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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Apple Pulls iMessages Beta

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"With OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion set to launch in July, Apple has pulled the link to download its Messages for Mac beta."

I use this program a lot, it works very well. Too bad they pulled it but I can see why if it's in the update to Mountain Lion. What are your thoughts on iMessages? Do you use it?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Skype Releases New Beta for Mac

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

"Skype has released a new beta for Mac users today that brings an enhanced call UI and more features. Call quality and stabilization improvements have also been introduced."

You can download the beta version here, and what's not to like about this update?

Tags: software, beta, skype, os x, 5.5

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

iOS 5 Beta, Not For Amateurs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:12 AM

"Answer these two questions really quickly: Are you a developer? Are you running the iOS 5 beta?

If you answered no to the first question and yes to the second, then this post is meant for you. You are doing it wrong, and on behalf of everyone everywhere, please stop."

I'm not brave enough to mess around with true beta releases, I'd rather wait until all the bugs are worked out (or mostly worked out) before I install something like this on my machine. But apparently that isn't the case for everyone, so if you are contemplating doing so, make sure you read this article. If you are a developer and that is your bread and butter, then by all means have at it, but I certainly don't think this guy was a true developer since he fell victim to something that apparently was common knowledge, namely that the beta expires after a certain time. How about you, do you ever install beta versions to experiment?

Tags: software, beta, ios 5

Monday, June 13, 2011

Did Apple Borrow from Chrome OS? And Why is This a Good Idea?

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

"MacRumors was digging through the latest developer beta of Mac OS X Lion when it found a rather intriguing new option -- if you choose "Restart to Safari" on the user lock screen, the computer will reboot into a mode which consists entirely of the web browser."

I keep my laptop on lockdown pretty much anytime I'm away from it, so I'm not so sure I like this. It also sounds like kind of a pain to get to a web browser, going through shutdown and restart. Just set up a guest account with no permissions if you want to let others use your computer. Or am I missing some reason this is a good idea? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

iOS 4.3 Has Some Surprises

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:52 AM

"Apple on Wednesday released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, bringing support for Personal Hotspot, new multi-touch gestures, the ability for third-party applications to use AirPlay, and a software option for changing the functionality of the iPad hardware switch."

Within this version of iOS 4.3, they are including some new gestures for iPad involving 4 and 5 finger gestures, which sounds odd to me, but I guess I should reserve judgement until the final product is out. What it also apparently does though, is bring back the orientation lock, as it gives you the option to set it up as either a mute switch or orientation lock in the settings. So glad they are giving us this option back. There are some other additions, notably the ability to create a personal "hotspot" just like the Verizon iPhone will do, so apparently this isn't carrier specific. Some good additions to this version of the iOS I think, but the bad news is it appears that the 3G owners are left out in the cold as it appears it is only compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third- and fourth-gen iPod touches, and iPads.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

FaceTime for the Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"As we guessed, Apple is bringing FaceTime to your Mac, complementing its rollout to Apple's mobile handhelds, the new iPhones and iPod Touches."

Well this is certainly a great update, being able to use FaceTime between your iPhone or iPod Touch and your Mac. If you want to test it out, Apple has posted the beta version here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tethering in iPhone OS 4.0 Beta

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Yes! Yes! Yes! Those sounds you heard moments ago are the horrified screams of your nearest AT&T towers. Why? Because iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 brings us a new option in the settings menu: Tethering."

Well, from the screen shot above it certainly looks like they may offer tethering with the next iPhone OS. The only obstacle will be AT&T. At least it is supported now, or will be once iPhone OS 4 is released. Any thoughts as to if AT&T will actually allow it and when it will happen?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sign Up for MobileMe Mail Beta

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

"Apple has begun beta testing the next iteration of MobileMe Mail."

If you have a MobileMe account, you can log in and in the bottom left corner click on the link to request an invitation to beta test the new mail functionality. The new version will include widescreen and compact views, mail rules to keep you organized, single click archiving, formatting toolbar, improved performance and better security with SSL. I don't use MobileMe mail much, mainly to store my receipts from Apple iTunes or the retail stores as I find Gmail works so much better.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Insights Into iPhone OS 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple on Tuesday released the third beta version of iPhone OS 4, only to temporarily rescind it due to an apparent problem with the installation process for the accompanying software development kit."

Several things discovered in the latest beta version that was pulled due to problems with the installation process, one of which is screen orientation lock. It also includes some iPod controls. This looks a little "busy" to me, but this is beta and it may or may not change with the final version. Also discovered was the possibility for 720p HD recording. Ars Technica also has an article listing some of the potential additions. I just hope coupled with new hardware and this new software that they do improve the camera capabilities.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta, as Well as Other Things

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

"Adobe released an updated beta version of its Lightroom 3 professional photo management software on Tuesday. Available for download through Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta 2 has made improvements and added new features based on feedback from users of the first beta-a program that has been downloaded over 350,000 times."

They have also released an update for Photoshop Lightroom 2.7, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7. You can find more about the beta at Adobe Labs, or get the update for 2.7 here. If you need the Raw update or DNG Converter update you can also get both from Adobe, located here.

iPhone OS 4 Latest Beta Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"After Apple formally announces a new version of iPhone OS and gotten it into the hands of developers, they tend to follow up with minor releases every 2 weeks or so. With iPhone OS 4 having been announced 12 days ago, it seemed like a new Beta couldn't be far off - and sure enough, iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 just shipped."

From the article a few new things such as "EventKit, an API which lets applications plug events into your Calendars (like Facebook automatically throwing in all of your friend's birthdays), and Quick Look, which seems to provide apps with a means to allow for users to preview certain file types (iWork, Office docs, RTF, PDF, images, and CSV files) without launching into another app. The latter has to be plugged into apps manually, so don't expect it to work universally right off the bat." If all holds true to form another one should be out in a few weeks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Beta Version of Microsoft Messenger for Mac 8 Released

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

"It was several months ago when Microsoft last updated us on the progress of videoconferencing capability within Messenger for Mac; while version 7 added A/V support for corporate accounts connected to Live Communications Server, the crowd of personal users who connect to MSN/Windows Live were left out of the fun."

Well now we can all have fun with it as they have released the beta version. Messenger for Mac 8 is available now, and "it adds A/V chat, along with interoperability with Windows Messenger 2009." You can download it here, and it requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Intel only.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

VMware Fusion 3.1 Beta Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 AM

"On Monday VMWare released the Fusion 3.1 beta with some nice changes, including support for OpenGL 2.1 and 2TB virtual disks."

According to the website, the update includes over 10 new and improved features, which include "More powerful graphics performance for games and 3D apps, improved USB support, support for larger virtual machines, improved Boot Camp support and PC Migration improvements." You can find more about the beta version at the VMware site.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Opera 10.50 Beta for OS X

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

"The folks at Opera might have had to spend some time working around restrictions to port their browser to the iPhone, but when it comes to the desktop there are no such issues to contend with. Hence the release of Opera 10.50 beta, a sneak peek at the latest version of the company's venerable browser."

You can download this new version here, and I must say it certainly is quick. This is a free download and I've been using it for about a day and really like it. I'm almost sold on having it as my main browser in place of Safari. As of late, I've really had a bad problem with the spinning rainbow beach ball when I use Safari and haven't been able to track down the cause, so that just adds to my enjoyment of Opera. We shall see. Anyone else trying this one out?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Google Chrome Update

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

"Google released a new version of Chrome for Mac OS X on Thursday that restores a key feature, extensions, that had been missing for weeks."

According to Chrome programmer Mark Mentoval, "With this new version, you'll be able to install any of over 2,200 extensions (and counting!) currently available in Chrome's extensions gallery." This version also fixes some Adobe stability issues as well as including some new multitouch support. The new beta version should get some Firefox users to switch now that it has extensions I would imagine. You can download the latest beta version here, and if you currently are using Chrome, they expect an automatic update within the next few days. Still not sure? Check out the Macworld run through of the latest beta here.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Snow Leopard 10.6.3 Seeded to Developers

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

"The third major update to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is getting closer to appearing in Software Update. A new beta of Mac OS X 10.6.3 (build 10D538) was released to a limited number of Apple developers last Friday."

This beta had an update to QuickTime to improve reliability, security and compatibility. Sounds like standard fare for these updates, but it also does some tweaking to the 64-bit Logic Pro audio suite and improved some printer communication and compatibilities. The release of 10.6.3 is expected around the end of February 2010.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Google Chrome for Mac Beta Available Now

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

"As promised, the Google Chrome for Mac beta has just made it in under the wire for a 2009 release. Of course, it's still just a beta, not a first release-and, as we know, it's missing some features-but it's a step beyond what we've seen so far."

A little over a week ago we posted a report that said it was coming out soon, and now it has. Google Chrome for Mac Beta is now available for download. The download is 17.6MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later as well as an Intel processor.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Google Chrome for Mac Soon?

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

"We know that a beta version of Chrome for Mac is due at least by the end of December, but today brings more confirmation that it may be even closer than that. Mike Pinkerton, the guy leading the Chrome for Mac team, has just tweeted out that there are only '8 remaining M4 Mac beta blockers! Go team!'"

Even better now, if you check out the status page it only shows 5 bugs remaining. So it appears that it is on track for the December, correction "early" December release that was talked about on the Google Groups page. Anyone out there going to switch and move to Chrome, or at least give it a try?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

1Password 3 Beta Open to Public

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

"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.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Need a Google Wave Invite?

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

"Still hunting for a Google Wave invite? You're not alone - and in fact, there's a whole community springing up just to meet your needs."

Google Wave, according to Google, is a way to collaborate real time with anyone you choose, their video goes into great detail. Mashable has a pretty complete write up on what exactly Google Wave can do for you. If you are interested, you can submit a request for an invite and wait by your inbox.

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