Despite the shift to a digital display, Ticket to Ride looks exactly as you’d hope, with the distinctive visuals pulled directly from the now-classic board game and perfectly presented in this new Mac release. And the menus are as stylish as they are functional, getting you to where you need to go while staying era-appropriate. Luckily, they get you right into the game itself, which is the real draw here.
Back when the Mac first came out, when screens were only black and white, when graphics had no transparency, no gradients, not even textures, we had pattern fills. They were rudimentary tools for giving 2D, black-and-white graphical objects some flair. Phased out from just about every software product by the mid 1990s, those patterns persisted in FileMaker Pro and became emblematic of the long-neglected interface tools known as the “design surface.” With version 12, FileMaker finally ditches the ’80s patterns and gives users the tools for making good-looking databases in no time at all.
It’s been a crazy, whirlwind day here at MacLife.com, with Apple’s insanely great fiscal second quarter, Google Drive and all kinds of other cool stuff vying for the hearts and minds of tech fans everywhere. Can you think of a better way to cap off the day than to kick back with a nice recap of some other stories you may have missed? We didn’t think so. Without further ado, here’s the latest for Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Google Drive is finally here: It’s real, but is it spectacular? We kicked the tires and then took it for a spin around the block, all in an effort to answer those burning questions you might have about Google’s new cloud storage endeavor.
Upgrading a file from one version to another has always been a crucial aspect of any application update—until Final Cut Pro X came on the scene, that is. This latest version was so different that there was no way to import your old Final Cut Pro 7 projects into it. The fact that migrating from iMovie was well integrated merely rubbed salt into this wound.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X back in June 2011, it caused a furor. This wasn’t the Final Cut Pro that veteran users had grown to love, that had revolutionized the industry, taking both the independents and the major studios by storm. This was something totally different, and given how many features had vanished, many thought it certainly didn’t deserve its “pro” moniker.
Welcome to another thrilling rendition of Free App Friday. While the new Messages beta for OS X is what's on everyone's minds (and you can read Susie's first impressions about the beta app here), maybe there's some of you out there who don't want to text message with your Apple ID and would rather employ your Google Voice number instead. BigPhone Lite is a free Mac App that lets you utilize Google Voice from your computer. So now, when you're engrossed in an angry text fight, you don't have to get frustrated that you can't get your point across fast enough.
There are two things I learned the first year I took up cooking: it takes many failures to create a successful dish, and it’s okay to bring the computer in the kitchen. With the advent of online recipe archives, I’m not shy about placing the MacBook next to the cutting board. SousChef capitalizes on this, and hopes to become the proverbial apron your computer needs to help you cook. And frankly, it’s a great help.
With the looming demise of MobileMe, plenty of folks are casting about for Mac-friendly ways to host their website, and Karelia Software is positioning Sandvox 2 as the next step for “iWeb Graduates.” Professional web developers and designers might use it for rapid prototyping, but at $77, Sandvox doesn’t pretend to go up against the likes of Dreamweaver ($399, adobe.com).
We all use our iOS devices for a little more than keeping in contact with friends and surfing the web. Photo editing is one feature that has become ubiquitous among iPad and iPhone users. In today's Free App Friday, here are three apps for iOS that let you edit your mobile photos with flair. Plus, a Google Chrome app that enables you to transform your photos into vintage masterpieces without having to go through Instagram.