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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Apple Updates iLife '08 on Eve of iLife '09 Availability

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"Apple just released two new updates for both iLife and iDVD. The iLife Media Browser Update will "improve overall stability and address a number of other minor issues," according to the update page. In addition to the iLife update, Apple also updated the iDVD authoring software. iDVD 7.0.3 "improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.""

Of course, you could just upgrade to iLife '09 which is out today, but if you are planning on holding onto iLife '08 for a bit longer, go grab these updates. All of them are available on Software Update.

Nvidia Update 2009 for Unibody Macs & MacBook Air

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

"This update improves cursor movement when using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter with the Mini DisplayPort enabled MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro. It also improves playback of HD video running on systems with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or GeForce 9600M graphics."

I only had one issue with my Mini DisplayPort, and it was if I had my Dell monitor plugged in, the computer would freeze on awakening from sleep mode. This update seems to have repaired the issue, though, so even if it does nothing else for me, I'm happy. The download is available from Software Update so go grab it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

QuickTime Updated to 7.6

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"QuickTime 7.6 includes changes that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security. This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users."

Quicktime 7.6 has improvements for AAC Audio, MPEG movie audio track export improvements, one-pass H.264 encoding improvements, and a few other goodies. It's now available from Software Update.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Apple Details iLife '09 Up To Date Program

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"As usual, Apple has rolled out a low-cost upgrade ("up-to-date" in Apple parlance) program for iLife ‘09. It works like this: if you purchased a Mac (even a refurbished one) on or after 06 January 2009 that doesn't come with iLife ‘09 you can upgrade to iLife ‘09 for $9.95 plus tax. The reason is that all Macs sold after last Tuesday's Macworld Expo keynote address are sold as "shipping with iLife ‘09." To be able to claim that Apple needs to make iLife ‘09 available inexpensively to every Mac sold on or after that date."

When I bought my first iBook back in 2004, I took part in this program also. It's not a bad deal, really. A $10 upgrade path to the latest version of iLife is definitely an enticer for people who are on the fence based on the included bundle potentially being outdated.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Audio Hijack Pro Updated

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Audio Hijack Pro has long been our flagship product, but it's been some time since it saw a major update. Today, we're pleased to Audio Hijack Pro 2.9 for download. Most noticeably, this update provides a significantly polished UI for our audio recording tool. It now sports a gorgeous status LCD, as well as an improved Recording Bin. It's also now possible to edit the ID3 tags of recordings right from the Recording Bin, with the file inspector. In addition to the UI overhaul, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9 features many smaller improvements, including new versions of Soundflower for recording System Audio and the LAME MP3 engine for recording MP3 files. We've also fixed many small bugs, including one when using the Recording Bin, caused by Mac OS X 10.5.6."

While I wouldn't call the UI update revolutionary, it does add a nice bit of polish to a very good application. If you've ever dabbled in podcasting, you've probably used Audio Hijack Pro to record your podcast or your Skype conversation. It's reliable, powerful, and regularly updated. It's nice to see the folks at Rogue Amoeba taking the UI a little more into the year 2008 because it was starting to feel a little dated. This update is available for free and will pop up for you as soon as you launch Audio Hijack Pro.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Apple Updates Raw Compatibility and Trackpads for Windows

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

About the Multi-Touch Trackpad Update for Windows XP and Vista 1.0

"This update improves Multi-Touch trackpad responsiveness and performance when running Windows XP and Vista using Boot Camp on MacBook Air (Late 2008), MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008), and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) computers."

More information

About Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.4

"This update extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto 08 for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon PowerShot G10
  • Pentax K2000/K-m
  • Leaf AFi-II 6
  • Leaf AFi-II 7
  • Leaf Aptus-II 6
  • Leaf Aptus-II 7
  • Leica M8.2

It also addresses issues related to specific cameras and overall stability."

Available via Software Update

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MacBook Pro EFI & SMC Firmware Updates Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 07:47 PM

Apple has released EFI and SMC updates for the new MacBooks that were introduced in October. The updates apply to the new aluminum MacBook, the new MacBook Pro, and the revised MacBook Air and increase stability, fix the infamous sleeping issues, and do all kinds of other fun stuff including fixing the charging light on the Magsafe adapter.

All of your necessary updates are available in Software Update for your downloading, installing, and updating pleasure. If you're one of the lucky ones who snagged a new machine recently, let us know how the updates went for you. Be aware that the updates will download separately. Software Update will show you the first update. Do it. Then run Software Update again and you'll be presented with the second.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Apple Rolls Out Quicktime 7.5.7

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:30 AM

"This update is recommended for owners of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with Mini DisplayPort. The update addresses an issue where some standard definition purchases from the iTunes Store do not play on some external displays."

Note that this update only fixes the "Unauthorized Playback Device" error on standard-def content. HD content is still going to be just as picky about playback devices as it was before. Quicktime 7.5.7 is available now from Software Upate.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Safari Updated to 3.2.1

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"This update includes stability improvements and is recommended for all Safari users."

That one line of text is all that Software Update told me when I hit it this morning. Go figure. Anyway, go grab the update. It can never hurt to have a little more stability in your life or your web browser.

Tags: update, safari, 3.2.1

Friday, November 21, 2008

Final Cut Studio Update Released

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:22 PM

Apple continues its update streak for today, this time with Final Cut Studio. The update applies to the following apps and for the most part revolves around stability and performance enhancements.

  • Final Cut Pro 6.0.5
  • Compressor 3.0.5
  • Shake 4.1.1
  • DVD Studio Pro 4.2.1
  • Cinema Tools 4.0.1
  • Motion 3.0.2
  • Color 1.0.3
  • Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2

You can download the updates now from or you can get them via Software Update.

Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:49 AM

"iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don't already have. With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.

iTunes 8 and iTunes U are now accessible with VoiceOver on your Mac. iTunes 8.0.2 improves stability and performance and provides a number of important bug fixes, including: Addresses a quality issue creating MP3s on some computers; Fixes a connectivity issue with the iTunes Store when using some Internet proxies with Mac OS X; Improves accessibility with VoiceOver."

The paragraph above says it all. Mostly just a maintenance release. Apple seems to be getting everything all shiny and cleaned up for the holidays, huh? :-) iTunes 8.0.2 is available in Software Update and doesn't even require a restart after installing!

Tags: update, itunes, 8.0.2

iPhone Software v. 2.2 Available Now

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 05:06 AM

"What's in this update:

Enhancements to Maps
Google Street View; Public transit and walking directions; Display address of dropped pins; Share location via email; Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls.

Enhancements to Mail
Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email; Improved formatting of wide HTML email.

Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network); Improved stability and performance of Safari; Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages; Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen; Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings."

Well, let's be honest. None of this is going to be disruptive, massive, or huge, but it is welcome. I imagine there's more under the hood than above it in this case, and sorry folks, but still no copy and paste. Overall this update is meh-riffic and looks more like an update to Google Maps than the entire OS, but then again, it's only a point-release. I'm doing the upgrade now and will have more to report on after I use it a bit throughout the day. Hopefully it'll be more impressive in real life than it is on paper.

Tags: update, iphone, 2.2

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Apple TV 2.3 Update Out Now

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

Apple has released an update for the Apple TV that adds some interesting new functionality. The updates include:

  • The ability to stream to Airport Express and other Apple TV units on your network;
  • The ability for the Apple TV to "learn" the functions of other remotes so you no longer have to use the Apple Remote to control the unit;
  • Playlists that mix music and video are now supported;
  • The plus and minus key now raises and lowers the volume during music playback.

Honestly, nothing in this update is earth shattering or as big as the 2.0 update was originally, but the multi-room streaming and the ability to use third party remotes seems like something I'll get a lot of use out of. Anyone do the update yet? Any feedback so far?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MacBook / MacBook Pro Trackpad Update Available Now

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has released a software update to address an issue where trackpad clicks would randomly go unrecognized on its latest notebook offerings: the MacBook (Late 2008) and MacBook Pro (Late 2008). "This firmware update addresses an issue where trackpad clicks may not be recognized on MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) computers," the company said."

As I stated in my original review of the MacBook Pro, the trackpad was giving me grief. As cool as it was when it worked, it was finicky in a way that was starting to become counterproductive. A few weeks after its release, a customer wrote to Steve Jobs and got a response that they were aware of the issue and working toward a fix for it. Today was the day and it did exactly that. My trackpad works perfectly now and my only real "issue" with my MBP is now gone. Thankfully, I no longer want to punt it out my kitchen window in frustration. Anyone else grab it yet?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Safari Updated to 3.2

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"This update is recommended for all Safari users and features protection from fraudulent phishing websites and better identification of online businesses. This update also includes the latest security updates."

The folks on the Safari team must've been working their collective butts off the last few weeks. This update contains eleven fixes for Appel's home-made browser. It's available now on Software Update, and the full explanation of everything that's fixed is available here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

iLife Support 8.3.1 for Tiger

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:34 AM

"iLife Support provides system software components shared by all iLife '08 applications. This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users for iLife '08."

Just a note: If you have Leopard, this update doesn't happen for you, so don't be alarmed if you run Software Update and nothing appears. If you'd like some more detail about what it fixes, you can find it here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 2.3 Released

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:48 PM

    "This update extends RAW file compatibility for Aperture 2 and iPhoto ’08 for the following cameras: Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D90, Sony DSLR-A900, Nikon Coolpix P6000. It also addresses issues related to specific cameras and overall stability."

    If you're like me and like buying the newest shiniest cameras, this update has your name all over it. It's available now in Software Update, or if you just can't wait that long, hit up the link above and grab it the old fashioned way!

    Apple: "Our Holiday Line-up is Set"

    Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 01:00 PM

    "Despite Internet rumors of forthcoming product releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays. “Our holiday line-up is set,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld."

    Sad Christmas Tree (Of course it's sad; there were no new Apple products under it!) photo via Hajime7 on Flickr.

    Well, thus ends that batch of rumors. Turns out Apple won't be releasing any new iMacs, Mac Minis, or Mac Pros before the holiday season. There's still a persistent rumor that the 17" MacBook Pro will be getting an update a-la the 15" models soon, but I think this pretty much puts the kibosh on the whole thing. It has been a busy year, nonetheless, for Apple. They've updated the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, spec bumped the iMac, spec bumped the Mac Pro, updated the iPhone, the iPod Classic, the Touch, and the Nano, and released a new firmware version for the AppleTV, so it's not like Apple was asleep at the switch this year. What do you think? Are you happy with the holiday line up, or did Apple miss a chance to make further inroads with customers?

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