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CrossOver 14 improving Windows apps on Macs

With Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 generally getting bad reviews, Mac users who need to run Windows apps often feel like installing Windows on a MacBook is like installing a cassette tape deck in a new Mercedes. Users of CodeWeaver's CrossOver don't have this self-esteem problem, as they can run…

WinClone 5 makes incremental backups of Boot Camp partitions

WinClone 5 from Twocanoes Software adds a feature that lets Mac users two types of back ups of a Boot Camp Windows partition. In addition to making identical clones of a Boot Camp partition, Winclone 5 can make Time-Machine-style incremental backups of the Windows user folder, and allow users to…

Emailchemy 12.1.15 converts email between platforms

Emailchemy 12.1.15 ($30) from Weird Kid Software is a maintenance update of the email converter software for OS X, Windows, and Linux, which can convert between various email formats on Macs and Windows PCs. The update fixes a problem with application's converter for Outlook Mac 2011 that caused…


Boot Runner 2 adds VMs to Mac startup manager screen

Twocanoes Software today released Boot Runner 2 ($10), an OS X Startup Manager replacement for one or more Macs. Version 2 adds support for a virtual machine as if it were a startup disk, a feature the Mac has never had before. Normally, when a user holds the Option at Mac startup, the user can choose from the Mac's boot partitions, including Boot Camp. Boot Runner 2 adds virtual machines to this list …


Does the final Mavericks update fix SMB file sharing?

Apple last week released OS X 10.9.5, the final versioned update for the Mavericks Mac OS. Besides security fixes, Apple lists only three improvements for the update, including, "improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server." Does 10.9.5 fix the problems with SMB file sharing…


Yosemite to default to SMB 3 file sharing

Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite Mac OS will include Microsoft's SMB 3 file sharing protocol, according to Wisely Guide and various user forum posts. The addition of SMB 2 as the default file sharing protocol in Mavericks has caused headaches with Mac clients and servers connecting to Windows servers and…

File locking not working on OS X Server with Windows clients

You may remember the reader report, "Mavericks ACL bug keeps Windows users locked out," where Windows users could no longer open server-based files after Macs had opened. Mark Gilbert seems to be having the opposite problem with OS X Server and Windows clients, where file locking doesn't work at…

ABE tip for Mavericks ACL problem a no-go for reader

Martin Steitz responded to our report "Tip: Turn off ABE to fix Mavericks ACL Windows Server glitches," where a reader said turning off Access Based Enumeration (ABE) on the server and SMB2 on the Mac fixed the problem. Steitz says turning off ABE had not effect, but turning of SMB2 on the Macs…


Reader confirms nsmb.conf file sharing fix for Error -36

John Blagden confirmed a workaround to resolve -36 file sharing errors with Mac Mavericks clients and Mavericks servers. The fix forces OS X Server to use SMB1 instead of SMB2 by creating a file called nsmb.conf containing the line "smb_neg=smb1_only." This can be a plain text file or created from Terminal...

ExtremeZ-IP 9 adds instant Spotlight search of NAS

Acronis has released ExtremeZ-IP 9, a new version of the Windows-based file and print server for Mac clients. ExtremeZ-IP 9 extends its Network Spotlight feature to bring near-instantaneous searches of NAS devices from OS X's Spotlight search. Version 9 also adds support for the latest Windows Server updates...

Touchdown Exchange client for iOS-Mac keeps corporate email separate

TouchDown ($20) from NitroDesk is a full-featured Exchange Server client for iOS devices that enables you to keep your corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes and from your personal data and communications. If needed, you can wipe your corporate information while keeping your personal...


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