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TidBITS#1056/13-Dec-2010

It’s our final TidBITS issue for 2010, and we have a great selection of articles, including Joe Kissell’s coverage of changes in CrashPlan+ 3.0 and his review of the DEVONthink To Go app. Glenn Fleishman explains what makes a good iOS app in general, a topic he spent much time considering while selecting apps for his “Five-Star Apps” print book. And Adam shares both a fun video of a group playing Christmas carols on iOS devices and a cautionary story about why keeping a clone of your hard disk mounted at all times can be dangerous. Don’t forget—all Take Control ebooks are 50 percent off through the end of the year! Notable software releases this week include Switcher Maestro 1.0, Simon 3.0.1, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.8 Update, Postbox 2.1, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.0, Aperture 3.1.1, Mactracker 5.3, Photoshop CS5 12.0.2, Skitch 1.0.1, Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, KeyCue 5.2, and RapidWeaver 5.0.1. See you in 2011!

Adam Engst No comments

TidBITS 2010 Holiday Hiatus

We’re taking the last two weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 3 January 2011. But we’ll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.

Glenn Fleishman 6 comments

What Makes a Stellar iOS App

While the App Store lists hundreds of thousands of programs, only a small percentage rise to the top. What traits do they have in common? Glenn Fleishman shares what he learned from researching his latest print book, “Five-Star Apps.”

Joe Kissell 6 comments

Taking DEVONthink To Go for a Spin

DEVONtechnologies’ companion iOS app for their highly regarded Mac document management tools finally makes it easy to carry your DEVONthink library in your pocket. The app shows great promise, but some users may find the current version has significant limitations.

Adam Engst 26 comments

Clone Wars, or How My Backups Ate My Photos

Public confession time—a part of Adam’s backup strategy wasn’t fully thought out, and the end result was a situation that caused him to lose photos imported into iPhoto for two months. Read on for the gory details and for how to avoid your own clone wars.

TidBITS Staff No comments

ExtraBITS for 13 December 2010

If you haven’t been listening to iTunes Store previews recently, you might not have realized that they’ve largely been extended from 30 seconds to 90 seconds. And you’ll spend a lot more than 90 seconds reading Michael Mace’s fascinating explanation of why Apple is beating RIM, and how computing platforms die.