Flip4Mac WMV v2.1 Goes Universal

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, 08:28
Category: Software

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.


Killer Treo App: Highway Manager

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2006, 14:48
Category: Software

highway-mgr.gifWith the gas prices today, everyone is keeping a closer eye on their fuel economy. I used to carry a little printed spreadsheet in my glove box and meticulously track every fill up to keep tabs on my MPG. Now with the advent of the Treo 650 smartphone I’ve found the replacement for the little piece of paper in the the glove.
Highway Manager (US$15) is a great little application from the developer of Tiny Stocks (another of my Treo faves) that allows you to easily track your fuel economy on a Palm or Windows Mobile powered device. At each fill up you enter the odometer reading (in miles or kilometers), the amount of fuel (in gallons or liters) how much you paid, and the rest is done for you.
Highway Manager not only shows you the bad news (!) it also presents it in a number of different ways. The charts and graphs are compelling but I mostly keep it on the MPG screen. Highway Manager will even give you statistics a vehicle basis (it tracks up to 10) or on a date range basis (“how much did I spend last quarter?”).
Every entry can be assigned to a different category (e.g.: business, personal, etc) allowing you to easily categorize all the expenses relating to your car or motorcycle. Highway Manager also supports the concept of a trip allowing you to track of statistics based on an event. Each entry can be annotated with notes which are handy come tax time.
Sure beats that little piece of paper.


Aperture Update Squeezes Older Systems

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Software

aperture-box-200.jpgI wanted to bring to your attention a major problem Aperture users are experiencing. Like many others when Aperture was released I ordered a new PowerMac to be able to run Aperture. At the time the nVIDIA GeForce 6600 was a recommended video card.
With the release of Aperture 1.1 the minimum system requirements have jumped up quite a bit.
While he GeForce 6600 is still “supported” with 1.1 the issue is that it used to be a “recommended” card with Aperture 1.0 and now it is part of the “minimum system requirements” just barely making the minimum. I purchased the PowerMac specifically to use with Aperture.
While I do not expect Apple to maintain full backwards system compatibility I think this is certainly excessive. As it currently stands Aperture is painfully slow and all indications are the only fix is upgrading my graphics card to the GeForce 7800 GT.
Unfortunately Apple will not sell this card alone nor do they provide an upgrade path. I along with many other users have discussed this on the Aperture mailing list and we are hoping to group together a sufficient number of users to help encourage Apple to offer an upgrade option to the GeForce 7800 or take my system back and I will order a new one with the GeForce card. The discussion is available online at here.
Contributed by: Alex Rodriguez


.Mac Public Folders Accessible in a Browser

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

If you’ve got a .Mac account and want to share files with non-Mac users, or if you are a PC user, and want to access a .Mac user’s Public folder, things have just got a lot easier.
Entering the URL ‘idisk.mac.com/membername-Public’ (where ‘membername’ is the, erm, member’s name) in your web browser will render a page that includes download links for the contents of that .Mac account’s Public folder.
You can also let friends and colleagues use your iDisk Public folder page to upload and share files themselves by selecting the iDisk pane in .Mac System Preferences and choosing the Read/Write option for your Public Folder.
There is the option to add password-protection if you want to limit access to a chosen few. If you add password-protection, your visitors will be prompted for a password when they first visit your Public folder. Note: your visitors should enter “public” (without the quotes) in the Name field when prompted for the Name and Password by Safari.
Web Public folders requires on of the following browsers (it doesn’t currently work with Flock -Ed):
- Safari 1.3 or later (Mac)
- Firefox 1.0.4 or later (Mac or Win)
- Explorer 6 or later (Win)
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


Tiny Stocks’ Stock Manager for Palm OS

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

stock-manager.gifStock Manager (US$25) is a best-selling stock portfolio program for mobile phones and is a must have for Treo-toting mobile technologists with a stock portfolio.
If you have a smartphone with a mobile data plan you can get up-to-date stock information over the Internet. Stock Manager also comes with a desktop synchronization module that automatically updates your portfolio when you synchronize your device with your computer.
Stock Manager retrieves the current stock price, the day’s high, low, change, volume, bid, ask and 52-week high and low values. It’s also multi-currency enabled and features customizable alerts based on current price, profit and profit percent.
If you’re looking for a way to keep tabs on your portfolio while you’re on the go, Stock Manager is a perfect solution. It’s a must have for Treo smartphone users IMHO.
Tiny Stocks’ Stock Manager (US$25, free trial) is available for Palm OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Windows Mobile Smartphone.


Time to Patch, Apple

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 08:54
Category: Software

Washington Post tech writer Brian Krebs examines how long it has taken Apple to correct serious flaws.

Here’s what I found: Over the past two years, after being notified about serious security flaws in its products, it took Apple about 91 days on average to issue patches to correct those vulnerabilities. I also found that almost without exception, open-source Linux vendors were months ahead of Apple in fixing the same flaws.

Contributed by: Walt Atwood


Whining about Universal Software for your Intel Mac?

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Date: Friday, April 28th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

I have been reading many posts on the PowerPage and other similar Mac interest sites over the past month or two, as well as reviews from reputable publications regarding the Intel Macs. Many of the recommendations I’ve read are to not buy an Intel Mac now based on the fact that Universal Binary versions of certain pieces of software – specifically Adobe’s Creative Suite – are not yet available. Many of the reviews state that when running non-Universal applications under the Rosetta emulation environment, you will experience a MAJOR decrease in speed and application response as well as slowing down your entire system to a crawl. This is just NOT TRUE.
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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.


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