Apr 27

Software Updates: DiscBlaze, JABsoft

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Radical Breeze has released version 6.1.5 of DiscBlaze, their CD/DVD burning application for OS X. The new version adds support for Growl notifications for burning, erasing, and disc image creation.

Jonathan Nathan has released numerous updates to his software products. Finder Window Manager has been updated to version 1.9.5, with OSX 10.4 and Universal Binary compatibility. EntourageABMenu is now at version 1.4 and JABMenu is at v1.1, both with enhancements such as a recently used contacts submenu, contact URLs and notes, and the ability to sort contact submenus.

Apr 24

Apple releases 17″ MacBook Pro

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Apple has released the 17″ MacBook Pro, with a 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo CPU, 1680×1050 17″ display, and FireWire 800. Other specs are identical to the 15″ MBP.

Apr 14

Software Updates: JABMenu, DEVONapps

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JABMenu is a new productivity tool for Mac OS X that allows access to your OS X Address Book through a system-wide menu.

DEVONtechnologies has released maintenance updates of its DEVONthink Professional and DEVONagent applications, along with Universal Binaries for DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote.

Apr 08

OS Virtualization for Intel Core-based Macs

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Parallels has released a 45-day trial of Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X. The software (normally priced at $49.95) lets you run other x86-based operating systems in virtual machines on your desktop. Utilizing Intel’s “VT” extensions on supported machines, virtual machines can run at near-native performance.

Apr 06

Firefox Universal Binaries

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Mozilla has released test Universal Binaries of Firefox for Mac OS X. I’ve been running the pre-1.5.0.2 version on my Core Duo iMac at home for the past two months with zero problems whatsoever.

Apr 05

Apple releases Windows dual-boot loader

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Apple has released a beta version of Boot Camp, software and drivers to enable dual-booting of Windows XP on an Intel-based Macintosh.

“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”

Apple notes “Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.” as well as “Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.”.

Boot Camp requires a Macintosh firmware update: iMac (Intel), MacBook Pro (Intel), Mac mini (Intel)

Apr 03

Mac OS X 10.4.6 Released

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Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update (Intel, PPC). This update fixes general operating system issues and contains all recent Apple security patches.

Apr 03

Software Updates: AppZapper 1.3

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AppZapper has been updated to version 1.3, introducing a “QuickZap” feature that lets you zap (uninstall) widgets, preference panes, and plugins using a new “gear” drop-down menu.

AppZapper requires Mac OS X 10.4 and is $12.95. Upgrades from prior versions are free.