Adobe Reader, Acrobat Pro updated to 11.0.03

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 07:36
Category: News, security, Software

Handy updates are handy updates.

Late Tuesday, Adobe released version 11.0.03 of its Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro applications. The updates, which can also be snagged through the Adobe Update Utility, add the following fixes and changes:

Japanese support:
– Automatic signature detection is supported.

– Added support for the Japanese Postal Code barcode.

EchoSign integration:
– Acrobat and Reader now intelligently detect if a document may need to be signed. On successful detection, a document message bar appears with a button “Open Sign Pane” which on clicking opens the right-hand Sign Pane.

– Signature appearances can now be imported through the user’s webcam. Reader saves the signature for future use in signing workflows.

– Save a Copy: Allows the user to save the file locally or in cloud. The file will be renamed based on whether user signs the document or not.

– Send via Email: Allows users to upload the document to the EchoSign server where they can fill-in details and send the signed document.

– Send via Fax: Same as the Send via Email option.

– Get Others to Sign: Enables users to send documents that need signing to others through the EchoSign service.

– The dialog which asks the user if they want to save the signed document is removed, thereby streamlining the signing process.

Digital signatures:
– The product now supports allowing administrators to control trust for JavaScript execution for specific certificates through the use of cTrustCertifiedDocumentsByOIDs in HKCU and/or HKLM. If the values in this registry preference match an OID in a certificate’s Extended Key Usage field, then that certificate is trusted.

Tools Pane:
– Tools pane performance is improved.

– The Tools Pane is open by default and the user’s selected state is saved across sessions.

Services integration:
– When using Export PDF, Create PDF and Send Now services, the user can now choose Open from online account >

– In the Create PDF panel, the “Convert” button is now a “Select Files” button. After a file is selected the button changes to “Convert”.

– When you open a document from that you were reading earlier on another device, the document opens to the page where you left off.

– The ExportPDF panel is now available in the Japanese version of Reader.

– Acrobat crashes on Export Image to Online Account (SharePoint).

– On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, PDF file preview color is incorrect in A10 and A11 when monitor display profile is other than sRGB.

– PDFMaker plug-in not opening PPT file after conversion from FileSite server.

– Unable to use tabs to put focus on HTML field following embedded PDF.

– Acrobat browser plug-in does not calculate decimal numbers in an AcroForm correctly when system locale is set to French.

– Page being incorrectly identified as scanned in the PDF invokes OCR unnecessarily.

– Print button off screen on low resolution devices in Reader/Acrobat XI.

– The IE AcroIEHelper browser helper object is removed. Needed functionality is moved to a plugin.

– Cannot save PDF from Firefox when multiple windows are used.

– In Reader, doing an overwrite with content type enabled results in a “bad parameters” error.

– Error while entering the value for Managed Metadata field.

– Added support for the Turkish Currency symbol.

Acrobat Reader 11.0.03 and Acrobat Pro 11.0.03 require an Intel-based processor and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

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

Apple apparently hiring personnel for iWork for iOS development, QA, HiDPI engineers sought

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Date: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, 06:59
Category: News, Software


There may be new life for iWork on the horizon.

Per AppleBitch, a handful of recently discovered job listings suggest a possible next-generation iWork software suite may soon see release, with the latest postings asking for specialists in quality assurance, one of the final steps in software building.

While some of the listings date back to the end of March, the most recent ad for “SW QA iWork” hit Apple’s job portal only two days ago.

At present, there are eight iWork-related positions on the “Jobs at Apple” webpage, three of which deal with quality assurance or software verification. One listing, posted on May 11, is looking for a software quality assurance specialist, a sign that Apple could be readying deployment some time soon.

From the job listing:
“The iWork team is looking for a software QA engineer to work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and Web application/services. This position requires a self-motivated individual with strong problem solving skills who can contribute in a dynamic team environment.

Bug reporting and isolation:
Planning, designing, and executing test cases
Ensure the successful delivery of a quality product by performing ad hoc and structured tests on a daily basis”

In another interesting post from May 7, a “HiDPI Image Specialist” is sought, with the ideal candidate to be tasked with aiding the iWork visual design team in translating graphics to Retina-toting devices. At the very least, the job ad reveals Apple is looking add high-resolution screen support to its productivity suite.

While there has yet to be any official word on a next-gen iWork product, the number of job listings and information therein strongly suggest such a product is in the offing, and could be released in the near future. The current iWork ’09, which includes Pages, Numbers and Keynote, was released in 2009, and is seen by some to be long overdue for an upgrade.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs

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Date: Friday, May 10th, 2013, 06:00
Category: News, Software


Never doubt a good firmware update.

Early Friday, Apple released its Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Macs with Thunderbolt ports. The update, a 1.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– This update provides stability fixes for Thunderbolt and Target Disk Mode

Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 requires and Intel-based Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.3 or later.

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

Dropbox updated to 2.0.10

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Date: Thursday, May 9th, 2013, 05:10
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

On Thursday, Dropbox released version 2.0.10 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 29.1 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix installation error on Windows.

– Fixed some issues in High DPI mode on Windows.

– Fixed icon overlays not updating on OS X 10.4 Tiger.

– Fixed inability to open Tray menu in Linux when disconnected.

– Fixed the tray popup positioning on Windows when an RTL language is used.

Dropbox 2.0.10 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Microsoft releases Office 2008 12.3.6 update for Mac

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Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 08:25
Category: News, Software

On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2008 12.3.6 update. The update, a 209.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

Microsoft Office 2008 12.3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to install and run.

Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.3.4, incorporates Office 365 functionality into newest version

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Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 06:54
Category: News, Software

This one’s been something of a long time coming.

Per AppleInsider, Microsoft on Tuesday released version 14.3.4 of its Microsoft Office 2011 suite for the Mac. The update, a 113 megabyte download, includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.

Perhaps most important is the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, a subscription service that offers users access to the latest Office software updates, as well as SkyDrive cloud storage and SharePoint access for Word.

Fixes included in the new version:
– Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac.

– After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

– Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac.

– SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated.

– Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac.

– Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac.

– XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac.

– Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac.

– Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac.

– File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac.

– Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac.

– Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac.

– Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac.

In a recent change to its pricing policies, Microsoft placed Office 2011 for Mac in the same tier as its more current PC counterpart Office 2013 for Windows. At the time, it was thought that the Redmond, Wash., company was pushing Mac users toward an Office 365 subscription due to the deprecation of multi-license bundles.

With Tuesday’s update, Office 2011 users can sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they so choose. Subscription to the Home Premium edition costs US$99.99 per year, or US$9.99 per month, and grants the use of Office on up to five computers.

In order to take advantage of the newest Office for Mac 2011 version, existing owners must have version 14.1.0 or higher installed on a machine running OS X 10.5.8 or later, while Office 365 requires an Intel Mac and OS X 10.6 or higher.

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

Google Drive updated to 1.9.4536.8202, allows for easier cross-platform sharing

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Date: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, 07:55
Category: News, Software


Never knock a useful update.

Per iMore, Google has rolled version 1.9.4536.8202 of its Google Drive program for the Mac. The update features better sharing in mind, with the addition of a right-click share menu. Files will naturally have to already be in your Google Drive folder, but quick sharing is sure to be appreciated by power users.

Clicking on the share menu brings up the box we see here. You get your link, privacy settings, people to share with and who can edit the file you’re sharing.

The new sharing menu is beginning to hit users now, and will continue rolling out over the next few days.

Google Drive 1.9.4536.8202 is available as a free 24.9 megabyte download 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, let us know in the comments.

Logitech releases Control Center 3.7 update

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Date: Monday, May 6th, 2013, 06:53
Category: News, Software

On Monday, Logitech released version 3.7 of its Control Center software. The update, a 19 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes for the driver software:
– Updated logo.

– Stability improvements.

Logitech Control Center 3.7 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Cocktail updated to 6.4

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Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 07:33
Category: News, Software


On Friday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.4 of CocktailCocktail (Mountain Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 5.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
– Added ability to change standby delay (Disks – Sleep)* – *Specifies the delay (in minutes) before writing the hibernation image to disk and powering off memory for standby. This setting is only available on compatible computers.

– Added ability to disable shadow in window captures (Interface – General).

– Added ability to show Debug menu in App Store, Photo Booth and Reminders (Interface – Misc).

– Added compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers.

– Improvements on the clear system caches procedure.

Cocktail 6.4 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 update for iPhone 5 handsets

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Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 07:09
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

This might come in handy.

Lat Thursday, Apple released iOS 6.1.4, a 107 megabyte download offering the following fixes for its iPhone 5 handsets:

– Updated audio profile for speakerphone.

iOS 6.1.3 is available via iTunes or Over-The-Air updating and requires an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPad 2, third or fourth-gen iPad, iPod Touch 4th Gen or iPad Mini to install and run.

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