What's New - Apr 18, 2007

By: Benjamin D Martin - Revised: 2007-05-09 richard

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What's new for the Mac in the previous month:
  • General issues, workarounds and fixes
  • New Software and hardware
  • Software and hardware updates/patches

Apple Sells 100 Millionth iPod

New Hardware

  • 8-Core Mac Pro
    • Starts @ $3,997.00
  • AppleTV now shipping
    • Still not a whole lot of content in iTunes Store but growing ...
    • We went over and fooled with one at the bookstore ... pretty cool!

Leopard Caged till Oct.

Apple Statement:

"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."

Adobe CS3

  • Adobe possibly listening to Apple MacEnterprise folks?
  • CS2 is a nightmare to mass deploy!!!
    • World writable files EVERYWHERE
    • Installers overwrite/downgrade each other
    • Can't move Apps from /Applications without breaking functionality
  • Hopefully in CS3 they turn over a new life

Final Cut Studio 2

  • Open format Timeline
    • Mix and match material in different formats and even different frame rates!  All in real time
  • Apple ProRes 422 Codec
    • Uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes
  • New: FinalCut Server
    • Job tracking, review and approval, delivery, transfers, archiving, etc.
  • System recommendations
    • 4 GB RAM if working with uncompressed HD
    • 60 GB install if you include all templates, content, and tutorials
  • Basically you need serious hardware to fun FCS 2!
  • Apple hardware compatibility guide 

New "Get a Mac" TV Ads

  • Flashback
  • Stuffed
  • Computer Cart


  • WWDC
    • June 11th - 15th
  • NAB
    • April 14th - 19th

IT Utility of the Month DasBoot

  • Allows you to create bootable USB & FireWire diagnostic devices
  • I tested with a 4 GB Nano & Intel Core Duo iMac
    • All apple utilities worked great
    • Used DiskWarrior 4 as base boot system
      • DiskWarrior gave "unable to rebuild error"
      • Noticed others on version tracker who have had a similar experience