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For those of you who followed the My Dream App competition last year, there’s news of progress! Austin Sarner (AppZapper developer) posts to the MDA Forums about the work that’s been accomplished to date on CookBook – one of the winning apps. The screenshots looks very […] Read more »

I know, it must be shocking to see that I’m doing a screencast on something other than Quicksilver. For me to not be covering Quicksilver is generally a big deal – well that’s just the case today. I’m proud to bring you a screencast preview of […] Read more »

Excellent! And why not a shiny new Apple LCD to go with that 8 core beast? Apple dropped their prices across the board on their beautiful (allbeit overpriced) LCD line. The breakdown: 30″ Cinema HD Display dropped to $1799 ($200 price cut). 23″ Cinema HD Display […] Read more »

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Good Morning Apple! Thanks for the 8 Core Mac Pros! Now I just need to figure out where the money to fund one of these puppies is coming from… Read more »

When MacHeist dropped their huge software bundle late last year, it seemed to be the end of the marketing game. But there was one Briefing left untouched and not much else came from the website. But on April 1st my feed reader picked up on some […] Read more »

This isn’t a new bit of software (according to the release date, it’s coming up on it’s 1 year birthday), but it’s something I hadn’t been aware of until I caught a blip about it on LifeHacker. The iPod Shuffle Database Builder is handy in case […] Read more »

But I didn’t know it was this simple! All I had to do was ask a friend for their PowerBook and I could’ve gotten one for free. Or not. Does anyone know somebody like this? I’m getting ahead of myself. In case you haven’t clicked the […] Read more »

Ars reports that Intel released details on Penryn, which will be the 45nanometer successor to our Macs’ beloved Core 2 Duo processors. There’s all kinds of geeky specs and details if you’re into the mechanics of computer processors. But if you’re just in it for the […] Read more »

In an effort to quell the weekly requests for how my CMD + ESC trigger works to load a selected item (or multiple selected items) into Quicksilver, I’ve done an impromptu screencast on the setup. Call it Bonus Wednesday. Anyway, I’m at work, so there’s no […] Read more »

UPDATE: Sorry, screencast URL is fixed now. I’ve been stockpiling ideas of the gems I’d still like to show you in Quicksilver, and among them is the Image Manipulation plugin. However, a quick search shows that I [sort of] covered it about a year ago. I […] Read more »

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As silly as it sounds, I still keep track of macZOT! deals. The site has definitely seemed to fizzle in excitement since its inception, but there are still the occasionally attractive deals being offered. In today’s case, you can get 30% off St Clair Soft’s Default […] Read more »

In case you’re not a fan of the delayed eject functionality that 10.4.9 brings to your system, here’s a quick tip on getting around it. If you want to eject your disc, and not be bothered to wait, hit the Eject key, and then quickly follow […] Read more »

OS X has all sorts of little tweaks that can be made to it via the Terminal. These are usually items that aren’t available via the operating system GUI. In many cases, developers have made little utilities that allow you to make these changes outside the […] Read more »

If you’ve ever used the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store, you’ve used their Concierge Service. You can sign up from Apple.com/retail from anywhere (not just within the store itself) for a convenient time that day and then head on in at your leisure. Works […] Read more »

Scott Stevenson at Thecacao (also of CocoaBlogs) puts down some great thoughts about that thing that makes Apple developers and their apps stand apart from their Windows counterparts. The main point is that we prefer the user experience over a boat-load of features. Windows apps are […] Read more »

A while back I started Daily Feeding, which was meant to be tips on regular tasks you might need to perform on your Mac. I’ve got the wheels turning again, and am trying to re-up that segment. Today’s Daily Feeding has to do with hiding files […] Read more »

Last week I pointed to LifeHacker’s great rundown of Geektool. It’s one of those tools that just blends in and you sort of forget about it. This is just what I’d done, and thus had never really covered it here on The Apple Blog. But following […] Read more »

By now most everyone’s probably heard about Twitter. Evan Williams, who started Blogger, and then Odeo, has moved on to his next project which is called Twitter. If you’ve been under a rock, it’s sort of instant messenger input meets blog-style publishing. I’m blurring the lines […] Read more »

Back in January I started using Calorie King’s Nutrition & Exercise Manager (NEM, from here on out) on a daily basis. I’ve never dieted before, let alone watched what I was actually putting in my body, so I wasn’t sure how I’d fair with this project. […] Read more »

I’ve used GeekTool for quite a while, and it’s become one of those things that I just take for granted on my system. It monitors everything under the sun, and sticks it right at Desktop level on your screen so you can always reference it. My […] Read more »

I’ve had a crazy couple weeks and the time to do screencasts has really not been available to me. I apologize to all 1 of you who may have felt that awful void in your life because of it. But I’m back baby. So today I’m […] Read more »

A couple weeks after it’s initial release, TagBot gets its first update. Based off of user input (I assume from the comments section of my last Metadata post, here) TagBot has gotten a couple of nice enhancements. According to one of the developers, Ryan: The new […] Read more »

Apparently Leopard is going to be released this year. In fact, Rumor mongers have it nailed down – sometime between like next week and June. So rest easy knowing it’ll be here at some point…. But that is not the interesting rumor, believe it or not. […] Read more »

CoolOSXApps posted SerialSticker, which is an application for storing all your software licenses. I don’t know how it works, as I haven’t tried it. But it got me wondering how everyone manages the multitudes of software they accumulate on their systems (assuming it’s legit…). I know […] Read more »

With a couple little children (and another on the way!) I don’t get out to many movies. But this year if I only see 300 I think I’ll be satisfied. It looks just killer (no pun intended on the graphic nature of the picture), and I […] Read more »

Fans of virtual desktops on the OS X platform may rememeber long ago, when the development of Desktop Manager went dormant. Virtue Desktops (site is currently down) carried the torch with a branch of the DM code and has served us well since then. That is, […] Read more »

Has the next version of Delicious Library been completed and ready to pass on to the adoring fans? Looks like Wil Shipley (Delicious Monster’s founder, and former Omni Group head man) may have tipped his hat ever so slightly in a recent blog post. That’s where […] Read more »

After almost every screencast that I post here on The Apple Blog, someone asks about the software that I’m using. (Also about the wallpaper on my desktop…) Without hesitation I reply, Snapz Pro X. It’s screen capturing software on steroids, and makes the process of recording […] Read more »

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Mac has evolved into something that fits the needs of any computer user. But I still hear the argument all the time that Macs are only for creatives. Or Macs can’t handle the same files […] Read more »

The way Apple approaches design, it’s clear that a lot of thought goes into their products. So should we really be so surprised to hear that they have a warehouse near their Cupertino campus that they use to house and build prototypes of their Apple Stores? […] Read more »

Apple TV is one of the products from Apple that so many were waiting with bated breath to finally hear about. The unit offers some interesting media options, but ultimately little in the way of new and exciting. Then there came talk of games being available […] Read more »

As many of you may be aware, the pool of Mac users has grown significantly in the past year or so. Some of you may be included in that growth. Well it was what, almost 2 years ago now that the move to Intel chips was […] Read more »

If you’ve been playing with Hazel at all, you’ll probably be interested to hear that a 2.0 alpha has been released. From the Developer’s blog: I have stopped using launchd in favor of a homebrew scheduler. As a result, those of you hitting the “Hazel stops […] Read more »

While the iPhone will undoubtedly change my life in untold ways (note sarcasm), I already have a smart phone and the NEED for the iPhone isn’t nearly as clear as the DESIRE. However the bit of the iPhone that would provide the most utility to me […] Read more »

If you have not already been notified by your software, you may want to take note. Such applications as TextMate, Default Folder X, and Virtue Desktops have received updates in recent days. TextMate brings Obj-C and PHP bundles to the already formidable text editor, so if […] Read more »

Recently LifeHacker posed the question to readers, Mac or PC for Business? It’s been a somewhat common theme in recent months as Apple gains more and more momentum. Execs are being seen (and heard-of) toting MacBook Pro laptops around, in meetings, etc. It surely seems like […] Read more »

Apologies for a rather quick and dirty screencast this week. I’m headed out of town and wanted to make sure to get something out. So today’s is a quickie, but something you can easily build on to become more efficient with Quicksilver. Watch the screencast, and […] Read more »

If you’re a fan of Quicksilver or Launchbar, undoubtedly you’ve had the debate over which is king. If this has ever been the case, you may be interested to check out the blog dedicated to Quicksilver or Launchbar being the better launcher apps for OS X. […] Read more »

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