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Steve Jobs previewed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, but his references to still-secret features piqued our curiosity. This week, we offer a wish list of fixes and features we’d like to see appear from behind the curtain when Leopard ships next year. Also in this issue, Matt Neuburg looks at Microsoft’s discontinuation of Visual Basic in the next version of Microsoft Office for Macintosh, and Adam both provides more thoughts on a collaborative editing application and notices that the latest iPod software update causes his iPod nano to sk-sk-skip. Plus, we note the winners of this year’s Apple Design Awards and announce a DealBITS drawing for’s Online Training Library.

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iPod nano Skips After Update

I've been remiss in not writing this up sooner, but I remember it only when I'm in the car, listening to podcasts or music on our iPod nano. Since the most recent iPod update - iPod Updater 2006-06-28 - our iPod nano has suffered from frequent (at least one per car trip) 1- to 2-second bits of garbled playback

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Visual Basic a Casualty of Processor War

The announcement last week from Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) that Virtual PC for Mac will be discontinued, and that future versions of Microsoft Office for Mac will lack support for Visual Basic macros, has sparked one of those rumor wildfires over which, as usual, cooler heads must prevail. Virtual PC was always a desperate half-measure at best, sufficient (say) to test a cross-platform application built with REALbasic slowly, but not for serious Windows-based work

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Apple Design Award 2006 Winners

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) wrapped up this year with the annual Apple Design Award winners, who received not only fame and Mac developer cred, but a special cube award that lights up when touched

Adam Engst No comments

More Thoughts on Collaborative Editing

Thanks for all your mail and comments about my "Calling Mac Developers: Request for a Collaborative Editor" article in the 24-Jul-06 issue of TidBITS. What with the comments on my article and Jason Snell's post on, we've been having discussions both with users who desperately want the collaborative editor we're proposing and with some developers who are potentially interested in writing it

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Leopard Wish List

When he introduced Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on stage during last week's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Steve Jobs was clear about how there were more "top secret" features coming in Leopard

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