The just-released LaunchBar 6 brings a fresh new look and a host of new features to the venerable launcher and shortcut utility — Adam Engst shares all the details. Josh Centers does similar honors for The Omni Group’s OmniFocus 2, the recently released update to the popular Getting Things Done app for the Mac. In book news, we’ve just published both the third edition of Andy Affleck’s “Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac” and, for TidBITS members, the latest chapter in Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.” Changing gears a bit, Michael Cohen examines Swift, Apple’s new programming language, to see what it means for both professional and hobbyist developers. Josh also contributes another look at the latest updates in the NSA mass surveillance kerfuffle, and our resident soccer fanatic, Agen Schmitz, explains how to watch the World Cup online in the latest installment of FunBITS. Finally, be sure to enter this week’s DealBITS drawing to win one of ten free copies of BeLight Software’s interior design app Live Interior 3D! Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.5, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8, MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 2.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.
Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6, a major upgrade to their popular keyboard-based launcher and shortcut utility. It boasts a clean new look, new indexing rules, live suggestions, instant feedback, and usage reports. Lastly, users can now write their own actions for LaunchBar using a wide variety of scripting languages.
If you would like to create a 3D model of the interior of your house or office, perhaps for redecorating or remodeling, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Live Interior 3D.
Our latest Take Control title tackles the world of podcasting, explaining what hardware and software you’ll need, providing step-by-step instructions for recording and editing, and walking you through all you need to do to publish your podcast.
Although additional DNS configuration isn’t absolutely necessary, that’s where Charles Edge turns his attention next, so your client Macs can use human-readable host names rather than IP addresses to access internal servers. If you’re a TidBITS member, read on!
For the first time in many years Apple has released a new programming language. Here’s why Apple did it and what it means to the rest of us.
When it comes to the Getting Things Done productivity system, few can match OmniFocus, but the six-year-old Mac app had begun to show its age. OmniFocus 2 brings a fresh look and some welcome iOS features.
It has been over a year since the first documents were released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealing the agency’s secret mass surveillance programs. Join Josh Centers as he takes you on a tour of what has happened since our last look at the ongoing situation.
The World Cup has started, and Agen Schmitz gives you the lowdown on what you need to stream live games on your Mac, iOS devices, and Apple TV. He also provides tips on connecting to international streams using a VPN service.
Notable software releases this week include ChronoSync 4.5, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.8, MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 2.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.3.
In this week’s ExtraBITS, John Gruber analyzes the “new” Apple, Ben Thompson of Stratechery argues for the Apple TV as a gaming device, a bug in TweetDeck resulted in out-of-control tweets, iTunes Radio gained ESPN and local NPR stations, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Google’s book scanning project, and Josh Centers debates downloading versus streaming on the Pragmatic podcast.