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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mailplane 2.0 Now Official and Available

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

http://mailplaneapp.com/blog/entry/...e_2_0_released/

"After many months of development and beta testing, Mailplane 2.0 is now available for all users. Your current Mailplane 1.x license is valid for all 2.x updates, too. Many many thanks for the beta testing, the numerous bug reports, and the interesting feature requests. Mailplane 2.0 would not have been possible without your help, ideas, and involvement."

If I erased my Mac's HD tomorrow, the first app to make its way back on it would be Mailplane. I've been using it since before it was officially in version 1, and I can't imagine life without it. While you could easily get a lot of functionality from the web-based version of G-Mail, the ease with which Mailplane handles attachments, iPhoto photos, multiple accounts, and the fact that it provides Growl notifications make it a must install for those who are major power users of G-Mail.

Tags: mac, mailplane, g-mail

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MacBook Pro EFI & SMC Firmware Updates Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:47 PM

http://support.apple.com/downloads/...ware_Update_1_2

Apple has released EFI and SMC updates for the new MacBooks that were introduced in October. The updates apply to the new aluminum MacBook, the new MacBook Pro, and the revised MacBook Air and increase stability, fix the infamous sleeping issues, and do all kinds of other fun stuff including fixing the charging light on the Magsafe adapter.

All of your necessary updates are available in Software Update for your downloading, installing, and updating pleasure. If you're one of the lucky ones who snagged a new machine recently, let us know how the updates went for you. Be aware that the updates will download separately. Software Update will show you the first update. Do it. Then run Software Update again and you'll be presented with the second.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Netflix Streaming Now on the Mac

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2008/12/04/netf...mes-to-the-mac/

"Watch Instantly is a great way to catch up on a movie, TV show or documentary without having to wait for the movie to come in the mail. You don't get the extra features or super surround sound, but it's fast, the quality is good and it is free to use. If you have a Netflix Unlimited plan, you can watch as many movies a month as you want. If you have a limited plan, the number of films you can stream is also limited."

It may be US-only (most of these new-fangled things are these days) but it's pretty cool that Netflix has finally acknowledged that not every computer in the United States runs Windows. About a year and a half ago, I canceled my Netflix subscription because they said they had no intention of bringing streaming to the Mac. Now I may just reconsider it. Of course, the title selection probably sucks (at least I've heard it does for now) but it's something where there was nothing before.

When Netflix was created, the CEO said that nothing had more bandwidth than a truck and the postal system. This seems to be an indication that that's no longer the case.

Has anyone out there with a Netflix account given this baby a whirl yet? It's no longer opt-in so you should be able to try it out on your account right now. I'm curious to know what you all think of it.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Picasa Coming to the Mac in 2009?

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

http://arstechnica.com/journals/app...-arrive-by-2009

"Although most of Google's software is available for the Mac, the company's Picasa photo application has been conspicuously absent. There hasn't been much in the way of Mac news related to Picasa, either, but some news appeared this week that is putting Picasa back in the minds of Mac users. According to an AppleInsider source, a Mac version of the software is not only coming, but is already undergoing internal beta testing at Google."

Dear iPhoto,

You've been annoying me since the very first version of you I tried on my very first Mac 5 years ago. While I think you're a swell program, you're also a pain in the butt to deal with and frankly I can't wait until you have some competition. I can wait as long as it takes for a great version of Picasa to come out, and once it does, I will happily show you the door. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Your Pal,

Vinny

PS: As much as I love iMovie '08, let him know the same fate awaits him if he doesn't shape up.

Tags: apple, mac, picasa, iphoto

Save a Bunch on VMWare Fusion

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

http://vmware.com/vmwarestore/

"As a Mac owner, I've been relatively happy with Parallels Desktop which lets me run Windows or Linux builds within Mac OS X. It's seamless and transparent, thanks to the Coherence function that allows Windows apps to appear as if they're Mac apps on my desktop. Now that I have a shiny and peppy new MacBook thanks to a pre-Black Friday deal, I might use some of the savings for VMware Fusion."

If you've ever wanted to dabble in VMWare Fusion, now is definitely the time. Kevin at JK On The Run even found a way to bring the price down even more by using their crossgrade discount so if you're a Parallels Desktop owner, now is really the time to give VMWare a try if you were thinking about it before. I don't personally have a preference. On the rare occasions where I have a need for Windows, I use Parallels but I could just as easily see myself using VMWare Fusion, particularly at this price. The deal expires today though, so act now if you want it.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Your Mac in Your Kitchen: A Review of MacGourmet 2.3.5

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.macgourmet.com

MacGourmet Screenshot

Product Category: Mac Desktop Recipe Application
Developer:
Advenio, LLC
Where to Buy: Deluxe at Amazon.com [AFFILIATE] or Download version at Advenio, LLC
Price: $47.99 for Deluxe at Amazon, $24.99 for download edition
System Requirements / Specifications: OS X, PPC or Intel Mac. There are two versions. Deluxe is distributed by Mariner Software and includes all 3 plug-ins. The download version has no plugins and each plugin must be purchased separately for $11.95 each. Requires 17 megabytes of disk space for install and space for the recipe database.

Pros:

  • Intuitive and easy to use;
  • Smart Recipe Lists;
  • Has a Plug-in Architecture.

Cons:

  • Made for small databases;
  • No direct iPhone/iPod Touch syncing.

Summary:
MacGourmet is great software for storing and managing recipes. It's fast and intuitive to use, and the Smart Recipe feature is as powerful as iTunes smart playlist feature. Read more...

Tags: mac, database, recipe

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Belkin Releases Switch-to-Mac Cable

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.belkin.com/pressroom/rel...witchtoMac.html

"The new Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a simple way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to a new Mac computer. Unlike existing products where you have to drag and drop specific files you want to transfer, the Switch-to-Mac Cable-with its easy-to-use Migration Assistant-automatically moves your music, movies, photos, files, and Internet preferences, making the transition from PC to Mac as seamless as possible. Now that Mac computers support Windows® applications, a growing number of PC owners are switching to them, making the ability to work with existing PC files a necessity. The Switch-to-Mac Cable ensures a hassle-free experience when transitioning to your new Mac."

If you're looking to make the move to a Mac, the hardest part is migrating over your stuff. Belkin seems to have that in mind with the Move-to-Mac cable. We Mac users have had the benefit of built in OS X software to do the same thing for years called the Migration Assistant. I'm glad the ease of it has been extended to Windows users who want to join the cult buy a Mac. I may buy one just to help people switch. In the end, it'll end up making my life easier in the long run. Anyone else with me here?


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mac Mini Not Dead Yet?

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

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...g_in_there.html

"Having read a blog post speculating that a discontinuation of the current Mac mini line overseas may be indicative of the product's ultimate demise, one advocate of the tiny desktops fired off an email with his concerns to Apple's newly-crowned Mac hardware engineering chief Bob Mansfield. Although Mansfield didn't issue a personal reply, a colleague in Apple's executive care division did almost immediately, offering no timetable for a Mac mini update but assuring that the company was well aware of system's market value, and suggesting the customer continue to exercise patience. 'I got a prompt reply by phone from an Apple executive care person essentially giving me no new information but assuring me that Apple knew the mini was a popular machine and to be patient," the customer told AppleInsider. "I certainly appreciated the contact, and I think it was a nice way of letting me know that rather than bug their head guys.'"

Now I have no reason to believe that this guy isn't telling the truth in any way, I just find it odd that Apple would break character by tipping their hands about future hardware plans. I am, however, comforted in the fact that the Mini may not be dead after all. We've discussed it on the forums for a bit and the general consensus of Apple Thoughts readers and staff would be that it would be a tragedy for the Mini to go the way of the dodo. Now, I put it in the hands of you, my dear readers. What do you think of this story? True? Not true? Wishful thinking? Or good news? I don't personally have an opinion on it except for hoping that it's true.


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