Objective Development announced Wednesday the release of Launchbar 5, the company's utility for controlling your Mac from your keyboard. The update adds a digital ton of new features, including support for Snow Leopard, new clipboard tools, improved iCal support, AppleScript support, and much more.
Sales of Mac OS X, or Snow Leopard, clocked in at more than double compared to Leopard for the first five weeks each OS was available. Apple confirmed the strong Snow Leopard figure during the company's fourth quarter earnings conference call on Monday afternoon.
Apple released Performance Update 1.0, an update for the company's MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models that addresses, "intermittent hard drive related pauses reported by a small number of customers."
Some Snow Leopard users are experiencing total home directory wipes after logging into and out of their Guest accounts, and the issue is gaining some significant attention in the online world. Affected users find that after logging back into their main user accounts that it has been wiped of all data, an issue that caused no small amount of consternation in affected users.
Apple has, yet again, changed the method for enabling the root user in Snow Leopard. This time, the Directory Utility in Leopard's Utilities folder has been moved (buried) in the Accounts section of System Preferences.
Pocket Sevens announced Wednesday a new Mac app called Conspire, a collaborative whiteboard solution that allows users to connect to other Conspire users and share their whiteboard session. Users can draw, erase, add, and edit text to their whiteboard space, with those changes showing on every user's whiteboard.
Research in Motion unveiled details for its long-awaited BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac software. The company has posted detailed screenshots and information on how the software will work for Mac users and what kind of features they can expect. Without offering specifics, RIM said that the release is, "just around the corner."
Celmaro announced Friday a public beta release of Minco, a new time tracking solution for the Mac. Celmaro is building Minco around iCal integration, allowing users to access the app through a menubar pulldown menu in any app that also supports iCal. Users can also have their time tracking automatically written to iCal, allowing the info to be shared.
Psystar reasserted its claims that Leopard and Snow Leopard copyright-related issues should be dealt with in court independently in its response to Apple's motion to dismiss the unauthorized Mac clone maker's recent case filing in Florida. Apple and Psystar have been battling in U.S. District Court in California over whether or not the PC maker can build and sell Mac clones for months, but the clone maker added a new wrinkle to the case when it started the legal process over again with a new filing in Florida.
Snow Leopard sales "far exceed" the sales of Leopard and Tiger in the first two weeks of availability compared to the first two weeks of availability when the earlier operating system upgrades were released, according to NPD Group. Not only was the first week substantially better for Snow Leopard sales, the firm said that sales fall-off for the second week was only 25%, compared to 60% for Leopard and Tiger.
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