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Monday, January 26, 2009

iLife '09 Available Tomorrow!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:15 PM

"Apple today announced that iLife '09 will be available tomorrow, January 27, and features major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, with breakthrough new ways to organize and manage photos, create movies and learn to play music. iLife '09 is included with every new Mac and is available as a $79 upgrade for existing users through the Apple Store® (, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers."

I don't know about you folks, but I'll be out there with serious determination to get my hands on this one tomorrow. I just hope they have the family packs right away; I'd hate to have to wait! Anyone else gonna rush out tomorrow and grab it, or am I just a shameful fanboy?

Peggle for iPhone Coming in March

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"We actually heard this last year, straight from Apple, but here's confirmation: PopCap Games has told our sister site Joystiq that Peggle, the distractingly cute-looking yet extremely addictive puzzle shooter, is coming to the iPhone in March of this year. If you've played Peggle (or any of PopCap's games, really) you'll know why this is so exciting, and if you haven't yet played it, you'll be in for a treat."

Peggle was the first game I bought for my iPod that I looked forward to playing and didn't just play as a distraction to kill time, and to me, being able to play it on the iPhone is something I've been anxiously awaiting since the App Store opened in July of last year. I can wait until March. I've already waited since I got my first iPhone on launch day, so what's a few more months? Anyone else a big Peggle fan and looking forward to this one as much as I am?

Emoji Without Jailbreaking

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Got an amazing link today from Ashot about this application that will allow you to send Japanese emoji icons to anyone with an iPhone - without hacking it! You all know I won't jailbreak my iPhone :)

Anyways, it's really simple. This is all you need to do:

#1. Get this $0.99 app called frostyplace from the iTunes store [ link ]

#2. Play with the app for a minute to activate, click on a story, etc

#3. Go into you settings -> General > International > Keyboards > Japanese

#4. Click the Emoji option to on!

#5. Text anyone with an iPhone and they'll get your icons!"

Well, I did it and it worked like a charm. Emoji icons are just one more thing that I don't get the regional restriction on. Are Japanese people the only folks who may want to send a smiley every now and then? Anyway, Justine notes that if you don't get the option for the Emoji keyboard right away, you may have to click around in the Frostyplace app for a bit to get it to become available, but once it does, you're golden. Fun stuff!

iPhone Now a Cube-Solving Machine

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Is there anything an iPhone app cannot be programmed to do? CubeCheater is an amazing app for iPhone and iPod Touch that, given the current state of your Rubik's Cube, will tell you how to solve the puzzle in just a few moves. You can either input the cube's state using the color palette and tapping in the colors, or you can just take a picture of each face of the cube and CubeCheater will use advanced computer-vision techniques to recognize the cube for you. (The camera feature is obviously not available on iPod Touch)"

Yet another thing the iPhone can do that I can't do: solve a Rubik's Cube. I've never actually solved one in my entire life but maybe I could learn how if I got this and worked really hard?

Nah. I didn't think so either. I'll stick to popping it apart.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Pirated iWork '09 May Contain a Trojan Horse

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"A new Trojan Horse is currently hidden in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ‘09 available via various BitTorrent tracker sites, according to a marketing pitch, uh, report from security software manufacturer Intego. While the pirated software is complete and functional, the installer contains a “bonus” called iWorkServices.pkg. This software is installed as a startup item where it has read-write-execute permissions for root: in other words, it has all the powers of a system administrator. This malicious software connects to a remote server over the internet, alerts its maker that it has been installed and gives this person the ability to connect to the affected Mac remotely."

Frankly, if you're pirating software, I hope your damn computer blows up on you. I have no sympathy for people who pirate stuff, and frankly pirating an entire Office Suite that goes for $79 is even more ridiculous. Maybe that'll teach the "I want everything free!" folks that not everything can be free just because you want it to be so. Hopefully none of you fall into the "if I want it, I just take it" category.

Coversutra Free Today Only

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"CoverSutra 2.1.6 is available now and should fix quite some smaller bugs and odds. Head over to the product page to download the update, or use the Build-in software update if you‘re already running CoverSutra. But what would be a birthday without presents? So just for today CoverSutra is available for free! Go to the Store to get one of the cheapest CoverSutra serial numbers ever! Yeah I know, you could also use a pirated serial, but that‘s bad for your Karma, right?"

Today is your day if you were pondering grabbing CoverSutra! I've never used it, but I know a ton of Mac users who make this one of their first installs on a fresh Mac.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

QuickTime Updated to 7.6

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"QuickTime 7.6 includes changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security. This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users."

Quicktime 7.6 has improvements for AAC Audio, MPEG movie audio track export improvements, one-pass H.264 encoding improvements, and a few other goodies. It's now available from Software Update.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SkypeCap for Mac 1.0 Released

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"Have you ever wanted to save your Skype sessions so that you could see or hear them again later or share them with someone else? Now you can with SkypeCap! Have you ever missed information during a session and wish that you had a rewind button? Now you do with SkypeCap!"

I've used Audio Hijack Pro for this for years, but one of the hardest part of doing a podcast is recording the Skype call itself. This seems to take the voodoo mumbo-jumbo out of it, but it's a hair pricey at $39.99.

Clippy Returns? Sort of...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"Copy/Paste is without a doubt the most wanted feature on the iPhone and I still don't understand why Apple hasn't given it to us yet... Last month, I talked about PasteBud, which was kinda bringing copy/paste to the iPhone through a combination of javascript bookmarks and web services. PasteBud definitely had its share of restrictions and it wasn't as great as I thought it would be so I gave up on it. Now comes Clippy, a free application available in Cydia through the iSpazio repo. Let me tell you right away that, even though it's still a beta version, Clippy is the best app for copy/pasting on your iPhone so far!"

You need an iPhone that's jailbroken and running Cydia, but it does work anywhere you can use the keyboard. Not too shabby for an unofficial app. I'm way too scared to jailbreak my iPhone, but I'm sure some of you have. Any thoughts on this? Have you tried it?

And, as Tim notes, isn't clippy the most ironic name ever or what?

EyeTV 3.1 Released

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Elgato today released EyeTV 3.1, which introduces a new electronic programming guide for North America and the Smart Series Guide feature, which automatically records an entire season of a TV show. The update also adds parental controls and numerous other enhancements. EyeTV 3.1 is available immediately as a free update for users of EyeTV 3."

There are a lot of Mac users out there using EyeTV, and if you're one of them, this looks like a worthwhile upgrade. Of particular interest is the new program guide from TV Guide. Who knows TV better than TV Guide? The upgrade is free for people who purchased an EyeTV on or after December 1, 2007, which is more than fair.

Tags: software, video, mac, eyetv

Cute, Cuddly, Cold & Fun

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: iPhone / iPod Touch Game
Manufacturer: Information Appliance Associates
Where to Buy: iTunes Store
Price: $2.99
System Requirements: 3.6MB of free space


  • Extremely fun;
  • Great "pick up and play" game;
  • More cuteness per second than any game in history.


  • Sound effects may freak out cat owners;
  • Hitting home key wipes your game out.

Summary: Nothing says cute like kittens, and this game has loads of cuteness. Read more...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ustream App Arrives in Time For Inauguration

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"The Ustream iPhone Viewing Application was pending approval from Apple and was approved in time for the inauguration. Now any iPhone owner can watch the inauguration from their iPhone. Presently, the Ustream iPhone Viewing Application is WiFi only to ensure the highest quality broadcast on the iPhone, but stay tuned for developments. "Ustream is excited to join the app store and bring a great application to the iPhone. Now iPhone users can watch and chat with any Ustream show directly from their iPhone. So now, wherever you are, you can be part of the global community around shared live experiences." John Ham, Founder and CEO of Ustream."

This is awesome news for those of you who can't get in front of a television, radio, the internet, sms, Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, or any of the other 30,000 places you'll be able to catch every waking breath of the inauguration.

Okay, seriously, though, this is pretty cool if you're a fan of Ustream. Me? I'm not really interested in watching; I want to see who wins the "broadcast" race between Ustream and Qik and who gets their app approved first.

Monday, January 19, 2009

500 Million Apps Downloaded

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple announced Friday that over 500 million apps have been downloaded from its App Store. Amazingly, the company only reached 300 million downloads on December 5, meaning its App Store has enjoyed accelerating growth since the holiday season. The announcement, which was made in the form of an advertisement on Apple's home page, also claims that the App Store now features more than 15,000 apps."

No wonder everyone is scrambling to come up with their own version of the App Store. It works. Palm is doing it, RIM is doing it, and Microsoft is supposedly looking into it. I'd say that's a testimony to the App Store's success as much as the number of apps that made their way out of the store and onto people's devices.

The Curious Case of a Movie Shot Digitally

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"Among the unusual circumstances surrounding the making of the film is that film figured so little in it," Cellini reports. "Although nearly every major Hollywood movie of this size and budget is still made on film, "Button," except for some high-speed and underwater sequences, was shot digitally on high-definition Thomson Viper cameras directly to hard drive, without ever touching tape, then captured into Apple's Final Cut Pro for editing."

While movies shot entirely digitally may be a bit far off, it's pretty amazing to think that the industry has progressed so much that most of their footage can be shot directly to a hard drive instead of much more expensive film. Even if you look at it from just a cost perspective, this is going to enable producers and directors to shoot more footage, get better angles, and do easier edits. All of this is good news for film buffs and production studios alike.

Old Argument Redux: Apple Should License OSX

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 10:00 AM;txt

"Let's face it: Apple isn't happy that it needs to deal with Psystar. And why should it be? The company is a costly nuisance that needs to be dealt with swiftly. But if the court battle lasts too long--or worse, if Psystar finds a way to win, Apple will be forced to deal with a slew of similar Mac clones that will only make maintaining its stranglehold on Mac OS X that much harder. That's why Apple should license Mac OS X to Hewlett-Packard and Dell, the world's top PC manufacturers. By doing so, it will be able to eliminate the threat Psystar and its clones create, since no one will trust an Open Computer from a no-name compared to Dell and HP. More importantly, it will expand its presence in the PC business and finally get to a place where it can compete on the same level as Microsoft."

In the year 2009, it's a miracle to me that people are still making this ridiculous argument. Folks, here's the deal. It isn't going to happen, and the reason is very simple. Ready?

Apple is a hardware manufacturer, not a software company!

I really figured people would get over this idiotic licensing idea, but it keeps coming back again and again and again by people who are supposedly known and respected in the industry. Reisinger's argument amounts to "this is the best way to get rid of Psystar." As one commenter notes:

"Apple IS a hardware company. Microsoft is a software company. Apple only has OS X to sell their hardware, along with software like Final Cut Pro and Aperture. Please understand that it is all TO SELL THE HARDWARE. There is a reason it is a bit more expensive. Does apple sell software? Yes. Does Microsoft sell hardware? Yes (zune and xbox). Does staples sell food? Yes but it is an office supply store, not a grocery store.Apple is a hardware company."

Apparently it is obvious, at least to some people.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quick Search on Mac? Google says Yes!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

I really like what Google comes up with most of the time, and this is no different. This is a handy search tool when you need a quick search done on the web or on your computer (Google lists all the files it can search for here). Granted, this is developer preview beta so it isn't working completely the way it's supposed to (at least on my machine) but it is pretty slick and the UI is very Mac-like. The tool is perfect for those times when you just want to do a quick search without having to pull up a browser. It is very similar to the iPhone Google application, with less functionality (ie no voice search), but it is very useful nonetheless. Read more...

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Espresso Enters Public Beta

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Your cup of coffee has been the thing that gets you out of bed, the smell of creativity, the taste that makes your day. Soon, Espresso will deliver something better than a caffeine boost. Take the Public Beta for a spin, and get a taste of what's to come! Espresso is not a bunch of apps forcibly smashed together. Instead, we looked at the needs of modern web developers and streamlined their workflow into one focused app. Extremely powerful editing, sleek projects, live preview (we make CSSEdit!), real publishing and extensive synchronization tools. All this, and an amazing extensible core? It's not too good to be true. It's now in public beta."

If you're a web developer and you use a Mac, there's a good chance you've run across MacRabbit's other amazing product, CSSEdit, one of the most amazing pieces of software ever written for web developers. I have no reason to believe Espresso will be any less awesome once I can spend a few minutes with it. I held off on buying Coda even though I knew I really needed it just because I was waiting to see what these guys cooked up. Now that there's some competition in in the web IDE market, I think I'll be doing some side by side stuff to pick my winner. Anyone out there tried Espresso yet? I'm curious to hear your feedback.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Smile On My Mac Bundles Up For Winter

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"New to the Mac? Get three of the most useful and popular Mac software utilities, all rated 4.5 mice by Macworld! Plus a series of ScreenCastsOnline how-to videos to get your started on your way to become a Mac power user. $49.95 (save 50% off the retail price!)"

'Tis the season to be bundling, and Smile on my Mac is in a bundling type mood. If you're new to the Mac, this is a bundle for you to check out. If you're not new but haven't gotten your hands on these yet, you may want to. I use Text Expander every day and think it's one of those "must-have" apps if you do any kind of repetitive typing (like typing a bio on a column, for example!).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

iPhone Twitter Client Roundup

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"When our desire to connect and communicate with one another crashed headlong in to the digital behemoth that is the Internet, we ended up with Twitter: a true 21st Century social phenomenon. Like a chimerical parrot, each head squawking a different one-liner, Twitter can seem odd to the casual observer. Allowing users to post ultra-short updates, a quick tour 'round Twitter will find normal folk, celebrities and even politicians rubbing shoulders and swapping verbs (even TAB is tweeting away). As a frequent tweeter, I decided it was time to identify the ultimate Twitter app for the iPhone. Diving headlong in to the App Store, I emerged from its murky depths with 12 different apps."

An excellent roundup of Twitter clients, and while I don't agree with all the assessments (Twittelator Pro has been my client of choice since I got my iPhone), there's plenty of detail and a nice side by side comparison chart to go by. If you're in the market for a new Twitter client for the iPhone, check this article out first. While you're at it, add us so you'll know when we publish a new article on the site. We're on Twitter as @applethoughts.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Go Feed Your Mac, NOW!

Posted by Lita Kaufman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

It's that time of year, when software publishers start pushing bundles. With all of the noise made over the MacHeist gang's shennanigans, one of the most innovative bundles of the 2007 holiday season got overlooked. Last year, Aquafadas, publisher of BannerZest and BannerZest Pro, sponsered a bundle package filled with Mac applications from European developers. What was interesting about the bundle, which had the odd name Give Good Food To Your Mac was that the more you bought, the deeper the discount, ranging from 20% for 3 or more apps to a whopping 70% for 10 or more apps. The selection of applications was so deep and varied, that it really wasn't too difficult to select enough products for the deepest discount.

This year, Give Good Food To Your Mac is back, and the structure is the same, but the discounts not quite so deep. Three apps gets a 20% discount. four apps get 30%, and five apps get 50%. The selection is different from last year, as well - a wider range with audio and video tools, productivity, imaging and 3D, utilities and a catch-all home & learning category. There are about 60 applications in all, from both U.S. and European developers. I don't think it will be difficult for any Mac user to find enough applications to max out the discount.

Don't delay, the promo runs until December 1st!

Update from Vincent: My mistake for posting this late, guys. I lost track of the date and forgot that today was actually December 1st.

Tags: software, bundles

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