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TidBITS#1094/19-Sep-2011

Parallels Desktop versus VMware Fusion. Which is best? And what about VirtualBox? Joe Kissell provides an overview of the increasingly mature field of virtualization on the Mac — read on for his sensible thoughts on the matter. Also this week, Glenn Fleishman looks at the new role played by the Apple ID (yes, you probably have one) in Lion, and Jeff Carlson shares his impressions of Printopia, which does more than just letting you print from your iOS device to any Mac-connected printer. Finally, we’re pleased to announce a book that anyone who has ever said bad words about Spotlight’s search results needs to read: Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac.” Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.3, Camino 2.0.9, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.1.3/2008 12.1.3/2004 11.6.5, VMware Fusion 4, and a trio of firmware updates for recent models of the Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.

Adam Engst No comments

New Take Control Ebook Helps You Find Anything on Your Mac

Our latest Take Control ebook explores the hidden depths of Spotlight searching, explains the concepts behind Spotlight indexing and the “grammar” of Spotlight searches, and teaches readers how to find anything on a Mac, either via graphical criteria bars or by typing in Spotlight’s underlying language.

Glenn Fleishman 22 comments

Apple ID Becomes Mac OS X and iCloud Glue

The humble Apple ID has increasingly insinuated itself into Apple’s various Web sites and products. With Lion, it also lets you bypass passwords on individual machines and services — although that convenience comes with a security cost. With iCloud, its role is expansive but brittle. Apple needs to make merging and grouping accounts more flexible.

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ExtraBITS for 19 September 2011

It’s always interesting to hear what CEOs really think, and this week we ran across Netflix CEO Reed Hasting’s explanation for how Netflix is going to self-destruct, plus an interview with former Apple CEO John Sculley. Also this week, Google Docs gains a comment-only access option and Apple receives a fascinating 3D display and imaging system patent.