Faker Comes Clean on 10.5 Leopard “Screen Shots”

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Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2006, 19:00
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Trinity Rubicon admitted Saturday that the “screen shots” he posted for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard were actually just clever Photoshop-jobs. “The Jig is up” he says…

So in case you didn’t just hear me admit it, those screenshots are 100% fake. They are entirely Photoshopped, done merely for fun out of lots of free time and about 6 cans of Diet Coke.

And now that he’s come clean, he posted a feature request on things he wants to see in Leopard.

After making those screenshots and mentioning on making fake ones exclusively for evaluation/feedback, I’ve decided to make a small list of the things I want to see in Leopard (that I could make screenshots out of). I probably gave everybody a good idea as to what I want the Finder, Desktop Switching and Virtualization to look like, but here’s a list of everything else so far…

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Windows XP Volume Licensing and BootCamp

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 10:56
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windows-xp-pro-box.jpgThe conventional wisdom is that you need to buy a full license of Windows XP Pro SP2 (US$299) if you want to install Windows on your Mac in BootCamp.
This appears to contradict Microsoft’s long standing position that the Volume Licensed (VL) version of XP is an upgrade to Mac OS X when used with VirtualPC.
Last month Microsoft cleared this up with an official statement on the matter. Click through to see how Volume Licensed (VL) users can save themselves more than US$200…

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The Apple Core: Fun with iChat AV

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 08:00
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chatfx.jpgJudging by my column the past couple of days you’d think that I didn’t like iChat AV or something. Au contraire! I only point out it’s deficiencies because I think that video conferencing is nothing short of revolutionary and I want Apple to invest more R&D into iChat so that more people will start using the tiny cameras embedded in their machines rather than less… Click through to read about a must-have plug-in for iChat AV that allows you to enhance your video chat with Quartz Composer effects.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: iChat AV needs a rewrite

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:00
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ichat-icon.jpgiChat was once the pantheon of instant messaging clients with its delicious aqua interface, no obnoxious ads (like AIM) and a simple ease-of-use that’s undeniable. But since the release of iChat AV (a.k.a. version 3) the application has added features at the expense of reliability.
First came the addition of audio chat, which was novel, then came the addition of video chat which had the potential to turn every Mac into a video phone. Everyone I know rushed out to buy Apple’s US$149 FireWire iSight camera (myself included) just for iChat AV, but it wasn’t long before the number of video icons in my buddy list started to dwindle.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Adobe Demos CS3 on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:00
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Adobe’s InDesign product manager Chad Siegel visited London this month to show a selection of new InDesign features to Macworld UK.

Using a MacBook Pro, Siegel offered a glimpse at a number of time-saving features that focus on designers, but stressed these to be no more than a small selection of some of the features the company is working on.

“We’re investing in workflow,” he explained, promising better integration between all the products to be shipped within Creative Suite 3. He even shows some of the powerful image import and editing features that will be made available within the next iteration of InDesign.

Macworld UK – Adobe demos Creative Suite 3 on Intel

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Parallels Desktop Released

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Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11:27
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parallels-box.gifAfter a two month beta program Parallels has released the final version of Parallels Desktop for Mac. Some highlights:
- The highly successful multi-stage beta program included more than 100,000 users from 75 countries
- The product offers several key productivity features, like fullscreen/dual monitor mode, file sharing, cutting/pasting between OSes (via Parallels Tools, which is included with each copy), and can run any version of Windows (3.1-XP/2003), Linus, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, and DOS
- The product now includes Parallels Compressor, a powerful disk management tool that can compress virtual hard drives by 50% or more. This is a very useful tool, esepcially if you’re working on a laptop with a relatively small hard drive. Compressor Server (retail price $179, compatible with Windows 2000, XP and 2003) is the specific version included with Desktop.
- Final retail price will be US$79.99 (a US$150 savings versus buying Parallels Desktop and Compressor Server separately). As a special thank you to the Mac community for all of their great support, we’ll be making the product available for only US$49.99 through July 15th.

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Pimp Your MBP With Vista

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2006, 23:59
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I know that it has been reported ad nauseam all over the Web but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can install Windows Vista beta 2 on the MacBook Pro. (No word yet on if it works on the MacBook.) Hans VB’s blog has the installation instructions and a page of screen shots to go along with it.
Have you spent the two plus hours this endeavour requires? Share your experience in the comments below .

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Letterbox: Widescreen Plugin for Mail.app

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2006, 10:08
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widescreen-mail.pngMacBook and MBP users will love this tasty little upgrade for Apple’s email client. It gives you a three-pane mail view that’s perfect for widescreen notebookers. It has a small re-size bug with the middle pane and the attachement column (which gets really wide) but it’s still absolutely priceless. Expect Apple to add this to the next version of Mail – if they’ve got any clue whatsoever.

Letterbox is a plugin for Apple’s Mail.app that takes advantage of your widescreen monitor. It rearranges the interface into three vertical columns – so the message pane is to the right of the message list, rather than below. You’ll probably need at least 1280 and perhaps 1440 horizontal pixels for this layout to work well for you.Letterbox-screenshotLetterbox was born of this plea and subsequent discussion at Ars Technica.

Letterbox: Widescreen Plugin for Mail.app | aaron.harnly.net | Aaron Harnly

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Get Your NetFlix Freak on

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2006, 20:18
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netflix-freak.jpgIf you’re a NetFlix subscriber there’s a cool little application that you need to check out called NetFlix Freak.
NetFlix Freak is a Mac OS X application for managing your rental queue that is a must have for fellow freaks. In addition to viewing and managing your rental queue, NetFlix Freak offers some features that aren’t available on NetFlix.com.
For example, on the site you have to use a cryptic button interface to rearrange movies in your queue (something you need to do a lot) but NetFlix Freak allows you to drag and drop your films to rearrange them. You can also add movies to the top or bottom of your queue with one click, shuffle your queue and keep notes on movies.
The latest version supports NetFlix profiles and allows you to search IMDb, Google Movies, Rotten Tomatoes, or Amazon for movie details. I prefer to use NetFlix Freak over the Web site. The interface is simple and fast and it’s a lot easier to spontaneously add a film that you want to see using NetFlix Freak as opposed to wading through the cluttered NetFlix Web site.
Granted, NetFlix.com is busy by design. They want you to constantly rate movies so that they can build a better profile about you thus improving their recommendations. My problem is that I find myself endlessly clicking on movie ratings when I’m on the site and I forget what I came to it for in the first place.
NetFlix Freak is so loved at the PowerPage that it’s an O’Grady’s PowerPick. Download a 30-day free trial or buy it for US$15 from The Little App Factory.
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Flip4Mac WMV v2.1 Goes Universal

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:28
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flip4mac.pngFlip4Mac WMV v2.1 allows you to play Windows Media content in Apple’s QuickTime player so that you can finally uninstall Windows Media Player forever. The new v2.1 version is now Universal Binary.

Flip4Mac WMV is a collection of QuickTime components that allow you to play, import and export Windows Media files. Flip4Mac WMV can be used with most of your favorite QuickTime applications including QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
The Flip4Mac WMV components are compatible with Mac Intel and PowerPC OS X versions 10.3.9 and 10.4 and QuickTime versions 6.5 and 7.1 (recommended).

Although it’s a closed beta, there are some download links posted in the comments on Digg.com.

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