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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVDs surface in Apple online store, available for $19.99

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Date: Friday, November 23rd, 2012, 08:45
Category: News, retail, Software

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In as much as it’s useful to keep operating systems on thumb drives and recovery partitions, there are times where you miss having an emergency DVD on hand.

That being said, this should be useful.

Discovered by French web site MacGeneration and the mighty Mac Observer, Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard has returned to Apple’s Online Store as a physical disc purchase after being removed upon the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in July.

Snow Leopard, released in August of 2009, was the first Apple operating system to run exclusively on Intel processors. It was also the last version of OS X to include Rosetta, Apple’s translation software that allowed applications written for PowerPC-based Macs to run seamlessly on Intel-powered machines.

Most importantly for owners of older Macs, Snow Leopard represented a crucial transition point for Apple. The Mac App Store, which launched in early January 2011 exclusively on Snow Leopard 10.6.6, inaugurated a new era of digital software distribution. Starting with the launch of OS X 10.7 Lion in July 2011 and continuing with Mountain Lion in July 2012, the primary method for Mac owners to receive new versions of OS X became the Mac App Store (there were indeed other methods of acquiring a new version of OS X, such as the short-lived official USB installer or by making your own, but these were limited options for relatively advanced users).

For users who had already upgraded their eligible Macs to Snow Leopard, the upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion was simple: purchase and download it from the Mac App Store. But if users were still on OS X 10.5 Leopard or 10.4 Tiger, they would first have to install Snow Leopard to gain access to the Mac App Store, and then purchase and download Lion or Mountain Lion.

As a result, Apple kept OS X Snow Leopard for sale in its online store until the launch of Mountain Lion when, for reasons unknown, the company removed it. Now, thankfully, the Snow Leopard installation DVD is back for US$19.99, and is currently in stock with free shipping.

While it is true that most Mac owners who are eligible to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion have already done so (or have at least upgraded to Snow Leopard), for the remaining holdouts who want to try a newer version of OS X, or for current users who want a copy of Snow Leopard in case they ever need to run a PowerPC app via Rosetta, now is the time to snag it while it’s still available.

Dropbox updated to 1.6.0

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Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012, 07:19
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

Late Friday, Dropbox released version 1.6.0 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:
– New icons! (Retina support!).

– Improved performance through use of Python 2.7.

– New Mac installer (just double click!).

– Faster startup time for Mac users with lots of files.

– Improved web login from client.

Dropbox 1.6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 1.5.46 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2012, 07:18
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a decent public beta.

On Wednesday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.46 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 24.5 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixed Web Login opening an HTML editor instead of a Browser in OS X.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.46 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 1.5.44 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Monday, November 5th, 2012, 07:40
Category: News, Software

Even the small updates make a difference.

Over the weekend, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.44 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 24.5 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fix creating shared links for non-ASCII file names.

– Fix some edge cases for web login.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.44 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 1.5.42 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, 07:39
Category: News, Software

If you’re feeling a little brave today, this might come in handy.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.42 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 25.7 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fix web login not opening a browser.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.42 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox updated to 1.4.20

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Date: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 18:34
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 1.4.20 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 22.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fix menu icon not showing for Ubuntu 12.10.

– Fix tray icon not showing for Windows 8.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.4.20 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 1.5.37 beta goes live, now available for download

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Date: Friday, October 12th, 2012, 07:06
Category: News, Software

Hey, a public beta is a public beta.

On Friday, Dropbox released a public beta of version 1.5.37 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 24.5 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fix rare hang when resuming.

– Fix Icon Overlays and Context Menu in XP.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 1.5.37 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

SpamSieve updated to 2.9.5

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Date: Friday, September 21st, 2012, 11:24
Category: News, Software

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You’ve got to hand it to him: Michael Tsai keeps a good thing going.

Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.5. The new version, a 10 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and improvements:

– Updated the Apple Mail plug-in to work with Security Update 2012-004 (Snow Leopard) for Mac OS X 10.6.8. If, after installing this update, you don’t see the SpamSieve commands in Mail’s Message menu, it may be necessary to go to the SpamSieve menu and choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In.

– The AppleScripts for controlling the Griffin PowerMate seem to trigger a crashing bug in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Thus, SpamSieve’s Flash PowerMate option has been turned off. You can try re-enabling it in the preferences if desired.

– When training a message as good from Apple Mail, SpamSieve is better at figuring out which account it came from.

– Worked around problems on some Macs that could prevent SpamSieve from receiving training commands from Apple Mail on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

– Import Blocklist Regex Rules is a sample AppleScript that shows how to create blocklist rules using the contents of a text file.

– Made various improvements to the manual.

SpamSieve retails for US$30.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

SpamSieve updated to 2.9.4

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Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, 06:06
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock improvements to a pretty-much-indispensable shareware application.

Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.4. The new version, a 10 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and improvements:

– Made various changes to improve SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy.

– Revised and expanded the Frequently Asked Questions to make it easier for people to find, fix, and report problems.

– Fixed a problem where SpamSieve could crash when processing messages from Apple Mail on OS X 10.8, particularly after the Mac had awakened from sleep.

– Workedaround on an issue on OS X 10.8 that could cause training SpamSieve from Apple Mail to be very slow.

– The Train as Good command in Outlook will now move messages from the trash back to the inbox.

– Made various updates to the manual for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, for example clarifying that SpamSieve works (via Apple Mail) during a Power Nap.

– Worked around a problem where Apple Mail couldn’t communicate with SpamSieve if the /etc/hosts file was damaged.

– Improved the error reporting when SpamSieve detects that one of its files is damaged.

– Added defensive coding to try to track down a notification icon problem when running in French.

– You can now set the MJTSoundLoadFromApps default to false if you want to prevent SpamSieve from looking for notification sounds installed by other applications, e.g. to prevent mounting an encrypted Microsoft User Data folder.

– Fixed a bug handling errors if a software update failed; if it succeeded, the .dmg file is now deleted to reduce clutter.

– After purchasing, SpamSieve used to show your user image to indicate that it had been successfully personalized. It now shows a generic checkmark to avoid prompting you for Contacts access on OS X 10.8.

– Added an icon for the crash reporter, since it’s now displayed under OS X 10.8.

– Fixed a bug where Apple Mail on Mac OS X 10.5 would log (harmless) errors about _NSAutoreleaseNoPool.

– Fixed a bug where the Apple Mail plug-in sometimes logged confusing error messages about not being able to launch SpamSieve even though it was already launched.

– Fixed a bug where the Apple Mail plug-in reported the wrong installation path in an error message when running on OS X 10.8.

SpamSieve retails for US$30.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

smcFanControl updated to 2.4, Mountain Lion, Retina support among changes included

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, 06:49
Category: News, Software

On Tuesday, software developer eidac released version 2.4 of its smcFanControl utility, a free program that allows users to adjust the minimum fan speed of their Intel-based Macs, thereby allowing the unit to potentially run cooler.

The new version, a 768 kilobyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Gatekeeper.

– Support for Retina Macbook Pro.

– smcFanControl is now a 64 Bit application.

– AutoStart works now without AppleScript.

– Support for Mac OS X 10.4 is deprecated.

– The source code for smcFanControl is now available at Github.

smcFanControl 2.4 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.