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Mar 12
Screencast looks at restoring an FLA or Flex project...

Eltima Software has posted a screencast on restoring an FLA or Flex project from SWF using Flash Decompiler Trillix. You can find it at http://mac.eltima.com/swftofla-converter.html; click the Play button on the left hand side of the page.

Flash Decompiler Trillix for Mac (formerly known as SWF to FLA Converter) converts Adobe Flash SWF files back into FLA format and SWF files created in Flex back to Flex sources, which can be edited in native Flash or Flex environment. Every group of objects such as morphs, shapes, texts, fonts, sounds, scripts, etc., are placed in separate FLA library groups with appropriate names to simplify using and working with the resulting FLA file.

Flash Decompiler can extract any object (images, sounds, videos, shapes, text, morphs, scripts, etc.) used in SWF files into various file formats just in several clicks. The latest...

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Mar 11
Graphics in Virtualization: VMware Fusion vs....
Ever wonder what graphics really looks like side-by-side comparing VMware Fusion 3 to Parallels Desktop 5? This video will show you a wide variety of graphics tests, running on side-by-side machines so that you can see for yourself.
Interesting in the full analysis of which product is faster? Check it out at: http://www.mactech.com/articles/special/1002-VirtualizationHeadToHead/ and read the most comprehensive and definitive set of benchmarks in the industry about virtualization on the Mac. Thousands of real world tests run, primarily with a stopwatch, to give you the best... | Read more »
Mar 10
Screencast looks at using Smartmask to remove someone...

Akvis has posted ascreencast (http://www.youtube.com/user/AKVISvideo#p/a/u/1/fjyc_W5CwGo) showing how to use AKVIS Smartmask to remove someone from a background.

Smartmask (http://akvis.com/en/smartmask/) is an image selection and masking plug-in for the Mac and Windows platforms. It's designed to save time on complex selections. With the app, there are two pencils, red and blue. Draw a line with the blue pencil inside the object being selected (for example, yourself in a group photo) and then outline the same object with the red pencil to define the areas that should be cut out.

The selection algorithm analyzes the image and your drawing, and creates the selection you want. Akvis SmartMask features three selection modes are tailored to...

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Mar 05
Tips for managing your money

You probably don't like paying taxes. Who does? But everyone really hates preparing their taxes.

Now IGG Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) -- which makes personal and small business apps for Mac OS X -- is offering a white paper on the "Top 10 Tips for Managing Your Money Year 'Round -- Or When Tax Time Looms." It serves up suggestions on how to mind your finances year round to make tax prep a lot easier.

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Mar 05
White paper looks at Mac adoption in the enterprise...

Mac adoption is rising, even in the enterprise, and IT departments and support staff can't afford to ignore the Mac any longer. A recent survey by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com), an organization that helps IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment, shows that 66% of 322 IT administrators from large organizations with both Macs and PCs stated that their organization expects to increase the number of Macs in their sites.

Additional responses show management priorities and organizational approaches to managing Macs. The respondents cited user preference, increased productivity, and ease of technical support as leading reasons for choosing Macs.

Increased Mac usage can only mean increased Mac-related support issues. Unfortunately, most remote support products simply don’t support Macs at all, and many of...

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Mar 05
White paper looks at using PCIe attached storage

The highest performance, expandable, directly attached storage can be achieved at low cost by moving the server or work station’s PCI bus “outside” and taking advantage of the benefits of the architecture when adding storage subsystems as needed, according to JRM (http://www.jmr.com/), which specializes in storage technology.

JRM -- which has written a white paper (attached) on the subject -- says that to make use of high performance, high capacity, low cost SAS3 and SATA disk drives for mass storage, a bridging interface is required from PCI Express (PCIe) to SAS.

PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is a serial connection that operates more like a network than a bus. Instead of one bus that handles data from multiple sources, PCIe has a switch that controls several point-to-point serial connections.

SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) is a computer bus that moves data to and from computer...

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Mar 04
Disk vs. Tape

Many CTOs and system/network administrators feel that tape is something to be avoided. But a new white paper by the Tolis Group (http://www.tolisgroup.com) -- which makes back-up solutions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Unix systems -- begs to different.

The Tolis Group says that no longer is tape a performance, usability, or cost gating factor. In fact, the white paper says that LTO-4 technology is actually faster than the filesystems that feed it, the reliability is excellent, and the life expectancy of written tapes is measured in decades. The same can be said for other fine tape formats, though throughput performance varies.

What's LTO? It stands for Linear Tape-Open, a magnetic tape data storage technology . IT developed jointly by IBM, HP and Seagate as an open alternative to the proprietary Digital Linear Tape (DLT). Developed jointly by IBM, HP, and Seagate.

LTO-4 cartridges...

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Mar 04
Screencast looks at Just Mobile AluPad

The Alupad from Just Mobile (http://www.xtand.net/products/show/productid/10) is an US$49.99 mouse pad with an anodized aluminum surface ensuring lasting durability with style. It's designed to complement Apple's Magic Mouse and Apple Aluminum Keyboard.

The pad supports all optical mice for precise movements. The design complements Mac desktops and laptops. What's more, non-slip feet keeps Alupad staying secure on your desk.

Aesthetically, it matches just about any aluminum "flavored" Mac, from the 13-inch MacBook Pro to the Mac Pro. To view a video about the Alupad, go to: http://www.youtube.com/myjustmobile .

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Feb 08
Take Control of Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard

With screen sharing, Mac users can control the mouse and keyboard of one computer while sitting at another computer across the room or on the other side of the world. In a new ebook, "Take Control of Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard," networking expert Glenn Fleishman walks readers through the steps for identifying, configuring, and using the screen-sharing option that best meets their needs. For those who want to get the most out of Apple's MobileMe-based Back to My Mac file- and screen-sharing feature, Fleishman has also written a companion ebook, "Take Control of Back to My Mac." Each title costs $10, or they can be purchased together for $15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-screen-sharing

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Jan 28
Porting Visual Basic Applications to Linux and Mac OS...

Porting Visual Basic Applications to Linux and Mac OS X: A How-To Guide for Visual Basic DevelopersLeverage your experience in Visual Basic. Port your code to REALbasic where you can compile your applications for Linux, Mac OS X and all 32-bit versions of Windows, including Windows 98, NT, ME, 2000 and XP.In this white paper, I'll show how you can preserve your investment in Visual Basic by porting your code to Linux and/or Macintosh using REAL Software's REALbasic. I'll provide some examples, share some experience and give you a roadmap for how to port—and how not to port—your Visual Basic applications cross-platform. My intent is to save you some time and pain.For porting our VB projects, we will use REALbasic 2006 for Windows, a modern software development environment that is quite similar to Microsoft® Visual Basic in terms of the GUI and syntax. I also don't intend to provide a full comparison of Visual Basic and REALbasic but rather to show...

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Jan 14
Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fourth...

Find essential advice for running Windows on your Intel-based Mac! Using an Intel-based Mac means you can choose the best of both worlds—running Mac OS X or running Windows, but what's the optimal way way to go about it? Cross-platform expert Joe Kissell has distilled untold hours of testing into this ebook to help you understand the pros and cons of Apple's Boot Camp versus virtualization software and to give advice and step-by-step instructions for installing and using either Windows 7, Vista, or XP in Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 5, VMware Fusion 3, and VirtualBox. http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/windows-on-mac

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Nov 19
Take Control of Syncing Data in Snow Leopard

Learn how to sync your data with another Mac, iPhone, iPod, mobile phone, or PDA!

With clear directions and a humorous touch, expert Michael Cohen walks you through exactly how to sync managed data from a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard with a variety of devices and services. Whether you want to sync phone numbers between your Mac and your mobile phone, share calendars and keychains between Macs, or move only new podcast episodes to an iPod, you'll find useful advice and directions. ("Managed data" is data that you can't usually see as separate files in the Finder—data such as iCal events, Address Book contacts, Safari bookmarks, and anything you store in iTunes.)

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-syncing

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Oct 14
Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard

Configure file sharing to be fast, effective, and secure with networking guru Glenn Fleishman! This detail-packed book makes file sharing easy, whether it's between two Macs on a local network, among a mixed-platform office workgroup, or between far-flung computers on the Internet. You'll learn how to select and configure the right hardware and software for your needs and budget, consider the pros and cons of different file-sharing options, find set-up steps for each of the core Mac OS X file-sharing services—AFP, SMB, and FTP—(with tips to help you avoid problems and security risks), and learn how to connect to Mac file servers from a variety of major operating systems. The ebook discusses Snow Leopard's Wake on Demand feature and the quirky Snow Leopard firewall, as well as how to share files from iPhoto '09 and iTunes 9.

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Sep 02
Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard

Install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard with confidence!

Installing a major new version of Mac OS X should be exciting and fun, but without proper guidance you may find it nerve-wracking or even lose valuable files. Fortunately, many thousands of people have upgraded Mac OS X calmly and successfully with Joe Kissell's previous best-selling Take Control of Upgrading... titles. Joe's friendly, expert steps—developed over innumerable test installations—help you to avoid trouble, understand what's going on when you install Snow Leopard, and easily recover from problems that might arise.

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-upgrading

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Sep 01
Why REALbasic?

Why REALbasic?What development enviroment should you use? Already you are faced with a plethora of choices: cross-platform or for Mac only? Standalone programs or ones that need a runtime? Just for fun or might it develop into something more serious?My own requirements in a development tool were: easy to learn, good graphical user interface, cross-platform, and if possible, cheap, preferably free.So, based upon my requirements, that excluded X-Code (though I still have it on my Mac), Tcl, Python, and a few others and left me seriously looking at REALbasic, Java, SuperCard and Revolution. I tried all of them for a few weeks and REALbasic came out on top by a mile. I had used the old HyperCard extensively and I found SuperCard and Revolution to be quite limited. I hadn’t previously appreciated the difference that a fully object-oriented language would make. Java is object-oriented and cross-platform, but it is intended mainly for web use, and is very limited....

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Aug 25
Take Control of Exploring & Customizing Snow...

Explore Snow Leopard's native habitat with an expert guide!

Read along as Mac expert Matt Neuburg takes you on a Snow Leopard safari. With dry wit and infectious enthusiasm, Matt shines a light on the major and minor changes in Snow Leopard, with an emphasis on how to customize your Mac's interface, navigate quickly around your disk, and use special features like a pro.

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-customizing

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Jul 08
Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

Start podcasting or take it to the next level with our step-by-step guide!

Beginning a podcast is easier than starting a radio station, but it's still hard to assemble your hardware and software, and learn the tricks of the trade. You can easily meet that challenge with start-to-finish guidance from long-time podcaster Andy Affleck.

http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/podcasting-mac

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Jul 01
Choosing a Development Environment

As a professional software developer for more than twenty years, I have chosen a lot of tools. Some say "practice makes perfect," so after a quarter century, I should be pretty good at it. I picked my first development tool in high school. I was using a TRS-80 calculator that came with BASIC, so that ended up becoming my first tool by default. That is the way many of us choose our first tool, simple convenience. I can't say this method hurt me too much, as I sold my first program as a sophomore and took my first development position while still in high school. Sometimes the only tool is the best tool because it is your only option. When this happens, you can be sure you made the right choice.http://www.realsoftware.com/support/choosingadev.php

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Jan 28
The Rapid Release Model for Software Development

The Rapid Release Model for Software DevelopmentSummaryMoving software development schedules to a 90-day cycle offers substantial benefits for both software consumers and software developers. For software consumers, it means gaining faster access to new features and functionality and better software quality. For developers, it means reduced risk, improved project management and market agility.IntroductionFor the past 20 years, commercial software has been packaged and sold using the same sales model as other household products such as breakfast cereal and laundry detergent; in an attractive box on the shelf of a retail store. The software industry has grown up trying to fit within this well-established system of selling consumer products.http://www.realsoftware.com/support/rapidrelease.php

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Jul 01
REALbasic XML Project Format

REALbasic can export and import REALbasic projects in XML format. XML is a structured, text-based data format that provides a standard framework for representing data.For a brief orientation to XML documents in general, see What Do XML Documents Look Like?. The XML produced by REALbasic is well-formed, but it cannot be "validated" because it does not include a "document type declaration." Most of the content should be self-explanatory, with the aid of the reference below. Whitespace is significant only in the content area of the innermost tags; whitespace between one tag and another is not significant.http://www.realsoftware.com/support/xml

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