Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.6 Released

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Date: Friday, November 20th, 2009, 06:25
Category: Software

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Late Thursday, developer Mark/Space released The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.6, a 40.1 megabyte download (via MacUpdate). The application syncs contact information, calendars and tasks with Address Book and iCal, and can also transfer photos, syncs contact photos, syncs music playlists and video, synchronizes notes with Microsoft Entourage, Bare Bones Yojimbo or Mark/Space Notebook, copy folders, documents and files to the Palm OS device, lets you save text messages and extract information, and copies your Treo and Centro call history to your Mac.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixed an issue that caused the application to hang, which caused an inability to connect successfully after computer sleep or Bluetooth changes.

Missing Sync for Palm OS retails for US$40, is also available as a US$30 “crossgrade” for users of other Mark/Space products. The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Google Earth 5.1.3533.1731 Released

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Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2009, 05:34
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, software giant Google released version 5.1.3533.1731 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 15.9 megabyte download, adds the following new features:

- Improved Startup Time. The improvement is most noticeable when users launch the Earth application multiple times.
- Improved overall rendering performance. Changes include faster atmosphere rendering and using compressed textures whenever possible.
- Improved Road rendering Performance: Frame rate at places with dense road networks is three times faster than in previous releases.
- Improved memory utilization in the application.
- Significantly smoother frame-rate and less stuttering in the application compared to previous releases.
- Improved performance with large region based network link KML documents. Some of large KML documents are now processed and rendered at more than twice the speed of earlier releases.
- Improved KML document handling performance. Large regionated KML Image overlays are up to 80% faster than previous releases.
- Support for KML hint = moon or mars to switch to moon or mars based on kml document.
- Availability of one installer that installs both the Google Earth application and browser plugin.
- Desktop Application now works on Windows 7.
- Users can set the memory cache size up to 1024 MB now.

The new version requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Camino 2.0 Released

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Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2009, 05:22
Category: News

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Late Wednesday, the Camino Project released version 2.0 of Camino, its free, open source web browser.
The new version, a 15.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Improved tabbed browsing:
- The Tab Overview feature displays a grid of thumbnails of the tabs in the current window.

- Tabs can be rearranged by dragging and dropping.

- Command-click now defaults to opening links in new tabs instead of new windows.

New security features:
- Camino now supports the Google Safe Browsing service to provide warnings about many potentially malicious websites.

- Camino now displays error pages for secure web pages using invalid or untrusted certificates.

Full content zoom:
- Camino now has support for making the entire contents of a web page bigger or smaller.

Download notifications:
- If Growl is installed, Camino will generate notifications when downloads begin and finish.

- On Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, Camino will bounce the downloads folder in the Dock when a download finishes.

Recently closed pages:
-The History menu now contains a sub-menu listing the last 20 closed web pages.

Improved support for Full Keyboard Access:
- When Full Keyboard Access is enabled, tabbing now moves correctly through the entire browser window.

Enhanced annoyance blocking:
- Camino now includes an exceptions list to allow disabling “Block Flash animations” on a per-site basis and an “Allow Flash From This Site” contextual menu item to ease adding sites to the exceptions list.

New AppleScript capabilities:
- AppleScripts can now obtain the HTML source or text of an entire web page or of a selection.

- Added AppleScript support for setting the active tab in each browser window.

Web content support:
- Camino now uses version 1.9.0 of Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, which contains thousands of bug fixes, better web plug-in compatibility and performance, enhanced support for web standards, and new technologies like JavaScript 1.8.

Camino requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the new version of Camino and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know.

Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.5.6, 2008 12.2.3, Open XML Converter 1.1.3 Updates

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Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 04:09
Category: Software

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Late Tuesday, Microsoft released updates for its Office 2004, 2008 suites as well as its Open XML Converter application.

The new versions of Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 and Open XML Converter improve security and offer fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

The updates require Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to install and run and can be located and installed with the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool in the Applications folder.

Cocktail 4.6 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2009, 06:27
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Added ability to clear data detectors caches.
- Added ability to clear QuickLook caches.
- Added “Prevent name to be included when copying email address” setting (Interface – Mail).
- Added “Enable autoplay” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show subtitles when available” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Remain in full screen when QuickTime Player is inactive” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Allow simultaneous recordings” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Hide titlebar” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show movie controls” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).

Cocktail 4.6 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.5.5 Update

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Date: Friday, November 6th, 2009, 05:28
Category: Software

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Early Thursday, Mozilla.org released version 3.5.5 of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, a 17.7 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

- Version 3.5.5 fixes three stability bugs.

Firefox 3.5.5 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.

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

Apple Seeds Latest 10.6.2 Build, Includes Bug Fixes for Fusion 3.0, iMacs, Retains Atom Support

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:59
Category: Software

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Apple has released the most recent build of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 operating system update. Per AppleInsider, sources familiar with the build, titled 10C540 have said that it contains fixes for AirPort performance issues on the newly released iMacs and also resolves a problem which arose when plugging and unplugging a system to an Apple TV. A VMWare fix is also included, presumably for the newly released Fusion version 3.0.

The new build also fixes reported panic issues with USB, Apple Filing Protocol, and some video cards.

In the 10.6.2 update, Apple plans on fixing and tweaking nearly 150 OS X components.

Some components slated for fixes include: AppleBacklight, Battery Menu, Dictionary, Expose, FileSync, Family Controls, Fonts, Front Row, HFS, Inkwell, iPhoto, MobileMe, OpenCL, Parental Controls, QuickTime, Screen Sharing, Spell Checker, Spotlight, Time Machine, and USB.

The new build also reportedly restores support for Intel’s Atom processor, which was said to have been blacklisted and might not be supported in the update given its popularity in the “Hackintosh” community.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 is expected to be released sometime this month and will reportedly be around 480 MB in size.

Adium Updated to 1.3.8

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 04:36
Category: Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.3.8.

The new version, a 21.4 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Updated pidgin-facebook chat, fixing login.
- Corrected the Events preferences not displaying the correct list on Snow Leopard.

Adium X is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

Some MacBook, MacBook Pro Users Report Overheating Under Snow Leopard

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 04:30
Category: MacBook, MacBook Pro

A number of MacBook and MacBook Pro users are reporting that their systems running inordinately hot after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, causing their fans to work exceptionally loud. According to CNET, users in this thread on the Apple Support Discussions forums focus the issue primarily on MacBook Pros, though some scattered entries from MacBook owners suggest the issues may be noticed in many of Apple’s notebooks.

Users’ machines tend to run extremely hot, causing the fans to cycle at a high rate and deplete battery power at an accelerated clip. ASD forum user “Ryan83″ reports:

“Fans running constantly at 6000 RPM without any program running – - just letting it idle or running solely iTunes. iPhoto 09 unusable – - when you edit in full screen – - the screen shows colored artifacts all over. Internet has been very spotty and misbehaves.”

Similar symptoms are reported by many of the thread contributors. Typically, CPU usage will spike when users do media-heavy actions with their systems, such as editing photos with Photoshop, cutting movies with Final Cut Pro, or watching media online at sites like YouTube or Hulu. Some users suggest that it could be a hardware issue with the actual fans, though this is unlikely (at least at first). Because most users report the problem after their upgrade to Snow Leopard, chances are it is a software issue. If left unattended, the problem could eventually lead to the fans, logic board, or other hardware becoming corrupt.

Some things to check :
- Be sure all your programs are Snow Leopard compatible. Several users reported that updating the notification utility, Growl, to the Snow Leopard ready version, 1.2, solved their overheating issues. Users should open Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities) and take a look at any background processes that may be running. If any of those programs are not Snow Leopard compatible, they could be causing the excessive CPU usage and heat production.

- When in doubt, especially if you are under AppleCare, taking your machine to an AppleCare Authorized Technician or an Apple Store is a good idea. You will want to avoid any future damage to your hardware as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a solution may involve reinstalling Snow Leopard. Be sure you have a stable and current backup of all your important data. As we have mentioned in recent articles, the 10.6.2 update for Snow Leopard is expected very soon and includes (based on information from beta releases) a myriad of fixes that may include a solution to the overheating issue. When the update is made available, drop by MacFixIt to get a rundown of all the included fixes.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or found a workaround or fix of your own, please let us know in the comments.

Onyx 2.1 Out the Door

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Date: Monday, November 2nd, 2009, 10:32
Category: Software

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Onyx, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.1. The new version, a 12.1 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Very many modifications in this version of Onyx. They relate to primarily compatibility with Snow Leopard.
- No installer anymore… Just drag and drop.
- Now, you can uninstall OnyX from the OnyX menu of the application.

OnyX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.