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  1. Tricycle is an open source, user-friendly video converter Everyone has different needs when it comes to converting videos. Some want to watch them on their phones or TVs, while others may be looking for a format that's suitable for sharing the content on social networks. Forget premium video converters, there are plenty of free ones that do a great job. Handbrake, is perhaps the best of the lot, though it may seem intimidating for most users. Tricycle is an open source video converter that is designed for user-friendliness. The interface has a lot of boxes, but don't let that scare you. Use the browse button to navigate and select the video to convert. When you have added the source, the program will display the media's duration and resolution in tiny boxes above the source's path. Select the video encoding format, you can choose between AVC and HEVC. IF you are not familiar with the latter, I recommend sticking with AVC because not all devices can play x265 videos, so you're better off avoiding the HEVC container. The next option in Tricycle is the quality, it has three levels that you can choose from; good, better and best. The higher the quality, the bigger the file size. If you have a HDR monitor or TV, you may want to enable the option that makes the video compatible with the display tech. The size menu allows you to pick the video's resolution such as 1080p, 720p, and 480p. Optionally, you can crop the video, and remove the black bars at the top and bottom. The video converter will maintain the aspect ratio as the source file, but you can switch to 4:3 or 16:9 if required. If the video that you are converting is of poor quality, you may want to toggle the option that reduces Noise, to make it appear better. The subtitle section doesn't let you add one to the video, but if the media already has closed captions muxed in, you can remove it with a simple click. Pick the video output format from the destination dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen, you can pick one of 2 choices; MP4 or MKV. Let's move to the audio section, which is on the right pane of Tricylce's interface. There are three options here, to select the soundtrack that you want, the audio format it should be converted to, and the mixdown (stereo or mono channel) setting. You can add multiple audio tracks to a video, and customize each track. Hit the monitor icon near the top left corner of the window to preview some scenes (still images) from the video. If you're happy with the settings, click the play button, and Tricycle will begin converting the video. It relies on FFmpeg for the encoding process. The conversion takes some time depending on the size and quality of the source media, and on the settings that you chose. The status bar at the bottom of the screen shows you the progress of the conversion task. Wait until the Transcode Complete window pops-up. T ricycle is compatible with computers running on Windows 7 and above, and macOS 10.3 or later. The program requires .NET framework 4.6.1 to run. Coming to the quality, aka good, better, and best. The only differences between those are the data rate and bit rate. The program converted a 691MB 1080p video to 281MB (Good), 355MB (better) and 445MB (best). You should decide if the higher quality is worth the larger file size, if you're a data hoarder you may want to stick with the "better" quality, though I think "good" to be perfectly acceptable. Tricycle is very heavy on resources, it reached a maximum of 95% CPU usage, and about 750MB of RAM during my tests (1080p video conversion). Naturally being taxed to the limits, the processor temperature shot up significantly, though not close to extreme levels. I'd say you will need a powerful CPU to use Tricycle. The program cannot batch convert files, and considering the resource usage, that's probably a good thing. Landing Page: https://github.com/kmcclive/tricycle Tricycle is an open source, user-friendly video converter
  2. How to fix the Firefox 89 user interface A new interface design, called Proton, will launch in Firefox 89, scheduled for a release on June 1, 2021. Mozilla wants to modernize the user interface of the Firefox web browser with Proton. Firefox 89 ships with address bar, toolbar, tab and menu changes. One common denominator is that everything will be a big larger in the new interface. Proton will remove some options from Firefox, or hide them. The Compact density option won't be displayed anymore on the "customize" page of the browser if it has not been used in the past. While it is possible to restore it, most users won't because it requires editing a configuration preference that cannot be discovered accidentally. Firefox users who want a design that is more compact may use the linked guide above to enable the compact density option in the browser to start using it. Another option is to modify user interface elements with CSS. Firefox UI Fix includes CSS fixes that modify the Firefox 89+ user interface to make the interface more compact. It reduces padding and other design elements to improve the usability for users who prefer light interfaces over large ones. Here are two screenshots of the Firefox 89 interface after the fixes have been made. The first screenshot shows the normal density design, the second the compact density design. Installing Firefox UI Fix Installation is not as straightforward as installing a Firefox add-on, but it is not complicated either. First, you have to prepare Firefox to allow CSS files to modify the user interface: Load about:config in the Firefox address bar. Confirm that you will be careful. Search for toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets. Use the toggle button to set its value to TRUE. Search for svg.context-properties.content.enabled. Use the toggle button to set the value of the preference to TRUE. Once done, download the two CSS files from the project's Github repository. Select userChrome.css first to display it on GitHub, then the RAW button to display it, and right-click on the page and use Save As to download it. The filename should be userChrome.css on your computer. Repeat the steps for the userContent.css file. In Firefox, load about:support and activate the "show folder" button next to Profile Folder; this opens the profile folder in the file browser on the system. You may close Firefox now. Create a "chrome" folder in the profile root if it does not exist. Place the two files, userChrome.css and userContent.css, inside the chrome folder, and start Firefox again. Firefox uses the CSS instructions and the interface is changed noticeably. Note that you may need to check the GitHub repository occasionally for updates. If the files have been updated, download them and replace the older files in the chrome directory. If you do know CSS, you may modify the information to customize the interface further. Landing Page https://github.com/black7375/Firefox-UI-Fix Source: How to fix the Firefox 89 user interface
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  4. Sigma File Manager review: open source and cross platform Sigma File Manager was just released. The open source file manager is available for Windows, Mac and Linux devices, and while its version is 1.0.0, it should be considered alpha according to the author. It is an Electron app, and if you don't like these apps, because many are bloated and too large for what they do, then you may want to check out alternatives such as File Commander. Sigma File Managed does have several interesting features that may persuade you to give it a try, even though it is Electron-based. The program has a size of 120 Megabytes for Windows and you may get a SmartScreen prompt when you download it because it is new and unknown to SmartScreen. The startpage looks quite different, as it features a photo at the top and below that links to system directories and drives. The photo can be turned off in the options, and you may pin your own selection of items. The app did not detect drives on the Windows 10 version 21H1 system I tested it on, but threw an error message on start instead. The default test account is a basic user account, but even running it with elevated rights did not display the drives. A test on a Surface Go system, with Windows 10 version 21H1 as well, was successful. The drives were shown and all features worked as intended. A click or tap on a folder or drive displays the files and folders under the selected structure, but you may also use the address bar or breadcrumb navigation to switch directory levels. Strings that you type are auto-completed, e.g. to quickly open a new directory without typing it fully. The default layout displays folders and then the files, each with dates and either the items they contain or their size. Details about the selection are displayed in a sidebar on the right. Certain file types are previewed, e.g. images, and you get other properties about the selection, e.g. the size of a directory. Sigma File Manager has a built-in archiver to compress or extract common archive formats. You may switch to grid layout if you prefer it, and use controls at the top to filter by what you type, regardless of order and spelling mistakes. The developer states that the program searches through 100 Gigabytes of data in about 2 seconds. The item filter is useful as well, as it enables you to filter by file type, size, year, or other parameters. Sigma File Manager supports tabs and workspaces to improve the manageability of content. You may use the shortcuts Alt-[0-9] to switch between tabs quickly, or click a button to do so. Workspaces are useful to customize access to data further, e.g. when working on multiple projects at the same time or for different tasks. Workstations maintain their own sets of tabs and actions; actions are quite interesting, as you may define actions to open websites or programs, set default directories and more. Another feature that you don't find in many file managers is the ability to download files using the file manager. Drag & drop links onto the app to stat the download. The app supports video streams, but only one site, operated by Google, is supported at the time. Support for more sites is on the way according to the developer. Drag & drop functionality works with local files and folders as well. You may use the feature to copy or move files quickly. The app has a number of other useful features. File Protection is one, it allows you to protect files against accidental renames, moves, deletions or modifications. Closing Words Sigma File Manager is a well thought out app that has several interesting features. It should be considered alpha at this point, the performance on the Surface Go device was not good, but the device is not powerful either, so that certainly plays a role. The developer plans to add more features with every release of the app, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves. It seems unlikely that users who dislike Electron will be convinced to give it a try though. Landing Page https://github.com/aleksey-hoffman/sigma-file-manager Source: Sigma File Manager review: open source and cross platform
  5. Monthly Office Insiders build for Mac users out with 'Share to Teams' for Outlook and more As it does every month, Microsoft has released the Office Insider build for Current Channel users on macOS for the month of May. The update bumps the build to 16.49.21050201 and brings with it a bunch of new features and Teams integrations to the suite of apps. First up is PowerPoint, which is getting a new ‘Present in Teams’ button that helps users directly begin a slideshow in a Teams meeting. The button is situated in the top right corner of the menu bar and the firm says that the feature makes it easier to present to users’ audience, especially with remote meetings becoming the norm. The firm also highlighted the support for linked data types in Excel. The company has been working to add a number of new, non-traditional data types over the past year, letting users pull in data not only from the web and other data sources but also create custom data types from the likes of PowerBI. The feature also provides smart templates for commonly used data types such as templates for the periodic table, stars and constellations, and more. Excel is also receiving a new ‘Accessibility Checker’ in the review tab that enables a contextual Accessibility ribbon to helps users create content that is friendly for those with accessibility needs. Next up are improvements to Outlook. The email client is getting the Share to Teams feature unveiled in February this year, letting users easily share a copy of email messages to a Teams chat and comes with the capability to attach files. Users that do not have the desktop client installed can opt to use the web-based add-in, which can be installed via the More Options menu in the toolbar. Lastly, a nifty addition coming to Outlook for the Mac is the option to save meeting invites along with attendee names. Previously, the addition of attendees would automatically update the ‘Save’ button to ‘Send’. Now, the tool offers the option to save a meeting invite, which is accessed from the drop-down next to the ‘Send’ button. Source: Monthly Office Insiders build for Mac users out with 'Share to Teams' for Outlook and more
  6. FlipFlip displays images as randomized slideshows with cool effects Slideshows are a nice way to browse image folders, especially ones which contain your favorite moments. It's not difficult to create a photo movie, a lot of image viewers come with one built-in. FlipFlip is an open source slideshow generation software that randomizes your image folders, web albums, and displays them with cool effects. The program has a modern interface with a bunch of options on the sidebar. Click the Hamburger menu button in the top left corner, to toggle the names of the sidebar items, it helps to navigate between various sections a tad easier. The first option in the sidebar is called Scenes, it's a fancy name for slideshows. Click on the add button in the bottom right corner, it displays a number of options, select the last one to add a new scene. You can assign a name to a scene by clicking the text at the top of the window. Hit the + button again, and it will show four ways to add media to a scene. You can add local media such as images, videos, playlists, or even an entire directory. FlipFlip also allows you to import remote media via URLs, e.g. a web album from Imgur, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Click the play icon in the top right corner of the window, and your scene is ready to play. The playback controls appear at the top of the scene viewer screen, and can be used to switch between images, play/pause the playback, and jump to full screen mode. Now, that's just the basics, let's take a look at some advanced options. The wrench icon in the sidebar takes you to the Scene's options, where you can adjust the time interval, image order, video volume. FlipFlip can fit the images to your monitor's width, height, stretch or center the pictures. Toggle the background blur, adjust its strength for a cool bokeh effect. You can even make the program switch to a different scene at the end of the current slideshow. The right half of the page has options to set the orientation of the image or video, control the video playback speed. If the videos and GIFs that you selected are long, you can configure the program to only play a part of the content, before switching to the next media. Head to the Effects settings in FlipFlip to choose the various transition modes that the program uses when switching between images. The available options include Zoom, Cross-Fade, Strobe, Fade In/Out and Panning. Each of these effects has its own set of controls that you may customize. Give your slideshow a bit of extra life by adding audio playlists. You can also add text overlays to the scene. Before you can add a playlist, you will need to import audio tracks from the library, the program supports MP3, M4A, WAV and OGG formats. Similarly, you can add caption scripts, if that's your thing. FlipFlip can generate random scenes using files from your library as the source, to do this switch to the Scene Generators tab on the sidebar and set the rules for the slideshow generation. The other tab, Scene Grid displays multiple scenes in a grid format, you'll have to create a few scenes to have them show up in the grid selector. Tag a source by clicking on Manage tags on the sidebar, this helps you to quickly find the content you are looking for using the search bar. You can export a scene to a JSON file, or your entire library too. The Settings tab lets you set FlipFlip to stay on top of other programs, toggle full screen mode, set the minimum size for images and videos. The program's interface colors can be customized, and you can optionally enable the program to work in portable mode to make it save the settings in its parent folder. You may backup and restore your settings from this page. FlipFlip is written in Electron. The program is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It has way more options than you may actually need or use. Check out the built-in tutorial, it's rather extensive. The only issue with it is that sharing a slideshow isn't as easy as with other programs. Landing Page https://github.com/ififfy/flipflip/ Source: FlipFlip displays images as randomized slideshows with cool effects
  7. Motrix is a cross-platform, open-source download manager for Windows, Linux and macOS Everyone has a favorite download manager. IDM has been my go-to choice for nearly a decade. But as an enthusiast, I test new ones from time-to-time. Motrix has been on my radar for a while, I gave it a fair shot. The program is cross-platform and open-source. Motrix has a dual-pane GUI and a sidebar, and the design is modern. The Tasks tab is the primary screen, it has three tabs of its own, for accessing ongoing, paused and completed downloads. To begin a new file download, click on the + button on the sidebar. The application will automatically pick up a URL that is in the clipboard. The speed meter in the bottom right corner indicates the current download speed, though you can also view this information in the download progress displayed in the right pane of Motrix's interface. You can rename the file, set the folder in which to save the file to. Click on the advanced options button, and you can add a user-agent, referrer and a proxy. The download manager sits in the system tray, and has a menu with options to quickly start a download. Motrix can download torrents too, you may drop a file onto the second tab of the "new download" page to start the process. Or, you can paste a Magnet URI link in the first tab, and the app will recognize it, fetch the torrent's metadata and start downloading the content. The program will seed the torrent automatically. Head to the Stopped tab, which is basically your paused/completed downloads section, and you can interact with the file. It has buttons to restart the download, delete it, and a copy link button. The last option supports normal URLs, as well as magnet links, which I find very useful. Double-click on a downloaded file to open its location in Windows Explorer. Motrix is based on Aria2 like uGet and Persepolis Download Manager. The program does not have official browser extensions, but works with third-party add-ons that support Aria2. Head to the Settings > Lab section, and you will find the recommended extensions. I used YAAW, and set 16800 as the port, and toggled the interception of downloads to Aria2c. The program suggests using the Aria2 Download Manager Integration add-on for Firefox, and while it is no longer being maintained, it does work with Motrix. To use it, go to the RPC Server tab in the extension, and choose the same port, i.e., 16800. Motrix is an open source Electron app, it is available in an optional portable version. The program uses about 125-130 MB of RAM when running in the background. What surprised me was that the resource usage while downloading remained in a similar range, which for an Electron application is not bad at all. I'm guessing that's because Aria2 is doing the heavy lifting here, so the download manager's interface is fairly light on resources. The drawback with Motrix is that you don't have extensive control over torrent downloads (compared to a proper program like qBitTorrent). If you use a magnet link with Motrix, you can't select the contents of the torrents to download specific files. For that, you have to use the torrent file, which then opens the selective download screen. There is no way to view the information about peers, which also means you can't add any either. To add trackers, go to the Advanced settings page and paste the list of URLs. This isn't the most convenient option, but it's better than nothing. If you're looking for more refined controls, I'd say you're better off with qBitTorrent or PicoTorrent. Motrix sets itself as the default torrent downloader without prompting the user, that was a bit annoying for me. The program cannot be used to download videos, which was perhaps what surprised me the most, as nearly every download manager I've used supports this feature. Also, the program does not maintain the download history, so it's like you start fresh every time you close and reopen it. Aside from those issues and the lack of updated add-on for Firefox, Motrix is a decent download manager. The download speeds were excellent, I have no complaints here. If I wanted a lighter one (and wasn't using IDM), I'd go for Neat Download Manager or XDM. PyIDM, HTTP Downloader, AM Downloader are some other good options that you may want to consider. Landing Page https://github.com/agalwood/Motrix Source: Motrix is a cross-platform, open-source download manager for Windows, Linux and macOS
  8. Capture your screen and save it as a MP4, GIF with Electron Screen Recorder Want to share a short video of your screen? Teach somebody how to use something? All you need is a quick way to capture the content, and Electron Screen Recorder can help you with that. The application's interface has just 4 options, and a large blank pane. Click on the phrase "Choose a video source". A menu will pop up with various capture modes. The first option "Entire Screen" captures the content on your current screen. When you select the option, you will see a live preview on Electron Screen Recorder's interface. If you're happy with the selection, hit the start button to begin the capture. Done recording? Click the Stop button, and then on the Save as option to save the recording to a media file. The program allows you to save the video in one of five formats: MP4, Webm, GIF, Webp and APNG. It takes a few seconds or a minute to save the content depending on the output format that you selected. You may save a recording in all five formats if you want to, but you'll need to do it manually. To discard or restart a recording, just ignore the save as button, and click on the Start button again. You may have noticed that the option at the bottom of the screen which read "Choose...." now displays the current source's name (i.e. entire screen). Click on it again to change the source, the other options in the pop-up menu represent the title of each program's window that you have open in the background. Electron Screen Recorder does not take minimized windows into account, which can be a good and bad thing. That's good as in, the menu doesn't become cluttered with a long list of programs. This can be an issue if you quickly want to capture something, but it isn't in the list. The fix for it is simple, just restore the window that you want to capture and start the recording. There is no option to choose the output resolution of the saved media, or the number of frames per second which can make the difference in the quality. Electron Screen Recorder does not have a built-in editor, so if you want to modify the content before sharing it with someone, you'll need to rely on third-party tools. I like the simplicity of Electron Screen Recorder, I'll give it that but hotkeys would've been a good feature to have. But the main issue with it is that the program tends to be intensive on resources, it consumed somewhere between 300-400MB of RAM when capturing videos, and it spiked to higher numbers when saving the content. I have tested many Electron based applications recently, and none of them were this heavy. It depends on the source too, I noticed that the screen recorder hit nearly 1GB when I tried to record streaming videos. It dropped to less than 100 MB when the task was completed, and stayed in the 70s when idle in the background. Electron Screen Recorder does not support audio recording, which means it is not a good option for capturing games, streaming content, etc. But, a comment from the developer on a GitHub issue hints that audio support could be added in the future, along with webcam recording. So for now, I think it is more suited for recording content that you may want to share with your friends or on social media. The program is open source, it is available for Windows, Linux, Mac, and comes in an optional portable version. For something less resource-intensive, check out Quick Screen Recorder or Screen2Gif for Windows, or Peek Screen Recorder for GNU/Linux. Landing Page https://github.com/daltonmenezes/electron-screen-recorder Source: Capture your screen and save it as a MP4, GIF with Electron Screen Recorder
  9. Neat Download Manager is an impressive downloader that also supports media grabbing What's a good free alternative for IDM? The answer varies, depending on what you need a download manager for. You'd be hard-pressed to find a proper one that mimics all of IDM's features, especially the refresh download link/resume it and the batch downloads. But if you're looking for a way to download files quickly, and capture video URLs, you might want to give Neat Download Manager a shot. NDM's interface is simple and reminds me of HTTP Downloader. Click the "New URL" button to paste a link, if the clipboard contains one it will be pasted automatically. Hit the download button to start the process. Your downloads are listed in the right pane of the GUI/ Neat Download Manager has a sidebar that categorizes the files based on their type such as Video, Audio, Compressed, Documents, Application and Misc. And there are separate panels for Complete and Incomplete Downloads. But unlike IDM, this program doesn't place the files into separate folders, they all go into the same directory. You can change the download folder by clicking on the Settings button at the top of the screen and navigating to the General Tab. This page has some extra options that you can use to set the maximum connections per download, limit the bandwidth, change the user-agent, and the auto-start behavior. Neat Download Manager has an official extension for Firefox and Chrome, which is great because it helps captures downloads from both browsers. To install the add-ons, click on the browsers button on the program's toolbar, which opens a pop-up window. If you don't have the browser installed on your computer (but use a fork of it), the buttons won't work. That's not an issue as you can use the following links to visit Mozilla's AMO or the Chrome Webstore and get the add-ons. There is one caveat though, Neat Download Manager needs to be running because the add-on will not send the links to it if the program isn't open. So, it may appear like the download never started, well you know why. You may download streaming videos with Neat Download Manager, the pop-up panel and the options are very similar to IDM. But more importantly it works, and I could grab the streaming media from multiple sites. Note: I was unable to download any video in Chromium based browsers using Neat Download Manager. I tried it with Chrome, Edge and Brave, and it clearly isn't an integration issue since the extension works with other downloads (EXEs, ZIPs, etc). The Firefox extension on the other hand works flawlessly for all downloads. The browser add-on displays a "Download by Neat Download Manager" option in the context menu, you can use it to start downloads from direct links. If you're having troubles with a download, maybe the website doesn't allow download managers, or NDM is capturing the URL incorrectly, hold down the Delete key and then click the download button on the website. This tells the download manager to skip the file, and your browser will download it instead. NDM has a tray icon, but it only allows you to access the GUI; to exit NDM you will need to click the Quit button in the top right corner of the window. Neat Download Manager is freeware, it is available for Windows and macOS. The "about" window of the application says it is the Basic version - Free license, this suggests the program could go premium in the future. Neat Download Manager is surprisingly good free alternative for Internet Download Manager. But as a long time IDM user, I still give the premium application an edge for its more advanced options, batch downloads, plus it has a proper functioning Chrome extension. Landing Page https://www.neatdownloadmanager.com/index.php/en/ Source: Neat Download Manager is an impressive downloader that also supports media grabbing
  10. PowerPoint's Presenter Coach is now available for Office Insiders on Mac Microsoft has announced that its Presenter Coach feature for PowerPoint is now available for Office Insiders enrolled in the Beta channel on macOS devices. The feature was first announced almost two years ago, and it relies on artificial intelligence and speech recognition to help users improve their presentation skills so that they're more engaging and efficient. It also came to Android last year. Essentially, Presenter Coach listens to what the presenter is saying, and it tries to catch common malpractices that make a presentation less appealing. If the user makes long pauses during the presentation, for example, or if there's constant reuse of sounds like "um", the PowerPoint's Presenter Coach will let them know so they can address it. It also detects monotone speeches that can make a presentation less interesting. To use Presenter Coach on PowerPoint for Mac, you'll need to head into the Slide Show tab and choose Rehearse with Coach. The feature requires a stable internet connection and, of course, a microphone, be it the one built into your device or an external one. Currently, Presenter Coach is only available for Office Insiders on macOS running version 16.27 (build 21021100) or newer. It also only works in English for now, though Microsoft says more languages will be supported down the line. Source: PowerPoint's Presenter Coach is now available for Office Insiders on Mac
  11. DuckStation is an excellent PlayStation 1 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android The PlayStation 1, Nintendo SNES, GBA, and DS are my favorite consoles of all-time because they have tons of RPGs. I remember playing WWF/WCW games, and many JRPGs on my old Windows 98 computer using ePSXe back in the 2000s. Emulation has come a long way since then; there have been many advancements, improvements and of course new emulators. DuckStation is a PSX emulator and a brilliant one at that. It comes with a QT-based GUI version and a no-GUI version. We'll be discussing the GUI version here since it is user-friendly, and pretty much works well outside the box. The only thing you need to set up is the PS1 Bios, which is not included for obvious reasons. Click on Settings > BIOS Settings and select the directory the BIOS file is located in to add it to the application. Note: Don't pick the main BIOS folder which has the files for different firmware regions. Select a specific one such as NTSC-UC. To check whether it worked, go to DuckStation's main screen and click on the Start BIOS button and the emulator should load into the system's BIOS (main menu). DusckStation does not support archive formats ZIP, 7Z, RAR, etc. It only works with the following types: BIN, ISO, IMG, CUE, CHD, M3U, EXE, PSEXE, PSF, and MiniPSF. Many PSX games span multiple discs, so make sure you extract each of those and place them in the same folder for your own convenience. Compared to other emulators, DuckStation has modern controls by default, i.e., instead of relying on the arrow keys, it uses WSAD for movement. You may remap the key bindings from the Controller settings screen. DuckStation supports save states, and you have 10 per game which should be plenty for most games. Quick save (to the last used slot) by using F2, and quick load from the slot using F1. Hit Escape to Save and Exit. To get back to your game, hit the resume button, and it loads the save instantly. Switch to Full Screen mode using Alt + Enter. Capture a screenshot by tapping the F10 key, there are plenty of other keyboard shortcuts in the emulator. The best part about DuckStation is that it has a nice description for each setting that explains what changing the option will do. And it also tells you what the default value for every setting is, i.e. whether it should be enabled, disabled, etc. You can change the display renderer, aspect ratio, resolution, fast-forward, rewind, among several options. Tired of slow scenes? You'll be happy to know that the emulator has a Turbo mode, which can be configured from the Controller Settings page. Note: If you are experiencing weird animations, flickering NPC character graphics, etc, it's likely because you haven't enabled the perspective PGXP settings. I wanted to include animated GIFs showing what the issue looks like, but the recorded images were too large, they were like 4MB each and that could slow down the page considerably. Anyway, to fix the glitchy graphics, navigate to the Enhancement Settings > PGXP and toggle Geometry Correction. This will also enable Culling Correction and Texture Correction. You don't need to enable Depth Buffer, at least I didn't have to for the games I played. DuckStation is an open source emulator, it is available for Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android. I switched to it on my Android phone before trying the Windows version, and they both work great. The emulator also comes in a portable version for PC. I can't comment on how DuckStation compares to the Beetle (Mednafen) Retroarch core, because I haven't used Beetle a lot. But if you ask me which one is better between DuckStation and ePSXe, I'd say the former is clearly the better one. DuckStation has a lot more options including support for Software Renderer, Open GL/D3D/Vulkan, PGXP, a better interface, and of course the fact that it's actively developed is an additional plus. I experienced some crashes with Vulkan (could also be some other setting that I was testing), but the other rendering modes work fine. I recommend checking the Game compatibility spreadsheet that's available on the program's GitHub page, before you start playing anything. Landing Page https://github.com/stenzek/duckstation Source: DuckStation is an excellent PlayStation 1 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android
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  13. Reeder is one of the most popular RSS readers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and this week it’s gotten a handful of new features. Reeder 5 is now available as a new purchase with support for home screen widgets, new feed syncing features, and more. For iOS 14 users, Reeder 5 includes support for home screen widgets. These widgets allow you to view the most recent articles on your home screen, and you can configure the widgets to show only items from certain feeds, folders, searches, or tags. Reeder 5 also includes a new built-in feeds service to keep things in sync across all of your devices: Sync all your feeds and articles with iCloud. Reeder 5 comes with a built-in RSS/Feeds service which will keep everything in sync on all your devices. Of course, this is optional. You can still just use one of the many third-party services supported by Reeder. Other new features in Reeder 4 include Mark as read on scroll Reeder’s built-in read later service now has support for tags’ Updated UI More article viewer options Collapsable feed list sections Reeder supports a wide array of third-party services, including Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, FeedHQ, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, Inoreader, BazQux Reader, FreshRSS, Instapaper, and Pocket. Reeder 5 is a new app and therefore a new purchase. It’s available as a one-time purchase for $9.99 on the Mac and for $4.99 on iPhone and iPad. Source
  14. Third-party Mac repair shops will gain access to Apple tools, parts The new program is a compromise that represents a change in Apple's strategy. Enlarge / Removing the scissor switch in a 16-inch MacBook Pro, courtesy of iFixit. iFixit 9 with 7 posters participating Today, Apple announced that it will expand a program that gave third-party repair shops access to its own proprietary tools, diagnostics, and parts. Launched last year, the program initially only provided the resources for servicing iPhones. Now it will apply to Macs as well. As with the iPhone program, shops can sign up for the program for free, and those that do join the program will be given free training and access to parts. Apple has tried to make its own services like AppleCare+ and the Genius Bar at Apple retail stores a major selling point for would-be Mac users who want good repair options without having to figure out which shops are reliable or to do any of the work themselves. While those services often get high marks from Apple's customers, there's a major problem: the company's own Apple Store locations mainly service major urban centers in relatively wealthy nations. There are several gaps in that coverage, leaving iPhone or Mac owners who don't live in these locations with fewer options. This repair-parts program may be a first step to alleviating some of that problem. It will allow some third-party shops that serve areas that Apple Stores don't to provide a level of service for iPhones and Macs that is closer to what consumers would get at an Apple Store. Further, the expansion of this program is moving forward as Apple is the focus of intense scrutiny from lawmakers and consumer advocate organizations, as well as antitrust investigation, related to Apple's end-to-end product strategy. Apple's explicitly stated strategy is to control not just the hardware and software that make up its products, but associated services like the App Store or repair programs. The argument is that this creates better experiences for users who buy into it, but some watchdogs, legislators, regulators, and commentators argue that it is anticompetitive. The growth of this program signals something of a shift in Apple's strategy—a sort of middle ground that might potentially undercut some of those criticisms, while giving consumers in some markets more robust repair options. That said, the program remains small—it's only a few hundred shops so far in the United States, Canada, and Europe—and Apple still builds its products in such a way that access to the company's own tools and parts is optimal for many repairs. Third-party Mac repair shops will gain access to Apple tools, parts
  15. Apple’s macOS Big Sur beta code revealed three new Mac devices that’ll likely be released soon. This may be the first in-code confirmation from Apple of the first Apple Silicon Mac devices. The code appeared in the macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta 1 that appeared for developers this week. The files that’ve tipped the imminent reveal of new Mac computers appeared in the developer previews’ System/Library folder. There, as noted by 9to5Mac, Apple stores bundled files with references to Mac models aplenty. In the latest version of macOS Big Sur, three files appear with codes that do not otherwise reference hardware that’s been released to the public. They go by the name “MacHardwareTypes” and include the codes 2020f, 2020g, and 2020h. References for the most recent 16-inch MacBook Pro are contained within 2020d (and 2019f before that), and other files here (shown by HarckerTech below) reference MacBook Air, iMac, and the most recent 13-inch MacBook Pro. The referenced files contain zero data, and thus cannot be parsed for information on the models they reference. It’s very likely that they’ll appear with codes in accordance to the next Apple event. It’s expected that the next Apple Event will take place on November 17, 2020. It’s relatively unlikely that we’ll see the first iMac with Apple Silicon at this event – but they’ve been teased by insiders nonetheless. The latest leaked roadmap says we’ll see a 12-inch MacBook reboot in 2020 and a 2021 iMac at Apple’s next pair of Mac events. It’s likely Apple will reference the first Apple One subscriptions again at their (likely inevitable) late 2020 event, as they’re set to launch the service for the first time on October 30, 2020. The Apple One subscription system works with multiple Apple devices and iCloud to bring Apple users a full lifestyle enhancement suite – MacBooks and iMacs and Apple Watch and iPhone and iPad included. Source
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  17. All of the vulnerabilities arise from improper input validations. A passel of privilege-escalation vulnerabilities in MacPaw’s CleanMyMac X software would allow a local attacker to gain root access to an Apple machine in various ways. CleanMyMac X is a cleanup application for MacOS that optimizes the drives and frees up space by scanning for unused, redundant or unnecessary files and deleting them. No fewer than a dozen flaws plague 4.0 earlier versions of the software, all of them in the package’s “helper protocol.” “The application is able to scan the system and user directories, looking for unused and leftover files and applications,” explained Cisco in the advisory, issued Wednesday. “The application also markets the ability to help detect and prevent viruses and malware on OS X. The software utilizes a privilege helper tool running as root to get this work done faster. This allows the application to remove and modify system files.” As such, the helper functions run as root functions; the flaws arise from the act that they can be accessed by applications without validation – thus giving those applications root access. CVE-2018-4032 for instance has to do with the “moveItemAtPath” function, according to the advisory: “If the attacker supplies `nil` in the to_path argument, the file is deleted, and any application can access this function and run it as root. Therefore, non-root users could delete files from the root file system.” A second vulnerability, CVE-2018-4033, exists in the “moveToTrashItemAtPath” function. “If an attacker enters `nil` into the function’s fourth argument, any other application could access that function as root, allowing them to delete files from the root file system,” according to the advisory. Three flaws allow attackers to cross a privilege boundary and delete files from the root file system: The “removeItemAtPath” function (CVE-2018-4034); the “truncateFileAtPath” function (CVE-2018-4035); and the “removeKextAtPath” function (CVE-2018-4036). Other helper protocol functions allow a non-root user to delete the main log data from the system: CVE-2018-4037 exists in the “removeDiagnosticsLogs” function; CVE-2018-4041 exists in the “enableLaunchdAgentAtPath” function; and CVE-2018-4042 is present in the “removeLaunchdAgentAtPath” function. The “removeASL” function meanwhile also has a vulnerability (CVE-2018-4043) that would allow non-root users to delete a package’s privileged information. “This process calls out and stops the system daemon for logging and also stops the Apple System Log facility,” according to the advisory. “As both of these are root daemons, this creates a privilege issue.” CVE-2018-4044 in the “removePackageWithID” function allows an attacker to utilize the “—forget” command when calling this function to delete all receipt information about a particular installed package. Again, there is no validation of the calling application in this scenario, so any application could access the function. CVE-2018-4045 within the “securelyRemoveItemAtPath” function of the helper protocol exists because a user-supplied argument is passed into this function when executed, allowing non-root users to delete files from the root file system. And finally, CVE-2018-4047 in the “disableLaunchdAgentAtPath” function of the helper protocol calls “launchtl” and unloads the script from the provided location. Any non-root users could uninstall `launchd` scripts as root. CVE-2018-4046 meanwhile is different: This is a denial-of-service vulnerability in the “pleaseTerminate” function of the helper service; when executing the function, the process terminates itself; therefore, non-root users can terminate the root daemon. Users should update to CleanMyMac X version 4.2.0, which patches the flaws. source
  18. To celebrate Christmas, Digiarty is launching a grand Christmas giveaway to offer their an ultimate iPhone iPad manager for Mac Macx MediaTrans V6.4 for free ($59.95 valued). Everyone is welcome to get a fully licensed copy for free with no strings attached! First come first served! With full GPU acceleration, Macx MediaTrans is the best way to transfer photo, video & music between iPhone iPad and Mac. New!! MacX MediaTrans features end-to-end encryption to safeguard your media files with the highest level of security! Check here: http://bit.ly/2QQnCKX How to get: Simply go to the campaign page, submit an email address and click "Get License Code" button, and then a window will pop up to show the details. At the same time, a zip file including license code & setup of the program is automatically downloaded. Please note that the giveaway version doesn't support a free upgrade. What's more: Digiarty is holding the Christmas Campaign NOW!-- Enter to Win iPhone XR、Apple Watch and Portable Charger!! Don't miss this Super Sweepstakes! ! http://bit.ly/2QQnhYH Be the first one to faster backup iPhone data with Macx MediaTrans!
  19. There’s a hidden virtual keyboard in macOS. As a long-time Mac user, I once had to rely on Key Caps, an early Mac helper that would show you where special characters hid on a keyboard. Holding down Option and Shift-Option would reveal the secrets of π and ‰ and accent marks. That feature never disappeared, though it did recede from view, and was renamed Keyboard Viewer. You may rarely need it—except when you’re trying to type a key that your keyboard doesn’t allow or you can’t find. IDG Keyboard Viewer shows you “key caps.” You can click to “type.” This might happen if you’ve got a wonky laptop keyboard that you’re planning to take in for replacement, or if you’re using a Mac set to a language you don’t speak or if you’re trying to enter characters in that language. I’ve heard from readers who can’t type a particular key because something’s gone wrong with their hardware keyboard and they can’t summon up a replacement keyboard to plug in and use. With Keyboard Viewer, you can click keys and those characters are inserted wherever your cursor is. (One reader couldn’t enter their password in order to prep a machine to take in for repair, because the password contained…a character that the keyboard could no longer type.) IDG You can pick which keyboard layouts to make available through the Keyboard preference pane. In the Keyboard preference pane’s Input Sources tab, you can click the + button in the lower left and add keyboards of many languages. Check Show Input Menu in Menu Bar, and a tiny palette icon appears. (If you have multiple keyboards added, a flag or icon appears that’s associated with the keyboard currently selected, instead.) As a bonus, the Keyboard Viewer also highlights keys as you type them, if you ever wanted to visualize your physical typing on screen. This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader Jack. Ask Mac 911 We’ve compiled a list of the questions we get asked most frequently along with answers and links to columns: read our super FAQ to see if your question is covered. If not, we’re always looking for new problems to solve! Email yours to [email protected] including screen captures as appropriate, and whether you want your full name used. Every question won’t be answered, we don’t reply to email, and we cannot provide direct troubleshooting advice. source
  20. Today’s Telegram update brings you an easy way to save conversations on your disk. In just a few taps, you can export some (or all) of your chats, including photos and other media they contain. As a result you’ll get all your data accessible offline in JSON-format or in beautifully formatted HTML. Data Export Results To use this feature, make sure you have the latest version of Telegram Desktop installed on your computer, then click Settings > Export Telegram data. This tool will be particularly useful for users who have millions of messages and can’t easily access the oldest parts of their messaging history. You can export individual chats by opening the … menu in any chat and choosing Export chat history. Exceptions in Notifications Telegram was the first app to give its users notorious flexibility in fine-tuning how their message notifications work. Today we are taking this further by adding Exceptions to the notifications settings, where you can see which chats are excluded from the global settings you defined in Settings > Notifications. Notifications Exceptions Muting all chats but a few (or vice versa) has never been easier. Improved Telegram Passport We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception of Telegram Passport – the tool to log into third-party apps that require real-life identity. Just two weeks after its launch, Passport can be used to sign up for many services, from established sharing economy services to blockchain startups. To name just a few projects that integrated Telegram Passport: Sum & Substance (KYC & user verification), CEX.IO and Xena (cryptocurrency exchanges), CryptoPay (wallet), YouDrive (carsharing), Profi and Worki (job marketplaces), Minter Network and Minexcoin (blockchain startups), KICKICO, Cryptonomos and ICOadmin (ICO platforms). Building on this success, today we’re upgrading Passport to support names in original languages and additional types of documents. We’ve also strengthened the algorithms that encrypt Passport data to better protect your data against hacking attacks coming from Telegram (however unlikely those may seem). This way we further ensure that only you have access to your private data. Source Code and APIs As always, you do not have to take our word on how our encryption works. The updated source code of Telegram apps reflecting all of today’s changes is available on GitHub and open for everybody to review. If you are a developer of a service that requires identity verification, make sure you check out these docs explaining how Telegram Passport can be integrated into your app. Source
  21. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.14: Fix a crash in calls. v 1.3.13: Export data from individual chats using the '...' menu. Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. Support for Telegram Passport 1.1 and improved password hashing algorithm to better protect Telegram Passport data. v 1.3.12: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.11: Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. v 1.3.10: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.9 Mark chats in the chat list as Read or Unread. Improved censorship circumvention. v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.14.exe Portable or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.14.zip Mac or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.14.dmg App Store or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-desktop/id946399090 Linux x64 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.14.tar.xz Linux x86 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.14.tar.xz v1.3.13: Win Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.13.exe Portable Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.13.zip Mac Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.13.dmg Linux x64 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.13.tar.xz Linux x86 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.13.tar.xz ███ Phone Android or Direct Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger iphone / ipad or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807 Windows Phone
  22. Apple's worldwide Mac shipments fell in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to new preliminary PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner. During the quarter, Apple shipped an estimated 4.9 million Macs, down from 5.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple's share of the market grew, however, from 7.1 percent in 3Q18 to 7.2 percent. Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) Apple continues to maintain its position as the number four PC vendor in the world, behind Dell, HP, and Lenovo, but ahead of Asus and Acer. Lenovo was the top PC vendor with 16.6 million shipments and 24.2 percent market share, followed by HP with 15.4 million shipments and 22.4 percent market share, with Dell coming in at number three with 11 million shipments and 15.9 percent market share. Asus trailed Apple with 4.2 million shipments and 6.1 percent market share, as did Acer with 3.9 million shipments and 5.6 percent market share. Apple's Market Share Trend: 1Q06-4Q18 (Gartner) Apple's dipping Mac sales followed a trend that affected many PC vendors, with overall worldwide PC shipments dropping to 68.6 million, a 4.3 percent drop from the 71.7 million PCs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2017. Apple also saw a small decline in the number of Macs shipped in the United States. Apple shipped 1.76 million Macs during the quarter, down from 1.8 million in the year-ago quarter, for a 2.1 percent drop in growth and 12.4 percent market share (up from 12.1 percent) Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) HP was the number one PC vendor in the U.S. with 4.7 million PCs shipped, followed by Dell and Lenovo. Microsoft and Acer both trailed Apple. According to Gartner, overall worldwide PC sales were impacted by a shortage of CPUs and political and economic uncertainties in some countries, including the U.S. "Political and economic uncertainties in some countries dampened PC demand," Ms. Kitagawa said. "There was even uncertainty in the U.S. -- where the overall economy has been strong -- among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Consumer demand remained weak in the holiday season. Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs." For all of 2018, Gartner estimates that Apple sold a total of 18 million Macs, down from close to 19 million in 2017. Apple's shipments fell five percent year-over-year, and its total market share for 2018 dropped from 7.2 percent to 6.9 percent. Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2018 (Thousands of Units) DC also released its own shipment estimates this afternoon, noting a similar decline in sales for Apple. IDC also ranks Apple as the number four PC vendor in the world with global shipments that reached 4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. IDC's data suggests Apple's Mac shipments were down 3.8 percent, with market share remaining steady. Like Gartner, IDC estimates Apple sold 18 million Macs in 2018, down from 19 million in 2017. It's important to note that data from Gartner and IDC is estimated and while not usually far off from Apple's sales, not entirely accurate, either. While we've been able to check estimated data when Apple provides its quarterly earnings releases with actual Mac sales information, there will be no way to do so going forward. Apple no longer plans to break out unit sales for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so determining the exact number of Mac sales will not be possible going forward. Though sales were down during the holiday quarter, Apple could see some pickup in the future thanks to the October release of the new MacBook Air, a more affordable alternative to the MacBook Pro. The newly refreshed model features a Retina display, Thunderbolt 3 support, up to 16GB of RAM, a T2 chip, a new butterfly keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, and other features. Source
  23. Borderlands 3 is now available for Mac users 2K Games' fastest-selling game to date, Borderlands 3, is now available for macOS. Released on September 13, the first-person shooter game was previously available on PC, but only for Windows users exclusively through the Epic Games Store - which, Mac users should note, it still is exclusive to. Additionally, the game is scheduled to land on Google Stadia sometime next month. Sadly, Steam users will still have to wait until April 2020 to get their hands on the title. Thanks to an ongoing promotion on the Epic Games Store, Borderlands 3 currently includes the Fortnite Psycho Bundle Pack containing the Psycho Bandit Outfit, Claptrap Pet and Psycho Buzz Axes. Customers can purchase any version of the title to receive the additional Fortnite content until Dec 31, 2020, when the promotion expires. While the regular edition is still priced at $44.99, the Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition is currently on sale going at 20% off for $47.99 and the Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition is selling at 25% less for $56.24. These discounts end at 11:00AM EDT on November 1, 2019. Apart from macOS, Borderlands 3 is available on all the mainstream gaming platforms, including Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Source: Borderlands 3 is now available for Mac users (Neowin)
  24. When it comes to tablets, Apple has a wide lead over other companies in terms of sales. The company has made its slates relatively more accessible in recent years, offering a variation of products at different price points. Also, not to forget, the tightly integrated hardware and software provides a great experience. You don’t have to take our word for it as a new American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has revealed that both iPad and Mac owners are satisfied with their they’ve purchased. Survey Still Gives Preference to Samsung and Amazon Tablets in Terms of Value Proposition According to a new survey, iPad customers are the most satisfied tablet owners with a score of 83. Granted, the satisfaction score is the same as last year, but the Cupertino giant managed to stay put, unlike its rival Amazon and Samsung, who trail behind with a score of 81 and 79, respectively. However, even though the Cupertino giant ranks high as far as customer experience is concerned, Samsung and Amazon provide greater value, according to the survey. Other entrants in the list include HP, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, and ASUS. Compared to last year, Toshiba has made a notable improvement on the customer satisfaction scale. It’s worth mentioning that these scores are for the entire PC segment, which also includes laptops in addition to tablets, revealing that Apple’s wide-range of iPads and Macs so far have a relatively happy user base. With a satisfaction score of 81, desktop computers have emerged as the most popular computing devices, while tablets and laptops take the second spot with a score of 77. According to ACSI, Samsung is the market leader in the desktop segment. Overall, smartphones have left behind desktops, laptops, and tablets when it comes to customer satisfaction. We believe that in the future the level of satisfaction can increase even more if foldable tablets become commonplace. Source
  25. Microsoft is bringing better Outlook sync tech to the Mac Microsoft is bringing some much-needed improvements to its Outlook for Mac app. Starting this week, Outlook for Mac beta testers (in the Fast Ring) will be able to access a new design that comes with some significant performance improvements. Microsoft is bringing its sync technology that’s used on Outlook for iOS and Android and Windows Mail to Outlook for Mac. It means Office 365, Outlook.com, and even Google accounts will sync faster thanks to Microsoft’s cloud services. Microsoft is also tweaking the design of Outlook for Mac, and adding a lot of features that have been available on the web and mobile versions of Outlook. Reading and writing emails has been improved with single line views, a new mail compose UI, and even features like the ability to ignore emails. Collapsible panels have been added so you can customize the main view of mail and tweak the toolbar accordingly. You’ll notice that the ribbon looks like it has disappeared in Outlook for Mac. “Following the same design principles as the Office 365 user experience updates announced last year, the ribbon was updated in the new Outlook for Mac to be fully customizable,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “In Mac environment, we refer to it as a toolbar – at this time, there are no plans to announce updates to the ribbon elsewhere on Office for Mac.” Microsoft has also added a new “My Day” view of your daily calendar next to the main mail screen. Microsoft has also moved the search bar to the top of Outlook for Mac, and integrated Microsoft Search into the results. That should mean search results are quicker and more relevant, and there’s even new filters to let you customize searches fully. It looks like Microsoft has paid attention and updated Outlook for Mac with a lot of improvements that Mac owners have been asking for. Microsoft is really trying to win over power users who use Outlook for Mac, and bring it closer to being level with the Windows and web variants. You’ll be able to try this new Outlook for Mac update in the Fast Ring this week by toggling “New Outlook” in the top right-hand corner, and Microsoft is planning more updates over the coming months. Update, November 4th 9:20AM ET: Article updated with Microsoft’s comment on ribbon design in Outlook for Mac. Source: Outlook for Mac gets a new design and big performance improvements (via The Verge)
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