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BatchOutput offers Enhanced PDF Functionality on Mac OS X El Capitan

Microsoft Office users on Mac machines will be interested in the latest update to BatchOutput Office Suite, the popular output automation program that works alongside Word, Excel and Powerpoint to automate printing and PDF production within these programs.

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A new face on the scene

Perhaps slightly unbelievable, but 13 years ago today was the day that Steve Jobs released what was the start of the Apple revolution – the iPod.

Plainly, one of the most important and praised contributions to technology, the iPod was launched to us in two models; the 5GB and then huge at the time, 10GB. It was thought quite widely, how on earth would it be possible to fill a 10GB iPod?! And just think, last month Apple launched a 128GB iPhone….!

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Remembering a computing legend – Steve Jobs

October 5th 2014 marks the third year since the tragic death of Steve Jobs. During his life, Jobs became one of the world’s best known entrepreneurs and inventors – his name was synonymous with his company, Apple. Before and after his death, he acquired a number of unofficial titles which serve to demonstrate the extent of his impact on computing, with just two being ‘Father of the Digital Revolution’ and ‘Master of Innovation’. We thought we’d take this opportunity to celebrate Jobs’ life and to explore his interesting career.


Steven Paul was born in San Francisco on the 24th February 1955 to Abdulfattah “John” Jandali and and Joanne Carole Schieble and was adopted by his parents, Paul and Clara Jobs as a baby. A naturally intelligent child, Steve was encouraged academically by both his parents and was introduced to basic mechanics and electronics at a young age.


On completing school, Steve briefly attended Reed College before dropping out, instead concentrating on calligraphy drop in courses and other creative pursuits. When he became better known, he attributed a lot of his success to this time.


On becoming friends with Steve Wozniak, Steve managed to get a job as a technician at Atari. As the years progressed, he gained expert knowledge of the industry, and working with the technically brilliant Wozniak, went on to found the Apple Computer Company. Based on Wozniak’s Apple 1 PC and with Jobs’ charisma and ability to get customers and talented staff on board, the company began to grow relatively quickly. Disagreements between Steve and John Sculley led to Steve being put into a role in which he had no direct influence on the business, so he left and resigned as Chairman in 1985.


Over the following years, Steve founded NeXT Inc. and then purchased The Graphics Group, which later became Pixar. Following the release of several high profile films in collaboration with Disney, the company was purchased by Disney – in the process making Steve Disney’s biggest shareholder.


In 1997, Apple purchased Steve’s NeXT business and he returned to working with the company, helping it to return to a more profitable state and encouraging focus on the most innovative and saleable projects. In the years that followed, Apple went from strength to strength, with products launched under Steve taking the world by storm!


Sadly, in 2003 Steve jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and despite various treatment attempts he died of the disease in 2011. His drive continuing right up until the end, Steve took leave from work in January 2011 and then resigned from Apple in August 2011, just two months before his death. One of the greatest entrepreneurs in living history, it is likely that he will be remember for generations to come.



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A Look at the Rumours Surrounding the iPhone 6

The internet is rife with rumours and speculation regarding what Apple will bring us in the much anticipated iPhone6 release.  With June and September historically being Apple’s chosen months to launch previous models, and iOS8 having already been introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, September is looking very promising for the arrival of iPhone6 which is generating ever increasing levels of interest.

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Introduction to Apple’s Swift – New Coding Language

As well as unveiling iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference this month, Apple also introduced us to Swift, its new programming language for iOS and OS X app development which is set to replace Objective-C – the object orientated programming language, making it easier and faster to develop API’s.

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A Look at the New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

Earlier this month Apple unveiled iOS 8, it was billed as “The biggest release since the Launch of the App Store” and compared with its predecessor it comes with a great range of new features, offers increased performance speeds and an array of further enhancements that allow for a greater intuitive user experience.

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A Movie in the Making – Steve Jobs


Whilst speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin hasn’t given too much away about one of his latest projects, whereby he focusses on the life of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple.  Although his screenplay is based on the biography written by Walter Isaacson, Sorkin has confirmed that he has achieved his goal in creating something that is very different and doesn’t take the form of a biopic.


The Sony production was originally expected to be directed by David Fincher, however Danny Boyle is now the favourite to direct this movie which is due to begin filming later in the year.  Rumours are also rife that Leonardo DiCaprio could be in line to play Jobs in the movie.


It will be very interesting to see how the film develops, especially as in only 2013 Ashton Kutcher played the Apple co-founder in the film entitled Jobs, which focussed on Jobs’ early life and the journey of Apple’s creation and success.  Prior to this in 1999, Pirates of Silicon Valley starred Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and explored the challenges faced together with Steve Wozniak, played by Joey Slotnick, in founding what would later become one of the biggest ever global brands.


So what could be covered in the latest film about the incredible life of the Father of the Digital Revolution?, it will be difficult to tell the tale without reflecting on so many of the significant events that took place in one person’s lifetime.  From his early adopted life and eventful college experiences to the 1st Apple Computer developed by Jobs and Wozniak in 1976, and the amazing technology and growth of the company that followed. It may include Jobs’ shock departure from Apple in 1985 whereby he later founded NeXT, followed by the surprising acquisition of NeXT by Apple and Jobs return to the company which he would then led to bring us the iconic and revolutionary technology of the iMac, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes and iCloud, technology that is used globally on a daily basis by us all.


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Anniversary of the Launch of Apple’s OS X

Following the successful launch by Apple of the Mac OS X Server 1.0 on March 16th 1999, the Mac OS X desktop version known as Cheetah was released 2 years later on March 24th 2001 superseding the Mac OS 9.  The new generation of operating system was based on technology developed by Steve Jobs’ company NeXT through its OPENSTEP system, a move which saw Apple purchase NeXT and Jobs famously return to the company he co-founded taking the position of interim CEO.

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Steve Jobs – The Early Years

With the 24th February marking the birthday of Steve Jobs, we reflect on the early years of the life of this remarkable man, who would go on to be described at the Father of the Digital Revolution.


Steve Jobs was born in 1955, in San Francisco and was immediately adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.  The family moved to the Mountain View area of California when Jobs was five and it was from his adopted Father that Jobs first became interested in electronics.  A carpenter and mechanic by trade, Jobs’ father taught his son how things worked and together they would rebuild electronic devices in their garage.  Jobs’ mother worked for Varian Associates in Accounts, a high-tech company based in what was later known as Silicon Valley.


It would be whilst attending Homestead High School that Jobs met Bill Fernandez, a fellow fan of electronics, and it was through Bill that Jobs was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who at the time was Bill’s neighbour.  Jobs graduated in 1972, but having enrolled at Reed College he dropped out after just six months.


Jobs secured a job as a Technician with Atari, and later travelled to India with Daniel Kottke in search of Neem Karoli Baba, the spiritual teacher and Hindu guru on a journey of enlightenment.  Having stayed in India for over 6 months, he would return to the US and work again for Atari.


An early successful venture would be with Wozniak who had created a blue box, which orchestrated free long distance calls through telephone networks.  Jobs worked with Wozniak to build and sell the boxes, and at this time the pair also began to take part in meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club which was based in Silicon Valley and brought together those with a keen interest in electronics and computing.  The Club would prove inspirational to Wozniak for the design of the Apple I, and would also see pioneers in computing and electronic engineering such as Adam Osbourne, George Morrow, Lee Felsenstein, Li-Chen Wang as well as John Draper regularly attending meetings.


In 1976 Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple Computing Company, together with Ronald Wayne who they had worked with at Atari, and who was responsible for the design of the first Apple Logo as well as writing the Apple I manual.  The trio originally worked out of the garage of Jobs’ parents in Los Altos, and from these humble beginnings the computer and consumer electronics giant was born.


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Historic Apple Launches throughout January


With the New Year proving a popular choice for Apple when planning the announcement and launch of new additions to their product portfolio, we reflect on a selection of more recent Apple products which were historically launched in the month of January, following on from the Apple Lisa, the Macintosh 128K, the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE/30 in the early years of Apple.


January 2013 would see the 3rd Generation Rev A of Apple TV released, with Apple’s digital media player originally launched on January 9th 2007, allowing for users to access digital content and streaming media from various sources.


January 2012 saw Apple launch iBooks Author, a free of charge tool which allows users to create, publish and distribute their own works.


January 2010 came the announcement of iBooks by Apple, their e-book application which would be released for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.


January 2008 saw the release of the MacBook Air, which featured a full size keyboard in the notebook, yet was lightweight and thin in design.


January 2006 marked the launch of the MacBook Pro which consisted of a 15” model, with later generations including a 13” and 17” model and featuring a sleeker shaped aluminium design known as the Unibody.


January 2006 was also the release date for the iMac desktop computers offered by Apple, which featured the Core Duo the Intel CPU for the first time.


January 2005 saw the release of the Mac Mini desktop, as well as the iPod Shuffle showcased at the Macworld Conference & Expo, adding a further element to Apple’s digital audio portfolio.


January 2005 Apple launched a suite of desktop applications named iWork, which included Keynote a presentation tool, Numbers a spreadsheet application, and Pages providing for word processing functionality, for its OS X and iOS systems.


January 2004 the iPod Mini was announced and featured the click wheel, an element which would also appear on the iPod Nano, which later replaced the mini.


January 2001 saw the PowerBook G4 launched at the MacWorld Expo, the PowerBooks were powerful machines with long battery life and with designs in both titanium and aluminium.



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