Friday, March 9, 2007

MacFUSE news

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Official Google Mac Blog: MacFUSE news

Posted by Scott Knaster, Mac Team Technical Writer

There are some new developments with MacFUSE, the open source project that makes it easier to bring file systems to Mac OS X, that we want to let you know about:
  • One of the great features of MacFUSE is the large set of language bindings available to programmers who want to write file systems. Now the MacFUSE website has an Objective-C library that's going to be especially popular with all you Cocoa programmers. Like MacFUSE itself, this library is open source so you can extend it to your heart's content. Note that this is the very same library that was used to create the MacFUSE demos shown during Macworld Expo 2007.
  • By popular demand, you can now get source code for the Spotlight file system that was presented as a demo of what you can do with MacFUSE.
  • For those of you wondering what MacFUSE is and what you can do with it, check out this article I wrote that appears on O'Reilly's MacDevCenter.
You can always get the latest info on MacFUSE by visiting the project's changelog page.

Good luck exploring new file systems with MacFUSE!


Thursday, March 8, 2007

Blogger and Picasa Web Albums

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Blogger Buzz: Blogger and Picasa Web Albums

Ever wanted to see all the photos you've uploaded to your blog in one place? Head over to Picasa Web Albums and now you can! We've been working closely with the Picasa team on this project - all the photos you've uploaded since December will appear in an album there, and we're working on migrating your older photos as well. (It'll take a while though - there are a lot of them.)

Each of your blogs now has its own album in Picasa Web Albums, which is exciting because you now have a photo management interface for your blog's photos - for example you could order prints, use the fancy email this photo feature, or easily embed the album somewhere else on the web. Be careful when you delete photos though, because deletions will affect both your blog and its album. Lastly, Blogger photos are now part of Picasa Web Albums' 1GB of free quota, which can be upgraded.

Check out Picasa and Picasa Web Albums!


Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Better branding part II

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Google Custom Search: Better branding part II

In tandem with the search results branding changes, we've just updated and implemented new search box branding for CSEs as well. You can now select from 7 different search box branding options to fit the look and feel of your site. You'll find these different branding options on the Code page in your Custom Search Engine Control Panel. If you were previously using the watermark branding option that sits within the search box, we have automatically updated this logo to match the new updated branding.

We're always working to improve and enhance CSEs look, feel and functionality, and hope you agree that this new branding is a step in the right direction. To learn more about CSE branding, visit our branding guidelines. And as always, please keep the feedback coming.


[G] The New Sidebar and Gadgets

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Inside Google Desktop: The New Sidebar and Gadgets

With the dramatically increasing amount of content out there, you need better ways to find relevant information, whether searching your computer or reading the latest headlines in sidebar. How could we improve the way you stay up-to-date with sidebar and gadgets? How could we make it even easier to search files and find that lost book report, web page, or recipe? After many months, we are pleased to release the Google Desktop 5 Beta application, featuring a new sidebar and redesigned Gadgets.

The sidebar has a completely new look and feel. It samples the color of your wallpaper and fades in the sampled color so that it fits seamlessly onto your desktop. Some of our gadgets have been redesigned so that they are easy to tell apart, easy to read, and easy on the eyes. More differentiated gadgets allow for faster scanning of information through the sidebar. And we've created a new dialog for adding gadgets so it's easier and faster than ever to find the right gadgets for you.

In addition, we have improved two other key features of Google Desktop:
  • Desktop Search - Ever searched your computer and seen a row of results that looked almost identical - so you had to open file after file until you found the right one? Now there is a better way: preview search results from within Google Desktop. Don't wait for an entire application to load, just click "Preview" and find the information you want right away. Finding the right file has never been easier!

  • Security - We take your security extremely seriously and have added new features to help make your search experience safer. Whether you're clicking on links from documents, IMs and email or browsing the web, if we have information that the site you're visiting might be trying to steal your personal information or install malicious software on your computer, we'll give you a warning first so you can decide if you want to use the site.
You can never save enough time looking for information. Find out more about Google Desktop.