Expression Media (aka iView Multimedia)

A little while ago now, MS bought iView. The development went on and they recently released the application under a new name (Expression Media) as part of the Expression suite of software. I had been wondering for quite a while what had happened with the Mac version of the app. Well, Cheryl Wise recently told me that on her Expression Media CD, was a Mac version with a Mac serial number. I googled around and it looks like no one really mentioned the release of…

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Bad bad Silverlight

I mentioned in my previous post what Silverlight could achieve for us Mac users. Silverlight is the new name of something that came up a few months ago (in beta as well) under the name WPFe. It looks like the people in charge of this project at MS made a slight mistake with the new change of name :-> The installer doesn’t look for a previous install under the WPFe name and installs itself in addition to the old plug-in. Bad, bad karma. For people…

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Silverlight demo

Cheryl Wise mentioned today that the Mix website had a nice demo of the new MS Silverlight plugin running on a Mac on their site. You can grab the video on the Mix site (WMV). The Silverlight beta plug-in has been available for Mac for a little while now. Cheryl Wise a attiré mon atetntion aujourd’hui sur le site web de Mix qui présente une démo du nouveau module externe MS Silverlight qui tourne sur un Mac. Vous pouvez voir la vidéo sur le site…

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Office posse

I just saw the UK version of the Apple ads. One of them (named Office Posse) seems extremely relevant here :-> Take a look on the Apple UK site. Je viens de voir les versions Royaume Unis des pub Apple. L’une d’entre elles, (intitulée Office Posse) me paraît particulièrement adaptée à ce blog :-> C’est en anglais, mais facile à comprendre. Regardez donc sur le site d’Apple UK.

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Life or death for Office 98 – Mort ou vie d’Office 98

I haven’t posted here in a little while but the news I found today is – I believe – worth mentioning here. The last issue of MacWorld mentions an internal memo (PDF) between Bill Gates and the head of the Mac Business Unit in ’97. From the address where the PDF is hosted, it looks like the memo was released as part of a consumer case in Iowa. The memo is an reply to Bill Gates who was asking whether MS should keep on working…

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Syncrospector: SyncService Utility

I recently read this interesting article on MacOS Hints: Reset the .Mac Sync Server with Syncrospector . The article mentions Syncrospector. A VERY handy little application made by Apple to monitor SyncServices under MacOS X 10.4. This utility is perfect for troubleshooting all syncServices problems. You can monitor the state of your syncs, trigger a slow sync, reset services… For some reason, instead of providing it straight from the regular Apple download sections, the app is hidden with a sample application on the ADC website.…

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BBAutoComplete

C-Command released new version of BBAutoComplete today. The application offers auto-completion for apps that are scriptable enough and the new version now supports Word 🙂 =-=-=-= C-Command a mis en ligne aujourd’hui une nouvelle version BBAutoComplete. L’application permet l’auto-completion dans les applications qui sont scriptables. La nouvelle version supporte mainetnant aussi Word 🙂

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Microsoft Messenger 6.0.2

Messenger 6.0.2 is out 🙂 it corrects several issues including the “contacts appear offline” bug. It also offers a hidden possibility to log events in case you need to do some troubleshooting when things go bad. Messenger 6.0.2 est sorti 🙂 Il corrige un certain nombre de soucis dont le bug “tousles contacts apparaissent hors ligne”. Il permet également d’activer une fonction de traçage de l’activité pour pouvoir déterminer la source d’un problème lorsqu’on en a un.

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trinity – NeoOffice 2.1 to Support OpenXML Documents and VBA Macros in Q1 2007

Announced for Q1 2007, the next release of NeoOffice: NeoOffice 2.1, devrait supporter les documents OpenXML et les macro en VBA. C’est un nouvelle de grande importance. Ils apportent le support VBA quand MS a annoncé le retirer d’Office 2008, On ne sait pas encore quelle version de VBA sera offerte ni quelles seront les performances, mais c’est un engagement fort qui peut faire du mal à la MacBU à terme. Beaucoup de gens utilisent intensément le VBA, surtout dans Excel. Vous avez bien sûr…

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ASFRecorderX

I found a new software today: ASFRecorderX. This app describes itself as a Streaming Capture Software for .asf and mms:// links. That looks like a pretty good app and it is freeware. Unfortunately, it is Intel only. PPC Mac can’t run it. J’ai découvert une nouvelle application aujourd’hui : ASFRecorderX. Cette application se décrit elle-même comme une application de capture de flux .asf et . Ça a l’air pas mal du tout et en plus elle est gratuite. Malheureusement elle est Intel uniquement et ne…

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MVP

Yves Cornil was recently nominated as a new Mac:Office MVP 🙂 Yves has a blog in French on this page. I would say “Welcome aboard Yves” 🙂 Yves Cornil a été récemment nommé Mac:Office MVP 🙂 Yves a un blog en français sur cette page. Bienvenue parmi nous Yves 🙂

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Office 2008

The MS website has a new press release aboutOffice 2008 for Mac. I personnally find the press release itself rather dry and uninteresting. You can actually find a LOT more things on a recent MacFixIt article. no ribbon 🙂 We’ll have “element gallery” instead “Document parts” compatibility with the new file formats from Win:Office 2007 Office Art 2 (new graphic layer inherited from Win:Office 2007) Smart Art (styles for graphics) My day in Entourage Excel element galleries to make the app less intimidating to first…

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Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.3

The Office 11.3.3 update just came out on the MS site This update contains several improvements to enhance security and stability, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. In addition, this update includes all of the improvements released in all previous Office 2004 updates. 57.6MB and the page has it available in multiple languages. La mise à jour d’Office 11.3.3 vient de sortir sur le site de MS Cette mise à jour…

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IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint 6.1 for Mac OSX

MS just released a new version of their Mouse and Keyboard drivers. I’m not quite sure what’s new. I would guess that there are a few bug corrections. I installed them myself and so far nothing bad happened 😉 Now I wish they could finally release a Bluetooth driver. Their Bluetooth mice work fine on my Mac, but with no driver to configure the buttons :-\ MS vient juste de mettre en ligne une nouvelle version de leurs pilotes pour souris et clavier. Je ne…

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Introducing Papers… Your personal library of science

The Public Preview of Papers est sortie aujourd’hui. Ce nouveau shareware par Mekentosj permet d’effectuer des recherches d’articles scientifiques, de les organiser, d’importer les PDF, etc. L’interface utilisateur propose tout ce que j’aurais aimé voir dans EndNote depuis toujours. La version disponible actuellement n’a pas encore toutes les fonctions prévues dans la version finale. Celle-ci proposera par exemple d’importer vos bibliothèques EndNote. Et tout ça pour $25!!! (comparez au prix d’EndNote :-> ). Il existe d’autres applications qui suivent plus ou moins le même chemin,…

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Docx Converter 1.1 widget

I noticed a new version 1.1 of Docx Converter. This notification was on the Dashboard section of the Apple site. It looks like the new version has a widget for converting Word 2007 XML files to Word 2004 format. — J’ai repéré une version 1.1 de Docx Converter. L’annonce se trouvait sur le site Dashboard d’Apple. On dirait que la nouvelle version propose maintenant un widget pour convertir les fichiers XML de Word 2007 vers le format Word 2004.

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docXConverter

I found this software today on VersionTracker: docXConverter. You have received a file from the new Office 2007 and cannot open it… If this file is a Word file (generally with the extension docx) . . . have a look at docXConverter today! I haven’t tested it but it looks nice 🙂 J’ai trouvé ce logiciel aujourd’hui sur VersionTracker: docXConverter. Vous avez reçu un fichier de la nnouvelle suite Office 2007 et vous ne pouvez l’ouvrir… Si c’est un document Word (en général avec l’extension…

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VLC media player 0.8.6

A new version of the amazing (and free) VLC media player for Mac OS Xwas released today (version 0.8.6). Many many new and nice features, but I’ll mention the only one that’s really relevant here: Support for Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1 😉 Une nouvelle version de l’excellentissime (et gratuit) VLC media player pour Mac OS Xest sortie aujourd’hui (version 0.8.6. De très nombreuses améliorations dnas cette version, mis je mentionnerais surtout celle qui est en rapport avec le thème du blog ici: Support…

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France 24

This post isn’t *completely* off-topic since it relates to WMP 🙂 Yesterday, France launched its 24h/day ninternational news channel: France 24 The site offers a video feed in English live.france24.com/fr… and French live.france24.com/fr… If you want to bypass the main page and bookmark the video feeds, you can copy them here and use them in WMP9 or QuickTime Player (command-D to add to bookmarks) providing you have the Flip4Mac WMV codecs. For people like me, it provides an interesting alternative to the all-US news channel…

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Categories & Exchange

Synching with Exchange in Entourage has a serious limitation: it doesn’t sync categories: 1) you can’t sync the categories to another computer 2) if you rebuild your database, all the data (that doesn’t have any information about categories) is redownloaded from the server and all the categories are lost. A while ago I wrote a simple script to save categories names for contacts to one of the custom fields. Barry Wainwright posted on his site a much improved version for calendar events. I took Barry’s…

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