Apple Releases iLife Support 9.0.1 Update

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009, 10:16
Category: Software

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Amid a slew of product releases yesterday, Apple also released its iLife Support 9.0.1 patch. The update, a 50.6 megabyte download, improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09.
The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and is also available through Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.
If you’ve tried the patch and can offer any feedback on it, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Rumor: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update May Feature Nehalem, Radeon HD 4000 Support

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2009, 07:27
Category: Rumor

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Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.7 update may go beyond its usual complement of expected fixes and incorporate support for Intel’s new Nehalem hardware architecture as well as the ATI Radeon HD 4000 graphics chipsets.
According to netkas, a recent discovery located just five kernel extensions for the video cards and doesn’t appear to work perfectly in a bootleg installation for 10.5.6 meant for hacked Mac OS X installations. The retrofitted version doesn’t recognize DVI ports fully and doesn’t even recognize widescreen resolutions without third-party utilities to force the expanded screen area.
Even so, the extensions are enough to identify support for the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 chipsets by name but also to enable Core Image and Quartz Extreme acceleration of the Mac OS X interface, which would require the direct involvement of AMD, Apple or both firms to work. They also support the full OpenGL 2.1 specification for 3D graphics.
And while screen captures currently aren’t available to support the claims as with the video hardware, the slip also hints that 10.5.7 is the first edition of Mac OS X to recognize Intel’s Nehalem architecture.
The Nehalem architecture is a major overhaul to Intel’s standard hardware approach to processors and leaves aside the standard system bus in favor of an interface that lets the processors talk directly to memory, peripherals and each other.
Although it’s unknown as to whether Apple will formally include the new hardware support in the release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, such add-ons will eventually become necessary. It’s been rumored that Apple is looking to use Intel’s Nehalem-based Xeon processors at the heart of its next generation of Mac Pro workstations and will eventually filter the technology down to its portables and mainstream desktops through Core i7 processors, which share the same essential design.
Apple has also remained comparatively dormant in its support for AMD’s ATI Radeon graphics and hasn’t used hardware newer than the Radeon HD 2600 found in the iMac and as an option for the Mac Pro; the technology is now approximately two generations old.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Apple Begins Testing Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2009, 10:20
Category: Software

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No matter what you think of Mac OS X 10.5.6, Apple is cited as having tapped its developer community this week to begin testing its Mac OS X 10.5.7 update, a maintenance and security update to the company’s Leopard operating system with a particular focus on syncing improvements.
According to AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that the update will include a plethora of bug fixes, six code corrections and currently weighs in at 440 megabytes in its simplest form.
Apple is currently said to be focusing on syncing issues found in applications such as Mail, Address Book and system preferences. A problem with Safari not accepting certain types of cookies will also reportedly be addressed.
Among the nearly two dozen other components receiving attention in beta of Mac OS X 10.5.7 are graphics drivers, Time Machine, printing services, screen sharing services, MobileMe syncing, AirPort services, text services, and iCal, those familiar with the software claim.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve gotten your hands on a 10.5.7 build, please let us know what you think of it in the comments or forums.

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Roxio Toast Titanium 10.0.1 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, 09:34
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday night, Roxio released version 10.0.1 of its Toast Titanium authoring software. The new version, available here, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Improved handling of AIFF audio files.
  • Resolves issue where some users may be unable to add audio to Music DVD project.
  • Resolves issue where creating Audiobook project may result in -35 error.
  • Resolves issue where users may be unable to remove video from appearing in the Web Video Media Browser view.
  • Resolves issue that may occur when creating disc images so that users are not prompted for additional information.
  • Resolves crash that may occur when opening audio projects saved in a previous version of Toast.
  • Audiobook projects will be split automatically if they become larger than iTunes is able to play back.
  • AVCHD Archive discs created from memory card-based cameras should now play correctly on Blu-ray players.
  • Toast 10 Titanium requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$99.99.
    If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Apple Releases Safari 4 Public Beta

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    Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 09:05
    Category: Software

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    Apple announced the release of the Safari 4 public beta on Tuesday. According to Mac Observer, the new version of the browser includes the Nitro JavaScript Engine, faster JavaScript 4.2 processing speeds and a long list of new features including Cover Flow browsing for history and bookmarks.
    The browser also includes Accessible Rich Interactive Applications, full page zoom support, CSS effects and CSS Canvas support, HTML 5 offline support, offline database support, and smart search recommendations. Other new features include a new Web Inspector, a page elements view, a JavaScript debugger, a page resources view, and more.
    The Safari 4 public beta requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later on Leopard or Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later on Tiger as well as Security Update 2009-001 to install and run. The browser is available for both Mac and Windows as a free download.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback on it, hit us up in the comments, forums or drop me a line at chris @ powerpage.org.

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    How To: Get Around Unibody MacBook Pro Freezes During Screenshots

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    Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 08:30
    Category: How-To

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    As exciting and cool as your new unibody MacBook Pro may happen to be, there may be some bugs to sort out.
    According to MacFixIt, a number of users have posted to the Apple Discussions board complaining that the screenshot function on their late-2008/unibody MacBook Pro notebooks cause the system to freeze for a few minutes.
    Apple Discussions poster ikarus79m described the situation as follows:

    “I have noticed a super weird bug with my new MacBook Pro. At least while running the integrated graphics chipset (not yet tried in power mode.) When I snap a screenshot using Shift+Command+3 (or 4) my computer takes the screen grab, however, then freezes for a minute or two. After that it comes back to life.”

    There are several potential causes for this problem, the first being a driver issue, where the screenshot utility is more prone to problematic behavior when running with the drivers for the newer computers. This may be supported by some users having the problem only when running on the GeForce 9400M GPU.
    Potential fixes are as follows:

    Repair permissions: This problem seems to be influenced by some permissions problems for core system files. Fixing permissions using Disk Utility seems to help the problem. Alternative to Disk Utility, users might wish to do a more in-depth system cleaning using a third-party utility such as AppleJack or OnyX. These utilities can fix multiple problems beyond just permissions, since they can clear many caches, run built-in maintenance scripts, and run a variety of other tasks to keep the computer running optimally.
    Reset the SMC and PRAM: While it’s unlikely that hardware settings in the SMC and PRAM would directly affect the screen shot utility, some users have seen improvement after resetting them. It is possible that some faulty setting could interfere with driver function. To reset the PRAM, hold the options-command-P-R keys down all at once after restarting, allowing the computer to reset s couple of times before releasing the keys and allowing the computer to boot normally. This Apple Knowledgebase article (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411) contains the steps for resetting the SMC on various MacBook models.
    Workaround: Because this problem is with the internal screen capture utility, users can bypass it by using a third-party screenshot utility.

    If you’ve seen this issue on your end, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    EMC Releases Retrospect 8 Beta 4

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    Date: Friday, February 20th, 2009, 07:47
    Category: Software

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    EMC Corporation on Friday released the fourth public beta of Restrospect 8.0 its long-standing backup and recovery software for the Mac. The new beta consists of the following new features and changes:

  • Stability has been greatly improved, and this build should feel much better.
  • Proactive Backup (old Backup Server) monitoring is now functional, and the Pause/Run/Resume buttons now work as expected.
  • Email notification is working as designed now.
  • Repair and Rebuild Catalog functionality has been added.
  • It is now possible to set a password for the Retrospect engine by going to Preferences>General and clicking the Change Server Password button. Once you set/change the password, you will need to remove the Retrospect engine from the sidebar and re-add it using the new password.
  • Partial archiving of Time Machine data has been added. Retrospect 8.0 cannot restore a functioning Time Machine volume, but it can restore files backed up from a Time Machine volume to any non-Time Machine volume.
  • Backup and restore activities can now be previewed when using the Backup and Restore Assistants.
  • The restore files and folders workflow now has an option to restore to a new folder. When choosing this option, Retrospect may incorrectly warn you on the summary page that all other files will be deleted from the destination. This is not the case.
  • Media request notifications have been improved.
  • Several bugs related to rules (selectors) have been fixed; a handful may still remain.
  • The Retrospect 8.0 beta is currently available as a 29.7 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
    Retrospect 8.0 is expected to ship in the first quarter in three versions: Desktop 3-User (US$129 new or US$59 as an upgrade), Single Server (US$809 or US$539), and Multi Server (US$1,669 or US$939). Users who purchased a new Retrospect 6.1 license on or after January 14, 2008 will receive a free upgrade.
    Let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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    Adium X Updated to 1.3.3

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    Date: Friday, February 20th, 2009, 07:07
    Category: Software

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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 1.3.3.
    The new version, a 23.4 megabyte download, sports the following major fixes and changes listed here.
    Adium X is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The program functions as a Universal Binary and runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
    If you’ve tried the new build and have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    Cocktail 4.3.1 Leopard Edition Released

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    Date: Friday, February 20th, 2009, 07:43
    Category: Software

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    On Friday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3.1 of Cocktail (Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 1.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may stop responding during a scheduled clearing of system caches.
  • Added clearing of the trojan Lamzev.A and the worm Inqtana.A.
  • Minor improvements on the clear potentially harmful files procedure.
  • Cocktail 4.3 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.
    If you’ve tried the new version and have any kind of feedback about it, let us know in the comments or forums.

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    CoolBook Updated to 2.13, Receives Unibody MacBook Support

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    Date: Monday, February 16th, 2009, 08:30
    Category: Software

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    Over the weekend, developer Magnus Lundholm released CoolBook 2.13, the latest version of his shareware CPU frequency, voltage and temperature monitoring program.
    The new version, a 600 kilobyte download, adds support for Apple’s new unibody MacBooks as well as repairs the following bugs and features:

  • Fixed a bug adding invalid values to the frequency selector.
  • Fixed an issue with the throttling level selector.
  • Additional fixes to support the new unibody models.
  • CoolBook 2.13 retails for a US$10 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.
    If you’ve tried the program and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know over in the forums.

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