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Monday, July 20, 2009

WWDC '09 Instructional Videos Available on iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 AM

"If attending this year's Worldwide Developers Conference just wasn't in the cards, Apple has produced a collection of videos that cover all 126 instructional sessions from the conference. While WWDC ticket holders get free access, those who missed out can buy the videos via ADC on iTunes."

The videos were divided into two groups, one on Mac development and the other on iPhone development. Each group is $299.00 USD, but you can buy all the videos for $499.00 USD. To do this, however, you have to be a registered ADC member or iPhone developer, which isn't too hard since you can become an online-only ADC member for free. The Mac sessions total 13GB, the iPhone ones total 17GB so prepare yourself for some long download times unless you have a FIOS connection or something fast like that.

Monday, June 1, 2009

ACD Systems Ready for Move to Mac

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

"The wait is over for professional photographers who want a faster, affordable, all-in-one photography workflow system to use on their Macs. ACD Systems International Inc. today opened beta testing for its new ACDSeeTM Pro Photo Manager for Mac, the first version of the company's acclaimed Pro Photo Manager software for Mac applications."

Well, honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of ACDSee's pro offerings, but that's honestly more because I tend to need more organization than manipulation. That being said, they're usually insanely powerful, fully featured, and usually can replace a photo processor (like Bridge or Lightroom) and an organizer (like iPhoto or Picasa). I may jump on the beta just to see what this one is like. Any of you guys about to jump or already in on the beta? If so, how's it going?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Laptop Hunters Ad Hurting Apple? Kind of...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

"Microsoft's "Laptop Hunters" ad campaign focuses on the price difference between Windows PCs and expensive Apple Macs. The commercials have raised consumers' perception of Microsoft's "value" -- and have hurt Apple -- according to YouGov BrandIndex, a research service."

Something struck me as odd, and reading the comments on the post, I found it:

"Yeah, good point, Dan, the wild swings in the graph from one extreme to the other, would tend to make this graph somewhat questionable. Honestly, does perception of value change THAT much over such a short period of time? Can we see other comparative graphs of other companies? Can they correlate it to anything?"

That is indeed an interesting question because the run of the ads doesn't seem to correlate with the "dip" in value perception. I'd be interested to see other value perception charts as well. I'm not saying the interpretation of the data is wrong, I'm just not sure if that interpretation can be made with the amount of data given.

Friday, May 8, 2009

SlingPlayer 1.08 Released For Mac

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

"Late Wednesday, Sling Media announced the release of SlingPlayer 1.0.8, the newest version of its software packages that allows Mac users to access their television content on their computer."

Almost everyone I know that owns a Slingbox owns a Mac, and yet Sling Media still hasn't released the Mac version of the 2.0 client yet. What's the problem, guys? You don't like us or something?

I'm starting to feel like Sling just doesn't care about its Mac customers. 1.0.8 is nice, but 2.0 has been out for Windows since at least August of last year.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

"Laptop Hunters" Agency is Mostly Macs... Duh...

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 01:00 PM

"Here's something that should get Mac fan boys foaming at the mouth. Pictured above is the office of Alex Bogusky, the brains behind Microsoft's new Laptop Hunter commercials. Sure enough, those are two MacBook Pros sitting on his desk."

Sure this doesn't say a whole lot. I mean, I'm sure there are companies that produce ads for Honda that have employees driving around Dodges. It's just really funny that the company making one of the most hated strings of ads ever is using a product they make a point of bashing in each and every one of them.

I've always thought Microsoft was missing a huge opportunity with these stupid ads, and that's the opportunity to show that the ad itself was made on a Windows PC. If you go to any site created with Apple's iWeb, you see a "Made on a Mac" logo on the bottom of it. Microsoft should've employed a company using Windows for their ads, and made a huge deal about how the ads were made on Windows PCs. If nothing else, it would provide some fodder for the Windows folks who insist that everything done on a Mac can be done on a PC. They could've even hired Sheila! I hear she wanted a laptop that could cut video and that's what she got at Fry's...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NeatDesk for Mac Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Once your paper is digitized, NeatWorks for Mac uses "Intelligent Text Recognition" technology to extract key data from your documents and populate key fields automatically in this robust digital filing system. By eliminating much of the data entry, you can turn a pile of receipts into an expense report in mere minutes. Or turn that stack of business cards into digital contacts and import them directly to Address Book. You can even scan any kind of document to produce a fully-searchable PDF file."

Okay... Simply put, this looks flat out awesome. I've always been interested in NeatReceipts, but I don't deal with enough receipts to make a receipts-only solution worth it for me. I do, however, have a ton of paper floating around all over my desk and this kind of digital filing system is something I might actually use. It's a tad pricey at $399, but if it works anywhere near as well as I've heard NeatReceipts does, it should be a huge hit with the Mac faithful.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Apple Beats Q2 Projections

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

"Apple said Wednesday that second-quarter profits rose more than 15 percent to $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share, on record non-holiday quarter sales of $8.16 billion for the three-month period ended March 28, 2009. These results compare to revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, up from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter's revenue."

Apple didn't disappoint, beating the projections we posted yesterday, although they did have a 3% decline in the sales of computers with sales of 2.22 million units when compared to last years numbers. Both the iPod and iPhone categories increased by 3% and 123% respectively, with sales of the iPods just over 11 million units and iPhones at just under 3.8 million units. Pretty good quarter overall. They also had some interesting things to say during the conference call. We'll see how the next one is, think there will be a drop based on the anticipation of what may be announced at WWDC?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Five Tips for Reading Mac Security Stories

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 01:00 PM

"Some days it seems the entire world is waiting with bated breath for the eventual fall from grace of the long-vaunted Macintosh security. From industry publications to the mainstream press, even the slightest Mac security hiccup spurs an onslaught of articles, debates, and even the occasional cable news headline. Some stories declare us invulnerable to attacks, while others give the impression that by the time you jump up from your armchair and rush to your Mac, it will already be infected and funneling your life's savings and family photos to Nigerian spammers. For us Mac users it can be difficult to discern the lines between truth, hype, and outright fantasy."

Great article, and frankly as a Mac user you need to have a pretty good BS detector when it comes to security stories. As of right now there are zero viruses in the wild for the Mac. If you engage in high-risk behavior such as downloading warez, you're going to be the victim of malware and other maladies just like you would on any platform. The difference is that there just isn't the volume of danger for Mac users, yet. Despite the best efforts of "security experts" to paint things otherwise, one or two Mac infections does not even come close to what our Windows brethren put up with.

That's not opinion, it's fact. Read the article for help in honing your BS detector; I found these tips particularly good for new switchers who don't really know how different things really are.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Apple Making Inroads in Enterprise Computing

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"A group of enterprise-class software developers have launched a new organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment—has conducted a survey of over 300 IT administrators and found that more Macs are coming to the enterprise."

It won't be an overnight rousing success for Apple, but it's good news for them that corporations have finally gotten over the "computers run Windows" thing to some extent. There are lots more operating systems appearing both in server racks and on end users' desktops and there's no way to look at that as a bad thing. Read the study for some interesting stats about the future of Macs in the corporate world.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Old Mac Emulator For Your iPhone

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

"The mini vMac emulator was originally an OS X app which has been ported to the iPhone by Named Fork. This app emulates the Mac Plus hardware but you will need to provide your own OS. With Mini vMac installed and your Mac OS disk image installed, you will effectively have a proper Mac Plus at your disposal ready to be loaded up with classic apps and games."

When I was growing up, I definitely wanted a Mac more than anything else. My parents couldn't afford it, though, so I had a Commodore Vic 20, then a Commodore 64, then my first Wintel machine came along in 1992 or so. I guess if I really wanted to time travel, I could jailbreak my phone and install this bad boy, though! The hangup, of course, is that you need to have a copy of the OS from way back when, and you need to jailbreak your phone, but if you're a classical Mac type guy, this is definitely a fun thing to have even if it's only to show off to friends!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Safari 4.0 Beta is Out and Awesome

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:36 AM

"It's a browser. It's a platform. It's an open invitation to innovate. Whether on a Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod touch, Safari continuously redefines the browser, providing the most enjoyable way to experience the Internet."

It's hard to describe something as visceral as a web browser to someone, but Safari 4.0 is a great browser. In many ways it reminds me of chrome. Take a look at the screenshot above. If that doesn't remind you of Chrome's home screen, nothing will. Immediately noticeable is the overall speed and snappiness of Safari. For a beta it's pretty stable (except for us Thoughts Media writers; it doesn't really like our publishing system) and I haven't come across any major hiccups so far. If you want to go over the "150 new features" Apple added, you can check them out here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama Staffers Hate View From Windows

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

"The Obama team has long been known for using Apple equipment. President Obama himself uses a Mac laptop, as does his media team, which according to the Washington Post is now facing the daunting prospect of updating the West Wing to modern equipment and doing so while complying with government regulations. The Post article quipped that "if the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.""

Ya gotta feel for the Obama guys, but at the same time, did they expect to just walk into the White House, plug in their MacBooks and get to work? I imagine this administration will be great for getting the ancient tech used in the White House up to 2008 standards (think about it; Windows 2000 and Windows XP? And if they're still running 2000, do you really think they're running it on new machines anyway? I doubt it). It's tough being a Mac user in the Windows world sometimes.

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.

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

Friday, January 2, 2009

Realmac Releases Button Builder

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"ButtonBuilder is the quick and easy way to create awesome buttons for the web, and best of all it's open source and free! ButtonBuilder ships with over 50 buttons ready to use. Change the size, length, caption and hue of each button at anytime, making it a breeze to create buttons that match your website."

Rapidweaver is one of those pieces of software that most Mac users have owned or tried at one point in time and it's really cool that they're giving away something as handy as a button builder; buttons are the one thing I'm always, er, borrowing, from other sites! Oh yeah, and it's free!

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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Microsoft Working on Office 2009

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

"Office 2008 included many new painstakingly crafted features, more than are easy to list - a year after launch a few that I'm still commonly pointing out to people because I know they'll get hooked on them are Publishing Layout View, SmartArt, and Ledger Sheets. Since Office 2008 launched in January, we've been highly focused on developing and releasing continuous updates, with a focus on monitoring and improving the stability and performance of the product. Just in our Office 12.1.2 update for example, Word's launch time improved by as much as 30% and Excel's calculation performance by as much as 50% (some calc-heavy test cases saw even more improvement - the result of floating point math optimizations.)"

It's hard to argue that Office 2008 didn't suck less than Office 2004, but there are still things it does seriously poorly (for example, why do Pivot Tables still suck and why is there still no ODBC drivers for MS Jet (Access) and MS SQL included with the suite?). Sucking less probably wasn't their goal. In fact, I don't use Office on the Mac all that much anymore except when I need Excel. For word processing, I still use Pages, and for presentations I use Keynote and that's due in no small part to Microsoft's insistence on making an inferior version of Office for the Mac available in an effort to keep people on the Windows Platform. Here's a tip to the team: Make 2009 not only suck less, but make it better.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Little Snapper Might Eat Skitch's Lunch

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"There are many applications to take screenshots with on your Mac, even the built-in screenshot tool. But sometimes this just isn't enough. Maybe you want a way to take a snap of an entire web page, or you need a quick way to share your screenshots with a friend. LittleSnapper, from Realmac Software, does just that."

I'm a big fan of Skitch, but after reading MacApper's excellent review, I may take a look at Little Snapper. The truth is, I do a ton of screen captures on a daily basis and I keep my "library" of shots in Skitch, but it seems that Little Snapper is far better suited for that sort of thing. Go read the review and if you're into screenshots, give it a go. I'm thinking you're going to be very happy with it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Boing Boing Gadgets Creates Mac Netbook Guide

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple says it's had "pretty interesting ideas" for a Mac netbook, but it's everyday users who've already taken action. Due to their similar technical underpinnings, most of the popular netbooks can run OS X, but there are plenty of caveats: non-functioning components which lack drivers and need to be replaced-or which simply can't be gotten to at all."

I'm glad someone put this together! Apparently the two nicest Netbooks on the market, the Wind and the Mini 9, run OSX perfectly. It's good to know because next year I'll be buying another Netbook expressly for this purpose. Right now, the Wind is in the lead but I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Mini 9. Boing Boing Gadgets has promised to update this chart to complete and correct the data based on reader feedback.

Who needs Apple to announce one at Macworld?

Tags: mac, netbook, osx

Friday, December 12, 2008

Is Right For You?

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

" is a powerful productivity suite-including tools for word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows and more-with one major additional feature: it's free. Whether OpenOffice 3-the first version to run natively on OS X and Intel-based Macs-is right for you essentially comes down to this decision: can you live without the latest features in Microsoft Office 2008? Most of the tools you need for productivity are here, minus an e-mail client. There's Writer, a powerful word processor; Calc for spreadsheets; Impress for slideshows; Draw for basic drawing and graphics; and Base to serve as-you guessed it-a database."

I've tried Open Office in the past and never really liked it. Neo Office was closer to what I expected as far as being a Mac App, but that was before decided to go with a native Mac UI. Brandon seems to like Open Office, but calls it an 80-20 product; it has enough oomph for 80 percent of the people who need an office suite. And, unlike Microsoft's watered-down "don't compete with the Windows version or else" version of Office, it's 100% free. Maybe it's time I gave it another look...

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