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TidBITS#860/18-Dec-06

Although this is our last issue of 2006, we’ve packed it with enough information to keep you busy until 2007. Glenn Fleishman notes the unusual release by Adobe of a public beta of Photoshop CS3 and peeks at the MacSanta promotion involving many key Mac software developers. Matt Neuburg examines a new version of Color It! (the mere appearance of which seems to necessitate the exclamation point in the name). Angus Wong interviews Ben Rudolph of Parallels about the company’s virtualization software, and Tomoharu Nishino contributes an in-depth review of the Sony PRS ebook reader. We also note the passing of self-professed “color geek” Bruce Fraser and look ahead to events at Macworld Expo in January. See you next year!

Adam Engst No comments

TidBITS 2006 Holiday Hiatus

After this last issue of 2006, we're slowing down for a few weeks to spend the holiday season recharging with family and friends. The next issue of TidBITS will appear on 08-Jan-07, as we congregate in San Francisco to walk the halls of Macworld Expo and see what Apple has planned for us in the coming year

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In Memoriam: Bruce Fraser, 1954-2006

We received the sad news that author and Mac expert Bruce Fraser passed away on Saturday after battling lung cancer. Bruce was one of those few people who can be honestly described as being the world's top expert in his field

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Macworld SF 2007 Events

After we snap out of our dreams of sugar plum fairies and New Year's celebrations, we'll be trekking off to San Francisco for the annual Macworld Expo and Steve Jobs Keynote of Apple Goodies

Glenn Fleishman No comments

MacSanta: You’d Better Not Pout

Correction appended. For those who make their list to Santa using a text editor, for those who set up elaborate systems to capture the sound of reindeer hooves, for those who prefer not to receive a cured-meat product in a can or on their computer - the MacSanta promotion is worth a look for those last-minute presents. The folks at a number of well-known Macintosh developers have banded together to offer a 20-percent discount on their software when you use the coupon code MACSANTA while purchasing the products directly from the companies' Web sites. Participating companies include Bare Bones, C-Command, Flying Meat, Potion Factory, Red Sweater, and

Matt Neuburg No comments

Color It! Carbonized Crudely

For over a decade, the painting and image-manipulation program Color It! has had something of a cult following. (The exclamation point is part of the official name, but I'll drop it from here on.) It has always been in financial trouble

Angus Wong No comments

InterviewBITS: Entering a Parallels Universe

The transition of the Macintosh from PowerPC to Intel processors is arguably one of the most significant computing milestones of the decade. Power consumption and speed efficiency gains aside, Apple's migration essentially joined worlds that were historically not merely different, but decidedly antagonistic

Tomoharu Nishino No comments

Sony’s PRS Ebook Reader and Connect Bookstore

After many delays, Sony last month launched its "Portable Reader System" (PRS) ebook reader and Connect Bookstore service. There is clearly a great deal of interest in this $350 device - Sony is claiming "overwhelming demand," and has been quoting delivery as late as the end of December. There was a long discussion on TidBITS Talk back in February 2006 about whether Sony's then-hypothetical PRS would do for ebooks what the iPod and iTunes Store have done for music. Here, in partial answer to that question, is a quick look at this much anticipated device

Adam Engst No comments

Take Control News/18-Dec-06

Latest Info about Running Windows on a Mac Available -- Trying to run Windows on an Intel-based Mac? Have Windows running but want help with topics like printing, backups, or dealing with updates? Put yourself in the driver's seat with the significantly revised and expanded second edition to Joe Kissell's "Take Control Running of Windows on a Mac," and get expert guidance on the best techniques for running Windows on a Macintosh. The new edition includes up-to-date info on Parallels Desktop (including the latest beta), including how to use major new features and what to consider when updating

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/18-Dec-06

Digital TV tuners -- A suggestion in our gift issue leads a reader to query about digital television tuners that work with the Mac. (1 message) Simple file server advice? Readers recommend several ways to use an old Mac as a file server in a journalism lab