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Just after building the Php script for generating iOS icons, I thought it would be a great idea to have a native OS X app that does the same thing. The app is very simple and requires only a few steps to produce all the icons you will need to support all of the current iDevices.

If you need some instructions to follow then read on, otherwise you can download below:

iOS Icons has been submitted to the Mac App Store for approval and will no longer be available for download from my blog. Please be patient for the app to appear in the Mac App store. When the app has been approved I will post here.

How to use iOS Icons:

After downloading iOS Icons, go ahead and unzip and move the App to your Applications folder. After you have done that you can double click the app and you should see a user interface as in the screen shot below:

iOS Icons - User Interface

After iOS Icons has launched you can drag your 512 x 512 icon file into the big window. If the application successfully accepted your image you will see your image loaded within the 512 x 512 window. At this point you can click preview to see what your generated icons will look like. If you click on Preview you should see something similar as in the screen shot below:

iOS Icons - Preview

It’s up to you if you want to click the Preview button or not, all of the icons will be generated regardless. Now all you have to do is click on Save and a Choose Folder Dialog will appear, as in the screen shot below:

iOS Icons - Choose Folder

You can either choose a folder to save your newly generated iOS icons to or you can choose to create a new folder and save them within the new folder. Once you have a folder picked out you can click on open. After clicking on Open, iOS Icons will quickly generated and save your icons to the specified folder. If all went well you should get a notification similar to the screen shot below:

iOS Icons - Finished

That’s it, that’s all there is to it. To me this is an invaluable tool and saves a lot of time. As always I’m hoping that the applications I develop help very many people and if it helps you feel free to drop me a comment saying thanks. Donations are always welcome.

So, I’m not sure how many of you have iPhones, I’m sure a lot of you have Mac’s and out of those of you that have Mac’s I’m not sure how many of you have had a chance to check out my Binary Watch Widget for Mac OS X.

Well, I recently started developing apps for the iPhone, so my first app that I submitted to the App Store for approval was a port of my Binary Watch Widget to the iPhone, which got approved about a week later and you can download that for free from the App Store. From your iPhone you just go to the App Store and search for Binary Watch.

The Binary Watch was my very first iPhone App and is pretty basic in design and functionality but it does as its title implies, it displays the current time in binary format. I wrote a tutorial here a few months ago on how to read a Binary Watch as well.

Given the basic design and lack of functionality of the Binary Watch iPhone App, I was inspired to develop a more robust Binary Watch App and so A Geek Clock was born. A Geek Clock displays binary time in a beautiful array of brightly colored LED’s taking up most of the iPhones screen real estate. A Geek Clock also has a few settings to choose from to allow for a more customized experience. For instance, you can select a color for the LED lights and you can also choose between a 12 and 24 hour time format.

A Geek Clock also allows you to enable or disable a learning mode feature which basically displays the current time on the screen and describes what the LED’s represent in a 10 base counting system. You also have the option to override the iPhones Auto Lock feature so that you can keep the clock on at all times.

You can check out more information and some screen shots of A Geek Clock on my new website Empoc Media. If you haven’t read about my new company yet, you can read about it in this blog post My New Company.

Also, for anyone willing to write a fair and honest review of A Geek Clock on the App Store, I will give a promotional code to, to download A Geek Clock for free, otherwise its $ .99 and I’m only charging so that I can further my development and come up with better applications that everyone will enjoy.

Well, I’m at it again, after developing the ISOx360 and Wii Tools, I thought about what else might be a useful tool for all of the fellow Mac OS X users out there. One thing that came to mind was that most of the HD content that can be found on the internet is usually in MKV format.

I wont cover the MKV format in-depth, just know that it is a container and not a codec, similar to how an AVI can be encoded as a divx or an xvid, an MKV file can use many different codecs. Most commonly MKV files contain the H.264 / X.264 codec for Video and the DTS / AC3 codec for audio.

The other thing you need to know about MKV files and HD content is that a typical 720P MKV file using an H.264 codec has a max bit-rate of about 9000, currently the AppleTV can only support 720P content with a Video bit-rate of up to 5000. If this limitation didn’t exist we could easily transcode the file to an MP4 / M4V container, but because of the Video limitation, we need to re-encode the file at a lower bit-rate. Don’t worry about quality, I haven’t seen any noticeable decrease in quality when re-encoding.

So, enough with the tech talk, you’re probably wondering, the title of the post is Convert MKV to MP4 on a Mac, so I’ll get on with it. The application that I’ve developed makes this an easy 1 step process. You load the MKV file, choose a save location for the new MP4 file, pick a few options and click convert. When its done, you can copy the MP4 file to your AppleTV / iTunes and enjoy great quality HD content.

Note: My application will also remove subtitles and convert any DTS audio track to AC3 so that you can keep all the surround sound. The thing is, to enjoy the surround sound, you’ll have to use the optical output on your AppleTV and have a receiver that can correctly decode the audio, along with a nice set of surround sound speakers.

You can download a trial of the application below, it will work exactly 10 times before it is rendered useless at which point you will have to purchase it, but don’t worry I kept the price cheap, only $14.95.

Download :

  Click to Download the MKV2AppleTV Trial (9.4 MiB, 1,961 hits)

Purchase:
Click to Purchase an MKV2AppleTV License

Google just announced that they have released a beta version of Google Chrome for download for Mac OS X. Along with the announcement they have listed some fun facts:

  • 73,804 lines of Mac-specific code written
  • 29 developer builds
  • 1,177 Mac-specific bugs fixed
  • 12 external committers and bug editors to the Google Chrome for Mac code base, 48 external code contributors
  • 64 Mac Minis doing continuous builds and tests
  • 8,760 cups of soft drinks and coffee consumed
  • 4,380 frosted mini-wheats eaten

From the sound of it, it appears that a lot of time and effort has been put into Google Chrome for Mac since its Alpha release about 6 months ago. I haven’t downloaded the beta release to test it yet, so I’ll leave that up to you guys. If anyone has had a chance to test Chrome yet please post your comments.

You can download the new beta release here http://www.google.com/chrome

I recently acquired a white G3 eMac with a 17 inch screen and thought it would be perfect to put into my daughters room. Unfortunately the eMacs didn’t come with built in airports, so no wireless. I looked around online for wireless cards that would work with a Mac and found that they are quite expensive.

Instead of purchasing a wireless adapter online, I went to Wal-Mart and bought a Belkin Wireless USB adapter. After getting home and opening the box, I noticed that there are no Mac drivers on the included CD, furthermore after searching Belkin’s website returned no results for any available Mac drivers for this particular adapter.

After some more searching on google, I found a few sites with drivers for this card for a Mac, but only to find out that there are multiple versions of this particular card. You can use the version matrix below to determine your version.

Version 1 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050
Version 2 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050A
Version 3 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050B
Version 4 – FCC ID = RAXWN4501H
Version 5 – FCC ID = K7SF5D7050E

This article will cover installing Version 4 of the F5D7050 adapter. Although, I will also be listing available drivers for Versions 1, 2, and 3. The Version 4 driver may also work for the Version 5 adapter, although this has not been tested, and if anyone tries and succeeds, I would appreciate a comment to let everyone know.

F5D7050 Version 1 & 2 Mac Driver
F5D7050 Version 3 Mac Driver
F5D7050 Version 4 Mac Driver

Each of these drivers is installed in much the same way, there is an install file that you run and then restart the Mac when the install has completed. After the Mac restarts you have to click on System Preferences and click on Network. You’ll receive a pop-up dialog alerting you that a new network device has been detected. Apply the change and then start the wireless utility if it hasn’t been started already. Scan for wireless networks, when your network has been found, connect to it.

That’s all there is to it. The install is very simple and straight forward. If anyone has any input / advice, feel free to post for others to read.

Have you ever heard anyone mention an NZB file ? How about searching for something on the internet, have you ever come across an NZB file of something that you’ve wanted to download but have no idea what an NZB file is ?

In short an NZB file is nothing more then an XML file with file and header information for Usenet binary attachments.

Ok, now for the definition in english. Think of an NZB file as a container and inside of this container is information that points to file locations. An NZB file does not contain any files within itself and it is not an archive that can be extracted. It’s basically a file that tells another applications which files to download.

So what application would you open an NZB with ? Simple answer if you’re on a Mac you can use Unison if you’re on Windows do a search for usenet client. I’m not going to go into much more detail about opening NZB files and downloading, that’s beyond the scope of this article, but I will have another tutorial posted soon that covers downloading NZB files, configuring Unison, and extracting the downloaded parts.

So to summarize, if you don’t have a usenet account and you don’t have a usenet client then an NZB file will pretty much be useless to you. If you want to learn more then subscribe to my RSS feed. I’ll have a tutorial ready soon.

Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.4 or later
- Intel Processor
- Dual Layer DVD Burner

Installation:

So today I have decided to release the an Alpha Version of ISOx360. You can download it from my projects page.

ISOx360 makes burning XBOX 360 games on your Mac just about as simple as it can get. Simply download ISOx360 and extract the .dmg then open the .dmg and drag ISOx360 to your Applications folder to install. Once installed you can launch ISOx360 and you should be presented with a screen similar to the illustration to the left.

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I’ve had the pleasure of downloading the Developer Release of Google’s new browser, chrome. Right when you launch the application it notifies you that its not appropriate for general consumer use and that the bookmark and password import as well as certain privacy features are not functional yet, but hey who needs those features, all of us Mac users are eager to try out the new browser.

At first glance the browser looks very plain with a view of your six most visited sites similar to version 4 of Safari that was just recently released by Apple. Read more

This tutorial should work no matter which operating system you are on, however I am writing it with more emphasis on how to do it on a Mac, since there isn’t any software that will help with backing up original Wii Games on a Mac.

The best thing about this Guide is that if your Wii has a mod chip installed and you have an SD card and a home network, then you wont have to spend any money on any additional hardware. So on to the guide.

Prerequisites:

  • Wii with a mod chip
  • Wii with Version 3.2 ( If your version is higher then 3.2 then you must downgrade )
  • Wii connected to your network
  • A Mac connected to your network
  • An SD Card ( Must be less then 2GB )

Required Software:

  • WiiOSx Tool - A custom application I developed to aid the process and make life easy. WiiOSx Tool will format your SD Card to the proper specifications, prepare your SD card to install the Homebrew Channel, prepare your SD card to install custom IOS and the Wii HTTP server. Finally, WiiOSx will make it easy to download your ISO. Go ahead and download WiiOSx Tool, install and launch it and then proceed to Step 1.NOTE: Only works on OS X 10.5 ( Leopard ) 

 

Step 1: Preparing Your SD Card

The first thing we need to do is prepare the SD card. We will need to format the SD card with FAT16 and then add the necessary applications to it. To do this follow the steps below:

Formatting Your SD Card:

Format SD Card

Format SD Card

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click the Format SD Card Tab
  3. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  4. Enter A New Name for your SD Card ( It can be the same name as the current card name )
  5. Click Format SD Card

Preparing the SD Card for Homebrew Channel Installation:

If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed, you can skip this part and go on to Step 2

BannerBomb Hack

BannerBomb Hack

  1. In WiiOSx Tool click on the BannerBomb Hack Tab
  2. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  3. Choose a version from the Drop Down ( Start with the first and work your way down until one of them works )
  4. Make sure Erase Card is checked.
  5. Click Make BannerBomb SD Card
  6. Take the SD Card and put it into your Wii’s SD Card Slot
  7. Press (Wii), Data Management, Channels, SD. It should either pop up Load boot.dol/elf? or freeze. If it freezes then repeat steps 1 through 5 and choose a different version.
  8. Click Yes and Install Homebrew Channel

 

Step 2: Checking Your Wii’s Current Version

The first thing we need to do is check which menu version your Wii currently uses. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Wii
  2. On the bottom left hand corner of the Wii menu you should see the Wii Logo. Click on it
  3. Then Click on Settings
  4. On the top left corner of the screen you should see your version
  5. If your version is higher then 3.2 then continue to Step 3.
  6. If your version is 3.2 then continue to Step 5.

 

Step 3: Fixing Your Wii

This is a step you need to take if your version is above 3.2 before we begin, we need to prepare the SD Card with the necessary files. If you haven’t formatted your SD Card yet, then follow the beginning of the tutorial. If your SD card has been formatted already then all you need to do is as follows:

Additional Apps

Additional Apps

  • Launch WiiOSx Tool
  • Click on the Additional Apps Tab
  • Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  • Make sure Erase Card is selected
  • Then click on Add Applications
  • Wait for it to finish and then insert your SD Card into the Wii’s SD Slot

Follow the steps below to Fix your Wii (This fix will enable WAD’s to run properly on your Wii)

  1. Update your Wii to the latest version. 
  2. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “WAD Manager”.
  3. Press “A” on the Wii Remote once. The Wii should detect a SD Card. Press “A” again to see a list of WADs on the SD Card. Use the “D-Pad” to select “IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad”. Press “+” to install the WAD. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Custom Manager”. Using the same method as in “Step 3″, install the “cIOS_Fix.wad”. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  5. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘IOS Downgrader’. Just follow the instructions on the screen and wait until it finishes installing the necessary IOSs.
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “No”, and DO NOT install the “Wii Shop Channel”.
  7. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘WAD Manager ’. Install ‘WAD MANAGER 1.3’. 
  8. The Wii is now able to install WADs and Homebrew Apps should work properly now. 

 

Step 4: Downgrading Your Wii To 3.2

  1. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Firmware Downgrader”.
  2. Press the ‘A’ button on the Wii Remote. You should be presented with a list of different firmware versions. Select and press ‘A’ on one of the following:
    - 3.2J = Japan Firmware
    - 3.2U = American Firmware
    - 3.2E = Europe Firmware
  3. Press the “Home” button on the Wii Remote to restart the Wii. 
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″.
  5. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the “Wii Shop Channel”
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Mii Channel Updater”.
  7. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “Updated Mii Channel”, by pressing “A”.
  8. You are now on the Wii Firmware 3.2X and can use the Mii Channel and Shop Channel. 

 

Step 5: Installing cIOS249

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2.  Launch the Custom IOS249 Installer. 
  3. It should only take a few seconds before the IOS is installed.

 

Step 6: Starting The HTTPD Server

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2. Launch the WiiHTTP Dumper
  3. Once it loads, it will connect to your network, and display the IP address of the Wii.
  4. Insert the Wii Game that you want to backup!

 

Step 7: Downloading Your ISO

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click on the ISO Tab
  3. Type the Wii IP Address that is displayed from the HTTPD server into the Wii IP Address box
  4. Click on Save ISO To, to select a location to save your ISO to.
  5. Select the type of ISO you are creating, the choices are do-wii-sl.iso (Wii Single Layer Disc), do-wii-dl.iso (Wii Dual Layer Disc), do-gamecube.gcm (Game Cube Disc).
  6. Click Save ISO, the process can take anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hrs. depending on your connection speed.
WiiOSx Tool - ISO

WiiOSx Tool - ISO

 

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I will not charge for WiiOSx Tool but I’m hoping that I’ll at least receive some donations for my hard work. You can use the form below to donate any amount you wish.

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NOTE: This will only work with backup copies of Wii Games, there is currently no support for the internal DVD drives that come standard in any Mac for reading original Wii discs.

In an effort to keep things simple, this is a follow-up of my tutorial on How To Backup And Burn Wii Games On A Mac. I have developed an application that allows you to simply insert the Wii Game into your DVD Drive and then select a location and name for your ISO and simply click on Backup Wii Game.

NOTE: This is an Alpha release of WiiOSx, I will need to receive a lot of feedback as far as functionality is concerned. WiiOSx has been tested on OS X 10.5 and works without any issues. Please leave comments and let me know what you’d like to see in future releases as well as any bugs you may experience.

Just follow the simple step by step Tutorial Below:

WiiOSx Tutorial:

 

Download WiiOSx, extract and then Launch the Application.

WiiOSx - Main Menu

WiiOSx - Main Menu

Insert your Wii Game that you want to Backup, Finder should pop up and say that you inserted a blank DVD. Click on Ignore. Now you should see information for Media Type and BSD Name. This information is not important but it should say something other then No Disc.

Click on Select and choose where to save your image and give it a name and then click Save

WiiOSx - Select

WiiOSx - Select

You should now see your chosen location and image name appear next to the Select Button. 

WiiOSx - Location

WiiOSx - Location

If this is correct then you can proceed to click on Backup Wii Game, you should then be presented with a progress bar. Wait for it to finish and then burn with Disk Utility. You can follow my other tutorial for that bit. http://chris-fletcher.com/2009/05/17/backup-and-burn-wii-games-on-a-mac/

WiiOSx - Progress

WiiOSx - Progress

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