TweetFollow Us on Twitter

From the editor, January 2009

Volume Number: 25 (2009)
Issue Number: 01
Column Tag: Editorial

From the editor, January 2009

Happy New Year! It's a great time to be involved with the universe of Apple products. More first-time Mac users are created every day; long-timers stay with the platform. The iPhone is nearly the best-selling smart phone. Safari continues to gain web-share. Businesses increasingly choose OS X as their client and server platform. All of this drives developer interest and opportunity. MacTech Magazine remains dedicated to helping you understand all of this.

January 2009 - Macworld is in full swing, and you're reading one of our most tightly packed issues. We'll cover the main announcements from the show in an upcoming issues, but for now, revel in the knowledge here and now.

Our cover story brings you all the details that you'd need to know about location-based metadata, and how to use it to organize photos with GPS data. Learn the concepts, acronyms and tools to deal with this useful location information.

We continue our introduction to Python, and learning Python on the Mac in the month's Mac in the Shell. Python is certainly one of the most important languages available today for developers, aspiring developers and system administrators. Get in on the ground floor and follow along!

Greg Neagle teaches the many options and methods for creating and delivering installer packages. If you're a system administrator, there's no better way to deliver applications and scripts to a multitude of machines. If you're a developer, it's important to know how to package your final product in a way that makes it flexible and easy for users and administrators to install.

In The Road to Code, Dave Dribin brings a review of the journey thus far. If you've been following along, you've covered a lot of ground. If you're looking jump in, now's the time!

Think version control is just for developers? Think again! System Administrators should be familiar with version control to store the multitude of text-based configuration files that control OS X and OS X Server systems. We've covered several version control systems in the past, and this month, Ryan Wilcox covers Subversion tips for avoiding trouble.

Frequent contributor Mihalis Tsoukalos introduces us to Graphviz, an incredible, open source graphing package. Using the dot language, Graphviz can dynamically build graphs of just about any data you can supply, from code statistics to system performance

Noah Gift presents part 2 of the series, "Integrating OS X with OpenLDAP." You'll often find OS X systems that need to exist without OS X Server and Open Directory. Well, a Linux machine running OpenLDAP can easily serve as a central directory for OS X machines.

This month's Geek Guide teaches you everything you need to know when shopping for a printer. Finally, this month's MacTech Spotlight features Rich Siegel from Bare Bones Software. Bare Bones has been a staple of the Macintosh tech experience since before OS X was on the scene. Check out the advice from one of the longest on the scene.

If you're reading this at the Macworld show, please don't forget to stop by the MacTech booth! Enjoy, and we'll see you next month!

Ed Marczak,

Executive Editor

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Alternote 1.0.3 - Note-taking app that i...
Alternote is a gorgeous OS X note-taking app that integrates with Evernote. Designed to be the most convenient and natural way to make notes, collect information, write down your ideas, feelings and... Read more
Cyberduck 4.7.1 - FTP and SFTP browser....
Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such... Read more
PDFpen 7.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs with...
We're also offering PDFpenPro for 30% off! PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even... Read more
Skype 7.9.746 - Voice-over-internet phon...
Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype... Read more
Apple GarageBand 10.1 - Complete recordi...
The new GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac -- complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely... Read more
Duplicate Annihilator 5.7.7 - Find and d...
Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes. Duplicate Annihilator... Read more
OS X Server 4.1.3 - For OS X 10.10 Yosem...
Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone,... Read more
Firefox 39.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (...
Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual... Read more
pwSafe 4.1 - Secure password management...
pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is... Read more
Kodi 15.0.rc1 - Powerful media center to...
Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user... Read more

Zero Punctuation: Hatfall (Games)
Zero Punctuation: Hatfall 1.0.16 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.16 (iTunes) Description: HATFALL is a high-energy game of skill and hat-wearing born from Zero Punctuation, the hit online video series... | Read more »
Don't Starve on the iPad? Don'...
  As Cult of Mac  has pointed out, Klei Entertainment (Mark of the Ninja, N+, Shank) went and made it official: Don't Starve is coming to the iPad. [Read more] | Read more »
Early Gameplay Footage of Star Wars Upri...
Last month we were given a little teaser about Kabam's upcoming Star Wars Uprising, but there weren't many details about the genre to go on. Well things just got much more specific thanks to a new trailer of early gameplay footage. [Read more] | Read more »
Swallow all of your opponents as the big...
Eat all of the opposition and become the largest ball in Battle of Balls now available in the App Store and Google Play. Battle of Balls pits you against other opponents in real time and challenges you to eat more balls and grow larger than all of... | Read more »
The Newest Update for ProCamera 8 Adds A...
It's been a while and quite a few versions since we reviewed ProCamera 8 + HDR (it was called ProCamera 7 back then), but it's changed quite a bit since then. And of course it's changing again thanks to its latest update. [Read more] | Read more »
Formula Cartoon All-Stars - Tips, Tricks...
Just bought Formula Cartoon All-Stars and not quite sure where to begin? We have some handy tips on what to expect and how to get started in your bid to be some kind of amazing cartoon-based racing star. The Basics   [Read more] | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: June 29-July 3, 20...
Into July With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the... | Read more »
Sonic Runners Guide
Despite its flaws, Sonic Runners' platforming action is actually quite fun. Though it can be a little more complicated than old-school Sonic games. Here's how to make sure you're up to speed when jumping in. [Read more] | Read more »
Things Are Heating Up in Beast Quest...
The worlds of Beast Quest can be harch and unforgiving, so what better to add to the roster than an active volcano? [Read more] | Read more »
UNWYND - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies on...
Just downloaded UNWYND and not sure where to start? I don’t blame you. It’s a fun game but a little confusing, especially early on. Multiple solutions means you don’t need a walkthrough, but here are some helpful tips and tricks on how best to get... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple ODM Supplier Pegatron’s China Subsidiar...
Digitimes’ Amanda Liang and Adam Hwang report that Protek (Shanghai), a Chinese subsidiary of longtime Taiwanese Apple ODM Pegatron, commenced recruitment of workers at the end of June in preparation... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis available startin...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $100 off Ma...
Take an additional $100 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through August 8, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take... Read more
Sky Atlas Star Walk 2 App For iPhone And iPa...
Vito Technology, developer of educational apps for Android and iOS, is for a limited time offering free of charge their Star Walk 2, the next generation of the company’s best-selling stargazing guide... Read more
13-inch 1.6GHz MacBook Air on sale for $849,...
Amazon has the 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849.99 including free shipping. Their price is $150 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999,...
Adorama has the 13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has new 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $225 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1819 $180 off - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more
RamDisk4Mac App Helps Run Your Mac Faster And...
Ever use a RAM disk? If you’ve come to the Mac in the OS X era, likely not. The Classic Mac OS had a RAM disk function built-in, but that was dropped in the conversion to OS X. What is a RAM disk?... Read more
13-inch 1.6GHz MacBook Air on sale for $849,...
Best Buy has the 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849.99 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
Senior Payments Security Manager - *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple , Inc. is looking for a highly motivated, innovative and hands-on senior payments security manager to join the Apple Pay security team. You will Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
Sr. Payment Program Manager, *Apple* Pay -...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is an exciting environment and a…devices in a simple, private and secure way. The Apple Pay Team is looking for an experienced Senior Read more
Project Manager - *Apple* Pay Security - Ap...
**Job Summary** The Apple Pay Security team is seeking a highly organized, results-driven Project Manager to drive the development of Apple Pay Security. If you are Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.