Microsoft announces updated Mac accreditation program

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Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 06:21
Category: News, Software

This may be handy.

Per MacTech and The Apple Core, the new Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional program will target Microsoft Office for Mac, and Microsoft Office 365 suites. The pilot training and accreditation program will be offered free to registered attendees to MacTech’s 2013 BootCamps II seminars, depending upon limited space.

A press release said that the accreditation program will span topics such as Office Web Apps, best practices in configuration, licensing options, cross platform features, sharing documents with SkyDrive and SharePoint as well as other troubleshooting and common questions.

The accreditation is specifically designed for Apple consultants and techs supporting others using Microsoft Office for Mac, and Office 365 suites. At the end of the course, attendees will be evaluated on the content presented, and those who demonstrate sufficient knowledge will become a “Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional.” Once obtained, attendees will receive an accreditation certificate from Microsoft, and be able to display the new accreditation graphic on their web sites and other promotional materials, as well as in their credentials.

The first course will be offered the week after next in Seattle with additional information available here.

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.4 release candidate beta

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Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 06:39
Category: News, Software

These Release Candidate updates, they are nifty…

Late Tuesday, Adobe offered a release candidate beta 4.4 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 441.4 megabyte download via MacUpdate, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Camera Support:
– Canon EOS 1D C

– Casio Exilim EX-ZR700

– Fujifilm X100s

– Fujifilm X20

– Hasselblad Lunar

– Leica M

– Nikon 1 V3

– Nikon 1 S1

– Pentax MX-1

Fixed Issues:
– The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel.

– Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module.

– The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information.

– Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)

– Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.

– The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.

Adobe Lightroom 4.4 retails for US$149.00 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.175 beta

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Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 06:35
Category: News, Software

Hey, a reliable update never hurts.

Late Thursday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.175 for Mac OS X, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate as a pre-release beta. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixed Issues:
– External interface Javascript zero-day(3496801.)

– Microphone stops dispatching SampleDataEvents after repeated use(3499824).

New Features:
– Graphics Data Query.

– Improved permissions UI for full screen keyboard access.

– Multiple SWF support.

– Setting device specific Retina Display resolution.

– Updated File API following App Store guidelines.

– HiDpi support for FlashPro.

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.175 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new Flash Player and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.