VMWare Releases Fusion Beta 4

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Date: Monday, June 11th, 2007, 08:35
Category: Software

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Late Friday, VMWare released the fourth beta of Fusion, its virtualization application for Intel-based Macs.
The new version, a a 168 megabyte download, includes the following additions and changes:
-Unity: This feature allows users to open and run Windows XP appications from the Mac OS X desktop.
-Fusion Launch Palette: This allows users to save Windows favorites in the Dock.
-Boot Camp support: Boot Camp disk partitions can now be used as a virtual machine. The beta adds “experimental” support for Windows Vista and offers Boot Camp partition detection.
-A new feature automatically updates Windows to use optimized drivers within a virtual machine.
-Improved speed: The new version of Fusion boasts shorter boot times as well as faster application launching and a more responsive interface.
-Fusion beta four also offers a customizable toolbar that can be adjusted on the fly.
-Hardware Editor: Settings for virtual hardware are now complete now with the ability to add a USB controller as well as virtual serial and parallels ports that map to files on the Mac. The virtual machine hardware editor is also now a sheet attached to the virtual machine to make it easier to determine which VM you are editing.
-Support for Apple’s 30″ Cinema Displays: Now virtual machines can take advantage of the full resolution of the 30 inch Cinema Display.
Fusion requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried out the new beta and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Missing Sync for Palm OS 6 Released

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 13:37
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Palm Desktop for the Mac users have always felt a mutual love and hate for their program. It works…for the most part. Still, when the time came for a specific feature or new trick, this was like trying to find a pop stand in the middle of the Sahara.
On Thursday, Mark/Space released version 6.0 of its Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0 communication and synchronization software for Palm handhelds. The new version, a 38.7 megabyte download.
Full version notes as to changes provided can be found here.
Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0 retails for US$39.95 for new users and US$24.95 for upgrade users. The program requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, a Palm OS handheld or smartphone running Palm OS 4 or later and a USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection and is coded as a universal binary which functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the new version and had either a positive or negative experience with it, let us know.

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Netscape, Camino Web Browsers Updated

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Date: Thursday, June 7th, 2007, 08:50
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Although the web browser wars may never be fully settled (and this is a good thing), some interesting new updates emerged on Tuesday that are worth looking into:
Camino, by the Camino Project, just reached version 1.5. The new version, a 14.8 megabyte download for the English version and an 18.1 megabyte download for the multilingual version, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Adobe Reader Updated to 8.1

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Date: Wednesday, June 6th, 2007, 08:38
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On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
-Improved forms performance.
-New Acrobat 8 3D support.
-New Integrated FedEx Kinkos Print Online – Send any PDF directly to FedEx Kinko’s.
-Print Online for printing (US only).
-Bug fixes.
-Security improvements.
Adobe Reader 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen. For more information, click here to begin the selection and download process.
The program is coded as a Universal Binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Cool Find: Safe Sleep 1.0

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Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2007, 08:32
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It may not be iPhone-related news, but developer Tomis Erwin may have come up with something useful.
SafeSleep 1.0 is a free AppleScript front-end that taps into various Terminal commands to improve upon Mac OS X’s sleep features. Here, the computer can save the contents of the memory to the hard drive before shutting down the computer. This features is also available on other operating systems and is known as “Hibernation” or “Suspend-to-disk”.
The program requires a laptop running Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and is a 21 kilobyte download courtesy of MacUpdate.
Give it a shot and if it works out for you or goes south in any way, let us know.

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iTunes 7.2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2007, 08:28
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In the midst of yesterday’s update-o-rama, Apple released iTunes 7.2, the newest version of its cross-platform media jukebox program.
The new version, a 29.2 megabyte download, allows users to preview and purchased Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free iTunes Plus music from participating music labels. These files have been encoded at higher bit rates and have been tagged as sounding better while selling for a slightly higher price on the iTunes Store (US$1.29 as opposed to US$0.99 for a standard file).
DRM-free music provides no usage restrictions and is part of a deal Apple penned in April with EMI and other participating labels to begin offering unrestricted music via its online marketplace.
iTunes 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run. The program can be downloaded from the iTunes web site or snagged through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the new version and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Cool Pick: WiFind

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 11:54
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In other news, reader David Blumenstein pointed out WiFind, a shareware utility from TastyApps that supplements the airport menu in Mac OS X.
Here, a user can click on the wireless network selector and observe additional information such as signal strength and whether or not a given network is open or locked.
WiFind is a 481 kilobyte download for the demo version and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program retails for an US$8.00 registration fee and is coded as a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’re tried WiFind and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.

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Parker Sets About Spring Cleaning

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 10:19
Category: Software

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PowerPage Associate Editor Rob Parker has apparently embarked upon spring cleaning and sent this image along to demonstrate what Unsanity’s utilities can do:


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This effect is achieved via a combination of utilities called ShapeShifter, ClearDock and MightyMouse, which allow for the Mac OS X interface to be customized. The theme shown above is called Eternal 1.2 and the MightyMouse cursor set is known as “lambda”.
The programs are currently coded as universal binaries and run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
Not bad, especially considering when Apple first released Mac OS X, the company had tightened controls as to how appearances could be altered, the classic Kaleidescope program dropping by the wayside.
If you’ve found any cool hacks or ways to change your system’s appearance outside of the standard Mac OS X controls, let us know.

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BackRow Developer’s Kit for Apple TV Emerges

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Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007, 07:23
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Developer Alan Quatermain has released a software development kit for Apple TV plug-ins. The BackRow Developer’s Kit program allows users to create custom menu interfaces and other software compatible with Apple TV. The package includes templates as well as framework code to begin working on projects.
Full information can be found on the project’s web site and the current version of the BackRow Developer’s Kit is available as a 1.0 megabyte download.
A sample movie of the software in action can be seen here.
This isn’t for the techie faint of heart, but it is interesting and may allow you to do something new with your Apple TV.
If you’ve played with this and have an opinion about it either way, let us know.

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Early Version of G4FanControl Now Available

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Date: Monday, May 28th, 2007, 08:59
Category: Software

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Software developer Andrea Fabrizi has released G4FanControl 0.2, a small utility that can be used to specify a certain minimum temperature limit that much be reached before the fans on an iBook G4 or PowerBook G4 laptop start up (note: Apple sets the default temperature limit to 60° on these units).
The G4FanControl utility is run out of Mac OS X’s Terminal program and users need to be logged in as root. Default temperature limits will be restored by Mac OS X in the event of a reboot.
To download the software and give it a try, click here.
If you’ve tried the utility and have feedback either way, let us know.

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