Microsoft Releases Office 2004 11.5.5, Office 2008 12.1.9 and Open XML Converter 1.0.3 Updates

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Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, 09:47
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Microsoft released updates for both its Office 2004 and Office 2008 suites for the Mac.
Microsoft Office 2004 version 11.5.5, a 59.2 megabyte download through the AutoUpdate program, offers stability and performance fixes and repairs a vulnerability in which an outside party could insert malicious code.
The program requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later to install and run.
The company also released Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.9, a 267.7 megabyte download through the AutoUpdate program that offers improvements to enhance security, stability, and performance, including fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.
Microsoft Office 2008 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.
Finally, the company released Open XML Converter 1.0.3, the latest version of its XML file translation application. The new version, a 44.8 megabyte download, also improves security and prevents malicious code from being activated on your computer. The update can also be installed via the Microsoft AutoUpdate application.
Open XML Converter 1.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

Adobe Reader Updated to 9.1.2

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Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, 09:59
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Adobe released version 9.1.2 of its free Reader program. The program, which has long been a staple for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files, addresses a number of customer workflow issues and critical security vulnerabilities.
Adobe Reader 9.1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run and its download file size varies depending on version chosen. The update can also be snagged and installed via the “Check for Updates Online” option, which can be pulled down from Adobe Reader’s Help menu.

Flip4Mac 2.2.3.7 Released

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Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, 08:31
Category: Software

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Software developer Telestream has announced a new beta version of Flip4Mac, its QuickTime components package which allows for Windows Media files to be viewed, imported and converted under Mac OS X. The new release, an 10.7 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), includes the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed hang when exporting files with a high Quality setting.
  • Added warning when attempting to open a DRM protected file.
  • Improvements to wording and tool tips in Preference Pane.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
  • Flip4Mac 2.2.3.7 is available for free but can go as high as US$179 depending on the version purchased. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and QuickTime 6.5.1 or later to run.

    Apple Releases Safari 4.0 Web Browser

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    Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009, 09:27
    Category: Software

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    Amidst yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference announcements, Apple finally released Safari 4.0, the newest version of its web browser. The new version, available here, is reported to run JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3.
    Other new features include Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow, and support for modern web standards like HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects.
    Safari 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

    Google Releases Early Beta of Chrome Web Browser for Mac OS X

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    Date: Friday, June 5th, 2009, 09:02
    Category: Software

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    It ain’t for the faint of heart, but according to Macworld UK, the Google team released an early beta of its long-anticipated Chrome web browser for Mac OS X.
    Under the heading “Danger: Mac and Linux builds available” the Google Chromium blog warns of the following:
    “In order to get more feedback from developers, we have early developer channel versions of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux, but whatever you do, please DON’T DOWNLOAD THEM! Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software.”
    “How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things, you won’t yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.”
    “Meanwhile, we’ll get back to trying to get Google Chrome on these platforms stable enough for a beta release as soon as possible!”
    Take a gander if you’re feeling brave and let us know what you make of it…

    Apple Releases iLife Support, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iDVD, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Updates

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    Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 21:32
    Category: Software

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    On Thursday, Apple released a slew of updates for its iLife ’09 suite of applications. The updates, which range between 3.9 and 96 megabytes in file size and can be located and installed via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature, include the following:
    Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 2.6: A 3.9 megabyte download that extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 2, iPhoto 08, and iPhoto 09 for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 500D
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
  • Nikon D5000
  • Olympus E-30
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    iPhoto 8.0.3:
    A 96 megabyte download that addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues in the following areas of the application:

  • Publishing to MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr.
  • Slideshow playback.
  • Location (GPS) info embedded in emailed photos and exported JPEGs.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    iLife Support 9.0.3:
    A 55.1 megabyte download that addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability for the Media Browser, and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance of the Media Browser.
  • Corrected issues to display custom folders when added to the Media Browser.
  • Maintained correct image dates when importing from iPhoto to Aperture.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    iMovie 8.0.3:
    A 35.6 megabyte download that addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Support for 720p AVCHD Lite cameras and camcorders.
  • Deleting a beat marker no longer modifies the project duration.
  • Video Effects palette now uses the correct thumbnail for still images.
  • The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.
    iDVD 7.0.4: A 27.5 megabyte download that addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list.
    The update requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run.

    Apple Releases AirPort Utility 5.4.2

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    Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2009, 08:43
    Category: Software

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    Late Wednesday, Apple released version 5.4.2 of its AirPort Utility application for Mac OS X. The new version, a 16.9 megabyte download, provides the following fixes and changes:

  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to be unable to read certain AirPort wireless device configurations.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to sometimes be unable to discover an AirPort wireless device when Back To My Mac is enabled.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to sometimes be unable to download firmware.
  • An issue causing AirPort Utility to not correctly import Access Control Lists created in AirPort Admin Utility 4.x
  • Added the ability in AirPort Utility to show all wireless passwords in the “Equivalent Network Password” sheet.
  • AirPort Utility 5.4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

    Cocktail 4.3.4 (Leopard Edition) Released

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    Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, 16:37
    Category: Software

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    On Wednesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.3.4 of Cocktail (Tiger Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.
    The new version, a 1.9 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

  • Fixed minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.5.7.
  • Fixed compatibility with Firefox and Google Gears.
  • Added clearing of Renepo.A-B and Tored.A trojans.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
  • Updated Automator actions.
  • Cocktail 4.3.4 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

    E3: The Sims 3 Goes Out the Door for Mac OS X, Windows, iPhone

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 19:51
    Category: News

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    Electronic Arts on Tuesday announced the simultaneous release of The Sims 3 for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch handsets.
    The new version allows users to control simulated people inside a virtual world, the application allowing for dozens of unique personality traits as well as extensive customization for your Sims home. According to Macworld, the game bypasses the micromanagement of basic tasks such as bathing and using the restroom (unlike the first two versions) and allows for additional items to be purchased via an in-game store.
    The Mac and Windows game also lets you record movies of your Sims, edit the soundtrack, story and transitions, then share the movies you’ve made with friends on The Sims 3 Web sites, social networks, and on your own blog.
    The game ships on a hybrid DVD-ROM that contains both Mac and Windows versions of the games, retails for US$50 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later, 2 GB of RAM, 6.1 GB of hard disk space and an ATI GMA X3100 or Nvidia 7300 GT graphics card or better to install and run.
    Per the iPhone version, the application is available for US$9.99 through the App Store and requires iPhone OS 2.2 or later to install and run.

    Hulu Desktop released for Mac and PC

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    Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 13:51
    Category: Software

    Last week, Hulu released it’s Hulu Desktop application for Mac and Windows, which allows you to stream it’s library of videos without using a web browser.

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    The current release is considered a “beta” while Hulu “[...] plan[s] to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service”. The software and it’s interface fill the entire desktop screen, much like Apple’s DVD player application, to provide a menu of available videos and full-screen viewing. The software is designed to be controlled by an Apple Remote or Windows Media remote as well as keyboard controls. At the moment it doesn’t seem like Hulu Desktop offers much of an advantage over the web based version.

    If you want to try it, however, you will need a fairly new Mac or PC. The minimim requirements to run Hulu Desktop are as follows:

    Minimum requirements for Mac:
    Intel Pentium Core Duo 2.0GHz
    At least 2.0 GB of RAM
    Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or later
    2 Mbps Internet connection
    Flash 9.0.124

    Minimum requirements for Windows:
    Intel Pentium Core Duo 1.8GHz
    At least 2.0 GB of RAM
    Windows XP or later
    2 Mbps Internet connection
    Flash 9.0.124

    And if you have a PowerPC-based Mac, don’t even bother. There has been some speculation that this was the reason Hulu was so intent on shutting down Boxee’s access to Hulu feeds, but that seems odd since Hulu gets revenue from showing the ads, not from the software, so I would think the more programs that can play those ads would be better for them. Plus Boxee can run on PPC Macs, Apple TV, and Ubuntu Linux. No Windows version yet. You can read more about their response on their blog.

    Discuss your thoughts in the forums!