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.
At least on a Mac Audacity seems to have issues when it comes to using third party plugins (i.e. AU or VSTs). To pinpoint which type of plugin is responsible for poor Audacity to crash, you can do the following.
I. Locate Audacity Config File
On a Crapple Mac the audacity.cfg file should be located here: /Users/<your-username>/Library/Application Support/audacity
The Berlin based company Bitwig has eventually presented some details about their upcoming music software BitwigStudio. Bitwig Studio is targeting at professional and semi-professional musicians for producing and using live.
Features in Version 1.0
In addition to what people would expect like VST support, there seem to be some groundbreaking new features to be coming already in version 1.0:
dual heading for the use of several displays
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and LINUX support (!!)
working on multiple documents
Upcoming Features After Version 1.0
Bitwig also announced features to be upcoming after version 1.0:
LAN multi-user jamming
multi-user music production via Internet
Native modular synthesizer/effects system
The Bitwig company has been founded by former Ableton developers in 2008. They are located in Berlin/Germany.
Closed Beta Test
Although there is no reliable information at the moment about release dates, you can apply here for a beta test starting soon.
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 ;-)
The virtualizing software Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 5. Besides performance optimization and 3d performance boost, the integration of a Microsoft Windows operating system into the Mac environment has been significantly improved.
Parallels Desktop 5 features:
integration of Apple trackpad gestures (like horizontal scrolling) into the Windows guest operating system
copy and paste of texts and layouts between the operating systems
Mac look for Windows guest programs
Parallels Desktop 5 is available in German, English, French and Spanish. With more languages like Chinese, Japanese and Russian to come soon.
It will come bundled with
1-year free Parallels Internet Security 2009 by Kasperky
Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 and
Acronis True Image Home 11
The full version costs about €80, an update is available for €50. And customers who bought Parallels Desktop after October 1st, 2009 are entitled for a free upgrade.
Microsoft’s new service Live Mesh targets at connecting different operating system platforms and even mobile devices for interchange of documents. Live Mesh allows accessing documents and files even via web interface. Live Mesh clients are available for Windows XP, Vista and for Mac OS X Leopard. Sadly there is no Linux version yet.
As the Live Mesh technology is still in development the last Mesh update for the Mac showed sad side effects.
The Mac OS version of Live Mesh can be started. Live Mesh seems to be busy for a while but before being allowed to login, Live Mesh eventually crashes. The Live Mesh icon next to the clock is available but the signin option is greyed out. Microsoft has addressed this issue in an article to be found here.
This issue has got nothing to do with if you are running a software hackintosh with EPOS I. nor a hardware hackintosh with EFI-X, this issue is also well known to genuine Macs.
Resetting Live Mesh preferences and reinstalling Live Mesh
Reset Live Mesh preferences Part I.
Shutdown Live Mesh, if it is running in the background
Go to your Applications folder
Right click on Live Mesh.app
Select Show Package Contents
Another Finder window will be opened
Select the Contents folder
Go to the Resources folder
Double click the “CleanKeyChain” program
a terminal window will appear containing information like this:
Reset Live Mesh preferences Part II.
Open your home folder in the Finder
Go to this folder Library -> Application Support
Remove the Live Mesh folder (throw into your trash)
We were working quite some time on this. Now here is EPOS I. – the “EFI Post Install” Script for white-box PCs that are almost hardware compatible with Apple’s devices
“EPOS I.” is an “EFI Post Install” Script
What does it do?
EPOS helps installing retail DVD’s of Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on white-box PC’s. EPOS is SlimBuild-Preboot compliant. And as such it makes installation very easy. Grab a copy of a SlimBuilt-Preboot CD image that matches your hardware (motherboard and graphics), then install Leopard and after installation run EPOS.
Technically EPOS I. automates the necessary steps of preparing MacOS’ native EFI partition and the installation of (legacy-) kexts to this EFI partition. The whole shebang was first discovered and described by Munky (all shouts fly out to him!). You may find his article here on the InsanelyMac forums.
Installation and Usage:
unplug ethernet cable from your white-box PC
copy EPOS I.zip to USB drive for instance
install Leopard from retail DVD using a SlimBuild-Preboot standard compatible CD (find links to tested disks below
boot installed Leopard using the SlimBuild-Preboot CD again
on first boot provide all the registration information required from Apple
see desktop for the first time
unpack EPOS I. and run it as ROOT from a terminal (have your SlimBuild-Preboot CD mounted)
EPOS takes about a minute to install everything
remove SlimBuild-Preboot CD from drive, reboot and let Apple’s autoinstaller grab the newest updates
enjoy a white-box Mek
EPOS must be executed from the disk that will hold the EFI bootloaders.
If you are unsure what this means: better make sure you only have your DVD drive and your OS X harddrive connected.
I recommend using this script on a clean and fresh installed system, no other operating systems on the same disk!
prefers mounted SlimBuild-Preboot CD’s for getting kexts and the com.apple.Boot.plist
(looks for /Volumes/SlimBuild-Preboot/initrd.img and /Volumes/SlimBuild-Preboot/com.apple.Boot.plist)
if no SlimBuild-Preboot CD is found, EPOS tries to find Extensions in EPOS’ own Extensions folder
autoextraction kexts from SlimBuild-Preboot CD
kexts in own Extensions folder
autoextraction com.apple.Boot.plist from SlimBuild-Preboot CD
com.apple.Boot.plist in own Plist folder
internally pretested with Leopard retail DVD’s 10.5.0, 10.5.1, 10.5.4 and 10.5.5
compatible to Galaxy’s SlimBuild-Preboot creator 2.0 (Kudos!) found here
Tested with ximekon’s (Kudos, aswell) Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 SlimBuild-Preboot CDs found here
integrated for a bunch of common errors, anyway it remains an ugly script
code cleanup / rewrite ;-)
autoinstallation of custom kernels
GUI is in the works, but don’t ask for timelines, we all got jobs to feed our families
License & restrictions:
This script is freeware but may NOT be used for commercial purposes!
It may NOT be included in SlimBuild-Preboot Disks that contain original / modded Apple kexts.
that means until not everything is self enabled via homebrew or legacy kexts you may only include it in your private SlimBuilds but don’t distribute them, please.
EPOS 0.95 running on a sample system :
You are welcome to leave a note here in the comment’s section or on the insanelymac forums.
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0.5 semi automatic really much too ugly one day rapid prototype (not released)
0.6 rewrote using functions (not released)
0.7 autodetermining of EFI partition (not released)
0.8 improved error handling for common errors we experienced (not released)
0.9 included autoextraction for SlimBuild-Preboot images (not released)