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December 18, 2003

iTunes 4.2, QuickTime v6.5 and Mac OS X v10.3.2 available to download

This week, Apple has released iTunes 4.2 (Mac and Windows. Now you can buy music with an AOL account), QuickTime v6.5 (Mac and Windows) and Mac OS X v10.3.2 (update). The enhancements in Panther are releated with Address Book, Mail, Networking, Print, Fax, Finder, FireWire etc. Read details here. Some quotes:

"Apple's details on what's new in iTunes 4.2 are scant, but according to the documentation included with the download, the new version of iTunes now allows users to sign in and buy music using either their Apple or AOL accounts, view the iTunes Music Store in a separate window, and includes a number of performance improvements." Read iTunes v4.2 now available for download (MacCentral)

"Apple on Wednesday released QuickTime v6.5, a new version of its core multimedia technology for the Mac and Windows. The new version incorporates new features and updates, including expanded support for mobile multimedia, improved DV playback options and more." Read Apple releases QuickTime 6.5 (MacCentral)

"Apple has released Mac OS X v10.3.2, an update to its "Panther" operating system, available for download through the Software Update System Preferences pane. Apple also notes that a standalone installer is available. The new update is recommended for all users, according to Apple." Read 10.3.2 available for download (MacCentral)

December 19, 2003

FutureCandy release Gordon 1.2.4.

As you know, Gordon is "the only SWF decompiler, resource extractor and SWF editor built for Mac OS X."

FutureCandy states that this update resolve two bugs:

1) On rare occasions Action Script was not correctly displayed.
2) Large transparent JPG data caused Gordon to quit unexpectedly (Mac OS 10.1 and 10.2 only)


Gordon Free Trial version 1.2.4 is also available to download.

Only 16 days after the release of Flash Gordon 1.2.3, appear this new update... I mean, after the release of Gordon 1.2.3... ;)

December 22, 2003

MacWorld on Dreamweaver MX 2004

MacWorld has published a review on Dreamweaver MX 2004. "Dreamweaver has become an indispensable part of any Web-site developer's tool kit, and Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the latest incarnation of Macromedia's powerful Web-site– development tool." Read more here (link).



December 30, 2003

MacWorld review: Flash MX 2004

MacWorld has just published a review of Flash MX 2004: "Flash MX 2004. Development tool of choice for creating rich Internet content." You can read the review here (link).

Ars Technica: Mac.Ars takes on 2003: the year in review

Yep, another Top things of 2003. This time Ars Technica: "Mac.Ars wraps up the year with a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly for Apple while also looking ahead at what 2004 may hold. Was 2003 Apple's best year ever? Will 2004 be better? See what Mac.Ars has to say"
Read more here. Visit Mac.Ars takes on 2003: the year in review. Pretty good review by Eric Bangeman.

January 1, 2004

Charles Arthur: Predictions and advices for 2004

The Independet has published the predictions and avices of Charles Arthur for 2004. What surprise me in particular was this advice:
"If you're buying a computer in the coming year, don't get one that uses Windows. It's simply too insecure. (Did you know there's a secret "administrator" account and password on every machine? You didn't? Every hacker does.) Get one with the Linux operating system installed (Evesham does them, for example) or an Apple machine running OSX. Both systems are fast, stable and secure. With Windows XP... well, sometimes two out of three really IS bad." Read the Independent's article here (link).

[Via Slashdot]

January 3, 2004

Ash and Smoke

"Ash and Smoke" of corse, is my favorite song (Howard Shore) of The Return Of The King (The Lord of The Rings). You can hear the first 30 seconds of this song here link to iTunes Music Store (click in album and then "Ash and Smoke"). You need iTunes.

"The End of All Things" is ok too. "A Storm is Coming"... is quite something, if you see what I mean..... hmmm and I don't like "Into the West", the top download. It's not my style... of life :p Ah! "Shelob's Lair" is nice before breakfast tho.

January 8, 2004

Wired and Tim O'Reilly: We're All Mac Users Now

"This month is the 20th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh. To mark the occasion, Wired News is running several stories this week about the groundbreaking machine, the people who created it and the Mac's impact on computing and culture in general." A must read (link).
Read Tim O'Reilly comment here (link).
Read John Dowdell article on "O'Reilly blogs Mac?" here (link).

As far as I'm concerned, I love my macs, my apple hardware and software, my .mac, apple's website,... althought buy in Europe apple's products is quite something. Next target: G5 (tech specs - QTVR).

January 9, 2004

Breaking windows with apples: The Battle of the Middle-Earth?

A battle?... Well, I'm just a hobbit trying to make a living then. Steve Gillmor ( eWeek) has published "Battle of the Bands: Gates vs. Jobs": "In dueling tradeshow keynotes this week, Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates laid out their competing visions for digital convergence. To Messaging and Collaboration editor Steve Gillmor, Apple now holds the lead position." Read more here ( link).

Hmmm... I wonder who is going to win-dows this year... I like apples ;)

January 12, 2004

Apple? No, potatoes! Coding in apples is cool but in potatoes...

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police are investigating after an angry man returned a computer he had just bought saying it was packed with small potatoes instead of computer parts.
Reuters

Heh, I make my coding most of the time with apples :p

March 5, 2004

Great news: Macromedia will begin experimenting with Linux support!

"Speaking at FlashForward, an annual conference for developers who work with Macromedia's Flash format, Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch said the company would begin soon by offering optimizations to allow Flash MX, its main set of tools for creating Flash content, to work smoothly with Wine, an emulation program that allows Windows programs to run on a Linux PC. Depending on developer interest, the next step would be to produce Linux-native versions of Flash MX and other applications.
"What we've been investigating is, When will it be time to bring our tools to Linux?" Lynch said. "I think it might be happening now."
"
Read more here
Great news! I would like not only Flash but the whole Studio pack running in Linux! I really want that. Macromedia: please listen Tim O'Reilly, Linux application market share is cheap right now, don't wait the rush to catch up to the leaders who moved early. Be the leaders!!!

Related entries:
Charles Arthur: Predictions and advices for 2004
Fantasy and Reality of 2004: Macromedia products for Linux?

December 27, 2005

SWF Movie Player by Eltima Software (Freeware)

"SWF Movie Player is a free, small and streamlined Flash movie player for Mac OS. Based on the standard Macromedia Flash player for Mac OS X, SWF Movie Player by Eltima Software offers advanced and unique features that allow you to play, rewind, fast-forward and preview SWF files frame-by-frame, and also create and manage playlists, zoom movies in and out, fit to current window size or restore to original one, set playback quality, control Flash security, check SWF file's comprehensive information and lots more."
Download it here.

February 2, 2006

Macworld: Adobe offers further details on Intel plans

"Earlier this week, Adobe commented on its plans for supporting Apple’s Intel Macs. While the company initially only released its plans for the Creative Suite and Lightroom applications, Adobe on Wednesday offered further details on some of its other applications, including those recently purchased from Macromedia. [...] Customers of Macromedia applications recently obtained by Adobe are not being left out in the cold. Macromedia applications that Adobe is evaluating for Intel support include Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Flash Basic, Fireworks and Contribute."
Read more here.

February 23, 2006

Adobe's primary motivation behind the acquisition of Macromedia: Flash

"[email protected]: Let's start with the basic question: What was the primary motivation behind the acquisition of Macromedia?
Chizen: Flash.
[email protected]: That simple?
Chizen: The combination of [Acrobat's] PDF [file format] and the Adobe Reader with Flash's SWF [file format] and the Flash Player enables us to create an "engagement platform." Think of it as a layer or a vehicle in which anybody can present information that could be engaged with in an interactive, compelling, reliable, relatively secure way -- across all kinds of devices, all kinds of operating systems."
Read more here

February 24, 2006

Apple iTunes Hits Its Billionth Download: ABC News

"There's been a counter on Apple's iTunes Web page since early February that's been ticking up to the music service's 1 billionth download, and sometime last night it happened."
Read more here.

April 23, 2006

A dual-core Intel engine or not to be ?

I want to buy a new laptop and it will be powered by a dual-core Intel engine (see video). Yes, a Macbook Pro... but honestly, I'm not sure... ! 2 699 € ! Please add comments to help me taking this decision !

April 29, 2006

"For Apple's Windows Strategy to Work, It Must Replace Microsoft Office and Buy Adobe Systems"

Link. Via slashdot. Related post at slashdot: " Financials Indicate Microsoft Prepping for War".

September 17, 2006

CNET compares Windows Vista to Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

"Last week, while Microsoft was preparing to announce its Windows Vista Release Candidate 1, CNET obtained an early alpha developer's release of Apple's new Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. While it is grossly unfair to compare a feature-complete operating system from Microsoft with an early build of a new operating system from Apple, we couldn't resist."
Read more here.

Mac OS Leopard Sneak Peek

"Advancing the world's most advanced operating system"
See it here.

September 29, 2006

How green is my Apple: The Guardian

"Greenpeace has produced a fake Apple site that berates the company for its failure to do more to protect the environment. It says: "A cutting edge company shouldn't be cutting lives short by exposing children in China and India to dangerous chemicals.""
Read more here.

Apple releases Mac OS X security update: CNet

"A total of 15 security vulnerabilities are fixed in the update, which is available on Apple's Downloads page or through its Software Update service. The update fixes flaws in certain features of Mac OS X and Safari, but also Adobe System's Flash Player."
Read more here.

October 5, 2006

Apple Mac Pro is crowned the fastest "PC" in the UK: PCPRO

"The quad-core Apple Mac Pro has set new records in PC Pro's benchmarks, in the UK's first independent speed test of the latest Intel-based Mac. The Mac Pro is fitted with two of the top-end workstation-orientated Xeon CPUs. This effectively makes it a quad-core machine, and it's fabulously fast for CPU-intensive tasks, as long as the application in question is able to use them all."
Read more here.

October 9, 2006

To Vista, or not to Vista: The Inquirer

"ANYONE SHOPPING for a new computer in the next six to twelve months is going to have one big headache facing them. (Except for the Mac people, who are happy to buy Macs regardless what is going on in the world). For the "rest of us" – the 90 percent of us that buy PC-based hardware (Well, I could say that's all of us, since the Mac people are buying simplified PCs with better looking cases and a different operating system, but the Mac people would argue not), there are tough choices ahead. If you want to stay on the leading/bleeding edge, Windows Vista will allegedly/supposedly be available in January 2007 and might show up installed on "Windows Vista" optimized configurations around that time or shortly thereafter."
Read more here.

December 1, 2006

Apple Prototypes: 5 Products We Never Saw: Slashdot

"For every Apple product we see on the shelves, there are dozens that never make it to production. Sometimes, these rare gems surface on the web for us to take a look at, and ponder what might have been. Scouring through the interweb, I've compiled this list of 5 Apple products that only the most hardcore of hardcore MacAddicts have ever stumbled across."
Read more here.

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