Apple has just released the latest batch of stability, compatibility, and security updates for OS X Leopard, all wrapped up in the 10.5.3 update. On my Mac Pro, the update is clocking in at 420 MB, so it’s a hefty one. That is understandable though, because there are quite a few fixes in this one. Some that stand out to us include things like improved Time Capsule reliability, screen sharing fixes, and a few Spaces improvements. We’ve got the full list for you after the break, if you are interested. Otherwise, fire up Software Update to get the latest and greatest.
Here at Gear Live, we are big fans of Pixelmator. In case you haven’t heard of it, Pixelmator is an image editor for OS X that takes advantage of a bunch of different OS X features in a way that few apps do. We love it because, while not as powerful os Photoshop, it has just about every feature the average person needs in their image editing/manipulation app, at a price that is far, far easier to swallow at just $59. Oh, and it does support PSD files, and is the world’s first image editor powered by your graphics card. Anyway, they’re calling this one “Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman,” and there are a bunch of new features that we look forward to getting our hands on. We’ve got the full release notes for you after the jump.
In light of the news that Parallels has sold over 1 million copies of their Parallels Desktop for Mac software, we figured we’d gauge the pulse of the Gear Live community to see what you guys think. The other day, Apple reported some amazing sales figures as far as the Mac goes. Desktops and portable sales are up. We are thinking there is a connection between those numbers and the fact that Parallels - which lets you run Windows inside of OS X - has been selling to well.
So we want to know, how does the fact that you can run Windows right on your Mac, and inside of OS X, affect your PC purchasing decisions?
Apple has officially announced the iPhone SDK, and it is amazing. In fact, the SDK gives third-party developers access to the exact same tools, APIs, and Cocoa Touch framework that Apple has been using to design their own iPhone apps. This includes features like location-aware applications, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, the 3-axis accelerometer, and complete access to the media features available on the iPhone. The SDK is built right in to Xcode, which includes an iPhone emulator, called iPhone Simulator. This let’s you test your applications without having to load them onto an actual iPhone, where you might end up with a bricked device. When you are ready to test on your actual phone, it is simple to send your app over to the iPhone for real-world testing.
Exciting, right? If you want to give it a shot, the SDK toolset is available for all to download - free of charge. You won’t be able to send your apps to your iPhone unless you are selected to participate in the iPhone 2.0 firmware update beta program, but hey, that’s what iPhone Simulator is for.
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With the announcement of iTunes movie rentals, you knew that you had to expect a new version of iTunes right? Well, it looks like Apple has just pushed out updates for iTunes, QuickTime, iMovie, and Front Row. FIre up Software Update now to get the goodness, and let us know if anything starts acting funny, okay?
We know we are a couple days late, but being the extreme hardcore rockers that we are, we weren’t coherent enough to push out our top 10 most popular episodes of Bleeding Edge TV, Gear Live’s technology video show. Or something like that. Anyhoo, click through to check out the ten videos that were viewed the most in 2007. If we’ve learned anything from compiling the list, it’s that you guys love yourselves some iPhone, Bluetooth, AMD, and video games. Exclusives also seem to strike your fancy.
Kent Sutherland, developer and brainchild behind the fine iChat add-on Chax just released his newest OS X powertoy: Warp. Warp enhances Leopard‘s Spaces (a virtual screen technology) by letting you glide between spaces with the flick of your mouse. Warp creates hot zones on the sides of your screen so sliding your mouse to the left of the screen switches to the space that is to the left of your current screen. Featuring options to enable the switch only with a hotkey if you want to avoid accidental activation, as well as options to automatically warp your mouse over to the other side of the screen (leaving it where it would naturally be if you had two real monitors rather than two virtual ones) Warp is already a polished software even now with it’s initial 1.0 release.
Warp is free, but donations are requested and well deserved.
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Being that I am an ADC member, I was able to enjoy the original dock functionality during the beta period of Leopard. No idea what we mean by that? Well basically, in the beta versions of Leopard, you were able to create Stacks that could be placed on the left side of the Dock, alongside the application icons. These would be Stacks of applications, that made things a lot more tidy in the Dock. An example would be putting Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage into a Stack that you would name Microsoft Office. Then you have one icon representing all of those apps which would fan out for you to choose an app to launch. You set up a few of these app stacks, and you end up with a more organized Dock. This functionality has since disappeared from Leopard. Take a look at the Read More URL down at the end of this post to see a video of all this in action. Here’s hoping apple brings back the feature. It did rock. If you agree, let Apple know!
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Parallels is one of the most popular software packages available for Mac OS X, and with the recent release of Leopard, users have been left begging for full Parallels support in the latest big cat release from Apple. That day has finally come, as Parallels announced today that their Leopard Update for Parallels Desktop 3.0 is available for download, providing full Leopard compatibility. If you have a Parallels Desktop 3.0 license already, this is a free update.
In other news, the company also launched the new Parallels Desktop Premium Edition. It includes Parallels Desktop for Mac, Kapersky Internet Security 7.0 for virus protection, Acronis True Image 11 Home for backing up data, and Acronis Disk Director Suite for disk management. You get all that for $20 more than the price of Parallels Desktop on it’s own - and separately all that software would run you $175. Not bad, we think. The only thing missing now is a nice deal on a fresh copy of Windows XP!
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We knew the first .1 update to OS X Leopard had to be coming soon enough, as there were just too many small niggles in the initial release that were bothering people, especially as it pertained to things like Back to my Mac, Finder, Time Machine, and Mail 3.0. Luckily, if you are running Leopard, you can now fire up Software Update to install 10.5.1. This update fixes 25 of the most pressing bugs seen in 10.5.0. We’ve included a list of all 25 after the break - check it out, and let us know how it goes for you. As for us, the update hasn’t fixed the Airport kernel panic that keeps taking our MacBook Pro down every 30-45 minutes or so. Thanks Apple!