Hazel: Desktop Cleaning Assistant

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 10:00
Category: Software

NoodleSoft’s Hazel (US$16, free trial) is great little application that I read about on TUAW that sounded right up my alley. From their product page:

Hazel works on whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. It features a rule interface similar to that of Apple Mail so you should feel right at home. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, what site/email address it came from (Safari and Mail only) and much more. Keep your downloads off the desktop and put them where they need to be.

As you can imagine, I download a heck of a lot of things daily and since Flock/Firefox can’t seem to remember my downloads location preference < !> I end up with a cluttered desktop that I have to clean daily before it gets out of control. Like David Chartier, I created a simple rule that combs my desktop and puts in their correct locations. This application is gold I tell you, gold.


Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5 Build 3170 Released

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 10:52
Category: News

Parallels has released build 3170, the third candidate version, of Parallels Desktop for Mac. The final build, when complete, will be known as Parallels Desktop for Mac 2.5.
Parallels Desktop for Mac has become a favorite Windows virtualization tool for many Mac OS X users who can now simultaneously run Microsoft’s Windows operating systems on their Intel-based Macs without having to reboot a la Apple’s Boot Camp technology.
The new version, a 38.7 megabyte download, offers a wide variety of fixes and changes (as listed on the version’s notes page), the most prominent being better Coherence support (which allows users to run Windows applications directly from Mac OS X’s Dock), improved USB 2.0 support, Windows Vista upgrade improvements and preliminary support for Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system, due out later this year.
Parallels Desktop for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run. The software retails for US$79.99 and is available as a trial download.
If you’ve had any experience with the new Parallels build, positive or negative, let us know.


Apple Working on Flash-Based Sub-Notebook

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 09:44
Category: Rumor

For those who miss the days of Apple’s sub-notebooks such as the PowerBook Duo and the PowerBook 2400, good news may be around the corner. An article over on AppleInsider both explains Apple’s history with the its sub-notebooks as well as describes a MacBook sub-notebook which sources close to the project say is ahead of its Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference ship date this June.
The laptop, while noted as lacking an optical drive, is expected to include most of the features present on the current MacBook while introducing a NAND-flash based memory system. The solid-state memory, which uses no moving parts, is anticipated to improve power efficiency and help provide near-instantaneous boot times, although this has yet to be frozen into the final design build according to sources.
Even if some don’t consider a sub-notebook to be critical to Apple’s lineup, the effort would help Apple in its Japanese markets, where Mac sales declined about 14% as of the company’s 2007 first fiscal quarter report.
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BBEdit Updated to 8.6.1

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 09:40
Category: Software

Bare Bones Software‘s BBEdit, long the poweruser favorite as a text editor and HTML generation tool, has been updated to version 8.6.1. The new version, a 14.3 megabyte download, brings new features such as syntax coloring for Mac OS X’s .strings file format, a reversible documents drawer and support for the LaTeX command “verb”.
Users will also find improved notices about whether a site license or KeyServer license has been used to activate their copy of BBEdit and fixes to the “Apply Text Factory” command to help the program function as a text editor.
A slew of listed bug fixes can be found on the current notes page.
BBEdit requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and retails for a US$125 purchase fee and US$30/US$40 ugrade fee from older versions.
The program is a Universal Binary and functions natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.


Drive Genius 1.5.3 Update Released

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 08:27
Category: Software

Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 1.5.3, an updated version of its drive repair and recovery program for Mac OS X.
The new version, a 17.5 megabyte download, allows for a Mac OS X 10.4.8 boot CD capable of booting the most recent Macs.
Drive Genius retails for US$99 and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later installed to work. The application is a Universal Binary and functions natively under both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the updated version and have had good or bad experiences with it, let us know.


Apple Updates Patch Security, Final Cut Pro and Daylight Savings Time

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2007, 08:49
Category: News

On Thursday, Apple released nine downloadable patches for Mac OS X. These updates address security holes, repair bugs in Apple’s Final Cut Pro digital editing program and adjust the system’s Daylight Savings Time tracking and are available through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
Holes found during the Month of Apple Bugs project undertaken by security researcher Kevin Finisterre and a hacker known as “LMH” were repaired via the Security Update 2007-002, a downloadable update for the Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) and Mac OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) operating systems as well as both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
The fixes provided in this update addressed a bug within Mac OS X 10.4 where a bug in the disk image loading system could lead to an application crash or “arbitrary code execution”.
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