SpamSieve updated to 2.9.6

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Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2012, 08:51
Category: News, Software

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You can’t knock a useful chunk of shareware.

Michael Tsai’s must-have shareware program, SpamSieve, has just been updated to version 2.9.6. The new version, a 10.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Worked around a bug in Mac OS X 10.8.2 that could cause spam operations in Postbox to be very slow. If you’re using Postbox, you can update your SpamSieve plug-in by following steps 1 through 6 in the Setting Up Postbox section of the manual.

- Made various changes to improve SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy.

- SpamSieve now understands that @icloud.com, @me.com, and @mac.com are equivalent, so it’s better that finding the proper inbox in Apple Mail when you train a message as good. (For non-Apple IMAP and POP mail accounts, you can define aliases manually, as before. Go to the Accounts tab of Mail’s preferences and enter all the addresses – separated by commas – in the Email Address field.)

- Customers have reported that Sync Services does not work reliably on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Thus, rather than having Outlook use Sync Services to sync its contacts with the system address book, SpamSieve now offers a feature to load the Outlook address book directly. (This ensures that SpamSieve doesn’t mark messages from people in your address book as spam.) Outlook users are encouraged to make sure that Use Entourage/Outlook address book is checked in SpamSieve’s preferences and to click the Load button. For more information, see the Use Entourage/Outlook address book section of the manual.

- SpamSieve is now better able to handle invalid data received from a mail program.

- When Using a Spam Mailbox on the Server, SpamSieve is better at handling errors from Mail that could cause a trained spam message to go to the local spam mailbox instead.

- Training a message as good in Apple Mail now removes any flags, in case you were using Spam Message Colors in Apple Mail.

- Added How should I configure the junk filter on my mail server? to the FAQ.

- The Automatically Deleting Old Spam Messages section of the manual now includes instructions for Outlook.

- Worked around various file permissions problems that could prevent training in Apple Mail from working.

- Worked around a bug in Migration Assistant that could prevent SpamSieve from working properly with Apple Mail.

- The plug-in and scripts installers are better able to handle non-standard folder structures.

- Fixed a bug where SpamSieve was unable to see the contents of certain malformed messages, leading to poor filtering accuracy.

- Fixed a bug where sometimes setting the date in the Statistics window didn’t work when SpamSieve was running in 64-bit mode.

- Fixed a regression where where messages trained as good in Apple Mail didn’t move back to the inbox if you were using a local spam mailbox and no inbox matched the message’s recipients.

- Made various improvements to the manual.

SpamSieve retails for US$30.00 and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Carbon Copy Cloner updated to 3.5.2

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Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2012, 08:32
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On Saturday, Carbon Copy Cloner, the shareware favorite for drive cloning operations by Mike Bombich, reached version 3.5.2. The new version, an 8.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Added support for sending notifications to Mountain Lion’s Notification Center. Growl support will continue to be supported for Snow Leopard and Lion, but in Mountain Lion, CCC will only send notifications to the built-in Notification Center. We understand that Growl offers functionality beyond Apple’s Notification center, but the time required to maintain support for Growl and protecting CCC from problems specific to Growl has become too much of a burden to continue its support when there is a capable alternative offered by the operating system.

- Scheduled tasks configured to run when the source or destination is reattached now have an optional reminder interval. If your source or destination volume hasn’t been attached in a given length of time (7 days by default), CCC will run the task and prompt you to attach the volume.

- When selecting a folder as the source or destination, CCC now displays a “bread crumb”-style indicator of the path to the folder to make it more clear where exactly the source and destination folders are located.

- CCC will now warn you if your USB-attached source or destination volume is “slow”, e.g. attached in a manner that results in the interface speed being negotiated to 1.5MB/s or less.

- Task names are now sorted in a case insensitive manner in the Scheduled Tasks window.

- Improved CCC’s handling of MacFUSE filesystems that do not explicitly allow access to the root user.

- Made some improvements to how CCC prevents sleep during a backup task.

- Improved handling of mounting network volumes with guest privileges.

- CCC now offers a simple mechanism for updating the password for the credentials used to mount a network volume in a scheduled task (e.g. if the password was specified incorrectly when the task was created or has subsequently been changed).

- There is now only one menu item for creating a Mac OS X Installer in CCC’s Source menu. Selecting this item will automatically select the Mountain Lion installer, if present, the Lion installer if present (if the ML installer is not present), or give the user the opportunity to manually select a Mac OS X installer application. The user can also hold down the Option key while choosing this menu item to manually select a Mac OS X Installer application.

- When CCC’s Cloning Coach reports that the destination’s Recovery HD needs to be updated, updating that Recovery HD is now much more automated.

- CCC now works around problems cloning a Recovery HD volume that are caused by PGP and Paragon “flavors” of the GUID Partition scheme.

- Fixed some issues handling file ownership when the source or destination filesystem is nfs, ppfs, osxfusefs, or fuse4x.

- Made a few adjustments that should cause CCC to behave better while logged in as the root user. We don’t recommend logging in as the root user, nor do we spend a lot of time testing this configuration, but it should work better now.

- Made some improvements to how a logout event is handled. During logout, the WindowServer is torn down. Depending on the timing of that and when a CCC scheduled task manages to exit, it’s possible for the scheduled task to make requests to the now-absent WindowServer which can lead to an exception. That exception can place CCC into an indeterminate state for a prolonged period of time. Now if a backup task is running and you log out, CCC will abort the backup task and exit more quickly. If an exception occurs, a secondary termination mechanism will reliably terminate the scheduled task, allowing it to properly reload and reconnect to the new WindowServer process.

- Some email servers require SSL but do not support STARTTLS, which is the IANA-approved standard for negotiating SSL-protected connections to SMTP servers (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3207). This update accommodates these servers by pre-negotiating an SSL connection when using port 465.

- Made some minor user interface adjustments to accommodate the behavior of encrypting Fusion volumes.

- Fixed the errant presentation of a configuration concern when the destination volume’s Recovery HD OS version is not a perfect match to the OS version on the source. It is appropriate, for example, for the source volume’s OS to be 10.8.2, but the Recovery HD volume’s OS to be 10.8 (because Apple does not update the Recovery HD during ordinary OS updates).

- Fixed a schedule calculation issue for monthly tasks in which some months could be skipped.

- Fixed an issue in which some folders in the list of items to be copied could not be opened.

- Addressed a couple issues where CCC would hang while trying to retrieve information from an unresponsive volume.

- Filenames that use more than 255 bytes (e.g. less than 255 characters, but with non-ASCII, multibyte characters) are now preserved properly.

- Fixed an issue in which applying the Mac OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental update would cause CCC scheduled tasks to report that “Mac OS X is not responding to CCC’s request to perform a privileged task”.

- Fixed an issue in which CCC was unable to copy files to the destination if the root folder of the source was locked.

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2 retails for a US$39.95 shareware registration fee. The application requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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

Google Earth updated to 7.0.2.8415

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Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, software giant Google released version 7.0.2.8415 of its popular Google Earth program. The new version, a 40.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

What’s New:
- We have included substantial performance improvements to this build. You should see scenes load more rapidly than in our previous public Beta release.

- We have included minor tweaks to the Tour Guide UI.

Issues fixed in this release:
- We fixed the bug that prevented users from recording movies from saved tours.

- Wikipedia text displays in tours.

- Gray buildings and extruded polygons have improved lighting effects.

- Imagery holes no longer appear after sun has been turned on in DirectX on certain hardware configurations.

- Icons align correctly upon installation of .dmg.

Known issues in Google Earth 7:
- When run in DirectX mode on certain Radeon graphics cards on Windows, SketchUp models and extruded polygons will appear gray. To work around this issue, run Earth in OpenGL mode.

- When run in OpenGL mode on certain Intel graphics cards, SketchUp models and extruded polygons will appear gray. To work around this issue, run Earth in DirectX mode.

- Clamped Polygons and Image Overlays display multiple instances in 3D cities on certain hardware configurations.

- KML overlays don’t render correctly in 3D cities in DX on certain hardware configurations.

- Water surfaces around coastlines will flicker then resolve upon zoom.

- Placemark and linestring quality diminishes in the Plugin with browser refresh. To workaround, zoom closely into the KML you want to view.

- Terrain and Water Surface oddities exist at the antimeridian.

Google Earth 7.0.2.8415 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.

Apple releases Mac Wi-Fi Update for late-2012 Macs

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Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, 07:54
Category: News, Software

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A firmware update never hurt anyone.

Late Monday, Apple released its Mac Wi-Fi update, a 1.6 megabyte download that improves compatibility when using the 5GHz band in Wi-Fi.

The upgrade, like similar software, can be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires a late-2012 Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.8.2 or later.

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

Google Chrome updated to 23.0.1271.101

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Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, 07:22
Category: News, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Monday, Google released version 23.0.1271.101 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 56.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- This build contains the fix to a bug with sound distortion with microphone input: 157613.

Google Chrome 23.0.1271.101 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.

VLC updated to 2.0.5

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Date: Monday, December 17th, 2012, 07:11
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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 2.0.5. The new version, a 41.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Rework and fixes of the Mac OS X interface.

- Fix Pulseaudio initial synchronization.

- Fix MKV, SWF, AIFF and subtitles demuxer crashes.

- Translations updates and new Welsh translation.

- DVB-S delivery system detection.

- Fix audio and video track selection through libVLC.

- Fix system sleep issue on Mac OS X 10.5.

VLC 2.0.5 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.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 07:14
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 5.07 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

- Canon EOS 6D

- Nikon 1 V2

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run and is also available via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new Digital Camera RAW update and noticed any changes, please let us know how it went.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.108 update

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:11
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.108 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.108 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

- Bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility.

Full release notes are available here and the new version 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.

CrossOver updated to 12.0

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.0. The new version, a 119.5 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
- CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.

Application Support:
- CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.

- CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.

- CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.

Improvements to Microsoft Office:
- Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.

- Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.

- Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.

- Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.

- PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.

- PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.

- Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.

- Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.

- Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.

- Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.

- Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.

- Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.

- Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.

- Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.

- An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.

- World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.

CrossOver and Wine:
- CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.

- CrossOver’s built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

- CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.

- CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.

- Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.

- DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.

- CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

CrossOver 12.0 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

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

Google Chrome updated to 23.0.1271.97

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Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 08:05
Category: News, Software

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Hey, an update’s an update.

Late Tuesday, Google released version 23.0.1271.97 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 56.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Some texts in a Website Settings popup are trimmed (Issue: 159156).

- Some plugins stopped working (Issue: 159896).

- Fixed a known crash (Issue:161854).

Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 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.