Mr Macintosh Update July 11
Hello There Macintosh User!
If you are getting this email you have sometime been a client of mine — Thank you for your past custom!
1. Lion Mac OS X 10.7: Lion, the newest version of our much loved operating system, will only run on Macs with a minimum of 2GB of RAM and a recent-ish computer with at an least Intel Core-Duo processor. Some older applications that were made for Power PC chip Macs — which means G5 and earlier — won’t work with it, nor will a few current ones without an upgrade. It’s not going to be for everyone, that’s for sure. Many of you will stay with older computers and Leopard 10.5.8. But it looks like a lot of fun if you want to take the plunge. Availability only by 3.5GB download means there is no install DVD and a long download and install process. And it only costs $32 or free if you bought a new Mac recently!! The interface, while initially looking broadly similar to the current Snow Leopard 10.6 incorporates a lot of multi-touch gestures borrowed from the iPad and iPhone which we have become used to. On laptops with Trackpads and on iMacs using the optional Magic Trackpad there are lots of ways to use swiping, pinching and scrolling as on an iPad. Its a way of interfacing with your device that has proved very intuitive and popular on Apple’s mobile devices and translates beautifully to the bigger world of the regular computer. I can only see them going more in this direction in the future. Other modern features include automatic Auto-Save of documents as you create them; Resume: when you open an Application the document you were working on opens exactly as it was when you left and when you start the computer it is just as it was when you shut it down. Have a look at the Apple videos to get a sense of it and whether its for you. I am offering a service to take your computer away to a fast connection and do the download and install if required. Many people only have 5 or 10GB per month so 4GB will make a big dent in the monthly allowance! Apple Video intro: http://www.apple.com/au/macosx/whats-new/#video-lion Walt Mossberg: http://allthingsd.com/20110720/mossberg-lion-review/?refcat=personaltechnology Guardian review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jul/20/mac-osx-lion-review CNet Review: http://download.cnet.com/Apple-Mac-OS-X-Lion/3000-18513_4-75454201.html?tag=contentBody;topStories Application compatibility: http://roaringapps.com/apps:table
2. Off-Site Backup: A new service from Mr Mac: Off-Site Backup. I have begun doing this for businesses which involves popping into your business and backing up your files onto an external hard drive and taking it away from the premises that the computer lives in. Even if you have a regular backup a fire would destroy both computer/s and backup, as would a robbery if they took everything. It takes one visit to setup, then a short regular weekly visit to do the ongoing off-site backup. Call me if you are interested.
3. Sydney Morning Herald Top 100 Apps: A guide to their top mobile device apps. Their own SMH app is really good too. http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/top-100-apps–the-definitive-guide-20110620-1gax4.html
4. QuickOffice for iPad: Claiming to open, edit and manipulate all Microsoft Office files this $17.99 app is a rival to Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote for the iPad at $13 each.
5. Open Source e-Book Reader: Calibre does it all, reading ePub books, converting them to other formats and maintaining a library of titles. Free… http://calibre-ebook.com/
6. New Final Cut Pro X: This is the way of the future for buying applications: available only as a download from the App Store. Final Cut Pro X is $350 and has divided the video editors since it’s recent release. The interface is radically changed as has the architecture, so you can’t open projects created in previous versions. http://www.apple.com/au/finalcutpro/ David Pogue’s take: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/technology/personaltech/23pogue.html?_r=3
7. Magic Mouse and Trackpad Add-On: This Preference Pane for the Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and MacBook/Pro Trackpads give extra programmable options for free. http://magicprefs.com/
8. Photomatix for Amazing Photos: Very clever software indeed that merges 3 different photos of the same scene to make a hyper realistic final version. Costing $99 there are also Lightspeed, Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins to use Photomatix directly in these graphics and photography apps for $39 and $79 and a bundled $119 for the lot. http://www.hdrsoft.com/index.html
9. 360 Degree Panoramas: These are amazing! http://www.utah3d.net/panoramas/SulpherCreek_swf.html http://www.utah3d.net/panoramas/DoubleArch1_swf.html http://www.utah3d.net/panoramas/PaysonC_swf.html http://www.utah3d.net/panoramas_2/AztecButte_swf.html http://www.utah3d.net/panoramas_3/GrandView.html
10. A Reminder of My Rates: I charge $88 per hour including GST. No call-out fee or travel charge in the Byron Shire. Half hour minimum. Telephone support costs the same in 15 minute increments. Email support is still free! Please include plenty of detail in your email inquiries. Serving the Byron Macintosh community for over 10 years.
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Mr Macintosh Tom Hain http://www.mrmacintosh.com.au PO Box 1040 Byron Bay NSW 2481 6685 5504 041 840 8869