Posts Tagged ‘Application’

How-To create an Apple ID and purchase software on the Mac App Store (optionally with use of a GiftCard)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Purchasing software on the Mac App Store is meant to be a straigt-forward process, and it is! Apple’s Magic?!
Said so it’s true that the App Store licensing change the rules we are used to follow (supposedly) .
If facts now we can buy an application on the App Store and install it in as many Macs as we own without extra charge… but what if we are running a company? ..read to know!

Basic Concepts

  1. The App Store purchases are tight to an Apple ID and only one!
  2. Every Apple ID is tight to a specific CreditCard/Peyment Method
    1. By The Way we can create multiple accounts using the same credit card.
    2. We can top-up/recharg the credit on an Apple ID with single or multiple iTunes GiftCards instead of any other peyment method or credit card.
  3. The App Store license allows the owner of the account to install as many copies of the purchased software on as many computers he owns on his EXCLUSIVE/FAMILIY use (it’s not imposed the limit of 5 devices unlike the iOS App Store)

Best practice to avoid liceses issues: HOW-TO STAY LEGAL

  1. For a company’s purposes it’s recomended (I would say nmecesary) to create an Apple ID for each user (employee) that need to buy softwatre from the App Store.
  2. The Apple IDs created must NOT be too tight to the users to avoid problems when an employee would depart (leave the company).
  3. It may be more practical to associate an Apple ID to the machine in use by a user that need the software:
    1. if the user leaves the company we just need to change the password and few personal information associated with the Apple ID.
    2. if the user change computer can login to the new computer and download again the software previously purchased, and remove the copies of the software from the old computer.
    3. if the user has more then one computer he can legally use the same Apple ID on all the computers he uses as far as he is the only user of those computers.
  4. The Apple ID will usually match the email address used to register it, so I suggest to use impersonal emails such [email protected] and those email addresses will be aliases (nick names) for a unique email address that will receive the iTunes invoices issued from the App Store.
  5. When a user needs to buy some applications it’s enough to top-up his Apple ID with an iTunes GiftCard without need to use a Credit Card.
    In case of a domestic use this is a good practice if we want your son/daughter to buy some apps/games without giving them your credit card details, you will feel safe that they won’t drain your account
    .The GitCard can be bought by amny means like via internet from or from the Apple Store user when needed to top-up his account.

Create an Apple ID

  1. Make sure that an appropriate nickname/alias email address, such [email protected], exists and points to [email protected] .
  2. Follow this linkhttps://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/117/wa/createAppleId?wosid=RHjigjcIiKYNMaFbf3xj30&localang=en_UKto create a new Apple ID.
  3. Use the nickname/alias email address ([email protected]) as ‘Apple ID’.
  4. You may consider to use the same password for all the created Apple IDs only if NO Credit Card will be associated to it, because the risk due to a stolen password would be limited to drain all the iTunes GiftCard (leftover) credit and nothing more.
  5. I suggest to use the user’s real full name but a fake birthday date and for the ‘primary address’ to provide the company address.
  6. Confirm the information to create the Apple ID

Add Credit to the Apple ID (Redeem a GiftCard)

If you decided not to use a credit card:

  1. Buy, by any mean, an iTunes GiftCard (aka voucher).
  2. Open the ‘App Store’ application on the Mac where you are going to buy and install the desidered software.
  3. From the application’s menu choose ‘Store -> View My Account‘ and SignIn with the newly created Apple ID credential that will “stick” with this computer.
  4. Edit the ‘Payment Information’.
  5. If you decided to go for iTunes GiftCards (instead of Credit Cards):
    1. Choose ‘NONE’ as payment method and then click on ‘To redeem a code, click here‘.
    2. Enter the Gift Card or other iTunes code to add credit to the Apple ID

Purchase Software in the App Store

  1. Make sure you are signed in with the right Apple ID credential.
  2. Locate the software you want to buy.
  3. Click on the price label below the App’s name.
  4. Provide the Apple ID’s password if required.

The app will be downloaded and installed directly into the Application folder of the Mac.

Mac OS X Lion 10.7 Compatibility List of Applications

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I just discovered that RoaringApps  has started a collaborative wiki community to track, discuss and dissect application compatibility for Mac OS X Lion 10.7.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to the developer pre-realease of Mac OS X Lion 10.7 (build 11A390) you may want to consult this compatibility list to know if you can safely install the brand new system without losing access to any of your applications:

http://roaringapps.com/apps:table

Serial Number and Product Key Finder for Mac

Friday, January 21st, 2011

How many times have you installed a software at your office and then after many years you find out thatthe installation disc or (worst!) the serial number (or product key) shipped with the disc are lost?

When changing your old Mac to a new Mac you may had prefered to start from a brand new installation instead of restoring from a Time Machine backup, especially if you come from a PowerPC environment and you want to migrate to an Intell processor machine.
If this is the case you want to know what are the serial numbers of all yuor purchased software.

Product Key Finder for Mac is the small and free utility that you really need, and if you like it there’s a Windows version as well.

You can download the Product Key Finder from the official home page of the project:
http://mac-product-key-finder.com/

Enjoy!

What to do if the AFP service needs to be restarted periodically?

Saturday, October 16th, 2010
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Recently, after upgrading my Mac Mini Core 2 Duo (turned into server) to Snow Leopard Server 10.6.4, I started experiencing a very annoying problem, the AFP service was periodically stopping to share the chosen folders (Shared Points) to the clients.

I noticed that this is sometimes related with the server resources and performance.
For instance the AFP may stop working properly during intensive file transfer such remote backup via TimeMachine or when another service is keep the CPU at 100% usage.
It especially happens in my MacMini as the RAM is limited to only 1GB and then a lot of disk activity is generated for swapping.

Basically the service is not crashed or discontinued, the AFP server process is still running and still allows the users to log in from any workstation connected, the problem is that once logged in the users is able to see only its own home folder but all the other Shared Points configured in the Server Admin control panel are not listed.q

The solution has been for a long while to periodically monitor the service and when I noticed the misbehaviour I restarted the service and in a few second the users were able to connect to all the shared points again.

I wasn’t happy with this inelegant solution, so when I had a little of spare time I investigated better the problem and I found an old thread on the Apple Support page, it was describing the same issue performing on Leopard server 10.5 series:

http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=6145016

Apparently for the Leopard server the solution is a little tricky and involve a script that periodically toggle the Guest Account access option.

Then the idea, EUREKA! CARAMBA! I had a little check and I found that for security reasons I disabled the access for the Guest Account.

The Solution has been quite fast, I enabled again the Guest Access to the AFP service from the Server Admin, AFP service, Settings panel, Access tab (as shown in the picture below). This fix is still woking for me and the service never stopped again!

AFP_Settings_Access_GuestAccess

AFP_Settings_Access_GuestAccess_Toggle

Anyway I wanted to prevent access to the Shared Points of the AFP services to the Guest Account so I disable the Guest Account specifically for each Shared Point.

From the Server Admin, AFP service, Shared Point panel, I selected the Shared Points individually, I accessed the Protocol Options and I disabled the Guest Access toggle (as shown in the picture).

AFP SharedPoint GuestAccess Toggle

AFP SharedPoint GuestAccess Toggle

Doing so I allow the Guest Access to log in to the AFP service but I prevent it to use any Shared Point (shared directory). For further security it’s possible to limit the access to the AFP service to a selected number of user groups (they must NOT include the Guest account as their member) through the Services Access settings of the Server Admin tool, according to my experience this is as a ‘best practice’ operation that we should apply in most of the AFP servers we set up.

Please feel free to reply this thread if you have found better solutions to this issue.

How-To open multiple instances of an application with OS X

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
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It happened to me to have the need to run at the same time the Skype application in Mac OS X  being logged with two different accounts, this was needed to test the messaging and file sharing capabilities or simply to be able to receive calls on two different accounts or registered numbers at the same time.

That practice is not actually permitted with the current version of Skype for Mac OS X (Skype Version 2.8.0.251) so I had to find a DIY solution.

At the beginning I tried to copy the application bundle and launch it, wishing that the system was recognising this as a distinct application but unfortunately that didn’t work and Mac OS X was complaining that the application was already running and it could not open a second instance of it (due to a conflict of resources).

I then started wondering why in GNU/Linux (that is a not-so-far cousin of Mac OS X UNIX subsystem), wasn’t that difficult to launch from command-line a second instance of an application, so it came to my mind the ‘open’ command that sometimes I use with AppleScript to launch some applications.

Reading the manual of ‘open’ I discovered these two ‘magical’ options:

  • The ‘-n’ option, that guarantees the opening of a new instance of the application;
  • The ‘-a’ option, that permits to specify the name of an application without the bundle extension ‘.app’ and without specifying the absolute path of the application (that in this case would generally be ‘/Applications/Skype.app’;

I ended up with this ‘best solution’ to open a second (or further) copy of an application with Mac OS X using the given CLI command ‘open’ as follows:

# open -na <application_name>