One day, not so very long ago, third-party email apps dominated the Mac platform -- until Apple upped the ante with its own Mail application (frequently dubbed “Mail.app” for clarity) included free with every copy of Mac OS X. They’ve tucked away quite a few awesome features over the years, but here are a few of our favorites.
If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that there's usually never anything certain. However, one thing that's usually about close to being certain, is once Apple starts to run supplies short, something new is on the way. If supplies of Snow Leopard availability in New Zealand and Australia are any indication, then we could see Lion soon.
Software updates! Who doesn’t love ‘em? If you’re having issues with iPhoto or even with OpenType fonts under Snow Leopard 10.6.7, Apple has a pair of updates waiting to make your day -- provided that you download them first, of course.
It isn’t like Apple cuts corners when it comes to design. But that’s never kept us from setting our own desktop backgrounds or installing skins for our favorite apps. Customizing the Dock might not be quite as simple, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving a personal touch to one of the best aspects of the OS X interface.
To the Batcave! Er, make that Software Update! On Monday afternoon, Apple pushed out the seventh update to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard which offers the usual “stability, compatibility and security” -- including a separate security update that’s not part of the 10.6.7 package.
When Apple demoed Lion, the next major version of Mac OS X, at a press event in October, we all oohed and ahhed over the first four features Steve Jobs and Co. told us about. The Mac App Store, Mission Control, Launch Pad, and full-screen application views all look very cool--so cool that we got a little bummed that we’d have to wait until Lion’s launch in summer 2011 to get them on our Macs. But with just a few application add-ons, you can give your current install of Snow Leopard some of the same teeth as Lion.
I’d like to upgrade to Snow Leopard, but I’m afraid that if I do, the RightZoom app I have installed will no longer work, and I can’t figure out how to determine whether it will or not. SnowChecker (free, snowleopard.wikidot.com/snowchecker) doesn’t list RightZoom, so I couldn’t check compatibility that way. I’m not sure I want to go back to the default behavior of OS X’s yellow and green buttons, but I’d like to upgrade. Any advice?
Ladies and gents, 10.6.5 is now available for your software updating needs. The new update is recommended for those of you that are running Mac OS X Snow Leopard at full force. The fix helps enhance stability, compatbility and security for your Mac.
Are iMovie ’11-created movie trailers really so amazing that Hollywood studios fear that people will confuse them for the real thing? Apparently some of the studios think so, as Apple has blocked your ability to use their company names.
The new Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server must be taking tips from one of those VW Beetles with all the clowns in the back. That’s the only way to explain how Apple crammed all that hardware and performance into such a small form factor. A tiny little aluminum box like its predecessors, the mini Server comes without monitor, keyboard, or even mouse. While it can be administered remotely, it’s a good idea to connect it to a monitor and keyboard for initial setup. In keeping with its role as a server, the optical drive is sacrificed to make room for a second 500GB drive for a total of 1TB storage. Also notable by its absence is the external power brick. That’s now tucked inside the mini too.