Category Archives: Development

MacVector 12.5: Interface improvements and redesign

This is part of a series of posts about the shortly to be released MacVector 12.5. With each release of MacVector as well as adding new features we continually redesign and rewrite many existing parts of MacVector. This is done for a number of reasons. For example: to accommodate changes in OS X, where generally […]

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Growl and MacVector

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be highlighting some of the new features that are being added to MacVector 11.1. The first of these is support for a great notification system that we all use at MacVector. Some analyses with MacVector will take seconds and as such are done in the foreground. However, […]

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Mac OS X updates and MacVector

One of the great things about OS X is that updates are really painless to install! Actually come to mention it upgrading the OS between major versions is usually trouble free too! For minor in version updates System Update will easily download and update the OS, leaving you the user to just reboot. So really […]

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Topology of a sequence and interface changes

With each new release of MacVector we have always strived to be the easiest to use sequence analysis application. We have made some fairly radical changes to the interface over the last few years, and inevitably there are some changes that you know will confuse long time users but are needed to make the interface […]

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MacVector 11.0 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

MacVector 11.0 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia) On August 28th Apple Computer, Inc. publicly release Mac OS X 10.6 also known as Snow Leopard. With any new release of the operating system (OS) there is always the question of whether the applications you own will continue to work. […]

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Next Generation sequencing formats

As is common with the lack of standards seen with most emerging technologies there are many different and competing types of sequencing file formats for storage of short read or next generation sequencing data. All these formats try to solve the same question of storing an almost unprecedented amount of sequence data in a useable […]

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MacVector, Universal Type Identifiers and File Extensions

One feature that Macintosh applications have typically provided since the very beginning has been the ability to associate a document with an application such that opening the document (double clicking) would launch the appropriate application. Historically, on the Mac OS, this has been accomplished by including two additional pieces of information stored in the directory […]

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Patch Releases

A trail of ants came marching though my kitchen last week. I found the hole they came in and plugged it up. There, that’s sorted them. Two days later they were back, this time through a different hole. Bugs – I hate them. Just like software. There are probably as many different approaches to software […]

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