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  • External Link: Pixar Releases Renderman Free for Non-Commercial Use

    Wed 2:42pm
    Pixar has released its Renderman command-line 3D-rendering tool for free, given that you use it for non-commercial purposes. Note that it’s not a standalone tool, but requires Autodesk’s Maya or The Foundry’s Katana to create the actual 3D models. But…
  • PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1

    Tue 7:42pm
    Adds advanced page numbering options and improvements to custom stamps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.4/53 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • External Link: Apple Store Sales Line: “The white strap looks great on you!”

    Tue 2:39pm
    Over at 9to5Mac, Mark Gurman has a fascinating article about how Apple is training Apple Store employees to provide personal fashion and styling advice to customers in conjunction with the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch. It’s worth a read for insight…
  • External Link: Connecting a 1986 Mac Plus to the Modern Web

    Tue 9:44am
    The Mac Plus debuted years before the World Wide Web, but that didn’t stop developer Jeff Keacher from figuring out how to get his 1986-era Mac online. Using MacTCP, MacWeb, a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, and a custom proxy server, Keacher was able to…
  • External Link: New Features Coming for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

    Tue 9:43am
    In the wake of new Apple TV rumors, Amazon has announced some major upcoming features for its Fire TV lineup. In coming weeks, the Fire TV will be updated to support USB storage devices and Bluetooth headphones. Both the original Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 March 2015

    Mon 4:20pm
    Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4, Skype 7.6, Voila 3.8.3, Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite), Typinator 6.5, Audio Hijack 3.0.3, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously…
  • ExtraBITS for 23 March 2015

    Mon 4:20pm
    In our latest roundup of links, Tim Cook opens up about Steve Jobs and the Apple Watch, modern Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0, and Managing Editor Josh Centers makes an appearance on the Subjective podcast. Read the full article at TidBITS, the…
  • Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4

    Mon 11:36am
    Updates for three versions of Apple Web browser patch a collection of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help…
  • Skype 7.6

    Mon 11:35am
    Reduces animated emoticon-related CPU consumption and adds 14 new localizations. (Free, 38.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and…
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9: Manage iCloud Security

    Mon 10:21am
    Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, iiCloud security merits its own chapter. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs — not just on your Mac — but the more you…
  • Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

    Mon 10:20am
    It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • Voila 3.8.3

    Fri 2:38pm
    Updates the screen capture utility to support 64-bit processors. ($29.99 new, free update, 30.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work…
  • Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite)

    Fri 2:24pm
    Patches two vulnerabilities related to iCloud Keychain and IOSurface for those running 10.10.2 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

    Fri 11:24am
    Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad through its paces and found its features to be flawlessly executed, fairly useful, and wicked cool. He is not yet persuaded to give up the mouse he uses at his office desk, though. Read the full…
  • Typinator 6.5

    Mar 19, 2015, 5:15 pm
    Disables system-wide smart substitutions by default and adds support for French quoting style. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text…
  • Audio Hijack 3.0.3

    Mar 19, 2015, 5:15 pm
    Reduces overall latency and fixes a timer-related bug associated with Daylight Saving Time. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS…
  • Macs Not Vulnerable to BadUSB Attack

    Mar 19, 2015, 6:03 am
    Some publications are singling out the new 12-inch MacBook’s single USB-C port as a major security risk. But the risks, which aren’t even new, are being overstated. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication…
  • Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies

    Mar 18, 2015, 2:26 pm
    Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it’s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology…
  • External Link: Tim Cook on Jobs’s Legacy and the Apple Watch

    Mar 18, 2015, 8:08 am
    In an interview with Fast Company, Apple CEO Tim Cook took questions about the legacy of Steve Jobs, the Apple Watch, and Apple’s future. Cook defended the Apple Watch by comparing it to the original iPod, whose critics questioned its purpose and price. As…
  • External Link: Photoshop Experts Try Photoshop 1.0

    Mar 18, 2015, 8:08 am
    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, CreativeLive asked eight Photoshop experts to try to complete a project in Photoshop 1.0. The video is funny, and it shows how far photo editing (and computing) has evolved over the past quarter-century.  Read…
  • Nisus Writer Pro 2.1

    Mar 17, 2015, 7:17 pm
    Adds support for OS X’s Auto Save and Versions, along with iCloud. ($79 new, free update, 188 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work…
  • iCloud Not Receiving Mail Reliably from Gmail

    Mar 17, 2015, 4:09 pm
    iCloud users are reporting problems receiving email messages sent from Gmail. There doesn’t appear to be anything that can be done about it, other than pointing Gmail-based correspondents to an alternative email address. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • BusyContacts Turbo Charges Mac Contact Management

    Mar 17, 2015, 11:14 am
    Need to go beyond Apple’s Contacts app? BusyContacts — by the same folks who brought you BusyCal — is for those who need to manage relationships with contacts or are just plain dissatisfied with Apple’s bare-bones offering.  Read the full article at…
  • External Link: Josh Centers Discusses Apple’s Announcements on the Subjective Podcast

    Mar 17, 2015, 6:09 am
    Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Victor Johnson on the Subjective podcast to discuss his TidBITS origins, HBO Now, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and his frustrations with the Mac lineup. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published…
  • TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16 March 2015

    Mar 16, 2015, 2:12 pm
    Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite), DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4, iMovie 10.0.7, Evernote 6.0.7, GraphicConverter 9.6, and Mailplane 3.4.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest…
  • ExtraBITS for 16 March 2015

    Mar 16, 2015, 2:12 pm
    In this week’s collection of links, Adam Engst discussed Apple’s latest announcements on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Google revealed a new Chromebook Pixel, we found out if Apple’s switch from MagSafe to USB-C will endanger the 12-inch MacBook, product…
  • Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8: Surf the Web Safely

    Mar 16, 2015, 9:32 am
    The Web is perhaps your Mac’s most obvious gateway to the outside world, and as a result, it’s one of the best places to find people and software that present threats to your security. Even though you’ve secured your Wi-Fi connection, selected good…
  • Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

    Mar 16, 2015, 9:32 am
    The place where your Mac most intersects with the outside world is via your Web browser, so Joe Kissell devotes an entire chapter of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” to explaining how you can surf the Web safely. Read the full article at TidBITS,…
  • External Link: Adam Springs Forward on The Tech Night Owl

    Mar 16, 2015, 9:15 am
    On the latest episode of The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk about the many announcements at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, including the Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook (with a focus on USB-C and the new keyboard),…
  • DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4

    Mar 14, 2015, 8:11 pm
    Introduces a simpler scheme for dragging files and folders in from the Finder. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new) Read the full article at…
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