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Apple Releases Safari 4 Public Beta

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Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 09:05
Category: Software

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Apple announced the release of the Safari 4 public beta on Tuesday. According to Mac Observer, the new version of the browser includes the Nitro JavaScript Engine, faster JavaScript 4.2 processing speeds and a long list of new features including Cover Flow browsing for history and bookmarks.
The browser also includes Accessible Rich Interactive Applications, full page zoom support, CSS effects and CSS Canvas support, HTML 5 offline support, offline database support, and smart search recommendations. Other new features include a new Web Inspector, a page elements view, a JavaScript debugger, a page resources view, and more.
The Safari 4 public beta requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later on Leopard or Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later on Tiger as well as Security Update 2009-001 to install and run. The browser is available for both Mac and Windows as a free download.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback on it, hit us up in the comments, forums or drop me a line at chris @ powerpage.org.

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EMC Releases Retrospect 8 Beta 4

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Date: Friday, February 20th, 2009, 07:47
Category: Software

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EMC Corporation on Friday released the fourth public beta of Restrospect 8.0 its long-standing backup and recovery software for the Mac. The new beta consists of the following new features and changes:

  • Stability has been greatly improved, and this build should feel much better.
  • Proactive Backup (old Backup Server) monitoring is now functional, and the Pause/Run/Resume buttons now work as expected.
  • Email notification is working as designed now.
  • Repair and Rebuild Catalog functionality has been added.
  • It is now possible to set a password for the Retrospect engine by going to Preferences>General and clicking the Change Server Password button. Once you set/change the password, you will need to remove the Retrospect engine from the sidebar and re-add it using the new password.
  • Partial archiving of Time Machine data has been added. Retrospect 8.0 cannot restore a functioning Time Machine volume, but it can restore files backed up from a Time Machine volume to any non-Time Machine volume.
  • Backup and restore activities can now be previewed when using the Backup and Restore Assistants.
  • The restore files and folders workflow now has an option to restore to a new folder. When choosing this option, Retrospect may incorrectly warn you on the summary page that all other files will be deleted from the destination. This is not the case.
  • Media request notifications have been improved.
  • Several bugs related to rules (selectors) have been fixed; a handful may still remain.
  • The Retrospect 8.0 beta is currently available as a 29.7 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    Retrospect 8.0 is expected to ship in the first quarter in three versions: Desktop 3-User (US$129 new or US$59 as an upgrade), Single Server (US$809 or US$539), and Multi Server (US$1,669 or US$939). Users who purchased a new Retrospect 6.1 license on or after January 14, 2008 will receive a free upgrade.
    Let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Keynote v4 Previewed at MWSF07

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    Date: Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 12:26
    Category: Software
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    I give a lot of presentations and am a huge fan/advocate of Apple’s presentation application, Keynote. During his keynote address at Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco I noticed a few new effects that aren’t available in the shipping version of Keynote 3. So did the good folks at KeynoteUser.com who have the juice on new features that are likely to come in version 4.

    Many people noticed some unusual Keynote presentation effects in Job’s recent keynote at MacWorld (e.g. the small text exploding above). Now Brian Peat over at KeynoteUser.com has gone through the keynote with a fine-toothed comb, identifying a bunch of new stuff, like path animations and lots of explosions that cannot be done with Keynote 3

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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