Now that the Labor Day holiday is behind us here in the U.S., fall is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing: iCloud time! Ever since iCloud was previewed at WWDC 2011, iOS device users have been staring at their current devices, longing for some cloud syncing magic, so let’s recap what we know about iCloud so far.
The controversy over Apple’s radical new Final Cut Pro X may have died down since its release at the beginning of summer, but that could have more to do with Adobe’s successful campaign to get disgruntled editors to switch to Premiere Pro and Production Premium CS5.5, which has seen a remarkable 22 percent year-over-year growth and a whopping 45 percent growth on the Mac platform.
If you’re a Mac user who needs to occasionally access Windows or Linux, chances are good that you’ve turned to Parallels Desktop, the leading virtualization software on Apple’s platform. If you’ve also already upgraded to OS X Lion, you’re in for a treat, because Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac has finally arrived with full support for the big cat.
If you need to share files from your computer with other internet users, there’s no easier way to do it than Presence, the app formerly known as FarFinder. With this week’s 2.7 update, the developer has improved reliability for the software as well as making the marquee feature EasyConnect absolutely free unless you transfer a lot of data.
Second-generation Apple TV users, your little black box just got a lot cooler. FireCore has just pushed out a beta 7 update to its popular aTV Flash (black), which brings a host of new abilities to Apple’s otherwise locked-down media streamer -- including cloud backups for third-party settings, music playback and metadata views.
If your workday consists of running any kind of Windows application or even multiple instances of OS X Lion, you’re no doubt excited about Parallels Desktop 7, the latest version of the virtualization software arriving September 6, complete with OS X Lion support and a new mobile app.
Oh, Mac Pro… poor little neglected Mac Pro. All of your other family members have gotten the Intel bump this year with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, and yet you remain frozen in time, no longer the fastest Mac of them all. While we (im)patiently wait for a new version of you, here are a few things we’d like to see in your next incarnation.
It’s been more than three weeks since OS X Lion escaped from the Mac App Store and took up residence in Macs around the globe, and for the most part users are quite happy with their new houseguest. Part of the fun with any new operating system releases is uncovering the new features -- and this big cat has plenty of them.
If you frequently find yourself pasting the same text over and over again on the Mac, you’ve no doubt discovered Smile Software’s TextExpander, a handy utility that promises to save keystrokes -- and now, the accompanying iOS version just got even handier with a host of new features.
Skype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.