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>Finally: Java 6 for Mac OS X

>Apple has finally delivered Java 6 for Mac OS X as part of an update called Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Release 1. There was a Java 6 pre-release for Tiger, ages ago, but finally the real thing seems to have arrived. Let’s hope it fixes most of the bugs in the pre-release.

It’s well-known that this release comes really late. Java 6 was released (for Windows and Linux) in December 2006 and Java 5 has already entered it’s Technology End of Life (EOL) transition period.

Too bad the update is only for Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) and requires a 64-bit Intel processor (such as the Core 2 Duo).

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Posted by on 29 April 2008 in java, java6, leopard, mac, macos, macosx

 

>Compiling zlib, libpng and pngquant on Mac OS X (updated)

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Here are some instructions for compiling pngquant on Mac OS X. Included are instructions for compiling libpng (which is a dependency for pngquant) and zlib (which is a dependency for libpng).

Step 1. First, download pngquant from SourceForge:

as well as libpng and zlib:

Step 2. Unpack them all in the same directory and then generate symbolic links called libpng and zlib that point to the actual directories. E.g.:

total 16
lrwxr-xr-x 1 ernst ernst 13 Apr 29 19:27 libpng -> libpng-1.2.27
drwxr-xr-x 103 ernst ernst 3502 Apr 29 19:28 libpng-1.2.27
drwxr-xr-x 10 ernst ernst 340 Apr 29 19:18 pngquant-1.0
lrwxr-xr-x 1 ernst ernst 10 Apr 29 19:27 zlib -> zlib-1.2.3
drwxr-xr-x 64 ernst ernst 2176 Apr 29 19:22 zlib-1.2.3

Step 3. Now go to the zlib directory and execute ./configure followed by make.

Step 4. Go to the libpng directory and execute make -f scripts/makefile.darwin.

Step 5. Go to the directory that contains the pngquant source code and execute make -f Makefile.unx.

That’s it. You should now have a pngquant executable.

Updated (April 30, 2008): On request, here’s a link to the resulting executable: pngquant (for Mac OS X). MD5 checksum is 20820366a7fffc6305ada6b727656b7b.

 
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Posted by on 29 April 2008 in cc, compilation, compile, libpng, mac, macos, macosx, make, png, pngquant, zlib

 

>Microsoft wants to break up HTML 5

>In an interview with SDTimes, Chris Wilson, MSIE platform architect Chris Wilson proposed that HTML 5 be split into several substandards.

Sounds like a reasonable and interesting proposal, but even better is to see that Microsoft appears to join the HTML 5 bandwagon. Although reviews on MSIE 8 beta 1 have not been very positive, the overall impression is that web standards support from Redmond is improving.

 
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Posted by on 25 April 2008 in html, html5, ie, ie8, microsoft, ms, msie, msie8

 

>Decorations 1.0 released

>Anthony Goubard (of Ant Commander fame) has released Decoration 1.0. It’s an interesting Java-based application for graphical designers that makes it easy to apply all sorts of effects (100+) to graphics and text, including gradients, drop shadows, glow, etc.

What makes it attractive for professional use is that it supports a batch mode, for processing hundreds (or more?) of images sequentially.

For more information check out the screenshots section or the gallery.

 
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Posted by on 25 April 2008 in design, graphics, web design

 

>Firefox 2.0.0.14

>Firefox 2.0.0.14 was released. Nothing much, ‘just’ a single security issue was fixed, a crash in the JavaScript garbage collector.

 
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Posted by on 21 April 2008 in firefox, firefox2, mozilla, release, security

 

>Camino 1.6 released

>Camino 1.6 has been released. Camino is a Mozilla Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X.
Among other things, it now supports multi-touch gestures (if you have the right hardware).
This version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and comes in different language-flavours, including Dutch.

 
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Posted by on 19 April 2008 in browser, camino, gecko, mac, macos, macosx, mozilla

 

>Fluid, site-specific browsers integrated in Mac OS X

>If you have certain sites you use like an application, you may want your OS to treat these as applications as well, with a specific application that has it’s own application title and icon, can be switched to using Cmd-Tab, etc.

This is called site specific browsers. The freeware application Fluid makes them integrate with Mac OS X seamlessly. For a walk-through, have a look at the intro:

 
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Posted by on 12 April 2008 in fluid, mac, macos, macosx, ssb