Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, 08:15
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Adobe released version 8.1 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, includes the following changes:
Addresses a number of customer workflow issues and a critical security vulnerability while providing more stability.
Adobe Reader 9.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Apple Releases Second Mac OS X 10.5.7 Beta

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:09
Category: Software

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Apple appears to be close to getting its Mac OS X 10.5.7 maintenance update out the door as the company issued a new build of the update this weekend. According to AppleInsider, Apple released build 9J22 to third-party developers recently. The build apparently contains nearly six dozen code corrections, a barebones weight of 440 megabytes, and requests that developers focus their testing efforts on over 20 core components, including AirPort, Mail, graphics drivers, and Time Machine.
Per sources close to the story, Apple has directed a significant focus on addressing syncing issues that have plagued many of Leopard’s standard, forward-facing apps, such as as Mail, AddressBook, and system preferences.
Interestingly enough, Mac OS X 10.5.7 has been publicly mentioned on Apple’s online store as being a prerequisite for use with ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for owners of previous generation Mac Pros. After the blunder was widely reported, Apple changed the page to indicate that the card required 10.5.6, which is actually the case for the recently-refreshed Mac Pro, which will ship with a custom milestone of 10.5.6 that includes the appropriate driver support.
However, given that standalone orders for the US$349 card are not expected to ship for another five to seven weeks, its likely the original requirements on the page were accurate and that Mac OS X 10.5.7 will be released within that same time frame.
As of Saturday, it was reported that build 9J27 had been distributed and included 10 new bug fixes targeting FileVault, Time Capsule, preference panes for Print & Fax and MobileMe, iCal sync, and more.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve had a chance to play with the 10.5.7 builds, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 2.3 Update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2009, 10:11
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Adobe released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3, the newest version of its professional-grade image editing program and Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit processing.
The new version, a 67 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Additional camera support for the Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 retails for US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new version, let us know what you think of it over in the comments or forums.

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    Boxee Thrusts with App Update, HULU Paries…again.

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    Date: Friday, March 6th, 2009, 18:05
    Category: Apple TV, Desktop Mac, Software

    Earlier today, Boxee pushed out an update to their popular online media streaming application for Mac, Apple TV, and Windows. Most notable ‘was’ updated support for RSS feeds from HULU which brought most of HULU’s content back to the popular media software.
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    Many users of Boxee are painfully aware that almost 2 weeks ago, HULU stated that it would be pulling it’s feeds from Boxee due to a request from it’s content providers (don’t get me started about this). Jake Marsh, programmer and blogger, rushed out a work-around to allow the majority of HULU’s content to be streamed through Boxee via RSS feed. HULU promptly blocked this after about a week in the wild.
    Now, less than 24 hours after the Boxee update returned HULU streams (without their permission), HULU has yet again blocked their feeds from reaching Boxee users. The battle still wages while the ball is back in Boxee’s court to weave and dodge their way around the diligent HULU programming staff. Kind of reminds you of the iPhone jailbreak community doesn’t it?
    Come on HULU, can’t we all just be friends?! Or at least let us pick the way we soften our brains for your consumption.

    Cocktail 4.3 Tiger Edition Released

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    Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 15:37
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Added ability to clear potentially harmful files such as most common trojans, worms or other files that may harm your system in any way.
  • Added ability to clear CrashReporter and HungReporter logs.
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding during a scheduled clearing of caches.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with QuickTime 7.6.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Updated Help files.
  • Cocktail 4.3 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

    Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.0.7 Update

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    Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 05:37
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, Mozilla.org released version 3.0.7 of its Firefox web browser.
    The new browser, a 17.3 megabyte download, boasts the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada, and Telugu languages are now available.
  • Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them (bug 425844). This issue has been fixed.
  • For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days (bug 444600).
  • Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window (bug 474022).
  • Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.
  • The program requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the new browser and have any feedback about it, let us know over in the comments or forums.

    iPhoto 8.0.1 Update Released

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:59
    Category: Software

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    Capping off the update-o-rama, Apple also released version 8.0.1 of its iPhoto image editing and categorization application yesterday. The update, an 11.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including internet connectivity, keyword import, and slideshow export.
    The update is available via direct download as well as through Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires Mac OS X 10.5 to install and run.
    If you’ve tried the update and have anything to offer about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases iLife Support 9.0.1 Update

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:16
    Category: Software

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    Amid a slew of product releases yesterday, Apple also released its iLife Support 9.0.1 patch. The update, a 50.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and is also available through Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
    If you’ve tried the patch and can offer any feedback on it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Airport Software Updates

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 02:10
    Category: Software, wireless

    Along with the bevy of hardware updates Apple released this Tuesday, they also released some new software. Apple AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and Airport Client Update 2009-001 were released to complement the new Airport Extreme and Time Capsule.
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    According to Apple’s site regarding the Client Update, “It addresses issues with roaming and network selection in dual-band environments“. Dual band wireless was one of the new features added to the announced hardware.
    Little was explained on the site regarding what was new about the updated Airport Utility, but sources say an internal Apple site mentions the following,
    Existing AirPort Extreme (MA073 and MB053) and Time Capsule (MB276 and MB277) customers can access their AirPort Disk / Time Capsule disk through Mobile Me over the Internet by upgrading to AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and AirPort firmware 7.4.1“.
    So it seems owners of the older Airport Extreme and Time Capsule units can also benefit from the new internet disk-sharing feature as well. However, a MobileMe subscription is required to utilize this feature.

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    Kindle Comes to the iPhone…say what?!

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    Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 01:25
    Category: iPhone, Software

    I guess that argument regarding whether the iPhone or the Kindle is a better reading platform is pretty much moot now. Today, Amazon released Kindle for iPhone. The app will give you access to all the same e-books that the Kindle reader will, without spending the extra $360 for Amazon’s device, assuming you already have an iPhone (…which is cheaper by the way AND it’s a phone!). You can read more about it here on Amazon’s web site.
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    One has to wonder if Amazon has thought this through. Sure you still have to buy the content from them, but I think many people have considered buying a Kindle because the e-book buying experience on the iPhone hasn’t really been worked out. Perhaps the reading experience is better on the Kindle, and that is what Amazon is betting the farm on, but I have had no trouble reading books on my iPhone, although it does chew through the battery more quickly. Still, at $360 per device, that’s a hefty amount of revenue to put at risk.
    You tell us…now that you can get the same content on both Kindle and iPhone, which would you buy?

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