Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Adobe CC Apps Arrive
Apple Releases Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 16
Apple Releases Java for OS X 2013-004 For OS X Lion And Mountain Lion
Which Is Best For Road Warriors: MacBook Air Or iPad?
The MacBook vs. Windows Touchscreen Notebooks: Why You Don't Need A Touchscreen
Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks Will Lead To Notebook Revival: WD Boss
aText 2.3 Auto-Typing Utility



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Adobe CC Apps Arrive

Adobe blogger John Nack reports that the new Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) desktop apps, plus a variety of new publishing & collaboration features, are now available. Users can log into the new http://creative.adobe.com to download the new versions.

Adobe's announced at its recent Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, in Los Angeles (http://max.adobe.com/) that it is shifting all future development of its desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS) to the Creative Cloud, with new versions of apps like Adobe Photoshop now branded CC and to be available only on a monthly rental basis.

While Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications - including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC.

You can find the full text of Adobe letter to its CS customers here:
http://www.adobe.com/cc/letter.html

For more information abour Creative Cloud, visit:
http://max.adobe.com/sessions/online.html

You can find John Nack's blog here:
http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2013/06/the-adobe-cc-apps-have-arrived.html






Apple Releases Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 16

The support train for OS X Snow Leopard keps on rolling. Apple says Java for Mac OS X v10.6 Update 16 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility for Java SE 6.

This update enables website-by-website control of the Java plug-in within Safari 5.1.9 or later, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for Mac OS X v10.6.

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_51 for Mac OS X v10.6.

For information about the security content of this update, visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/jbwB5






Apple Releases Java for OS X 2013-004 For OS X Lion And Mountain Lion

Java for OS X 2013-004 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility for Java SE 6, and supersedes all previous versions of Java for OS X.

This release updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_51 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

This update also removes the Java Preferences application, which is no longer required to configure applet settings.

For information about the security content of this update, visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/p44qn






Which Is Best For Road Warriors: MacBook Air Or iPad?

Forbes' Larry Magid says that one reason he bought an iPad was for battery life, since until last week he didn't have a notebook PC that could get him from coast to coast on a single battery charge.

But those days are over, Magid observes. Apple's new 2013 MacBook Air can easily get though a typical workday without having to be plugged in, and up to 12 hours on a charge for the 13-inch model, while all three current versions of the iPad are nominally rated for 10 hours by Apple's calculations. Ergo: the13-inch Air now offers 20% more battery life while the 11-incher lasts 90% as long.

On the other hand, the iPad is still cheaper and the touchscreen and slatelike form factor have certain advantages. But so does the MacBook with its real keyboard (you dont have to type on glass) and its ability to run all that great Mac software.

And while many iPad advocates insist iPads can be used for productivity, Magid (and your editor) contend that while the iPad is indeed great for consuming content, in most cases a laptop is better for those of us who produce it.

As for weight and bulk, an 11-inch MacBook Air weighs less than a pound more than a 9.7-inch iPad and is a fully powered PC with an excellent keyboard, and even the 13-inch Air is only about a pound and a half heavier than an iPad, and while iPads are cheaper than Macs, it's arguable that when you consider the amount of flash storage per dollar the Macs value equation improves markedly making the Mac effectively cheaper or just a little more expensive.

Which is best for you will depend on what you want to do with it.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/CuclX






The MacBook vs. Windows Touchscreen Notebooks: Why You Don't Need A Touchscreen

Mac 360's Kate MacKenzie notes that more and more Windows notebooks have touchscreens, and Apple's don't thus far. So is Apple is falling behind in the innovation stakes?

Not according to Ms. MacKenzie, who observes that "For exactly two minutes the touchscreen notebook is intriguing," making it possible to imagine fleetingly that Apple is behind the times and needs a touchscreen Mac. However, the fact is, she says, is that after a few minutes you'll tire of lifting your arm and hand and trying to aim at icons to touch what, and Apple already has as a touch solution is better and easier to use than any Windows touchscreen device and its already built-in to your MacBook. That would be Apple's superb implementation of the trackpad.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/Wk79j






Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks Will Lead To Notebook Revival: WD Boss

The Register's Joe Fay says that storage drive maker WD has just endured a riotously chaotic period, withas the surge in the popularity of SSD-based tablets and notebooks combined with the 2011 floods in Thailand ensuring a torrid few years. WD has announced its thinnest hard drive - the UltraSlim Blue 5mm 500GB device, a Blue 7mm 1TB device, and and its 5mm hybrid devices.

However Fay notes that while WD is cautiously optimistic that the devices give the PC industry a chance to fight back after an almighty kicking from the iPad over the last few years, its job, as Rich Rutledge, SVP and general manager of its data centre storage business, puts it, is to "get storage into the hands of people who need it". Whether those platters are spinning within a discrete device or in a cloud providers data centre is really not its concern.

And while Mr. Rutledge isn't predicting that the notebook PC wll stage a storming comeback, it is at least on the brink of reclaiming its primacy as the primary computing device for most users with the tablet market shifting away from 10-inch tablets, and even Apple launching a 7-inch device (see: http://goo.gl/yQKml), while phones are getting bigger and Mr. Rutledge observing that: "We're very comfortable seeing the tablet as the third or fourth device in your home[for mobile] we're comfortable that the PC is the first one."

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/2i7K3






aText 2.3 Auto-Typing Utility

Tran Ky Nam's aText 2.3 is another auto-typing utility that recognizes custom abbreviations you type and automatically expands them to predefined snippet insertions, thereby accelerating your typing with abbreviation-toggled inserts of frequently used phrases you define in your text, and letting you avoid typing the same thing over and over.

Features:
• Insert images and formatted text.
• Capitalize new sentences. Correct double capitals.
• Insert the current date and time in any format. Insert day in the future or the past, for example: next Sunday, previous Monday.
• Embed clipboard content in snippet, embed another snippet, use editable fields in snippet, send any key (such as Esc, Tab, Enter, arrow keys, etc).
• Reposition the cursor in the expanded snippet.
• Invoke AppleScripts and Shell Scripts.
• Built-in snippets for misspelling correcting, HTML and JavaScript coding.
• Import data from TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, SpellCatcherX, Automaton, CSV file.
• Works in Windows virtual machine by Parallels, VMWare Fusion (in Unity mode), VirtualBox. Works in Windows via TeamViewer and Remote Desktop Connection clients.
• Sync via iCloud/Dropbox/Google Drive/SkyDrive.

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

aText sells for $4.99 and is available in the Mac App Store as well as at:
http://www.trankynam.com/atext/



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