Apple’s FaceTime beta is dead. Long live FaceTime 1.0! Apple’s video chat software for communicating between Macs and video-capable iOS devices has hit version 1.0 and entered the Mac App Store. FaceTime for Mac now supports HD video calls. Supported Intel-based Macs can receive HD video from HD-sending devices, and the newest MacBook Pros can send HD video from their new FaceTime cameras. Also new is the much-appreciated capability to edit and add FaceTime contacts without needing to launch Address Book. FaceTime is available for free with the new MacBook Pros, but costs everyone else 99¢. ($0.99 new, 16.8 MB)
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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What if I gave you 99¢?
I'm with Greg C... Cheap Bastards Unite!
Oh but I do like to buy dollar apps and then leave one star reviews because they're not free. Just to make a point. Or something.
I downloaded and set up the beta, but never used it or found it very interesting. Nobody I'm interested in calling, really, who has compatible gear.
So for free I might download the 1.0 release to check it out and have it around in case something changes, but I can't see the point in spending the buck with no expectation I'll use the software.
Now, when someone buys my family a round of new iPhones all bets are off and it may be a dollar well spent. (We do all have iChat AV on our Macs, but never use that either. Or Skype for that matter. We're just boring.)
I rarely use FaceTime or Skype video or what have you, but I really appreciate it when I have it.