Apple Brings Rich Text Editing to Safari in Panther

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

SafariAlthough Rich Text editing was expected to come in the next version of Safari (in Tiger), Apple has included it in the latest update available for Panther (it’s in the 10.3.9 update). Rich Text editing allows you to make things bold, italic, change colors, sizes and even drag and drop images – right in your browser.
Apple has chosen a Microsoft de facto standard called contentEditable instead of the Mozilla’s Midas technology. So far, this release does not work out of the box with available Rich Text browser editors and it’s lack of documentation will keep it that way for a while.
To see a working demo of the available features surf over to the All Forces Blog (with Safari) and check out the demo embedded right in the story. Hopefully, Tiger will shed some light on this promising and much needed feature.

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Apple Slapped for Sloppy Security Response

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

VNUNet.com is reporting on Apple’s security patch for a vulnerability in its iSync application:

The patch released on Tuesday is identified as Security Update 2005-004. It followed one month after update 2005-003.
The flaw makes iSync’s mRouter tool vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. Users with local access to affected systems could then gain super-user privileges.
Apple computers running OS X version 10.2.8 through to the current version 10.3.9 are susceptible to the bug.
The flaw was discovered by Braden Thomas, an independent developer of security software and a member of the University of Southern California’s Digital Security Interest Group.
Thomas went public about the security hole on 22 January, and had notified Apple even earlier. In an email to vnunet.com, Thomas explained that “three months is a long time to fix the bug”.

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Safari 1.3 Supports CSS Attributes for Form Elements

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 18:27
Category: Software

SafariApple gives us an early gift with Safari 1.3 – WYSIWYG / rich text editing. Also known as CSS attributes for form elements, it’s a part of the new Safari 1.3 and 2.0 releases (1.3 for Panther, 2.0 in Tiger).
According to Dave Hyatt’s Blog:

Those of you running Panther can now update to 10.3.9. This update includes Safari 1.3 and new versions of WebKit, WebCore, and JavaScriptCore that contain thousands of improvements we’ve made to the engine since Safari 1.2.
What you are getting is all of the new standards support, new WebKit capabilites, site compatibility fixes and performance optimizations that are also present in Safari 2.0 for Tiger. The layout engines for the two are virtually identical.

Dave goes on to highlight some of the features in Safari 1.3 on his blog.
I’m still a Firefox 1.0.3 man myself, what about you?

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Transform Usenet into Cultivated Collections

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 15:58
Category: Software

Brainchild has released version 1.5 of Picture Patrol, a program for Windows and Mac OS that automatically extracts pictures from thousands of articles posted in Usenet newsgroups. Read More…

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Drew Hamlin Software Releases Typeset

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 13:52
Category: Software

Drew Hamlin Software today released Typeset, a brand new product for Mac OS X that lets you sit down and pick the perfect font for your presentation, logo, or design.
Typeset is a full-featured font viewing utility designed for the creative professional. It lets you view collections of installed fonts and compare all of your fonts to find the one you’re looking for. Typeset can flag fonts of particular interest, help you create and manage styles for how you view your collections, display more details about particular fonts including copyright and version information, and also find font files on your hard drive.
Typeset is available now as a free download for Mac OS X from and can be purchased for only US$19. The demo version places restrictions on flagged font and style counts.

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Mac OS 10.3.9 Introduces Java Segmentation Fault (Updated 3x)

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 09:24
Category: Software

Some users are reporting problems after installing Mac OS 10.3.9 and Apple has posted a workaround for the Java Segmentation error plaguing many users. Read More…

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Mac OS 10.3.9 Released; iPhoto and iMovie Updated

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 22:36
Category: iLife, Software

Software UpdateApple released a slew of software updates today including Mac OS 10.3.9 and updates to iMovie HD 5.0.2, iPhoto 5.0.2 and iSight 1.0.3.

The 10.3.9 Update delivers overall improved compatibility and reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Improvements include:
- file sharing and directory services reliability for mixed Mac and PC networks
- Mail, Safari and Stickies application reliability
- compatibility for third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates

If you’ve got feedback on the updates with respect to a PowerBook, Drop me a line.

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Firefox 1.0.3 Update now Available

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 22:50
Category: Software

FirefoxAccording to Mozilla.org, Firefox 1.0.3 is an update that fixes a critical JavaScript engine memory heap disclosure bug and some other critical security and stability bugs.

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Mac OS 10.4 Tiger Upgrade Program, Certified Software

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2005, 08:52
Category: Software

Apple is offering their Mac OS X Up-To-Date upgrade program to Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” for US$9.95. If you purchase a qualifying new Macintosh on or after April 12th, 2005 that does not have Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” included, you can upgrade to Tiger for US$9.95. The program ends on July 22nd 2005 and your order must be postmarked or faxed by July 9th 2005.
In related news, a reader asks:

Is there a central source to see what commercial and shareware software is certified for Tiger? I’m not upgrading this time around until 99% of the applications I use are certified. And even then I may wait. When Panther came out I had to spend about $2,000 for all of the software updates.

Contact us is you have any details.

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Comicblogging: Comic Life App Converts Photos into Comic Books

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 16:20
Category: Software

Comic LifeComicblogging is here: Plasq‘s new Comic Life takes images from your iPhoto library (or other image files) and converts them into beautiful full-color comic books. Just drag the images into a variety of pre-set layouts, add captions, speech/thought bubbles, and sound effects (POW!), and you’re done. You can share the images via the Web, .Mac, email, print them via iPhoto Kodak printing, or even publish an RSS feed.
I got the scoop as a regular reader of createdigitalmusic is one of the developers, so I’ve been playing with this for a couple of days. The app is simply incredible. It’s elegant and utterly Mac-like, with an iLife-style interface. Even cool sound effects (creaking and whooshing) as you manipulate elements, which should be annoying, are strangely fun.
US$39.95 – download now

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