VLC updated to 2.0.6

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Date: Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 07:12
Category: News, Software

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Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 2.0.6. The new version, a 41.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Support for Matroska v4 files.

– Fix WMV, Ogg, AVI, MP4 and subtitles crashes and issues.

– Numerous translations updates and new Welsh translation.

– Small fixes and improvements on the Mac OS X interface.

– Fix some HTTPS certificate rejection.

– Fix ALAC decoding.

– Fix FLAC 6.1 and 7.1 channel order.

– Fix the vimeo parser.

– Numerous D-Bus and MPRIS2 improvements.

VLC 2.0.6 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, let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.7.700.169

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Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 08:15
Category: iOS, iPad, News, security, Software

A hefty update is never unappreciated.

On Wednesday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.7.700.169 for Mac OS X, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

Fixed Issues:
– On Retina-enabled OS X devices, Flash applications are scaled incorrectly upon opening (3496539).

-In AIR on iOS, loading a SWF with and embedded video can cause a crash in some circumstances (3514499).

– In AIR on iOS, loading an image from a remote server can cause a crash (3476445).

– On OS X, setting stage.fullScreenSourceRect when renderMode is set to “GPU”, leads to inaccurate mouse position reporting (3512232).

– In the Chrome browser, the copy shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd+C) fails (3496300).

– Attempting to embed a Flash project into Microsoft word can result in a crash (3498002).

– In AIR for iOS, some apps get rejected for missing push notification entitlement (3501744).

– In AIR for iOS, Flex applications running on iPad2 over 3G connections can experience a crash (3435401).

– In AIR for iOS, reloading of pure asset SWFs isn’t allowed (3516971).

– On OS X, some fonts do not rending properly when viewing Flash content in the Google Chrome browser (3506958).

New Features:
– Sandboxing enhancements.

– Prevent Cloud backup for Shared Objects (iOS).

– Use CPU render mode for selected devices (iOS).

– Externally host secondary SWF files (iOS).

Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.169 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.

Google Chrome updated to 26.0.1410.63

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Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 07:32
Category: News, Software

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An update’s an update.

On Wednesday, Google released version 26.0.1410.63 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 49.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Stability improvements.

– A new version of Adobe Flash.

Google Chrome 26.0.1410.63 requires an Intel-based Mac with 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.

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1.1

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Date: Monday, April 8th, 2013, 06:40
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Late Friday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 9.4 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
– Free update for QuarkXPress 9.

– Adds the ability to create page stacks in HTML5 based apps created with the new App Studio.

– Fixes a bug regarding Japanese font rendering.

QuarkXPress 9.5.1.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 later to install and retails for US$799.00 for the full version.

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

Opera web browser updated to 12.15.1748

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 07:55
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s hard to knock a useful web browser update.

On Thursday, Opera Software released version 12.15.1748 of its web browser. The new version, a 20.3 megabyte download via MacUpdate, boasts the following fixes and changes:
– Fixed a moderately severe issue, as reported by Attila Suszter; details will be disclosed at a later date.

– Added safeguards against attacks on the RC4 encryption protocol.

– Fixed an issue where cookies could be set for a top-level domain.

Opera 12.15.1748 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18483

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 07:38
Category: iMac, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18483 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 320 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Better compatibility with new iMacs.

– Create Boot Camp virtual machines on new iMacs with 3 TB hard drives.

– Create virtual machines from the Boot Camp partition with Windows 8 installed.

– Support for Fedora 18.

– Fixed visual artifacts when changing screen resolution in a Windows 8 Pro virtual machine with more than 256 MB of video memory and nested virtualization enabled.

– Resolves an issue with the Command + click combination not opening links in new tabs in Windows browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.).

Parallels Desktop 8 retails for US$79.99 and requires a 64-bit Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7), at least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation and 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.

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

OnyX updated to 2.6.8

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Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2013, 06:08
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a helpful update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.8. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Deleting the Internet Cache improved.

– Deleting the Fonts Cache improved.

– Deleting the Recent Items improved.

– Bug corrected in the authenticate pane.

– Bug corrected when restoring the logo of Login window.

– Maintenance > Scripts pane improved.

– Help improved, corrected, and reindexed.

– New option: Show the Displays Extras menu with resolutions.

– New option: Show/hide shadow in window captures.

– New option: Show/hide the Reminders Debug menu.

– New option: Show/hide the Photo Booth Debug menu.

– New option: Lock/unlock the screen of automatically logged in user.

– New option: Show the dark menu bar in fullscreen mode.

– New version of sqlite3.

– Network Link Condition prefs pane updated to version 2.0.

– Misc. minor corrections.

OnyX 2.6.8 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

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

Adobe releases Lightroom 4.4 update

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Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, 08:32
Category: News, Software

It’s hard to turn down a useful update.

On Wednesday, Adobe released 4.4 of its Lightroom image editing program. The new version, a 448.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– This update includes bug fixes, new lens profiles, and support for 25 new cameras including the Canon EOS 1D C, Nikon D7100 and Samsung NX300.

– This release also includes improved support for the X-Trans image sensor in FujiFilm cameras, such as the X-Pro1.

Adobe Lightroom 4.4 retails for US$149.00 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 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.

Firefox updated to 20.0

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Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, 09:12
Category: News, Software

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And just a few years ago, they were at version 3.0…

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 20.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 38.3 megabyte download and adds the following fixes and changes:

New:
– Security fixes.

– Per-window Private Browsing.

– New download experience.

– Ability to close hanging plug-ins, without the browser hanging.

– Continued performance improvements around common browser tasks (page loads, downloads, shutdown, etc.).

– Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6 – clear() and Math.imul.

– New JavaScript Profiler tool.

– getUserMedia implemented for web access to the user’s camera and microphone (with user permission).

Various:
– Details button on Crash Reporter.

– Unity plugin doesn’t display in HiDPI mode.

Known Issues:
– If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.

– Some function keys may not work when pressed.

– Browsing and Download history clearing needs unification to avoid confusion on clearing download history.

– Download statusbar add-on continues downloading files from Normal.

– Browsing, when switching to Private Browsing.

– Copy actions are broken on HTML5 videos.

Firefox 20.0 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.

Apple seeds first OS X 10.8.4 beta to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, 06:54
Category: News, Software

That OS X 10.8.4 goodness you’re looking for…it just entered its first beta.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Monday began seeding the OS X 10.8.4 beta to developers, though not much is known about the new maintenance update as little information was offered in the release notes.

According to sources familiar with the release notes, build number 12E27 doesn’t show any changes in the areas on which developers should focus, suggesting the software contains bug fixes and small enhancements at this time.

Like the final OS X 10.8.3 betas, the first 10.8.4 seed asks testers to look at Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers and Safari, while the seed comes with no known issues.

Interestingly, Apple said it is not offering the build as a software update through the Mac App Store, as it did with the 10.8.3 builds. This may change with future seeds, but the company didn’t elaborate further.

The new seed come a over two weeks after Apple released OS X 10.8.3 to the public with Safari 6.0.3 and enhanced iTunes integration. Along with the new feature set, 10.8.3 brought bug fixes and wider support for Windows 8 in Boot Camp.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.