Aperture: New photography software from Apple

April 17th, 2006
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If you work with photography and wants to achieve professional results with a normal equipment, you should consider Aperture. Aperture is a new software from Apple that allows photographers (professional or not) to take full control of their creations.

By allowing access to the original formats of the pictures (instead of working only with jpeg or related formats), Aperture gives full control of features such as color, luminescence, focus, and other features that can be modified by software.

Aperture offers everything that professional photography packages provide, but it is very easy to use, in the full tradition of Apple Macintosh software. It also sell for much less than normal packages for photography, so I think that Aperture is a gift from Apple to the photography community. It is an essential part of the “tools of the trade”.

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Color picker application for Mac OS X

April 17th, 2006
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Color picking is a function frequently needed by web designers and people working with graphical software in general.

Instead of spending money and time installing any additional software to do this, consider using the color picker embedded in the Mac OS X. It is flexible and allow you to use a full range of features, that would otherwise only be available in especialised software.

A good way to use the color picker as a separate application is described by Mac OS X hints:

Simply fire up AppleScript (Applications -> AppleScript Editor) and enter this text:
choose color
Now, save it as an application (File -> Save As, and set the File Format pop-up to Application), and you’re done! I copied the icon from the Digital Color Meter onto it to pretty it up. Add in the free HEXColorPicker from Lucky Software, and you’ve got everything a web developer might need to pick colors in any app.

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A comparison of browsers for Mac OS X

April 16th, 2006
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A recent article by Apple links provides a nice review of the major web browsers available for the Apple Mac OS X platform. The browsers reviewed, in order of their rating, are:

  • Opera 8.0.2
  • Shiira: a new web browser based on webkit
  • Firefox
  • Safari 2.0
  • Mozilla 1.7.11
  • Omniweb
  • Camino
  • iCab
  • IE 5.2

I agree that Opera is really a good browser, but don’t think it is as good as Firefox and Safari. On the other hand, I look the look and feel of Safari, and in my opinion it is the best browser, with the only caveat that a few web 2.0 do not work very well with it.

What do you think of this classification? Leave your thoughts bellow!

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Apple in the News for Wednesday March 29 17:05 PM

March 29th, 2006
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Apple adds noise limit to iPod firmware

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Apple Turns Down the Volume

In response to recent concerns over the potential for MP3 players to cause hearing damage, Apple has released iPod Software Update 1.1.1, which adds a feature that lets you set the iPod’s maximum volume.
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Apple software chief stepping down

Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, Apple Computer’s chief software technology officer, will step down at the end of the month, the company confirmed Tuesday.
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iPod gets volume limit

following the recent controversy regarding the hearing loss due to supposedly intolerable volume levels of iPods, the new firmware comes with a volume limiting functionality for your ipod.
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Apple vs Apple: High Court freaks out

The Royal Courts of Justice came alive to the beat of the 1978 disco classic Le Freak today as two giants of the music business clashed in a battle over internet downloads and a piece of forbidden fruit.
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Steve Jobs, Take Down This DRM Wall (AAPL)

While this sounds radical, Fairplay is no real protection for content today. Anyone who wants to create an unprotected digital copy of an iTunes track today need only write it to CD and then re-rip it into digital AIFF or MP3 form. Those who don’t want to bother with the CD can download the PlayFair utility that simply removes the DRM.
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Apple in the News for Wednesday March 29 00:02 AM

March 29th, 2006
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Geneva iPod Speaker Systems Now Shipping….pics included

Geneva Labs has announced that it is now shipping its first two Geneva Sound System models. Available in red, white or black, the Geneva Model L (100 watts) and Model XL (600 watts) feature a dedicated iPod dock, built-in CD player, FM radio, and audio inputs
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Apple IIe – End of an Era?

Mr. Carruth/Vance, a third grade teacher at Agnes Smith Elementary School in Huntington Beach, CA has been supporting over twenty Apple IIe systems for the past 15 years… Vance’s third graders fight over the chance to get use of one of these puppies. Vance will be retiring and no one to support the computers…
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