Opera Browser Hits Version 9.2

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Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, 09:25
Category: Software

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On Wednesday, Opera Software released version 9.2 of its free web browser.
The new version, an 11.2 megabyte download, incorporates new features such as Speed Dial (a means of accessing favorite web sites in newly opened ab windows, then clicking on a site thumbnail to open a web site) as well as integrated BitTorrent support, content filtering, Widget support, a fraud protection scheme, IRC support and support for multiple search engines according to Macworld News.
Opera is programmed as a universal binary and runs at native speeds on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures. The browser requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback about it, let us know.

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VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 3

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2007, 10:16
Category: Software

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VMWare has recently released beta 3 of Fusion, its virtualization product for the Mac that allows users to simultaneously run operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and others on their Intel-based Macs.
The new version boasts the following fixes and improvements:
-Much faster operating speeds.
-Full Boot Camp partition recognition support
-A Windows Easy Install wizard program to make installation easier.
-Improved virtual machine management. Multiple virtual machines and their individual settings can be centrally controlled from the Virtual Machine Library.
-Improved international support (European and Apple keyboards now have full functionality within the program).
-Host-Only Networking: This creates a network completely self-contained within the Mac between the virual machine and the Mac.
-Improved Suspend/Shutdown State: VMWare now takes a screenshot of the last known state of the virtual machine as well as a “play” button to resume use of the virtual machine.
-Improved Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now fully functional and devices can be removed when the virtual machine is powered down.
-Improved Networking Performance: In some cases, networking in earlier beta versions was slow with single-processor virtual machines. VMware Fusion Beta 3 solves this problem and greatly improves performance in this case. Virtual networking no longer fills system logs.
-VMware Fusion Beta 2 wireless networking added many entries to the system log. Beta 3 release resolves this issue.
The new beta can be downloaded here after signing in through a registration form.
If you’ve tried the new beta and have had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Purple Ghost Releases iRepo X

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Purple Ghost Software released iRepo X, a shareware utility that allows users to both transfer songs to and from an iPod as well as recover lost songs on the iPod back to your Mac.
Like similar programs, the software allows users to connect a friend’s iPod, then go through a list of songs and select which ones they want to copy over.
iRepo X is a 3.3 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and retails for a US$12.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the software and have comments or feedback about it, let us know.

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Google Desktop for Mac Out the Door

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Date: Wednesday, April 4th, 2007, 08:59
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Internet giant Google has released Google Desktop for Mac, a desktop search tool the company states will work alongside Apple’s Spotlight feature built into Mac OS X 10.4.
Google Desktop functions as localized search tool as well as a web-enabled tool that can search through GMail, Google’s image engine, the company’s map program, available online media, etc.
Although Spotlight currently stands as an established local search standard on the Mac, Google claims its program can currently utilize any Spotlight plug-ins thtat users already have installed on their system according to Macworld News.
The program, a one megabyte download, is activated by hitting the Command key twice to bring up a search window. Begin typing and, like Spotlight, Google begins to display results such as whether it finds a document or application. If the first 10 listed results found don’t match what you’re looking for, clicking a “Search Web” option below the found results will pull up your default web browser and Google’s search engine results for your request.
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iScroll2 0.27 Adds 2-Finger Scrolling to Older Apple Laptops

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2007, 07:28
Category: Software

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Though hardly a secret feature by any means, discovering that your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook and MacBook Pro can be scrolled through simply by using an extra figner on the trackpad amounts to one of those “Hey, that’s kind of cool!!!” moments.
Unfortunately, this ability wasn’t present until Apple’s 2005 laptops came on the market.
Daniel Becker’s iScroll 2 0.27 adds full support for this on most of Apple’s aluminum PowerBook G4 units as well as all iBook G4 models introduced from 2003 to 2004. The program, a free 176 kilobyte download courtesy of sourceforge.net, is based on Apple’s AppleADBMouse driver, which was written for the Apple Desktop Bus-powered trackpads found on older Apple laptops. This code was then released via Apple’s Darwin project and has since been rewritten to support newer laptop models.
iScroll 2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 2003 aluminum PowerBook or iBook G4 to run.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with this, let us know.

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OpenOffice.org 2.2 Released

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Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007, 07:34
Category: Software

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OpenOffice.org, the free, open source miltilingual office suite project, has been updated to version 2.2. The software, based on free code and XML capabilities with support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, features the following fixes and improvements among others:
-Enhanced text display throughout.
-Better support for Pivot Tables in Calc.
-Several key improvements in Base.
-A more robust Mac version for X11.
OpenOffice.org supports both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures for the Mac with multiple versions available for Mac OS X. The program is about a 134 megabyte download depending on version selected and requires Mac OS X and the latest version of Java for the operating system to run.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.2 Beta

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Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2007, 08:46
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On Wednesday, Apple released the latest public beta of is Boot Camp utility. The program, a 138 megabyte download, allows Intel-based Mac owners to easily create a Windows partition and install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later on this partition. The Boot Camp Assistant program will burn a CD or DVD containing all of the required drivers for Windows.
The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
-Support for Windows Vista (32-bit).
-Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera.
-Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player).
-A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions.
-Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian.
-Improved Windows driver installation experience.
-Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows.
-Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista).
Though currenlt free to any who want to use it, Boot Camp is still in beta and shipped “as-is” with no official support from Apple or Microsoft.
If you’ve tried the new version and have had a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Front Row iPhone Mod Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2007, 13:29
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If you’ve named your pets, family members and nearby furniture “iPhone” in anticipation of Apple’s June release, this might be the thing for you.
Software developer Mike Schumann has just released a freeware program that modifies Front Row’s icons to look like Apple’s upcoming iPhone. The program is a 3.1 megabyte download courtesy of MacUpdate and also includes a removal program in case you don’t like the changes made.
Front Row iPhone mod requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and Front Row to run.

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VisualHub 1.23 Gains Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Software

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Techspansion’s VisualHub, a catch-all video video conversion program, has just been updated to version 1.23. The new version, a 4.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Apple TV Support! Convert video for the Apple TV all the way up to 720p resolution.
-Improvements to WMV creation.
-Garbled sound through Windows Media Player on Windows XP/Vista fixed.
-Updates to Matroska compatibility.
-Conversions of videos with strange aspect ratios to TV-sized iTunes MPEG-4 files now play properly on the iPod.
-High-bitrate Two Pass H.264 conversions will no longer be susceptible to grey blips in low-motion scenes.
-Fixes to Dutch localization.
-Updates to dvdauthor.
-Stitched iPod/iTunes files can now be automatically added to iTunes.
-MP4 files created by VisualHub have their creator code set to QuickTime Player again instead of iTunes.
-Generic MPEG files are now always created with square-pixels unless otherwise noted.
-Better detection of QuickTime-determined resolution.
-Scene changes handled better for H.264.
-Fixes to PPC NTSC DVD FPS detection. OMG.
-Finnish Localization by Arto Vartiainen.
-Many other fixes and small tweaks.
VisualHub converts to iPod, PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG and Flash formats and is available for US$23.32. The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a universal binary which runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Spanning Sync: Seamlessly Bridge the iCal and gCal Gap

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Spanning Sync v1.0b14 (135)If you’re ever wanted to use both Apple’s iCal and Google Calendar and found yourself confounded by having to juggle two interfaces you owe it to yourself to check out Spanning Sync.

I found out about Spanning Sync from Youngmoo Kim during the roundup section on Episode 36 of the PowerPage Podcast. It’s a fantastic application that delivers on its promise and automatically syncs iCal and gCal behind the scenes.

If you use iCal and wish there was an easy way to share your calendar(s) with other people or computers (without having Dot-Mac or a WebDAV server) then Spanning Sync is just the ticket. You can even sync in the other direction so Google Calendar users can sync events to an iPod, mobile phone and eventually iPhone.

The best way to learn about Spanning Sync is through their demonstration video. Spanning Sync costs US$25 per year or US$65 for a permanent license.

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