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TidBITS#861/08-Jan-07

Our 2007 coverage begins with the release of the first-ever TidBITS Archive CD, containing the complete archive of our 17 years of Macintosh reporting! Then Glenn Fleishman examines Apple’s stock option backdating woes, and Joe Kissell looks at the VMware Fusion beta for those interested in virtualizing Windows on a Mac. We also write up the releases of PreFab UI Browser 2.0, Simon 2.2, and updates to Microsoft Office 2004 and Office X, and pass along some Macworld Expo event updates. Anchoring the issue is the first installment of an occasional column by college freshman Dan Pourhadi aimed at explaining how and why young people interact with technology as they do.

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PreFab UI Browser 2.0 Better Than Ever

PreFab UI Browser is a scripter's tool. You don't need it unless you need it, but if you need it, it's exactly what you need. As I explained in TidBITS four years ago ("Scripting the Unscriptable in Mac OS X", 2003-03-10), as well as in my AppleScript book, when you need to write a script that clicks buttons, reads scrolling lists, and chooses from menus, the Accessibility API and System Events are the only way to go; and UI Browser is the best way to figure out how to use them

Joe Kissell No comments

VMware Releases Fusion Beta

Last week VMware finally made good on its promise at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), releasing a public beta version (registration required) of its new virtualization software for Mac OS X, code-named Fusion