Michael E. Cohen
A new Welcome window and fixes for saving issues head the list. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 41 MB)
To paraphrase Louis Armstrong, when compared to earlier versions is Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac fast, slow, or half-fast? MacTech has run about 1,000 tests to compare the performance of the suite’s applications to Office 2008 and 2004 across a variety of configurations, including MacBook Pro, MacBook, and iMac. The results are available online and will be published in a forthcoming issue of MacTech Magazine.
Joe Kissell’s latest Take Control ebook provides practical techniques and useful tips for how to cut back on paper clutter and chaos.
AirPlay implemented, Ping now optional, and the usual performance and stability enhancements. (Free, 90.63 MB)
Includes expert preference enhancements and various bug fixes. ($129 new, free update, 15.8 MB)
Those who feared that the days of Java on Mac OS X were over following Apple’s announcement that it was “deprecating” Java on Mac OS X will be heartened by the news that Oracle and Apple are creating the OpenJDK Project. Apple’s press release states that “Java SE 6 will continue to be available from Apple for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Java SE 7 and future versions of Java for Mac OS X will be available from Oracle.”
The new RootMetrics app tests local mobile coverage details and adds your results to their big picture of the mobile landscape.
“Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition,” an ebook written by networking expert Glenn Fleishman, sheds light on the geeky secrets of safe iPhone and iPod touch networking. Also new is version 1.7 of our longstanding “Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security.”
Adds Chrome support, includes a variety of other changes. ($39.95 new, free update, 19.1 MB)
Text editor update includes HTML5 tag completion and added keyboard shortcuts. ($99 new, free update, 20 MB)
Updated HP printer drivers. (Free, 448.7 MB)
Disk cloning utility offers improved handling of media read errors, along with bug fixes. (Free, 4.3 MB)
Fixes for an email security vulnerability and a number of crashing bugs highlight this first update to Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2011.
The definitive Safari 5 guide from long-time Mac expert Sharon Zardetto explores Safari features both new and old and provides the practical advice you need to use Safari to its fullest.
Joe Kissell’s revised ebook about MobileMe explores the nooks and crannies of Apple’s cloud-based service, guides you through the latest MobileMe changes, and explains what they mean to you.