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External Link: Design Firm Ramotion Reimagines the Get Info Window

Fri, 2014-12-19 10:19
Despite notable visual changes throughout the past few versions of OS X, the Get Info window hasn’t evolved significantly in years. Design firm Ramotion has mocked up an alternative approach for the Get Info window that emphasizes the information that the user probably wants to see. It’s both more attractive and more functional, and Apple would do well to take note. And as Khoi Vinh of Subtraction.com has noted, the Fonts and Colors palettes are even more in need of redesign.

 

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Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

Fri, 2014-12-19 07:01
Apple Mail was a disaster in early versions of Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is out, is everything hunky-dory again? Joe Kissell discusses what’s new in Mail — both good and bad.

 

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External Link: Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:47
Russia’s economy is in a tailspin due to falling oil prices, and the resulting fluctuations in the ruble have forced Apple to halt online sales there. Apple had already increased the Russian price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent due to the ruble’s plummet. Apple’s online store is its primary means of selling to Russian customers, since it does not have physical locations there.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 December 2014

Mon, 2014-12-15 16:37
Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.12; Hazel 3.3.3; Labels & Addresses 1.6.9; Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2; OmniFocus 2.0.4; and DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3.

 

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ExtraBITS for 15 December 2014

Mon, 2014-12-15 16:13
Two quick ExtraBITS this week: Michael Cohen discusses his new book, “Take Control of Pages,” with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner, and the new online publication Design Explosions compares Google’s and Apple’s approaches to mapping in iOS.

 

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TidBITS 2014 Holiday Hiatus

Mon, 2014-12-15 14:24
In keeping with our tradition, we are taking the last few weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 5 January 2015. Thanks for everything!

 

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WinterFest 2014 Sale on Key Writing Tools

Mon, 2014-12-15 13:36
A group of small software companies have banded together to offer their text-focused apps at 25 percent off in a WinterFest 2014 sale, and we’ve included our Take Control books in the sale.

 

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iOS 8 App Development Becomes a “Bring Me a Rock” Game

Mon, 2014-12-15 13:01
Apple has been on a bad roll lately, repeatedly threatening developers who take advantage of iOS 8’s Extensibility features with App Store removal, then reversing course in the face of media criticism. Adam Engst isn’t a fan of this behavior.

 

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DealBITS Discount: Save 55% on BeLight Software’s Printworks

Mon, 2014-12-15 05:43
See who won copies of Printworks in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 55 percent on BeLight Software’s print design software, or 70 percent on two more-focused apps, Labels & Addresses and Disc Cover.

 

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Default Folder X 4.6.12

Sun, 2014-12-14 21:12
Squashes a bug that caused Save As sheets to grow beyond the bottom of the screen in Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.0 MB)

 

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Hazel 3.3.3

Sun, 2014-12-14 20:56
Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

 

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Labels & Addresses 1.6.9

Sun, 2014-12-14 20:45
Label and envelope printing app adds support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($14.95 new, free update, 47.6 MB)

 

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FunBITS: Shovel Knight Digs Up the Fun

Sat, 2014-12-13 10:13
Shovel Knight brings back old-school gaming with a few new-school niceties.

 

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External Link: “Take Control of Pages” on MacVoices

Fri, 2014-12-12 14:27
For Take Control authors, it’s inevitable, but always fun, to finish a book and then get to spend an hour discussing it with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices. Michael Cohen’s most recent chat with him was no exception, as they discussed the book, how it came to be, and why Apple made Pages into the three-platform app that it is today.

 

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External Link: Design Explosions Elegantly Explains Mapping Interfaces

Fri, 2014-12-12 13:17
A new online publication, Design Explosions — the brainchild of UX Launchpad — kicks off a series of “design lessons” with an in-depth look at how current Google and Apple iOS mapping interfaces work and why. Design Explosions assumes that product building teams are smart and talented, and that there are well-considered reasons that underlie why the products look and work as they do. Its in-depth analysis of Apple Maps and Google Maps on iOS makes for a fascinating and informative read, and provides a welcome respite from the usual “We Look at Two Interfaces and Tell You Who Won” type of critique.

 

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Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Thu, 2014-12-11 15:10
Fixes an issue that prevented saved passwords from being autofilled for all three versions, plus adds more bug fixes and improvements for Safari 8.0.2 on Yosemite. (Free)

 

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“Take Control of Pages” Documents Apple’s Writing Triumvirate

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:21
Michael Cohen spent the last year writing a book about the three versions of Pages, Apple’s word-processing and layout app that run on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud. Now that his book is published, he reflects on how Pages has changed, what he likes about it (and what he doesn’t), and on why Pages is important to Apple.

 

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OmniFocus 2.0.4

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:17
Maintenance release for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 72.8 MB)

 

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DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:02
Adds native support for the DuckDuckGo search engine. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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ScreenFlow 5: Record Mac and iOS Screens

Thu, 2014-12-11 05:38
You might think that capturing video from a screen and editing it into something usable is a niche task, but it’s invaluable when demonstrating how to do something on a computer or iOS device.

 

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