Yeah, it was overdue already. The guys over at MacUpdate just launched their pre-chrismas holiday app bundle. For US$49 you will get:
Data Rescue 3 (instead of US$99)
One of the best data recovery tool for the Mac
Espresso 2 (instead of US$75)
One of the best CSS, HTML, XML, JavsScript editing tools around
TotalFinder (instead of US$18)
The Must-have tool, since Apple’s finder is really still total crap
TotalSpaces (instead of US$15)
brings eventually back the grid-style spaces to OS X 10.7 and 10.8
Snapz Pro X 2.5 (instead of US$69)
Screenshots and video capturing made as easy as possible
Mac DVDRipper Pro 4 (instead of US$25)
Copying, Ripping and Converting DVDs made easy, in times of MacBookAirs this tool looks vintage to me ;-)
PopChar X 6 (instead of US$38)
Accessing special font characters made easy, usable scenarios really unknown to me
MoneyWell 2 (instead of US$50)
some finance manager, I would never use ;-)
Swift Publisher 3 (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, but sounds interesting
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (instead of US$30)
Sim Game in Theme Park style. For those of you who have enuff time for games ;-)
Company of Heroes (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, sounds like the typical military strategy game
Anyway: the bundle makes sense at least for the TotalFinder, DataRescue, TotalSpaces and Snapz Pro. Means you can’t do anything wrong by buying it. And who knows, probably PopChar, MoneyWell and Swift Publisher might turn out to be useful aswell. The first 12,000 buyers will get Live Interior 3D for free on top (saves you another US$129)…
CrossOver is an emulation layer for MacOS X and Linux. In contrast to virtualization solutions like VMWare, Parallels or VirtualBox, it allows running thousands of Windows applications, tools and games without having to install a legit Windows operating system.
One of the leading suppliers of digital signal processing devices Universal Audio will be at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt
between March 21th and 24th and they will raffle off a UAD-2 Quad DSP Card each and every day.
They will also be publicly demoing their latest flagship Apollo. So don’t hesitate to stop by at the S.E.A./Universal Audio booth in Hall 5.1, #C68.
With the release of Mac OS 10.7 Lion VMWare seem to have decided that all of Apple’s latest operating systems can be virtualized. VMWare Fusion 4.1. (released Nov 17th, 2011) thus allows the installation of all Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and 10.6. Snow Leopard versions; vulgo: the server and client editions.
Voicemail From Infinite Loop
The tiny downside is, VMWare seem to have gotten an urgent call from a fruity garage company in Infinite Loop soon after their release of VMWare Fusion 4.1. That’s why they issued VMWare Fusion 4.1.1 (released Nov 23rd, 2011) almost immediately, thus effectively reverting the capability of virtualizing the Mac OS X client versions.
Fusion 4.1.1 Update Bars Client Installations Again
That means: if you are running VMWare Fusion 4.1, you should consider not to upgrade to 4.1.1. If you have a Mac OS X client version virtualized it would not boot anymore after the update to Fusion 4.1.1. For all the others, VMWare does not distribute version 4.1 anymore, only 4.1.1. So you would have to search the net for download possibilities of VMWare Fusion 4.1. Luckily there are still legal sources for the 4.1 download. Update: the download link distributes version 3.1.1 (sic!) at the moment. You’re on your own finding the 4.1 download on the net (filename: “VMware-Fusion-4.1.0-529802-light.dmg”). Good luck.
The german Paragon Software Group has just released their Windows NT file system driver “NTFS for Mac OS X 8.0”. According to Paragon this driver is the only driver on the market that allows to read and write to NTFS drives with the same speed as native HFS+ drives.
In contrast to Tuxera’s “NTFS for Mac” solution Paragon’s “NTFS for Mac OS X 8.0” also supports 64bit kernel installations of Snow Leopard.
Tom’s Hardware tested Steam for the Mac intensively. Their first impressions are disappointing for Apple fans: the Windows version of Steam is a lot faster.
As their benchmark test they used the Valve’s game “Portal” and took benchmarks from two computers:
1. A mid 2009 Mac Book Pro
2. A custom built Hackintosh
Right, they’ve set up a hackintosh with all its ingrediences. Check their tables: you can clearly see the framerates are a lot higher on a Windows installation, but on a Hackintosh system the Mac OS version of Portal becomes playable after all.
So what do we learn?
First: Valve’s step to get on to the Mac OS platform is a good one. But they still have lots of work to do. Second: playing on Windows means more fluent gaming as the framerates are a lot higher (around factor 2). Third: if you’re willing to play on Mac OS you may consider setting up a hackintosh. A hackintosh with the config above easily outpaces at a normal Mac Book and it costs only about half the money.
On Wall Street Journal Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen yesterday nite answered to Steve Jobs latest attack. Jobs had released an open letter yesterday morning. The bottom line of Jobs’ letter is:
Adobe Flash is something from the past, as it is not open,
it is not energy efficient and
it does not unleash the full powers the individual platforms (meaning: the full power of Apple’s iPhone or iPad).
Narayan responded in the WSJ.com interview, that
It’s got nothing to do with technology, but with control.
Apple wants to maintain control on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch platforms.
he wonders if Flash is one of the most reasons for crashing a Mac, it’s also got much to do with the operating system
if hardware acceleration is provided from the operating system, playing Flash takes a lot lesser energy than on a Mac.
Flash is an open specification
Well, well, that love is not over. We wonder how far we’re away from the point when Adobe decides to stop developing for the Apple platform? Would Apple even care? Or would they just tell thousands of designers to switch to GIMP?
We hope you don’t mind, we embed the whole WSJ.com interview as Adobe Flash ;-)