Macworld and new apps

Macworld was a week ago today. A few fun quotes from Steve Jobs:

"This jacket is wicked."
"We put the antennas where they belong."
"You only use what you understand."

Almost every weblog I read has been buzzing about Apple’s new web browser, Safari, but this Macworld also saw updates to iMovie and iDVD. iDVD has has some great new themes, and iMovie has apparently been rewritten in Cocoa (which explains the delay between the last release and now).

It used to be that part of an argument between a Mac person and a PC person might go something like this: “There are way more applications available for PCs than for Macs.” Response: “Well, that’s true, but all the ones that matter are on both platforms.”

In the last two years we have seen a different situation emerge. Innovative apps that are well-designed and focused on a single purpose are appearing for the Mac that have no good counterparts in the Windows world. NetNewsWire, OmniOutliner, and OmniGraffle come to mind. And Apple is continuing to lead the way by bringing a lot of power to users in the form of iMovie and iDVD. I don’t have numbers to back this up but I think bundling these apps can only help sell machines.

I’ve been using Safari since its release. I don’t miss tabbed browsing, but I do miss Chimera’s ability to store web site passwords in the system keychain. And for no good reason I’ve changed the color of the toolbar icons.

Manton Reece @manton