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iWow is right! September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Audio, iTunes, Music, Share/Freeware, Updates & Patches, Utilities.
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One of the Doodler‘s most-favorite-of-all-time-extreme-to-the-max apps is the SRS iWow Plug-in, which tweaks audio from iTunes to create fantastic audal soundstages and environments that make you disbelieve that all this goodness is actually coming from your two cheap, tinny, bargain speakers. The plug-in lets you adjust bass, focus, stereo separation, and definition from your own preferences or the built-in presets and make you feel like you owned Wharfdales.

It’s certainly a plug-in I can’t imagine being without. It’s the best US$20 I ever spent.

Well, SRS has an update available for download as we speak. iWow 2 now lets you save your personal presets, and adds  auto-presets based on the material you’re playing (“Cruise Control”), and more of its own. Best of all, it adds Movie Mode, which has the ability to create. Virtual. Surround. Over. Headphones. (Granted, this is only with the SRS 360 Headphones, but still…)

It usually sells for US$29.99, but the introductory promo gives it to you at US$19.99, with upgrades for old users at US$11.99. There’s even a Free Trial, which I urge you to take so you can be a true believer.

Go get SRS iWow 2 here. iWow indeed.

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New OpenOffice for Mac available Sept (next year) September 20, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Announcements, Apps, FOSS, Share/Freeware.
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On the heels of the release of OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 update for most operating systems on the planet this week, the group has announced that they are releasing a new native Mac version of OpenOffice, the FOSS alternative office suite, one that does not require X11 to run, in September – of 2008.

I actually did a double-take when reading the original report from Computerworld, thinking they meant this September we’re in now – which made me wonder about the odd statement; why not just say this month then?

Macworld UK didn’t even notice the year: writer Jonny Evans, citing the exact same original report I linked to, wrote totally a off-the-mark and misleading report that headlined “Mac native OpenOffice this month?” It further says:

Popular and free Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice seems set to ship in a native Mac OS X version later this month.

A report on Computerworld claims that OpenOffice 3.0 will ship later this month, citing a presentation to be made today by the lead engineer working on the project, Eric Bachard.

If you hurry, you can still read Macworld UK’s big blooper (if they haven’t yet pulled it by now) here. (If they have, I can still show you – I saved the page, heh heh.) They should read more closely, especially if they’re just snagging a report. Macworld should be more careful. If you’re just going to crib (like me), at least get the dates right. Tsk tsk.

Ahem. Back to the story.

Development for the Mac platform has been lackluster and perfunctory of late, but with the increasing popularity and acceptance of Macs and OS X as part of the halo effect of the various Apple “side” projects, apparently the group has re-thought their commitment to the Mac community and redoubled efforts to develop the suite for the platform, and assigned a few more people to the project. But – a year?

Version 3.0 is being designed for OS X 10.5, although by then 10.6 might be the prevailing OS for the Mac.

A year might be too long for most people. Like me. This is one instance where I literally can’t wait. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

iPhone: Scrolling menu hack September 3, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Hacks, iPhone, Share/Freeware.
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A developer with the handle “lg” has made a software that gets the iPhone‘s menu screen to scroll.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports that lg has created an app he calls Summerboard, a play on the name of the home screen application Apple calls Springboard, which tweaks the built-in main menu app to scroll, among other things (it can also add wallpaper to the menu screen). It’s still a first attempt, so it’s largely buggy and hard to install, but lg promises more features and more improvements in the near future.

More of the nitty-gritty on TUAW.

NeoOffice update August 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in FOSS, Share/Freeware, Updates & Patches.
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Just a heads-up.

A new version of NeoOffice, the FOSS office suite based on OpenOffice has just been released that incorporates most of the improvements already in OpenOffice.org 2.2.1.

NeoOffice is distinctive in that it is more compliant with the Mac look-and-feel, and doesn’t require X11 to run. NeoOffice 2.2.1 also allows users to print documents in resolutions higher than the previously capped 300dpi, manipulate most Microsoft Office 2007 documents, supports Address Book and takes advantage of the built-in spell checker in Mac OS X.

You can download it here.

Retro blogging August 27, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Oddities, Reminiscing, Share/Freeware, Wala lang.
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In our endless wandering on the Internets, the Doodler stumbled across something WordPress bloggers might find a bit interesting: a retro MacOS theme (which incidentally enough, is also its formal name) that uses 1-bit System 1.0 graphics. You can’t get more retro than this clunky monochromatic look. Who’da thought that in the future, pixellation would be cool?

Try the Retro MacOS Theme if you’ve a mind to, although for this Doodler, it’s a bit too hardcore. System 7, maybe. Even if I cut my teeth on Macs staring at screens like this for hours on end back in the day, it’s something I wouldn’t exactly want to revisit. Too retro for me, man.

See it here.

Why an iPhone is worth the $600 July 31, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apps, Games, iPhone, Share/Freeware.
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Popcap has made Bejeweled available for free for iPhone users.

From the press release:

SEATTLE, Washington – July 30, 2007 — PopCap Games, the leading developer and publisher of casual games, today announced that it has launched a custom version of its flagship game Bejeweled® for the Safari® Web browser on Apple Inc.’s new iPhone® and is making it available at no cost to iPhone owners. Beginning today, iPhone users can log on to www.popcap.com via the iPhone’s Web browser and play the iPhone-specific version of the original match-3 puzzler Bejeweled for free. This customized version of Bejeweled leverages the Web 2.0 capabilities of Safari and the wireless capabilities of the iPhone, and has been optimized to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique display and input controls. PopCap developed the Safari-based version of Bejeweled in partnership with Polish developer Arkadiusz Mlynarczyk, one of the first programmers to take advantage of the Apple iPhone’s capabilities for video gaming purposes.

Photo from GameStooge.

Heads-up: Bonjour for Windows update released July 29, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Microsoft, New Stuff, Share/Freeware.
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Something extremely useful for OS X users that they’ve taken for granted for a long while now has finally been updated for Microsoft Windows folk.

Bonjour 1.0.4., formerly Rendezvous, is now available for Windows 2000/2003, XP (with latest service pack) and Vista.

This was first released with Jaguar in 2002, with a not-so-full-featured Windows version released in 2004. What is it, exactly?

Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers.

More details and download link (2.1MB) for Bonjour 1.0.4 here. Users of 64-bit versions of Windows can get theirs here.

Finally! Nokia goodness for the Mac June 11, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Share/Freeware, Support, Updates & Patches.
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In my job as a tech reviewer I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing most of the line of the new Nokia N Series phones, but have benn forced to interface with Windows PCs since Macs and Nokias have never really seen eye to eye – or ear to ear. Until now, that is.

Nokia’s released a beta version of Nokia Media Transfer 1.0, which enables most of the Mac goodness we know and love to work with their N Series of mobile phones, including interfacing with iTunes, iPhoto and transfer music, video, photos, podcasts and all sorts of media natively and automatically via USB or Bluetooth. It’s a wonderful breakthrough app that just might bridge the long-running communication gap between Mac users and Nokia phones. It’s not comprehensive and still a bit limited, but it’s a great start.

Nokia Media Transfer 1.0 Beta is currently compatible with the N70, N70 Music Edition, N71, N72, N73, N73 Music Edition, N75, N76, N77, N80, N90, N91, N92, N93, N93i and N95 models. It requires at least a fully updated Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher installation, and at least iTunes 7.0 and iPhoto 6.0. If you got one of the N Series and want to try it out, you can get it at the Nokia site here. It comes in a free 2.2mb ZIP package, and in English only. Keep in mind that even if it’s a 1.0 version, it’s still in beta, but it works fine with the N76 I’m currently using. So far.

There’s a sequential installation gallery after the jump if you want to get an idea what it does first before you try it:

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Give your iChat window a facelift April 23, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Share/Freeware.
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If you’re sick of looking at your iChat window day-in and day-out, give it an overhaul and make it look more like iTunes with this free app called iChat Borderless. It replaces four .nib files in Resources in the iChat folder. Currently works with English OS X installs only. Doesn’t really do much, but it’s easy on the eyes. Grab it here.

Like any homebrewed app, backup your original nib files before you install this one, just in case. Once again, MacADoodle isn’t responsible for any problems you may encounter in the course of your endless tweaking; you’re on your own, kids, so be careful.