VMWare Fusion On Mac Delivers My Best Windows Experience Ever

There’s something a little messed up when the most anticipated and intriguing application I’ve used on my new Intel-based MacBook Pro is one that lets me run Microsoft Windows, but it’s an absolute fact. 24 hours into my VMWare Fusion experience, I can easily say I’ve never been so excited to use Windows, to send e-mail from Outlook, to run Internet Explorer, or even rack up a new high score on Minesweeper. While I had already expected big things from Fusion, its ease of installation, display quality and application speed have me vowing to never be burdened with a non-Apple laptop again.
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Captivate for Mac?

captivate.jpgAdobe’s Captivate, the demonstration and training simulation creation software, is moving into the final development stages of it’s third version. I had the privilege of being a beta tester, and I must say that it is really cool. It really is easy (and fun) to create interactive software simulations and demos.
But unfortunately the program is stuck on Windows, and there are currently no plans to bring it to the Mac. When I questioned the Adobe engineers about it they responded in a very polite, almost rehearsed way.
“Captivate is built from a program that ties deeply into the core Windows. To bring it to the Mac would require a total rewrite, something that we’re not sure we can justify at this point. If we had significant interest from Mac users, it’d be a different story”.
So what do you guys think? Is there interest in bringing Captivate to the Mac? I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

Dash – Quicksilver for Windows

Yes, this is The Apple Blog. However, as many of our readers cross over [to the dark side] for work, or maybe aspire to be mac owners one day, i think it’s useful to point out Dash for Windows. So who cares? Any Quicksilver users out there should care, at least if they’re frequently stuck in the world of Windows.
Dash is the latest attempt for the Microsoft platform to emulate the power, flexibility, and usefuleness of Blacktree’s Quicksilver. There have been several popping up in the past year, with just as many disappointments (in this Quicksilver-addict’s opinion). But on the surface, Dash seems to be a great step in the right direction. It’s clean, and looks mighty fine, and the functionality is even fairly fluid – at least moreso than it’s Windows-based competition.
Worth a try if you spend more than a little time on Windows…Course it’ll cost you $20 to register under the special pre-release pricing – $50 normally. (Quicksilver by the way, is free.)

Seeking .Mac For Windows Safari

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Last night, I made Safari my default Web browser in Windows. With any luck, I won’t be turning back to Internet Explorer or Firefox any time soon. But while some initial issues with the beta version of Safari 3 have been well-documented, including security and font rendering, at least for me, the biggest hole in the current offering is .Mac integration.

Apple’s .Mac is an integral part of the Safari experience, especially if you routinely run more than one computer from different locations. Across computers, my bookmarks and folders in Safari are perfectly synchronized. If I make changes or bookmark a new site at home, the changes are made at work, thanks to .Mac. But on Safari for Windows, I don’t have those bookmarks at all – a significant blow to the user experience.

I see two routes Apple can go to remedy the missing .Mac functionality in Safari. First, and likely easiest, would be to add a .Mac tab within the Preferences of Safari. I would enter my login details, and they would be synchronized from Cupertino. The backup option would be to create a Control Panel for .Mac within Windows, similar to the preference pane in Mac OS X today. But adding a .Mac control panel for Windows might indicate support for other .Mac staples, including Backup, iCal and Mail.app.

If Steve Jobs and the rest of Apple don’t want to give away the full Mac experience to those who haven’t yet made the switch, .Mac integration in the Preferences section of Windows Safari is the way to go. In my limited time with Safari on Windows so far, I’m very impressed with how similarly the application follows its Mac counterpart, and I hope .Mac integration is coming soon.

Missing Sync For Windows Mobile 6 in Beta

missing sync winmoThe folks at Missing Sync sent out an email over the weekend to announce some updates to their line of PDA and Smartphone syncing software. While users of Palm devices may be glad to hear that Missing Sync for Palm version 6 has been released, that wasn’t the exciting news to yours truly.

It seemed as if the Missing Sync team was watching my Twits (yes, I’m actually trying to use – and almost sort of enjoying – Twitter: nicksantilli) when I asked recently for support for Windows Mobile 6. You see I upgraded my Blackjack and it’s rocking my world more than ever before. Alas, the upgrade broke my ability to sync with my MacBook.

Well the news from Mark Space is that the next version of Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, Version 4 (which is confusing in its naming, because it’s in support of Windows Mobile 6 platform) is now available in beta form. The Gold version won’t be out until this fall, but you can test drive it now – in the process, helping quash any bugs along the way. I just started using it, and I’m really excited.

Upon first run, it requires you install a phone-side client. OK then. Well the features you can now sync are growing in number – specifically the SMS log, Call log, MarkSpace Tasks, etc. So it’s a nice update, and it works with WinMo6 which is all I really cared about. But that’s not the biggest news…

Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4 provides Bluetooth connectivity, syncing, and storage access!! That’s huge if you’ve got a Blackjack, as there were previously no connectivity options via Bluetooth, with your Mac. I haven’t toyed with any settings to try to tether via Bluetooth yet, but syncing is a BIG step in the right direction.

Interested parties can snag the beta from the MarkSpace website, here. The official update will cost $39.95, while an upgrade will be $24.95.