Drive Genius updated to 3.2.3

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Date: Friday, August 23rd, 2013, 07:11
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Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 3.2.3, an updated version of its drive repair and recovery program for Mac OS X.

The new version, a 15.2 megabyte download” target=”_blank”>download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Bug fixes.

Drive Genius retails for US$99 and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later installed to install and run.

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

Google Chrome updated to 29.0.1547.57

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Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, 07:05
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On Tuesday, Google released version 29.0.1547.57 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 51.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Improved Omnibox suggestions based on the recency of sites you have visited.

– Ability to reset your profile back to its original state.

– Many new apps and extensions APIs.

Lots of stability and performance improvements:
– Incomplete path sanitization in file handling.

– Information leak via overly broad permissions on shared memory files.

– Integer overflow in ANGLE.

– Use after free in XSLT.

– Use after free in media element.

– Use after free in document parsing.

– Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

Google Chrome 29.0.1547.57 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.

Firefox updated to 23.0.1

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Date: Monday, August 19th, 2013, 07:41
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You can’t turn down a helpful web browser update.

On Friday, Mozilla.org released version 23.0.1 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 44.4 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– [Fixed] Spellchecking broken with non-ASCII characters in profile path.

– [Fixed] Audio static/”burble”/breakup in Firefox to Firefox WebRTC calls.

Firefox 23.0.1 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, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.5 update

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Date: Monday, August 19th, 2013, 06:22
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You can’t really argue against a substantial iTunes bug fix.

Late Friday, Apple released version 11.0.5 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 196.6 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Corrected an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.

iTunes 11.0.5 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, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.8.800.146 beta

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Date: Friday, August 16th, 2013, 09:19
Category: News, security, Software

When in doubt, there’s always the public beta to make things a bit better.

On Thursday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.8.800.115 for Mac OS X, an 18 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version adds the following fixes and changes:

– Includes new features as well as enhancements and bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility.

The Adobe Flash Player 11.8.800.146 beta 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 12.5

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Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, 10:44
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You can’t knock an appreciable update.

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.5. The new version, an 84.9 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fix:

WHAT’S NEW:
– Drag and Drop.

– System Tray Icons in the Mac Menu Bar.

– Shaped windows and transparency.

– Better mouse handling for many games.

– Support for command-tab switching in full-screen mode.

– Better integration with the OS X Dock, and features such as Expose and Spaces.

– Better international keyboard support.

– Improved clipboard (cut and paste) support.

– Support for mice with more than three buttons.

– Fixes for many window ordering problems.

– Force-feedback joysticks are supported.

– Improved input method support for non-Latin characters.

Application Support:
Microsoft Outlook:
– Microsoft Outlook will now maintain its connection when the computer sleeps or the network configuration changes.

– Improved auto-discovery for Exchange account setup.

– Outlook will no longer crash if the Exchange server is unavailable.

– Fixed a crash when editing contacts.

– Right-click to format will now work.

– Improved NTLM authentication – you can now change your password if you have ‘smbpasswd’ installed.

– Improved sharepoint list display in profile.

– Characters can now be inserted from the character palette.

– Fixed printing of calendar items.

– Attachment preview will now work.

– Outlook Today can now be customized.

– Phone numbers now accept a ‘+’ character for international notation.

Microsoft Excel:
– Fixed a crash when copying a worksheet.

– Improved macro support.

– Fixed a problem opening read-only files.

– Fixed garbage when opening xlsx documents.

Quicken:
– Fixed display of help topics in Quicken 2012.

– Fixed a bug in the ‘Change Assumptions’ function of Quicken 2013.

Internet Explorer 7:
– More web sites will now work.

– Fixed a bug which sometimes caused failure during installation.

– Fixed a crash in the print dialog.

World of Tanks:
– Fixed a crash connecting to the server on certain Macs.

– Fixed a crash when zooming in on targets.

Microsoft Office:
– Fixed problems in which drop-down menus could not be dismissed.

– Microsoft Office 2010 Simplified Chinese Edition will now install.

– Fixed a bug which caused Microsoft Office 2007 to fail to install on some machines.

– Fixed an installation conflict between .Net 4.0 and DirectX 9.

– Fixed an installation problem with Microsoft Money 2001.

– Fixed an issue where Microsoft Visio 2010 would not open .vxd files.

– Fixed installation problems with .Net 3.5.

– Fixed graphical glitches in Wizard101.

– Fixed problems with the patcher in Pirate101.

– Fixed a crash on login in Starcraft II.

– Fixed crashes on install of Rift’s Storm Legion expansion.

– Fixed Rift graphics bugs on Nvidia hardware.

– Fixed various errors in ChemSketch 12.

– Fixed a crash in Baseball Mogul 2013 and 2014.

Other Improvements:
– CrossOver 12.5.0 is based on the new stable Wine 1.6 release. This includes innumerable fixes for various Windows applications.

– CrossOver can be configured for compatibility with Windows 7.

CrossOver 12.5 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.

Apple releases Epson printer drivers 2.15 for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 operating systems

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Date: Friday, August 9th, 2013, 13:21
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Never knock updated printer drivers, as they are your friend.

On Friday, Apple released its Epson Printers Drivers 2.15 package. The update, a 1.2 gigabyte download, adds updated drivers for assorted Epson printers, scanners and multifunction devices.

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can also be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

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

Skype updated to 6.7.59.373

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Date: Friday, August 9th, 2013, 06:04
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On Friday, version 6.7.59.373 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Improved:
– Search in Skype for Mac has been completely overhauled. Finding the right conversation is now faster than ever. From the toolbar, just enter a term in the search field and it will return a menu of the most relevant conversations. From the same menu, you can also use the Search Messages action item to explore your complete conversation history. Just double-click on a message to jump directly to it. Finally, adding a contact and calling phone numbers straight from search is more discoverable and easier than ever.

Resolved Issues:
– [Calling] Skype hangs when closing application during an active call.

– [Calling] Cannot hang up call with Shift+Command+H after Skype restarts.

– [Conversations] Messages sent to a Facebook contact show up multiple times.

Known Issues:
– [Generic] On OS X 10.7, Skype sometimes crashes when clicking on profile pictures or file transfer icons. Workaround: update to OS X 10.7.5 or later.

Skype 6.7.59.373 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 the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Lightroom 5.2 release candidate beta

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Date: Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 06:42
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You can’t argue with a good release candidate.

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of the latest version of its prosumer photo editing software, Lightroom 5.2. The new version, a 467.2 megabyte download via MacUpdate, offers the following fixes and changes:

New features:
– A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise.

– Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts.

Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
– New Feather control.

– Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage.

– Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle.

– Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge.

Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
– Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete.

– Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment.

Bug fixes:
– Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.

– Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.

– Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.

– Incorrect photo was selected when trying to select a photo in segmented grid in Publish Services.

– The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.

– Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.

– Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.

Lightroom 5.2 is available for both Mac and PC platforms. Mac users will need a multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, running OS X 10.7 or later along with at least 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended) 2GB of available HDD space, and a 1024×768 resolution to install and run.

The software is available from Adobe’s website for US$79 when upgrading from an earlier version, or US$149 for new users. Those already subscribed to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service will find that the new software is included in their memberships.

If you’ve tried Lightroom 5 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Firefox updated to 23.0

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Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, 11:29
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The updates just keep comin’.

On Tuesday, Mozilla.org released version 23.0 of its Firefox web browser. The new version, a 44.3 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages (learn more).

– Options panel created for Web Developer Toolbox.

– “Enable JavaScript” preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default.

– Updated Firefox Logo.

– Improved about:memory’s functional UI.

– Simplified interface for notifications of plugin installation.

– Enabled DXVA2 on Windows Vista+ to accelerate H.264 video decoding.

– Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser.

– CSP policies using the standard syntax and semantics will now be enforced rendering improvements (see bug 838675).

– Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in webrtc.org capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate.

– “Load images automatically” and Always show the tab bar” checkboxes removed from preferences and reset to defaults.

– HTML5 form control implemented.

– Write more accessible pages on touch interfaces with new ARIA role for key buttons.

– Social share functionality.

– Added unprefixed requestAnimationFrame.

– Implemented a global browser console.

– Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed element.

– New feature in toolbox: Network Monitor.

– Various security fixes.

Firefox 23.0 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, please let us know in the comments.