SmileOnMyMac Releases DiscLabel 4.1.2

From MacMinute

SmileOnMyMac today released DiscLabel 4.1.2, the latest version of its award-winning CD/DVD label design software for the Mac. Changes in this release include: rotate via grab handle; contextual menu on design element list in Edit; preference to rasterize printing output; and minor fixes and improvements. DiscLabel 4.1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and is priced at US$32.95.

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I've become One of the Pod People!

My wife has turned me into one of "those people".

I used to walk into Starbucks and order quickly, easily, simply.

"I'll have a Venti (strongest Coffee of the Day)".

The cashier would take my money, quickly pour a cup, hand it to me and send me on my way. A shot of Half and Half and I was out the door. The whole thing took maybe a minute to transact.

I always hated those people who would walk up to the counter and order like this:

"I'll have a Grande, no whip, half caff, extra hot, double shot, skim Americano with sprinkles...."

The cashier would holler the order to a Barrista. The Barrista would repeat the order back, like we're on a nuclear powered submarine, filming a sequel to The Hunt for Red October.

I just wanted to grab the person and yell, "Just get a cup of hot brown water and get out of here!"

OK...I'll the summer time, I would occasionally try a cool, refreshing Frappuccino.

But it was only every now and then and I could quit any time I wanted.

Then my wife made me try her latte.

She's smart, my wife. She knows, like any good crack dealer, you give 'em the first hit free.

That first one was good....not as good as a straight up Sumatra but not bad. And then I started to experiment. And that's when things started to go horribly wrong.

Now, here's what I order when I go to Starbucks:

"I'll have a Grande, extra hot, triple shot non fat latte".

Kill me now....

Camera Musings

"Nothing i would trade my new Canon 400D for just yet...."

Thomas posted the above in our comments and it got me thinking (always dangerous).....

What *would* you trade you present camera in for? Regardless of whether you're a point-and-shooter or a pro, what features, real or imagined, already existing or not, would you trade your present camera in for?

As a brand new SLR'er (that's an awkward word), I can't imagine ever needed anything more (well, maybe faster). So what is it about the Nikon D70 or D80 (both supposedly better than what I'm using now) or a pro Canon camera that makes them "better" cameras? Is it just more megapixels? Bigger sensors?

Stem Email Overload

From Macworld

For most of us, e-mail has become a primary means of communication—which means that we have an ever-expanding list of messages to read and process. To keep from being overwhelmed, first figure out how to keep your inbox under control, and then decide on other details of e-mail organization. As with organizing your files, choosing strategies to implement will depend on whether you prefer to find a place for each message or to rely primarily on searches to sift through your mail.

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Camera Makers vie for SLR Buyers' Attention

From Macworld

Camera manufacturers including Canon, Pentax, and Fujifilm will show new digital SLRs for professional photographers at the Photo Marketing Association show in Las Vegas next month. The new models balance traditional and advanced features to retain existing customers and tempt new ones.

Canon will show the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, an upgrade of its classic 1D model that shoots 10.1 megapixel images at up to 10 frames per second. Fujifilm will show the FinePix S5 Pro which begins shipping this month and Pentax will once again show a prototype medium-format SLR, the 645 Digital, which the company first began talking about in March 2005.

PMA07 takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 8 to March 11.

(Shawn's Comment: Your Mac Life will be attending the PMA show!)

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Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

From Macworld

Pros: Excellent photo-management and -importing capabilities; strong editing functionality, including innovative Targeted Adjustment tool and intuitive Spot Removal brush; good printing and Web creation features; performs well across wide range of Macs.

Cons: Interface has a few minor inconsistencies; skimpy Slideshow module; needs more-comprehensive documentation; no secure FTP; image backup options are only during import.

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Canon Intros New Flagship Digital Camera

From Macworld

Canon has introduced its newest EOS digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera aimed at digital photography professionals — the EOS-1D Mark III. It’s scheduled to be released this spring, and while Canon did not specify an exact price, the company said the new camera would be priced similarly to the EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR, which debuted for about $4,000.

Billed as the “world’s fastest digital SLR camera,” the EOS-1D Mark III can record bursts of 110 large JPEGs or 30 raw files. It sports a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, and features an ISO range of 100 to 3200.

A new “Live View” shooting mode lets users use the 3.0-inch LCD screen as a viewfinder.

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Canon Rolls Out New Cameras, Printer

From Macworld

Canon has taken the wraps off new consumer digital cameras, include two new Digital ELPH models, the PowerShot TX1 and two new PowerShot models. It's also introduced a new portable photo printer.

The PowerShot A560 and A570 IS both feature 4x optical zoom, 7.1 megapixel resolution and 2.5-inch LCDs.

The PowerShot TX1 is a combination digital still camera and camcorder. It features a 7.1 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens.

The newest 7.1 megapixel Digital Elph models in Canon’s lineup include the SD750 and SD1000. The SD750 features a “Touch Control” dial that lets you access operations like mode selection, ISO speed and more. It comes with a three-inch screen.

Canon also introduced the Pixma iP90v, a new portable photo printer that costs $249.99. The new printer is designed for mobile professionals and home users looking for a photo printer that’s easy to take on the road.

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Lesa @ Disney World

While we are all busily listening to the show, Lesa was in Florida - Orlando to be exact.

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Sly got a Valentine!

Archives for February 21st, 2007

Streamed Audio Only Archive - (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)

Our guests on Wednesday's show were:

- Aaron Adams

- Chris Breen of PlayListMag

- J Curtis of Griffin Technology

- Matt Deatherage of MacJournals

- Peter Cohen with The Big Story

Cisco, Apple Agree to End iPhone Suit, Share Name

From MarketWatch

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) said Wednesday they reached a settlement to their six-week-old legal dispute over Cisco's iPhone trademark and had agreed to share the name. No financial terms were released.

According to a brief statement from the Silicon Valley tech giants, both companies are free to use the iPhone brand name on their products. Cisco said it would end litigation it filed in California and the U.K. to protect the brand.

The companies also said they would explore "opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications." A Cisco spokesperson declined to elaborate on the focus of the interoperability efforts.

The agreement ends the legal wrangling between the two firms that began shortly after Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced the company's new iPhone in early January. The pact comes on the day Apple was expected to file its first legal brief in the case.

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Adobe Ships Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

From Macworld

Adobe Systems announced that it has shipped Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, its workflow management software for pro photographers. It’s available through April for $199, then rises to $299.

Photoshop Lightroom lets you manage, adjust and present digital photographs. Like Apple’s Aperture software, Photoshop Lightroom features non-destructive editing capabilities. It’s designed to support the most common formats used by digital cameras, including JPEG, TIFF and raw formats. Photoshop Lightroom supports more than 150 raw formats from a variety of camera makers.

Features include tools for adjusting white balance, exposure, tone curves, lens distortion and color casts. Photoshop Lightroom’s workflow is set up in a modular format.

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Jon Stewart on Technology

Jon Stewart riffs on technology in general and Macs specifically. WARNING: Language not suitable for kids or work.

Macrovision CEO Asks Apple to Hand Over FairPlay

From PlayList

Fred Amoroso, CEO and President of Macrovision, has responded to Steve Jobs’ recent comments about Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. Like Jobs, Amoroso has published his comments on his company’s Web site, as an open letter. In it, Amoroso suggests, among other things, that Macrovision take over stewardship of Apple’s own DRM technology.

Amoroso’s company develops DRM technology widely used in commercial DVDs. It also develops DRM for commercial software publishers and other content creators.

Last week Jobs posted a letter to Apple’s Web site suggesting that Apple would drop DRM from its iTunes Store offerings if record labels were to agree. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. immediately responded, calling Jobs’ anti-DRM stance a fight “without logic” and suggested to investors that any “manifestos in advance” of discussions between the companies “is counter-productive.”

Amoroso’s letter addresses what he considers to be four key points: That DRM has a broad impact across many types of content, not just music; that DRM “increases not decreases consumer value;” that it will increase electronic distribution; and that DRM needs to be interoperable and open.

Amoroso calls DRM “an important enabler across all content, including movies, games and software, as well as music.”

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Music Execs Criticise DRM

From BBC News

Almost two-thirds of music industry executives think removing digital locks from downloadable music would make more people buy the tracks, finds a survey.

Many of those responding said current DRM systems were "not fit for purpose" and got in the way of what consumers wanted to do.

Despite this few respondents said DRM would disappear in the near future.

Analyst Mark Mulligan, one of the authors of the report, said the survey was carried out between December and January, before Apple boss Steve Jobs published his thoughts on music DRM and galvanised the debate about these protection systems. Mr Mulligan said he was "surprised" at the strength of the responses which came from large and small record labels, rights bodies, digital stores and technology providers.

The study revealed that about 54% of those executives questioned thought that current DRM systems were too restrictive.

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Gates vs. Jobs

Apple Update Addresses Security, DST

From Macworld

Apple released nine software updates that make adjustments for new Daylight Saving Time, address issues during two security researchers’ self-proclaimed “Month of Apple Bugs,” and fix bugs in Final Cut Pro. The fixes are available now via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update utility.

Five of the updates released Thursday cover new Daylight Saving Time rules put into place for 2007. Beginning in 2007, North American Daylight Saving Time will begin on the second Sunday in March and conclude on the first Sunday in November. Previously, Daylight Saving Time began on the first Sunday in April and concluded on the last Sunday in October.

The current version of Mac OS X was updated to follow those time-change rules as a part of the OS X 10.4.5 update. However, that update did not cover changes in Daylight Saving Time in other regions, including Alberta (Canada), Australia, and Brazil. The new Daylight Saving Time Update (Tiger) adds compatibility with those regions.

Apple also released two Java updates to add compatibility with new Daylight Saving Time rules, one for Mac OS X 10.3 and one for Mac OS X 10.4. Finally, a WebObjects 5.3.3 Update updates Apple’s WebObjects web-application software to be compatible with the new time guidelines.

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Jobs Attacks Teacher Unions

From Houston Chronicle

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers. Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

"What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference. "Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'"

In a rare joint appearance, Jobs shared the stage with competitor Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. Both spoke to the gathering about the potential for bringing technological advances to classrooms.

"I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way," Jobs said.

"This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy."

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

From Ars Technica

Lightroom is a really great program that is just short of a nine or ten. I don't doubt that this is going to be a very popular program and for Windows users, it's a no-brainer for professional photographers. Mac users on older hardware will also appreciate its low system requirements. Lightroom is off to a very promising start and it's definitely one of the better ways to spend 43 megabytes.

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iPhone Price Barrier for Some, Strategic for Apple

From iPodObserver

Nearly a third of the potential customers of the iPhone cited concern over the high price. That result was found by ChangeWAVE Research of Rockville MD and reported by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

If Apple won't give on the pricing, then the some analysts wonder about flexible service schemes AT&T might come up with. Previously, Apple has simply noted that the purchase of the phone requires a two year contract with AT&T, but few details of that contract have been made available. AT&T/Cingular spokesman Mark Siegel said that they are not ready to dicslose the full pricing, and that suggests that a lot of research is still going on to determine how customers feel about the prices. In addition, there could be plans for a variety of specials services which would generate a strata of price models for consumers.

"I see them staying at the high end for at least quite some time," said John Jacobs, director of notebook research at DisplaySearch in Austin TX. Basically, as each new iPod roled out with more capability, the price remained about the same. Then after a few years, they introduced less expensive models.
If history is any indicator, there will be plenty of people who will pay what Apple is asking for the first iPhones. A little bit of pent up demand, techno-envy, and healthy gross margins for an Apple iPhone would be hard for Apple to resist even if they lose some initial customers based on price.

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IFC Offers on iTunes Store

From iLounge

IFC Entertainment today announced the availability of its independent theatrical catalog on Apple’s iTunes Store. Available immediately for purchase and download on iTunes are 13 films, 6 of which are nominated for IFC’s upcoming 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on Saturday, February 24th. All IFC films on iTunes will be priced at $9.99. “By making IFC films available on the world’s most popular online movie store we’re giving independent filmmakers the exciting opportunity to reach a wider audience of movie enthusiasts,” said Lisa Schwartz, IFC’s senior vice president of sales and business development.

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Listener of the Week!

Scott Simmons runs "The Editblog" - a web site about non-linear editing, filmmaking and more …

He also happens to be a really nice guy who lived near Lesa and I in Nashville. Scott is also recently married (and, like Lesa, was smart enough to marry someone from Canada :) ) and used both J and Lesa in his very funny short film, "Indie Fever":

Roxio Toast Titanium 8 for Mac


The good: Roxio Toast Titanium 8 stays current with support for TiVoToGo, Blu-ray discs, and LightScribe drives, while delivering much-appreciated new features such as the ability to recover bad CDs or DVDs, and the ability to catalog the contents of burned discs. Audio-mixing features formerly found in Roxio Jam have now been folded in.

The bad: The revised interface in Roxio Toast Titanium 8 feels sterile, and it can be hard to find help information since support documents are spread between the printed manual, the support site, and the various applications' electronic files. The audio-mixing tools could be more robust and offer easier previews.

The bottom line: Roxio continues to improve a strong suite and keep Toast current with the release of version 8. If the Mac OS and Apple's bundled apps don't meet your disc-creation needs, pick up Toast at once.

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Mac Users "Still Lax on Security"

From Infinite Loop

The BBC reports that Mac users are "still lax on security." The Beeb interviews Kevin Finisterre, instigator of the Month of Apple bugs. Apparently, Kevin had expected us Mac users to clean up our act and start taking security seriously. Despite the chip on his shoulder, the results of the month of bugs support his point:

I would really hope that people got the point that there are most definitely some things under the OS X hood that need a closer look.
However, the BBC article doesn't mention what, specifically, Mac users should be doing differently, apart from stop taunting up-and-coming security professionals with their cavalier attitude about security issues.

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Gates Loses Out to Jobs in Cool

From Birmingham Post

Have you ever wondered why Steve Jobs is always cast as the digital messiah and Bill Gates as the digital anti-Christ?

(Shawn's Comment: Perhaps because people in general and reporters for the Birmingham Post are lazy and look to use facile characterizations of people?)

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Apple Rallies on Strong March Outlook

From International Business Times

Apple Inc. shares rallied on Wednesday after Prudential Equity Group raised its earnings estimate for the firm's current quarter, expecting strong computer sales as well as lower parts costs. After meeting with Apple senior management and industry contacts within the Mac and iPod supply chains, research analyst Jesse Tortora of Prudential raised his FY2007 estimates to $3.40 per share, up 6 cents from previous projections.

Prudential expects seasonal iPod weakness but expects that to be offset by stronger Mac computer sales, as well as a favorable component cost environment.

"The company believes that Adobe’s launch of Creative Suite 3 in Q2 will lead to higher sales for both MacPro and MacBook Pro," Tortora told clients in a note this morning.

Tortora also said that Apple will sell its upcoming iPhone only on its web sites, Apple Stores, and Cingular shops. He expects a majority of iPhone sales to occur in Apple’s stores because he says consumers will want Apple to demonstrate the device's features.

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The iPhone: Mac or iPod?

From Fox News

The Apple iPhone will change the way people use their cell phones. The question is, will it be the new Mac or the new iPod?

Apple has innovated like this twice before, to very different results.

The Mac introduced mainstream users to mice, icons, windows, and menus. It inspired Microsoft's Windows operating system and pushed the entire PC industry into the GUI world. Yet it has relatively little market share. The iPod, on the other hand, has owned the MP3-player market from the moment it became Windows-compatible.

But I think the iPhone will be more of a Mac: a cult item that will influence, rather than dominate, its industry.

Why? The biggest reason is that devil's bargain with Cingular.

(Shawn's Comment: Interesting thought. I disagree that it will be "Cingular's fault" but the point still stands. Will the iPhone affect the consumers like the iPod or like the Mac? Hugely popular or clut-like? Only time will tell))

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Mac Virtualization: VMware vs. Parallels

From Macworld

The biggest difference between them right now is that Parallels’ product is finished while VMware’s Fusion is still in beta testing. In fact, Parallels recently announced the availability of the third beta version of the next release of its software, which includes support for upgrading a virtual Windows XP system to Windows Vista, among other features.

The fact that Fusion is still in beta is rather evident. Several configuration dialogs include the sentence, “This device will be editable in a future release,” and there are some minor stability problems.

Performance is another major difference, and it is linked to the fact that Fusion is still in beta. Although the time it takes to install or boot Windows or to run most applications is similar between both Parallels and Fusion, some actions that involve redrawing the screen are slower in Fusion, sometimes resulting in a sluggish feel by comparison.

Running benchmark tests within similarly configured virtual machines under each application reveals dramatic differences in some processor and graphics functions.

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New Site, Breen, Curtis, Deatherage and Adams!

This week on Your Mac Life, sponsored by Griffin Technology, The MacBU, RadTech, SmileOnMyMac and Circus Ponies - "New Site, Breen, Curtis, Deatherage and Adams!"

No video this evening but you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:

You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET, for the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.

Tonight...on a Very Special Your Mac Life....We change domains! We are now located at Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

Any time you need to move your web site means extra stress for all involved but Your Mac Life has managed it quite well, thanks to our very own Server Oompa-Loompah, Aaron Adams!

Aaron is a multi-talented guy. Not only is he a bang up server admin, he's also a bit of an astronomy buff and, with this Saturdays total eclipse of the moon, he'll be on to talk about how you can use your Mac to capture stunning photos of the eclipse.

Have you ever wanted to merge iTunes libraries, convert audiobooks to Audiobooks or redeeming foreign iTunes gift certificates? Well, Chris Breen of PlayListMag knows how and he'll be on the show to pass that knowledge on to you.