Tuesday, April 24, 2007

S.H.A.Z.A.M.! 2.0

I just released version 2 of my collection of beginner's Applescripts, S.H.A.Z.A.M! - (Scripting Has A Zillion Applications, Man). The previous versions were much more popular than I would have guessed. Many of the scripts are very simple, but all of them are useful.

If you are a Mac user and haven't tried scripting in Applescript, you should give it a go. There's a lot of flexibility in scripting your applcations, and you can use Applescript (or Automator) to simplify tasks you do every day.

To download, hop over to Geeksuit, Macupdate, Versiontracker, or Nite Flite script library, a set of re-usable routines for sorting, using stacks and queues, and simple file I/O.

If you like them, drop me a line or leave feedback where you downloaded them!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Name of Apple's NeXT OS?

I came across this article at Ars Technica today and, though it's an April Fool's joke, it got me to thinking. What should Apple call the next major OS release?

I don't like the idea of abandoning the roman numerals. "Mac OS 11" doesn't have any pizzazz to it. If it were me, I think I'd keep "Mac OS X" and just roll the version number to "11.0".

Another possibility: Since OS X is basically the NeXT OS, NeXTStep, perhaps the new version should be called "Mac OS NeXT."