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Pixelmator team unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX

Woah, I totally missed this one. My favorite photo editing app on the Mac is now updated to version 3.0. Lots of new tools and big enhancements for OS X Mavericks support.

Check it out the announcement on their blog and get the app in the Mac App Store. It's a free update for existing users. Yes, free!

Current list of iPhone apps

Here is my downloaded iPhone apps list. Current for Monday, October 5th 2009 :-)

about 304 apps downloaded.. Usually about 70 installed on the iPhone.

What's your list?

 

edit: okay Numbers pdf export screwed up big time. Too many pages. The pages with 3 columns are the right ones. The single column pages are duplicates. Sigh, I thought Excel was sucky.

Safari 4 windows vs mac tabs

Okay Apple, why are you doing this?
 
The close button on the windows Safari 4 are on the opposite side of the tab than the Mac OSX Safari 4 version. The idea behind is probably platform UI consistency (windows has the "X" in the top right corner, OSX in the top left), but it is annoying as hell when you are using both platforms.
Okay cmd-W/ctrl-W is the keyboard way (which I use mostly), but this is confusing for mouse use.

iWork '09 and iWork.com after three days

iWork '09 (and then mainly Pages) for the last couple of days. Sharing documents with others through iWork.com. I'm pretty pleased with the possibilities of this service, since it also seems to perform very well on the receiver side (web).

It's nice to discuss a document online with others, however I can see that the service isn't finished yet. Actually, I dare to say that the whole iWorks'09+iWork.com package is not ready for full collaborative working.

It starts with the uploading of the Pages document. Does it need to go through a cloud? Why not just implement a Peer-to-Peer collaboration like Coding Monkey's SubEthaEdit?
But I can see that there's revenue in a cloud service for Apple, and of course the documents are available when the author isn't (which is not the case for peer-to-peer sharing). So, I can overcome the extra cloud option.

The downloading options are of course very nice, I do not need to keep a word or pdf document next to my Pages document anymore. It's converted along the way (although I fail to understand why a Pages document is so much bigger than a doc or pdf even).

The commenting and "chatting" in the iWork shared document area is great, however there is no way for the author to directly edit the document. Also here, I can see that this is not needed (or even desired!) for the shared online document. But additionally there is currently NO way to "sync" comments back into the original Pages document.

Say for instance I send a document to my manager for review. He has some comments and we discuss these online. All fine, but in the end, there are a few items that need changing, and those comments should be available in the "offline" version as well! At least iWork '09 should retrieve the comments when I load the Pages document and highlight the areas, showing the active comment in a sidebar or HUD of some sort.

Now, I need to keep Safari open, and flip back and forth between original and shared document to check for comments and change accordingly.

Annoying, especially when you have a large document with lots of comments.

So, please Apple add the above functionality in iWork '09 and I'm a very happy puppy :-)

Additionally, some way of user management would be nice. Maybe I want my manager to be able to edit the document, but someone else only viewing/commenting. Those changes can then be synced back and marked into the original document by iWork '09. 

By the way, did you know iWork.com also has an iPhone optimized site? Unfortunately it is then only possible to view the shared document, you cannot add any comments to it. Still, it's okay for quickly reviewing smaller documents while on the road, I guess.

Macworld 09 .. what did I get right and what's more?

So, now the keynote has finished, how did I do?

- lots of crap talk about iTunes, Appstore successes and other sales 

 

Well, I was wrong about that one. it wasn't too much talk, really.

- 17" "unibody" MBP is a 99% cert 

Yup! Bingo, with a super-duper non-removable, but eco-friendly battery! .. oh and matte finish (as $50 option) for those who think that's better.

- New Mac Mini w/new intel CPU and no more Firefire (which would suck) 

Nada! (poor Mac Mini..)

- no iMac update, these will "silently" be updated after MWSF09 I think, 
unless they're going to pitch this as a "first quad core consumer all-in-one desktop" 

Right! No iMac announced at the keynote, and I bet there'll be a "special event" Q1 2009

- updated iLife and iWork suites and 
- improvements on MobileMe (again) for functionality in above suits 

Yup-dee-doo... Although my MobileMe guess was incorrect. Apple is introducing work.com">http://iwork.com though, a collaborative site a la google docs (but probably much better). iWork.com will be beta at first, but a paid service later. Now, what is this going to mean for MobileMe users? Will they have to pay extra for using the iWork.com service? Or will the MobileMe service be extended with iWork.com? My bet: it's gonna be expensive for us!

Great thing for Math lovers: Pages ties in with MathType!

- no iPhone Nano (but possibly an iPod Touch Nano!) 

Right! (I was hoping for the latter to be true.. just to peeve those iPhone Nano callers off 8-))

- demo of Snow Leopard with a few bigshots in the industry and it'll be 
available right after the WWDC09 possibly 

Wrong! No sign of Snow Leopard (well, it's a consumer show, what would you expect?)
 
I don't think there'll be much iPod/iPhone related stuff, it'll probably 
be mostly Mac related. I expect a "special event" by the end of 
February, March with more iPhone/iPod announcements. 

Well, I was partly right... there was not a lot of iPhone news.. only:
- new Keynote app to control Keynote. Nice. $0.99
- iTunes now also over 3G, not just WiFi

I still expect an iPhone/Ipod related event within this quarter though.

Meh, for a newbie "predictor", I didn't do too bad, although most of the above was of course already known anyway.

But wait, there was more:
All iTunes songs will be DRM free by the end of this quarter! (8 out of 10 million will be today!)

Can we re-download our previously ordered (DRM-ed) songs??? Or will an iTunes update remove the DRM??
edit: d'uh, it's just iTunes Plus that's going to be the default. And that had an upgrade price for DRM free songs already. 

Macworld Expo 2009 predictions

On a lighter note than previous posts.. Everyone seems to be doing it, and I'm going to have a go at it too.

 - lots of crap talk about iTunes, Appstore successes and other sales
- 17" "unibody" MBP is a 99% cert
- New Mac Mini w/new intel CPU and no more Firefire (which would suck)
- no iMac update, these will "silently" be updated after MWSF09 I think,
unless they're going to pitch this as a "first quad core consumer
all-in-one desktop"
- updated iLife and iWork suites and
- improvements on MobileMe (again) for functionality in above suits
- no iPhone Nano (but possibly an iPod Touch Nano!)
- demo of Snow Leopard with a few bigshots in the industry and it'll be
available right after the WWDC09 possibly

 I don't think there'll be much iPod/iPhone related stuff, it'll probably
be mostly Mac related. I expect a "special event" by the end of
February, March with more iPhone/iPod announcements.

 There, now I am among those geeks that consider themselves important
enough that their predictions actually matter... (no, really)