Software is the big news these days. Whether it's Apple's long-awaited incredibly popular Mountain Lion or it's apps that work with it or fixes for it. Whatever the case, we love ourselves some software, but there were other stories of interest this week, just take a look and see.
Safari 6.0 is amazing. It's super fast, the new omnibar is clean, and it brings us a ton of great new features like instant sharing and offline reading. But, there are a few features power users of Safari 5.0 might miss. For instance, fonts can't be changed as easily, and users can't readily subscribe to RSS feeds. And, there are a few features Apple has implemented specifically for extension makers. Here are five useful Safari extensions that bring those old features back and make Safari better than ever.
Picture files come in all sorts of formats such as JPEG and TIFF. Each has its own individual strengths, but it’s common to need to change the format of one or more images. For example, you might need to convert a sizable TIFF file into a smaller JPEG to email it to someone. Doing this manually -- even for a single file -- takes time, so we’re going to show you how to set up an automated process for converting one or more image files from one format to another. The input files can be in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF, PICT, PNG or TIFF format. All you’ll need to do is drop the files’ icons onto an app in your Mac’s Dock and they’ll be converted to the format you’ve specified.
Wow, it's a really good day to be a Mac and iOS developer if your name is either Sparrow or Acrylic Software -- but not so much if you're a user of their products. Both companies have been snapped up by social giants (Google and Facebook, respectively), leaving their App Store wares essentially abandoned as they trot off to make their mark on bigger companies. As we play fire up some taps to commemorate our fallen apps, feel free to dig into the rest of the day's news for this Friday, July 20, 2012.
Remember the scene in John Carpenter's sci-fi classic, They Live, where the hero dons a pair of special sunglasses and finally sees how the world around him really is? Using Google's awesome new iOS version of its Chrome browser offers a similar type of reality check, shining an ugly spotlight on how Apple holds back third-party browsers on the platform. If you've used Chrome on the Mac, you pretty much know what to expect from the iOS app: Fast omnibox search or URL entry, unlimited tabs, Incognito mode for private browsing, and the ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks, and passwords to a Google account in the cloud.
With its stellar support for HTML 5, WebKit, and many Google-related features, it’s no wonder that many users are making Google Chrome their go-to browser. If you enjoy the desktop browsing experience that Chrome provides, then you’ll no doubt enjoy the mobile browsing experience that the recently released Chrome for iOS provides. From syncing your browser data to storing your passwords, we’ll give you a full walkthrough of Chrome for iOS, and how to perfectly pair it with its desktop counterpart.
Well, even though we're all about the Apple here, we have to recognize what the competition is up to and we are as shocked as anyone to say that Microsoft had what looks like a pretty good week. Windows Phone 8 software is out in the wild and the Metro interface is some of the best work Redmond's done in ages and it looks wicked sweet on the Surface. There were a few stumbles in the MS Keynote, so we'll see if the OS works as well as it looks. So what else happened?
Browsers are hugely important in modern computing. A decade ago, you might have launched one to check the occasional website, twiddling your thumbs as content downloaded painfully slowly over a dial-up modem. Today, most Mac users are on broadband 24 hours a day, and accessing news, entertainment, and even work on the internet is their main function. Modern browsers must be robust, fast and dependable, especially if you've replaced Office with Google Docs, or Mail with Gmail.
When it comes to synchronizing bookmarks and browser data, Safari seems to get all of the love on the Mac. With iCloud, you can sync your bookmarks on Safari between iOS devices, but if you don't use the Mac's native browser then you're out of luck. Fortunately for Firefox users, there's an alternative. We’ll show you how to use the built-in Firefox Sync to synchronize your browser data between all of your devices, including another Mac, iOS, or Android devices.