X. Apple took a few digs at Microsoft for stumbling with Windows Vista and trying to play catch-up with Windows 7. The picture that our friends in Cupertino are trying to paint is that Leopard has been a huge success and that Snow Leopard will be even better."

This was the expected announcement of the next version of Mac OS X. I'm not a guru or anything close when it comes to software, so some of these changes are exciting according to the reports I've been reading, but to be honest, I don't understand all of it. From what I do understand though, one big change is that OS X will be fully 64-bit with this version. So the only thing holding back the software is the limits on hardware, ie RAM (which is improving to 8 Gigs on the new MBP line). And since all Macs have a 64-bit processor already built in, this should also speed performance. Grand Central and Open CL support are in this version also. Grand Central allows better utilization of the processors and Open CL allows developers to use current graphics processing power and makes it available for any application, which should speed up performance dramatically. And last but certainly not least, the addition of Exchange support. This makes the Mac running OS X compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. If any company was on the fence or pondering a switch to OS X, this should make the decision much easier.

So some modifications and additions to speed up the processing of your programs, along with more security, but I'm still not sure if I will upgrade right away. The release of Snow Leopard will be in September 2009, and you can't beat the price. $29.00 USD for single license or $49.00 USD for the family version. How about you, is this one in your future? Or is the current version of OS X good enough?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Need New Wallpaper?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Is your desktop background getting boring? Perhaps something new is just what the doctor ordered. And what better way to show your love for Apple that an Apple-themed (Hey, this is TheAppleBlog remember. If you don't love Apple, why are you here?) wallpaper! I scoured the Internet and found a whole heap of nice shiny wallpapers. Here's a collection of my favorites."

I particularly liked this one so I put it on my MBP. There are 29 others in this list, more than enough to give everyone at least one choice for their library of wallpapers. And if you have several you like and want to alternate through them, you can go into the preferences pane and use the every hour option for "change picture" in the Desktop and Screen Saver options.

Monday, May 18, 2009

10.5.7 Not For You? Here is How to Go Back

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The latest update to Mac OS X includes many enhancements, security fixes, and many people are noticing an overall speed increase, especially on older PowerPC machines. These benefits and the fact that problems, so far, have not been severe, have us recommending this update for most people. Despite this, some people may wish to revert back to the previous OS version."

There have been reports of problems with this update, so if this update isn't quite working out for you, you do have options. This is a short and sweet article, with several options based on your setup, on how to go back to the previous version of your OS. I haven't had to do this in such a long time (knock on wood) and I found it was an interesting article to read and refresh my memory on just what I would need to do to restore a previous version of my operating system.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Don't Worry Tiger, We Haven't Forgotten About You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The updates keep coming from Apple today. Security Update 2009-002 for Tiger is now available, both Intel and PPC. According to Apple, this update " recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update." It's nice to know what's being installed on your Mac, isn't it?"

This update surprised me, but I guess there are enough users out there to warrant a security upgrade for Tiger. So if you have the PPC version, head to the PPC site. But if you have the Intel version, bop on over to the Intel site for your update. The Intel update is a little over twice the size of the 75 MB PPC version, coming in at 165 MB. The download pages have a couple links to direct you for more information on exactly what the update does.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Need an Apple Netbook Now? Do It Yourself.

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM

"Is the World Wide Developers Conference too far away for you? Are you desperate to get your hands on an Apple netbook straight away? The folks over at couldn't stay away any longer, so they took a Dell Mini 9 and decided to install Mac OS X Leopard. The process seems surprisingly simple, and gave them a fully functional MacBook Nano (or close enough) within an hour."

I've kind of been waiting to see what Apple comes out with this Summer, and if the rumors are true that they will indeed make a netbook. It is something I could use around the house, or more specifically that my wife could use so my MBP doesn't get seized from me. But I digress into something more appropriate for Dr. Phil's website. Anyway, this tutorial over at the Test Freaks blog is very specific and easy to follow along with should this interest you. I may give this a go depending on what is announced this Summer at WWDC, or sooner depending on if my wife reads this story.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Are One of These Mac Utilities Right For You?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"When I blog about applications that I've found I generally wrap up my posts with an open invitation to readers: Got any you like? Many folks have been generous and shared links and applications that I've used to expand my virtual toolbox and make my Mac experience more fun and productive."

This article piqued my interest, as I'm always looking for new utilities to try out, especially when they are either freeware or shareware. Some hit the mark, others don't, but I still like to see what is out there. This list of 10 seems to have some pretty good utilities such as Easy Envelopes, Time Machine Editor, Caffeine and TubeTV. There are 6 other ones on the list but these four are the ones I'm going to have to try out first.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Apple Holds Fairly Steady in Internet Usage

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

Net Applications has released its compiled browser use data for the month of April, and the news is pretty good for Apple. Despite an arguable small downtick in market share for the quarter as measured by unit sales, Net Applications shows the share of users using Safari or Mac OS X to surf the Web holding steady for the first month of this quarter. The iPhone OS platform continues to gain share online, while Windows and IE continue a slow but steady decline."

It dropped just a bit from the 8.23% in March to 8.21%, but it still stayed above the February mark of 8.02%. Internet Explorer on the other hand has been steadily declining. Didn't they recently release IE 8?

When it comes to operating systems used to access the Internet, Apple is still below 10%, recording 9.73% share, just down from the March figure of 9.77%. What does all this mean? I guess as far as operating systems, Apple is holding it's own in spite of the economy. Microsoft? Not so much since they are declining in this category as well. The biggest winner? The iPhone OS (including the iPod Touch), which has increased by about 268% over the last year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Interested in Genealogy? Give This Public Beta a Try

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"German software developer Synium announced the release of its MacFamilyTree 5.5 public beta on Tuesday. The application adds a History Database for the user to browse hundreds of predefined historical entries or add world and personal history events as well as a completely rewritten database engine to deliver faster response times, even with huge family trees."

This requires a Mac with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and ATI Radeon 7500, Intel GMA 950 or NVidia GeForce 4 MX graphics chipset or better in order to run. This has multiple display options, and the added iPhone capability sounds like a plus. I have yet to give it a go, but this is something that we have been thinking about doing recently so now may be just the right time to start. This retails for $49.00USD and upgrades can be purchased for $25.00USD.

Tweetie for Mac, Another Option for Your Twittering Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

Figure 1: Tweetie for Mac in action, reviewing some tweets from your favorite website!

Since the social networking site Twitter was introduced in 2006, there have been many desktop applications created to make the Twitter experience more functional. Some of the more popular programs, besides using the Twitter web interface, are TweetDeck, Snitter, Twitterrific and Twhirl. Well, now the popular iPhone application "Tweetie" has jumped into the desktop realm. Having used several of these at one time or another and settled on TweetDeck as my Twitter client of choice, I wanted to see if this one was worthy of all the hype it generated. The grass is always greener right?


Friday, April 17, 2009

DivX Releases Version 7 for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"DivX has released DivX 7 for Mac which is a free download that provides everything you need to enjoy high-quality digital videos on your computer, including high definition H.264 (.mkv) videos with AAC audio and videos created using all previous versions of DivX technology."

This is optimized for Mac OS X 10.4, and is a free download. The download includes 6-month trial of DivX Pro Codec and a 15-day trial of DivX Converter. Purchase price is $19.99 USD and you get full versions of both. The DivX site has more info on the download as well as how it all works.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

No Self Control? Force Yourself With This!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Steve Lambert has created a virtual mast onto which I can lash myself and avoid wasting hours of time: SelfControl. The idea is simple: you enter a list of domains that you want to block yourself from visiting, set the amount of time those sites should remain inaccessible, and press ‘Start.' Whether your poison is a particular Web site or an e-mail account that you must check every minute, SelfControl can help (you can block Web sites and mail servers)."

I'm pretty sure I am not going to install this program on my MBP. I suppose if I just couldn't tear myself away from visiting eBay or every 5 or 10 minutes, then I might consider it, but it really does lock your system down. You have to wait for the timer to expire, and shutting down the program or restarting your computer won't reset it. You just have to gut it out and wait. I think I will work on my self control on my own. I'm almost there anyway, I've controlled my Diet Coke habit, sort of. Ok not really, but that is another story. If you think you need it, it is a free download.

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