Archive for February 2, 2004

Monday, February 2, 2004

OmniWeb 5 Beta

OmniWeb 5 is looking much better.

It finally adopts the Internet Explorer history model, by which I mean that it has a persistent, global history that’s organized chronologically. You can view it in the browser window, like in Safari, or in a separate window—and it’s searchable. So OmniWeb has gone from the back of the pack to the front in this regard.

At last you can see the URL at the bottom of the window when you roll over a link.

It has the best implementation of tabs that I’ve seen. I may actually use them. The modifier keys aren’t as nice as in Safari, though.

It still supports the Shortcuts feature that I’m so fond of.

Downloading is still weird. You can’t download links by Option-clicking them, and the Downloads window won’t automatically hide files after they’ve been downloaded.

Character spacing is still horrible when font smoothing is off—unlike Safari.

More from Robb Beal and Christopher Clark.


Brent Simmons started a mailing list for independent Mac developers.

PyObjC 1.1a0 is out. It now has an installer for 10.3 (though the link is broken and should be this), better support for structs, and other improvements.

Bitshift Audio offers 40 MB of free GarageBand loops.

ShopIcons sells, well, icons—for reasonable rates.

Is anyone using Blogads?

Buzz Andersen: “I’m still of the opinion that weblogs […] are the deepest, most effective form of social software yet devised.”

Retrospect 6.0 is out, but after using the product since version 2 or 3, I think I’m done with it.

John Engler and Garrett Murray switch to SpamSieve.

Excerpts of Apple Confidential 2.0 are available.

Office 2004 is missing some of the XML features of Office 2003

There is still no trial version of InDesign CS.

Andrew Birkett posts some thoughts on teleworking.


Celtics Beagle has an MP3 file of the January 30, 2004 conference call with Danny Ainge. I think Ainge is on the right track. The recent shake-up is good for the Celtics—who need an offense, stat—and for Jim O’Brien personally. Perhaps the Sixers will be interested in him?

ATPM 10.02

The February issue of ATPM is out.