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Discover the untapped power of TextEdit
Posted 10:38 AM on Thursday, June 6, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Apple's built in TextEdit application has much more power than most people realize. The biggest untapped feature of TextEdit is it's ability to set margins and tabs. By typing Command-R, TextEdit reveals it's built in ruler with margin markers and tab markers. Also revealed are buttons to change line spacing and line height.

In Preferences dialog box, you can also set the default font and size used in new documents, text encoding, spell checking features, file saving options, and window size.

Mozilla 1.0 Released
Posted 3:37 PM on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Congatulations are in order to the many open source developers who contributed over the last couple of years to the Mozilla project. Mozilla 1.0 has been officially released, and is available for download.

Mac OS X 10.1.5
Posted 7:50 AM on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Mac OS X 10.1.5 is now available from Software Update.
Update 10.1.5 delivers enhancements which improve the reliability of Mac OS X applications, delivers improved networking, security, support for PC Card serial communication devices, and expanded peripheral device support. Specific improvements include:

Peripheral Device Support:
– Expanded support for new Canon digital cameras.
– Improved support for Nikon FireWire cameras.
– Expanded support for SmartDisk, EZQuest, and LaCie disc recording devices.
– Improved support for MO drives.

Application Improvements:
– Increased stability of Mail and Sherlock.
– Emails are properly retained when rebuilding the Draft mailbox.
– Support for 2D and QuickTime hardware acceleration for Rage Pro.
– Updated Carbon applications can use Quartz anti-aliasing technology for high quality text display.

Networking and Security Improvements:
– Improves networking via AFP when accessing multi-level directories on Windows NT file servers.
– Significant improvement to file searching on local and remote volumes.
– Includes a generic PC Card driver to support a variety of PC Card modems.
– Mail accounts go offline to indicate that SSL encryption settings are not supported by mail server.
– Includes the Security Update April 2002.

WebDAV Improvements:
– More efficient iDisk mounting and file navigation.
– Added support for connecting to iDisk using default DNS settings of AirPort.
– Support for mounting a WebDAV volume from a non-standard http port.

Apple is expected to make one more maintenance release available for 10.1 before Jaguar ships later this summer.

eMac now available to consumers
Posted 10:53 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 by serpicolugnut

In the other announcement today, Apple has decided that demand for the eMac was too strong to limit it to just the education market. The eMac will now be available through consumer channels in a $1099 configuration that includes a 700mhz G4, CD-RW drive, 128MB RAM, 40GB HD, GF2MX Chipset, and a 56K Modem. For $59 more you can get the eMac stand.

QuickTime 6 Public Preview
Posted 10:50 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Woah - we completely forgot that QuickTime 6 was ready for primetime, and just awaiting the licensing issues to be resolved. Well, it seems Apple has done just that, as today they have released a Public Preview of QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster. QuickTime 6 features MPEG-4 playback, AAC Audio, Instant-On for broadband users, skip protection, and an updated interface. Broadcaster allows you to stream a live broadcast to another computer when being shot with a Firewire digital camera. QuickTime 6 Public Preview is available now, and will ship alongside Jaguar later this summer.

Mac OS X 10.1.5 and a big announcement
Posted 8:14 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Everyone (this guy included) was expecting Mac OS X 10.1.5 to be released yesterday alongside the Office v. X update that required it for anti aliased text. Who knows why it was held back, or when it will be released. We do know that this update is ready for prime time, mostly because every Mac at every Apple Store has already been upgraded with it for over a week.

Apple also is expected to make an announcement today. Speculation ranges from an eMac release for consumers, to a release date for Jaguar. Check back with us through the day to see what Jobs has up his sleeve.

Microsoft Office v. X Update due today
Posted 7:35 AM on Monday, June 3, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Microsoft has announced that it will release it's Office v. X update later today, along with Microsoft Messenger 3.0. The Palm Synch component for Entourage will not be a part of this update, but will ship on July 15th, according to the MacBU.

The Office v. X update incorporates over 1500 bug fixes and enhancements, including the ability for the Office suite to anti-alias text when used alongside the Mac OS X 10.1.5 udpate, which is probably going to ship today as well.

Messenger 3.0 includes file transfers; ability to organize contacts in groups; resize toolbars and icons; the ability to Import and export contact lists; and improved emoticon support.

The update should be available later today from Microsoft's Web Site.

Macromedia MX Products Now Shipping
Posted 10:48 AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 by serpicolugnut

As expected, Macromedia's MX products - Dreamweaver and Fireworks - are now shipping seperately and in the new Macromedia MX Studio package, which also includes Flash MX, Coldfusion MX (for Windows only) and Freehand 10. See Macromedia's website for upgrade paths from individual applications.

Eudora 5.1.1 arrives
Posted 10:43 AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 by serpicolugnut

In what seemed like an eternal beta testing period, Eudora has finally been "officially" released for OS X. Qualcomm's e-mail client can be used for free in an ad supported mode, or ad free for $39.95.

Chimera/Navigator hits 0.28
Posted 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 by serpicolugnut

If you love Navigator/Chimera (like we do), the Cocoa front end to the Mozilla browser, you may want to jump on over to their website and download the newest build, 0.28, which includes autocomplete, a Go menu, Bookmarks with icons (in the menu bar and personal toolbar), downloads that will now at least show progress, a security indicator, and plugin fixes.

Monday Morning News
Posted 8:02 AM on Monday, May 20, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Apple Updates iBook
Apple has quietly updated it's iBook line. Though still utilizing G3 processors, the speeds are now 600mhz at the low end and 700mhz at the high end. Also new is the Radeon Mobility video chipset with 16MB of VRAM, running on a 2x AGP.

iBook 14" (US$1,799):

iBook 12"(US$1,499):
iBook 12" (US$1,199):
Other News
Apple has informed users that development on the OS 9 version of Final Cut Pro has now ceased. Version 3.02 which was released last week is the last OS 9 compatible release.

Software Updates
Watson has beenupdated to version 1.5.3. IBM has released a second beta of it's Lotus Notes Domino client. Ed Hamrick's Vue Scan reaches 7.5.28. Synchronize Pro, which can make a bootable backup of your OS X volume, has been updated to version 1.2.

FontAgent X grows up
Posted 8:17 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Insider Software's FontAgent software has gotten a major upgrade in functionality, bringing it inline with major players Suitcase and Font Reserve. FontAgent X, built entirely in Cocoa, now activates and deactivates libraries, sets, and individual fonts. FontAgent X also can eliminate corrupt, duplicate, unmatached and unneeded fonts. FontAgent X retails for $89.95, with upgrades costing $49.95. A demo is available that will activate as many as 250 fonts at a time.

Apple event to launch new server today
Posted 8:10 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Apple today is expected to release a new rackmount server. Apple will be holding a press event at the Apple Campus at 9AM PST. There is some speculation about whether a new iBook will be announced as well. Stay tuned - we'll have updates as the become available...

Apple officially releases iPhoto 1.1.1
Posted 9:59 AM on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 by serpicolugnut

After last weeks premature release to Apple's servers, iPhoto is now being officially updated to version 1.1.1. New in this version -
By registering iPhoto, you can get 10 free Kodak prints and a list of keyboard shortcuts for iPhoto sent to you via email.

WWDC Roundup
Posted 12:50 AM on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 by serpicolugnut

As expected, Steve Jobs' keynote today during WWDC focused on the next version of Mac OS X, code named Jaguar (or Jag-wire, as Steve continuously pronounced it). Shipping in late summer (think mid September), Jaguar will feature many technologies we were expecting, and many more we weren't. Here's a run down of it's features.

All in all, it's a much more ambitous upgrade then we expected, and quite worthy of the extra time required to get it right. No information was given regarding version number and pricing, but don't be surprised if Apple deems this a "full" upgrade ($99-$129).

WWDC clips courtesy of CNET
Posted 12:39 AM on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 by serpicolugnut

CNET has posted 2 excerpts from Steve Jobs' keynote speech at the WWDC. The excepts include the opening "funeral" for OS 9, and a look at two new key technologies present in Jaguar - iChat, an AOL/IM compatible chat client, and Inkwell, a handwriting recognition technology descended from the Newton.

Tip: Stuffit Deluxe Contextual Menu
Posted 9:56 AM on Monday, May 6, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Many users decry Mac OS X's lack of "useful" contextual menus from within the Finder. Gone are the "View By" and "Arrange by Name" and "Clean Up" options that most OS 9 users found so helpful. However, there are third party utilities that can restore functionality to your Finder's contextual menus, and introduce some new tricks too.

Stuffit Deluxe 6.5 from Aladdin comes with Magic Menu, a application that runs in a background process, giving your OS X Finder the familiar menu to apply most of Stuffit's features to files. However, there is a little known benefit to Magic Menu running under OS X - the introduction of 2 very useful contextual menu options - "Mail To", and "Compress and Mail To". Windows users have long had the option to right click on a file or folder, and have a "Send To > Email" option, allowing you to launch a mail app and automatically add that file to it as an attachment. Now, through the wonder of Stuffit Deluxe's Magic Menu, OS X users have the same functionality.

The Cocoa Awards!
Posted 8:43 AM on Monday, May 6, 2002 by serpicolugnut

We're currently compiling a list of applications for our first "Cocoa Awards". We want to acknowledge the best of breed Cocoa applications available today. To be eligible, an application must be written entirely in Cocoa, and fall within these categories:
Please get your submissions in to us by the end of the week. The polling will start next Monday, May 13th and run for 7 days.

Click Here To Mail Submissions

WWDC starts today - Jaguar to be demoed
Posted 8:26 AM on Monday, May 6, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Apple's World Wide Developer Conference starts today in San Jose, California. At 10am PST, Steve Jobs will give a keynote speech that will include a preview of "Jaguar", aka Mac OS X 10.2. Although no live feed is available, news will be posted from our eyes and ears on the ground during the keynote, with a debriefing to come afterwards. Stay tuned!

Apple Store set to open at Lenox Mall, Atlanta, GA
Posted 12:06 PM on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 by serpicolugnut

Apple is now advertising it's next store opening. The new location is slated for Lenox Mall, in Atlanta, GA. The store will open on Saturday, May 11th. Presentations will be given all day.

We're particularly pleased about this location, because it's right in our backyard. We'll be at the opening with our digital camera to capture all the insanity.

Halime & Cocoa : An interview with Imdat Soldek
Posted 9:04 AM on Tuesday, April 30, 2002 by serpicolugnut

We recently had the chance to speak with Imdat Soldek, who is an independent developer working on a Cocoa newsreader for OS X called Halime. Imdat has some unique insight in to the development of Cocoa applications and was kind enough to share his thoughts with us.

Macromedia coughs up Dreamweaver, Fireworks MX
Posted 9:52 AM on Monday, April 29, 2002 by serpicolugnut

In a sign of the coming apocalypse, Macromedia today announced Dreamweaver and Fireworks MX, available seperately, or together along with Flash MX and Freehand 10 in the Studio MX bundle.

Both Dreamweaver and Fireworks feature the new MX interface, which is very similar to the new Flash MX interface. New features for each application include:

Dreamweaver MX:
  • New interface.
  • Now includes all of the back end functionality previously available in UltraDev. Dreamweaver MX now handles ColdFusion, ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, PHP, or XML.
  • Use of new wizards to ease site setup.

  • Fireworks MX:
  • New interface.
  • Support for horizontal or vertical javascript pop up menus.
  • New wizards quickly create navigation.
  • Ability to generate dynamic graphics through XML.

  • Preview versions are available now for download with full product shipping in may. Dreamweaver MX pricing is $399, with upgrades available for $199. Fireworks MX pricing is $299, with upgrades available for $149.

    Apple udpates Powerbooks
    Posted 9:18 AM on Monday, April 29, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    As expected (but still a week earlier than anticipted), Apple released an updated Powerbook G4 model today. The new models fall almost exactly in line with what the rumor sites were predicting. The bottom end model now features a 667mhz G4, 30GB HD, 256MB of RAM, and no Airport card. The top end model features an 800mhz G4 with 512MB of RAM, 40GB HD, and a Airport Card. Both models now feature the ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 with 32MB of RAM, and the ability to send video out to a DVI port. With the help of the new Apple DVI to ADC adapter, you can also connect the new Powerbooks to Apple's line of LCD screens. Prices remain at $2499 for the low end, $3199 for the high end, and a $3799 version with 1GB of RAM, and a 60GB HD.

    Overall, the rumor sites were dead on. We had hoped for a professional graphics chip, like the nVidia Quadro4, but the Radeon7500 with 32MB of RAM is a step in the right direction. Apple clearly wants to temper it's mobile power with battery life, giving what it feels is the best well rounded mobile workstation performance.

    Holy Crap! Apple intros the "eMac"
    Posted 9:09 AM on Monday, April 29, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    In a move that no one saw coming, especially this early, Apple today introduced the "eMac", an updated iMac in the Classic CRT form factor, with a 17inch flat CRT, a 700mhz G4 processor, nVidia GeForce2MX chipset with AGP2x support. The port configurations are 2 Firewire, 3 USB, Video Out and 10/100BT Ethernet. There are three machine configurations all with a 40GB hard drive. For $999, you can get the above specs with no modem, 128MB of RAM and CD-ROM drive. For $1199, you get a 56K modem, 128MB of RAM and a CD-RW/DVD combo drive. For $1456, you get the 56K modem, 512MB of RAM, the CD-RW/DVD combo drive, and a eMac stand. All machines can be ordered with either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X.

    The eMac is clearly an indication that while the new LCD iMac is a huge hit in the consumer space, Apple felt that education would not sign on to the new design, probably due to the LCD screen and it's fragility. The eMac seems to address those concerns, and with it only being sold through the education channels, Apple is ensured they won't cannabilze iMac 2 sales to consumers.

    Cocoa Browsing with Chimera and OmniWeb
    Posted 3:55 AM on Sunday, April 28, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Development continues on two prominent Cocoa browsers, both of which continue to see updates. The OmniGroup's OmniWeb 4.1 has reached beta 5 with a bevvy of improvemwents. Meanwhile, NBOTB (new browser on the block), Chimera, aka Navigator, reaches version 0.2.5, with much improved Flash support, and Smooth Text disable function. Both browsers are built using the Cocoa API, which offers full Aqua compliance.

    More importantly, the use of Cocoa allows the developers to quickly build their applications - sometimes, in 1/10th the time it would take to develop using the Carbon APIs. Chimera, for example, has gone from a mere technology preview to a useable (albeit feature incomplete) browser in the span of 2 months.

    Norton Utilities for OS X Horror Stories
    Posted 12:05 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Many OS X users have been anxiously awaiting the release of Norton Utilities/Norton Systemworks for OS X. Earlier this month, Symantec started shipping their latest versions of the disk repair/antivirus/internet security tools, with specific features for OS X.

    However, user reaction has been less than stellar. Matter of fact, it's been downright hostile. Many users have stated that not only was Norton incapable of repairing their hard drive errors, but in many cases, Norton Utilities made things worse. In some cases, much worse. It was even rumored (falsely) that Symantec pulled the product from store shelves.

    Perhaps the highest profile of Norton utilities victims is ZDNet's David Coursey. David, as you might remember, is a recent Mac OS X convert. Mr. Coursey purchased and ran Norton Utilties on his new iMac, and quickly ran in to serious problems. Norton Utilities, it seems, rendered his iMac incapable of booting back in to OS X.

    After some consultations with the Genius' at the Apple Store, Coursey purchased Micromat's Drive 10 and Alsoft's Disk Warrior, setting out to determine which of the two was better suited to the task. As David exaplins, Drive 10 was useless, while DiskWarrior was able to fix the problem - to some degree. DiskWarrior restored some missing files, but was unable to allow the iMac to reboot in OS X.

    This story exemplifies the current state of disk utilities in OS X. Many OS 9 users were waiting on NUM for OS X because under OS 9, NUM was a necessity. OS 9's System Structure dictated that under heavy use, a Macs hard drive would eventually need to be examined, corrected, defragged and optimized.

    Recent tests have shown that running Speed Disk (which still only runs under OS 9 - nice, huh?) from Norton Utilities actually doesn't show any improvement in hard disk access under OS X. If you are still using a dual boot system, or using Classic extensively, it may still make sense to optimize, but if not, you won't currently see any speed advantage in doing so.

    We feel that having a good disk utility on hand can be a good thing. Actually, we use Micromat's Drive 10 and are pretty happy with it. We haven't had any major crisis in which to really test it, but in our routine examinations, it found minor problems and fixed them.
    The real lesson in all of this is pretty basic - back up, and back up often. If you have any data that means something - back it up. If you use OS X's new UNIX style folder structure and keep everything of importance in your home folder, backing up is as simple as copying your home folder to another hard drive, DVD-R or CD-R/W disc. There are also a number of free/inexpensive shareware utilities that can assist/automate backups. Retrospect Express is available for $49, and provides a good many of options for backups.
    Don't wait for an incident to teach you the valuable lesson of backups. It's a painful ordeal that can bring a grown man to tears - and send you running for a disk utility with only 20 minutes until your local computer store closes.

    Norton Utilities
    Alsoft DiskWarrior
    Micromat Drive 10
    Retrospect Express
    Lacie Silverkeeper

    Additional Features of the Dock
    Posted 1:37 PM on Monday, April 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    AppleCare Knowledge Base:Additional Features of the Dock is a document in Apple's support database that details the various key/mouse click combinations that can be used to alter/enhance/modify the dock.

    EV Nova - 1.0.0 zooms to your hard drive
    Posted 7:56 AM on Monday, April 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Ambrosia Software has officially released their third game in the Escape Velocity series, EV Nova. From their web site: "With a completely redesigned gaming engine, EV Nova thrusts you into a sprawling universe dominated by a myriad of warring factions, each sharing a common bond, but so philosophically different as to make conflict inevitable."

    OK - We just know that this game is fun. If you have the pipes for the 75MB download, do indulge. EV Nova costs $30.

    Navigator hits 2.2
    Posted 7:51 AM on Monday, April 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    The new browser on the block, Navigator, which sports a Cocoa front end to the Mozilla "Gecko" rendering engine, has been revved to version 2.2. Keep in mind this browser is still at the very early development stage. While not many features are implemented yet, the browser still has the best rendering times of any other OS X browser currently available.

    Lightwave 7.5 debuts Thursday
    Posted 7:48 AM on Monday, April 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    NewTek is releasing a new version of Lightwave this Thursday at a special event in New York. Don't worry - you wont have to wait til then, or book a flight to find out what's new in version 7.5. CreativeMac has an extensive look at the new version of NewTek's 3D Modeling/Animation package. One of the major changes in 7.5 is that the dongle provided to new customers will be a cross platform, along with a dual platform CD - allowing customers to easily switch between Mac and PC. Also of note are vastly improved render times. Lightwave 7.5 will sell for $1595. No pricing is available yet for upgrades.

    dBug OS X SIG Meeting
    Posted 10:45 AM on Friday, April 19, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    dBug, Seattle's Mac OS X SIG, will be meeting next Wednesday, April 17th at 7PM. The meeting will have the following itinerary:
    7:00 - Introductions
    7:10 - Latest Macworld magazine
    7:15 - Native Browser Comparison
    7:45 - Mac OS X Tips
    8:00 - Security
    8:45 - Q & A and Discussion

    Back online...
    Posted 8:59 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Whew. Talk about incompetence! Our current hosting company, Interland, accidentally changed some permissions on our some files, and wham - our site goes missing for over a week while they try to figure out what they did.

    The good news is we will be transitioning to a new domain - and a new identity. We'll have all the details tomorrow...

    Stay tuned!

    Weekly Roundup
    Posted 9:38 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    In this weeks news: Apple has notified WWDC attendees that on May 6th at the conference, Apple will preview "powerful new capabilities of the next major release of Mac OS X...

    Apple has started delivering iBooks to the state of Maine, as part of their large purchase for the next school year...

    Photoshop 7 is expected to ship on April 15th. Many retailers like MacConnection currently show 4-6 days for availability...

    IconBuilder Pro (for Photoshop 7) is expected to be available when Photoshop 7 ships...

    Got TechTV? Well, if you've seen the ultra annoying Call For Help show, you are familiar with it's host, Chris Pirillo, a Windows nut who helps viewers survive with Microsoft's OS. Well, it seems Chris has taken the plunge and bought an iMac. He felt the need to document his purchase and delivery. Check it out (available only in Windows Media format). Bottom line - If this guy is buying a new iMac, Apple has clearly hit a home run.

    OS X Themes coming in to their own...
    Posted 9:41 AM on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    When OS X first shipped last year, many people were lamenting many of the features that were not carried over from OS 9. Most people cried out for Finder Labels and Spring Loaded folders. But for longtime users of Kaleidascope, a Classic OS themeing application, the inability to switch from Aqua to another theme was a major deturrent from abandoning OS 9.

    Now, one year later, the landscape has changed enough that, while not as bountiful as the themes for Kaleidascope, there is an expanding catalog and the necessary tools to make themeing easy under OS X.

    First off, you'll need an application to switch themes. There are a few out there, but currently, the best of the bunch is Duality 3. Duality has the ability to preview themes before switching, so you can fully examine how a theme will look on your system. Once you choose a theme, you will have to logout/log back in for all of your GUI to be changed. Duality also features a complete Aqua restore.

    As for the themes themselves, there are many to choose from. Among the OS favorites are the Classic Platinum look, BeOS, NeXT, and both of WinXP's Luna schemes. There are many other themes available as well.

    A word of warning... Some users have had problems after switching themes where their System has become stuck between switching, requiring a reinstall of the OS to restore Aqua. This is rare, although still possible. Use caution when attempting to switch themes.

    Themes by Max Rudberg

    AppleWorks updated to 6.2.4
    Posted 9:24 AM on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has updated AppleWorks to version 6.2.4. Among it's enhancements are: improved functionality with Macintosh Manager and FAXstf, the ability to read and write Microsoft Word and Excel files, enhanced formatting tools, faster downloading of Internet templates, improved networking compatibility and more.

    OmniWeb Public Beta 2 debuts
    Posted 9:21 AM on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    The Omni Group has made yet another build of OmniWeb 4.1 available to the public. Public Beta 2 features better Java, Javascript and CSS support (although still not complete), improved stability, less memory usage, and many other enhancements. OmniWeb 4.1 Public Beta 2 is available in an English only download (3.9MB), or a Internationalized download (8.3MB).

    CanoScan ScanGear Beta Available
    Posted 10:18 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Canon has made beta drivers available for their CanoScan N670U / N676U / N1240U scanners. The 2.2MB driver has some known issues (stated in the README file), but overall the response to it has been good.

    Dantz Retrospect 5 now available
    Posted 10:06 AM on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Retrospect, the backup/restore solution many Mac users have come to rely on, is now available in a native OS X version. Retrospect 5 from Dantz Development Corp., comes in four different editions: Retrospect Express Backup, Retrospect Desktop Backup, Retrospect Workgroup Backup, and Retrospect Server Backup. English versions are available now with French, German, and Japanese versions available during the second quarter.

    Palm 4.0 Desktop Released for OS X
    Posted 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Palm Desktop 4.0, which has been available as a Public Beta since January, is now available. New since the beta are vCard and vCal support, improved privacy, and multi language support.

    OS X at the end of Year One...
    Posted 8:34 AM on Monday, March 25, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Without any fanfare from the public or it's creator, Mac OS X turned 1 year old this weekend. While the first year has had many ups and downs, the one thing you can say about Mac OS X is that it isn't boring. The new OS has brought excitement (and controversy) to Apple. It has lured many new customers in to the Mac fold, and it has alienated some longtime users.

    Many users stayed away from Mac OS X until Apple released OS 10.1 back in September, which brought many missing pieces to the the operating system like DVD Playback and CD burning. Apple had stated from it's initial release that the transition to OS X would take about 1 year. With that year now up, let's look at where the next generation OS stands.

    First off, Apple started making OS X the default boot OS on all shipping Macs in January, 3 months ahead of schedule. This may not seem like a big deal to many, but in reality, there is a large segment of users who will never be inclined to boot in to OS 9 once they turn on their Mac and it boots in to OS X.

    The real measure of an Operating Systems success is in the software available from third parties. At it's release, OS X's software landscape was a lonely place, with only a handful of applications. At the end of year one, it's a much more crowded field, with but a few holes open where native applications have yet to appear.

    Here's a rundown of OS X's software situation:

    Internet: Extremely healthy. With IE, iCab, OmniWeb, and Netscape/Mozilla/Chimera - there are more web browsers for OS X than OS 9. The one soft spot is WYSIWYG web editors. GoLive was released at the end of January, but Dreamweaver is still in beta with no ETA.

    Video: Again, Extremely healthy. iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Commotion are all avaialble for OS X. Missing from the pack is Adobe Premeire, and Apple's DVD Studio Pro. The plugin situation is still a sore spot, with many plugin vendors uncommitted to a time frame with regard to OS X availability.

    2D Graphics: Come April, Photoshop 7 will appear and many users will no longer have an excuse not to move to OS X. Just about every other professional 2D graphics application is already available for OS X. The one company dragging it's feet is Quark. Although Quark has stated an OS X version of Xpress 5 will be out before the end of year, no other information has been given about time frame/upgrade cost. Many Xpress users are quickly discovering that InDesign 2 is available to take up Xpress' slack.

    3D Graphics: Already OS X has given Apple new life in the 3D Market. Maya, Lightwave, Cinema4D, Universe, Bryce and Vue d' Espirit are all available for OS X. Apple still needs the presence of a high end workstation graphics card to allow the Mac to compete in the professional 3D market.

    Office: Again a very health segment of OS X native software. Office v. X, FileMaker, Quicken, MYOB, and Mathmatica are all available and wonderful releases under OS X.

    Audio: The one segment where OS X hasn't taken off quite as fast as many would have liked. In the last month we have gotten firm committments/releases from eMagic, Bias, Steinberg, and Cubase. But in the Audio community, ProTools is on par with Photoshop, in that until it's released for OS X, many users can not make the move to the new OS X. And in reality, ProTools users are even more shackled to OS 9, since unlike Photoshop, ProTools can not run in Classic, due to it's strong ties to hardware.

    So at the end of OS X's first year, there are very few users who are unable to move to the new OS due to it's software situation. Xpress and ProTools users will most likely be stuck in OS 9 until later this year. The rest of us can work full time now in OS X and benefit from all it has to offer.

    Epson releases "Trial" Scan to File for OS X
    Posted 8:03 AM on Monday, March 25, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Epson has made available "Trial" versions Scan to File, it's OS X scanning software, for many of it's Perfection and Expression Scanners. These include the Perfection 610, 640, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1640, 1650, 2450, and the Expression 1600 and 1680. The drivers are provided without any technical support, but Epson is soliciting feedback on their performance.

    Flash MX available for download
    Posted 1:46 PM on Friday, March 15, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia has released Flash MX through their electronic software distribution. The new version of the web centric multimedia application is Macromedia's second release avaiable for OS X (Freehand was it's first). Boxed copies will be available starting March 19th.

    osXigen 1.2 released
    Posted 9:38 AM on Friday, March 15, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Jomosoft has released an update to it's osXigen FTP client. Version 1.2 features Web site management, Full synchronize/mirroring, including deletion of obsolete files, Full keyboard navigation , Firewall support , 4 Icon sets to choose from (contributed by François Roussel and Stephen Horlander), and French localization (contributed by Bruno Lapeyre). osXigen 1.2 is available for $20, $5 off the regular price , until the end of April. As a sidenote, the next release of osXigen will be 2.0, and feature Secure FTP, scheduled for May 2002.

    Photoshop Elements for OS X?
    Posted 9:57 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Think Secret has an article on the work progressing on another Adobe image editing application for OS X. According to Think Secret, there was some animosity between Apple and Adobe over the feature set of iPhoto. When iPhoto finally came out, Adobe "breathed a collective sigh of relief" when it was introduced, one insider commented -- and an OS X-compatible version of Elements is in the pipeline. According to a source, it won't take a great deal of work to port it to OS X. At the time that Adobe was developing the first release of Photoshop Elements, it was also doing quite a bit of the preliminary work on Photoshop 7.0, and the core tools are essentially the same.

    Introducing Apple Remote Desktop
    Posted 8:50 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple today introduced Apple Remote Desktop, a desktop management solution for education, business professionals. The new application gives administrators the ability to manage Macs from anywhere on a network or a remote location (via internet connection).

    Built to take advantage of the underlying strengths of Mac OS X, Apple Remote Desktop lets you establish your administrative center on systems running Mac OS X v10.1 or later, and allows administration of desktop and notebook Built for Mac OS Xcomputers running Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.2, or Mac OS X v10.1 or later.

    Apple Remote Desktop shows that Apple has corporations (as well as schools) on the brain, and is taking steps to provide administrators the tools they need.

    Apple Remote Desktop comes in two flavors, a 10-client edition for $299, and a unlimited client edition for $499.

    OS X Tip : Disable Login items upon login
    Posted 3:52 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    If you would like to disable any items added to your "Login" System Preference at the time of Login, simply hold down the shift key after entering your password, or after all System activity has passed during startup.

    NaN Technologies closes down
    Posted 3:49 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    NaN, the developers behind the wonderful (and free) 3D application, Blender, have announced that NaN has applied for bankruptcy in Amsterdam. This means that effective today, all technology development and website activities around Blender will be frozen. NaN had just made their OS X port of Blender available in January.

    Propellerhead has Reason for OS X
    Posted 10:49 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Propellerhead Software have announced that Reason 2.0, with OS X native support, will be shipping at the end of Q2 2002 (late Spring). Reason 2 is the first major upgrade to the acclaimed software synth studio. Upgrades are $99 (EU) or $89 (US).

    Steinberg finishes first in professional OS X audio application race
    Posted 7:14 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Steinberg has just announced it's new version of it's music recording & production application, Cubase SX [new feature PDF]. Of course, this update to Cubase brings OS X compatability, along with a new user interface, graphic automation, 5.1 surround mixing, real time midi processing, complete set of virtual instruments, unlimited undo, and many other features. Due later this spring, Cubase SX will retail for $800. Upgrades are available from VST Score ($200) and VST ($300)

    Adobe Illustrator 10.0.1 update fixes and frustrates
    Posted 7:08 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe made an update available today for Adobe Illustrator 10. The 9.4MB file improves application speed under OS X, allows users to save files directly to WinNT servers, and other various bug fixes. However, many users are experiencing problems installing the update. The common issue seems to be that the installer expects to find Illustrator in a certain location, but for some reason, it can't find it - even if it is in the location the installer expects it to be in. Adobe is still working on resolving this issue. You can track the discussion about it on Adobe's web forums.

    Lotus Notes/Domino 6 Pre-release
    Posted 6:58 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Lotus has made another build available of the Notes/Domino 6 client for OS X. The final version of the OS X client should be ready by Q3 2002.

    Flash MX set for release
    Posted 8:50 AM on Monday, March 4, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia today unveiled Flash MX, the next release of it's multimedia web development utility. "Macromedia Flash MX unites designers and developers who can build on their existing knowledge to deliver more effective, rich Internet applications," said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. "Macromedia Flash MX applications provide increased return on investment for companies, and amazing user experiences across everything from mobile phones, PDAs, interactive TV systems, game machines, Internet appliances, webpads, and in-room hotel entertainment systems."

    Flash MX is carbonized for OS X, will be available for download on March 15.

    Fireworks MX First Look
    Posted 11:50 PM on Friday, March 1, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia may be late to the OS X party with it's applications, but recent leaks of their beta apps show that they are working very hard, and the fruits of their labor are not too far off in the future. We took a look at Flash MX last week, and this week we will examine Macromedia's web graphics tool, Fireworks MX.

    Fireworks MX sports a revamped interface, much like FlashMX does. Macromedia (probably due to Adobe's tabbed pallette lawsuit) has replaced it's tabbed pallettes with the dockable type, similar to Painter's pallettes. Also, like Flash MX, Fireworks now features a properties pallette, featuring context sensitive information.

    Among the new enhancement's to the application's interface are some OS X specific features, like the use of sheets for opening, saving, and alert boxes. Also new is the ability to customize your keyboard shortcuts.

    Performance of this beta is still a bit sketchy, lending one to believe the release still could be months off.

    GoLive 6/LiveMotion 2 now shipping
    Posted 12:27 PM on Monday, February 25, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe today announced the immediate availability of GoLive 6 and LiveMotion 2. Both applications offer OS X compatability and are available together in the Adobe Web Collection pack for $449, or seperately ($399 for GoLive, $199 for LiveMotion). Seperately upgrades for both are $99.

    Adobe announces Photoshop 7.0
    Posted 7:47 AM on Sunday, February 24, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    In a move that wasn't expected until tomorrow, Adobe today got the jump on the rumors and announced Photoshop 7.0 for Mac OS 9/X and Windows 9/ME/NT/2000/XP. New features in the de-facto image editing application include:

    Photoshop 7.0 will ship in the 2nd quarter of 2002. Adobe is not yet taking preorders, although you can register to be notified when they do start the ordering process.

    A printable list of new features is available in a 9 page, 2.9MB PDF File.

    A Brief Look at Flash 6
    Posted 10:43 AM on Friday, February 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    With the second public release of the Flash 6 plugin, many Flash users have been anticipating the next release of the internet/multimedia authoring application. While one can assume that it's release is imminent, very few details have emerged about what we can expect from it.

    Of course, the main reason most of us want Flash 6 (or FlashMX as it will be called) is for it's ability to run under OS X natively. Macromedia has done a good job with making Flash compliant with the Aqua interface guidelines. The interface has also been tweaked in several other, platform independent areas.

    First, and most notably is the new pallettes. In what is probably a direct answer to Adobe's lawsuit regarding docked Pallettes, Flash now employs a Pallette docking method that is very reminiscent of Painter. This new setup allows you to have all your pallettes docked together, and quickly minimize/maximize them when needed.

    Another new interface element to Flash 6 is the Properties pallette. This is identical to the properties pallette in Dreamweaver. This reduces the clutter of a Text pallette, and provides context sensitive variables.

    Finally, a minor but welcome addition to the layers window is the ability to group layers in folders.

    We'll have a more in-depth look at Flash 6 next week.

    Download Round-up
    Posted 8:51 AM on Friday, February 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    New and notable to download...LimeWire X 2.2.1, Macromedia Flash Player X 6.0r2, Stone Studio 2-20-2002, MacMame 0.58, Drive 10. 1.0.4, Analog 5.2.1, FruitMenu 1.5.1, and MaxMenus 1.0.

    DiamondSoft releases Font Reserve 3.0
    Posted 8:39 AM on Friday, February 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Bringing competition to the OS X font management category is DiamondSoft. Their new release, Font Reserve 3.0 is the first official release of Font Reserve for OS X (Corel shipped an OS X copy of Font Reserve with their Graphics Suite, but it was not complete).

    Font Reserve features many of the same features as Suitcase does, but also includes the ability to auto activate fonts under OS X, which Suitcase currently lacks. Font Reserve 3.0 sells for $89.95. Competitive upgrades are available from other Font managers for $49.95.

    Extensis Suitcase 10.1.1
    Posted 8:31 AM on Friday, February 22, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Extensis has released an updated version of Suitcase 10.1.1. New in this version is:

    The udpate is available for all registered users.

    Apple releases OS X 10.1.3
    Posted 7:58 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has finally freed the 10.1.3 update, available via the Software Update System Preference. As detailed in the readme:
    Update 10.1.3 delivers enhancements that improve the reliability of Mac OS X applications, important security features and includes new and updated support for a variety of Digital Hub peripheral devices. Specific updates include:

    Photoshop 7 to be announced on Monday?
    Posted 2:04 PM on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    As reported by MacNN, Adobe is set to introduce Photoshop 7 on Monday with native support for Mac OS X and WindowsXP. We're kind of stumped as to why Adobe would wait until Monday to unveil the software, when they have the opportunity to launch it at Seybold this week.

    The original article is available in PDF.

    Permissions driving you nuts?
    Posted 8:39 AM on Monday, February 18, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Several OS X users have encountered a small bug that can absolutely drive you nuts. After installation some mischevious applications, the permissions on the Applications folder will change, and and copying to the folder becomes impossible. Folks with UNIX backgrounds could easily reset the permissions via the terminal, but Apple has come to the laymens rescue with FixApplicationsFolderPermissions 1.0, a small utility that does exactly what it's name implies.

    Seybold:What can we expect?
    Posted 8:35 AM on Monday, February 18, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    With Seybold taking place this week in New York, speculation is running wild as to what new applications might be announced for OS X. This years show looks to be much smaller than previous years, with key companies like Quark, Macromedia, and Microsoft opting not to attend. Even Apple will only be hosting seminars this year. So, with this in mind, we can dismiss any chance of Dreamweaver or Flash being announced by Macromedia. We can also forget about Quark giving us any indication as to when Xpress 5 for OS X will ship.

    However, the one major application everybody wants is Photoshop 7 for OS X. There is a good chance Adobe will announce it's availability this week at the event. We have been evaluating a late beta (b58), and to us, it looks complete and ready to go. Adobe will have another home run with this release, and OS X users will finally be able to remove Adobe from their scorn list, and turn their criticism over to Macromedia, who will have four major applications absent from the OS X lineup (Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Director).

    One less reason for Classic...MT-NewsWatcher 3.2
    Posted 7:25 AM on Monday, February 11, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    OS X users who were longing for a carbonized version of NewsWatcher just got their wish. Simon Fraser's MT-NewsWatcher 3.2 is available now. Although there really aren't any new features from 3.1, the free application is fully carbonized and works great under OS X 10.1.

    News from around the Web...
    Posted 2:24 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Both Railhead Design and Think Secret are reporting that Mac OS X 10.1.3 is just about ready for public consumption...

    Work progresses on another implementation of Mozilla, titled Chimera. Chimera uses a Cocoa front end to Mozilla rendering engine. Screen shots are available for viewing....

    VueScan 7.5 is finally out of beta testing and ready for download....

    Lotus has made a pre-release verison of Notes Domino for OS XM available for download...

    Griffin delivers upodated OS X drivers for their gPort and iMate...Microsoft is looking for opinions on users of Microsoft Exchange Server, and how much they want a Outlook client for Mac OS X...

    Apple is expected to announce Quicktime 5.1 next Monday at QuickTime Live!. MPEG-4 support is reported to be the center piece of this release. In other QuickTime news, Apple surpassed Real last year in total downloads for 2017. Quicktime has 80 million downloads, compared to Real's combined 75 million download of RealOne and RealPlayer...

    And finally, Apple and Circuit City are ending their 18 month relationship over the next year. Anybody who ever saw a Circuit City Mac section needs no further explanation. Expect good deals as Circuit City tries to move remaining Apple inventory.

    Alien Skin announces Splat!
    Posted 3:33 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Alien Skin Software, makers of great plugins for Adobe Photoshop, has announced a new set of filters called Splat! for Photoshop and applications that use the Photoshop plugin standard. Splat! combines frames, textures, edges, borders, mosaics, and more with the interface of Eye Candy 4000 in an all new plug-in package.

    Splat! is carbonized for OS X on the Macintosh and will be available for both Mac and Windows late in the first quarter of 2002 for $99.

    Microsoft Intellipoint for OS X
    Posted 10:01 AM on Monday, February 4, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Think Secret has a new article on the status of Microsoft's Intellipoint drivers for OS X. Along with several images of the drivers, which are accessed via the System Preferences pane, Think Secret states that the drivers are on their 4th beta release. No speculation is given to an actual public release date.

    Vue d'Espirit for OS X
    Posted 2:33 PM on Friday, February 1, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    e-on Software's 3D application for the creation, rendering and animation of natural scenery, Vue d'Espirit 4, is now available for OS X.

    A 30 day, save disabled demo is available for download.

    Flash 6 Player Beta debuts
    Posted 8:20 AM on Friday, February 1, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia has provided a public beta of the new Flash 6 Player for OS 9 and X. This release is only for Internet Explorer. The release of this plugin suggests that Flash 6 is getting closer to a release date.

    USB Overdrive Beta for OS X
    Posted 8:17 AM on Friday, February 1, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Third party mouse users just got something to be excited about. USB Overdrive, the useful utility from OS 9 that allowed you to use all sorts of USB Mice/Trackballs/Joysticks has just made it's first appearance on OS X. This first beta is still lacking in many features, but the author, Alessandro Levi Montalcini, states that work is progressing and these features will be added soon.

    Our solution to the lack of mice drivers for OS X has been to switch to Kensingtons' MouseInABox Optical Elite. Kensington is the only mouse manufacturer at present with quality drivers that support acceleration, scroll wheel control, and extra button functionality.

    Sound Studio 2.0
    Posted 9:46 AM on Thursday, January 31, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Felt Tip software has a new release of their Sound Studio software. Now at verison 2.0, Sound Studio is an audio recording/editing application with built in effects (Chorus, Flanger, Reverb, EQ, Compressor, Expander, and Noise Gate). The $50 application is available for a 14 day trial period. Sound Studio runs under OS 9 and X.

    Apple improves software bundle for PowerMacs
    Posted 9:36 AM on Thursday, January 31, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    One of the main differences between Apple's consumer and professional line has long been the software bundle that each comes with. The consumer Macs usually have a good compliment of applications, like AppleWorks, Quicken, a Pangea game, WorldBook, and Apple's iApps, of course. The professional line, up until now, has had the bare minimum - usually just Internet Explorer and the iApps. However, with the recent speed bump to the PowerMac G4, Apple has beefed up the bundle to include the following software.

    Drivers for ATI Rage Pro and Rage II?
    Posted 9:18 AM on Thursday, January 31, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    ThinkSecret is reporting that ATI is in the process of developing OS X drivers for their Rage Pro and Rage II chipsets, which are found on first-generation iMacs, iBooks, PowerBook G3s, and G3 desktops. The chipsets are currently unsupported by Apple in OS X, and are unable to take advantage of OpenGL. No timetable is given for a release.

    IomegaWare for OS X due today
    Posted 9:13 AM on Thursday, January 31, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Iomega closed testing of it's IomegaWare for OS X software yesterday. Beta 8 was deemed ready for the public and sent to duplication. The OS X version of IomegaWare is primarily drivers for their products, and contextual menu options allowing you to erase, lock, or make a Iomega disk read only.

    Apple updates PowerMac G4
    Posted 9:00 AM on Monday, January 28, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple, as expected, has updated it's line of PowerMac G4 computers. The updates are primarily in the CPU speed and Video card options. On the low end now at $1599 is the 800mhz G4 - 256MB/40GB/CD-RW/ATI Radeon7500/56K. The mid rage machine at $2299 features a 933mhz G4/2MB L3 Cache/256MB RAM/60GB HD/Superdrive/NVIDIA GeForce4MX/56K. The new high end machine is the dual ghz G4/2MB L3 Cache/512MB RAM/80GB HD/Superdrive/NVIDIA GeForce4MX/56K at $2999. This configuration is also available with 1.5GB of RAM and 2 - 80GB Drives for $3649. All machines are shipping now.

    While many had expected the new speed bumps last week, some may be surprised that while the new machines are faster with better video cards, the prices have actually decreased across the board.

    Live 1.1 plays in OS X
    Posted 7:43 AM on Monday, January 28, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Ableton has released version 1.1 of their real time stretching sequencer, Live. Live 1.1, a free update for registered users, is now fully carbonized and works with Mac OS 8.6 and above, including OS X.

    Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.1.1 makes the scene
    Posted 7:32 AM on Monday, January 28, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Power On Software has released the 4.1.1 update for Now Up-to-Date & Contact, bringing full carbonization to the personal organization application. Still missing from the app is the ability to sync with Palm handhelds. Power Ons FAQ states that this is in the works. You can download a 30 day trial version of the $119.95 software.

    Macromedia releases Shockwave Installer for OS X
    Posted 10:53 AM on Friday, January 25, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia has finally gotten around to releasing the Shockwave internet plugin to view Shockwave content through your browser. Shockwave Player 8.5.1 is a 3.9MB download.

    Mac OS X Web Round-Up
    Posted 8:43 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Mac news from around the web...Go2Mac has what they claim to be the new, speedbumped, as of yet unreleased PowerMac G4 specs...Apple has posted a recap of NAMM, complete with a run down of all the products displayed that were OS X compatible...CreativePro reports on the release of Quark Xpress 5.0...El Gato Software releases the iPhoto Toast Export plugin, allowing users to export Photos direct from iPhoto to Toast Titanium...And finally, Kevin Schmitt of CreativeMac has an in-depth article on how to rid yourself of the dock for good, and make OS X as much like OS 9 as possible.

    Quark Xpress 5.0 arrives - sort of.
    Posted 8:02 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Those of us who still make our bread and butter in the Print industry were surprised today when just 48 hours after Adobe released it's Xpress competitor InDesign 2.0, Quark countered with the announcement that Xpress 5.0 is now shipping. The timing may be coincidental (yeah right), but more realistically, Quark is aware of the challenge that InDesign 2.0 now poses to Xpress.

    Perhaps the biggest news about Xpress 5.0 is that it is not a carbonized application. Of all the other shortcomings this new version might have, this is definitely the biggest, and might be one of the worst moves Quark could have made. The reason this is a bad move is complicated, but if you approach it from the eyes of the user it will make sense. First of all, Xpress is not a cheap date. With new versions costing $899 (that's $200 more than InDesign), and upgrades running $299 (again, $200 more than InDesign upgrades), sites with multiple licenses are not going to upgrade to 5.0 just because it's here - especially when it's two biggest features - tables and web publishing capabilities, aren't crucial to it's target audience, and when many users still have the Xpress 4.0 debacle fresh in mind. Couple this with the fact that Xpress 5.0 isn't carbonized, and Quark hasn't said when exactly it will be - or how much they will charge for this upgrade when it ships.

    I have several friends in the publishing industry. When InDesign 1.0 first shipped with the "Quark Killer" label, most of them bought the application and quickly found that while it was superior in some ways to Quark, it wasn't the big gun Adobe had hyped. Now with InDesign 2.0, most of their initial complaints have been answered and many are saying that it is now indeed the Quark killer it was originally billed as. These users are longtime Quark customers who are looking for any way they can get out from the Quark gravy train. High upgrade prices, bad customer service, and buggy releases have pushed many customers to actively lobby Adobe to make InDesign as good as it can be. And it looks like it may finally be there.

    If I were Quark, I'd be making my engineers work double shifts until Xpress 5.0 is fully carbonized. Their entire business model might just depend on it.

    Adobe ships InDesign 2.0
    Posted 9:17 AM on Monday, January 21, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe today announced the immediate availability of InDesign 2.0, it's Quark Xpress competitor. Version 2.0 introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible markup language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface. InDesign 2.0 sells for $699 (USD), with upgrades available for $99 (USD) for the first 90-days ($149 thereafter). InDesign 2.0 is fully carbonized and runs under OS X, as well as OS 9. Quark has not stated when the carbonized version of Quark Xpress will ship, although it is not expected until after Quark ships version 5, which has yet to be released.

    OS X and Audio Software...
    Posted 9:08 AM on Monday, January 21, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    While still lacking the number of high end applications available for OS 9, the audio software is starting to trickle in for OS X. Here's a roundup...

    First, Bias' Peak is already shipping. Peak is a digital audio editing application with several high end features. It is available in three flavors, the full version, an LE version, and a DV version, which has a feature set tuned to the needs of video editors. Deck 3.0, their mulitrack audio compositing program, is very close to a release as well.

    Propellerhead has announced its entire product line will be carbonized. This includes synthesis/sound creation applications ReCycle!, Reason, and Rebirth. Although no specific ship dates have been released, Propellerhead did demo ReCycle! under OS X at the recent NAMM show.

    emagic is nearly ready to unleash Logica Audio Platinum 5. The release, expected in February, will be for OS 9, but a tune up expected a month or two later will accomodate OS X.

    Unfortunately, the big guns, Digidesign's ProTools and Steinberg's Cubase are not yet carbonized, and neither have announced a date when they will be. Although both companies have voiced support for OS X, neither has publicly shown it.

    Of Mice and Drivers...
    Posted 9:07 AM on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Just a quick recap of the current situation of 3rd party mouse drivers for OS X. Right now, the only company shipping a completed mouse driver for the OS is Kensington. It's MouseWorks software for OS X isn't quite as full featured as it's OS 9 sibling, but still offers the basics of adjustable pointer speed, click speed, scroll speed, and a limited ability to assign actions to extra mouse buttons. The software is currently at version 1.1.

    MacAlly has just released a beta version of it's mouse/trackball drivers. These drivers are still in very eary development and are lacking some essential features.

    Microsoft has yet to publicly state when or if it will release drivers for the mice/trackballs for OS X. However, MacMinute reports that their drivers are nearly ready and will be released sometime in February. Their drivers are being developed by Alessandro Levi Montalcini, who also is working on USB Overdrive for OS X.

    I currenty own mice from all three vendors. My initial impressions are that Kensington has the edge with it's drivers. They work quite well and have given me zero troubles. Currently I am using their Optical Elite 5 button scroll mouse. It has a great feel and a nice silver/blue look, with a glowing blue scrollwheel. It currently sells for about $30.

    I look forward to both MacAlly and Microsoft getting their drivers finished and out the door. Until then, Kensington gets the nod for best third party mouse solution for OS X.

    Apple Financials due today
    Posted 8:56 AM on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple will webcast it's financial report today at 2:30PM PST (5:30PM EST).

    Emagic misses Logic Audio for OS X ship date
    Posted 11:27 AM on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Many audio pros waiting on Emagic to release Logic Audio for OS X were expecting a promised release at Macworld this week. Emagic has discovered two bugs that have prevented this, but still expect to ship Logic Audio Platinum for OS X before the end of the month. UPDATE: Reader Jeremy Bascom reports that after speaking with Emagic at MWSF, reps indicated that Logic 5 for OS 9 will be out late Jan-Early Feb. HOWEVER... Logic 5 for X is still in testing and is expected to ship as a free update(he was 98% sure it will be a free update) sometime in the March timeframe...

    Macworld Round-up Day 1
    Posted 7:31 AM on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    For a run down of what was introduced (and what wasn't) check out our first day of coverage of Macworld.

    Real time Macworld Coverage...
    Posted 11:25 AM on Monday, January 7, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    We'll be covering Macworld San Francisco today, starting with the keynote by Steve Jobs at 9am PST (12noon EST). Our Macworld page will be updated as information comes down the pike.

    Click here for our Macworld page.

    New iMac revealed...
    Posted 8:47 AM on Monday, January 7, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    After Apple spent so much energy trying to keep the new iMac under wraps until the keynote this morning, it's amazing to find that Time magazine has trumped Steve by accidentally publishing bits of an article on it complete with pictures at Time's Canadian Website. The images & article has now been removed, but thanks to the watchful eye of Macminute we still have a peek of what it looks like.

    The new iMac looks similar to a Luxor Desk Lamp, with a round base and a hinged monitor. The machine will feature G4 processors, and apparently start at $1200 and go up to $1800. The high end version will feature the DVD-RW Superdrive and iDVD.

    Apple will also be unveiling iPhoto today. The free application will do for Digital Photography what iDVD, iMovie and iTunes did for their respective fields. Apparently Apple (using an online publisher) will produce a 10 page hardcover photo album for $30.

    More updates as they come!

    MacWorld Predictions
    Posted 10:16 AM on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Well, with Apple beating it's own chest about next weeks Expo, we're going
    to go on record with what we believe to be in the offering this time around.
    Keep in mind we have no inside information and this is all pure speculation.
    Well, more like well informed guesses backed up with logic and reasoning. Here
    we go..

    iMac2 : This is a shoein. Apple could not be hyping this Macworld
    with this much fervor if they weren't finally pulling the wraps off of the LCD iMac.
    We believe Apple will follow the original iBook's launch, with only one base
    model, split up in to three models depending upon which optical drive and how
    much RAM they are configured with. We're also hoping that Apple will take a
    cue from Sony and make at least one model feature a LCD screen with a pen tablet
    like interface. Anyone who has seen these devices can attest to how intuitive
    they are and that they hold real potential for reaplcing the mouse and the defacto
    means of input on a computer. We're really hoping Apple can get the iMac2 CPU
    speeds at 1ghz. The processors are there, Apple just needs to find a way to
    make it affordable. Apple might also finally deliver the Superdrive in to it's
    high end iMac, making it the competitive with other sub $1500 offerings from
    PC vendors.

    PowerMac G4: Speed bumps are also a given, as are new motherboard enhancements,
    including faster RAM, and possibly even use of the newly licesnsed Hypertransport
    from AMD. Hopefully Apple will also replace the aging GeForce2 cards with GeForce3,
    or even the new Radeon8500. The big news will be that Apple will have (finally)
    broken the ghz barrier. Expect a G4+ or a G5 CPU with speeds of 1ghz, 1.2ghz
    and 1.4ghz. Apple will probably make a dual 1.2ghz configuration as it's high
    end machine.

    New Monitors: Apple is expected to drop the 15" LCD, and replace
    it will a 17" on the low end, a 19" in the mid range, and a 24"
    for the high end. Apple needs to keep the price points similiar to what they
    are now. With 17" LCD monitors to be had for under $600, Apple really can't
    expect to sell theirs for anymore than $699.

    iBook: Speed bumps are definitely in the works. We wouldn't be surprised
    to see the 12.2" monitor replaced with a 13.3" monitor, at least for
    the high end model. A jump

    PowerBook: We don't expect any changes to the PowerBook G4 at this time.
    Speed bumps will probably happen in the early spring at a seperate Apple event.


    Apple should finally have their iPhoto application ready to go. Also
    a possibility - iPhone, video conferencing software. Apple's sole application
    that's not Carbonized - DVD Studio Pro will have a February release date.

    Microsoft will show a sneak peak of Internet Explorer 6 for Mac, although
    a release will still be several months away.

    Adobe will announce the preordering of GoLive 6 and InDesign 2, both
    of which will ship by the end of the month. Adobe will also demo Photoshop/Imageready
    7, which should make it out by late February, early March. Expect Adobe to show
    and demo LiveMotion 2, with Javascript functionality that will give Flash a
    run for it's money.

    Macromedia will have some sort of demo of Flash 6 and Dreamweaver 5/Fireworks
    5, although they will still be mum of release dates.

    Newtek will announce the immediate availability of Lightwave 7.1, which
    will further enhance rendering speeds under OS X machines with the G4 processor.

    Real will announce that Real Player for OS X will debut in the spring,
    with a public beta coming this month.

    OmniGroup will announce the immediate availability of OmniWeb 4.1.

    GraphSim will announce the immedaite availability of Black & White,
    a great PC game.

    Bungie will shock everyone with a demo of Halo running under OS X and
    a proclamation that it will be available soon for both Mac and PC.

    So there you have it. Be sure to check back with us Monday, January 7th and
    see how close/how far off we were!

    Apple continues the tease...
    Posted 9:39 AM on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Apple is really hyping next weeks Macworld. Today's home page teaser states "Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond.". Apple better have something really great up their sleeve, or the sounds of dissention will be defeaning...

    Adobe lets GoLive 6 slip...
    Posted 9:37 AM on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe has posted a confidential document on their web site that puts to bed the question of whether or not GoLive 6 will be announced at MacWorld San Francisco next Monday. On this following page, Adobe publishes the System Requirements for GoLive 6 and GoLive 6's Web Workgroup Server. Both will run natively under OS X.

    G4/800DP and deep sleep issue...
    Posted 10:37 AM on Monday, December 31, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    I'm looking for help from any readers who might have this same issue and possibly a fix. I am unable to put my G4/800DP in to deep sleep. When I do, it won't wake up. I usually can put it to sleep once and wakeup without incident, but subsequent times will have the machine start it's sleep process, having the monitor go black, but the power light never goes in to sleep mode and the fan keeps running.

    I have had this problem since upgrading to 10.1. Can't really remember if it happened in 10.0.4 or not. Can't attest as to whether it happens in 9.2.2 either, since I never use it.

    I have searched Apple's discussion boards and discovered several other people with this issue. However, nobody seems to have a definite fix. If you can help, let me know.

    Apple sets MWSF bar high...
    Posted 10:32 AM on Monday, December 31, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    In a very uncharacteristic move, Apple itself is hyping next weeks MacWorld San Francisco. The center item on their home page states "This one is big. Even by our standards". This should be good news for those hoping to see flat panel iMacs, G5s, and maybe even Photoshop 7 from Adobe and other important apps from Macromedia. We just hope Apple isn't using the same rationalization it used when hyping the iPod as a "revolutionary" product back in October.

    Palm Desktop Xb76 arrives for public consumption...
    Posted 12:48 PM on Thursday, December 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Coming just in time to fullfill Palm's promise of having OS X native software available before the end of the year, is Palm Desktop Xb76. New features include native OS X support, better data compatability, improved synchronization, vCard and vCal support, Private Records, Multiple Language Support, new Help system, and integration with the Dock. Click here for download.

    Happy Holidays!
    Posted 9:21 AM on Tuesday, December 25, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Have a safe and happy holiday!

    Apple releases Mac OS X 10.1.2
    Posted 7:54 PM on Thursday, December 20, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has released Mac OS X 10.1.2, which features improvements and new functionality, including updated and new USB and FireWire device support, including FireWire-based digital cameras; new PC Card storage device support, including media readers; IrDA modem support for FireWire-based PowerBook models; Audio, Display, and Speech improvements; Networking and Printing improvements as well as AirPort v2.0, Apache web server v1.3.22, and AppleScript v1.8 components. The update is approximately 30.2MB. Use your Software Update System Preference to access the upgrade.

    OS X 10.2 aka Jaguar
    Posted 10:04 PM on Wednesday, December 19, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Looks like builds of Apple's next major revision to OS X, code named Jaguar,
    and destined to either be OS X 10.2 or 10.5, have begun to leak out. We found
    these screen shots and decided to share them with you. Of particular interest
    is the Finder Preferences window, which shows Spring Loaded Folders. Jaguar has
    been rumored to be slated for a summer 2002 release.


    OS X on a Rev. B iMac 233.
    Posted 10:33 AM on Monday, December 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    For all of you wondering what OS X runs like on an rev. B iMac - read on...

    One of my gifts to my parents this Christmas is to upgrade their rev. B iMac 233. The upgrade consists of adding 256MB of RAM (bringing their total to 320MB), and replacing the 4GB HD with a 13GB 7200RPM HD. I was also going upgrade their OS to 9.2.2, and install OS X 10.1.

    After completeing the hardware upgrades (which is quite an undertaking), I proceeded to partition the drives, then install 9.2. After that was complete, I installed the 9.2.2 upgrade, then OS X 10.0, then the 10.1 ugprade. After about 2 hours of non stop upgrades, I was ready to test the performance.

    The results? Well first off, as expected, all the extra eye candy of OS X is slow. Windows minimized to the dock using scale or genie skip almost all of their animations. When using System Prefences, the window resizing that comes with each switch to a different extension skips many frames as well. The only animations that played smoothly were the bouncing dock icons when launching an application or when an application had an alert.

    Actual application launches were actually not as bad as I thought they would be. IE 5.1 launched in about 9 bounces, OmniWeb 4.1sp15 launches in about 7 bounces, and Appleworks 6.2.2 launches in about 5 bounces. Actual performance of the applications is far from stellar, but definitely usable. Viewing the SW:Episode II trailer at Apple's website was not a problem at small and medium resolutions, which was more than I had hoped for.

    All in all, once you get past the eye candy, performance was adequate, but definitely not impressive.

    However, my parents are not in need of screaming perfomance, and still surf using a dialup account. After using their newly upgraded iMac for an evening, not once did they complain about the speed of the new OS. This seems to illustrate the biggest problem with benchmarking performance. There is no benchmark for user perception - which is really how performance is measured.

    Photoshop 7b43 Performance
    Posted 10:21 AM on Monday, December 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    After about a week with Photoshop 7b43, I can report back on it's performance on three different Macs.

    First off, the machines being used to test are a PowerMac G4/400 w/896MB of RAM, a PowerBook G4/500 w/384MB of RAM, and a PowerMac G4/800MP w/ 1GB of RAM.

    Of course, all machines were running Mac OS X 10.1.1.

    First off, responsiveness on all three machines was excellent. If any of you had tried the betas of Adobe Illustrator 10, you might remember that they were very sluggish. Not so with PS7. The application is very responsive in execution of all it's commands and rendering of it's effects.

    Actual rendering of effects is slightly slower than PS6 in OS 9, but remember - this is a beta, and Adobe probably still has some optimizations left to do. The new File Browser is pretty quick on all machines, listing files almost instantly, while slowly building previews of each image file.

    Photoshop 7b43 is quite stable. It only quit once while working all week in it. Imageready is just as stable, however, there is a bug with Imageready that seems like it might be serious. When you save a file, a dialog will pop up telling you that your file wasn't saved because it was already in use. Sometimes the file does actually get saved, sometimes it does not. This was the only bug I ran in to in both applications with about 40 hours of testing time.

    All in all, we are very impressed. Adobe seems to realize that Photoshop 7 is probably the most important application on the Mac platform, and it must be excellent. Adobe seems well on their way to achieving this goal.

    Photoshop/Imageready 7 notes
    Posted 10:52 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We've been playing with a recent beta of Photoshop/Imageready 7 the last couple of days, and we just can't stop smiling. Although it's still not finished, and has some minor kinks to be worked out, we're ecstatic just to have our biggest tool in the toolbox OS X native.
    But while Photoshop makes the jump to version 7, you may be asking yourself why Adobe skipped version 6.5. Photoshop 7 has many new features, but not nearly what you'd expect after the last jump from 5.5 to 6.0. Regardless, here's a brief look.

    After you get past the good job Adobe did with adopting Aqua, you will notce that Photoshop 7's toolbar now features the color rollovers now featured in Illustrator 10. You will also notice that all the features of the toolbar are now available from the status bar as well, albeit with the requirement to scroll through them.

    Photoshop 7's biggest new feature is the one least artistic. Enter the File Browser, and it does just that - browse files. What's the advantage of using this over using your computers file navigation system? Well, you get image thumbnails to help you search for photos. Of course, in WinXp and OS X, you have the ability to see thumbnails on images correctly saved with them. Time will tell if the File Browser is a stud or a dud.

    The Brush pallete has been expanded and features many new options. Users who access the paint brushes daily will find this a welcome addition.

    Other new features are the Texture Maker, the Heal tool (simillar to Clone), and Spell Check/Find & Replace.
    Imageready's jump to version 7 is more about marketing than an improved feature set. The biggest change I noticed was a new manner in which you handle RollOvers. The RollOver palette has been completed redesigned, and I can't really say yet if it's better. It's definitely going to take some getting used to for those of use who create Rollovers on a daily basis.

    We'll have more notes on Photoshop 7's performance tomorrow.

    ThinkSecret nabs 1st look at NUM for OS X
    Posted 10:38 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    If you are looking to sneak a peek at Norton Utilities for OS X, head on over to ThinkSecret before Symantec's lawyers do. There you will find an in-depth report and several screen shots of the disk repair utility. If you look at the screen shots of the NUM Menu in OS X, you will notice that SpeedDisk is absent. No word as to whether or not it's unecessary given OS X's architecture, or if it was just left out altogether.

    ThinkSecret looks at Photoshop 7
    Posted 8:34 AM on Monday, December 10, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Rumors site ThinkSecret has a look at the latest beta (043) of Photoshop/Imageready 7. Included in the report are numerous pictures of both applications.

    Universe 4.0 now for OS X
    Posted 10:16 PM on Tuesday, December 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Electric Image has updated it's Universe 3D package to version 4.0, bringing OS X native support. New features include a character skinning system, all new constraint system, global illumination system, speed enhancements, better RAM usage, enhanced OpenGL performance, motion blur preview, and many new modeler features. The $995 package is a $349 upgrade from version 3.1.

    More DV Expo News...
    Posted 10:05 PM on Tuesday, December 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple VP Phil Schiller announced Final Cut Pro 3 today at the DV Expo, as was expected. Final Cut Pro 3 will ship sometime in December, and will retail for $999, with upgrades for $299. Included in the FCP 3 package is Bias Peak DV and Boris Calligraphy. Also announced by Apple was DVD Studio Pro for OS X, which will ship sometime in Q1 2002. This will bring all of Apple's Software in to the OS X fold.

    Also announced at the Expo was Pinnacle Systems Commotion Pro 4.1, which features OS X support as well as integration with Final Cut Pro 3.

    Final Cut Pro 3 at DV Expo
    Posted 10:15 AM on Tuesday, December 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Final Cut Pro 3 should be announced and demoed today at the DV Expo. MacNN has a report from a attendee who says he saw many signs up for FCP3.

    My guess is that it will be announced today, but probably won't ship until mid to late January...

    At that time, we will have both FCP and After Effects 5.5 for OS X, leaving Premiere, Media100 and Avid as the DV holdouts. Premiere should be here before March (according to Bruce Chizen, Adobe CEO), but Media100 probably will never make it to OS X, and who knows when Avid will arrive.

    Still FCP 3 under OS X has been rumored to be so fast under a dual800, that the hardware to render effects in real time was pretty much obsolete and not necessary.

    As you can probably tell, I'm REALLY looking forward to this app....

    Blender Creator arrives for OS X!
    Posted 2:46 PM on Monday, December 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    3D cheapskates rejoice! Everybody's favorite free, open source, 3D program, Blender Creator, is now available (in alpha) for OS X. Blender is primarily targeted at game developers, but this powerful 3D program has many different applications.

    Adobe After Effects 5.5 announced
    Posted 9:28 AM on Monday, December 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    As expected, Adobe has announced that After Effects 5.5, which will be Carbonized to run natively under OS X, will be shipping in the first quarter of 2002. The new version features multiple views, colored shadows, stained glass lighting and an Advanced 3D Renderer for creating high-quality intersecting layers as well as Advanced RealMedia export and integration with Alias|Wavefront's Maya and Discreet's 3ds max. Upgrade prices are not currently available, but the full Standard package is $650, while the production version is $1300.

    We're Back!
    Posted 12:04 AM on Sunday, December 2, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    After a nice long and travel stressed Thanksgiving, we're back in the saddle with updates. Here's a few:

    First, MacEdition's resident GayBlade, The Naked Mole Rat has rumor news on two major OS X apps in the works. First, Adobe's After Effect's 5.5 is in very late beta and will have these new features: new power over 3D scenes via layers that cast colored shadows or act like stained glass, the ability to manipulate compositions from multiple perspectives, a new Effects palette, and post-render actions. The rev will also let users generate RealMedia streaming audio and video output; import 3D camera data; work with a new assortment of 16-bit file formats; and import Macromedia Flash (SWF), RPF, RLA, and MPEG-1 files.

    Also reported by the NMR is news on Macromedia's Flash 6, which is reported to be ready in December. We can hardly wait!

    Not to be outdone by software rumors are the rumors of new hardware surfacing at January's MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The biggest speculation is over whether the G5 will make it's debut. Recent reports from Motorola indicate that G5 production has ramped up, and Apple will have ample supplies to release 1.0, 1.2, and 1.4ghz G5 chips in time for MacWorld. A 1.6ghz G5 may also be available later in January if yields are good.

    And our final rumor roundup comes from ThinkSecret, who are reporting that Apple will be slowing down the pace on OS X updates, with OS X 10.2, code named Jaguar, being delayed from it's initial release of March 2002, to Summer 2002, supposedly due to Apple's recent updates being pushed out the door too quickly. The article, which is jointly reported on from ThinkSecret and eWeek, still puts another two updates on track in the meantime, with 10.1.2 coming sometime in December.

    New Releases and this weeks news....
    Posted 8:27 AM on Monday, November 19, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The OS X Software release flood continues today with the shipping of Office v.X from Microsoft. Also shipping today is PeakDV 3.0 from BIAS. We'll be posting a look at iMovie2/iDVD2 in action, along with a sneak peek look at GoLive 6.

    Apple releases Mac OS X 10.1.1
    Posted 4:33 PM on Tuesday, November 13, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple's first update to it's first major update is out. Mac OS X 10.1.1 is now available through your Software Update System Preference. Fixes in this release apply to the Finder and Mail apps, plus improved CD and DVD burning, AFB, SMB and WebDAV networking, plus improved printing.

    Apple has also released Airport 2.0 software, which brings improvements to their newly released Airport 2 base stations and cards, as well as fixes to the first generation Airport hardware.

    IBM sets date for OS X Via Voice
    Posted 11:01 AM on Tuesday, November 13, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    IBM has set a shipping date of November 16th for the OS X edition of Via Voice. New features include: Aqua user interface/look and feel throughout the application, including VoiceCenter, Faster enrollment allows the ViaVoice for Mac OS X user to create a personal Voice Model and get up and running more quickly than any previous ViaVoice for Mac product, Re-designed Voice Center, New Command and Preference Centers, G4 Processor Optimization (Optimized for G4 with Multiple Processors and for G4 with Velocity Engine), Dictation, editing and formatting into ViaVoice Speakpad, DSR functionality - Direct Dictation into Text-Fields of Mac Applications, Launch and surf websites with your voice in Internet Explorer, Navigate the Finder with your voice, A vocabulary more than twice the size of any previous ViaVoice for Mac product can provide greater dictation accuracy, IBM ViaVoice Outloud Text-to-Speech (TTS) Technology. Via Voice comes with noise-canceling digital USB headset microphone.

    Extensis ships Suitcase for OS X early..
    Posted 10:52 AM on Tuesday, November 13, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Beating their own estimated ship date of November 19th by almost a week, Extensis today announced that the OS X version of Suitcase 10 is now available. New features for the OS X version include the ability to view fonts in all OS X font directories, and activate or deactivate fonts in Cocoa, Carbon and Classic applications. Suitcase also supports new Windows and Apple dfont formats. Suitcase 10 for OS X is a $49 upgrade for previous Suitcase owners, or $99 for the full version.

    Microsoft Office v. X Extras
    Posted 4:26 PM on Monday, November 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    According to a preview MacCentral is running on Office v. X, which is due to ship next Monday, there are a few extras included. MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player and Import Mail are shipping in the package along with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage. MSN Messenger is already available for download, but Windows Media Player for OS X has not been released yet. With a release date of next Monday, we might see WMP for OS X released for download at that time or shortly afterwards. Also included is Import Mail, which is a script that will import all your mail from Apple's email application in to Entourage.

    Aladdin releases Stuffit Deluxe 6.5.1
    Posted 4:21 PM on Monday, November 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Aladdin Systems has released an update for the OS X version of Stuffit Deluxe 6.5. Version 6.5.1 adds contextual menu support in the Finder, while also making bug fixes. The 4.5MB download is available here.

    Apple releases updater for
    Posted 1:44 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has released Installer Update 1.0, which updates the This is obviously a fix related to the iTunes installer issue that happened last weekend. The update weighs in at 664K, and "delivers improved support for installing software updates and is required for any future Mac OS X updates." Use your Software Update in System Preferences to retrieve the update.

    Finally somebody at Adobe speaks up...
    Posted 11:29 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We reported on a story that the Register was running the other day that speculated that Adobe would have all of it's major applications Carbonized for OS X within the next 6 months.

    Well, it's more than speculation. Adobe's Press Release for Illustrator 10 contains this statement by CEO Bruce Chizen - "Mac OS X is the future for Adobe and our customers," said Bruce Chizen, Adobe president and CEO. "With its enhanced stability and new features, we can deliver the best applications ever. Adobe Illustrator 10 is the first of our flagship products being released on Mac OS X, with the rest of our major titles to follow during the coming six months."

    Great to see Adobe finally give us a more defined time table as to when to expect applications. My only question is - why now? Remember, Adobe said back in March that they couldn't divulge timetables for carbonization due to anti trust laws. Interesting how that excuse doesn't apply. Either way, we're happy (and we're sure you are too) that by April of next year we'll have all our major Adobe applications carbonized. I only have two questions - First, which applications does Adobe not consider "major", and Second, when are we going to hear from Macromedia?

    Epson releases last batch of printer drivers
    Posted 9:17 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Epson has released the last batch of printer drivers for OS X. Epson now supports the following printers under OS X: 740, 760, 777, 860, 880, C40, C60, C80, SP785EPX, SP780, SP890, SP1280, 980, SP870, SP875DC, SO1270, SP2000P, 900. Epson also states that scanner drivers for their Perfection line of scanners will have release dates announced in a "few weeks".

    Oops! iTunes 2 comes, and then goes, and then comes...
    Posted 9:11 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Over the weekend, Apple posted iTunes 2 for Mac OS X, and then, very quickly, pulled the software package due to issues some were having with the installers. It seems that would mistake multiple volumes with spaces in them as being directories earmarked for deletion. Apple, to it's credit, addressed the problem very quickly and had a new (2.01) version of iTunes up later in the day.

    Adobe Illustrator 10 now shipping
    Posted 9:09 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe has shipped it's first commercial OS X native application - Illustrator 10. New features include symbol support, web based slicing, and data driven graphics integration. Illustrator 10 costs $400, or $150 for the upgrade.

    Mac OS X Update 10.1.1
    Posted 9:05 AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The first update to Mac OS X 10.1 has started to circulate around. OS X 10.1.1 is mainly a bug fix that currently weighs in at about 14 MB. To see a complete list of what bugs 10.1.1 currently addresses, click here. As usual, no release date has been given for this maintenance release, but inside sources expect it to debut right around Thanksgiving.

    iTunes 2 Now Available
    Posted 12:06 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has posted iTunes 2 for both Mac OS 9 and X. New features include a Graphic Equalizer, Cross Fading, MP3 CD Burning, and iPod support.

    Posted 3:15 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The Apple Store is now taking preorders for iDVD2. Although now exact shipping date is listed, iDVD2 is expected to ship in early November. iDVD2 will be available as a download, but the download will not include the tutorial or extra goodies that will be present on the CD. The iDVD2 upgrade CD is $19.95 with free ground shipping.

    [Update]: iDVD2 is now in our hands. iDVD2 comes on a DVD, and it's installer is about 1.06GB, which may explain why Apple has yet to repackage it for download. We're in the process of putting it through it's paces and will have a report next week.

    Games for OS X
    Posted 2:16 PM on Monday, October 29, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The OmniGroup's port of Oni for OS X is now up. To use, you will need a full copy of Oni.

    Also shipping now is Aspyr's Star Trek Voyager:Elite Force Expansion Pack, which includes a patch which will allow the game to run native under OS X.

    Also just announced is GraphSim's Red Faction for OS X. No release date has been given yet for this title.

    iPod, iTunes2, iDVD2 Coming
    Posted 2:41 PM on Tuesday, October 23, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple announced it's new "breakthrough" digital device today. Surprise. It's an mp3 player. The iPod, as it's called, has a 5GB hard drive, Firewire Connectivity, and a ultra small footprint. It comes with iTunes 2. Both will be available on November 10th. Also coming in early November is iDVD2 for OS X, which is one of the applications that we are eagerly awaiting...

    Updates! Updates! Updates!
    Posted 9:15 PM on Friday, October 19, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Hey Guys! Check your Software Update Preferences... There are two updates available now to address the recent OS X Security Flaw. One update is for Internet Explorer 5.1, bringing it up to version 5.1.3, build 3905. The other is a system update that brings the OS up to build 5L14.

    Apple updates portables...
    Posted 9:36 AM on Tuesday, October 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    As had been expected, Apple has quietly updated it's entire line of iBooks/PowerBook G4's. Here's the basic breakdown...

    PowerBook G4s
    $2,199 - 550Mhz/256MB RAM/20GB HD/DVD-ROM
    $2,999 - 667Mhz/512MB RAM/30GB HD/DVD-ROM/Airport Card
    $3,299 - 667MHz/512MB RAM/48GB HD/DVD-ROM/Airport Card

    All PBG4's now feature ATI Mobility Radeon 4XAGP/16MB Graphics chips. The 550mhz model still features a 100mhz bus, while the 667mhz model has been upgraded to a 133mhz bus.

    $1,294 - 500MHz/128MB RAM/15GB HD/CD-ROM
    $1,499 - 600MHz/128MB RAM/15GB HD/DVD-ROM
    $1,599 - 600MHz/128MB RAM/15GB HD/CD-RW
    $1,699 - 600MHz/128MB RAM/20GB HD/Combo DVD/CD-RW

    All iBooks feature ATI Rage Mobility 128 2XAGP/8MB Graphics chips. The 500mhz iBook still uses a 66mhz bus, while the 600mhz iBook uses a 100mhz bus.

    All iBooks/PBG4's come with OS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.1.

    Coming later this week...
    Posted 11:28 AM on Wednesday, October 10, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We're currently working on reports of early versions of Adobe InDesign 2.0 and Microsoft Media Player 7.1 for OS X. Also, we'll have an update on the progress of Microsoft Office v. X and rumors regarding other highly anticipated OS X applications. Stay tuned!

    Got Epson? Need drivers?
    Posted 9:45 AM on Monday, October 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Those of us still waiting on drivers for our Epson Printers and Scanners can relax a little. Epson has finally clarified it's plans regarding the remaining printers & scanners to be supported under OS X, and given a timetable as to their release, complete with specific dates. Over the next month the remainder of their printer drivers will be released. No specific date has been given yet with regard to their scanner drivers though.

    Now Up-to-Date & Contact on it's way...
    Posted 9:41 AM on Monday, October 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Power On Software has released a statement saying Now Up-to-Date & Contact, the Macintosh PIM software package, is in the final beta stages and will be released for OS X very shortly. Version 4.1 will be a free upgrade to 4.0 owners.

    ZDNet: Yo, Windows users! Please take a look at Mac OS X.1
    Posted 11:27 AM on Monday, October 1, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    ZDNet's David Coursey has an interesting article encouraging Windows users to take a good hard look at Mac OS X 10.1. David Writes "If the Linux community really wants to hurt Microsoft--a frequent theme in some of the e-mail I receive from readers--wouldn't buying a Mac be a good way to do this without having to deal with some of the challenges of Linux? Just a thought.".

    As usual, the ZDNet talkback section on this article is just brimming with anti mac bigotry. Have a look...

    A Look at Corel Graphics Suite for OS X
    Posted 5:23 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Aquafiles has a detailed post/review of Corel Graphics Studio from sfoalex, who has a look at the package which includes Corel Draw, Corel R.A.V.E., KPT, Corel Trace, and most importantly, Corel Photo Paint. Included are some nice screen shots of the applications, which aren't even available from Corel's website yet.

    10.1 is here - got yours?
    Posted 5:18 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Mac OS X 10.1 is officially out now, and several Apple dealers are offering it free of charge. I got myself up early this morning and headed on over to AIS Computers in Sandy Springs, just a short drive from the lab here in Norcross, GA. I didn't have to show any proof of purchase. All they were asking is that you filled out your name and email address, probably for future marketing promotions.

    The upgade package that stores are getting includes the 10.1 CD, an OS 9.2.1 update CD, and the manual for OS X. A pretty nice package considering it's free, and all they really needed to give out was a CD.

    I upgraded my last remaining 10.0.4 volume, and for those wondering, yes, 5G64 is 10.1. There is no 5G68, at least not yet.

    Hey Steve! What time is it?
    Posted 9:45 PM on Thursday, September 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    I have to admit something. I was wrong.

    I was one of Mac OS X’s early adopters. And in my fervor to jump on the OS X bandwagon back in March, I convinced myself that the pain of being an early adopter would only be felt for about 6 months. You see, I make my living as a web designer. My bag of tricks is comprised of Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver & Flash, Freehand, and more recently, Lightwave 3D. I figured back in the early spring that the Macintosh market was too important for companies like Adobe and Macromedia too let languish. So even without any word from them, I figured they would have carbonized versions of their software out before the end of the summer.

    Boy did I blow that call!

    Fast forward to September 27th. It’s a full six months since OS X’s initial release. Steve Jobs has been putting forth this clock metaphor, explaining that the transition to OS X will take a year, and if we were measuring a year on a clock (I still don’t fully understand the jump there, do you?), we’d be at 6 O’clock. OK, fine Steve. We’re at 6 O’Clock. Whatever you say.

    So where am I at 6 O’clock? Well, I’m probably a little different than the average user. First off, I’m not afraid of using beta software in production environments, as long as it can get the job done with minimal hassle. My rationale here is that these days, half of the software that’s released is of beta quality anyway. Really, when was the last time a company released a 1.0 product that was everything it should be and performed flawlessly. Nothing comes to mind. In today’s internet age, developers don’t feel the pressure to deliver on a 1.0 release like they did years ago. Their rationale is “We’ll ship the 1.0 on time with the known bugs, and deliver fixes/updates over the internet as needed”.

    Thanks to something called hindsight, I can honestly say, without a doubt, that the first release of Mac OS X back in March, was a beta release. Before you flame me, I’m not knocking Apple for releasing a beta quality product as the real deal. I understand why they did it, and I’ll let it slide – this time. Now that 10.1 has been released, we can see what OS X should have been from day one. Using 10.0 required you to make a choice – stability over usability. I’m happy to say that with 10.1, you get both. Since I’ve installed 10.1, I haven’t had the need to go back to 9 for any reason whatsoever.

    But back to that clock thing again.

    Being at 6 O’Clock, I took stock of where developers were with the applications that I use most. As I said, I’m a Web Designer, so this is a run down of what applications I keep in my dock. This isn’t all of the applications I use, just the most important ones. Here they are:

    Adobe Photoshop/Imageready, AOL Instant Messenger, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash and Freehand, Lightwave 3D, Microsoft Office, Toast Titanium, Extensis Suitcase, and Transmit.

    If you count Office as 4 different applications ,that’s a total of 16. Of those 16, right now 6 are available as native OS X apps in either complete form or in beta. I’m actually using a beta of the entire Office suite right now, and Office will be available in four weeks time, so for the sake of rounding up I’ll say that number is 9. So at roughly 6/7 O’Clock, 9 of the 16 applications I use daily are working natively under OS X. So for a web designer like myself, 6’O Clock is really about half way through the cycle. More importantly, with advent of 10.1, the applications I use that are not native yet – Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Suitcase, etc. – all work just fine under Classic.

    Still the big guns are missing. Until Adobe and Macromedia get their major applications out for OS X, adoption will be hampered. And that’s unfortunate, because 10.1 is the OS that Mac users have been waiting for since 1996.

    So... Where are you at 6 O'Clock?

    Seybold keynote available in QT
    Posted 12:36 PM on Thursday, September 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has posted the Seybold Keynote in QuickTime for here. Among the various demonstrations of OS X 10.1, there are several cool new features that aren't getting a lot of attention. The coolest of these is the new AppleScript support in 10.1, and a demo of the upcoming AppleScript Studio. From the looks of it, AppleScript Studio is going to fill the very large hole left by HyperCard, allowing for mere mortals to easily construct simple applications quickly. AppleScript Studio is expected by the end of the year.

    B&W owners upset at 10.1's DVD requirements
    Posted 10:41 AM on Thursday, September 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The first criticism of OS X 10.1 is being heard, and it's coming from B&W G3 owners. Actually, it's coming users of any machine that uses hardware DVD decoding. It seems these machines are not supported with 10.1's DVD player. The OS X 10.1 installer doesn't even recognize these machines as DVD capable, and doesn't even install the DVD player. Apple has not commented on when (or if) an update will be released to allow these machines to use the DVD player.

    Toast 5 Titanium for OS X version 10.1, Preview #2 released
    Posted 1:42 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Roxio has released an updated version of Toast 5 Titanium for OS X version 10.1. This release is still quite limited in it's support of recorders - most notably, no SCSI or USB recorders are supported yet. Also, this release will break the ability to burn audio CD's via iTunes in OS X.

    Deluge of new OS X Software/Announcements...
    Posted 10:24 AM on Wednesday, September 26, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    As expected, Seybold SF brought forth the biggest bunch of OS X announcements since Macworld New York. Here's some of the highlights (visit Versiontracker for download links)...

    Avaialble Now - New versions of OmniWeb 4.05, AOL Instant Messanger 4.5.355, Cinema 4DXL 7.2, America Online 16B, Wacom Tablet Drivers v. 4.70-7, Fetch 4.01, Password Master 1.01, MusicMatch Jukebox 2.5.1, QuickTime Streaming Server 3.02, Corel Graphics Suite 10 (including CorelDraw 10, R.A.V.E, Corel Tracer, and PhotoPaint 10), Maya, Lightwave 7.0b, and a test drive version of Microsoft Word X.

    Announced and coming soon - Adobe Illustrator 10 (Q4 2017), Adobe InDesign 2.0 (Q1 2002), Microsoft Office v.x (November 2017), Extensis Suitcase 10 (November 19, 2017), iDVD2 (October/November 2017), and KPT Effects (October 2017).

    So who is missing from the party? Well, still no word from Adobe as to when Photoshop 6.5 will be released. Also no word from Macromedia on any of it's applications. I think it's interesting to note that Corel will be the first Graphics Application Developer to have their entire professional line running on OS X. They have definitely earned some new found respect in the Mac community.

    10.1 available this Saturday...
    Posted 10:09 AM on Wednesday, September 26, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Yesterday at Seybold SF, Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller announced that OS X 10.1 would shipping this Saturday. An upgrade will be available through the Mac OS Up-To-Date program for $19.95+tax for shipping and handling. Apple Retails Stores and select Distributors will have OS X 10.1 upgrade kits available. Call you local distributor to see if they will be participating. Also announced was iDVD2, which will miss it's September release date, and come in sometime in October/November.

    OK, now for a little venting...

    Let's be real. OS X 10.1 is really what should have been OS X 10.0. Jobs' described it during his speech yesterday as "the mainstream release of OS X". Apple knew last year that they were going to have a dilema on their hands with developers not getting on the OS X bandwagon until the OS was released, and Apple was slipping in the development schedule. Sometime after the Public Beta, Apple decided to take what was to be essentially the second Public Beta, release it as the first release, and turn the .1 release in to the completed version. It was a very slick move, one that allowed users to get their hands on OS X, and developers to see that people were using the OS and start developing for it. The only downside was the small, but relatively loud, bad press Apple received for shipping an unfinished product as the real deal. Most Apple users accepted the strategy and didn't complain too much about it.

    However, the manner in which Apple is distributing the 10.1 upgrade is a bit of an insult. First of all, Apple's "Up-To-Date" program is terribly out of date. Requiring users to print off a .PDF form, clip a coupon from their original paperwork, mail it in or fax it, and wait for 6-8 weeks to receive their upgrade CD is absolutely absurd. Apple takes this approach mainly because their OS does not have a serial number, and they have no way of verifying that a user requesting the OS upgrade actually has it. That makes sense, until you realize that the upgrade CD requires you to have OS X installed already. It will not install on a system that only has OS 9 installed. With Apple giving out free upgrades at select dealers, why make users jump through so many hoops and wait so long for upgrade CD's through the Up-To-Date program? After all, these users who bought OS X are Apple's saviors. Everybody who purchased OS X knew it wasn't finished. We were even lead to believe from Jobs' statements in March that CD burning and DVD playback would be added by June. Of course, that never happened.

    What I'm trying to say is this: Early OS X adopters have done Apple a huge favor by believing the hype and (sometimes) patiently waiting for the missing bits of the OS to arrive. Apple should really do everything in it's power to make sure these users get their hands on the 10.1 upgrade, as fast and as easy as possible. Apple should be proactively sending anyone who has registered OS X (which anyone installing is required to do) an upgrade CD free of charge. There will be a certain segment of recipients who have pirated copies, but it will be small. These people will get the upgrade anyway, so there isn't much to worry about there. By doing this, Apple will have gone a long way to restore goodwill with it's users who right now are feeling a little jilted.

    That's my opinion... What do you think?

    5G64 Notes...
    Posted 9:42 AM on Monday, September 24, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Well, we've had 5G64 on our systems for five days now, and here are our initial impressions. First, the good:
    1) It is fast. On all three of our machines (TiBook 500, G4/400AGP, dual800G4), the increase is dramatic. The Finder is the benefit of most of the optimization, but everything from opening applications to actual application responsiveness is dramatically improved.
    2) Data CD burning is finally here. Now with DiscBurner integrated in to the Finder, if you have a supported CD burner you're back in business. Also, DiskCopy has the ability to burn .dmg files, which is a great addition.
    3) The DVD Player - it rocks. It is rock solid and doesn't skip. Apple outdid OS 9's DVD Player by a mile.
    4) Internet Explorer is at Build 3707, which is either 5.1.2 or 5.2, depending on where you look in the system. It is fast, stable, and all of it's little glitches seem to have vanished.
    5) Classic. With the addition of OS 9.2.1, Classic under 5G64 just gets better. New fixes include the ability to save directly to the OS X desktop from within Classic. Also, when Classic is launching, you can minimize the Classic window in to the Dock while it loads.
    6) The Finder now has full scrollwheel support. I wish Apple would actually produce a scrollwheel 2 button mouse. It has become standard equipment and it does Apple a huge disservice to stick with a one button mouse, no matter how good it feels.

    That's the good news. Unfortunately, there is some bad news.
    1) I've discovered a major glitch when writing files to a PC Zip Disk. OS X creates files (invislble to OS X) that you can see when you bring the disk back over to a PC. Basically it generates a 1 or 2K file with a ._####filename. OS 9 never did this, and neither did 10.0.4. Hopefully Apple will issue a quick fix to address this, because anyone who goes back and forth between Mac/PC will quickly get a headache from this.
    2) In the "Connect To:" area of the Finder, the hard disk proxy icon's mask is messed up.
    3) The interface (or lack thereof) to connect to a Samba server is amazingly un-Apple like. You can connect to a Samba server by typing in smb://servername/, but that's a major pain. Apple's whole interface for connecting to servers could use a overhaul. Hopefully this will be addressed in the next major release.
    4) Still no USB Printer Sharing. Hopefully this hasn't been "steved" and will show up in 10.2.

    All in all, 5G64, if it is the build designated for release as has been reported, is a great upgrade. A few little minor fixes (via Software Update), and it will everything it should be.

    Stuffit 6.5 for OS X
    Posted 9:53 AM on Friday, September 21, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Aladdin Systems has released their second OS X compatible compression package - Stuffit Deluxe 6.5. New features in Stuffit Deluxe 6.5 include:

    Aladdin is currently running a promotion where you can get Stuffit Deluxe for only $19.95. This is a great upgade at an excellent price.

    Next week...
    Posted 9:41 AM on Friday, September 21, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Next week should bring a lot of good news for Mac OS X users. First off, Apple is definitely going to release the 10.1 upgrade next week. We should have the details on Monday at Seybold. Also, with 10.1 out, expect a lot of product announcements.

    Adobe will most likely either announce shipping products or shipping dates for OS X versions of Illustrator, InDesign and GoLive at Seybold. We may also see the first public unveiling of Photoshop 6.5 for OS X.

    Many of Macromedia's products are due for upgrades as well. Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks all are on 12-16 month upgrade cycles, and that puts them due for upgrades this last quarter.

    It is also expected that Wacom will release final drivers for it's tablets to run under OS X 10.1. Also, expect the final release of Toast very soon after 10.1's release. The current Toast Preview expires on October 2nd.

    And last but not least, we should finally see iDVD2 for OS X, which is still on target for a September release (maybe even shipped with OS X 10.1).

    Newtek releases Lightwave 7.0b
    Posted 9:32 AM on Friday, September 21, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Newtek has just released a significant maintenance upgrade for Lightwave 7.0. The upgrade, which comes less than a month after 7.0's release at Siggraph, dramatically improves rendering times under OS X. Also specific to the OS X version, Modeler is now able to use TrueType fonts. This upgrade is free to users of 7.0.

    5G64 = GM
    Posted 9:16 AM on Wednesday, September 19, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The news around the web is that OS X Build 5G64 has been declared the Golden Master. This gives Apple just about a week if it intends to ship 10.1 on the 26th as has been reported. Either way, 10.1 should make it out before the end of the month. Apple still has not disclosed how it will take orders for 10.1, and whether it will be available for free from it's retail stores and select distributors.

    Mac Office v. X
    Posted 9:14 AM on Wednesday, September 19, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Microsoft today announced that it's next version of Mac Office, which will be a Mac OS X only application, will ship in November and be titled Office v. X. The suite of business applications will also be enhanced with MSN Messenger 2.1 (although no mention of Windows Media Player 7 for OS X, which was supposed to be available this fall). Current owners of any Office 2017 applications or the Word & Entourage bundle can upgrade directly through Microsoft for $149. Other upgrades are $299, with the full vesion being $499.

    Apple cancels AppleExpo Paris
    Posted 9:06 AM on Monday, September 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    You heard the speculation here first, and now it's confirmed: Apple has announced this morning that they are cancelling the AppleExpo in Paris that was scheduled September 26-30. Steve Jobs had this to say - "We're canceling Apple Expo in the wake of last week's devastating and tragic events," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're sorry to disappoint our users and developers, but their safety is our primary concern."

    We expected Jobs to cancel his keynote, but cancelling the entire Expo comes as a surprise to even us.

    5G59 Spotted
    Posted 7:50 PM on Sunday, September 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Mac OS X Build 5G59 has been spotted on the usual channels. It is a full 640MB image, lending credence to it being either a Final Candidate or a Golden Master. 5G49 was a 465MB image, and we expect the additional space on 5G59 is used for iDVD2 and several 3rd party "test" or "preview" applications. Starting with 5G49 the OS X 10.1 Installer would not install on to any volume that didn't have a previous OS X installation.

    Apple has yet to announce when 10.1 will be shipping. We've heard from several sources that either the 26th (at AppleExpo) or the 28th is possible. Also discussed is that Apple might be offering free copies of 10.1 from their retail stores.

    Weekend Report
    Posted 11:40 AM on Friday, September 14, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We've just gotten our hands on OS X 10.1 Build 5G48. This build is about 2 to 3 weeks old, and has already been superseded by builds as high as 5G58, which is likely to be declared GM. Apple still hasn't made public how 10.1 will be ordered and delivered, but with the recent events, this might end up being delayed.

    As of 5G48, there were few problems left with 10.1. Many of which Apple detailed as being aware of in the 5G48 PDF. We're happy to report that all of our problems with 5G33 were resolved with 5G48. This was also the first build we got where the DVD Player was present, and worked beautifully. Better, we might add, than the current shipping DVD Player that comes with 9.2.1.

    All of the applications we use that had issues with 5G33 now worked great with 5G48. One of our main fears was that 10.1 would break several 10.0.4 applications, but it looks like everything we use is working fine (Freehand 10, Lightwave 6.5).

    Of course, the tragic events this week will probably throw all previous timelines out the window. Apple is in the 11th hour of developer testing 10.1, and the recent tradgedies will probably delay getting 10.1 ready for release in one way or another.

    Also, watch the upcoming Seybold and Apple Expo. They are now less than two weeks away. With Seybold being in San Francisco, I doubt it is in danger of being cancelled. But with Apple Expo being in France, Steve Jobs may decide to either scrap his keynote or to deliver it via Satellite.

    Give Blood
    Posted 8:17 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    If you are in the New York or Washington, D.C. area, please help those in need by giving blood. We will not be deterred by the acts of madmen, but with our entire nation focused on the aftermath of this attack, please understand that news about an operating system will take a back seat. We will report OS X news as it becomes available.

    10.1 to go GM this week
    Posted 9:25 AM on Monday, September 10, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    All the rumor sites are reporting that 10.1 will go GM (Golden Master) this week, possibly as early as Wednesday. Railhead Design is reporting that 5G51 is out and could possibly be declared the GM as early as today. Apple still has not given any indication of when they will start taking orders, and when 10.1 will ship. Our guess is that if 10.1 is indeed declared GM, that Apple will probably start taking orders this week. Apple is very quick in their CD duplication/manufacturing process. Remember, OS X 10.0 was delivered to duplication just two weeks before it was released, and copies began arriving at stores almost a week prior to it's official release on March 24th. Maybe we will have 10.1 on our hard drives before the end of the month after all....

    Apple Revs Server Line
    Posted 9:18 AM on Monday, September 10, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple last week finally killed the Graphite based Mac OS X Server models they were shipping, and replaced them with one configuration based on the new QuickSilver machines. The new server configuration is as follows: 733mhz G4, 256MB RAM, 80GB Ultra ATA 7200RPM drive, CD-RW drive, and a Nvidia GeForce2 MX graphics card. The most distressing feature of this configuration is it's price - $2799 - a full $1100 more than the 733mhz G4 that Apple offers as the low end entry to it's pro line. What exactly do you get for the extra $1100? You get Mac OS X Server ($499), an extra 128MB of RAM (about $30 at most vendors), and a 80GB hard drive (about $250 at most vendors). So you are basically paying Apple a premium of $300-350 for the privilege of buying a fully configured server versus configuring it yourself. In our opinion, this is the worst deal Apple has ever offered, and really makes us wonder what they are thinking. They definitely are not going to make inroads in to the corporate market with server configurations like these.

    Our advice to anyone needing/wanting a Mac Server is that they buy a CTO 733 with the least amount of RAM and HD space and purchase these items themselves from a third party. Unless you really need the administration/print server capabilities of Mac OS X , stick with the client version of Mac OS X, which can handle all your web serving & file serving needs right out of the box.

    CorelDraw 10 to be released at AppleExpo Paris
    Posted 10:24 AM on Friday, September 7, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Corel will be releasing it's CorelDraw 10 Suite this month at AppleExpo in Paris. The suite of Vector and Bitmap composition and editing tools will run on both OS 9 and X. Included in the suite are CorelDraw 10, Corel R.A.V.E., and Corel PhotoPaint10. Corel PhotoPaint 10 brings the first native OS X Photoshop competitor to the market, and with Adobe's silence on a shipping date for a carbonized Photoshop, could make some inroads in to the Mac market.

    More 10.1 News/Rumors
    Posted 12:56 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Mac OS Rumors has some more detailed reader reports on OS X 10.1 Build 5G40. It appears this is the build that finally has a working DVD player, and judging from the report, it works very well. Also of interest is that MOSR states that unless some show stopper bugs appear, 10.1 is slated for release on the 13th of Sept. Again, this is only a RUMOR. We hope 10.1 is ready by then, but we're not holding our breath.

    New Game Releases
    Posted 12:47 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    This past week saw two new games released from Aspyr, both with OS X compatibility. American McGee's Alice is a dark twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. Based on the Quake III engine, Alice incorporates fighting as well as adventure. Alice is available in a 110MB demo. Also available is Aliens vs. Predator, a fight to the finish between these two monsters of 80's cinema. A demo is also available as a 59MB download.

    10.1 Roundup
    Posted 12:38 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Builds of 10.1 as high as 5G40 have been popping up. Rumor site Think Secret claims that builds will go to 5G55 and then be declared Final Candidate. A few other sites have also stated that 10.1 might be released as early as the 15th of September. We still think thats a bit too early. We believe that Apple will begin taking orders at either Seybold (Sept. 24th) or Apple Expo (Sept. 26th), with orders arriving in users hands the first week of October.

    Our testing of the latest builds shows that Apple is closing in on eliminating the few bugs left in 10.1. All in all, 10.1 is going to be the first iteration of OS X that will give die hard OS 9 users a real reason to want to switch. More importantly, it will give companies like Adobe and Microsoft the base to which they can deliver their killer applications.

    Ok, so how many days are left til it's release?

    More time with 5G24
    Posted 3:57 PM on Friday, August 24, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Ok, some more impressions on Mac OS X Build 5G24...

    First, we've tested this build on a PowerMac G4/400, a TiBook G4/500, and a dualG4/800. The speed increase on all models, even the dual800 is, dramatic. 10.0.4 feels snappy on the dual800, but 5G24 feels fluid, and much more responsive in it's performance.

    Stability of this build is more solid than 5G15. Finder crashes are less frequent, and when they do happen, the Finder restarts so quickly, most of the time you aren't even aware that the Finder crashed/restarted. Classic is still problematic. We ran Classic for hours on the dual800 with no problems, only to experience the dreaded kernel panic repeatedly later.

    Apple has paid close attention to detail - even the control/command/power key (eject key) combination to instantly restart your computer is back! All in all Apple has delivered most of the nuances from OS 9 back to OS X. The one feature we are still longing for is Folder Labels. We know they are not going to make it in to 10.1, but we are hopeful that Apple will see fit to put them back in to a later release. They are big benefit to sorting files, and an innovative feature that even Windows users don't have.

    Some third party applications still have issues with this build of 10.1 . Lightwave 6.5, 7.0, and Toast 5.1PR wont install under 5G24. It seems their installers get hung up in a loop of trying to quit all applications, and the menu bar docklings of Sound, Monitors, and Time keep quitting and restarting. Even turning off the menu bar items seems to have no effect. Lightwave works now, if you copy some Frameworks from a previous installation in to the new System folder. AOL Instant Messanger, which did not work in 5G15, works in 5G24 just fine.

    All in all we are very excited for what OS X 10.1 is going to bring to Mac users. This is the version that Mac users had hoped Apple would deliver back in March. It may be 6 months late, but it is still going to make lots of people very happy.

    Quick Notes on OS X Build 5G24
    Posted 8:53 PM on Thursday, August 23, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Greetings! We've had a few days off to play with the latest build of OS X, Build 5G24 .There are a number of changes present in this build, so let's get to it.

    1) Internet Explorer is at build #3626, and features yet another new splash screen (different from 5G15) that is very attractive.

    2) The DVD Player is present in this build, but still doesn't work quite right. We haven't been able to get it to play a CD consistently yet. Apple has a long way to go with this application.

    3) FINALLY! Apple has restored the ability to paste a custom icon on a fixed drive.

    4) There is a new Java launcher in the Utilities folder called Java WebStart 1.0.1, created by Sun. It comes with a small slide show Java app to demonstrate it's usefulness.

    5) Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 is included in the default installation. Hopefully this is a good omen for relations between Apple and Adobe.

    6) Address Book is at version 1.1, and now has the ability to be resized.

    That's it for now... More to come!

    More on 5G15...
    Posted 6:54 AM on Saturday, August 18, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Ok, here's the follow up on 5G15...

    1) Along with the new login screen, under System Preferences, under Users, you now have the ability to change the users login icon to a list of cool preselected images, or you can drag and drop your own image in to the well.

    2) The new Universal Access System Preference features three tabs, Seeing, Keyboard and Mouse. Under seeing, you have the options to switch to black and white, or white on black, which, as the name suggests, reverses the screen to white on black. Under the Keyboard tab, you can enable Sticky Keys. Under Mouse you can opt to use the keypad in place of the mouse. You have full control over delay and maximum speed too. These features will be a welcome addition to persons with disabilities who had come to rely on Mac OS 9's tools. Al that seems to be missing is CloseView, the utility that allowed people with eyesight problems to zoom up to 12X on a certain area of the screen. Hopefully this will make the final cut and be included in 10.1

    3) Energy Saver now has additional options like in OS 9 - Wake when Modem detects a ring, wake for network administrative access, restart automatically after a power failure, and show battery status in menu bar.

    Notes on 5G15...
    Posted 2:01 PM on Friday, August 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    OS X 10.1 Build 5G15 has been out for a week or so, and we've just loaded it up. Here are some initial impressions...

    1) The login screen has changed (again). Now it is very similar to the OS 9 Multiple Users login, with an icon for each user. Once you click on the icon, you are presented with the name and password fields. When accepted, the dock comes up and login process continues. The login screen disappears after the desktop and dock are loaded. A very subtle but nice touch.

    2) The DVD player is present in this build, and will launch, but immediately presents a dialog box that states it is not finished and only able to play unencrypted DVDs.

    3) New in this build is an "Accessbility" option in System Preferences. A quick glance reveals that it contains "Easy Access" like options for disability.

    More to come this weekend. Stay tuned!

    Quicken 2002 Deluxe
    Posted 7:14 AM on Friday, August 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Intuit is now shipping the Mac OS (9/X) version of Quicken 2002 Deluxe.

    More Notes on 5F26...
    Posted 11:17 AM on Wednesday, August 15, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    A few additional notes on Mac OS X, Build 5F26...

    1) Scrollwheel support IS present in Column view. We were mistaken. However, to scroll up and down in a column, you must first select an item in that column.

    2) Just about every little application has been updated. New versions of iTunes (1.1.2) and Internet Explorer (5.1.2) are backward compatible with OS 10.0.4 (4Q12), however Mail (1.1) and Sherlock (3.0) are not.

    3) Burning support via DiscBurner still does not extend to SCSI CD-RW devices.

    4) 5F26 breaks several applications, including Lightwave 6.5b and AOL Instant Messanger.

    We're compiling information on the new build that's been circulating, 5G15. Look for a report early next week.

    Dual 800 G4's Shipping
    Posted 11:04 AM on Wednesday, August 15, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We got the good news this morning that our dual 800 G4 should be shipping today! We'll have benchmarking tests and reviews up shortly after it's arrival.

    Epson Tech Note on OS X Support
    Posted 11:02 AM on Wednesday, August 15, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Epson has released a Tech Note detailing it's support, present and future, for OS X and it's printers/scanners. Of particular interest is their statement regarding printer support and OS X - "It is our intention to ultimately offer OS X version 10.1 drivers for the EPSON Stylus Color 740, 760, 860, 777, 880, 900, 900N, 980 and 980N, as well as the EPSON Stylus Photo 870, 875DC, 1270, 2000P, 780, 785EPX, 890 and 1280.".

    Combustion 2 gets carbonized
    Posted 11:35 AM on Tuesday, August 14, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Today at Siggraph, Discreet announced it's new version of Combustion, it's paint, animation and 3D-compositing environment for visual effects creation.

    New features in Combustion 2 include support for multi-format project capabilities, including video, HDTV, and 64 bit color. New tools sets include fully editable, interactive schematic view, an intuitive compositing flowchart designed to make complex visual effects creation faster and simpler, fully integrated 2D particle system, expansive and interactive text and motion graphics module, and garbage masking technology. Combustion 2 also includes a newly optimized 2D software renderer.

    Combustion 2 will ship towards the end of the year and will list for US$3,495. The upgrade price from Combustion 1 will be $795.

    Lightwave 3D 7
    Posted 9:15 AM on Tuesday, August 14, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    At Siggraph today, Newtek took the wraps off of Lightwave 3D 7 for Mac OS 9, X, and Windows. The new version of their complete 3D environment includes new features such as a Motion Mixer, Spreadsheet Editor, Sasquatch Lite for hair/fiber/grass creation, improved Caustics, improved Hypervoxels, and many more features. Lightwave 3D 7 is $2495, or a $495 upgrade from previous versions.

    Worley Plugins for Lightwave 6.5b
    Posted 9:33 AM on Monday, August 13, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Worley Laboratories has brought their entire line of Lightwave plugins - Gaffer, Polk, Taft and Sasquatch, to OS X. All plugins are $199, except for Sasquatch, which is $499.

    Notes on 10.1 (5F26)
    Posted 8:03 PM on Sunday, August 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We've been evaluating OS X 10.1 Build 5F26, and wanted to pass along a few points of interest about the new features being implemented.

    First, 10.1's Finder now has the ability to cut and paste files in to different locations, much like what you can do in Windows' Explorer. OS X has had the ability since 10.0 to undo Finder copies, but the ability to cut and paste in the Finder is a welcome addition that is long overdue.

    Also, the ability to do screen captures via the Finder (without Grab) is back. Apple-Shift-3 captures the full screen, and Apple-Shift-4 allows you to select a portion of the screen, just like OS 9.

    The login window is slightly different from 10.0.4. It's wider and the Apple at the top of it is blue now, whereas in 10.0.4 it is grey.

    And finally, Apple has implemented scrollwheel support in List & Icon views in the Finder. Column view does not have scrollwheel support, at least as of yet.

    That's it for now... More coming...

    Adobe Illustrator 10 pics
    Posted 7:53 PM on Sunday, August 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    WhoisJohnGalt writes "Adobe's been getting a lot of flack for not having their apps ready for OS X lately. Take a look at some of these shots of Adobe Illustrator 10, which is currently in beta testing. Adobe did a great job updating the interface for Aqua compliance, and the whole app performs very well on a 500mhz TiBook."

    No release date has been set for Illustrator X, but it will probably be announced at Seybold and Apple Expo Paris.

    New Adaptec Drivers for OS X
    Posted 11:07 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Adaptec has released updated OS X drivers for the SCSI cards. The drivers, which are still beta, are for the 2906, 2930U, 29160, and 39160 SCSI cards.

    iCab and Netscape 6.1X for OS X
    Posted 11:33 AM on Wednesday, August 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Two of OS X's browsers have been updated. First is the debut of Netscape X 6.1. This isn't really new, as it is based on Mozilla 0.9.3, which has been out for OS X for some time now. iCab also has a new OS X version, which now supports the Flash plugin and scrollwheels under OS X.

    Macromedia Flash Player for OS X
    Posted 11:29 AM on Wednesday, August 8, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Macromedia has updated their Flash/Shockwave plugin to version 5.0r58. There is no indication as to what has been changed. Overall performance seems about the same as the previous version.

    Painter 7 now shipping
    Posted 10:06 AM on Monday, August 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Corel/Procreate is now shipping Painter 7 for OS X. The carbonized version of this natural media painting tool for graphic designers and artists takes full advantage of the Aqua interface, adds watercolor, liquid ink, enhanced Photoshop compatability, new zoom features, enhanced text capabilities & color management, and new perspective grids. Painter 7 retails for $479, with upgrades from previous versions at $199.

    Mozilla 0.9.3 for OS X (Fizzilla)
    Posted 9:56 AM on Monday, August 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    A new version of Fizilla, the carbonized version ofMozilla, which is the basis for Netscape's browser, is available. Version 0.9.3 is a landmark in that all these features now work : Scrollwheel support, Flash 5 and QuickTime plugin support, Printing, Theme support, Javascript, and many other features. Do yourself a favor and check out Fizzilla, you will be very surprised!

    America Online 13d
    Posted 9:52 AM on Monday, August 6, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    America Online has released the latest beta of it's client application for OS X. Version 13d is available only from AOL's service by using the keyword "beta".

    Railhead Stikes Again!
    Posted 11:06 AM on Thursday, August 2, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Railhead Design has done it again. Today they have posted information and screen shots of Office X for OS X. There is a full size shot of each app, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Entourage, along with a brief description. Office X for OS X will ship this fall.

    Photoshop for OS X
    Posted 9:29 AM on Wednesday, August 1, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apparently Maury over at Railhead Design (one of our favorite sites) has no fear of NDAs. Maury has posted some inside info. on the development builds of the cabonized Photoshop. Maury writes "Adobe’s “jury” is still out on whether or not they will release public betas for people to try out or if they will simply wait until it’s finished and release the trial version for the public to play with at the same time. Of course, many of the big developers *are* offering beta trials simply to show everyone what’s going on and that they really are working to get their apps ported to OS X. The way Adobe’s been acting the past several months, I think it would be a good idea for them make betas available — and Apple probably wouldn’t mind either."

    Of course we wouldn't mind seeing a public beta of the carbonized Photoshop. It wouldn't be the first time Adobe released a Public Beta - both LiveMotion and Atmosphere were released as Public Betas 6 months before they were available commercially.

    CE QuicKeys 1.0b2
    Posted 9:36 AM on Tuesday, July 31, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    CE Software has made the second beta of QuicKeys for OS X available. New features for QuicKeys X include the ability to run Unix commands with a keyboard shortcut, the ability to import/export shortcuts, a QuicKeys dockling that allows the triggering of shortcuts, the ability to record your mouse actions and much more. [ download ]

    Password Master 1.0
    Posted 9:24 AM on Tuesday, July 31, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Railhead Design's $10 utility for Password storage and encryption, Password Master, is now available for download.

    OmniWeb 4.03
    Posted 9:21 AM on Tuesday, July 31, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    The OmniGroup has released OmniWeb 4.03. The new version adds additional language support for Japanese, Danish, Swedish, French and German, and fixes a number of bugs. OmniWeb 4.03 is available from the OmniGroups web site or your Apple iDisk.

    SnapzPro X Arrives
    Posted 10:48 AM on Saturday, July 28, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Ambrosia Software has released their new version of SnapzPro for OS X. SnapzPro X is a complete rewrite of their professional screen capture utility which supports saving screen images as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, or Photoshop files, and QuickTime movies. Screenshots can be scaled, cropped, color depth-changed, and dithered. Snapz Pro X can also add borders, generate automatic thumbnails, overlay watermarks/copyright notices. SnapzPro X is available in two flavors, a $29 version for image capture, and a version that supports movie capture for $49.

    The Sims for OS X
    Posted 10:07 AM on Friday, July 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Aspyr has released it's updater for the Sims, allowing the application to run native under OS X. The update will not work with any of the Sims expansion packs. An update allowing expansion packs to work will be out in the next month or so, according to their website.

    OS X Browser Roundup
    Posted 10:04 AM on Friday, July 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    MacEdition has a great piece by Remy Martin rating the current crop of browsers available for Mac OS X. The article breaks down each browsers strength's and weaknesses on areas such as compatibility, speed, plug-in support, etc.

    Password Master 1.0
    Posted 10:00 AM on Friday, July 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Railhead Design's nifty little utility, Password Master will be released on Tuesday. This shareware application allows you to store your passwords and generate random ones as well. The application is fully Carbonized.

    Freehand 10 Review
    Posted 9:58 AM on Friday, July 27, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    CreativeMac has posted an in-depth review of Macromedia's Freehand 10, currently the only OS X native vector illustration package shipping.

    Graphic Converter 4.09
    Posted 1:55 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Lemke Software's $35 shareware application Graphic Converter has been upped to verion 4.09. This release fixes a number of known bugs and inconsistencies, improves performance, adds scrollwheel support, improves drag and drop under OS X, and more.

    Corel Bryce 5 Demo For OS X
    Posted 1:52 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Corel has released a 30 day demo of Bryce 5 for OS X. New features include the new Tree Lab, Terrain Editor, Texture Editing, Metaballs and Network Rendering. Bryce 5 is $299, or a $149 upgrade from previous versions.

    Web Sharing Update
    Posted 7:22 AM on Tuesday, July 24, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has quietly released Web Sharing Update 1.0 for OS X. From Apple - "The Web Sharing Update delivers enhancements and security improvements to Apache, including support for the case-insensitive Mac OS Extended file system (HFS+), and the latest version of OpenSSH." Currently the update is available only through Software Update and weighs in at 2.8MB.

    MWNY: Emagic arriving first
    Posted 2:12 PM on Friday, July 20, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Emagic has announced that it's Music Production Suite for Mac OS X, Logic Audio 5.0, and drivers for the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface will be available in September 2017.

    MWNY:Software Releases
    Posted 1:24 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Here's a roundup of the new software being release/previewed at the show today.

    Apple announced iDVD2, which improves upon the original app by including audio & motion in menus, improves burning speed, increases DVD length to 90 minutes, and includes new templates. The upgrade will be available in September, free to current iDVD users.

    Corel, which is already shipping Bryce 5 for OS X, announced Painter 7, which will be part of their "Procreate" line of tools, which also includes Knockout and KPT.

    Roxio has released Toast Titanium 5.1PR1, which is limited in functionality and will only allow burning (right now) to Firewire and ATAPI drives.

    Connectix has released Virtual PC 4 for OS X beta 1, free to current VPC 4 users.

    Intuit has announced Quicken2002 for OS X. It will be available later this summer.

    Dantz's Retrospect Backup 5 will be available in the fall.

    Maxon has relased Cinema 4DXL 7, their new 3D application for Mac OS X.

    Diamondsoft has announced Font Reserve 2.6 for OS X. This font activation/management utility will be available in the third quarter of this year.

    More updates as they come!

    MWNY:Quicksilver PowerMac G4s
    Posted 1:11 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Also introduced today at Macworld are the new PowerMac G4's, which Stev Jobs calls "Quicksilver". The new G4 utilizes a case very similiar to the current form factor, with new rounded drive bays and a new speaker in front. Here's a breakdown of the three models:

    733 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, GeForce2 MX, CD-RW: $1,699, available today.

    867 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, GeForce2 MX, SuperDrive/iDVD (with free upgrade to iDVD2): $2,499, available today.

    Dual 800 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, GeForce2 MX/GeForce2 MX Dual Display, SuperDrive/iDVD (with free upgrade to iDVD2): $3,499, available in August.

    MWNY:New iMacs
    Posted 1:06 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Today at the Macworld Expo Steve Jobs introduced new iMacs. The iMac keeps the same enclosure it has had for awhile now. Specs are as folllows:

    $999 model, available in Indigo and Snow, features:
    a 500 MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 256K on-chip backside level 2 cache; 128MB of PC100 SDRAM, and 20GB Ultra ATA hard disk.

    $1,299 iMac, available in Snow and Graphite, features a 600 MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 256K on-chip backside level 2 cache; 256MB of PC100 SDRAM, and a 40GB Ultra ATA hard disk.

    The $1,499 iMac Special Edition, available in Snow and Graphite, features: a 700 MHz PowerPC G3 processor with 256K on-chip backside level 2 cache, 256MB of PC100 SDRAM and 60GB Ultra ATA hard disk.

    All models include a slot-loading CD-RW drive, ATI RAGE 128 Ultra with 16MB of SDRAM, built-in 56K V.90 modem, two FireWire ports and two USB ports, VGA video mirroring, support for AirPort.

    MWNY:OS X 10.1 to come in September
    Posted 11:58 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    At Macworld Expo today, Steve Jobs demoed Mac OS X 10.1, which will be coming this September as a free upgrade to current Mac OS X users. The number one priority for this upgrade is performance, said Jobs, who proceeded to demonstrate how 10.1 dramatically improves launch times, and window resizing & scrolling. Also included in 10.1 will be Disc Burner and DVD Player. Other enhancements include new dock minimizing effects Suck and Scale (not really new but new System Access to them) and the ability to change the orientation of your dock to the left, right or side of the screen. Also new are on screen feedback when you adjust your volume or screen brightness (on Powerbooks).

    Additional improvements include access to AFP servers over AppleTalk, built in Samba for Windows network connectivity, 200 additional Postcript printer drivers and much improved Digital Camera support. View our keynote notes for more information. [ keynote notes ]

    Update:OS 10.1 will most likely not be available through Software Update, due to the fact that it will update just about every System component/application. Apple has stated that OS 10.1 will be available through the Apple Up to Date Program for $19.95, which they claim is for shipping and handling fees. Rumors are that the upgrade will be on several CD's, most likely due to the inclusion of Internet Explorer 5.1, iDVD2, iTunes, and updated Developer Tools.

    Apple Q3 '01 Financial Results / OS X
    Posted 5:17 PM on Tuesday, July 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has reported a net profit of $61 million, or 17 cents/share. Highlights include:

    OS X: 200,000 Copies
    iBook 2017: 182,000
    Total Mac Sales: 827,000

    Free DAVE for OS X
    Posted 7:44 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    DAVE, Thursby Software's solution for connecting Macs to Windows networks, is now available in a free, downloadable, unsupported version. It requires OS 10.0.4.

    Final Expo Predictions...
    Posted 3:41 PM on Monday, July 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Ok, here comes our crystal ball. This is what we think you'll be seeing at the Expo come Wednesday...
    1) Speed bumped iMacs in slightly modified enclosures with new colors replacing Blue Dalmation and Flower Power. Speeds will range from 500mhz on the low end to 750 on the high end. No LCD iMacs, just new CRT's, possibly flat panels.
    2) New G4 Towers. New enclosure will resemble TiBook, with a more boxy appearance. Expect new keyboards and mice as well. Speeds will start at 733 for the low end, 866 for the mid range (which will probably be the dual processor config too) and 1ghz for the top end. The ghz machines probably won't ship for at least 45 days though.
    3) Mac OS X 10.1, the "Puma" update probably won't ship. Other sites have been predicting 10.5 in it's place, but we believe there is no 10.5. We think Apple will release a beta version of it's DVD player for OS X, but that 10.1 will probably be a few weeks away.
    4) OS 9.2 will be quietly released, featuring only bux fixes and support for the new hardware.
    5) Updates for iMovie and iTunes will appear.

    Check back with us Wednesday morning at 9AM to find out how right/wrong we are!

    Macworld Expo Plans for OS Xcentric
    Posted 3:31 PM on Monday, July 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    We will be covering Steve Job's keynote this Wednesday the 18th. We will have up to the minute announcements as they happen, so be sure to keep checking in after 9AM EST. Our Expo coverage will continue throughout the week, with new product announcements, user feedback, and industry reaction to all the new products Apple is about to unleash on us.

    Maya Preorders
    Posted 3:24 PM on Monday, July 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Alias/Wavefront will start accepting orders at MacWorld this week for it's 3D application, Maya. Users placing orders for the $7,500 program will receive a $500 an Expo discount, 12 months of maintenance, complimentary productivity pack, and a voucher redeemable for a Wacom tablet, a resource book, a three button mouse, a limited edition Maya jacket, and a training DVD.

    QuicKeys X
    Posted 3:20 PM on Monday, July 16, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    A public beta is now available for QuicKeys X, the OS X version of CE Software's QuicKeys. Features include the ability to run Unix commands directly with a QuicKeys shortcut, transfer shortcuts to another computer or location with Shortcut Import & Export, trigger shortcuts, edit toolbars, and control playback of shortcuts from the dock with the QuicKeys Dockling, open applications, documents, files and folders in one step, create custom toolbars that contain buttons for any or all of your shortcuts, plus many more. The $50 utility was re-written from the ground up for OS X. [ download ]

    Newtek releases plug-ins for OS X Lightwave 6.5
    Posted 7:56 PM on Sunday, July 15, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Newtek has released plug-ins that were missing from the OS X version of Lightwave 6.5. These plug-ins bring the OS X version of Lightwave to parity with the OS 9 version. [ download ]

    AIM for OS X reaches 4.5.237
    Posted 3:24 PM on Thursday, July 12, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    AOL Instant Messanger (AIM) has been upped to version 4.5.237 for OS X. The new version adds Buddy Icons and adds the Aqua interface to the account settings. Still to come for the OS X version are IM images, File Transfers, and Smileys.

    Toast 5 for OS X coming soon?
    Posted 3:31 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Rumor site Think Secret is claiming that Roxio is very close to a release of Toast 5 for OS X. According to their sources, Roxio may demonstrate the OS X version next week at MacWorld, and have a release just days later. This is potentially great news for OS X users who are frustrated by Apple's lack of CD data burning capability in OS X, especially if Puma doesn't ship as rumored at the Expo.

    MacLink Plus Deluxe 13 optimized for OS X
    Posted 3:28 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    DataViz has released version 13 of MacLink Plus Deluxe, the file translation utility, which includes support for the latest versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, as found in Office 2017 and Office XP. Version 13 runs natively under OS X and takes full advantage of OS X's Aqua interface.

    Flash for OS X demoed
    Posted 3:25 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Today at Flashforward 2017 in New York City, Macromedia showed a sneak peak of Flash running native on OS X. No timetable has been given for the upgrade, which is presumed to be Flash 6, but Macromedia President Kevin Lynch said that both the Mac OS X and Windows versions would ship at the same time.

    New G4 Photos?
    Posted 11:14 PM on Monday, July 9, 2017 by serpicolugnut has photos of what they claim to be the new PowerMac G4. They claim that these photos are 100% genuine and verified. Spy them for yourself before the lawyers get to them. Update: Apple Legal has shut down the spy photos, so we'll describe them too you. The new G4 enclosure is very similar in appearance to the current enclosure. The front appears different, with new rounded bezels for the CD/DVD/Zip drives. The programmers button is gone, leaving only the power on & reset buttons. The front speaker has been redesigned, with a new version that resembles the iMac's speakers more than the current G4's. If anything, Apple's insistence that the photos be removed is pretty good proof of what's coming next week...

    Apple number 1 in education (again)
    Posted 9:45 PM on Monday, July 9, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    According to Quality Education Data (QED), a provider of K-12 and higher education market research, Apple has regained the lead for computer sales/installed base from PC manufacturer Dell Computer for the 2017/2002 school year. This data conflicts with the findings of Dataquest, who last October crowned Dell the new king of Education.

    Apple buying Spruce Technologies
    Posted 9:41 PM on Monday, July 9, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple is buying Spruce Technologies, a company that makes DVD hardware/software. Spruce Technologies currently only makes products for Windows NT. Writing to CreativeMac, who broke this story, an Apple spokeswoman writes "Apple is acquiring Spruce Technologies, a leading provider of professional DVD authoring software. This acquisition further enhances Apple's position as the preeminent platform for DVD authoring. Apple will offer a migration plan to existing Spruce customers to help them preserve their investment in Spruce software."

    Tomb Raider: Chronicles demo available
    Posted 9:33 PM on Monday, July 9, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Looking for a taste of how Tomb Raider: Chronicles performs under OS X? Grab the demo, available now from Apple's web site.

    Adobe (finally) gives OS X app details...
    Posted 9:24 PM on Monday, July 9, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Adobe Vice President of Marketing Cross Media Publishing Susan Altman, in a conversation with MacCentral has given some information as to Adobe's OS X plans. While no specific dates/timetables are given, Altman discloses that InDesign and Illustrator will be the first two applications that Adobe has carbonized for OS X. According to Andrew Orlowski over at the Register, InDesign 2.0 is scheduled for August, and Illustrator 10 for late October/November. Orlowski also states that Adobe will release Photoshop 6.5 for OS X this December.

    Mac OS X 10.0.4 Server Update
    Posted 10:53 AM on Wednesday, July 4, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has released an updater that brngs OS X Server up to version 10.0.4. This update includes MySQL and security updates to Samba. This update also improves reliability for Apple File Protocol connections, printer sharing, FTP, mail and directory services. Click here to download, or use Software Update.

    Apple officially kills Cube
    Posted 3:31 PM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has officially stopped production of the PowerMac G4 Cube. ?Cube owners love their Cubes, but most customers decided to buy our powerful Power Mac G4 minitowers instead,? said Philip Schiller, Apple?s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The company said there is a small chance it will reintroduce an upgraded model of the unique computer in the future, but that there are no plans to do so at this time.

    Mozilla 0.9.2 for OS X
    Posted 1:55 PM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    A new build of Mozilla, the open source browser upon which Netscape 6 is based, is now available for OS X. This new version makes great strides in fixing stability and many of the long standing bugs. Mozilla is our dark horse candidate for best browser on OS X. As far as we can see in our day of usage, all that's really left to be done with the browsing component is to 1) get Flash plugin support working, 2) get scrollwheels working (some scrollwheels are currently working, but not all), and 3) fix the themeing problem under OS X.

    Oracle Database Client
    Posted 11:13 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Oracle, the leading developer for enterprise database systems, has announced that a Mac OS X client will be available for it's Oracle 9i database software, available sometime in the third quarter.

    Wacom Drivers for Graphics Tablets
    Posted 11:13 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Wacom is backing off it's original promise of having Mac OS X drivers available for it's Intuos USB and Graphire Tablets by June. A statement available on Wacom's website states that "Wacom and Apple are working closely together to deliver the best tablet solution at the soonest possible time"

    Mac OS X 10.1, Build 5D15
    Posted 11:12 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Think Secret is running an article with some inside information on Mac OS X 10.1, Build 5D15. Included are some screenshots of the major changes, including System Preferences and Toolbar customization. The good news seems to be that Disc Burner and DVD playback are both present in this build. The bad news is that Think Secret's sources tell them that 10.1 will probably not be released at MWNY, and that Apple is shooting for an August 30th Golden Master date so the release will be available before September. In the interim, Apple reportedly is going to release 10.0.5.

    Mariner 5.0 Spreadsheet for OS X
    Posted 11:12 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Mariner Software has released Mariner Spreadsheet 5.0 for Mac OS X. This surprisingly full featured application has a small footprint and a lot of power -up to 32,000 x 32,000 cells to analyze data, graphics tools to enhance your documents, dynamic scrolling, and many other features. A 30 day demo is available for this $69.95 application. Highly recommended!

    AppleWorks 6.2 Released
    Posted 11:12 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2017 by serpicolugnut

    Apple has released an update to it's productivity package, AppleWorks 6. Version 6.2 brings improved OS X support (including PDF creation), and new DataViz translators to the Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Drawing, and Presentation package.