Posts Tagged ‘Mac OS X’

Office 2008 for Mac – A Ture Microsoft Software

March 1, 2009

I am a Mac user. This is not new. I got a habit to write about the software I am using from time to time, and to complain about software as well.

I already had written in the past about Office 2008. Using it extensively on the Mac for the past several weeks, and I am getting tired of it everytime I need to use it. The bugs Word, Powerpoint and Entourage have are making this software unbarable.

My frustration grows as I tried using Keynote and Pages ’09. The problem being is incompatability. Yes, forget about compatability, it is simply a lie. Open a powerpoint presentation, it would open, but most times the design you had would not be there any more. The same holds true when creating a Keynote presentation and exporting it to Powerpoint format.

Open Office is not an option as well, as I see what it produces on Linux.

So, what is the solution for all of this?

Apple and Security: When will this bubble blow up?

December 6, 2008

Apple is thinking that security through obscurity is the right way to handle security on their products. The latest example is with their KB article on the support site related to anti-virus. A KB which was posted last year, and only now being discovered by the media.

So, what is wrong saying you may need an anti-virus for your operating system?

Does Apple think that malware and other security hazards would not hit Mac OS X for ever? This is a very bad assumption. What happens is that as the popularity of Apple based products are on the rise so does the number of people with direct access and interest.

What would the future would look like? Well, not as it is with Windows, but in my opinion it would certainly drive sleep away from Apple users as well. Treating security as another something that needs to be taken care of can cost Apple dearly especially if it would hurt those that use its products because of their related simplicity.

Is Apple Leopard nothing more then a nice new GUI?

June 24, 2007

A lot of material has been published since the WWDC 07 conference about Apple’s upcoming Leopard OS. One thing, which is consistently highlighted is the various enhancements that are expected with Leopard.

At first glance (like I did) these look promising, and helpful. But are there more changes other then GUI enhancements and new GUI features?

Don’t get me wrong, I love stacks, putting cover flow in Finder, and having a quick view are all good productive ideas and functions. But other then a new Kernel and the GUI stuff what can we look for with the new OS release?

Boot camp? I use Paralles. And as far as I know most people prefer that instead of using Boot camp. Spaces? This is old news although the way Apple integrated this into the OS is cool. Mail? I still think Apple is behind the rest of the world with its email application. If Apple highlights having the ability to have notes inside the mail application they are in trouble.

This leads me to another question. Will Leopard be a success? Absolutely! People like shiny new things, and Leopard (and the iPhone) is not exception.

I want Apple Leopard and I want it NOW!

June 12, 2007

Like many others I have browsed to www.apple.com this morning looking for the new Safari beta for Windows.

Instead I have found the new advertisement for Leopard.

I was skeptic regarding Leopard. I mean, what else can you do for an operating system. But when looking at the different feature demonstration Apple had put on their web site… I want it NOW!

The new GUI (the reflective dock is cool (but not that useful, functional wise), and the file stacks is a great idea), the new Finder (preview for the contents, cover flow for skimming through document like in iTunes for Albums and even opening one without lunching an application), the new backup system (time machine, extreamly useful for the untechnical), and even spaces (i.e. using multiple screens at the same time) seems amazing (GUI wise).

I am still not impressed with Mail (how long would Entourage be better then Mail?), and that is the only complaint I currently have still not having the ability to play with the whole thing.

I think that overall Apple had used a lot of forward thinking when designing Leopard. I will be surely upgrading when possible, and I do expect it (at least from the preview side of things) to be a very successful release.

Apple Delays Leopard Until October. Will the iPhone be delayed as well?

April 13, 2007

Apple announced on Thursday they will be delaying the release of Leopard (the next version of Mac OS X) until October. The original release date for Leopard was June.

Apparently this delay relates to the iPhone release:

“We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is… However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned.”

I still do not get this. Why announcing the iPhone so early without having the product release tied with it? and now saying that it is “the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device”? Does that hints the iPhone will be delayed as well?