Parallels is one of my favorite apps for my Mac and with version 7 I’m liking it even more.
It now supports running a copy of Lion on Lion.
Integration for Lion means mission control and launchpad shows windows windows and apps.
Windows Resume Function is now 60% Faster
45% Faster 3D Graphics
New Windows on Demand for US Customers
Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is now available as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop version 5 and 6 customers for $49.99. Full price will be $79.99 and the student version at $39.99. Parallels 7 will be available for download and in retail starting Sept 6th.
C3 Technologies the mapping darling of this year’s CES has been acquired by someone in the western world. After SAAB divested it’s majority stake the company’s website was shuttered today and what remains can only be found in Google’s Cache of the website.
I’ve been doing some digging and so far the whois records for the domain has not marked any changes as of yet, but more interestingly is that the MX entry for C3 Technologies has been removed from the website’s DNS records.
Whomever has bought this company does not want word leaking out at all. Hopefully someone at C3 might drop a hint as to whom that buyer might be. A prime candidate would be Apple or Google as they both have established interest in mapping programs and C3′s map demos on iOS and Android at this year’s CES were quite impressive.
From the story over at MacRumors today it looks like the Facebook App for iPad is nearly complete. Hopefully we will see the app sometime in the August timeframe. The app looks really great from the screenshots that I have been able to see. Unfortunately you wont get these features if you update your Facebook App on your iPad. I already tried
I’ve taken part in these super sales over the years and have come across some goodies. This bundle contains Parallels which is worth the 49 dollar price if you’re a fan of Parallels. Other Apps included are Food Network Recipe Manager, Money 4, DVD Remaster, VirusBarrier Xe6, Washing Machine 2, Yummy FTP, Inspiration Set, and Font Explosion Volume II.
The sale lasts 13 more days so if you’re interested click here to check it out.
The author of Growl has announced that they are going to distribute the next version of Growl (An amazing notification system for OS X) via the Apple Mac App Store. Read the announcement after the jump.
Postbox the popular mail.app alternative has updated their app to version 2.5 bringing a number of new enhancements and functionality. Below are some details from their announcement.
- Fast 64-bit Support for Mac OS X – On the Mac, Postbox 2.5 is now running in 64-bit mode, which translates to faster startup, snappier interface elements, and quicker message loading.
- Vertical Thread Pane View – Postbox now supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays.
- Streamlined Message View – We’ve re-designed the Message View to make message and conversation loading quick and seamless. The result is a silky-smooth reading experience that’s easy on the eyes.
- Improved Interface + New Mac Theme – We’ve made the Postbox interface simpler and more intuitive, plus we have a fresh new theme for the Mac by Benjamin De Cock, and a new icon set by Kenichi Yoshida.
In an attempt to better notify and educate the user-base and potential purchasers of Final Cut Pro, Apple has now posted this FAQ. A small snippet of it is below, but I recall the below portion was something a lot of people were complaining about. Apple says it’s not possible to bring things over, but they did not have to get rid of effects, they just rebuild them, and build a name map so things could be imported. There’s no such thing as impossible when it comes to software, more likely this would have been time-consuming and cost them money. I had a similar issue between Aperture and Snow Leopard, the 1x version of Aperture was not compatible and I now mistakenly thought I had to purchase 2x to get my photos out. Never looked back after that. I later learned the photo vaults were in the application itself and you could browse it through finder.
Can I import projects from Final Cut Pro 7 into Final Cut Pro X?
Final Cut Pro X includes an all-new project architecture structured around a trackless timeline and connected clips. In addition, Final Cut Pro X features new and redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools. Because of these changes, there is no way to “translate” or bring in old projects without changing or losing data. But if you’re already working with Final Cut Pro 7, you can continue to do so after installing Final Cut Pro X, and Final Cut Pro 7 will work with Mac OS X Lion. You can also import your media files from previous versions into Final Cut Pro X.
Can I import my video directly into Final Cut Pro X as I could in Final Cut Pro 7?
Yes. Final Cut Pro X allows you to import video from a wide range of devices, including many AVCHD-based cameras and DSLR cameras. You can find a list of supported cameras here:http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras/en/. The list will grow as we continue to test and qualify new cameras.
Mariner Software is celebrating its 21st anniversary by discounting all but a few of their apps on their e-store by 50%. They’re the authors of various products such as StoryMill and Mariner Calc. You need to use the code HB21 when purchasing. This offer is not available on the Mac Store, so head to their site by clicking here.
It’s hard to believe that it’s come this far that now people on twitter are saying they got a refund for Final Cut Pro. I can imagine that if Apple is losing money over the App, then Steve Jobs would be furious if he was not on medical leave. Having to issue refunds is Apple admitting that the product is not acceptable for the customer base they sold the software to. While they have promised features will return and some features have changed, by and large this update is a complete flop. I would not say it’s a failure, because there are still those out there who find value in it, and it’s primarily those who make money using tools like FCP that are the most impacted. I believe Apple will make things right and prove to the crowd asking for refunds that FCP will be worthy of their hard-earned cash later down the road. I think Apple should have been more forthcoming letting people know that the software would be missing some features and some sort of transition information would have also been helpful.
Final Cut Pro seems to be off to a bad start with a lot of professional editors, but maybe there’s some hope in this edition of David Pogue’s blog where he covers some missing/changed functions that may make life a little easier on those who use Final Cut Pro.