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In what is probably my favorite gauge of a great application, TextExpander fades into the background and just works. Smile On My Mac purchased the previously-known Textpander (which we’ve covered here and here) from developer Peter Maurer this past year. If you’re hearing about TextExpander for […] Read more »

Dear Mr. Jobs, I am writing you today to discuss my future as CEO of Apple Computer. I understand that you have done a fabulous job with the company, resurrecting it from oblivion in 1997 to a well oiled machine of today. This is truly a […] Read more »

This is a fantastic idea. Roustem Karimov, who writes ‘Blog From Software Trenches’ had a very cool idea for a post. He’s collecting screen shots of the best designs of OSX Disk Images. The most common that I’m sure most of us have seen, is from […] Read more »

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As Apple launches into the realm of movie downloads via its newly dubbed iTunes Store, it can feel quite sure that every success and [especially] every misstep will be scrutinized by the motion picture industry. So much is at stake for the folks out of Hollywood, […] Read more »

Interarchy 8.2 is a remarkably feature-packed update to an already wonderful piece of software. I haven’t used Interarchy since version 8.0.1, and in the interim the folks at Stairways Software have clearly been hard at work. Read more »

If you were paying attention to the media event today the iTunes announcement is already old news. I apologize, but I’m not as quick as I used to be, so I’ve only just downloaded the update. Hi, I’m iTunes 7. I look familiar, but I’m only […] Read more »

I had a chance to sit down with two developers from plasq and talk Mac, interface design, and development. Enjoy this interview with Cris Pearson and Keith Lang. TAB: Thanks for taking the time for this interview. Where are you guys based and what are your […] Read more »

For those of you who have never seen RapidWeaver version 3.5.0 in action, it can best be described as the forgotten middle child. Sure, it’s not as revered as the first-born Dreamweaver, and it’s not talked about nearly as much as the baby iWeb, but RapidWeaver […] Read more »

Once upon a time, there was a UI (User Interface) element almost every application used.  The drawer, (aka NSDrawer) not quite a window, but more than just a view, living in complete codependence to it’s parental window. It always received mixed reviews, and never really evolved.  […] Read more »

Well I’ve recently become a bit of an obsessor over OS X icons and must say my Pixadex collections are running wild. Some months ago I ran across a preview of The Woodery by designer-of-all-things-yum, Danny Jones, but never saw it released. So, I recently shot […] Read more »

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Lately, I’ve been giving up my deepest darkest tricks to the readership here at TAB. Many of you are fantastic web designers, and you probably already know about Color Schemer Studio. What’s that? You don’t know about it? You say you’ve been using color swatches to […] Read more »

When .Mac was first announced at the July 2002 Macworld Expo in New York (remember those?) it held the rare distinction of being one of the few Steve Jobs keynote announcements to draw silence instead of applause. Of course, why should anyone applaud when they’ve just […] Read more »

It’s been two months since I proudly carried my new MacBook home. I love this machine. It’s crazy fast, it’s light-weight, the keyboard rocks, and the glossy screen is much better than I could ever have hoped. I’m rocking it with 2gbs of RAM (is there […] Read more »

Pierre Chatel (who brought us Sidenote) is at it again with an app that’s sure to spice up your desktop. His newest app is titled Desktopia. Desktopia is a freeware application that lets you set your desktop to change pictures at a specific time as opposed […] Read more »

In what may be a disappointing turn of events for some, Apple has apparently settled the lawsuit brought by Creative regarding the iPod user interface for $100 million. The payment grants Apple a licence to use the hierarchical menu system covered by the Creative patent. This […] Read more »

If you have a G4 iBook or a G4 PowerBook, go to the Apple Battery Recall for G4 iBook and PowerBook (Coral Cache Mirroring, just in case?) Press Release now, check your battery model number and serial number to determine whether you’re affected. Some have been […] Read more »

Yesterday I received a call that Apple Store UTC had demo units on the floor and I should come check them out. As any deserving person does to test the power of a system, I rebooted the thing. The system was up and running in under […] Read more »

When it comes to feeding a RSS jones, Mac users have a heap of options. My favorite, and the one I use exclusively, is Newsfire created and maintained by David Watanabe. From where I sit, Newsfire is a seamless melding of function and beauty. While I’d […] Read more »

A few weeks ago, you might have heard about a Chinese manufacturer/supplier with sub-par conditions for their employees. This group of over 200,000 people happened to be a piece in the iPod making puzzle. Apple released this today noting that the majority of the code of […] Read more »

InfoWorld reported that the prerelease version of Leopard handed out to developers at WWDC has been leaked to file sharing networks. It reportedly has all the features shown at the WWDC, including Spaces and Time Machine. Of course, this could also be a deliberate publicity stunt […] Read more »

Tha’ts right, folks. I’m not talking about Civ 4, the most anticipated version of the Sid Myer’s command and control civilization simulator. This is all about it’s older brother, bundled with both expansion packs and a few other niceties. I’m just going to get the the […] Read more »

Of the many technologies the industry has to offer, the one thing that facinates me more than anything is operating systems. Of the literally hundreds of OS’s that I’ve used, Mac OS X is the most interesting of all. It’s a logically organised system with many […] Read more »

Apple’s products are often very focused on the consumer market, striving to provide features to allow you to manage your personal photos, music, documents and data. The iLife suite is a feature packed bag of goodies which handles anything you throw at it with style and […] Read more »

By now we’ve all heard the news circulating around the proverbial water cooler about Apple’s accounting irregularities. Yes, Apple (along with about 80 other companies) has been pushing the envelope when it comes to accounting for stock options – a severely complicated and intensely debated “grey […] Read more »

After reading part 1 of this little series called My First AppleScript, you probably felt fairly comfortable fiddling around with it yourself and have probably tried to write your own AppleScripts. Hopefully your own AppleScripts turned out great and worked like a charm. In my case, […] Read more »

Apple will be including Ruby on Rails in the next version of OS X (Leopard), both server and client. I’m a big fan of RoR and since the version of Ruby that shipped with my Mac was a little botched, I’m excited to hear that they’re […] Read more »

WWDC 2006 ended today at noon, and I’m heading home tomorrow. I learned a lot about where Apple’s going with 10.5, most sadly covered by an NDA so I can’t share, but I’m really excited about what I’ve seen with the new iCal server and Time […] Read more »

According to this AP story, “A film industry group is set to remove some of the procedural hurdles that prevented the legal recording of movies onto blank DVDs in a further sign that Hollywood studios are preparing to expand what consumers can do with downloadable movies.” […] Read more »

I don’t watch a lot of television, so for me, the iTunes music store’s growing list of shows available for commercial-free download is great. If this keeps up, I might be able to do away with the cable company all together. Oh, what a wonderful day […] Read more »

From about a year and a half of using Tiger as well as changing some focus on the sort of things I work on (doing more development than I was back then), I’ve got all sorts of files spread all over the place and really want […] Read more »

When Mac OS X Tiger was announced, it was on these pages that I lamented the ethnocentrism of the VoiceOver functionality in that OS. Whilst it was, I allowed, impressive, and presumably responded to the perception, whether real or otherwise, that Mac OS X was not […] Read more »

My old iBook’s power adapter has been the unfortunate victim of my feline friend’s wire-chewing habits, which I cannot figure out how to stop. Of course, this was after the original Apple-designed adapter was replaced with a much less expensive one. The Apple adapter suffered the […] Read more »

While I am not sure how many there are, one thing is for certain – there are far more FTP clients than one person needs. This is a classic problem when looking for a piece of software. There are dozens of offerings, but which one is […] Read more »

skEdit is the web developers text editor. While not nearly as feature packed as some other text editors in the Mac software market, I’ve been using it for two weeks and in that time it has easily saved me three months worth of work. Read more »

When the Leopard Sneak Peek pages went live on Monday, the 64-bit section touted Leopard’s universal nature (no separate Intel- and PowerPC- based versions) with the following sentence: “From G3 to Xeon, from MacBook to Xserve, there is just one Leopard.” Obviously the inclusion of […] Read more »

Microsoft’s MacBU has released the Office 2004 for Mac 11.2.6 Update. The 6MB update “fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” Office 2004 users can apply the update by selecting ‘Check for […] Read more »

There has been a lot of complaining about the lack of new features in The WWDC keynote yesterday. I guess Apple geeks get very excited at the prospect of a new OS. I know I was queueing with everybody else for the Tiger launch. But there […] Read more »

After the introduction yesterday of the Mac Pro, they’ve been on display at WWDC and I was able to get some pictures of the inside and out of the new Mac. Mac Pro with side off. See below the jump for more pictures. Read more »

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