Google Web Designer
is a free and neat little HTML5 animation authoring tool (system requirements
Apple has released a developer preview
of the next version of OS X, named Mountain Lion
. A key new feature is Gatekeeper
, a security system that will allow users to decide what type of applications can be installed or launched on their personal computers. While some security experts think its a good idea
, others worry about it being subtly used to discourage users from installing non-App Store applications
Macworld has coverage of the entire update
, while Daring Fireball recounts a personal demonstration
is a cross-platform research management tool which features article databasing, PDF annotation, online backup, private, shared and public collections, metadata lookup on Google Scholar, direct exporting of multiple citation styles to Word, OpenOffice and BibTex, the ability to add documents directly from a web browser, and social networking with other members in your field of study. Like Zotero
), but out of the browser and with note-taking abilities. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
Software startup 280 North
today announced Atlas
: a rich, web-based environment for developing Mac-like web applications. [more inside]
Plainview is a free full-screen web browser
for your mac.
Until now, you had two options for showing Internet work: capture it all to Quicktime and throw it into Powerpoint or Keynote (looks nice but no interactivity as everything has to be canned) or show it in your browser (interactive but with ugly chrome distracting people from your beautiful sites).
So here's a third option. Fire up your full-screen browser and let your audience focus on the work. [more inside]
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
Peanut Gallery: DIY MST3K
for OS X. OMFG
! Via DF
MacSaber! Turn Your Mac Into a Jedi Weapon.
I cannot explain how much fun I had slashing co-workers with a laptop today.
Be careful not too get too excited. You don't want to lose your grasp on the MacBook or shake so hard you damage the hard drive. Great to try once. Or in my case, 20 minutes straight.
scrolls flickr photos across your (mac) screen.
Today's the day for Mac OS X Tiger
(10.4). Operating systems have come a long way
(what about the future
?), and Tiger presents a couple of features that are worthy of mention because of their design approach. The approach is to let "tiny-scale developers,"
developers that might not be able to write an entire application, even a small one, develop plug-ins and extensions for core system functionality. Dashboard
has a budding user community (check dashboard exposed
, apple's official gallery
) as does Spotlight
(and not just a way to add filetypes, check this
out!) and Automator
. It's interesting to note that the most hyped features of the new operating system will all have end-user-submitted
extensions and additions making them even more essential.
Best damn vaporware since the fabled OSX is going soft
— yup: real live software, folks! I just can't wait to scan my entire book and music library into this beast.
IE in bug fix mode? Then fix the bugs!
As was mentioned here
before, MS is discontinuing
the free version of IE for Mac, and offering it only as part of the MSN service instead. They also appear
to be doing the same with IE for Windows. The Web Standards Project
is demanding that they include standards bugs in the list they are going to fix, because MS has always advertised IE as standards-compliant.
"locates the very worst of Mac software. We search the web for 15 minutes a day -- so you don't have to!" [via Macintouch]
Apple releases iSync
barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?
iTunes installer débâcle
Backups are insufficiently sexy: “This time Apple deserves the lion’s share of the blame for creating an operating system that can’t be backed up and restored reliably many months after the initial release. For this reason alone, Mac OS X cannot be considered acceptable for serious use in many situations”
was released recently. Some poor OS X users lost
all their data after installing this seemingly innocuous software. (about a third of the way down)
Is being on the bleeding edge worth it? What responsibility does a software manufacturer have to prevent from damaging your data? Any other horror stories from installing just released software? Not bashing Apple, as I'm using a Mac myself.
is a fascinating ambient sound generator for Mac G3 computers. It uses the Mac's built-in DSP to create "sounds that resemble - metaphorically - the timbres of water, fire, earth, and air." If you don't have a Mac, there are Real audio files so you can hear what you're missing.
MacOS X comes of age.
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Office will be released for the new Apple OS in the fall. "Analysts had warned that without a version of Office, or similar productivity suite, running natively under Mac OS X, Apple would face problems getting businesses to switch to the new operating system. "
Today Apple announced Quicktime 5.
It sounds cool but it's only available for Macintosh right now. Doesn't Steve understand that he needs to get this software out to as many platforms as possible, as soon as possible?
Windows Media Player 7 is looking better and better...
How to tilt at windmills.
What these guys don't undestand is that Apple can't make money selling software. They develop software so that they can sell the hardware on which it runs, which is their real profit center.
iCab 2.1 is out
for a program written from scratch by one or two people (Alexander Clauss seems to be the lead), it's astounding. Absolutely full support for HTML 4 – every extended character (iCab seems to use its own font), weirdo tags like LONGDESC, ACRONYM, and ABBR, TITLEs on everything (no popups: text appears in status line). Filter out ads automatically. Only browser other than Lynx that handles metadata like LINK REL="next". The damn thing validates your code for you
(click the smiling or frowning icon at the right of the address bar). And so on. And so on. I love this program. And yes, I'm in the minority
. What else is new?