Apple has seeded two new Safari betas for developers to test, supporting OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks in the latest updates. The two updates include Safari 6.1.1 for OS X 10.7.5 Lion and OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, as well as Safari 7.0.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is prompting its developers to specifically look at PDFs, login and password autofill, as well as other general website compatibility and accessibility features.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse is a point-and-click adventure for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. It will be released in two episodes, with the first coming December 4th and the second in January 2014. When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, intrepid lawyer George Stobbart and feisty journalist Nico Collard are thrown, seemingly by chance, into the investigation together.
Obduction is a first-person adventure game made by Cyan, the company best known for Myst and Riven. The game begins when a “curious, organic artifact drops from the sky and inexplicably whisks you away across the universes to who-knows-where (or when, or why).” There, you have to explore the alien world and discover what secrets it holds.
F1 2013 offers Mac gamers the same chance as their PC and console counterparts to experience the thrills of the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, which is both trademarked and in all caps, so it’s either super important or super angry. And for the first time in the award-winning series, players will be able to race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics.
The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) image editing alternative to Photoshop’s open-ended monthly wallet-siphoning distribution mode is no longer a challenge to install for Mac users. However, the GIMP’s developers say that in the past few months they’ve received complaints about SourceForge, the site where the GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms are hosted.
Having been a gamer in the ’90s, I’m a fan of point-and-click adventure games; you kind of had to be in order to survive the era. And although technology has moved on (along with the industry, in fits and starts), there are still plenty of solid adventure games being made. Daedalic Entertainment has released a good number of them, and Memoria is one of their best so far.
In today’s Social Playbook, I look ahead to Warlords of Draenor, wonder why RPGs always have the same classes, and offer up three Mac games I’m really looking forward to. RPG and adventure gamers are going to have some big decisions to make in the coming months, especially if you like a tablespoon of nostalgia stirred into your Mac games.
Daedalic Entertainment has quickly become one of our favorite game publishers. That most of their games hit the Macintosh helps, and that the bulk of these games are very, very good is what cinches it. If you haven’t been introduced to their catalog, here’s your opportunity. Via this weeks’ Humble Weekly Sale, you can pay what you want for eight of their popular Mac and PC titles, and can even decide to donate some or all of your payment to charity.
Mac gamers, did you even know you have professional representation? You do! It’s at GameAgent.com, and it’s been updated with a new look and new features to help you keep track of your gaming career. GameAgent, of course, gives Mac gamers all the information they could need to keep their mouse and WASD keys busy. With the update, the site has been rearranged to bring the important stuff front and center.
I love the Mac desktop and Finder (two of the best things about the the Apple desktop OS IMHO), and it troubles me that they seem to be under threat as OS X converges more and more on iOS conventions. I hope that inference is mistaken. I much prefer a document dominant organizing principle to an app dominated one. I almost never store documents in the Dock, and use the Finder and folders (or the desktop) for that.
Only a few days ago, Apple released two OS X Mavericks updates for internal testing, and the company appears to be making changes to individual applications in the software as well. Earlier this week, Apple released an iBooks update for OS X with a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. It is unclear exactly what specific bugs Apple addressed in the iBooks for Mac app, but it apparently wasn’t a big enough issue to draw public attention.
Parallels is brining their sense of Mac/Windows harmony to the business world with the announcement of Parallels Business Solutions. Via updates to Parallels Management Suite and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition (plus the just-released Parallels Access app for iPad) IT departments can now maintain compliance and control while still embracing the diverse technology employees need.