Apple Releases Epson, Lexmark Printer Driver Updates for Mac OS X 10.6

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 05:23
Category: Software

applelogo1.jpg

Late Tuesday, Apple released its Lexmark Printer Drivers 2.2 for Mac OS X 10.6 update, a 121 megabyte download that provides the latest drivers for Lexmark owners running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The company also released its Epson Printer Drivers v2.2 for Mac OS X v10.6.1 update, a 546 megabyte download that also includes scanning software and it’s aimed at users running the 10.6.1 update.

A full list of supported printer models for both Lexmark and Epson.

As always, the updates can be found, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

Microsoft Releases Version 7.1 of IntelliPoint, IntelliType Drivers

Posted by:
Date: Monday, December 14th, 2009, 06:09
Category: Software

microsoftlogo.jpg
On Saturday, Microsoft released version 6.2 of their drivers for their IntelliType keyboards and IntelliType mice. The drivers, which can be selected and downloaded here, bring the software up to speed with Mac OS X 10.6.2 (“Snow Leopard”) and offer full 64-bit compatibility with the operating system.

The drivers require Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, let us know what you think and feel free to hurl your two cents in, as Microsoft’s list of changes is fairly vague for the new version.

VMWare Releases Fusion 3.0.1

Posted by:
Date: Friday, December 11th, 2009, 05:35
Category: Software

vmwarelogo.jpg

On Tuesday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 3.0.1 of its Fusion software for the Mac.

Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.

The new version, which can be found here, offers the following new features and fixes:

Highlighted New and Improved Features:
- Faster 3D performance, with Windows Experience scores 20-80% faster than before on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
- Reduced time for resuming virtual machines.
- Supports import of standalone VHD disks into VMware virtual machines.
- Supports import of Parallels Desktop 5 virtual machines into VMware virtual machines.
- New 64-bit native networking subsystem to match the 64-bit native engine.

PC Migration Agent and Migration Assistant Improvements:
- Adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Installer localized into all supported languages.
- Shows progress that VMware Tools are being installed in last step of migrating the PC.
- Does not automatically show the PC Migration Agent application in the resulting virtual machine.
- Adds only one network adapter to imported PC virtual machines.

A full list of changes and fixes can be found here.

Fusion 3.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.

First Builds of Mac OS X 10.6.3 Update Due This Week

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 07:42
Category: Software

snowleopard

The first external builds of Mac OS X 10.6.3, the next incremental update to Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system, should be seeded to developers this week. Per AppleInsider, sources close to the story say the forthcoming builds are likely to be released to some developers in the next 48 hours, and carry the expected prefix of 10Dxx. It is not yet known what issues Apple hopes to address with the latest update.

A month ago, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.2, which corrected a guest account bug that could potentially delete a user’s account data, triggered by logging in and out of a guest account on a Snow Leopard machine. The update also included native support for the Mac maker’s new multi-touch Magic Mouse.

That update was in beta for just over a month, before its release to the public on Nov. 9. A timeframe for the potential Mac OS X 10.6.3 release is not yet known.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Cocktail 4.6.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

Posted by:
Date: Monday, December 7th, 2009, 07:26
Category: Software

cocktaillogo.jpg

Over the weekend, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6.2 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves overall stability.
- Added clearing of the latest variants of the RSPlug (Jahlav) trojan horse.
- Addresses a number of other minor issues.

Cocktail 4.6.2 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

How-To: Repair Fuzzy Icons in Snow Leopard

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2009, 07:35
Category: How-To

snowleopard

There’ll always be bugs, you can count of that.

Per CNET, a number of Snow Leopard users have been complaining of blurry and pixelated icons showing up in the Finder. A thread on the Apple Discussion Board outlines this issue, where instead of the large and crisp icons that are so prominent in OS X, the system shows grainy and low-resolution versions of them, regardless of the icon size being used.

Mac OS X icon files are actually comprised of several files in one, each which represents a different version of the icon from low resolution to high resolution. This is so the system will not always load the high-resolution versions if the icon size does not call for it.

Potential fixes for this issue include the following:
An application called BlueHarvest allows users to repair the DS_Store files that might be causing this issue. The program can be located and downloaded here.

Remove system and user caches:
Additionally, you can try using a system maintenance tool to remove all user and system caches. This can be done with a utility like OnyX, and I would recommend tackling the following system caches:
dyld’s shared cache

All “System” cleaning routines

All “User” cleaning routines

After removing the caches, restart the computer.

Additionally, removing the Finder’s preference file may also help, since icon rendering is a function of the Finder. The preference file is called “com.apple.Finder.plist” and is located in the /username/Library/Preferences/ folder. Move this to the Desktop and restart the computer (or logout and log back in) and hopefully the Finder will load the icons properly again. Keep in mind that doing this will remove a few customizations of the the Finder, including sidebar additions and recent items, but that should be easy to set up again.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end, let us know.

App Store Download Bug Noted

Posted by:
Date: Friday, November 13th, 2009, 05:06
Category: News, Software

3gs.jpg

A number of users have received error code 414 when attempting to download multiple iPhone applications, the end result being failed attempts altogether. Per CNET, the error seems to particularly affect users with more than a few downloads to complete. Most users in this Apple Discussions Forum thread report needing to update upwards of 20 Apps.

Many are calling this a bug in the iTunes Store system related to the “mature content” warnings Apple uses on Apps with a 17+ rating. Over on the Apple Discussions Board, user “ecasadei” described the situation as follows:

“I’m getting the same error. I have 97 app updates available, and when I try to “Download All Free Updates” at once, a window pops up stating “IMPORTANT: This product contains material that may be objectionable to children under 17. By proceeding, you are confirming that you are 17 or older.” and then I get an error message stating that iTunes could not complete my request because an unknown error (414) occurred. I have no idea which of these apps has been given a 17+ rating — at first glance they all seem pretty tame — otherwise, I’d update those manually and then try to download the rest all at once again. As it stands, I’m forced to update them all one by one. I’ve also seen the following error appear when I try to get an update on some individual apps:

MZCommerceBuy.AgeCheckFailureKey.addToCart_message MZCommerceBuy.AgeCheckFailureKey.explanation”

There’s clearly some sort of bug in the age verification process during app updates and this is getting a bit odd.

The general consensus here seems to be to download your 17+ rated Apps one at a time and save all your others for a mass download. It would also be helpful to download your updates for applications before too many build up in your queue. You can update many of your applications directly from your iPhone and download updates on your computer even if your iPhone is not plugged in. While it does not appear that the recent update to Snow Leopard directly addressed this issue, watch for the next iTunes update to tackle the problem.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end or located a fix or workaround, please let us know.

Cocktail 4.6.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, 08:59
Category: Software

cocktaillogo.jpg

On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6.1 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may unexpectedly quit while clearing Mac OS X 10.6.2 system caches.
- Added Mac OS X 10.6.2 compatibility.

Cocktail 4.6.1 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

Intel Atom Processor Support Missing From Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, 05:55
Category: News, Processors

intellogo.jpg

As much as the Hackintosh community may love Mac OS X, Apple doesn’t always love them back.

Per OSXDaily, support for Intel’s Atom processor is confirmed to be missing in the final release of 10.6.2.

Apple’s latest update for Snow Leopard has broken support for Intel’s Atom processor line. Mac OS X 10.6.2 was released Monday afternoon, and was Apple’s second major update for Snow Leopard.

OSXDaily reported that various netbook and “hackintosh” forums are “blowing up with problems of 10.6.2 instant rebooting their Atom-based notebooks.” Systems using the Atom processor will go into a startup-loop if the 10.6.2 update is installed.

Support for Atom fluctuated over the course of 10.6.2 development, and Apple was mum about the subject.

It is recommended that anyone using OS X on Atom-based systems should not install the update. Many believe that a community-generated fix will be developed soon. Prominent hackintosh blogger StellaRola commented, “Just an FYI, this is OSx86 after all and none of the scenes hackers really let down on support. The latest kernel may not be “officially” supported but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a modded kernel around the corner.”

Intel’s Atom processor is a low-cost, low-power chip intended for notebooks, netbooks and ultra-mobile PCs. Although current Apple products do not sport the Atom chips, a dedicated community has formed around the practice of installing Snow Leopard on Atom netbooks.

Cocktail 4.6 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

Posted by:
Date: Friday, November 6th, 2009, 06:27
Category: Software

cocktaillogo.jpg

On Tuesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.6 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.0 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Added ability to clear data detectors caches.
- Added ability to clear QuickLook caches.
- Added “Prevent name to be included when copying email address” setting (Interface – Mail).
- Added “Enable autoplay” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show subtitles when available” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Remain in full screen when QuickTime Player is inactive” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Allow simultaneous recordings” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Hide titlebar” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).
- Added “Show movie controls” setting (Interface – QuickTime X).

Cocktail 4.6 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.