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  • Drop Inquisitor from your list and replace it with Glims – a free, and incredibly powerful that plugin that also allows you an inquisitor style search. Of course, you've also missed: Safari AdBlocker. Which I prefer over Readability and the like.
    Joey Baker had this to say on Jan 08, 2010 Posts: 4
    A Few Great Safari Extensions
  • @CaptnJack – you're absolutely right. I suppose I that's what I get for not proofreading my own work. @ALL - sure, if you eliminate all the fields that Apple HAS been working on, it sure would appear that they've been doing very little. I think that asking Apple to produce "added-value" products is a bit much. It's not really Apple's job to do that – they provide the platform – 3rd parties develop. I mean… look at MS. They've got office and games (plus the occasional other piece of soft. that no one uses). Apple has an office suite, top-of-the-line creative apps, and top-of-the-line database apps, etc… I'm just arguing that ya'll are being a bit unreasonable. Let Apple focus on this mobile thing (I'm not an iPhone user either … yet) and we'll see what happens. Most importantly: Apple is a HARDWARE retailer.
    Joey Baker had this to say on Dec 16, 2008 Posts: 4
    Apple Still Makes Software, Right?
  • It's a rare occurrence that I disagree so strongly with anything posted on Apple Matters, but I've gotta say it: "You're KIDDING right?" Does apple still know how to code!? OF COURSE THEY DO! Apple is about to finish one of it's fastest development cycles of it's biggest piece of software (which for some reason, Stoup glosses over), OS X. Aside from the fact that Apple is a hardware retailer, the fact that it can continually innovate on it's OS, and stay so far ahead of it's competition is evidence that Apple is still very much in the software game. Oh and let's not forget the other software that they've written this year (and wasn't mentioned by Stoup): updated iTunes, Bento, iPhone OS 2, and a host of other iPhone applications. Respectfully, you're absolutely nuts if you think Apple has in anyway toned down their software division. To the point of trying to compete with Microsoft Office – they are and they're doing it in a very smart matter. Slowly building up a suite of apps that *can* compete. It's the smartest way I've seen to take on the giant. Besides, iWork does everything I need – forget MS office. Lastly, as a photographer – Aperture is a great piece of software. Version 2 does its job very well. (Disclaimer: I'm an avid Adobe Lightroom user, but I've got a healthy respect for Aperture, and have used it enough to be very comfortable in the app.) Neither Lightroom nor Aperture are designed to replace Photoshop. They never *should* replace Photoshop. It's a common misperception to assume that a workflow app can replace Photoshop, but neither application can replicate Photoshop's sheer pixel manipulation power. Yes, it's now possible to avoid photoshop for the vast majority of a photog's workflow, but the instant you want to retouch, or mask, or any of the host of things photoshop does, workflow applications aren't the answer. This isn't to say that Adobe doesn't need competition – but I think Apple has already strained the relationship enough. With Final Cut, iPhoto and Aperture, Apple encroaches solidly on Adobe terrain. The relationship with Adobe has degraded to the point where they no longer work hand-in-hand like they used to in the 90s. Adobe was so caught by surprise with the manner in which Apple would be moving to 64-bit processing, that they left it out in the Mac Photoshop CS4 because (*drum roll, please*) Apple has been changing code too rapidly!! Mr. Stoup, I say again respectfully, Apple has in no way toned down its software division. Please stop moaning about the loss of AppleWorks, there are better solutions out there now anyway. *FYI: there's a typo in the second graf: "AppelWorks"
    Joey Baker had this to say on Dec 15, 2008 Posts: 4
    Apple Still Makes Software, Right?
  • Excellent article – precisely the type of musings that are good for reporters to write about. I'm not sure how much the iPod is Apple's first experience being a market leader – certainly the Apple II and the Macintosh were market leaders. Granted, this is Apple 1.0 and not the Apple 2.0 that we see now, but both were Steve Job eras. Point being: Jobs is used to being a market leader. That's what he strives for (understandably), I'd predict that the long term plans are to make the iphone as successful as the iPod – even if they have to focus only on one market (18-35 year olds) or something. Thanks for the thought provoking article!