Daily Archives: February 14, 2008

iChat Pro makes iChat look like Adium

iChat is super nice (especially for a built-in chat program), but it just doesn’t have the features and customizability that that Adium does. But if you have to use iChat for whatever reason (easy video conferencing comes to mind) despite your love for Adium, then this mod, sent to us by reader Philipp, will probably come in handy.

It’s called iChat Pro, and it basically simplifies your iChat window, squeezing out the borders and cutting the buttons at the bottom. I don’t think you can change the colors and design of the display the way you can in Adium (it’s been a while since I used iChat, and a quick browse through the preferences didn’t reveal any options for that), but at least it looks a little more professional than the, let’s admit it, a little goofy, default iChat GUI. iChat Pro is a free iChat mod from Infinise Design.

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(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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Write On!

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Writers Strike Officially Over: “CNN is reporting that the 100-day Hollywood writers walkout is now officially over. The new contract managed to snag two of the three major points the Writers Guild was looking for. The writers will now have ‘jurisdiction’ for content created especially for new media (Internet, cell phones, etc) and will get paid for the reuse of content on new media when the studios get paid. ‘Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., told The Associated Press, ‘At the end of the day, everybody won. It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognizes the large contribution that writers have made to the industry. […] It’s unclear how soon new episodes of scripted programs will start appearing, because production won’t begin until scripts are completed, the AP reported. It will take at least four weeks for producers to get the first post-strike episodes of comedies back on the air; dramas will take six to eight weeks, the AP said.

(Via Slashdot.)

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Review of the MacAlly TunePro

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Review: MacAlly TunePro: “For its price, the TunePro offers pretty good sound quality and solid radio reception. But there are some tradeoffs, including the amount of room the unit takes up on your nightstand, as well as the unintuitive controls.

(Via Macworld.)

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Great list of Mac Apps!

Mac Tricks And Tips: Top 100 Essential Mac Applications: ”

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Welcome to Mac Tricks And Tips. This website will be all about Tricks and Tips for Apple Mac, updated with the best tips to help you get the most out of your Macintosh.
Top 100 Essential Mac Applications!

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Apple TV ‘T2’ HD video is pretty good, says iLounge

There’s been some controversy about the HD video quality on the Apple TV, which we’ve covered before. Now that Take Two has dropped, iLounge has done the legwork to put together an excellent visual comparison. They compared four versions of Live Free and Die Hard: Blu-ray, Apple TV HD, Cable HD, and DVD.

The results were quite good for the Apple TV; while Blu-ray was the clear and expected winner, the Apple TV version outpaced the Cable HD version on several of the tests, particularly those testing compression artifacts. The upshot: ‘Because of its cleaner motion and audio, we felt that the Apple experience was better in both overall audio and video quality than the HD cable experience, and for most users, superior to renting a standard DVD as well.’ Check out their full article for many more comparison shots.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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