Browsing articles from "August, 2009"

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Aug 31, 2009
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As of Friday, Mac OSX Snow Leopard has been released. It is a release highly focused on delivering performance and reliability gains rather than flashy new features. I think this is a great approach as most people just want their Macs to run well and don’t need extra little gimmicky features added that offer little to increase productivity.

A lot of software will be Snow Leopard compatible without any further updates required, some software will require small updates to become compatible and some software will not be supported on Snow Leopard.

Expect a deluge of updates over the next few weeks and months to address any known or unexpected compatibility issues with Apple’s latest version of Mac OSX. Most software developers will have or will be working to have their latest versions of software up to date and compatible with Snow Leopard, however previous versions of software are not high on the priority list for most developers, who are unlikely to be investing the time and resources on software that they designed to work on earlier versions of Mac OSX. Software developers are encouraging users to update to the latest version for compatibility in addition to gaining the advantage of the software’s latest features.

Snow Leopard itself is compatible only with Intel Based Macs.

If you are upgrading to Snow Leopard or are buying a new Mac then it is recommended to upgrade your additional software to the latest versions. If you are upgrading straight away then you might run into a few minor issues that should be addressed as soon as software developers are able.

Compatible software includes;
Adobe CS4 (Some minor issues exist)
Microsoft Office 2008 (Seems OK)
Quark 8
Parallels 4 (Latest build required)
Toast 9 & 10 (Some minor issues exist)
Overflow (Update just released)
Most current versions of Apple software

Software that will require an update includes;
Extensis Suitcase Fusion 2 (update expected within 30 days)
Extensis Universal Type Server 2 and Client 2 (update expected 30 – 60 days)
Kerio MailServer (working on 6.7.2 update to include Snow Leopard iCal compatibility)
Cyberduck (working on an update)
Nortons AntiVirus 11
Many printer drivers and utilities

Unsupported Software includes;
Adobe CS3 (and earlier). Adobe CS3 may work with some minor issues present, but there will be no further updates and it is officially unsupported by Adobe.
Extensis Suitcase Fusion and earlier
Quark 7 and earlier
Parallels 3 and earlier
Toast 8 and earlier

Quick Tip: Use AutoCorrect to speed up typing

Aug 24, 2009
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The following instructions are for Office 2007. You can do the following in either Word or Excel and the change will apply to both.

Click on the round Microsoft Office logo button at the top left corner, then click on ‘Word Options’.

Next select ‘Proofing’ from the list at the left, then click on the ‘AutoCorrect Options…’ button.

On the “AutoCorrect’ tab make sure ‘Replace text as you type’ is ticked on, then underneath in the ‘Replace’ field enter a short name of what you want to use to trigger an autocomplete. Then in the ‘With’ field enter then long text that you want entered automatically. Then click ‘Add’.


To Finish click ‘OK’ and ‘OK’ again to return to Word or Excel.

For example if I add an entry and enter j@da in the ‘Replace’ field and in the ‘With’ field, when I type j@da in Word or Excel it will automatically change it to

Adobe Online eSeminars for September

Aug 24, 2009
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The September schedule for Adobe’s free online seminars are now available.

Seminars are scheduled for either 12PM Australian EST or 4PM Australian EST, which is 2PM and 6PM NZST.

There are many seminars available in the coming month and are broken into the key areas of Photography, Acrobat, Design, Video, Web and Design for Beginners.

Register Now


TomTom for the iPhone – tested

Aug 19, 2009
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The iPhone has a lot of useful applications – and the TomTom application is one of those! TomTom sell the maps and their software bundled by region which means you have to buy a New Zealand version ($119) and if you want Australia – you have to pay again. This is the same as the TomTom units themselves.

We tested it by mounting the iPhone up near the front of the center console of a car and set a few destinations. In open areas it works just like a ‘real’ TomTom – turn by turn directions – the works! In built up areas it starts to jump around a little bit – but this is when you are in the middle of high rise building such as Auckland Central. It still works – it just isn’t as smooth.

TomTom will be offering an iPhone specific car kit which provides power to charge the iPhone (yes, it does start to drain the battery quite quickly) and includes a further GPS chip and antenna to help in built up areas.

For casual turn-by-turn GPS use where you know generally where to go – but just need the GPS unit when you get closer to the area you don’t know the detail of – perfect solution. You can get it now on the iPhone Appstore – it supports the iPhone 3G and 3GS only at this point. (There is talk of iPod Touch support with the TomTom car kit – but lets just wait and see).


Spark to MYOB development

Aug 17, 2009
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As you well know, Spark exports to a wide range of Accounting systems including all MYOB versions, all Moneyworks versions, Xero, Arrow etc.
In an update to Spark (coming soon), we will be adding a ‘SP’ to the front of all invoice and purchase order numbers that go into MYOB. This will eliminate the potential conflict of these numbers with manually entered invoices or purchases. If you would like to give us feedback on this, please post a comment here, or email

MYOB Screenshot:sp-spark

Auckland InDesign User Group Meeting

Aug 10, 2009
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The Auckland InDesign User Group will be meeting on the 25th of August at the Media Design School in Queen Street. The main topics will be based around using the new interactive tools in InDesign – meaning you don’t have to spend hours in Acrobat making it work! There will be a special topic presentation from the Media Design School itself and tip/tricks from Tim Cole. Please register so you can attend. It is free (and even has free drinks and food afterwards). It is well worth attending if you use InDesign!