New Mac OS X 10.6.6 Golden Master Edition Seeded To Developers

Just weeks after Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.5 to its customers, the company is learned to be already in the process of releasing the next major release. A new version of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6.6 – termed Build 10J537 – has now been released to developers and is available for download.

What’s interesting is that this new build has been dubbed the Golden Master edition to developers who access the application via the Mac App Store developer program. GM editions are basically those versions of software releases that are released just prior to a public release and are considered to be the last of the test releases. Dubbing the recent release as a GM edition could mean another public release of Mac OS X is just round the corner.

We wonder if this could happen before the new year though.

Free & Easy Hack To Enable AirPrint On Shared Printers With Mac Computers

Apple quite under-delivered on their promise when they scrapped highly anticipated features like wireless printing from iOS 4.2 for shared printers on Mac and Windows computers. As it eventually turned out, the feature has now been limited to a select few models of HP printers.

Nevertheless, if you are a Mac user, you now have a free utility that can enable AirPrint for shared printers in your computer’s network. Called the AirPrint Hactivator for Mac OS X, the application basically modifies just one file that is then backed up before the updated files are installed. Upon completion of the installation process, users have to simply remove and add the shared printers back to the computer in order to begin using AirPrint with these printers.

Netputing, the developers of the application, have carried the software through a number of iterations and you can download the latest v. 1.7 from the developers’ website here. As always, don’t forget to tell us your views on the software in the comments below.

Grand Theft Auto For Mac – Download Now Available

Rockstar Games, the New York based developers of the popular gaming trilogy – Grand Theft Auto have announced that the popular gaming series is now available for download for Mac OS X computers. The trilogy is made of three ultra-popular games – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III.

While this is definitely a great news for Mac users, the game has taken a long time coming. The first ever GTA game was released on Microsoft Windows way back in 1997. Anyway, for those of you eager to start playing the game on your iMacs, you can download them from the GameTreeOnline website at a price of $14.99 each. If you are in Europe, you may also check out the title at popular retail outlets in your city. Retailers in the United States and Canada are expected to begin stocking the titles starting November 22.

Download Mac OS X 10.6.5 – Link & Features

Apple has announced that the new Mac OS X 10.6.5 version is now available for download from the company website. The new version of the OS comes with a number of updates that improve the stability, compatibility and security of the software. Updates introduced on the platform include improved reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers, improved performance of MainStage, additional stability and performance fix for graphics related applications and games and a resolution to a persistent printing issue that was observed when some HP printers were connected to AirPort Extreme. The full list of performance and stability fixes is given here.

Apple has noted that the latest update is recommended for all Mac OS X users, including those who have the Mac OS X 10.6.4 version that was introduced in June of this year. You can download the latest update by clicking here.

Now Buy Microsoft Office 2011 For Mac – Software Officially Launches

We always knew this was coming and after Microsoft announced last week that an announcement was due on Tuesday, it was more or less confirmed that the new Microsoft Office 2011 productivity suite for Mac was releasing this week. Now it has.

The new Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is now available for public consumption and brings with it, all the expected suite of applications like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. And perhaps in what should come as a huge relief, Microsoft has finally replaced Entourage with Outlook in the latest release.

A single license of the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac software should cost Home and Student users between $109.99 and $149.99. On the other hand, for business users, this application should cost higher between $174.99 and $279.99.

Of course, the price is going to be cheaper if you are checking it out from third party retailers like Amazon.

AutoCAD For Mac Price & Launch Announced

Eighteen years after Autodesk, the developers of the popular AutoCAD software moved away from the Mac platform, the company has announced that they are making a reentry with the launch of the latest version of AutoCAD on the Mac platform. AutoCAD, as you know is the most popular 3D visualization software used by engineers and mechanical designers for the Windows platform.

According to early reviews, the Mac interface for AutoCAD is nearly the same as the one available for Windows and so any transition from the Windows to Mac platforms should be a non-issue. The software is not cheap though – as expected. Apart from students and educators looking for personal use, the AutoCAD software for Mac is priced at a high $3975. Of course, this is the norm for software packages designed for enterprise use.

It is also worth noting that Autodesk had released their free AutoCAD WS app for iPhone and iPad last month.

Microsoft Office 2011 For Mac Being Shipped To Apple

Microsoft has announced that the company has completed its final testing of the 2011 version of its Office for Mac software and that it is ready for RTM (Release to Manufacturing). This would mean that the software shall now start being shipped to customers and to Apple for installation in its production units.

The latest Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac brings a number of tweaks and though it will bring many more features that were hitherto available only on the Windows version, the experience is said to be more Mac-like. This includes the duplicating Apple’s ‘ribbon effect‘.

The actual date of release is still under wraps though we heard not so long ago that the product is expected to officially start shipping from October 26. That is also in line with speculations from earlier this month over an October release.

Check out the “behind-the-scenes” video released by the Macintosh Business Unit.

Microsoft Office For Mac 2011 Edition To Ship From October 26?

Folks at 9to5Mac have got hold of a nice bit of information with respect to the launch of the new Microsoft Office 2011 package for Mac. According to details posted on Amazon, the new software should begin shipping from October 26th this year.

This is the first time a specific date for the new product has been available. Earlier this year, the company had officially announced the price of the Office for Mac 2011 edition and had indicated that the software will be available in October. The latest version of the software is expected to be much closer to the Windows version and is expected to reinstate support for Visual Basic applications that were dropped in the 2008 edition. Office 2011 for Mac is also expected to bring improved support for Exchange.

Amazon has put up all three editions, namely Student, Professional and Home up for sale on their website.

Price Of MS Office 2011 For Mac Announced

Microsoft had recently begun sending out beta invites for its latest Mac-compatible Office 2011 suite. Now, the Redmond based company has officially announced the prices for its Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac software. As expected, the cost of the different editions are a tad lower than the 2008 MSRP. Microsoft is obviously trying to price the software aggressively in order to make the application much more ubiquitous in the Mac segment where Apple’s own software have ruled the roost so far.

So here are the prices of the various editions of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

Single License
Student Edition :$119
Office for Mac Home & Business : $199
Academic Version : $99

Family License
Student Edition : $149
Office for Mac Home & Business : $279

The Student and Home editions will come with Word, Powerpoint, Excel along with Microsoft’s instant messaging app for Mac OS X. With the business edition, users may also get hold of Outlook for Mac that will include email, calendar and contacts integration. The MS Outlook for Mac shall replace Entourage as the communication application. The academic version will only be available to those who are enrolled or employed at academic institutions.

The new Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is expected to launch in October though customers who purchase the 2008 software starting today are eligible for a free upgrade later.

Mac App Store Rumor False – Steve Jobs Clarifies

A couple of days back, we had a shocker of a rumor that claimed that Apple could soon be integrating its Mac OS X platform to the iTunes store so that only Apple approved software could be downloaded and installed on the platform.

Steve Jobs has now clarified that this is plainly a rumor and there is no truth to it. At least it appears so as we obviously cannot vouch for the authenticity of an email that transpired between a Mac user and Steve Jobs.

To a question, “There’s a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is that true?“, Steve Jobs has comprehensively answered that this will not be the case.

Mac App Store Rumor

[via MacStories]