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Apple odds and sods

Apple did what it always does and waited until I couldn’t return my MacBook Pro before updating the range. Faster processors and on the 15-inch model, the option of an LED backlight.

If you fancy a Mac word processor but don’t need a full office suite, check out Bean.  It’s basically a text editor beefed up into a word processor rather than a cut-down Word clone, if that makes sense.

NetNewsWire 3 is out of beta, and it’s brilliant.

There’s a new, X11-free version of OpenOffice available for OS X. Probably not worth the download until the “can’t print” issue is fixed.

Camino 1.5 has been released.

Thanks to the strong pound, the wonderful Better Finder Rename utility is better value than ever. The whole “Better…” suite is £21 by electronic download. I know batch renaming utilities aren’t very glamorous, but ABFR is a fantastic tool – particularly if like me, you regularly need to batch change file extensions or rename hundreds of screenshots simultaneously.