A number of TidBITS staffers are assembling in San Francisco for Macworld/iWorld 2013 this week, and if you’ll be there too, be sure to stop by our first-ever ebook signing at the Smile booth. Also this week, we’re pleased to announce the release of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ” to answer all those iTunes questions that iTunes 11 engendered for you. Agen Schmitz reports on the just-released iOS 6.1. Jeff Carlson and Michael Cohen cover Apple’s Q1-2013 earnings announcement, in which a record $54.5 billion in revenues, coupled with $13.1 billion in profit, disappointed analysts. For those looking to write on the iPad more, Josh Centers reviews the powerful Nebulous Notes app, and if you’ve always wondered what version of Mac OS X you can include with a Mac you’re selling or giving away, Adam Engst has all the details. Apple is persnickety about Mac OS X licenses, but what has Adam more worked up is the company’s lack of respect for professional users — read on for his story about how Pages 4.3 completely changed (and broke) graphics handling in exported EPUBs without so much as a mention in the release notes. Notable software releases this week include Things 2.1.1, Evernote 5.0.5, and Fantastical 1.3.6.
Thanks to PDFpen for iPad, we’ll be having an ebook signing at the Smile booth at Macworld/iWorld on Friday, 1 February 2013 at 3:00 PM. Bring your Take Control ebooks on an iPad outfitted with PDFpen!
iOS 6.1 focuses on bringing LTE support to a gaggle of global carriers, but also adds a few scattered tweaks for all iOS devices. The iOS-based Apple TV Software also gets an update.
If you’re having trouble with iTunes 11, whether with its new and changed features or with managing large media libraries in general, Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ” has the answers you need.
Citing constrained iMac availability and a shorter reporting quarter, Apple managed to come within one percent of last year’s profit-per-share mark, as well as bring in record revenues of more than $54 billion. For many analysts, this was not enough.
Nebulous Notes is a powerful text editing app that brings custom macros to both the iPad and iPhone, making it easy to compose, edit, and preview Markdown- and HTML-formatted text.
If you’ve wondered what the proper way is to go about selling a Mac whose version of Mac OS X has been upgraded past what came with it, here’s the official word from Apple. And if the recipient of the Mac needs 10.7 Lion, it turns out that there’s still a way to get it legally.
A pair of technical problems — Pages 4.3 changing its graphics handling in EPUB and BBEdit 10.5 introducing a bug into its Search and Replace Automator action — cause Adam Engst to reflect on how the companies in question view their users.
Notable software releases this week include Things 2.1.1, Evernote 5.0.5, and Fantastical 1.3.6.
Two quick bits for you to ponder this week: scientists encoding data in DNA (but it’s not cheap!) and an independent designer’s mockup of what a future Mac Pro could (but probably won’t) look like.