Web Applications / Development
Karelia Software’s website building software Sandvox has been embracing the Mac only since its initial release, and now it has expended to embrace the Retina display. With a simple check of a box, web developers can present high-resolution images to website visitors using Retina display Macs.
Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be US$49.99 per month. Sorry, but I won’t be signing up. I don’t rent software, at least not if I can help it. Pixelmator sells on the App Store for 20 bucks. If you need more power than that, the GIMP is free, and you can put up with a lot of learning curve climbing to save fifty bucks a month in rental fees. Forever. Or, at least I can.
Apple has released OS X 10.8.3, the latest update for Mountain Lion, which also includes Safari 6.0.3. In addition to bug and security fixes, it includes the ability to scan an iTunes card using your laptop’s camera instead of manually entering the code.
It’s been a busy couple of days for Adobe. Yesterday they released Photoshop Touch for iPhone, but earlier in the week they also announced Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4 release candidates, as well as an update to their Adobe Muse web authorizing system.
Maxthon Cloud Browser is designed to provide users with a seamless and unified user experience across multiple devices and platforms. Maxthon Cloud Browser works on Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, and goes beyond simply syncing bookmarks to enable users to access and push web content such as images, videos and text to and from their other devices.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for October 2012 show another basicly sideways month in terms of market share, with Windows dropping infinitesimally, the Mac stayng exactly the same as in September at 7.16%, and Linux edging up ever so slightly.
Evernote will soon release a redesigned OS X client adding a number of user interface improvements and changing a few elements inside the app. The developers stated on the official Evernote blog page that the update brings an impressive 100 new features to the app.
There were a couple of good utilities for Power PC OS X that could check mail on the server, preview content and delete unwanted junk without downloading it: MailBeacon X and POPMonitor—both shareware apps. I’ve been using Mail Beacon for many years, but unfortunately neither it nor POPMonitor work without Rosetta PPC emulation, so what to do? My workaround so far has been Thomas Robisson’s My Pop Barrier
One unanticipated result of my somewhat belated upgrade to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been my using Apple’s Safari browser again after a long hiatus of several years and OS X versions, during which I pretty much ignored it. I can’t recall precisely, but the last Safari version I used with any frequency was four-point-something.