GraphicConverter updated to 8.5, adds Retina support, other features

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Date: Friday, December 28th, 2012, 09:41
Category: News, Software

A nifty chunk of shareware just got better.

On Friday, Thorsten Lemke’s seminal graphics conversion and editing app GraphicConverter reached version 8.5. The new version, a 153.8 megabyte download, added the following fixes and changes:

New features:
– Retina support added.
– Added support for 16 bit per channel grayscale raw import.
– Split red/green/blue batch added.
– Added batch function to extract all used keywords to convert&modify.
– Added option to disable indicator for unapplied xmp changes.
– Added zoom support to slideshow with gesture.
– Added dialog upon click of rotation indicator.
– Added rating tool to image window toolbar.
– Added option to open a browser with a default path upon launch.
– Added option to use EXIF preview as browser thumbnail.
– Added import of old picture clippings at 64 bit.
– Added import support for some old StartupScreen variants.
– Added editable number fields for display of slider values.
– Added slideshow with find.

Updated features:
– Exif creation does verify gps tags before export.
– Keyword palette supports import of plain keywords list.
– Next/previous icons do now use the last display scale for the new image.
– Improved undo options.
– Improved PhotoRaw options.
– Find and replace colors are stored in the prefs.
– Enhanced edit exif data dialog.

Bug fixes:
– Fixed performance issue after resolution change without resample.
– Added a workaround for a possible issue during keyword change of JPGs on server volumes with 10.7.x.
– Fixed a bug during applying batch settings during html catalog creation.
– Fixed a bug in multipage pdf to tiff conversion.
– Fixed a bug in replace dialog of non image files.
– Fixed a possible memory leak in the slideshow.
– Fixed a bug with the index display in the find and replace dialog.
– Fixed a bug in setting the catalog/picture format.
– Fixed a display issue on 10.6.8.
– Fixed possible crash during import of corrupt WPG file.
– Fixed a bug in JPS to MPO conversion.
– Fixed a bug in flat view.
– Fixed a bug with change of extension if the filename uses dots.

GraphicConverter 8.5 retails for US$39.95 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.

Rumor: Apple to update notebooks in June, retain same design with new models

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Date: Friday, December 28th, 2012, 06:08
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Rumor: Apple to update notebooks in June, retain same design with new models

Sometimes you just don’t muck with a good design.

Per DigiTimes, Apple will reportedly update the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air product lines in June 2013 with upgraded innards, but no major design changes are expected for either laptop range.

According to the article, Taiwanese supply chain sources said Apple recently issued requests for quotations (RFQs) for a number of notebooks, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, with the new models slated to reach consumers in June 2013.

Little information was offered regarding the revised MacBook Pro as the publication focused its report on the effect Apple’s MacBook Air will have on so-called Ultrabook makers next year. For 2013, Apple’s thin-and-light is said to be switching to a new processor platform, most likely Intel’s next-generation Haswell architecture.

As for design, sources say no major changes are planned for either product line. While the MacBook Pro line was the recipient of a design overhaul with the Retina display model, non-Retina versions still sport a unibody chassis largely unaltered since its debut in 2008. The MacBook Air’s enclosure was revamped in 2010, taking on a more angular look as Apple applied design cues learned from its development of the iPad.

DigiTimes also suggests Apple may cut MacBook Air prices ahead of the June launch, but such a move is unlikely considering the company has no recent history of discounting products prior to a newer version’s release. The publication made similar claims in May when it incorrectly predicted that Apple would introduce a US$799 version of the notebook in the third quarter of 2012.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Adobe releases Photoshop CS 6 13.0.3 update

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Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2012, 09:46
Category: News, Software

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It took a little while, but this could be nifty.

On Thursday, Adobe released version 13.0.3 of its Photoshop CS6 image editing program. The new version, a 269.9 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), offers the following fix:

– Enables support for new HiDPI displays on the Macintosh platform for a dramatic improvement in image fidelity and resolution.

Photoshop CS6 13.0.3 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.

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
Category: News, Software

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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.