After a decade in beta, Quicksilver 1.0.0 out the door

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Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, 07:56
Category: News, Software

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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
Category: News, Software

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.

New iOS passcode bypass bug discovered one day after iOS 6.1.3 release

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Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 07:32
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security

Well, this is sort of awkward…

Remember how you JUST installed iOS 6.1.3 to get rid of a passcode bypass bug that would allow an unauthorized person to access the Phone app on a locked iPhone? Per iMore and The Next Web, a new bypass bug has been discovered.

The passcode bypass in the previous versions of iOS 6 required a series of well-timed taps and button presses. The result was full access to the Phone app on a locked device without entering the passcode. This new bug (not quite new, it seems to have existed prior to iOS 6.1.3) requires a sequence that’s a little easier to execute as can be seen in this video. For some reason, this bypass seems to to be more difficult to accomplish on newer, Siri-capable devices.



The bypass can be achieved using the iPhone’s Voice Dial feature. By holding the Home button on a device for a few seconds, the Voice Dial feature will come up. Issue a dial command such as “Dial 303-555-1212”, then as the call is being initiated, eject the SIM card. The iPhone detects the SIM has been removed, cancels the call, and displays an alert saying there is no SIM. Behind the alert you will see the Phone app and after dismissing the alert, you will have full access to the Phone app. As before this means you can access contact information as well as all photos on the device.

Initially thought to only be possible on non-Siri phones, reports are now coming in of this bypass being performed on the iPhone 4S and 5 as well, though it doesn’t seem to be as easily reproducible on these devices. Performing the bypass on these devices devices would also require Siri to be disabled and Voice Dial to be enabled.

Unlike the previous bug, this bypass can also easily be prevented by disabling Voice Dial. This can be done in the iPhone’s Settings app, under General > Passcode Lock, by turning the Voice Dial switch to off. With the way Apple has been handling these so far, it would not be surprising to see this fixed in a 6.1.4 update.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 update

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

I’ll say this for Apple: it’s getting speedier on its iOS updates.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 6.1.3, a 107 megabyte download offering the following fixes for its supported iOS devices:

– Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app.

– Improvements to Maps in Japan.

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.

Dropbox updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 12:51
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a credible update.

On Tuesday, Dropbox released version 2.0.2 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 a bug on OS X where the tray popup isn’t repositioned properly when plugging in an external monitor.

– Fix a bug on OS X where the tray popup can sometimes fail to appear.

– Fix a bug on OS X where the popup can fail to appear if the “Hide” option of the “Login Item” is set.

– Better reporting and handling of error conditions.

– Fix a bug where a notification’s time label sometimes contained incorrect information.

– Fix a bug where closing the client can trigger errors.

– Various performance improvement and bug fixes in rendering.

– Tweaks to notification acknowledgement.

– Minor tweaks to the tray popup’s UI.

– Other small fixes.

Dropbox 2.0.2 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.

Adium updated to 1.5.6

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Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 06:56
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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.6.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fixed a crash on startup on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

– Fixed a crash when accepting or canceling the certificate verification dialog. (#16280)

– Fixed a crash or hang when trying to use OTR on 32-bits Macs. (#16203)

Adium 1.5.6 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

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

QuarkXPress updated to 9.5.1

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 12:10
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, software developer Quark released version 9.5.1 of its QuarkXPress design application. The 768 megabyte update, which can be downloaded here, adds the following changes:
– QuarkXPress 9.5.1 is a free update for QuarkXPress 9 that further improves quality and stability.

– Furthermore you can now embed fonts when creating content for HTML5 based apps with the new App Studio at AppStudio.net

QuarkXPress 9.5.1 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.

VMWare releases Fusion 5.0.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:02
Category: News, Software

Late Friday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 5.0.3 of its Fusion software for the Mac.

Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.

The new version, a 206 megabyte download, can be found here and offers the following fixes and changes:
– VMware Fusion 5.0.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. It is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 5 users.

– Added support for Boot Camp partitions on 3TB disk drives.

– Improved the cursor performance for select applications, especially when in Unity mode.

– McAfee AntiVirus Plus updated with Windows 8 support.

– Resolved an issue that could result in blurry graphics under certain circumstances.

– Resolved an issue that resulted in horizontal scrolling being reversed in Unity mode.

– Resolved an issue with displaying Office 2013 applications on some recent Macs.

– Improvements to vSockets.

Fusion 5.0.3 retails for US$49.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later (10.7 recommended) and a copy of Windows (if you’ll be installing Windows).

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

VirtualBox updated to 4.2.10

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Date: Monday, March 18th, 2013, 06:10
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VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.10. The new version, a 109 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
– GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664).

– Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (OS X hosts only).

– Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444).

– Settings: don’t lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active.

– Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990).

– VBoxManage: don’t read beyond the end of the file specified with export –eulafile (bug #11528).

– Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529).

– Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390).

– Linux Additions: don’t crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638).

– Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support.

VirtualBox 4.2.10 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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