10.6.8 build 10K540 seeded to developers

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Apple has seeded the latest build of Snow Leopard to developers. This build lists no known issues, and it has the exact same focus areas as an earlier build: AirPort, Networking, Graphics Drivers, the Mac App Store, QuickTime, and VPN. As Lion is due very soon this is no doubt the last update to Snow Leopard we will see.

Snow Leopard has been great and it will be sad to see it replaced but Lion holds great promise for the future of the Mac platform. It will, of course, be around for quite a while as many users will hold off before upgrading to Lion. However, with the move to the App Store and the reduction in cost will probably see fewer users delay than with previous version.


ScreenFlow available for free!

Create Amazing Screencasts on Your Mac

Yes, its true. If you buy the MacLegion Spring Bundle for $49.99 you will effectively get ScreenFlow for free as the value of all the other applications in the bundle comes to almost $500!

With Telestream ScreenFlow screencasting software, you can capture the contents of your entire monitor at the same time as you capture your video camera, microphone and computer’s audio. Simple but powerful editing tools enable you to create incredible screencasts in no time.The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog.

Here is the feature highlights:

  • Record desktop, video and audio simultaneously
  • Full screen HD capture
  • Keynote and PowerPoint support
  • Highlight areas of the screen (mouse, foreground window)
  • Optimized for top quality and speed
  • Powerful edit::
    ◊ Drag and drop media to timeline
    ◊ Trim clips in timeline, adjust speed of clips
    ◊  Add advanced effects and transition
  • High quality QT and WMV (using Flip4Mac) export
  • Export to YouTube
Normally retailing for $99, you can purchase it now for only $49.99 as part of the MacLegion Spring Bundle. Hurry though as there is just over 15 days left before the promotion ends and only the first 9,000 purchasers get HDRtist Pro!

Four free utilities courtesy of Devon Technologies

Not everything that is useful costs money. Devon Technologies, makers of great Mac software such as DEVONthink, DEVONagent and DEVONnote, is offering 4 utilities for free. In the past I have used all four and found them to be useful additions to my armoury of utilities. You may not find yourself using them all of the time but I can guarantee that you will find at least one of them useful and as they are all free it’s hard to resist downloading them anyway.



XMenu adds one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar. They give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and snippets. Launch any application or insert text snippets or URLs into your email messages or Pages documents with a single menu choice.


  • No need for configuration
  • Six predefined folders: Applications, Developer Applications, Home, Documents, User-Defined, and Snippets
  • Keeps all your snippets and text modules handy
  • Operates as a menu extra, requires no hacks or extensions
  • Ideal replacement for Dock folders in Mac OS X 10.5



Think Mac OS X’s Spotlight could use some help, especially when searching for text files? Download EasyFind, an alternative to (or supplement of) Spotlight and find files, folders, or contents in any file without indexing. EasyFind is especially useful for those tired of slow or impossible indexing, outdated or corrupted indices, or those just looking for features missing in the Finder or Spotlight.



  • Boolean operators, wildcards, phrases
  • Extended Boolean operators, similar to DEVONthink and DEVONagent
  • Immediate searches, no indexing required
  • Finds invisible files and files inside packages (something Spotlight doesn’t do)
  • Displays the location of each file in a separate column
  • Previews files using Quick Look (Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
  • Provides contextual menus and services
  • Supports drag-and-drop
  • Very responsive, thanks to multithreading
  • Uses very little memory



PhotoStickies gives you unique access to your favorite pictures. Use PhotoStickies to put all your favorite pictures on your desktop in the form of floating (even borderless) stickies. You may pull pictures for these stickies from your hard drive, or the Internet. PhotoStickies also displays webcam images live on your desktop, updating them automatically. You can even use PhotoStickies to record web cams for later viewing, or make a web cam your desktop picture.


  • Displays all image formats supported by Mac OS X
  • Displays images from your hard drive or the web
  • Shows images as stickies or as your desktop wallpaper
  • Edit images using live effects, like transparency or color correction
  • Record streaming webcam images for later viewing
  • Discover new places with an Internet-based list of webcams
  • Can run as a menu extra


ThumbsUp, easy image scaling

ThumbsUp is a simple, drag-and-drop utility, designed to create thumbnails for batches of images. It supports any and all image formats supported by Mac OS X and QuickTime (including PDF documents).


  • Convert and resize images as a batch
  • Pre-configure desired size, quality, sharpening, and anti-aliasing
  • Scale images by percentage or maximum size
  • Can be used as ultra-fast image converter (scaling = 100 percent)
  • Creates preview pictures ofQuickTime movies

Use ThumbsUp to quickly create thumbnails for use on your website, or for emails restricted by file attachment size limitations.

You can download the from their site at http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/

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MacUser report SX/Jahlav-D infectin hiding in hacked Quicktime update

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MacUser is reporting that a fake Quicktime installer has been identified. The installer package contains the . Previous versions of the trojan have been distributed in hacked copies of iWork and Photoshop, or have masqueraded as updates to Adobe’s Flash player and as plugins said to be necessary to watch web videos.

The potential infection serves again as a reminder not to install software unless it is comes from the developers’ own website, or in Apple’s case via Software Update, or from a trusted third-party site such as MacUpdate or Version Tracker.

Currently, installing hacked software is the only way to allow an infection onto a Mac. There is no self-propagating malware that kind find its way onto a system without the user’s help.

Original article by Simon Aughton. Visit the MacUser site here: http://www.macuser.co.uk/news/266320/mac-infection-masquerades-as-quicktime-update.html

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Perian | Swiss Army Knife for Quicktime

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Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.

Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional media types:

  • AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats
  • MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG
  • MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and MPEG Layer II Audio
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA/ASS and SRT

Download here

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This blog will be entirely devoted to the Apple Mac and other Apple technology, such as the iPod, the iTouch and iPhone. There will be no discussion of Windows or Linux, except as it relates directly to the Mac. This means that I will cover such issues as Boot Camp and other aspects of virtualisation. I will not, however, be covering purely Windows and Linux stuff. Instead, I intend to cover these in other blogs devoted to those topics.

So, lets begin.