Monday, May 30, 2011

iPad2 - Top 10 Apps

Last Friday my iPad2 arrived, and i love it.
The new design is unbelievable slick, nearly as thin as an iPhone4 the device feels a lot more ergonomic and leightweigth then the first generation iPad.
Now the first iPad was nowhere near slow but the speed boost (exp for Games) provided by the 512MB RAM upgrade and the 1GHZ dual core A5 is really nice. Some games like Infinity Blade and Deadspace already got updated to improve graphics on the iPad2. Hopefully we soon see more titles utilizing the dual core CPU and the improved GPU (according to Apple 9 times as powerful).

The built in front/back cam's quality is poor but for FaceTime and some fun in PhotoBooth they are good enough. Bit disappointed tough.

Here are my personal top 10 iPad(2) applications:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Comments fixed

Seems the last 2,3 days it was not possible to post comments on my articles, i am still not sure what caused this but for now they work again.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Telling Folders - create customized Folder icons

Telling Folder an application for Mac OS X allows you to create beautiful custom folder icons. Just start with the standard folder icon, drop an image to stamp on top and then a folder to apply the new icon to.

Adding customized icons to a folder as easy as its gets.

Up to version 1.1 the application used to be freeware, now it costs 1,99$ at the Mac App-Store (only difference i can see is a new emboss mode).

Download 1.1 (free) here.
Buy 1.3 at the App-Store.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Electric Sheep - a collective "android dream"

"Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."

Electric Sheep gives you a really beautiful screensaver that is different every time you see it. I also find the technical aspects of this screen saver very interesting.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

RCDefaultApp - manage default applications

RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or higher preference pane that allows you to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, and MIME types. Mac OS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file.

Monday, May 23, 2011

TermKit - next Generation Terminal and Unix Tools

TermKit is a re-imagined next generation Terminal and a set of unix tools that try to bridge the gap between CLI and GUI. The app can display and manipulate any kind of content a modern HTML5 browser can handle. Fancy previews, transitions, animations and a powerful Node.js based backend brings the magic back to the terminal.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lion Preview: Installing MacPorts

To use MacPorts on MAC OS X Lion you have to download and install MacPorts from the current SVN Trunk. 

Downloading Sources from SVN
Pick a location to store a working copy of the MacPorts code. For this example, /opt/mports will be used, but you can put the source anywhere. This example will create /opt/mports/trunk containing everything needed for MacPorts.

sudo mkdir -p /opt/mports
cd /opt/mports
sudo svn checkout

Build and Install MacPorts
MacPorts uses autoconf and makefiles for installation. These commands will build and install MacPorts to /opt/local. You can add the --prefix option to ./configure to relocate MacPorts to another directory if needed.

cd trunk/base
sudo ./configure --enable-readline
sudo make install
sudo make distclean

That's all, enjoy your fresh MacPorts install ready to rock.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

0xED - native OS X hex editor

0xED is a powerful Hex Editor for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer. The free tool can edit files of any size and allows you to edit data you normally cant modify. The application is very fast and has nearly no impact on resources. A cool feature, that many hex editors lack, is binary copy/paste.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lion Preview: round-up

Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) will be the eighth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Mac OS X Lion is set to be released in summer of 2011 and will be available in the Mac Appstore and on optical media. With the release of Developer Preview 3 apple is heading towards the gold master.

A good time to review all the additions and changes in Mac OS X Lion.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Snes9x - almost perfect SNES emulation for Mac OS X

Snes9x one of the best SNES emulators available recently got updated to version 1.53. Reason enough to play "Legend of Zelda, a Link to the Past" again and review the OS X port.

Snes9x is around for many years now, started in 1996 as Snes96 and renamed to Snes9x after merging with Snes97. After becoming open source in 1999 Snes9x has been unofficially ported to more platforms than any other emulator.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Isolator - concentrate on the important stuff

Isolator, a small application that helps you to concentrate. When you're working on a document, and don't want to be distracted, turn on Isolator. It will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 3 (build 11A459e) review

Yesterday Apple released Build 11A459e also know as Developer Preview 3 of Mac OS X Lion.

This version includes mostly GUI changes and Mission Control add ons.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mactracker - comprehensive Apple Product database

Mactracker is a comprehensive database of every Apple product ever made. 

You search for details on your old iBook or your recent rediscovered iPod Classic, Mactracker will tell you everything you need to know.

Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS versions, and expansion options. Also included is information on Apple mice, keyboards, displays, printers, scanners, digital cameras, iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Wi-Fi Cards/Base Stations, Newton, and Mac OS versions.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Buzz: Blogger is back

Some information what happened in the last 20 hours with blogger.

Blogger Buzz: Blogger is back

ClipMenu - Clipboard Manager for Mac OS X

ClipMenu is an application that helps you to manage your clipboard history. While running it records the last 20 (configurable) items you put in the clipboard and allows you to acces them later. You can also register texts you frequently use, like e-mail addresses, user IDs and so on, as snippets. 

To paste a recorded item, you just pop up menu by invoking the shortcut key, and select a menu item.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MagicPrefs - brings magic to the Magic Mouse (and trackpad)

The Magic Mouse, the first consumer mouse to have multi-touch capabilities. Taking after the iPhone and multi-touch trackpads, the Magic Mouse allows the use of gestures such as swiping and scrolling across the top surface of the mouse to interact with desktop computers.

MagicPrefs, a preference pane for Mac OS X aims to improve the functionality and configuration options of the Magic Mouse (and the Magic Trackpad and the MacBook trackpad).

ipswDownloader - iDevices Firmware downloader

Simple little application that allows you to download any available Firmware for your iDevice and shows you the Jailbreak/Unlock status of the selected Firmware.

 Download here

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lion Preview: use special characters on your keyboard like in iOS

A little addition in Mac OS X Lion that no one spotted so far, correct me if i am wrong.

You can reveal special characters in any input field by pressing and holding down different keys on your keyboard.

For example if you hold the "a" key.

or the "u" key.

This works in every application and is pretty handy in case you need to access characters that are not available on your keyboard.

Diablotin - Manage Mac OS X System Extensions

Diablotin, a Preference pane which allows you to manage system extensions like Safari Plugins,iTunes Plugins, QuickTime Plugins,Fonts, Sounds and everything that was added to Mac OS X Library folders.

Amazingly this App was made in 2002 and still works on Lion.

If i have some free time i try to make an updated Version with a solid 10.6 SDK and Objective-C 2 base.

Download here

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Breakaway - pause/resume iTunes with your headphones

Breakaway is a little useful app that allows you to use mute/volume controls on your headphone.
Hit the mute button, and iTunes pauses. Hit it again, and the music resumes. Pull out your headphones, and iTunes pauses. Plug it back in, and it starts again. A simple application that makes your life that much easier.

Friday, May 6, 2011

untethered jailbreak 4.3.3 on all devices howto

PwnageTool 4.3.3 allows you to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 on all devices besides the iPad2
That includes:
  • iPhone3GS
  • iPhone4
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPad
  • AppleTV 2G

Xee - a lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser

Xee is useful as a more powerful replacement for Preview, or most any other image viewer available on Mac OS X. It is very fast, and uses less memory than most other image viewing tools. It also uses OpenGL to display and scroll images much more smoothly than other viewers. Its interface is highly streamlined and has easily configurable keyboard shortcuts.

Simple edit features, slideshows, full screen mode, Xee has everything you could wish for.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

MyPhoneTracker v0.9.9 - Archiving Location Data

Version 0.9.9 allows you to save and open location data after you imported it from iTunes/iPhone/Android files.

You can open an existing location database, import more data from the consolidated.db and save it again. This way you can keep track of your locations even with the iOS 4.3.3 limitation of only 7 days location data.

Download here.
Read more about it.

PS: to access the consolidated.db your device must be jailbroken, right now there is no iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak available, but i am sure we wont have to wait long for one :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Screencasting the easy way with Quicktime X

With Quicktime X you can take video captures of your desktop and share them online with ease.

Start the Quick Time X Player and go to "File", "New Screen Recording". A small black window will popup. You can select the video quality, mic in, show mouse clicks and the place to save the video when you click on the arrow in the lower right corner.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lion Preview: Build 11A444d - Visual changes and MobileMe rumours

Quick roundup of the tweaks in the Lion Build 11A444d.

You can uninstall apps now from the iOS inspired Launchpad.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mac OS X/iOS Game programming with Cocos2d - Part 1 Basic Setup

In this new regular series of tutorials i will show you how to create games for Mac OS X and iOS.
I will cover Xcode, Objective-C and the cocos2d framework. I will not cover everything down to the basics so you should have some understanding of programming in general.