Update: Microsoft Office 2004 and Office X Updated to Version 11.3.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2007, 11:33
Category: Software

Microsoft has released another update for its Office 2004 suite for the Mac. The update, a 57.3 megabyte download containing previous fixes and updates, features “several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerablities with malicious code.”

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Nothing too specific, but the update is easy enough to grab via the Microsoft AutoUpdate utility in your Applications folder and simple enough to download from the company’s Office 2004 downloads page.
The patch applies to all versions of Microsoft Office 2004. A 39 megabyte patch which performs the same functions for Microsoft Office X can be downloaded from the Office X site.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update, let us know.

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We Nailed It!

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 20:22
Category: iPhone

I think we pretty much nailed the keynote more than 24 hours before it happened, so I’ve got enough rope to hang myself here at the PowerPage:
The iPhone, as presented in the keynote address at Macworld Expo 2007, just makes it into the realm of the barely possible, much like the original Macintosh. Barely enough memory, barely enough battery, barely enough screen, barely enough processor power, priced just a bit too high and almost too small. The original iPod was like this. Just 5GB because of the tiny drive, only working with Firewire Macs, not as small as contemporary flash based players and the most expensive MP3 player made. They eventually turned that big old 1G iPod into the 1G nano as the price slowly fell, the product shrunk and the feature set expanded over a five year stretch. Just look at how the sweetest Apple products manage to mature as the technology opens up without ever pushing the price too low.
They could not have done this phone any sooner and pulled it off. It is ground breaking in a way that integrates everything mobile computing has to offer. This product is a home run and they only want to sell 10 million of them to start, one percent of the market. Mark my words, in five years, the iPhone will come to define hottest segment of the personal computer market. The iPhone is first and foremost a wireless connected computer running a mobile version of OS X that supports iLife software. Eventually, it will also support iWork and become a full fledged connected PC.
Without some additional iLife software running on Windows, the iPhone could be a disappointment to many of the Cingular subscribers who will line up to buy it, so I think my prediction of an expansion of iLife for Windows is going to pan out before the iPhone ships in June. At least a version of iPhoto, as this could help widen the audience for Apple TV. As hot as Apple is right now, consumer electronic devices need to sell to a market that is much larger than just Mac users. Secrecy can really hamper product testing, so I hope all the bugs are worked out before the iPhone goes into production. Waiting until June to ship this phone seems about right. No need to repeat the Apple III.
Leopard was not featured in the keynote, so no surprise features were announced. I still think that something big is going to be slipped into OS 10.5 before it ships.

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Toast 8 Released, Includes Full TiVo Authoring Support

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Date: Monday, January 8th, 2007, 16:29
Category: Software

An article over at zatznotfunny.com points out that that Macintosh version of TiVoToGo has finally arrived and, bypassing the need for TiVo Desktop, has been entirely built into Roxio’s Toast 8 CD and DVD authoring prorgram.

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Mac TiVoToGo performs four dinstinct functions; TiVo Transfer, Video Playback, DVD Burning and Portable Conversions.
With the TiVo Transfer feature, users can pull specific shows to their Mac both on demand or via a schedule. Imported files share the same .tivo file format found on the PC. From here, the user can launch the file for viewing, delete it or “Toast It” to a DVD.
The Player function decripts the imported .tivo content in real time and allows for full viewing even when the user advances or reverses the video on the fly.
The DVD function allows Toast to burn TiVo files to DVD both as shows for play on a computer (either a Mac or a PC) or a set-top box. The feature includes several templates and style to choose from.
The Conversion for Portables feature can export the .tivo file to common profiles such as 320×240 for iPod or PSP playback as well as MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
From Toast, clicking “Export” will bring up common profiles for 320×240 iPod or PSP conversions: MPEG-4 (quicker, lower qulaity) or H.264 (slowed, higher quality). Roxio will drop iPod conversions into the appropriate iTunes sync folder.
Toast 8 retails for $79.99 and is available for download as well as ordering today. The first 5000 customers who purchase the program directly from TiVo will receive a Glo Remote.
The new version also supports authoring for the Blu-Ray high definition format and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program is written as a Universal Binary and runs natively on both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.

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Apple Phone = Red Herring?

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Date: Sunday, January 7th, 2007, 19:55
Category: iPhone

Apple Computer fanatics have waited months for the chance to watch CEO Steve Jobs launch his company’s much-anticipated music-playing cell phone at Macworld on Tuesday. But now they might have to wait a bit longer.

At least that’s what Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks. The analyst revealed that Apple had not yet received U.S. regulatory approval for the phone, a fact that greatly reduces the probability that Apple would introduce the music-playing cell phone at its annual expo in San Francisco.

RED HERRING | iPhone Gets Macworld Hang-Up

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iPhone: The Ultimate iTV Remote?

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2007, 10:00
Category: iPhone

With all the discussion surrounding Apple and an iPhone device, could an Apple phone turn up as the ultimate remote for Apple’s iTV. Front Row + Apple Remotes are already bundled with Mac hardware. Wouldn’t it seem reasonable that a new phone would provide remote control for the upcoming iTV?
The thought is that a new Apple phone will integrate with iTV as a remote that you can use within the house… never misplacing your phone or remote and be a nearby and available phone to use. I imagine that the phone/remote would pile up the minutes as it would be the first choice of a phone to use while using your home media.
Smart phones are no more clumsy than other (TV, CD, DVD, VCR) remotes. An all-in-one Apple device that simplifies this media experience would be welcome. I’d imagine someone in Cupertino would think so.
Contributed by: Dave Walter

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CardRaider Helps Resurrect Deleted Memory Card Files

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007, 16:21
Category: Software

Memory cards are terrific up to a point. And if you’ve ever accidentally deleted your picture files from them, that point usually involves repeated cursing.
CardRaider, which has been recently released from ecamm, may actually help recover from this. In cases where files have been deleted from a memory card, the user can plug the card into a USB reader (or the camera itself if it uses a USB connection) and search through the card to recover lost photos, then port the photos over to an iPhoto library.
CardRaider searches through sectors of a memory card that have not been written over, so odds are you can’t add additional photos in the space the deleted ones occupied. It might not be the ultimate catch-all, but it could be useful in cases where some great photos might have been lost by accident.
CardRaider is available for a $19.95 registration fee with a 1.9 megabyte demo available for download.
CardRaider is written as a Universal binary which support both the PowerPC and Intel-based hardware architectures and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback on this, let us know.

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Visage Login 2.4.1 Released

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Date: Monday, January 1st, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Sanity Software has released version 2.4.1 of Visage Login, a shareware program that allows users to customize their login screens as well as run screen savers as a desktop background and personalize system alerts.
The new version, a 2.4 megabyte download by way of , adds the following bug fixes:
-Non-admin users can now replace the login screen background image.
-Fixed issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.
-Fixed rare issue where Visage could crash on launch.
The latest version of Visage Login requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run while older versions of the Mac OS X operating system can run older versions of the software that incorporate a preference pane for their functions. The software is written as a Universal Binary that runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware and is available for a $9.95 shareware registration fee (payable either through Paypal or a credit card) after a seven day trial period.
Organizations can purchase Visage Login for 50+ machines on a wider software license for $29.95. The software comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
If you have any comments or feedback about this, let us know.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac Update Beta 3 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:52
Category: Software

Parallels has released beta three of its Windows emulation software, Parallels Desktop for Mac. The beta, a 34.5 megabyte download available through its beta page, provides several fixes to the previously released betas, a more polished interface (even with unusually shaped windows) and better USB device support.
Click the “Read More” link for the full details!

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CrossOver for Mac 6.0 Final Candidate 2 Released

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Date: Friday, December 29th, 2006, 11:55
Category: Software

CodeWeavers’ Windows emulation software, CrossOver for Mac 6.0 has reached a second final candidate stage with several new improvements and fixes. The software, like the popular Parallels Desktop, allows Intel-based Macs to simultaneously run a Windows operating system alongside Mac OS X.
Fixes in the update, a 28.6 megabyte update via VersionTracker.com, include the following:
-The beginnings of an audio input service (which works only for small test applications, but we hope to expand on it in future versions).
-Support for Quickbooks 2000-2004.
-A minor adjustment for the ‘My Mac Desktop’ target within file dialogs.
-A minor improvement to the web browser in Quicken 2007.
CrossOver for Mac 6.0 retails for $39.95 and requires an Intel-based Mac as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you have any comments or feedback regarding this release, let us know.

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Updated VirtueDesktops Build Released

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2006, 12:38
Category: Software

VirtueDesktops, the donationware open source virtual desktop manager for Mac OS X, has received another update, bringing the current version to 0.53r265a.
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Like the long-awaited Spaces feature in Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system, VirtueDesktops helps switch between applications and provides additional screen real estate to the selected application.
The new version includes the following fixes:
-Fixed a crash in localisations other than English.
-Compiled as Universal binary – compiling as Intel-only was an accident.
-Adding desktops doesn’t result in multiple, unstable entries in the desktop inspector.
-Resolved a crash on startup when migrating from an older version.
-Fixed corrupted nibs that were causing issues with languages other than English.
-Custom desktop pictures now work. Be aware that if your transition time is set too low, you won’t get a smooth change between desktops – I’ll be adding a warning to the transition preferences about this in the next build.
-Bindings are working – check the application organiser and watch in wonder as windows update in near-real-time.
-There is now an option in the application inspector, and the operations window, to not change the focus of an application on desktop switches. This means you can exclude applications like X11.app and Parallels from taking focus when you switch to them — this was a patch submitted by Alex Peyser.
-There is now a welcome screen the first time you run VirtueDesktops, to show you where the menu is (you’d be surprised how often I get asked!).
-Fixed an error that was causing sticky applications to be ignored by Expose.
-All window operations should be much more consistent – try out sticky windows – no more lost windows!
-Lots of UI work.
The new update is a 3.1 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The software is a Universal Binary and functions natively under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
VirtueDesktops is a community-based open source project and the author is actively looking for help with the project. If you think you have something to contribute, give him a shout.
If you have any feedback or comments about this, let us know.

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