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Software Updates & New Release Highlights For Week Ending 2008-07-26

It’s been a rough couple of weeks (MacBook Pro was in the shop again) and I’m just getting caught up on some of the updates (again, I use or try these, so it’s not just a product listing/announcement summary). So, convince me to test your app and you can make it to this list!

  • Flow – 1.0.3 – Nick wrote about around this time last year but the app is far from vaporware and actually manages to put a fressh look and feel on the task of network file transfers. The app interface is actually well thought out and highly usable. It has support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and .Mac (a.k.a. MobileMe), has a pretty useful built in text editor (they obviously had web authors & programmers in mind), amazingly robust QuickLook support and the ability to make desktop bookmarks (droplets) for any file. Version 1.0.3 adds Amazon S3 support (when it’s up), bookmark importing from old school apps like Transmit and Cyberduck and bumps to speed, reliability and file editing. Leopard only & 29.00USD.
  • CrossOver Games – 7.1.0 – Having used other CrossOver products, this was something that I wanted to try, especially having yet-another semi-virgin system to work from (with much reduced disk space as a result of migraing back to the original 160GB internal drive). While Wine-based gaming is nowhere near the same experience as the real thing (apps designed and written for OS X), CrossOver makes it possible to play games not yet ported and reduces the costs for switchers with large game libraries. I can confirm a working Half Life 2 for this post and will be continuing to experiment with it. This version incorporates the full Wine 1.0 release and fixes many game compatibility bugs. OS X 10.4 & 10.5 Intel-only.
  • iLife (iPhoto / iMovie) & iWeb Updates – Apple release a bucket of bits including iLive Support 8.3 (stability improvements), iPhoto 7.1.4 (new greeting card & postcard themes and bug fixes), iMovie 7.1.4 (compatibility & bug fixes) and iWeb 2.0.4 (compatibility & bug fixes). Software Update should catch this, but you can grab the updates manually.
  • MarsEdit – 2.2 – My blogging tool of choice issues a full dot release update with AtomPub support, customizable image markup (for fine grained control of image display) macros, a significant speed boost & five other additions. Compatible with OS X 10.3.9 through Leopard, $29.95 USD.
  • BibleXpress – v1.01 [iPhone/iPod Touch] – BibleXpress puts the full text of the Bible on your iPhone in an app with a great interface and multiple translations. Version 1.0.1 is not for the squeamish as it has some bugs but adds enough much-awaited new translations – including the ESV (English Standard Version), NASB (New American Standard Version) and LBLA (La Biblia de Las Américas) – that it may be worth the quirks. Free upgrade or $29.99 (pricey, but mostly due to license fees for use of the translations).

4 Responses to “Software Updates & New Release Highlights For Week Ending 2008-07-26”

  1. Again, this isn’t the central point of the post, but I’d be interested in some kind of comparison between Flow as it stands now and alternatives like Transmit.

  2. I know this isn’t really the point of the post, but I just thought I’d point out that there is a very good Bible app for the iPhone/iPod Touch simply called “Bible”. It’s made by a really great church (in Midwestern United States I believe) called LifeChurch.tv. The app is free and appears to have 15+ different translations in five different languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese [simplified I think…]).

    The only downside is that it’s only accessible online. The page to download the app does say that it will soon be available offline.