Direct Download of Xcode 4.1
Since Xcode was moved exclusively to the App Store I’ve found it to be a bit of a pain to download and install.
It’s so big (3.2GB!) that I’ve known the download to fail on a few occasions and you can’t use a download manager when downloading via the App Store.
As for resuming – let’s not go there….
Xcode is primarily Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE) for developing applications for Apple Mac and iOS devices but it actually contains a massive, free, suite of development tools for use on the Mac.
Xcode 4.1 include the following great tools and utilities: Instruments, Dashcode, Xcode, Quartz Composer, Icon Composer, Application Loader, Network Link Conditioner, Bluetooth PackageMaker, Clipboard Viewer, SleepX, CrashReporterPrefs, FileMerge, Syncrospector, Help Indexer, USB Prober, IORegistryExplorer and tons more.
One of those tools is also utilized by WINE, to allow Mac user’s run lots of Windows programs directly on their Macs. You can read about how to that here.
So here are the clear and simple instructions for downloading and installing Xcode version 4.1 for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and later.
- Download xcode_4.1_for_lion.dmg from one of the direct links in the download section below. (I recommend using a download manager as it’s 3.2GB!)
- When downloaded, mount the DMG file and launch InstallXcodeLion.pkg
- The Xcode Install Assistant Installer will appear. Continue through the installer accepting all defaults.
- When the installer finishes, click Close.
- At this point you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re done – but you’re not. The installer you just went through was to install another installer!
- Open your Applications folder and click Install Xcode. A new installer will appear – continue through this installer accepting all defaults.
- When the second installer is finished, you’ll see a new Xcode icon on your Dock.
- More importantly though, you’ll now find a Developer Tools folder in the main volume of your hard disk which contains a huge array of cool developer tools.
I sometimes like to digress from the usual writing of Windows, Mac and iPhone articles here on proposedsolution.com just for a change from the norm.
If you haven’t seen it, a few months ago I posted one of my all time favorite Apple adverts called ‘Think Different‘.
The ad posted below is by no way one of my favorites but it’s just so likeable. Back when floppies were actually floppy and having 256 KB of memory was shockingly fast. Is that a TV to the right?
Oh and that salesman (is that John Appleseed?), how jolly looking, and the kid pushing the keyboard randomly. What about the guy writing at the back while looking at – well looking at a 5 1/4 inch floppy drive by the looks of it!
While I struggle to put a date on either the ‘Think Different’ ad or the one below I’m almost certain the one below is earlier!
The classic thing about this ad is the references to personal computer and the crazy number of corny lines such as “Grab a piece of the future for youself” or “drop by and sink you teeth into an Apple!”
Where do you reckon they were going with this stuff?? Anyway, enjoy!
In a recent exercise stemming largely from curiosity, this author decided to do some domain name investigations after reading all of the rumour articles regarding the impending Apple tablet/slate/big ipod style handheld computer. The results were interesting.
Apple seems to protect it’s product’s Domain Names through online brand protection company MarkMonitor Inc.
By performing a simple WhoIs search on many of the biggest and most recent Apple products such as ipod.com, iphone.com, ipodtouch.com, imac.com, itunes.com, quicktime.com, macbookair.com and many more I’m sure the result is usually the same which is that the registrar is MARK MONTIOR INC and the nameservers point to apple.com domains. See the example below – imac.com
iMac.com Domain WHOIS Record
This in itself is not a big surprise as a lot of large companies tend to employee third parties nowadays following Microsoft’s minor hiccup some years ago when someone pinched the hotmail.com domain from under their noses when it expired.
What is worth noting is that the islate.com domain name is also registered to MARK MONITOR INC (see screenshot below) and while the nameservers currently point to Mark Monitor’s own servers you can bet your stars that come Apple’s announcement at the end of this month that domain will be firmly point towards ns1.apple.com!
iSlate.com Domain WHOIS Record
Apple have announced today that they are set to ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28th.
Pre-order your copy now for only $29 for a single licence or for just $49 for a family pack by clicking here
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
Here are some highlights:
- Full 64 bit support
- A quicker finder with increased icon refresh speed of between 1.4 and 1.7 x what Leopard boasts
- Grand Central Dispatch will allow the OS and Applications to take full advantage of the now common multi-CPU systems
- You’ll be up and running quicker too with wake up and boot times reduced
- Time Machine is set to run 50% quicker then Leopard
- There are also improvements in graphics with Open CL & Quicktime X
- The installation runs 45% faster and Snow Leopard will actually save you 6GB of hard drive space when you upgrade from Leopard – yes you read correctly – Snow Leopard is 6GB less than Leopard
As well as the many speed and performance enhancements, Snow Leopard will give us a few very useful improvements around usability.
- Improving text selection in a PDF file. If you’ve ever tried it in older versions of OS X then you’ll know it can be a real pain.
- Application context Services menu. No more huge lists of greyed out options in the Services menu
- Improved Stacks – you can now navigate folders inside a stack
- Improved Expose – it’s now integrated into the dock icon for the application. Simply click and hold the application icon of your choice and Expose will reshuffle all open windows for that application neatly in front of your eyes.
Printing to your Mac printer with BonJour
This article steps you through setting up a printer in Windows that’s connect directly to an Apple Mac on your local area network (LAN).
- You attempt to add a shared printer that’s connected to a Mac on your network but cannot locate the printer when you browse the network
- You want install a printer in Windows that you know is connected to a Mac on your network but don’t know where to start.
Connecting to a network printer isn’t always straight forward in Windows and especially so if connecting to a shared printer that’s connected to a Mac.
Not so, now that Apple have BonJour for Windows it’s quite simple.
Solution 1 – Share the Mac Printer & Use BonJour for Windows!
This HOWTO is based on MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and Windows XP.
On the Mac
- Enable Sharing for the Printer
- Applications > System Preferences > Sharing > Unlock (bottom left)
- Place a check mark in the Printer Sharing box on the left pane
- On the right pane, place a check mark in the printer you would like to share
- Exit the Sharing screen and go to your Windows PC
On the PC
- If required, download the Windows printer driver from your printer manufacturers website. Windows may already have the driver installed.
Go to the printer manufacturers website and look for a link such as ‘Support’, ‘Drivers’ or ‘Software Downloads’. It’s the Windows driver you’re looking for!
You’ll find direct links to the major printer manufacturers download areas in the links section of this site.
- Download & Install BonJour for Windows from Apple’s website here:
- Launch BonJour Printer Wizard
- After you have finished downloading & installing BonJour double click the BonJour Printer Wizard on your Windows desktop
- Click Next on the Welcome to the BonJour Printer Wizard window
- Select the printer that you shared in the ‘On the Mac’ section of this HOWTO and click Next
- You must now either select the appropriate driver from the list or click the Have Disk.. button if you downloaded the driver from the manufacturers website as per step 1 above
- After you have selected the correct driver, click Next..
- Click Finish
How did this work out for you? Share your thoughts in the discussion below.