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Back to Basic: Microsoft Promises Visual Basic for Mac Office Suite

office4mac2008.jpgThe Microsoft Mac Business Unit has released Service Pack 1 for Office for Mac 2008 users. The update brings a slew of bug fixes, small changes and performance enhancements, but the real news is the accompanying announcement that the next revision of Office for Mac will bring back support for the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting language.

VBA is a scripting language that enables you to automatic Microsoft Office applications, customize dialogs and more. Although Apple’s OS X ships with its own scripting language (Applescript), those scripts won’t run on a PC (Microsoft does have a guide to converting VBA scripts to AppleScript). VBA was part of Office 2004 but, due complexities in the transition from PowerPC to Intel chips, it was left out of Office 2008.

The absence of VBA in Office for Mac 2008 means that while you can swap documents between Mac and Windows, you can’t swap macros and other time-saving workflow helpers with your Windows wielding cohorts.

But all that will change with the next version of Office for Mac, which will include full VBA support.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac Now Supports Latest Versions of Windows

Zz43205a33The Windows-on-your-Mac virtualization application Parallels has been updated to support the most recent Windows updates from Microsoft. The latest version of Parallels will work with both Windows Vista SP1 and XP SP3. Along with competitor VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop for Mac one of the two most widely used utilities for running Windows applications under Mac OS X.

The Parallels 3 update also fixes several bugs, including one that would cause a kernel panic on the MacBook Air. Also addressed in the new release is a bug that would occasionally lead to excessive CPU loads and a corresponding lack of responsiveness from your virtual machine apps.

SmartSelect and Shared Folders, two ways to move files between your Windows VMs and your normal Mac drive, have also been updated to improved transfer speeds. For more details on Parallels 3, be sure to check out our hands on review.

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Show Off Your Mac’s Greatest Failures on Flickr


Our buddy Jason wrote in to tell us about the new Flickr group he’s started: Mac FAIL. According to the group’s description, it is dedicated to the art of Mac Uber-FAILage.

"Anything from program glitches, beautiful pixel artifacts, screen scrambles, color bars, and anything else that happens un-expectedly whilst waking from sleep, running apps, et al…"

There’s only one image there as of this writing (Wednesday morning) but it’s a public group, so contribute at will. Photos, screenshots and videos are all allowed. Go nuts.

Windows, Linux, RTEMS and BeOS users shouldn’t feel left out. Flickr also has a group called ERROR dedicated to explosions of the platform-agnostic variety.

VMWare Fusion 2 Ups the Ante for Mac Virtualization Software

fusionbox.jpgVMware has unveiled the first beta of its upcoming Fusion 2.0 virtualization software for Mac OS X. Fusion 2.0, which allows Mac users to run Windows and Linux apps within Mac OS X, features multidisplay support for virtual machines, improved 3-D graphics and easier-to-use "shared" folders for moving documents between your Mac and the guest OS.

The Fusion 2.0 beta is open to the public and VMWare says that 2.0 will be a free upgrade for current Fusion users when it’s released later this year.

Most of the focus for this release is on the multiple monitor support. VMWare is touting Fusion 2.0 beta 1 as the first “true” multidisplay solution for Mac virtual machines. What they mean by that is that even your “Unity” windows can be dragged between monitors and expanded and minimized just like your Mac application windows. That allows you, among other things, to move all your virtual machine windows to a second monitor so that you can have one monitor for Mac apps and one for Windows or Linux apps.

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Apple Finally Adds Java SE6 for Leopard

java.jpgWhen OS X Leopard was released Mac-loving Java fans were somewhat annoyed to find that Java 6 wasn’t included, making it difficult to develop Java apps on your PowerBook. Well, if you weren’t happy with the “SoyLatte” release we mentioned at the time, Apple has an official solution for you — Java SE6 for Mac OS X.

The new update adds support for Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_05. However, the new release requires a 64-bit Intel-based Mac and won’t work on 32-bit or PowerPC machines.

Still, this should be good news for Java developers since it means, if nothing else, Apple is listening. If you’ve got a newer Mac and have updated to OS 10.5.2, you can grab a copy of the Java SE 6 update from Apple. Note that the Java 6 update does not replace the existing installation of J2SE 5 or change the default version of Java used by OS X.

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