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
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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
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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.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18480

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Date: Friday, March 29th, 2013, 06:24
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Late Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18480 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 335.8 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.

Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 update

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Date: Friday, March 29th, 2013, 06:11
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You can’t knock a good update.

Late Thursday, Apple released version 10.0.8 of its Final Cut Pro X video editing software.

The update, a 1.53 gigabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution.

– Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels.

– Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render.

– Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects.

– Time reversed clips render in the background.

– Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline.

– Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files.

– Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels.

– Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart.

– Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip.

– Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run along with an OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM, display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher and retails for US$299.99

If you’ve tried version 10.0.8 of Final Cut Pro X and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome updated to 26.0.1410.43

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Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 05:12
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You can’t knock a worthwhile update.

On Tuesday, Google released version 26.0.1410.43 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 48.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– “Ask Google for suggestions” spell checking feature improvements (e.g. grammar and homonym checking).

– Desktop shortcuts for multiple users (profiles) on Windows.

– Asynchronous DNS resolver on Mac and Linux.

Google Chrome 26.0.1410.43 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.

After a decade in beta, Quicksilver 1.0.0 out the door

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Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, 07:56
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10 years is a long time to be in beta.

For those of you who know it and love it, Quicksilver, the epic app-launching tool by Patrick Robertson, hit version 1.0.0 today. The new version, a 6.8 megabyte download, offers the following (extensive) list of fixes and changes:

What’s New:
– Preliminary support for retina displays (#1044, #1378).

– Many internal images have been upscaled.

– Icons and images are no longer downscaled in the interface.

– Assign the same trigger to different actions in different applications (#1201).

– Add files and folders to the catalog using the Add To Catalog action (#1276).

– AppleScript Action enhancements – http://qsapp.com/wiki/AppleScript_Actions (#1023, #1048).

– Assign an alternate name to something by creating a synonym (#1325).

– Plugin documentation is now accessible from the plugin’s preferences (#999, #1364).

– Plugin documentation is accessible directly from the list of plugins via a button in the bottom-right (#1364, #1384).

– Trigger type can be specified in the third pane for the Add Trigger action (#1345).

– Clipboard history will omit “transient” data (#1213).

– New localizations for Korean, Catalan, Chinese (Hant, China) and Spanish (Mexico).

Fixed:
– Names and labels for files should be determined faster and more accurately (#1263, #1288).

– Catalog entry names won’t override file names (#730, #1240).

– Docking window controls behave correctly (#1247).

– Recent Commands and the Last Command proxy are working (#722, #1207).

– Fixed the missing default application for the Open With… action (#1360, #1361).

– The Find With action (for web searches) works with Current Selection (#1311).

– Fixed the Add Trigger action (#515, #1345, #1390).

– Prevent changes to the catalog before it finishes loading (#1216).

– Fixed the “Delay” settings for triggers (#583, #914, #1201).

– Fixed the generic “Computer” icon (#1298).

– Avoid redrawing icons for files unnecessarily (#1297).

– Prevent catalog entries from disappearing in the preferences (#893, #1313).

– Prevent lock ups when scanning the catalog on startup (#1339).

– Correctly switch to text mode in the third pane when spacebar behavior is “Jump to Argument Field” (#1357).

– Text items in the third pane no longer show up as empty with details underneath (#1346).

– The count at the bottom of the results list is updated correctly (#1346).

– Only show folders when saving a command to a file (#1357).

– Change “plug-in” to “plugin” in the Setup Assistant (#1357).

– Only show catalog related actions with a single item selected (#1276).

– Internal improvements to the Assign Abbreviation… action (#1374).

– Set a default string ranker to prevent meaningless notifications (#1380).

– Prevent a crash when changing row height immediately after choosing a new interface (#1383).

– Fixed an exception when right-arrowing into applications with iCloud documents (#1396, #1398).

– Changed the process for displaying the Dock icon (#1152, #1414).

– More reliable file type detection (#1427, #1428, #1430).

– Internal optimizations, stability improvements, and fixes (#1335, #1346, #1385, #1390, #1401, #1371, #1403, #1388, #1410).

Changed:
– Simplify Services and set the “Command Window with Selection” trigger to use ⌘⎋ by default (#409, #1295, #1416, #1418).

– The Current Selection proxy object appears quicker (#1295).

– Better auto-detection of URLs in text entry mode (#1312, #1346, #1376).

– If files are omitted from the catalog, they will still be available when browsing the filesystem (#1195, #1322).

– Handlers preferences are grouped with other preferences for the core application (#1182, #1253).

– Disable settings for predefined catalog entries (#1341).

– Improved localization for Advanced Preferences (#1338).

– Release Notes have some style (#1228).

– Updated localizations.

Development:
– Developers don’t need to understand and track the relationship between name and label (#1263).

– Passing options to string rankers is more efficient (#1212).

– Support bundle version requirements for plug-ins (#1261).

– Allow actions to specify whether they want to see proxy objects, or only the resolved object (#1342, #1343).

– Removed some unused code related to Event Triggers (#1300).

– Better logging of exceptions in Debug mode (#1201, 1357).

Quicksilver 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 version 1.0.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Dropbox 2.1.3 beta out the door

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Date: Monday, March 25th, 2013, 07:59
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An update’s an update, even if it’s just a beta.

Late Friday, Dropbox released the public beta 2.1.3 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 27.4 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix an issue preventing Dropbox from starting on Mac.

– Fix an issue when clicking on notification bubbles.

– Fix an issue with Camera Uploads.

– Fix some issues with the right click context menu on Mac.

– Minor translation fixes.

– Other minor fixes.

Dropbox 2.1.3 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.

Apple adds two-step verification, other new features to iCloud security

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Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2013, 06:44
Category: News, security, Software

When in doubt, beef up the ol’ security system a bit…

On Thursday, Apple has rolled out a new two-step verification service for iCloud and Apple ID users. This functionality greatly enhances the security of Apple accounts because it requires users to use a trusted device and an extra security code.

Per 9to5Mac, the security code can be sent via SMS or via the Find my iPhone iOS app (if it is installed). Users can now setup two-step authentication on their devices via the Apple ID web site. Users need to access the security tab on this website to conduct the setup process.

During the setup process for two-step verification, users can choose which of their iOS devices they want to be “trusted.” This new service will allow only you to be able to reset your password.

Full details can be located at the Apple ID web site.