Get Snow Leopard For Free!

On April 30, 2012, in Features, How-To, iOS, Mac OS X, by Mark Greentree

Generally when a deal is too good to be true, it often is.

In this case the deal is legitimate and helps many MobileMe users take the next step to becoming iCloud users. The offer does not extend to non-MobileMe subscribers. It is interesting to note that even though I have already made the transition to iCloud from MobileMe, Apple is still willing to send me a free copy of Snow Leopard.

“iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Automatic, effortless, and seamless – it just works.”

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PhotoPresenter 4
App Developer: Boinx Software Ltd
Version Reviewed: 4.1.6
License: US$9.99 – Requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

If you like showing off your photo collection to family and friends but want something more entertaining than the traditional slideshow then PhotoPresenter may be for you.

PhotoPresenter takes the idea of a slideshow collation of photographs and changes the way it is conceived, developed, and presented.

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Life changes forever when you have a 3TB external FireWire 800 + USB2 AC powered  hard drive. You can backup and archive anything and everything. You’ll be glad you paid the extra $60 over the price of the puny 2TB GoFlex Desk for Mac sibling.

So far so good. Hard drives backed up? Check! iOS devices backed up? Check! Photo and music libraries’ redundant archives? Check! Plenty of additional storage capacity for future expansion and bloatware? Double check!

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Book Review: Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard (Ebook version)
By Joe Kissell

Take Control Ebooks
$15.00 US

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard

Apple Mail is a free product that comes with every Mac and OS X operating system disc. This is both a strength and a weakness. Apple Mail is a fairly simple email client, which means that it is easy to use in most respects. On the other hand, it has some idiosyncrasies that can make it feel limiting and frustrating at times. The ebook Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard by Take Control Ebooks from Tidbits Publishing, Inc., by author Joe Kissell, can help make using Apple Mail both easy and productive.

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard is 133 pages, and covers every conceivable aspect of Apple’s Mail application. The book walks you through setting up accounts, reading and searching messages, address and contact handling, sending email, encryption and signed email options, managing mailboxes, synchronizing mail across multiple devices, and many more Mail related topics.

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Review – PowerMail 6

On October 29, 2009, in Features, by Russ Walkowich

PowerMail 6
Company: CTM Development

Price: $49 US, $65 US with Spam Sieve included
http://www.ctmdev.com

For the first few years that I was using a Mac, I used Claris Emailer, versions 1 and 2, which quickly became my email program of choice. In 1998 when Apple lost interest in Emailer, I searched around for a replacement and found PowerMail 2.0.3 by CTM Development. PowerMail was the closest mail application that I found that brought out the best of Emailer and that has continued to be improved upon over the years. PowerMail 6 was released by CTM and I’ve been using it for the past few months as I have since 1998. I have emails that I imported into PowerMail that go back to 1995, all related to My Mac.

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Visual Quickstart Guide – Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
By Maria Langer

Peachpit Press
http://www.peachpit.com
$26.99 / e-book – $21.59
ISBN-10: 0-321-63539-6

Peachpit Press’ latest publication, Visual Quickstart Guide – Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, is an excellent reference that can help anyone enhance their use of Apple’s latest operating system. When I recently spied the book prominently displayed on the shelves of the Syracuse Apple Store, I knew that it was a book that even a seasoned veteran of OS X could appreciate. It has become a reference manual that holds a permanent spot on my bookshelf.

Visual Quickstart Guide – Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard offers explanations and tips for using every single aspect of Snow Leopard a person can imagine. And it does so in a manner that is easy to read with well-thought-out screen captures to demonstrate the information the author wishes to convey.

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Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.

Price: $15.00
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-customizing”>http://www.takecontrolbooks.com

Also available from this publisher:
“Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard” Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/snow-leopard-upgrading

The Take Control series of ebooks by TidBITS Publishing Inc. has always provided inexpensive books about Macintosh specific topics that are timely, comprehensive, and easy to understand. With the advent of Snow Leopard, Apple’s most recent version of its OS X operating system, TidBITS has added several Snow Leopard related titles to their lineup. Having just upgraded both of my own personal Macs to Snow Leopard, I was interested in seeing what I could learn from their title Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard by Matt Neuburg.

Please note that while I also reference Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, also by TidBITS Publishing, this review is for Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard. only. However, both books are currently available, and purchasing both together might be a desirable option for someone planning on upgrading their Macs from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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Update to Snow Leopard

On August 29, 2009, in Original Blog, by Russ Walkowich

I had picked up my copy of Snow Leopard yesterday afternoon from the Apple Store closest to me. The store was really busy and the sales staff advised that sales of SL were brisk.

I took my time in checking last night as to what apps had already been made 10.6 compatible and updated the ones on my MacBook to the newer versions. I had previously upgraded my MacBook when I first got it from 1 gig of ram to 4 gigs of ram. Two weeks ago I upgraded my hard drive to a 500 gig hard drive. (took all of 10 minutes to get the old one out and the new one in)

This morning I made sure that I backed up my hard drive again using both TimeMachine and SuperDuper. Once I verified that the external HD would boot successfully if anything went wrong, I inserted the Snow Leopard disk. What a difference from previous installs. I selected to customize my install, not needing all the additional language capabilities and choosing to install Rosetta as it is such a small item. Not having to start up from the install disk, click on Install and away it went.

Within the space of one hour, I had my MacBook and fully upgraded to 10.6. So far I’m really liking what I’m seeing. Safari is definitely flying now, and I previously had updated to 4.0.3 in 10.5.8 but found it sluggish. Right now I’m running through my apps checking to see if I have any issues I may have missed but even my Photoshop Elements 6 is running great, faster than it had been.

Well worth the $30. Will keep checking and update if I encounter any problems. Good luck!

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