The big news this week revolves around Web browsers, as Apple releases a public beta of Safari 4, showcasing a new tab interface, the graphical Top Sites view, and Cover Flow for bookmarks and history. Doug McLean looks at what’s new in Safari 4, and also passes on the news that the Omni Group has made its OmniWeb Web browser (and three other programs) free. Matt Neuburg reviews his favorite new keyboard, the utterly retro Customizer 104 from Unicomp, designed to feel like IBM’s legendary Model M keyboard. Elsewhere in the issue, Adam shares a look at a wonderful site that obsessively documents iPhoto’s book themes, and Glenn Fleishman offers a hands-on review of Amazon’s new Kindle 2 ebook reader. In the TidBITS Watchlist this week, we look at 1Password 2.9.9, Photoshop 11.0.1, MacSpeech Dictate 1.3, Corel Painter 11, and Cocktail 4.3.1.
Confused by all the possibilities available when building a book in iPhoto? Liz Castro has done an incredible job of documenting all the details of each theme.
The Omni Group has announced that OmniWeb, OmniDazzle, OmniDiskSweeper, and OmniObjectMeter are all now available as free downloads, having previously been commercial products.
Apple's debut of a public beta of Safari 4 includes a slew of new features, interface changes, and low-level performance enhancements.
Amazon's Kindle 2 is far easier to use, with a simplified hardware design that streamlines navigation. Under the hood, it's the same offering, however, with the same limitations we've highlighted in the past.
Through Unicomp, the legendary IBM Model M keyboard still lives - and it works fine with Mac OS X.
Notable software releases this week include 1Password 2.9.9, Photoshop 11.0.1, MacSpeech Dictate 1.3, Corel Painter 11, and Cocktail 4.3.1.
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.
In this week's discussions, readers look at the new Safari 4 beta, dream of marrying SubEthaEdit to Dropbox, relate tales of woe concerning Time Machine, and wonder whether Google is getting special treatment when it develops applications for the iPhone.