Adobe releases Lightroom 4.1, Camera Raw 7.1 updates

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Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, 05:53
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You can’t knock a decent update.

Per Electronista, Adobe is offering an official upgrade to Lightroom after an extended beta release in conjunction with an update to Camera Raw. Lightroom has been updated to version 4.1, addressing several bugs introduced in prior versions of the software, as well as introducing the ability to process HDR TIFF files. Camera Raw is now on version 7.1 and adds support for 28 more cameras and 24 new lenses. Both upgrades are available now from or the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.

Other bug fixes in Lightroom 4.1 include the following:

– The ability to process HDR TIFF files. (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files).

– Additional Color Fringing corrections to help address chromatic aberration.

– Save photobooks created in the Book Module to JPEG.

– Publishing photos to Adobe Revel is now accessible via a Publish plugin.

– Additional camera support for several new cameras including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Nikon D800, and Olympus OM-D E-M5.

– Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

One issue that remains is double-byte fonts such as Chinese or Japanese characters are still not being exported to PDF.

Bugs addressed in Camera Raw 7.1 include Windows keyboard shortcut fixes, increased stability in metadata editing, and point curve adjustments. A defringe control has been added to the Lens Correction panel. The DNG Converter 7.1 application duplicates this functionality for versions of Photoshop prior to CS6.

Lightroom 4.1 and Camera Raw 7.1 require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version of Lightroom, please let us know what you think in the comments.

Cocktail updated to 5.3

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Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 12:09
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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.3 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– Added ability to clear DNS cache.

– Added ability to modify the delay for auto-show of the Dock (Interface – Dock).

– Added “Enable half-star ratings” iTunes setting (Interface – Misc).

– Added “Enable pop-up notifications in the Dock” iTunes setting (Interface – Misc).

– Added OS X 10.7.4 compatibility.

– Fixed compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Suite 6.

– Minor improvements to the scheduler.

– Updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 5.3 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

Apple releases Safari 5.1.7 update

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Date: Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, 14:59
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On Wednesday, Apple released Safari 5.1.7, an update to its web browser. The new version, a 45 megabyte download, includes the following fixes and new features:

– Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory.

– Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture.

– Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users.

– Disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provide the option to get the current version from Adobe’s website.

Safari 5.1.7 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later to install and run. If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know.

Adobe announces immediate availability of Creative Suite 6, will launch Creative Cloud on May 11th

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Date: Monday, May 7th, 2012, 06:28
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You know, it’s been a while since you spent a lot of money on an Adobe product.

It’s time to remedy that.

Per AppleInsider, Adobe announced on Monday that its Creative Suite 6 software collection is available now and its Creative Cloud subscription service will arrive on May 11.

The company issued a press release early Monday morning announcing “immediate availability” of CS6, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Flash Professional. The San Jose, Calif., software maker officially unveiled CS6 last month, touting new tools for 3D design. “Today we’re shipping CS6 and look forward to the beginning of an exciting new era as we introduce Creative Cloud later this week,” said David Wadhwani, Adobe’s senior vice president of Digital Media Business.

Creative Suite 6 contains a total of 14 applications across four suite versions: Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium (US$1,899), Adobe Creative Suite 6 Standard Design (US$1,299), Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium (US$1,899), and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (US$2,599).

The new Creative Cloud, which is expected to go live on Friday, costs US$49.99 per month with an annual membership or US$74.99 on a month-to-month. Owners of older Creative Suite versions can receive a discount on their first year of subscription. The service includes “access to download and install all CS6 applications, new HTML5 desktop products – Adobe Muse 1.0 and Adobe Edge preview – and deep integration with Adobe Touch Apps,” according to the release.

New CS6 features highlighted by the company include improved performance with the Adobe Mercury Graphics functionality, enhanced user interfaces and “new science” integrated into its imaging and video apps.

Adobe released a public beta of Photoshop CS6 in March, attracting more than 500,000 downloads in less than a week.

If you’ve tried the new version, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player

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Date: Friday, May 4th, 2012, 06:07
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Late Thursday, Adobe released Flash Player for Mac OS X, a 10.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version contains a series of currently-unlisted fixes and changes.

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

Symantec estimates Flashback trojan could have netted authors $10,000 a day during its peak

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Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, 09:58
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Ok, so maybe crime DOES pay…

Per Symantec’s company blog, the malware known as “Flashback” that was believed to have infected hundreds of thousands of Macs may have paid out as much as US$10,000 a day to its authors.

The estimate comes from Symantec, which said in a post to its official blog that the primary motivation behind the malware was money. The Flashback Trojan includes an ad-clicking component that will load itself into the three major browsers for Mac — Safari, Firefox and Chrome — and generate revenue for the attackers.

“Flashback specifically targets queries made on Google and, depending on the search query, may redirect users to another page of the attacker’s choosing, where they receive revenue from the click,” Symantec explained.

Peering into the Trojan’s code, the security firm found a redirected URL that generates the authors of the code 8 cents per click. If a user conducts a Google search, Flashback will “hijack” the ad click from Google, taking money away from the search giant and granting “untold sums” to the authors of the Trojan.

A previous analysis of a different Trojan found that a botnet with just 25,000 infections could generate up to US$450 per day. At its peak, the Flashback Trojan was estimated to have infected 600,000 Macs worldwide, which means the authors could have earned as much as US$10,000 per day.

The presence of Flashback has greatly diminished since Apple released a series of software updates last month aimed at squashing the malware, including a Java update and a separate removal tool.

The Flashback Trojan was first discovered by another security firm, Intego, last September. The software attempts to trick users into installing it by appearing as Adobe’s Flash Player installer package.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you haven’t downloaded and installed Apple’s anti-flashback removal tool via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature, there’s no time like the present.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.3.300.214 beta update

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Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 06:48
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Late Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.3.300.214 for Mac OS X, a 10.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new beta version includes the following fixes and changes:

– Texture streaming.

– Background Updater for Mac.

– Driver gating hardware acceleration relaxed to 2006.


– ApplicationDomain.getQualifiedDefinitionNames().

– Improved Mac App Store Support.

– Simulator Support for iOS.

– Aspect Ratio Enhancements.

– ADT support to package 144×144 size icons has been added in AIR 3.3.

– Capabilities.screenDPI now returns appropriate DPI value for high resolution iPads.

Flash Player 11.3.300.214 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, please feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments.

Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat Pro updated to 10.1.3

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Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 11:18
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On Wednesday, Adobe released version 10.1.3 of its Adobe Reader application. The update, which can also be snagged through the Adobe Update Utility, adds the following fixes and changes:

– New electronic signature types have been added, including typewritten and hand-drawn.

– It is now possible to send signed documents via EchoSign.

– AcroForms is now supported.

– Users can sign AcroForms that are not Reader Enabled without a Submit button.

– The document message bar and associated workflow dialog text have been updated.

– Export PDF Reader’s Export PDF service expands optical character recognition beyond English to include French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

– 2951429: Ink Manager color swatches are broken, display in RGB, most spots missing.

– Printing workarounds for the issues below appear at reader-10.html:   

– The printing preference to print on both sides of the paper is on by default.
Reader crashes when trying to print when Protected Mode is on.

– Acrobat X Professional crashes on close Preflight panel access: See

– PDFs in a browser appear as a grey box and don’t display when sent via HTTPS/SSL: For a hot fix and workaround, go here:

– Some plugins that rely on HFTs may cause a hang or crash. For example, the LeanGreen plugin does not work. Acrobat 10.1.3 crashes when closing Acrobat after accessing Preflight panel.

Acrobat Reader 10.1.3 and Acrobat Pro requires an Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new versions and noticed any differences, please let us know what you think.

Flashback trojan changes tactics, can now install on your Mac without a password

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Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2012, 15:43
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Well, you’ve gotta admit, they’re persistent.

Per Macworld and F-Secure, the Flashback Mac trojan uncovered by security firm Intego last year can now infect your computer from little more than a visit to a website.

Originally, Flashback masqueraded as an installer for Adobe’s Flash Player. Since then, the malware has changed tacks at last once since then, instead pretending to be a Mac software update or a Java updater.

The latest variant, discovered by security researchers at F-Secure and dubbed OSX/Flashback.K, takes advantage of a weakness in Java SE6. That vulnerability, identified as CVE-2012-0507, allows the malware to install itself from a malicious website the user visits, without needing the user to enter an administrator’s password.

No fix is currently available for this vulnerability on the Mac, although the hole was patched in Java for Windows back in February. Unfortunately, Apple has long been criticized for lagging behind Windows when it comes to updating Java for security patches. However, given that Apple rolls out updates every few months, it seems likely that the company will distribute a patch in the not too distant future.

Until then, F-Secure suggests users deactivate Java on their Macs. The company has also given instructions for checking if your system is currently infected by the Flashback Trojan.

It’s also worth noting that the Java vulnerability has recently been included in the popular BlackHole exploit kit used by many attackers.

While there’s no need for widespread panic, the fact that this latest version of the malware can install itself without the user’s password is enough of a reason for concern that some precautions are necessary. Disabling Java is a good step, but the first line of defense is, as always, to be cognizant of the websites you visit and use common sense.

Stay tuned fora additional details as they become available.

Adobe releases Flash Player update

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Date: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 07:38
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On Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player for Mac OS X, a 10.7 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version includes the following fixes and changes:

– Drivers gating for hardware acceleration relaxed — Previously, the hardware accelerated content was gated to 1/1/2009, however, we have relaxed the driver gating to 1/1/2008.

– Throttling event — This release introduces a new ThrottleEvent. A ThrottleEvent is now dispatched by the stage when the Flash Player throttles, pauses or resumes content.

– Mouse lock, relative mouse coordinates, right and middle click events — Create immersive, panoramic games with infinite scrolling to enable new classes of content, including first-person games.

– Multithreaded video decoding (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) — The video decoding pipeline is now fully multithreaded. This feature should improve the overall performance on all platforms. Note that this feature is a significant architecture change required for other future improvements.

Flash Player 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, please feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments.