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Thursday, October 1, 2009

iWork Update

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/09/28/iwor...dy-and-waiting/

"Fresh off Software Update, it's iWork 09 Update 3 which addresses a ton of issues in Keynote, Numbers, and Pages as well as the iWork.com beta. It's recommended for all iWork 09 users."

The update fixes general compatibility issues, along with improved image handling when using size reduction and improved file size management when inserting movies. You can get more info at the update page.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Filemaker Reference Resource Available Free of Charge

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

http://prmac.com/release-id-7744.htm

"DnG Design & Development, the driving force behind FMPug announced today their latest version of The Everything Reference is available for download - completely FREE of charge - to anyone and everyone interested in FileMaker."

This includes Filemaker 10, and is a complete reference of the most widely used reference materials. According to the FMPug site, "The Everything Reference provides quick, easy access to the most widely used FileMaker-based reference material, eliminating the need to hunt through a countless number of manuals, books and/or sites. The guide offers a concatenation of the most useful, most referenced FileMaker information in a single source." 

Well, that does sound complete doesn't it? 


Bento, Version 3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:08 AM

http://www.9to5mac.com/filemaker_ships_bento_3

"Apple subsidiary, FileMaker, this afternoon introduced the latest iteration of its personal databasing application, Bento, raising the software up to version 3."

Big change with photos with this version, no longer will you have to import, you can just view your photos from within Bento. You can also view in several ways, via Grid view, Table View, Form View or Split View, and you can add additional informational fields above and beyond what you can do within iPhoto. And they have added the ability to link the photos to contacts, projects, events or any data you store in Bento. You can find more out on the Bento page, and they do have a 30-day free trial if you want to give it a test run.


Monday, September 28, 2009

Command Line Utilities You May Find Useful

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

http://osxdaily.com/2006/11/22/ten-...not-know-about/

"The Mac OS X command line interface is home to thousands of programs that the average user doesn't know exists. Leveraging years of hard work by the GNU foundation and others in the open source community, Apple designed a wonderful OS that doesn't "need" any use of the command line."

Doesn't need the use of the command line? I would have to disagree, at times there aren't any alternatives. But I'd say for the most part that is true. I don't use the command line in Terminal very often, but it is a nice resource to have when you do need some help. I doubt most users ever get into the Terminal program, but if you have or still do, this is a list of some utilities that may come in handy.


Friday, September 25, 2009

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

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

http://www.9to5mac.com/blackberry_desktop_soon

"The developer behind BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac has published extensive documentation for the must-have app, saying release of the software is "just around the corner".

This does sound like something a BlackBerry owner with a Mac would want to have, since they have made it very adaptable as far as what you can sync and to what programs you can sync. For example, the program allows you to sync to Apple's Mail program or to Microsoft Entourage simply by clicking the appropriate box. It will also allow you to sync to any of Apple's programs including Address Book and iCal, as well as any other program that uses the Apple Sync Services. No word on the release date, but you can sign up for email alerts to notify you when it happens.


Problems with Apple Mail Program

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

http://www.applebloog.com/?p=28312

"Something seems rotten, at least for some Mac users, with the Apple Mail program. Apple support boards are lighting up with reports of email messages being downloaded multiple times."

Several threads in the Apple forums, one here and one here, outlining some dismay over the problem in the Mail program. Mainly happening to POP accounts, with some reports it is happening to IMAP accounts, that mail messages are not being deleted and re-downloading the next time you check your mail. This started with the 10.6.1 update, but I haven't seen the behavior with mine, however I do have mine set up as IMAP. Is it happening to you, or are you using the Apple Mail program? If you don't use Mail, what program do you use for your email?

Tags: software, mail, os x, pop, imap

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Lessons in Garageband '09

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

http://www.macworld.com/article/142...nd_lessons.html

"Today's Tom Sawyer, he gets high on you, and the space he invades is your personal computer. Well, if you're using GarageBand '09, anyway."

Rush fans rejoice as Alex Lifeson has two lessons to the Garageband Lesson Store, "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight." Garageband has also added a lesson from John Legend, in which he discusses his song "Ordinary People" and how you too can play it on the piano. Each of the lessons is $5.00 USD.


Securely Erase Those Files

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

http://www.applebloog.com/?p=28147

"When you normally delete your files in Mac OS X, the operating system is only forgetting where those particular files are placed, while the data still physically remains on the drive. Beginning with Mac OS 10.3, Apple enhanced its security by introducing the Secure Empty Trash feature, which follows the U.S. DoD pattern of overwriting data seven times."

Edenwaith created Permanent Eraser and it uses what they say is an even stronger level of deletion by using the Gutmann Method. Basically it overwrites the data 35 times along with some other modifications so that it can't be read via traditional means. This can also erase your CD-RWs and DVD-RWs. It is free Universal Binary and requires OS X 10.3.9 or later.


Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Announced

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

http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/09...due.in.october/

"Adobe on Wednesday morning announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (Mac and Windows versions), offering automated and "intelligent" photo-editing software for consumers"

Adobe calls this the perfect complement to iPhoto, and this version will have all of the features in Adobe Bridge CS4 software as well as all the intelligent photo-editing features that are found in the Windows version. The Windows version is available now, the Intel only Mac version, requiring OS X 10.4 Tiger or later (Snow Leopard compatible), will be available in October this year for $100.00 USD. Adobe is offering a $20.00 USD main-in rebate through October 31st for the electronic delivery version.


Logic Pro and Express Get Updates

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

http://www.macworld.com/article/142...l?lsrc=rss_main

"In addition to updating its iTunes software for listening to music, Apple on Tuesday released maintenance updates for two programs used to create songs. Both Logic Pro and Logic Express saw updates aimed at improving stability while adding fixes and enhancements."

Logic Pro and Logic Express both got an update, both version 9.0.1. And not to be outdone, MainStage (the application for playing music and effects within the Logic programs) also received an update to 2.0.1. All of these updates require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.


iTunes 9.0.1 Released

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

http://www.iphonealley.com/current/...nes-901-update?

"Today Apple pushed out the first update to iTunes 9, version 9.0.1. The most prominent change since iTunes 9's release can be seen in the behavior of the green maximize button. In iTunes 9, the maximize button no longer switched iTunes into miniplayer mode and required users to option-click the button instead. This latest update reverts the button to its previous behavior."

I never liked that so I for one am glad they are switching back. Apparently there were also some issues browsing the iTunes store and performance issues with the program itself. You can find more about it at the Apple site or just head to software update to get the party started.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Microsoft Scales Back Choices for Office 2008

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

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

"Microsoft has decided to give its Office 2008 selection a makeover by ditching two of its three choices and replacing them with a Business Edition. Now, it's easier to decide what version you need: are you a home or student user, or are you a business user?"

Didn't they do something similar with the new version of Windows? I think the more they can scale back the better, too many choices leads to confusion, at least it did for me when I was trying to figure out what version of Windows I needed, back in the day when I had to choose.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Facebook Notifier for OS X Menu Bar

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

http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/09...loped.software/

"Software developers Lee Byron and Owen Yamauchi have released Facebook desktop notification software for the Mac."

This has only been tested on 10.5 so be forewarned, but what it does is put an icon in the Mac OS X menu bar with drop down notification feeds, to alert you when "interesting activity" happens on Facebook. I would hope the user gets to define the "interesting activity" you get notified about. 


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yojimbo Upgraded, But it Will Cost You

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

http://www.cultofmac.com/yojimbo-2-...-and-more/15382

"In what's turning out to be a busy few weeks for the team at Bare Bones, their information manager app Yojimbo has just been bumped up to 2.0. The new version is a 20 dollar upgrade for owners of older versions, is Snow Leopard compatible, and has this spectacular new icon."

If you bought your copy of Yojimbo after January 1 20009, you are in luck as you get a free upgrade. I'm not so lucky since I've had my copy since February of 2008, but I've get lots of use out of Yojimbo (I use it everyday and it's one of my favorite programs) so I'll gladly pay the upgrade fee of $20.00 USD. The only thing I'm not happy about is the icon. I loved the old one, which was a ninja type dude doing a high kick with the background of a red sun. Oh well, progress.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Apple Software Update Smorgasbord!

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/08/31/appl...ee-new-updates/

"After the big upgrade to Snow Leopard last weekend, Apple has posted three new updates, fixing various OS and firmware issues."

You can get info on these and other updates at the Apple update page, but I'll run through the short list for you. First off, they updated the SuperDrives with Firmware Update 3.0, which is supposed to eliminate some noise issues in iMacs and Mac Minis introduced after March 2009. Next comes the Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2, which fixes some of those dreaded compatibility issues and again, only for those introduced after March 2009. The last update, available in combo or standalone, is for Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 for general operating system fixes. You can get the updates via the software update feature on your Mac or via the links above.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Aperture 2.1.4 Released

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

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/08/27/aper...dated-to-2-1-4/

"Aperture, Apple's pro-level photo editing/management software, has been updated to 2.1.4."

This upgrade, available vis the software update feature, is rather large at 213 MB. It addresses a duplicate import problem, JPEG compression issue and a problem with rendering dust jackets incorrectly when using the Stock Book theme. I haven't used Aperture so I'm not familiar with the bugs, so if you use Aperture and this fixes the problems you've been having, let us know!


Tiger? Yea You Can Upgrade At a Bargain Too

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

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-1...subj=News-Apple

"Mac OS X Snow Leopard arrives Friday and will cost $29 for those who already use Mac OS X Leopard. However, there are some deals out there."

Not only some deals, but some great news for Tiger users on Intel machines. According to Lifehacker, this isn't just an upgrade, its the entire OS so if you have Tiger you can still upgrade to Snow Leopard without buying the box set that is being sold on Amazon.com for example. But if you do have Leopard, you can get some deals. If you purchased a Mac from Apple after June 8th, you are eligible for the Up-To-Date program that will get you your copy of Snow Leopard for just $9.95 USD. You can check out if your Mac purchase is eligible here. Otherwise, Amazon.com is offering the program for $25.00 USD, and has some package deals on bundles with iLife and iWork.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Speculation Ends, Snow Leopard Available on August 28th

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

http://www.apple.com/macosx/

"The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned. Upgrade from Mac OS X Leopard for just $29.00."

The speculation is over. August 28th Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be released to all of us looking for an upgrade, and at $29.00 USD, it isn't all that much so I'm likely to do it. You can get a list of all the refinements at the Snow Leopard "What's New" page.

In a related story, Piper Jaffray expects Apple to sell about 5 million copies of this software.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Office for Mac to Include Outlook

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

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...ook-for-mac.ars

"Hell has frozen over: Microsoft's Mac Business Unit says that the next version of Office for Mac will arrive in 2010 with a genuine Outlook client and better Exchange support."

According to a Microsoft rep, "Because it's designed for the Mac, it will be different from Outlook for Windows," Wilfrid said. "But it will be fully compatible. For instance, Outlook for Mac will support Information Rights Management, which controls access to sensitive documents." Using Cocoa framework and a different database design is supposed to improve the integration with Time Capsule as well. I've never been a fan of Outlook anyway, too many other choices that I think work better, but regardless of that, Microsoft has issued a press release if you are interested in all the changes.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

University of Washington Offers Mac/iPhone Developer Program

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

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2...ate-from-uw.ars

"A new program from the University of Washington seeks to train a new crop of Mac OS X and iPhone developers. Ars spoke to UW's Kristi Palmer about the program and its potential for online distance learning."

This isn't going to be on iTunes, this will be a hands-on course offering, the first of which will be held in downtown Seattle. They have almost filled up one offering and may extend it to another, so if you are interested and live in the Seattle area, better hurry and register. The subsequent courses for the 2nd and 3rd parts will be held in Bellevue, and while they don't yet offer this as an online course, they are considering it.


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