Apple's WebKit development team announced Thursday that the WebKit2 framework will begin rolling out.… Read more
For many purposes you may need to create documents in applications that will then be used as templates. Sometimes applications such as Pages will provide options to save templates in a library of sorts that can be accessed when creating a new document, but many applications do not have this feature. One of the long-standing features of the Mac OS has been support for Stationery Pads, which is a way to create templates out of practically any document using the Finder.… Read more
Google's Chrome browser draws heavily on the WebKit browser engine project led chiefly by Apple, but now WebKit is adopting one Chrome idea: separation between some computing processes.
When applications crash or are forced to quit during a hang in OS X, the system will bring up a crash reporter window that contains diagnostic information about your system, which applications were open, and memory traces for the threads that were open. This information allows developers to troubleshoot and fix bugs in their programs that may have led to the crash. When presented, you will have the option to send the report to Apple along with comments about what you were doing, or dismiss the message without sending.… Read more
In the past few weeks Apple has increasingly updated their developer preview releases of the 10.6.3 update, indicating the release date was drawing near, and today have finally released it for the public. In addition to the client and server updates for Snow Leopard, Apple has also released a security update for OS X 10.5.8.… Read more
Apple is constantly providing developers with test builds of the next OS update so they can ensure compatibility with their programs, drivers, and system services. When an update is nearing its public release date, Apple may increase the number of developer releases and some may be tagged with "no known problems" or similar phrasing. When this happens we may see the update released in the next few weeks if not in a few days, but before you decide to install it be sure you have your system prepared and have considered options for installing.… Read more
A MacFixIt reader writes in to ask us how to retrieve his files from an old 400MHz PowerPC Mac tower--a machine that did not include any disc-burning capabilities. He also states that an external CD/DVD burner did not perform well enough to complete backups of the data. Here are some options to try out so you can get your data safely backed up.… Read more
First came the Kindle electronic book reader device itself. Then the applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, and for Windows. Now Amazon has brought the e-reader software to Mac OS X.
The Kindle for Mac beta version, as with the other apps and devices, lets people read electronic books they've purchased through Amazon's Kindle Store, the U.S. version of which currently has 450,000 books for sale.
The free software lets people purchase new books, read books they've already bought, view notes and highlights but not make new ones, and synchronize bookmarks and the last page read … Read more