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Cocktail updated to 6.0

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 06:08
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 6.0 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 2.2 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- Added OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) compatibility.

Cocktail 6.0 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later to install and run.

Skype updated to 5.8.0.945

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 06:06
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, version 5.8.0.945 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 23.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Bug fixes and stability improvements.

Skype 5.8.0.945 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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

VLC updated to 2.0.2

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Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2012, 07:34
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 a release candidate version of 2.0.2. The new version, a 25.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Video Output:
- XP machine will now use DirectX mode by default, like in previous versions. There were too many errors with broken drivers.

- More accurate colourspaces conversions for YUV->RGB in OpenGL

- Add menu support for libvlc / VLCKit applications on Mac OS X

- Various fixes on Mac OS X, notably for crop, zoom, osd and menu support

- Misc fixes in OpenGL module, on all platforms

- Fix video output on PowerPC-based Macs equipped with an ATI Radeon 7500, an ATI Radeon 9200 or a NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra.

- Fix video output of 10bit encoded contents on Intel-based Macs equipped with an Intel GMA 950 chipset running OS X 10.6 or later.

- Add support for the HiDPI mode used on recent Apple products with so-called Retina Displays.

Access:
- Rework Digital TV module for Windows. DVB-T and DVB-C should work again

- Fixes for RAR compressed files

- Fix DirectShow crashes on exit

- Improve PulseAudio input latency

- Fixes for HTTP access through a proxy

- v4l2 webcam outputting H264 can now be used directly (use –v4l2-chroma=h264)

- Fix subtitles auto-detection in subfolders and detection behaviour

- IE http proxy is not used anymore by VLC on Win32

- Accept more extensions for DVD images

- Fix crash in VC1 packetizer

- Improvements in Blu-Ray playback

- Improvements and fixes in HLS support

Codec:
- Fix crashes in AAC decoder on channels changes, notably in ISDB streams

- Fix compilation with multiple FFmpeg and libav versions

- Fix G726 support

- Fix MP3 free format support

Demuxers:
- Fixes for MKV segments, seeking and MKV title display

- Fix for some mp4, voc, midi and au crashes

- Fix for Real .ram, .f4v, .avi and .ra files support

- Fix for DVB channels file support

- Fixes for alac, vorbis, DTS, VC-1 and Dirac in mp4

Encoders:
- Fix for MPEG Audio encoding, use layer2 when using fourcc “mp2 ” and “mp2a”

- Fix for JPEG generation, when doing snapshots

- Audio filters and output:

- Limitation of spatializer volume output

- Fix DirectSound device selection

- Correct PulseAudio volume control

- Do not apply volume in file output

- Fix sampling rate in JACK output

- Fixes in ALSA output for latency and for broken drivers

Mac OS X:
- Enable drag and drop of playlist items between the temporary playlist and the persistent media library

- Enable import of playlist items taken from the service discovery modules to the media library or the temporary playlist

- Media key support for keyboards by other manufacturers than Apple This fix was facilitated through a hardware donation by ZF Friedrichshafen AG manufacturing keyboards under the brand “Cherry”.

- Add support for the Apple Remote to set the Mac to sleep using a longer press on the Play/Pause button

- Remove libfontconfig’s font cache by an Apple Type Services lookup. This removes the “Updating Cache” dialog, before finding all fonts.

- Re-add an option to hide the window decoration during video playback

- Improve compatibility with other 3rd party apps using SPMediaKeyTap

- Many Fullscreen fixes

- Keep Aspect Ratio when resizing is back

- Add controls to manipulate the Subtitles Duration to the Track Synchronization panel

- Hidden items in the sidebar are being retained for the next launch now

- Fix crash when trying to open an Audio CD by drag & drop

- Improve reliability when opening DVDs or BDs by drag & drop

- Fix crashes on exit

- Fix crash when mounting a device with multiple logical volumes while VLC is running

- Chosen audio output device is retained throughout multiple sessions

- Since running the Mac OS X interface as an Extra Interface or Control Interface can lead to undefined results, eventual settings will be automatically reset on the first launch.- This fixes issues with unresponsive playback controls and crashes on quit.

- Update Growl plugin for use with Growl 1.3

- Miscellaneous minor interface improvements

Lua Scripts:
- Fixes for stdin/stdout and for different locale issues

- Fixes for icecast SD

Qt:
- Fix preferences for audio devices on Windows

- Fix playlist search and selector behaviour

- Fix multiple issues in the Open Disc dialog

- Miscellaneous fixes in preferences, buttons, EPG, playlist and customize dialog

- Fix tags and file names display

- Fix various crashes, display issues and usability issues

Skins2:
- Fix mousewheel on Windows

- Fix for key events and focus loss

Web interface:
- Fix display of some buttons

- Fix listing of files in the Open interface

- Fixes for widgets behaviour and vlm dialog

Security:
- Fix Ogg Heap buffer overflow

- Update taglib (CVE-2012-2396)

- Update libavcodec and other codecs libraries

Translation:
- Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Walloon, Slovak, Polish, Khmer, Japanese, Italian, French, Czech, Belarusian, Breton, Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Irish, Galician, Hungarian, Japanese, Dutch, Telugu, Ukranian, Thai translations update
New Scottish Gaelic translation

VLC 2.0.2 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 extensive batch of printer driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 operating systems

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 09:03
Category: News, Software

It’s not the sexiest set of updates in the world, but it’s useful.

Per AppleInsider, Apple released the following printer driver updates as listed below. The updates provide additional support for a wide range of devices from assorted providers and vary in size:

- NRG Printer Drivers v2.3

- InfoPrint Printer Drivers v2.3

- Lanier Printer Drivers v2.3

- Savin Printer Drivers v2.3

- Ricoh Printer Drivers v2.3

- Gestetner Printer Drivers v2.3

- Infotec Printer Drivers v2.3

- Lexmark Printer Driver v2.8

- Epson Printer Drivers v2.10

- Canon Printer Drivers v2.9

The updates require 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 printer drivers and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Cocktail updated to 5.3.3

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2012, 05:28
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, shareware developer Maintain released version 5.3.3 of CocktailCocktail (Lion Edition), the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests. The new version, a 3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- Added the “Use SRM secure delete” option to the “Force empty Trash” feature. SRM removes each file by overwriting, renaming, and truncating it before unlink-ing. This option meets the US Department of Defense (DOD) 5220-22M standard for securely erasing magnetic media. It erases the information used to access your files and writes over the data 7 times.

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may not be able to repair permissions on RAID sets.

- Other minor improvements and bug fixes.

- Various minor bug fixes and improvements.

- Updated Help.

Cocktail 5.3.3 retails for a US$19.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

Apple releases Aperture 3.3.1 update

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2012, 13:48
Category: News, Software

On Thursday, Apple released version 3.3.1 of Aperture, its pro-grade image editing application. The new version, which is available as a direct download or via Mac OS X’s Software update feature, is a 529 megabyte download and offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause Aperture to hang or quit unexpectedly when upgrading libraries.

Aperture 3.3.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.4 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 Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.14

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, 13:03
Category: News, Software

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On Tuesday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.13, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, an 8.2 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

- Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D / Kiss X6i

- Sony Alpha SLT-A37

The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 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.

Upcoming OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) to feature automatic security updates

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, 06:26
Category: News, security, Software

If you don’t click “Software Update” that often, Apple will do it for you come Mountain Lion.

On Monday, Apple indicated that the company’s upcoming OS X Mountain Lion will feature an automatic security check feature that will ensure users have the most up-to-date software protection amid a growing number of Mac-targeted malware.

As reported by AppleInsider, an update to the Mountain Lion Developer Preview shows a new automated system that runs a daily check with Apple’s servers to make sure OS X 10.8 users have the most current security patches and protections against known malware and viruses.

Called “OS X Security Update Test 1.0,” the automated feature will run either daily or whenever a Mac restarts and has the ability to download and install updates in the background, making the task of manually performing checks less of a necessity.

The new feature also creates a “more secure connection” to Apple’s servers possibly hinting to new encryption technology or more stringent default settings. Also included are the usual stability and general updates for the operating system set for launch in July.

Apple is making security a priority in the next iteration of OS X to counter new threats that continue to crop up as Macs gain a larger user base. In April the highly-publicized Flashback trojan used a Java exploit to spread onto an estimated 600,000 Macs around the world prompting Apple to release both a Java disabler for Safari and a standalone malware uninstaller.

In a related action, Apple notedly toned down the language of its OS X web page, changing the statement that the Mac “doesn’t get PC viruses” to “It’s built to be safe.”

Coming exactly one week after OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4 was released, the new Security Update is available through the Mac App Store and comes in at 1.15 GB.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

CrossOver updated to 11.2

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2012, 16:25
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular emulation program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 11.2.0. The new version, which is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

- Signed code to work with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s ‘Gatekeeper’ feature.

- Bug fix for a crash when typing with Chinese Pinyin input on OS X 10.7 Lion.

- Fix for certain graphical glitches where small black rectangles would appear in certain applications.

- Improve font discovery.

- Prevent an occasional hang while updating CrossTie profiles.

- Fix a crash in Civilization IV and V in windowed mode.

- Fix an issue where applications could appear frozen after being minimized into the Dock, even though they were still running.

- Fix an error opening documents with parentheses ‘()’ in their filenames.

- Added support for Microsoft Visio 2010.

- Added support for Microsoft Project 2010.

- Integration of Wine 1.4.1, which includes many, many bug fixes and improvements over Wine 1.4.0, as well as improved translations for many languages.

- Bug fix for microphone detection for Rosetta Stone 3.

- Fix a crash for certain files PowerPoint 2010.

- Improvements to Japanese input when running Internet Explorer 7.

- Improvements to graphics card detection.

- Allow for graphics driver detection in CrossTie files.

- Better installation notes during CrossTie installations.

CrossOver 11.2.0 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 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.

Parallels Desktop updated to 7.0.15098

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2012, 06:59
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Parallels released version 7.0.15098 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 306 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Support for Retina Display.

Parallels Desktop 7 retails for US$79.99 and requires a 64-bit Intel-based processor, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended to run Windows 7), at least 700 MB of space available on the boot volume for Parallels Desktop installation and 15 GB of available disk space for Windows.

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