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Friday, November 6, 2009

Windows Live Sync Updated for Snow Leopard

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...tm_campaign=rss

"Windows Live Sync for Mac has been updated to build 14.0.8096.0903, finally adding Snow Leopard support. Windows Live Sync for Windows has been updated to build 14.0.8089.0726, and fixes an issue with Windows Easy Transfer."

If you were locked out of Live Sync after upgrading to Snow Leopard, this should fix the problem. You need to go to the Live Sync site, download the latest version, sign in with Windows Live ID and then download the Mac client software.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Annoying Bug Found in Snow Leopard

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

http://db.tidbits.com/article/10712

"A handful of recent threads on Apple's Support Discussion forums - backed up by our own testing - indicate that Snow Leopard suffers from a bug that prevents users from opening multiple recently downloaded files simultaneously."

So if you drag a group of files, say docs for example, into your word application icon, it will only open up one of them. Testing was done with Leopard and it worked fine for several users, but when they switched to Snow Leopard they ran into the bug. No word on a fix, but you can see the comments about it on the Apple discussion boards.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/143...l?lsrc=rss_main

"Parallels announced Wednesday that Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac is now available. The latest release of the virtualization solution allows users to run Windows, Linux, and other operating systems on their Intel-based Macs. Parallels Desktop 5 works in both Leopard and Snow Leopard."

They have added 70 new features to this version of Parallels, one of which is the Crystal view mode as seen above in the screen shot. This gives it a more "Mac-like" appearance when working with Windows. It also supports "pinch" and "swipe" for many of the applications. Upgrading will cost you $50.00 USD while new purchases will set you back $80.00 USD. If you purchased your current version of Parallels after October 1st, you qualify for a free upgrade so if you didn't purchase online from Parallels (they will send you a key if you did), head on over to the Parallels upgrade site to get your upgrade key.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Beta FireFox 3.6 for Mac Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

http://apple-investor.com/blog/2009...-available.html

"Want to see something scary this Halloween? Like, perhaps, a browser that doesn't coddle you with all that silly stability and reliable performance? Feel like spending a little time on the bleeding edge? You too can taste the future (which, I am told, has a distinctive metallic tang) by downloading the first public beta of Firefox 3.6, now featured over at the Mozilla developer blog."

According to the official blog, "this beta version of the next version of Firefox is built on the Gecko 1.9.2 web rendering engine, containing many improvements for web developers, Add-on developers, and users." You can download your Windows or Mac OS X or Linux version here.


Monday, November 2, 2009

A Wave Primer

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

http://mashable.com/2009/11/01/goog...e-wave-guide-2/

"Confused about how to use Google Wave, the new Google product that combines messaging, wiki-like features and group collaboration into a single app? You're not alone."

I'm not confused but I'd like to be so if someone out there has a Wave invite that is burning a hole in their hard drive give me a shout out! Regardless, this is a nice primer on just what you can do with Google Wave, and it appears some enterprising folks have wasted no time in learning about Wave since there is already a book out on the subject.


The Mac Sale is Back

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

http://mac.appstorm.net/general/app...n-the-mac-sale/

"We thought that we should let you know about a new Mac software bundle that's gone on sale today. The Mac Sale is back for a second time, offering a range of different software for the bargain price of $49.99."

Ten apps for $49.99 USD, nice deal if you can find a couple of programs you can use. Nothing really excites me with this bundle however, but perhaps there is something there for you? Check it out and decide at TheMacSale.


MacUpdate Version 5.0 Released

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

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...date_desktop_5/

"MacUpdate announced the immediate availability of MacUpdate 5.0 on Thursday. The new version of the application update tracker is completely rewritten and offers beefed up Leopard and Snow Leopard support."

This requires OS X 10.5 or higher, and requires a $20.00 USD fee per year, although there is a 10 day free trial. This is an easy way to "update apps, especially the ones you forgot you had." Of course, if you forgot you had them, were you really using them to begin with? More info can be found at their website


Are There Ghosts in the Machine?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:30 AM

http://apple-investor.com/blog/2009...ard-issues.html

"If you experienced some odd performance problems on your Snow Leopard-running Mac early this morning -- say, right around the time of the Daylight Saving 'fall back' -- you're apparently not alone."

CPU spikes were the norm during the "switching hour" that was associated with having the "menu bar clock enabled" or having the clock "automatic set feature turned on." I guess CPU watching is one way to spend that hour, I instead chose to catch up with Fringe and eat some Halloween candy (pays to have a house that isn't convenient to get to this time of year). Anyway, the fix is to turn off the menu bar clock in System Preferences for a few seconds and it should go away. Although some on the message boards were reporting the problem went away as mysteriously as it appeared. Coincidence? Haunted OS?


Friday, October 30, 2009

VMware Fusion 3.0

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/10/27/vmwa...ips-fusion-3-0/

"Today is release day for VMware Fusion 3.0. The app has more than 50 new enhancements."

Not exactly today, but 3 days ago VMware Fusion 3.0 was released. It now has support for both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels, as well as an Integrated Migration Assistant guide to help you through the process as you migrate from PC to a virtual machine. This is also the first virtualization product that will include support for Windows Aero which includes Flip 3D and Aero Peek. There are obviously more enhancements than this, and you can find out about them from the VMware Fusion site.


itunes 9.0.2 Update

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

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...ackground_opti/

"Apple updated iTunes to version 9.0.2 Thursday, up update that, 'adds support for Apple TV software version 3.0, adds an option for a dark background for Grid View, and improves support for accessibility.'"

This update also does something else: breaks the Palm Pre syncing ability.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

1Password 3 Beta Open to Public

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

http://www.macworld.com/article/143...ss_products_mac

"Encumbered by passwords? Eager to try unreleased software? Want to help out some classy Mac developers in their quest to kill bugs dead? If you missed out when Agile Web Solutions was offering a private beta of 1Password 3 to customers on Snow Leopard, there's good news! 1Password 3 is now available as a public beta for one and all. Yes, that means you. Feel special? You should!"

Image Credit: 1Password

I've found this very useful especially since it has an accompanying app for the iPhone/iPod Touch. This is a beta so you are forewarned (backup your keychain!), but I haven't had any problems with it so far and I like the much improved interface for the desktop. Also, this requires you to have at least OS X Leopard installed. They have added several new features, more info on that available at their website.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ZFS Terminated

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

http://www.appletell.com/apple/comm...t-for-mac-os-x/

"Apple has posted a notice on its ZFS open-source project page indicating that the project has been terminated, as quoted: "The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly.""

This was an open-source project, but never materialized as the intended default file system for OS X. It also showed up in Snow Leopard Server for a short time but was removed from there as well. It all stems from difficulties obtaining proper licensing according to the article. I don't know much at all about this, but thought I would post it in case anyone out there was interested in knowing you won't be seeing it after all!


Monday, October 26, 2009

EyeTV 3.2.1 Update

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

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mai...V-3-1-2.en.html

"This update improves compatibility and overall stability, and is recommended for all EyeTV users."

Several bug fixes included in this update, but they have also added some new features such and adding Quit and Sleep commands to the menu, widescreen 16:9 analog capture and Gemstar Program Diagnostics that also increases the frequency of the TV guide data.


Mac to Get Kindle Program Too!

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

http://www.electronista.com/article...dalone.devices/

"Following Amazon's announcement of Kindle software for Windows users, the company has acknowledged that it is also working on a Mac version, according to Fast Company."

It's well documented that I love my Kindle, as well as the accompanying iPhone app. This is welcome news, since I was a little disappointed that when they announced the Windows 7 version, a Mac version wasn't mentioned. I don't know how much I would use it since I have my Kindle in my laptop bag, but I'm all for having options.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Apple Seeds 10.6.2

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

http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_fixes_...latest_OSX_beta

"Apple has seeded developers with a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.2, the next major update for Snow Leopard, in which it has addressed the nasty Guest account data-destroying bug, reports of which have been in a flurry in recent weeks."

According to the article this one is fast-tracked so hopefully soon will be released as it also fixes several other bugs besides the one we reported on last week. This bug caused the home directory to disappear if you had a guest account set up in Leopard and upgraded to Snow Leopard. This new build also fixes issues with the 4 finger motion, image display problems with Safari Top Sites and reliability issues with a myriad of other programs as well as other bug fixes. 


iMovie 8.0.5 Update

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/10/13/imov...re-in-software/

"It looks like another day with another update from Apple. This time, iMovie has been updated to version 8.0.5. This updates fixes some minor issues, as well as improve compatibility with the 5th generation iPod nano and some camcorders."

That pretty much sums it up I think.


Friday, October 16, 2009

TweetDeck Version 0.31

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

http://mashable.com/2009/10/15/new-...etdeck-updates/

"TweetDeck is one of the most popular Twitter clients, and with the bevy of features, support for multiple accounts and services - plus groups - TweetDeck has defined itself as a solid cross-platform Twitter client for the power user."

I switch around on what I use for Twitter from my desktop, and this is one of the programs that I keep in the mix. Now they have integrated keyboard command and control with this version, along with some other nice features such as newest followers in it's own group and notification changes. Not essential additions, but some that are handy.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

VMware Fusion, Next Generation

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

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...tm_campaign=rss

"The next version of VMware Fusion has been announced, and it comes with numerous new features that users will undoubtedly love. Snow Leopard support, the latest gaming support, and support for Windows 7 features all top the list, as well as a new Migration Assistant to help those moving their PCs over to a virtual machine."

This will be available on October 27th this year, in retail stores or download, for $79.95 USD. If you have a previous version of VMware, the price is $39.95 USD for the upgrade. More information can be found at the VMware site.


Psystar Adds Fuel to the Fire

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/10/05/psys...ite-legal-woes/

"Legal issues? What legal issues? Psystar has announced that it plans to license its virtualization technology for OS X to third-party vendors despite its continuing legal issues with Apple."

Talk about poking the bear. What they are preparing to do is license third-party vendors to sell Psystar machines that have been certified to use the Darwin Universal Boot Loader to load OS X. Whatever you think of Psystar, they certainly aren't waiting around for the court case to end before they make some moves. The case is supposed to trial in January 2010.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Growl Version 1.2 Released

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

http://www.macworld.com/article/143...26:b28039572:z0

"Being the operator of your computer is like being the captain of a ship: you need to be aware of what's happening on your boat in order to steer it right. Well, that and you always need to keep an eye out for pirates. Growl helps you stay informed: it's a notification framework that many of the applications you run today can use to display messages about what they're doing."

Growl now has full support for Snow Leopard, but Tiger users are left to walk the plank. The update fixes memory leaks, the Growl Mail bundle is operational and HardwareGrowler gets a new icon. Upgrade is only for Leopard and Snow Leopard, sorry Tiger.


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