Apple releases Mac Wi-Fi Update for late-2012 Macs

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Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, 07:54
Category: News, Software

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A firmware update never hurt anyone.

Late Monday, Apple released its Mac Wi-Fi update, a 1.6 megabyte download that improves compatibility when using the 5GHz band in Wi-Fi.

The upgrade, like similar software, can be located, snagged and installed via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature and requires a late-2012 Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.8.2 or later.

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

Dropbox updated to 1.6.5

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 08:07
Category: News, Software

An update’s an update.

On Friday, Dropbox released version 1.6.5 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 23.1 megabyte download, which adds the following fixes and changes:

- Temporarily stop using Growl for Snow Leopard and below.

- Fix icon overlays getting out of the Dropbox folder.

- Fix (rare) Dropbox not autostarting after updating.

Dropbox 1.6.5 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.

Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 07:14
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Apple posted its Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.03, an update designed to extend RAW image compatibility for the Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 applications.

The update, a 5.07 megabyte download, adds support for the following cameras:

- Canon EOS 6D

- Nikon 1 V2

The update requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 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.

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, December 14th, 2012, 07:38
Category: iTunes, News, Software

Late Thursday, Apple released version 11.0.1 of its iTunes multimedia/jukebox application. The new version, a 191.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.

- Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library.

- Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected.

- Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.

iTunes 11.0.1 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.

CrossOver updated to 12.0

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.0. The new version, a 119.5 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
- CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.

Application Support:
- CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.

- CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.

- CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.

Improvements to Microsoft Office:
- Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.

- Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.

- Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.

- Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.

- PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.

- PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.

- Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.

- Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.

- Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.

- Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.

- Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.

- Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.

- Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.

- Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.

- An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.

- World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.

CrossOver and Wine:
- CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.

- CrossOver’s built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

- CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.

- CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.

- Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.

- DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.

- CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

CrossOver 12.0 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.

Drive Genius updated to 3.2.2, adds fixes

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Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 08:34
Category: News, Software

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Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 3.2.2, 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:

- When purchasing the full version from within Drive Genius, Drive Genius will automatically detect the purchase and register itself.

- Bug fix: potential stability issues with Defrag, Repair and DriveSlim.

- Bug fix: stability issue on certain Mac Pro systems.

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.

Apple releases Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7, works to address HDMI flicker issue on late-2012 Mac mini

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Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012, 07:20
Category: Mac mini, News, Software

You can’t knock a good firmware update.

Late Monday, Apple released Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7, the company’s firmware updater for the late-2012 Mac mini desktop. The update, a 4.8 megabyte download, addresses HDMI video flicker issues on Mac mini (Late 2012) computers and is recommended for all users.

The EFI Firmware Update 1.7 requires a late-2012 Mac mini running OS X 10.8.2 or later to install and run and can be directly downloaded or located and installed via the Software Update feature.

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

How-to: Upgrade your hard drive’s firmware via ISO images

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Date: Friday, December 7th, 2012, 08:49
Category: hard drive, News, Software

This might be useful.

A recent post on the Apple Core shows how you can manually install firmware updates for your hard drives via burning ISO images to CD or DVD, then working from there. It’s not exactly for the faint of heart, but David Morgenstern is there to guide you as needed.

Head on over, take a gander and if you have any stories as to upgrading your hard drive’s firmware, please let us know in the comments.

Parallels Desktop updated to 8.0.18354

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Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012, 06:12
Category: News, Software

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On Thursday, Parallels released version 8.0.18354 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software. The new update, a 333.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves an issue with the built-in camera not working with Windows.

- Resolves an issue with some USB devices not working in virtual machines.

Parallels Desktop 8 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.

Apple updates iWork to version 9.3, offers substantial updates for iOS versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps

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Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 06:50
Category: News, Software

You can’t knock a hefty update.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday refreshed the iOS versions of its productivity suite, with Pages, Numbers and Keynote, all of which boast improved compatibility with their Windows counterparts.

iWork:
The latest version 9.3 of iWork Mac lends support to the concurrently released iOS updates, including improved compatibility for Pages, Numbers and Keynote with their Microsoft Office counterparts.

It marks the second major update of Apple’s first-party iOS apps in less than a week, following Thursday’s refresh of the iOS Remote app and adds the following changes:
- iWork Update 9.3 adds support for iWork for iOS 1.7 apps.

This update is recommended for users of iWork 9.0 and later.

The download comes in at 316.7 MB, identical to the previous update, which coincided with the release of Mountain Lion in in July.

Pages for iOS:
Apple’s Pages for iOS update was most substantial, and along with the “improved compatibility with Microsoft Word and Pages for Mac,” the iPhone and iPad app adds Change Tracking to entire text documents. The feature was previously an exclusive to the desktop version of Pages, which allows users to collaborate and make changes to a document, with those edits being viewable to all contributors.

Version 1.7 offers the following fixes and changes:
- Preservation of tracked changes in documents exported to Microsoft Word or Pages for Mac.

- In this release Pages for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Word and Pages for Mac.

- Use Change Tracking to track changes to body text in a document.

- Accept and reject individual changes as you review a document.

- Import Pages and Microsoft Word documents with change tracking and continue to track changes to body text.

- Preserve tracked changes in documents exported in Microsoft Word or Pages format.

- Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Pages for Mac.

- Add reflections to shapes.

- Lock and unlock objects.

Pages for iOS version 1.7 is available now from the iOS App Store as a 245 MB download.

Numbers for iOS:
Numbers for iOS also hits version 1.7 with Tuesday’s update, bringing extended support for importing and exporting files with filters and rich text retention. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

- In this release Numbers for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel and Numbers for Mac.

- Hide and unhide rows and columns.

- Import and export Numbers for Mac spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off.

- Preserve rich text in tables when importing and exporting.

- Add reflections to shapes.

- Lock and unlock objects.

The iOS iteration of Numbers weighs in at 244 MB and can be downloaded via the iOS App Store.

Keynote for iOS:
Keynote, which also hit version 1.7, offers the following fixes and changes:
- In this release Keynote for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac.

- Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes.

- Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles.

- Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity.

- Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle.

- Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac.

- Add reflections to shapes.

- New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds.

- Lock and unlock objects.

Keynote comes in at 304 MB and can be downloaded via the App Store.

If you’ve tried the new versions of these apps and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments section.