Some of you young’ns who hopped onto Apple with the iPod and iPhone may not remember Clarus the Dogcow. But to those of us who grew up with Apple computers, it recalls a simpler time of bombs, wristwatches and sad faces. And hey, speaking of those icons, they’re all now available for purchase from artist Susan Kare as limited edition art prints.
Even if you’re from outside of the productivity space, you’ve probably heard of The Omni Group. With applications like OmniGraffle and OmniFocus, The Omni Group offers software to suit almost every productivity need you may have. And this year at Macworld, they’ve shown up big. I had the opportunity to chat with Ken Case, CEO of the Omni Group, about some of the products they’ve launched recently and how they’re doing.
If Adobe’s products keep adding features you never use, Pixelmator may just be a (much cheaper) alternative. Serious Photoshop users take note; if you are doing extensive photo retouching or basic layer-based image composition, Pixelmator blazes by Adobe’s products. In the time it takes Photoshop to start up, Pixelmator can veni, vidi, vici before the PS splash screen is gone.
Congrats to all those Macintosh and iPhone development companies smart enough to get their updates and releases out today, because as of tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., no one’s going to care about much beyond what Apple is talking about. So, come on inside to get your fill of Keynote themes, barcode scanners, missiles to command, children’s books, slug wars, snow globes, and parachuting ninjas. That’s right, I said parachuting ninjas.
Earlier this month, the good folks at Gamertell got word that Telltale Games would soon be releasing its entire lineup of games for the Macintosh. We haven’t heard much about this rumor since, but our inside source has pointed out that Telltale is now officially listed as an exhibitor at Macworld Expo 2010. Telltale’s current PC lineup includes the Sam & Max series, Tales of Monkey Island, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Bone and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures.
Just what’s a SuperMeet? If you have to ask, you’re not invited. Actually, that’s not true. You are. Now, if that upset you, check out Optimism for Mac, as it’ll help you monitor any decline in your mental health. iPhone apps are decidedly brighter, what with The Hare and the Tortoise, Stinky Socks, HourFace, Coconut Riot, Balloon Headed Boy, and plenty more. It’s like a party on your iPhone, and this time you are invited!
CarMD aims to make car diagnosis something anybody can do on their own instead of paying an auto mechanic. With a small and simple piece of hardware and a huge online database of error codes, they do it surprisingly well. And speaking as someone who knows nothing more than how to pump gas into his car, this relatively cheap product can be both extremely interesting and very helpful.
Stellar Phoenix for Mac uses some complex algorithms to recover recently deleted files from hard drives or simply find a hard drive that refuses to mount. There are some strange UI glitches and the occasional file that’s empty after being recovered (0 second MP3s that are a couple megabytes in size, for example), but I would certainly recommend this program to someone who has lost some data on a drive or needs to recover a drive.
Security is at the forefront of today’s Mac updates, with both video surveillance and password protection. Also, you can touch a fried egg, or something like that. On the iPhone, more Valentine’s apps are surfacing, Missile Command goes 360, and you can attach your iPhone to your thigh like that cocky kid in “Iron Eagle” when he was listening to Queen and committing grand theft fighter jet.
Want to see one of the coolest, most unique MacBook cases ever created? It’s in here, it’s called the BookBook, and it’s ready for your purchase. There are also some good productivity apps and some to waste your time, just as it should be. iPhone and iPod owners can go snowboarding, avoid the police, cheat on their algebra exams, play with their Nickelodeon friends, discover the secret of the lost cavern, and plenty more.