HandBrake updated to 0.9.7

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Date: Monday, July 16th, 2012, 05:18
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Handbrake, Eric Petit’s incredibly useful open-source DVD ripping/conversion utility, has been updated to version 0.9.7.

The new version, a 7.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Supported Sources:
- VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted — CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files.

- Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.

Outputs:
- File format: MP4 and MKV.

- Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding).

- Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks).

Misc features:
- Chapter selection.

- Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV, ASS/SSA in MKV, TX3G/3GPP in MP4 – DVD/VobSub and ASS/SSA subtitles can also be burned-in the picture).

- Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling.

- Grayscale encoding.

WHAT’S NEW:
- Fixes several small bugs from the previous version.

HandBrake 0.9.7 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.2.3

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Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, 06:56
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On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.3 update. The update, a 110 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- This update fixes an issue that causes Outlook not to display details for certain contacts when Lync or Communicator is running.

- This update fixes a problem that occurs when users reply to or forward Exchange email messages that were downloaded from Exchange 2007 servers. When this problem occurs, the Date field is missing from the body of the message.

- To correct email messages that have already been cached, right-click the folder that contains the email messages, select Folder Properties, and then then select Empty under Empty Cache. Or, you can delete the Exchange account and then add it again to resynchronize the account.

- This update fixes an issue where users may have duplication of mail when they use Gmail and connect with Outlook by using IMAP. This update fixes an issue where some users who have IMAP accounts intermittently receive a “Too many simultaneous connections” error. A setting is now available to control the polling interval that Outlook uses with IMAP servers.

- To adjust this setting, select Tools, select Accounts, and then select Advanced for the IMAP account. The setting defaults to synchronize all lMAP folders every two minutes.

- This update fixes a connectivity issue that occurs when Outlook connects through a proxy server that uses NTLM based authentication. Improvements to Word for Mac 2011
This update improves Full Screen View integration with Word.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.3 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run and for the Service Pack 1 updater to have been previously installed.

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

Apple releases Brother Printer drivers 2.9 update

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2012, 09:20
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Your head won’t explode from excitement, but it’s still useful.

On Friday, Apple released updated Brother printer drivers for the Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.7 operating systems. Brother Printer Driver 2.9, a 149.2 megabyte download offering the most current drivers for Brother’s printers and multi-function devices.

The update can be located, snagged and installed via the built-in Mac OS X Software Update feature and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

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

Elgato releases EyeTV 3.5.5 update

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Date: Friday, July 6th, 2012, 06:11
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Early Friday, Elgato Systems released version 3.5.5 of its EyeTV software application, which finds and tracks all television programming you want to see and allows users to pause live television and save content to file.

The new version, a 138 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- Improved progressive scan.

- Updated transponder and satellite information.

- Improved performance of EyeTV Sat Free.

EyeTV 3.5.5 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run. The program retails for US$39.95.

Cocktail updated to 6.0

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Date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012, 06:08
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Apple releases Aperture 3.3.1 update

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Date: Thursday, June 28th, 2012, 13:48
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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.

Dropbox updated to 1.4.9

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Date: Monday, June 18th, 2012, 05:09
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The updates may not be huge, but they help.

On Friday, Dropbox released version 1.4.9 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 21.5 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Fix missing Korean Translations.

- Better photo importing from Blackberry devices.

Dropbox 1.4.9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 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.