HandBrake updated to 0.9.9

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Date: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 07:48
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Handbrake, Eric Petit’s incredibly useful open-source DVD ripping/conversion utility, has been updated to version 0.9.9.

The new version, a 9.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

General:
– Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson.

– Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak (http://nikpawlak.com).

Core:
– Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support.

– Works with Foreign Audio Search.

– Can be Burned-In.

– Can be passed through to MKV (but not MP4).

– Additional video framerates (30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps).

– Double framerate (“bob”) mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters.

– Better audio remix support.

– Additional mixdowns: 6.1, 7.1, 7.1 (5F/2R/LFE).

– CLI users should note 6ch becomes 5point1.

– Better-than-Stereo sources can be upmixed to 5.1.

– Discard one channel from Stereo sources.

– Mono (Left Only), Mono (Right Only).

– Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate.

– Allow the selection of lower audio samplerates where appropriate.

– 8, 11.025, 12, 16 kHz.

– Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC.

– Use libavcodec for DTS audio decoding (instead of libdca).

– DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete support.

– All graphical interfaces: support for x264’s preset, tune and profile options alternative to the Advanced panel (which is still available).

– HandBrake-specific option to ensure compliance with a specific H.264 level.

Updated built-in presets:
– Take advantage of x264 preset/tune/profile support.

– Removed increasingly suboptimal and irrelevant Legacy presets.

– Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb).

Updated libraries:
– x264 r2273-b3065e6.

– Libav v9.6.

– libbluray 0.2.3.

Windows:
– User Interface has been re-written in WPF.

– Includes many small UI enhancements.

– Switched to .NET 4 Client Profile (smaller download for those who don’t have .NET 4 fully installed).

Mac:
– Assorted bug fixes including better support for Retina displays.

– Prevent sleep during encoding and scanning for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

– Drag & Drop files onto the Main window or application icon to scan.

– Nicer progress indication on the dock icon.

– Preview window improvements and bugfixes.

– Updated Growl to 2.0.1.

– Notification Center support (when Growl is not installed).

Linux:
– Assorted bug fixes and improvements.

– Use some system libraries rather than bundling (fontconfig, freetype, libxml2, libass, libogg, libvorbis, libtheora and libsamplerate).

Command Line Interface:
– Audio option (-a) will ignore invalid input tracks and encode with only the valid ones.

– Allow use of hh:mm:ss format when specifying p-to-p start/stop time.

Advanced audio options:
– Enable level normalization when downmixing (disabled by default).

– Disable audio dithering or select a specific algorithm.

HandBrake 0.9.9 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, please let us know in the comments.

OnyX updated to 2.6.9

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Date: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 05:14
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An update’s an update.

OnyX, Titanium Software’s popular freeware multifunction utility for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 2.6.9. The new version, a 17.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and changes:
– New option: Delete the saved application states.

– New option: Show/hide interface level switching (Simple/full Finder).

– New option: Turn on/Turn off Rubber-Band Scrolling.

– New version of sqlite3.

– It is no longer necessary to quit all applications in order to check the disk.

– Help improved.

OnyX 2.6.9 requires an Intel-based processor and OS X 10.8 or later to install and run.

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

Dropbox updated to 2.0.12

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Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2013, 08:46
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If an update reduces the pressure on the CPU, how can you be against it?

On Thursday, Dropbox released version 2.0.12 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 29.3 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:

– Lower CPU usage when idle.

Dropbox 2.0.12 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Skype updated to 6.4.0.833

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Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2013, 06:11
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On Thursday, version 6.4.0.833 of the Skype VoIP application was released. The new version, a 40 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

New and Improved:
– Infinite chat scrolling

– Improved find within the chat

– Custom Chat Styles removal

– Improved send and receive contacts

– Improved file transfer

– Support for Simplified Chinese

Resolved:
– [Contact] Easier to add a new number to any existing contact.

– [Contact] Easier to add a contact number from the Contacts list.

– [Generic] Fixed random crash when waking from sleep.

– [Generic] Fixed crashes due to outdated 3rd party plugins

– [File Transfer] File transfer shows correct received size.

– [Preferences] You can switch speakers from Preferences during the incoming call.

– [Profile] You can add “Apply an effect” when editing display picture.

– [Screen sharing] Picture-in-Picture for screen sharing will appear in case switching to the Contacts list.

– [Skype Home] Disabling animated emoticons from Preferences will also take effect in the Skype Home view.

– [Calling] Improved dial pad animation in the calling toolbar.

– [Calling] You can use firewire device for Skype video call.

Known Issues:
– [Conversation] Chat input field does not switch to SMS mode when adding PSTN numbers to new conversation. Fix is in progress for next release.

– [SMS] SMS sending status stays to ‘sending’. Fix is in progress.

Skype 6.4.0.833 is available for free and 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 to offer, please let us know in the comments.

CrossOver updated to 12.2.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 13:38
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You can’t knock improved language support.

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.2.1. The new version, a 78.9 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Updated Chinese support,

CrossOver 12.2.1 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 iMovie 9.0.9 update

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Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 07:34
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It’s a huge update file, but it might be helpful.

Late Tuesday, Apple released iMovie 9.0.9, the latest version of its consumer-level video editing application. The new version, a 1.08 gigabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
– Addresses issues where iMovie does not recognize video cameras connected to your Mac.

– Improves compatibility with projects imported from iMovie for iOS.

– Includes stability improvements.

iMovie 9.0.8 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later to install and run and can be snagged manually or via Mac OS X’s built-in Software Update feature.

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

Apple releases Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs

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Date: Friday, May 10th, 2013, 06:00
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Never doubt a good firmware update.

Early Friday, Apple released its Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 for all Macs with Thunderbolt ports. The update, a 1.3 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– This update provides stability fixes for Thunderbolt and Target Disk Mode

Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.3 requires and Intel-based Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.3 or later.

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

Dropbox updated to 2.0.10

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Date: Thursday, May 9th, 2013, 05:10
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An update’s an update.

On Thursday, Dropbox released version 2.0.10 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 29.1 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
– Fix installation error on Windows.

– Fixed some issues in High DPI mode on Windows.

– Fixed icon overlays not updating on OS X 10.4 Tiger.

– Fixed inability to open Tray menu in Linux when disconnected.

– Fixed the tray popup positioning on Windows when an RTL language is used.

Dropbox 2.0.10 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

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

Microsoft releases Office 2008 12.3.6 update for Mac

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Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 08:25
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On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2008 12.3.6 update. The update, a 209.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

– This update fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security. It includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.

Microsoft Office 2008 12.3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to install and run.

Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.3.4, incorporates Office 365 functionality into newest version

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Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 06:54
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This one’s been something of a long time coming.

Per AppleInsider, Microsoft on Tuesday released version 14.3.4 of its Microsoft Office 2011 suite for the Mac. The update, a 113 megabyte download, includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.

Perhaps most important is the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, a subscription service that offers users access to the latest Office software updates, as well as SkyDrive cloud storage and SharePoint access for Word.

Fixes included in the new version:
– Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac.

– After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac.

– Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac.

– SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated.

– Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac.

– Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac.

– XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac.

– Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac.

– Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac.

– File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac.

– Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac.

– Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac.

– Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac.

In a recent change to its pricing policies, Microsoft placed Office 2011 for Mac in the same tier as its more current PC counterpart Office 2013 for Windows. At the time, it was thought that the Redmond, Wash., company was pushing Mac users toward an Office 365 subscription due to the deprecation of multi-license bundles.

With Tuesday’s update, Office 2011 users can sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they so choose. Subscription to the Home Premium edition costs US$99.99 per year, or US$9.99 per month, and grants the use of Office on up to five computers.

In order to take advantage of the newest Office for Mac 2011 version, existing owners must have version 14.1.0 or higher installed on a machine running OS X 10.5.8 or later, while Office 365 requires an Intel Mac and OS X 10.6 or higher.

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