It's time for another one of those fireside chats we've been having an abundance of this week. After all, the weather is a bit cold outside and there's nothing like a heated conversation about the Mac App Store to warm us up.
We spoke to developers to find out how they feel about this new platform for desktop software, and if another section of the App Store devoted specifically to desktop applications will offer a level playing field for programmers, or simply cut off free range development. Did Steve’s announcement provoke shivers of anticipation or fear? And what happens next?
Nick Davies from Corel, Justin Cepelak from SplashData and Nicholas Reville from The Participatory Culture Foundation--makers of Miro and other free applications--took some time to share their opinions on Apple's next big venture. They were split on how they felt about Apple's new application distribution platform, but fortunately, they could all agree to take a wait and see attitude.
Barely a week old, and already Apple’s entry-level $999 11.6-inch MacBook Air ship times are slipping. The reviews have been great and the diminutive laptop is in demand, but can Apple keep up with the sales?
Let’s say you bought one of the swanky new 11.6-inch MacBook Air base models -- you know, the one with a mere 64GB of storage. Now you’ve realized that your iPhoto library alone will consume a huge chunk of that. What to do? Soon you may be able to upgrade to 256GB -- and keep your old 64GB as a USB 3.0 flash drive.
Maybe it's the unintentional assonance. Or the curious definition of "Back to the Mac" that Steve casually slid into last week's keynote. Or maybe it's because at the first Mac-centric event of the year, no one could stop talking about iOS. Whatever the reason, there’s something about hearing “"Mac App Store" that conjures equal feelings of glee and dread around here.
It's not that we don't welcome a healthy serving of innovation in Apple's ever-shrinking computer segment, but we're always a little skeptical when someone--even Steve--tries to fix something that isn’t broken. Of course, the dedicated App Store might very well be the greatest thing to happen to the Mac since the two-button mouse, and we can certainly see how that could be. But if it’s not, don’t say we didn't warn you.
Tacking “Magic” onto the name of this new external trackpad is grandiose in that typical Apple way, but we have a feeling that this nifty device actually is performing one genuine feat of magic: peering into the future. At least a little, anyway. Between the proliferation of touch-based iOS devices and Apple’s patents for touchscreen iMacs surfacing recently on the web, it’s reasonable to speculate that Mac OS is going to want you to reach out and touch it someday soon. If that’s even a little true, we can see why Apple might hope that the Magic Trackpad will help us get a little more accustomed to “touching” iMacs, minis, and Mac Pros--not just MacBooks.
Hot on the heels of FaceTime for Mac's beta release, we have news that Redmond isn't far behind -- at least as far as its popular Messenger software is concerned. As of today, Mac users who prefer Microsoft's chat client (or those who have many PC friends who do), can now hop on board the video chatting bandwagon.
From its cartoony graphics to the adorable grunts and hi-yahs of its protagonist, Mini Ninjas might feel like just another kids’ computer game. However, once we got past the tutorial and began battling some of the game’s equally adorable enemies, we found that Mini Ninjas’ storyline has real depth and the cut-scenes are more than just cheese.
iLife ’11 is here, and with it comes a host of slick new features for iMovie, including a simple way to create your own Movie Trailers, all-new audio editing, one-step Effects, People Finder and Sports & News Themes. But those are just the marquee features to get everyone excited -- what about the smaller details that might make your daily use of iMovie ’11 a real pleasure?
With traditional print publishing suffering the slings and arrows of internet-aided content delivery these past few years, magazine, book and newspaper publishers have been struggling to find an efficient, cost-effective method to transfer their wares into the digital realm. In answer to the publishing industry's frantic calls for help, Adobe has announced their latest offering: The Adobe Digital Publishing Solution.