WriteRoom 1.0 Beta 2

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Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 22:34
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What I really like about WriteRoom is that it’s truly distraction-free writing. If you’ve ever tried to just get some ink on paper and find yourself constantly pulled away by icons, email and that time vacuum they call the Internet, then WriteRoom if for you. Oh, and it’s free.

For Mac users who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

WriteRoom | Hog Bay Software

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Apple Re-releasing Mac OS X 10.4.7 for Intel

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Date: Friday, June 30th, 2006, 09:04
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I told you guys to wait at least three days :)

Apple Computer forgot to include some files with its Intel distribution of Mac OS X 10.4.7 Update and is issuing a revised updater, the company said in an email on Thursday.

“The install package that upgrades a Mac OS X v10.4.6 (Intel) system is being revised,” the company said. “The revision is to provide several files related to OpenGL performance that were missing.

Only the package that upgrades a Mac OS X v10.4.6 (Intel) system to Mac OS X v10.4.7 (Intel) is being changed, Apple said. All other Mac OS X v10.4.7 install packages remain unchanged.

AppleInsider | Apple re-releases Mac OS X 10.4.7 for Intel

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Adobe Releases Flash Player 9 (PPC)

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Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 09:39
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Adobe released Flash Player 9, it’s smaller and easier to download but it’s only for PPC Macs at the moment. A preview release for Intel-based Macs is here.
The new player renders up to 10 times faster, has a rebuilt Virtual Machine and makes it easier to build Web applications with Flex 2. Sadly Flex 2 is not OS X ready… will it ever be ported?

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Alleged Video of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

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Date: Wednesday, June 28th, 2006, 23:09
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leopard-video.jpgThe video posted on this blog purports to be of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard,” but it’s mighty short and a little close up. If you’re a believer, it shows a cool “open in new tab” feature in the Finder and windows fade in and out. Is it real or is it Director?

Pictures say more than words, and videos say a lot more. Leopard

Reality Resized: Just what you want to see

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Mac OS 10.4.7 Released via Software Update

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 20:13
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10.4.7-screen-shot.jpgApple just released Mac OS 10.4.7 (133 MB) via Sotware Update. The PowerPage recommends waiting at least 72 hours before installing any major software update.

The 10.4.7 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies. It includes fixes for:
- preventing AFP deadlocks and dropped connections
- saving Adobe and Quark documents to AFP mounted volumes
- Bluetooth file transfers, pairing and connecting to a Bluetooth mouse, and syncing to mobile phones
- audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
- ensuring icons are spaced correctly when viewed on desktop
- determining the space required to burn folders
- iChat audio and video connectivity, creating chat rooms when using AIM
- importing files into Keynote 3
- PDF workflows when using iCal and iPhoto
- reliable use of Automator actions within workflows
- importing and removing fonts in Font Book
- syncing addresses, bookmarks, calendar events and files to .Mac
- compatibility with third party applications and devices
- previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n303771.
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.

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Gizmo Project 2.0 Released

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Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 08:00
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gizmo-sm-ear2.jpgVoice Over IP (VOIP) software Gizmo Project has released version 2.0 of their free software with smoother and more reliable calling. It’s like having a phone in your computer. New features include:
- Integration with the Asterisk office PBX
- Improved buddy list presence display
- Support for “Growl” notifications (Mac)
- Call-routing improvements for greater reliability
- Conference-calling improvements
- New low rates on International calls
- Improved audio quality for home networks

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BC vs. Parallels Shoot-Out: WinXP Performance on the Mac

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Date: Monday, June 26th, 2006, 08:00
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In this article for News.com Daniel A. Begun pits Apple’s Boot Camp against the agile rival Parallels Desktop at running Windows XP:

Apple’s own Boot Camp Public Beta allows you to install Windows XP SP2 onto an Intel Mac, giving you a dual-boot system. Parallels takes a slightly different approach with its Parallels Desktop for Mac, a virtual machine application. Instead of Boot Camp’s dual-boot approach, Parallels Desktop runs Windows XP directly on the Mac OS desktop (in what Parallels calls “near-native performance”)–allowing you to run both OSs simultaneously and switch back and forth seamlessly.

Heresy: Windows XP performance on a Mac – Alpha Blog – alpha.cnet.com

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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
Category: Software

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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