Apple Software Topic

11
Mar

After releasing the new iPod shuffle (3rd generation) earlier in the day, Apple has released a new version of iTunes that supports the new iPod model.  The iTunes update includes performance enhancements as well as other improvements and bug fixes.  Apple highlights the following items for the release:

27
Jan

With the availability of iLife '09 commencing today from Apple and several Apple authorized resellers, Apple has updated the status of the Mac Box Set from 'Ships: January' to 'Ships: Within 24hrs'.  With the Mac Box Set, buyers can get iLife '09, iWork '09, and Mac OS X Leopard, in a single box. 

06
Jan

At the 2009 Macworld Conference & Expo Apple introduced iWork '09, the latest version of the office productivity suite for Macs including new features and a new online document sharing service at iWork.com.

06
Jan

At the 2009 Macworld Conference & Expo, Apple announced iLife '09, the next major release to the popular digital lifestyle suite of Mac applications which features major updates to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand as well as iDVD and iWeb revisions.  iLife '09 is included with every new Mac purchase and will be available later this month as a $79 upgrade for existing users.

14
Oct

At the onset of today's notebook event Apple CEO Steve Jobs quickly handed the presentation over to Tim Cook, Apple's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Cook gave a presentation titled, 'State of the Mac' which provided insight into Mac momentum.  Cook started off by stating that Apple is growing at 2-3 times the market growth rate. He then listed reasons why Apple believes that they are growing at this rate.

13
Dec

Kick off Mac OS X's Software Update utility and you'll find new updates for Quicktime and GarageBand.  An alternate way to get the updates is to use a standalone installer.  Windows users you're not left out either, there's an update for Quicktime on Windows as well.

16
Oct

On October 16, 2007 Apple Inc. announced that the company's new operating system Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) will go on sale on Friday, October 26th at 6 p.m. at Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.  Apple's online store has is now accepting pre-orders.

03
Aug

Over the past few days, Apple has released several software updates.  A comprehensive security update for Mac OS X, an update for the Safari 3 beta web browser, and iTunes.  This post summarizes those updates.

05
Jun

According to data collected by Net Applications, the Safari Web browser for the Mac operating system continues to gain market share and checks in at 4.82 percent for May 2007.  Safari continues to maintain its position as the third most used web browser trailing only Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.

15
Apr

On Sunday April 15, 2007 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada Apple Inc. announced Final Cut Server and Final Cut Studio 2.  Apple introduced a new application in the Final Cut Studio suite called Color.  Also making thier debut were ProRes 422 and a hardware device called IO-HD.

29
Mar

On Wednesday March 28, 200t Apple Inc. released an update to Boot Camp beta, its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs to boot into and run the Microsoft Windows operating system.

19
Mar

Edward C. Baig states that you don't have to hold back on making the switch.  His column starts off with the following statement:

12
Dec

On Monday December 11, 2006, Apple Computer released an update to its Aperture professional photography workflow application that takes the version of the software to 1.5.2.  The update is available via the Mac OS X Software Update utility and it's available as a standalone installer.

31
Oct

Apple Computer on October 30, 2006 released an update to Boot Camp beta, its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot into and run the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Now at version 1.1.2, Apple describes the software as having the following features:

27
Oct

Previously a sneak peak but now officially released to .Mac members, the new .Mac webmail offers a new look with several updated features.  By embracing the latest web technology, the new .Mac webmail resembles more closely the Mail application in Mac OS X.  The new webmail brings:

26
Oct

Apple has released Final Cut Express HD 3.5.1 via the Mac OS X Software Update utility.  According to Apple's website, the update "addresses compatibility on specific hardware"

24
Oct

In their October 24, 2006 Press Release announcing the revised MacBook Pro line of professional notebook computers, Apple Computer mentions that the company's operating system, Mac OS X Tiger has been enhanced for the Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

11
Oct

Apple has an exclusive promotion for existing .Mac subscribers that gives them a $20 discount on the retail price of iLife '06.  Once you log into .Mac and navigate to .Mac Member Central, you'll see a link on the left column that says "$20 off iLife '06".

15
Sep

Apple Computer on September 14, 2006 released an update to Boot Camp beta, its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot into and run the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Now at version 1.1.1, Apple describes the software as having the following features:

02
Sep

According to Market Share, Apple computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share in the Internet browser arena.  Safari maintains its ranking as third most used browsers.

16
Aug

Although still in beta, Apple has released a significant upgrade to its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot and run the Microsoft Windows operating system.  According to Apple's Boot Camp page, version 1.1 beta includes the following features:

05
Jul

According to Market Share, Apple computer's Safari Web browser has grown over 65 percent year-over-year between June 2006 and June 2005.  Safari still checks in at number three on Market Share's list of the most used browsers.

29
Jun

Apple has released a redesigned version of the .Mac Learning Center.  You can check out the details by logging into your .Mac (pronounced "Dot Mac") account or by reading the .Mac blog.

29
Jun

According to the ad-awards.com site, "Ad-Awards.com is a website presenting the finest TV ads worldwide."  The site lists the following information about the ad:

Title: iLife
Client: Apple
Agency: TBWAChiatDay
Country: USA

05
Jun

When comparing a Mac against a PC, cost is the most often cited metric used to make the comparison.  In my view, cost is only one variable of the computing equation.  Failure to analyze other variables will lead one down an incomplete analysis.  At a minimum, the comparison should also look at the following:

  • Features, security, and stability of the operating systems
  • Included and/or bundled software
  • Maintenance and repair histories
  • Realibility and performance of customer service

17
Apr

Apple computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share.  It still checks in at number three on the most used browsers but its use is up 84 percent over the past year and 33 percent since September 2005.

This continues the Safari growth trend.  According to MarketShare,  Safari market share growth is as follows:

13
Apr

Thursday April 13, 2006, Apple released Aperture 1.1, an update to the professional post-production image tool for photographers. Apple has also made changes to the application but most importantly, the update brings support to Intel-based Macs.  According to Apple, Aperture 1.1 "delivers impressive speed gains on any Mac".

12
Apr

Apple is offering a $300 instant discount on the purchase of Final Cut Studio when it is bought with a new a MacBook Pro, iMac or a Power Mac G5. The offer ends June 26, 2006.

Apple recently updated Final Cut Studio to Universal Binary format to allow installation on both Intel Macs and PowerPC Macs.

07
Apr

Earlier this week, the buzz was centered around Apple's new beta Boot Camp software for OS X Tiger 10.4.6 that allows owners of new Intel Macs to extend the funcionality of the systems to boot into Mac OS X or Windows XP.  Apple also released firmware updates for the entire line of the Intel Macs that provide EFI and BIOS support that should allow the new Intel Macs to boot into adiitional operating systems such as Windows XP, the upcoming Windows Vista, and Linux.  The Intel Macs use a modern booting technology called EFI, Extensible Firmware Interface.  In order to boot Windows XP and Windows Vista, the computer needs to support BIOS, a technology over 20 years old.  Boot Camp bridges the EFI and BIOS gap.

01
Apr

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For Windows switchers, Mac OS X will take time to learn however; it’s intuitive and relatively familiar so Windows users will become productive in a short amount of time.  My view is that when compared to Windows, Mac OS X is easier to learn, requires fewer keystrokes to accomplish tasks, and results in greater end user productivity.  When I switched to a Mac, I felt uncomfortable but over time I've found the OS X environment to be more user friendly and easier to use than Windows. This article/post highlights the major components of the OS X environment and is geared towards helping those who are new to Mac OS X.

30
Mar

Historically, there has never been a true test to compare Macs with Intel based PCs.  New data and benchmarks demonstrating that the Intel powered MacBook Pros and iMacs run Windows faster than today's PCs dismiss the myths that Macs are slower, behind the technology curve, and are more costly.  The point I'd like to make is that the Intel based Macs were designed and engineered to be Macs that run OS X, not Windows.  The fact that they run Windows XP faster than WinTel machines proves that Apple's hardware engineering, innovation, and quality surpasses its competitors.

29
Mar

Apple’s industry-leading video production suite Final Cut Studio, is now available as a Universal Binary.  The new build provides native support for both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.

Final Cut Studio 5.1 packages four powerful and integrated professional products:

  • Final Cut Pro 5 - Real-time editing for DV, SD, HD, and film
  • Motion 2 - Advanced animation and special effects
  • SoundTrack Pro - Audio editing and creation
  • DVD Studio Pro 4 - Advanced DVD authoring

22
Mar

Apple Computer responsed to the effort by French lawmakers aimed at forcing the company to open iPods and Tunes to work with competing digital media products.  Did Apple's statement hint at a Movie download service?

20
Mar

I've been thinking about how one has to devote time to a Windows based system versus a Mac running OS X. We all know that Windows systems are prone to virus infection, spyware, malware, and unpatched systems are begging to be exploited. In fact, Windows is the most attacked, least secure operating system around. A Windows system is unsecure out-of-the-box.  Keeping a Windows system safe demands a high degree of vigilance. 1

12
Jan

Software from Flip4Mac™ makes it possible to run  Windows Media® files in Quicktime.  The software allows you to play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in Apple's QuickTime Player and view Windows Media® content on the Internet in your browser.  The software can be downloaded directly from Microsoft.

05
Jan

Apple's iTunes Music Store has more content to sell to a larger base of consumers thanks to an extended partnership with The Walt Disney Co.

03
Jan

Apple computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share and checks in as the number three on the most used browsers.  Safari experienced a growth of approximately 85 percent in 2005.  By comparison, Microsoft's Internet Explorer lost market share during 2005 down to 85.05 percent in December from 89.44 in January, a decline of 4.9 percent Firefox, the number two browser finished 2005 with a 9.57 percent share of the market, an increase from 5.59 percent in January, an increase of 71 percent.