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Redesigned Mac mini, OS X 10.6.4 Update, Death of Mac 'Completely Wrong', and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.06.18

MacBook, PowerBook, iBook, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review. iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review.

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2010 Mac mini

Apple Unveils Redesigned Mac mini

2010 Mac mini
The redesigned Mac mini.

PR: Apple on Tuesday unveiled a completely redesigned Mac mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure. Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop and starting at $699, is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X, iLife, or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.

"The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini."

2010 Mac mini
A bigger footprint, but still small.

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7" square and 1.4" thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20% and keeping cable clutter to a minimum. A removable panel underneath provides quick access for memory expansion. Mac mini is incredibly versatile, effortlessly connecting to existing peripherals such as mice, keyboards and digital displays, while the new HDMI output connects Mac mini to an HDTV and the new SD card slot enables easy transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera.

Inside its sleek, compact enclosure, the new Mac mini includes the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market today. With 48 processing cores, the Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor delivers up to twice the graphics performance of its predecessor, making Mac mini ideal for graphics intensive applications or visually rich games. Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320 GB hard and 2 GB of RAM for $699.

Mac mini ports
Rear view of the Mac mini showing its myriad ports.

With twice the graphics performance, the new Mac mini is still the world's most energy efficient desktop.1 The new Mac mini reduces power consumption by an incredible 25% to less than 10W at idle, less than half the power required by competing systems. Mac mini meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.2 The new aluminum enclosure is highly recyclable and Mac mini uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.

2010 Mac mini with displayMac mini comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Easy memory access in the 2010 Mac mini
Easier than ever RAM access!

Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server fulfills all the server needs of a workgroup or small business including email, calendar, file serving, Time Machine backup, Wiki Server, Podcast Producer and more. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server uses less than 11W of power at idle, a fraction of the power consumed in comparison to typical entry-level tower servers.3 Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is faster than before with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, two 500 GB hard drives now running at 7200 rpm, 4 GB of RAM and supports unlimited clients for $999.

The new Mac mini is shipping and available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $699 (US), includes:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB of shared L2 cache
  • 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8 GB
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm
  • Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • one FireWire 800 port
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include a 2.66 GHz CPU ($150 additional), up to 8 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 500 GB hard drive running at 5400 rpm, Apple Remote, Aperture™ 3, Final Cut Express 4, Logic Express, iWork (preinstalled), Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24" LED Cinema Display, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:

  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB of shared L2 cache
  • 4 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8 GB
  • two 500 GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm
  • Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • one FireWire 800 port
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 8 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, External SuperDrive, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24" LED Cinema Display, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Photos courtesy Apple.

  1. Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA Energy Star 5.0 database as of June 2010.
  2. EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.
  3. Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA Energy Star Small Scale Server database as of June 2010.

$100 Increase for Redesigned Mac mini 'Somewhat Disappointing'

AppleInsider's Slash Lane says:

"Apple's redesigned Mac mini was released on Tuesday starting at $699, a $100 premium over the previous model - a new price that one prominent Wall Street analyst said he believes is somewhat disappointing."

Editor's note: We have to agree that the price increase is disappointing. After all, the 13" MacBook Pro and the regular MacBook both received similar hardware upgrades earlier this year with no change in price. See The Mid 2010 Mac mini Value Equation for more on the value of the 2009 vs. 2010 models. dk

iFixit's Mid 2010 Mac mini Teardown

PR: We were finally able to acquire a mini after some patient loitering outside our local Apple store. We were the only people in line, but we're a committed bunch.

2010 Mac mini teardown by iFixit
Everything inside the 2010 Mac mini. (Photo courtesy iFixit)

The 2010 mini has been heavily revised. The main external difference is the new "pancaked" look - it's wider than the previous mini, but significantly thinner. The power brick is gone (the power supply is now internal), and Apple has finally included an all-important HDMI port. However, Apple's engineers didn't stop there, and we found some very cool internal improvements!

Highlights:

  • Departing from previous generations, the mini's unibody top enclosure is machined from a single block of aluminum.
  • With a simple counter-clockwise twist, we were able to gain access into the mini's internals. Gone are the days of the putty knife. You will be missed, old friend!
  • Removing the RAM is very simple this time around, requiring only the simple prying of two clips.
  • The fan doesn't have too much work to do, since the new Mac mini is the most energy-efficient desktop, running on less than 10 watts at idle!
  • There are two blind holes in the case of the mini that are meant for the ends of Apple's custom U-shaped logic board removal tool. We just used two Torx screwdrivers. We call them the "Mac mini logic board removal tool."
  • In keeping with its space saving design, the fins directing air toward the vent hole are slanted to allow for better fan placement.
  • The new mini's power supply churns out a minuscule 7 Amps at 12V. Compare that to the 25.8 Amps at 12V cranked out by the iMac Intel 27", and you can understand how they fit the power supply inside the mini.
  • The mini's 3/8" woofer dome won't be popping ear drums anytime soon.
  • Apple had to get creative with the antenna placement because they switched to unibody construction for this Mac mini.

Cheers,
Kyle Wiens
iFixit CEO

2010 Mac mini motherboard How Apple Managed to Make the Mac mini Even Smaller

Hardmac's Lionel says:

"We just had a look at the document provided by Apple to repair centers regarding the Mac mini 2010. They illustrate how hard Apple worked to make things even smaller to be able to pack all components in a even smaller enclosure, especially the motherboard.

"The motherboard is now roughly the size of a CD...."

Hands on with the New Mac mini

Macworld's Dan Frakes has posted his first impressions of Apple's new Mac mini after a few hours of use, noting that the built-in power supply makes the package a lot slicker - and the aluminum unibody enclosure feels rock-solid.

Also noted is the new model's substitution of an HDMI output port for its predecessor's mini-DVI port, accompanied by an updated Displays pane of System Preferences that lets you adjust video underscan.

Also new are the "up to twice as fast" Nvidia GeForce 320M IGPU optimized for HD video and official support for 802.11a WiFi with two antennas. Especially praised is the ease of upgrading memory in the new Mac mini with official support for up to 8 GB of RAM.

10 Reasons the Mac mini Is a Worthy iPad Alternative

eWeek's Don Reisinger says:

"The Mac mini has been updated with a new design and some impressive new features. Thanks to those updates, Apple's budget Mac just became a worthwhile alternative to the company's iPad.

"Earlier this week, Apple released a new Mac mini. The device comes in two versions, including a $700 model that includes better graphics functionality and a new design. While the device is undoubtedly well-built, it comes without a keyboard, monitor, or mouse.

"But there is more to the Mac mini than meets the eye. The device might seem like a simple alternative to a Mac, but it's actually a fine alternative to the iPad, as well. Apple's tablet is being marketed as a device for those that want computing functionality in the living room or while they're away from home. Admittedly, the Mac mini can't quite match the iPad's mobility factor. But for those folks that want to have a computer to use while home, the Mac mini easily bests the iPad on practically every front."

News & Opinion

Mac OS X 10.6.4 Released

Apple released the Mac OS X Version 10.6.4 Update this week.

Apple recommends that before updating your system you should do a global backup of your system using Time Machine. Other backup utilities, such as Carbon Copy Cloner, can also be used.

You can either update using OS X Software Update or download and run a standalone installer - the latter being my method of choice (more below), ideally using the Combo installer even if I'm only going up one fractional version increment.

Software Update method (if you must)

Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to automatically check for the latest Apple software using the Internet, including this update. If your computer is not up to date, other software updates available for your computer may appear, which you should install. Note that an update's size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others, so you should run Software Update more than once to make sure you have all available updates.

The preferred (by me) standalone update installer option is especially useful when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once, and I also find it convenient to keep a current update installer on hand in case one needs to do a complete system reinstall. The several standalone installer variants are available from Apple Support Downloads (see links below).

General fixes and improvements

  • improves compatibility with some Braille displays
  • resolves an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
  • resolves an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
  • addresses issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
  • improves reliability of VPN connections
  • resolves a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
  • resolves an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
  • resolves an issue with Parental Controls Time Limits for Open Directory or Active Directory users
  • resolves a display sleep issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers
  • resolves an issue with MacBook Pro (Early 2010) computers in which the right speaker may sound louder than the left speaker
  • includes Safari 5.0; for more information about Safari 5.0, see this webpage
  • Security improvements; for information about the security content of this update, please visit this article

Fixes and improvements for Aperture 3

  • adds tethered shooting support for additional digital camera models
  • addresses IPTC metadata compatibility issues

Fixes and improvements for external devices

  • RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras
  • resolves an issue with using third-party USB web cameras
  • resolves an issue with noise when using some third-party FireWire audio devices
  • resolves pairing issues with Apple remotes

This update also includes the improvements found in the Mac OS X v10.6.1, 10.6.2, and 10.6.3 updates.

Why I Prefer the Freestanding Update

One of the reasons I like going with a freestanding update installer is that one can do some prudent preparation before running the update, such as the aforementioned file backup, repairing permissions, running the cron maintenance scripts, cleaning system caches (a system maintenance utility like OnyX and MainMenu, (both freeware) or a host of others available is the most convenient way to do this). Belt and suspenders perhaps, but I'm of the view that doing these things can help avoid problem issues.

Before running the Combo updater I usually run a set of basic system maintenance routines with the Automation panel of OnyX. MacFixIt's has long advised booting into Safe Boot mode (hold down the Shift key during a reboot) before running the installer, which I confess I usually don't bother with as starting up in Safe Boot mode takes a long time because it runs a media scan during the bootup process. If you go that route, be prepared to wait about five minutes or so before the login screen appears (which it will in Safe Boot even if you have automatic login configured).

Several standalone update installer versions are available. If you're not familiar with the distinctions among updater versions, the basic Update ("Delta") lets you update from Mac OS X 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 only, while the Combo update lets you update from Mac OS X 10.6, 10.6.1, 10.6.2 or 10.6.3 to 10.6.4. I prefer to use the combo version, even if I'm only moving up one version number. Historically, many users have anecdotally reported that they encounter fewer issues using the Mac OS X Combo updaters, than with the incremental Deltas or using Software Update.

Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update

The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes - 607.21 MB

Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update (Combo)

The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes - 887.37 MB

Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update Mac mini (Mid 2010)

The Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users of the new Mac mini (Mid 2010). This update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update, plus specific fixes for Mac mini (Mid 2010) - 403.38 MB

Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 Update Mac mini (Mid 2010)

The Mac OS X Server 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users of Mac mini (Mid 2010). This update contains all the applicable fixes from the Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update, plus specific fixes for Mac mini (Mid 2010) - 411.72 MB

Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 Update

The 10.6.4 update is recommended for all servers currently running Snow Leopard Server version 10.6. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your server - 615.60 MB

Mac OS X Server v10.6.4 Update (Combo)

The 10.6.4 update is recommended for all servers currently running Snow Leopard Server version 10.6. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your server - 1.05 GB

Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 Update Problems Surface

The Register's Rik Myslewski says:

"There are scattered reports of problems with Apple's Snow Leopard update that was released yesterday. Ah, tradition.

"Over on the Apple Discussions forum, early updaters are reporting a series of troubles after upgrading to Mac OS X version 10.6.4."

What To Do If You Have Problems After the OS X 10.6.4 Update

Apple Toolbox says:

"Most users will install the recently released Mac OS X 10.6.4 without a hitch, but a handful will likely experience problems that range from minor annoyances to workflow interruptions.

"There is a routine that will eliminate 99% of show-stopping issues after any incremental Mac OS X update. If you're experiencing such a problem (i.e. a disruption of your workflow), start with option #1 and continue to work your way through the process until your problem is resolved."

Security Update 2010-004 for OS X 10.5 Leopard

PR: Apple also released the Mac OS X Security Update 2010-001 for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard including a variety of security fixes.

Security Update 2010-004 (Leopard-Client)

Security Update 2010-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update - 222 MB

Security Update 2010-004 (Leopard-Server)

Security Update 2010-004 is recommended for all servers and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update - 380.29 MB

Steve Jobs: Death of Mac 'Completely Wrong'

9 to 5 Mac's Jonny Evans says:

"Please could you just quit it with your whinging and worrying that the Mac is dead as Apple rides off into the mobile markets and leaves its PC heartland behind - Steve Jobs says all this speculation is 'Completely wrong'."

iPad installed in a Mac Classic enclosure iPad Makes Itself at Home Inside Macintosh Classic Case

Engadget's Donald Melanson says:

"An iPad stuffed inside an iBook not your cup of tea? Then perhaps this Macintosh Classic mod will be better suited to your more discerning, old school tastes."

A video can be found on MacBlips.

5 Ways iOS Could Make Its Way into Macs

Cnet's Scott Stein suggests that Apple's iOS could evolve to challenge OS X, and that it seems "highly likely" that Apple's iOS and OS X are bound to merge in some fascinating and (hopefully) useful ways. How many ways?

Stein says he can think of at least five, although with the caveat that it will probably take five to ten years during which iOS and OS X devices grow closer and closer together, sharing features, until one evolutionary OS/system pops out in the end, which he's betting will be OS 11.

Advantages of iOS/OS X integration, says Stein, would include:

  • A superior quick-start environment
  • Configured for touchscreen Macs to come
  • The App Store
  • Connecting to TVs
  • To go greener, the iOS has already proven to be less energy-intensive than standard Mac OS X

Products & Services

OWC Announces Memory Upgrades Up to 8 GB for Mid 2010 Mac mini

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the immediate availability of OWC PC-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz Memory Upgrade Kits up to 8 GB for the new Mid 2010 Mac mini Unibody models introduced by Apple this week. OWC Memory Upgrade Kits offer all 2010 mini owners the advantages of savings up to 41% compared to same size factory installed option and quality assurance from a Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty and Money Back Guarantee.

OWC Memory Upgrade Kits up to 8 GB for the new Mid 2010 Unibody mini 2.4 GHz, 2.66 GHz, and 2.66 GHz mini Server models:

  • OWC 4 GB DDR3 Memory Module (1 x 4 GB memory module) - $149.99
    Replaces one factory installed memory module for 5 GB or 6 GB total RAM. Upgrade not available as a factory option.
  • OWC 8 GB DDR3 Memory Kit (2 x 4 GB matched memory modules) - $295.99
    Up to 41% lower cost than factory installed 8 GB upgrade.

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 RAID Storage Solution Receives Top Rating from Layers Magazine

PR: Other World Computing (OWC) earned a perfect 5 out of 5 rating from Layers Magazine reviewer Dan East, for the performance, capacity, connectivity, price, and engineering of the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 "Quad Interface" 4-Bay Professional Grade Performance RAID Solution on June 7, 2010.

The desktop hardware RAID storage line was lauded as "one of the fastest, most consistent RAID solutions" with FireWire "transfer speeds . . . more than 5x faster than a comparably outfitted Drobo system." Preconfigured with hardware RAID 5 redundancy to protect against data loss, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 line features four hot swappable SATA hard drive bays; a "Quad Interface" of FireWire® 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports for Mac and PC compatibility; and data transfer speeds of up to 300 MB/s. Perfect for A/V editing, backup, photography, music, & graphics, the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 features selectable hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 10, as well as a Span (NRAID) setting.

The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 line, starting at $519.99, includes four "Prosumer" models, three Enterprise Class Options, as well as a 0 GB (no drives included) option for $319.99.

Software

Free Postbox Express Email Client

PR: It must be rough sledding these days selling commercial software email software, what with excellent Open Source and freeware email client applications like Mozilla.org's Thunderbird, Opera's Mail module, and of course Apple's OS X Mail, among others, available. Qualcomm finally gave up on Eudora, Bare Bones Software recently handed of Mailsmith to an Open Source distributor, and now it appears that Postbox, one of the more recent email software development projects, have pinned their hopes on offering a freeware version of their Postbox application, which ironically is based on the Open Source Mozilla Thunderbird engine.

Postbox Express 1.0 is available for both Windows and Mac, and essentially a lighter-featured version of the premium version of Postbox, but should prove more than adequate for basic and even some not-so-basic email needs. Postbox Express tightly integrates with the Mac, including the Address Book, iCal, Spotlight, Quicklook, and productivity applications such as OmniFocus and Things

Postbox Express features include:

Ultrafast Search

The Search Bar is a fast way to search for messages, supporting use of operators such as "from:Scott," "subject:Conference" directly within the search bar.

The search dropdown menu will also present suggestions from your search history, which lets you reuse common searches just like a web browser.

Advanced Search Panel

An Advanced Search Panel lets you quickly construct searches that combine multiple parameters such as sender, subject, or topic. For dates, you can use natural language criteria such as after: "last Monday" or before: "this month."

Actionable Search Results

Once you've found the messages you need, Postbox Express can move, copy, tag, archive, or delete any message from your search results with a simple click.

Intuitive Conversation Views

Postbox Express helps you make sense of long email threads by letting you view messages by conversation. Simply select a summary row in your message list to see a working "who-said-what-when" view of messages within that conversation.

Tabbed Email Browsing

Like a Web browser, Postbox Express lets you view folders and messages in tabs - enabling you to create more efficient workspaces

Simplified Account and Folder Views

Postbox Express lets you slice and dice your account and folder views in ways that reduce clutter and simplify your life. When you select an account, only the folders that belong to that account are displayed, which minimizes distractions and helps you to focus on just one thing at a time.

Quick Message Archive

Want to keep a message around but don't want to bother with filing it? Just use Archive! One click and the message is moved out of your way and into a dedicated Archive folder. Don't worry, you'll still be able to find anything that you need by using Postbox's powerful search features.

Easy Message Tagging

Use Postbox Express to tag your messages by Topics. A topic can be anything - a project, important client, an event, or even priority.

Type in any word or select from a list of your favorites. Unlike folders (that force you to make decisions on where to file), you can assign as many topics to a messages as you like. And when you assign a topic to a message, it gets applied to all other messages in the conversation, and all future message replies, automatically.

Mac Address Book Support

Postbox Express provides read and write support for the Mac Address Book. Keep all of your contacts in one location and sync them with your iPhone or MobileMe service.

Send Meeting Invites with iCal

Apple's iCal can now use Postbox Express for sending calendar notifications.

Search for Mail Using Spotlight

Postbox Express provides full support for Apple's Spotlight to search through message bodies, message header information such as To: or From:, and attachment names.

Exchange Images with iPhoto

iPhoto can use Postbox Express to send photos with a single click.

Things

Quickly convert emails into Things tasks, and link tasks to Postbox Express emails.

OmniFocus

Powerful integration with OmniFocus will help you organize and get things done.

Quick Status Updates

Postbox lets you quickly update your status on Facebook, Twitter, or FriendFeed.

Anti-Phishing and Malware Services

Postbox Express helps protect you from viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and more by checking URLs that are sent to you against a database of suspected phishing or malware sites. The database is automatically updated every 30 minutes, and if a potentially malicious URL is identified, a warning message will be prominently displayed.

Automatic Updates

Postbox Express will keep itself up-to-date with the latest security and performance enhancements. The update process is automated, so you don't have to worry about a thing.

Based on Mozilla Technology

Postbox Express is based on Mozilla technology and will quickly incorporate Mozilla security updates as they become available.

Easy to Switch From Thunderbird

Why not just use Thunderbird? Postbox Express and Thunderbird are both based on Mozilla technology, but Postbox Express offers simplified account and folder views, powerful search features, more complete conversation views, and a different user interface. Postbox Express will import your Thunderbird account settings, email messages, contacts, filters, labels, and junk settings - everything you need to get up and running in minutes.

Faster Access to Contact Information

Get full access to the contact details with a single click, including title, company, phone numbers, and addresses.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 and later
  • G4 or G5 PPC or Intel processor
  • At least 1 GB of RAM
  • At least 200 MB of available space on your hard drive (large email accounts may require more space for indexing)

Live Interior 3D Lets You Design Lofts

PR: BeLight Software releases an update for Live Interior 3D, its interior and home design program. Version 2.4 lets you turn attic space into more than just storage space for dusty boxes of forgotten belongings. Now any attic can be transformed into a full-fledged, habitable loft thanks to the addition of loft walls. Navigating around multilevel projects has become more realistic in the Consider Collisions mode. When turned on, you can climb staircases and cannot walk through objects or walls. Import of Google SketchUp files has been improved, just like many other features in the program. Live Interior 3D is available in Standard ($49.95) and Pro ($129.95) editions.

The update is free for registered users of Live Interior 3D version 2. A fully functional demo of Live Interior 3D is available at http://www.belightsoft.com/download/

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