G-Force’s New Mac Version

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

g-force-platinum.jpgSoundSpectrum’s G-Force is a killer music visualization plug-in for iTunes that features fast anti-aliased effects, and millions of possible visual combinations that move to your music. G-Force is highly superior to Apple’s included iTunes visualizer and is the kind of plug-in that, once used, you can’t live without.
The free version of G-Force allows you to see visuals based on Sound Spectrum’s advanced mathematical engine with millions of visual effects. You can even add your own visuals.
The upgraded Mac versions have just been updated and now include a toolbar that lets you control/customize many visual effects, and also the V-Bar, which is a cool strip which you can place on any desktop edge or different monitor and have going while you work in other apps.
Specifically G-Force Gold (US$20) adds the following features:
- Toolbar for full control and customization
- V-Bar: watch G-Force while working in other apps
- Exclusive visual effects
- Album cover art and track titles
- One year of free updates
Or buck-up to G-Force Platinum (US$30) to see G-Force at its best. Platinum includes the above, plus:
- G-Force Screen Saver
- Support for multiple media players
- Standalone: visualize CDs, Internet radio, microphone, etc.

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Apple Posts (Another) Firmware Update

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2006, 01:05
Category: Software

In less than a week, Apple has posted their second raft of firmware updates for Intel Macs. Version 1.0.1 is available for the Mac mini, the iMac and the MacBook Pro but based on my previous experience with the 1.0.0 update on my MacBook Pro I’d HIGHLY recommend waiting at least on week before installing it.

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Day of Defeat (Half Life:Source) on a MacBook Pro!

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2006, 11:00
Category: Software

I have been scouring the web over the last few weeks to try to find some decent benchmarks for gaming under Windows on a MacBook Pro. Given that the machine has a Core Duo processor coupled with an ATi Radeon X1600 Mobility, I figured it should perform pretty well in my favorite First Person Shooter – Day of Defeat.
So I decided to give it a try. The full details including photos & videos are available here.
Contributed by: John Cleary

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Gartner: XP Won’t Expose Macs to Viruses

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:08
Category: Software



A story by Munir Kotadia for ZDNet Australia claims that Boot Camp security risk is just hype:

Any talk of Apple’s Boot Camp software exposing the company’s operating system to security risks is just hype and should be ignored, according to analyst firm Gartner.

In an advisory published on Gartner’s website last week, research VP Michael Silver said administrators should ignore any suggestions that Apple’s move to Intel processors will expose the system to security vulnerabilities.

XP won’t expose Macs to viruses, says Gartner – Technology News at silicon.com

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Aperture 1.1 on a PowerBook G4

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 08:10
Category: Software

aperture-box-200.jpgDerrick Story has posted a good review of Aperture 1.1 running on a PowerBook G4 on the O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog:

Aperture 1.1 was available this morning via Software Update on my PowerBook G4. I’ve been using Aperture on a PowerBook from the beginning, and have been waiting for the 1.1 release to provide better performance when working with big RAW files. That day is here. I downloaded the update and went to work.Many people will comment on the new color values readout that’s available in the HUD and the Digital Loupe. Nice addition, but the three truly important changes are improved RAW decoding, faster performance on a PowerBook G4, and UB compatibility on the new MacBook Pro. After just a morning of testing, Apple appears to deliver on all three counts.

Aperture 1.1 on a PowerBook G4 – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

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The Apple Core: Adobe applications and Rosetta emulation

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2006, 07:17
Category: Software

rosetta-emuation.jpgBare Feats has posted a set of benchmarks comparing two non-Universal Binary applications, Adobe’s Photoshop CS2 and After Effect 7.0, running on a three different machines to gauge the true impact of Rosetta emulation.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part II

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Software

Rob Kolter, a Mac-only systems consultant in Colorado and PowerPage regular writes:

After reading of your frustration with the MBP Firmware update I’ve got a couple ideas that might help you in the future.
1) Install your OS on a FireWire drive. Do the core install and when the computer reboots unplug the drive. Let it boot back on the internal drive. After the reboot, install any updates: iTunes, iPhoto, GarageBand, 10.4.6, etc. on the FireWire drive. Make a DVD master of the FireWire Drive and burn it to disk. The absolute best way I’ve found to do this is to make a Netboot install image using OS X server tools that contains the image. Once you are booted off that CD, you can use Disk Utility to restore the core OS.
2) Create an Applications folder inside your home folder. Put ALL your non-Apple applications in it. Backup your home folder regularly. I backup to a compressed disk image overnight several nights a week. I carry the most recent copy on a FireWire drive in my bag. If my OS dies a sudden death, it becomes a pretty simple process to restore my OS and then my home folder.

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Prosoft Announces Universal Binary Version of Data Rescue II

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 22:58
Category: Software

Prosoft Engineering has announced that the latest version of their excellent data recovery tool Data Rescue II now supports Intel-based Macs. Data Rescue II is an easy-to-use application for Mac OS X that can recover files and folders from crashed or corrupt hard drives, floppy drives and removable media. Current owners of Data Rescue II can download an update from the Prosoft Web site. A bootable Data Rescue II CD is available for US$5 (download) or US$10 (shipped).
Prosoft’s Data Rescue II won a PowerPick Award in 2006 and Drive Genius won a PowerPick Award in 2005.

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Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) 3 Released

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2006, 19:33
Category: Software

ard3.jpgApple today announced a large update to their popular remote desktop management system. Apple Remote Desktop 3 (ARD) is now Universal Binary for Intel Macs and features over 50 new features, including better remote software updates and installations and a curtain mode that prevents remote users from seeing what you’re doing. The online tutorial provides a nice overview. The unlimited client version costs US$499, 10 clients are US$299.
UPDATE:
Apple apparently hasn’t offered any upgrade pricing for ARD3 even though they go through the expense of printing proof of purchase cards and inserting them into each box. So if you just purchased a copy or ARD2 you’re going to have to shell out the full price for ARD3.

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Ableton Releases Live 5.2 (Universal Binary)

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:44
Category: Software

After seeing it in action at Winter Music Conference in Miami, I’ve got more respect for Ableton Live than ever. It’s great news that they are now shipping version 5.2 which adds Universal Binary support.

Berlin, April 7, 2006. Ableton today announced the release of Live 5.2, bringing immediate native Intel-Mac support. This development makes Live 5.2 one of the first professional audio applications on the market to run as a Universal Binary to take advantage of Appleā€™s fastest machines: the new Intel-Mac.
Intel-Mac Live 5.0 users can purchase a Live 5.2 serial number for 49 USD/39 EUR via the Ableton webshop. Customers who purchase the upgrade to Live 6 from the Ableton webshop will receive a full refund of this 49 USD/39 EUR. Live 6 is scheduled for release in Q3. Complete information on Live 6′s specs, availability, and pricing will be made available this summer.
Intel-Mac users who purchased Live 5 after Steve Jobs’ announcement of the new Intel-Macs (January 10, 2006) will receive the Live 5.2 download at no additional charge.
For all other Live 5 users on PCs and non Intel-Mac machines, Live 5.2 will be released as a free bug-fix update.

I recommend that you download the latest demo from Ableton.com and try the lessons.

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