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Monday, August 22, 2011

Dropbox Now Lion Compatible

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 AM

"Unless you have super-sekrit magic powers, haunt the Dropbox forums or are Steve Sande, you might not have noticed that Dropbox finally upgraded to a Lion-compatible build."

All done on the sly, but you can update manually if you need to do so. Basically, download the installer for 1.1.40 here, then quit Dropbox and install. Relaunch and you are set.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OS X 10.7.1 Released, Improve Your Wi-Fi Reliability (hopefully)

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:49 PM

"Apple on Tuesday released Mac OS X 10.7.1, its first security and maintenance update for the newly released Lion operating system, with improved Wi-Fi reliability and resolutions for issues related to HDMI and optical audio output."

I have experienced some of those pesky Wi-Fi problems, so I'm hoping this update will take care of it. It is also supposed to address a variety of other issues, such as flickering while watching video, audio problems when using HDMI or optical audio out and the boot up issue that sometimes happened when you plug in your MagSafe Adapter. That is a weird one.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Little Help With the Apple TV Features in 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:30 PM

"Today Apple quietly released an update for the second-generation Apple TV, adding support for browsing videos stored on the Vimeo service, as well as purchasing and streaming TV shows via iTunes in the Cloud."

Released yesterday so I don't have mine updated yet, but you can be sure I will after reading this primer on all the new features.

Apple TV updated to iOS 4.3

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:43 PM

"Apple has today released an update to its Apple TV 2G that brings with it the ability to stream all TV content already purchased through iTunes from iCloud, as well as support for the popular video sharing site Vimeo. The update brings the software version of the Apple TV 2G to iOS 4.3."

Being able to stream TV that you purchased via iTunes wasn't happening until this update, so now not only can you do it for those episodes you rent, but the ones you decide to purchase. And you can make purchases via the Apple TV. And now Vimeo support is there for steaming. I just wish Hulu would get added.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Apple Updates Online Store, Hopes to Improve Overall Customer Experience

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:02 PM

"Apple overnight took its online store offline for roughly three hours as part of an ongoing process to improve the overall customer experience for shoppers wishing to review, manage, cancel, or return their orders, AppleInsider has learned."

So, I like the look of the update, with integrated images, drop down menus, capability to re-print invoices and easier product returns. The best thing of all is that you no longer have to try and decipher those code words, since in their place they have put in the name of the product, i.e. MacBook Air, 11-inch. Much easier don't you think?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

iPhone Catches up to Android, Gets Google Shopper

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:59 PM

"Google picked late afternoon to post a major update to Google Shopper on the iPhone. The revamp brings it up to the Android version and can look for Google Offers based on location, complete with a map to show them and help get directions."

I have several of these types of iOS apps (Groupon, Living Social, etc) on my iPhone, some more handy than others. Now that Google has updated to give you nearby offers, I may have to start using this one too. Now you get a "My Offers" tab where you can keep track of the offers details, such as expiration date and if you have already used them. How about you? What apps do you use frequently or find give you the most value?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do You Miss Front Row? Well, Take it Back!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Although OS X Lion is bringing a ton of new features, it is also losing some that Apple feels are outdated and no longer needed within the operating system. One of these discontinued features is Front Row, a media center introduced to OS X back in 2005 that allowed users to browse and view their movies, music, and other media in full screen."

I like Front Row so I'm going to do this little trick and get it back once it goes away with my Lion install. Of course, be careful anytime you install anything, but if you want it back also, head to Ralph Perdomo's site here and download the app.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

iTunes 10.4, Now 64-bit and Made for Lion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:15 PM

"Apple has released iTunes 10.4, with 64-bit support and Mac OS X Lion compatibility."

I'm sure it was compatible with Lion before, but this version was designed to work with Lion. And, wait for it... it is a 64-bit Cocoa application. You can use the Full-Screen App capability with it now to ease your program use. If you aren't sure what Full-Screen Apps are all about (basically using all of your screen real estate), Apple has a nice informational page set up here. iWork was also included in the updates today so it can also work seamlessly with Lion.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BBEdit Update Brings Many Enhancements

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"There are few independent Mac apps that have the pedigree of Bare Bones Software's BBEdit."

If nothing else, they have the best trademarked tagline: "It Doesn't Suck." This program has been around about 20 years so it really is amazing to have so many enhancements to something this established. You can see the list here, and find more info about the program at the Bare Bones Software site.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Apple Updates All of iLife '11

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:25 PM

"When iMovie for iOS 1.2 was announced earlier this year, I was told by an Apple representative that iMovie '11 would be able to import movies created in iMovie for iOS, the app that runs on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. However, that information turned out to be incorrect: GarageBand was able to import projects created in GarageBand for iOS, but the same was not true of iMovie."

Well now he can since Apple released iMovie 9.0.4 today. Now you can import projects from your iOS device onto your OS X app. This is handy since now you can film away and then import into iMovie to get it fine tuned. Pretty cool that it carries forward whatever iOS theme you use, even if it only available in iOS. Of course if you modify it with one of the OS X themes you can't go back. Good read about the basics of using it. And if you want more info on all of the updates, you can go here to read what else was done with iLife '11.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Latest Snow Leopard Update Causes Problem With Mac Mini Ports

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple's latest Snow Leopard update seems to be wreaking havoc with audio out through the optical and HDMI ports on the Mac mini."

Some users are reporting this problem and it has shown up on the support boards at Apple. What happens is audio drops out and the only solution is to do a complete reboot. Talk about annoying.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Updates Add More Printers to AirPrint, and Apple Updates Epson and Lexmark Drivers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Computer maker Hewlett-Packard today issued a firmware update which adds support for wireless printing from iOS devices via Apple's AirPrint technology to eight new LaserJet printers, bringing the number of AirPrint-enabled LaserJets to thirteen."

HP has a page dedicated to these types of printers here, and in other printer news Apple has updated Epson and Lexmark printer drivers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Final Cut Pro X Available Today, But Make Sure You Are Compatible!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 AM

"Apple just announced its all-new Final Cut Pro X video editing software, which is now available from the Mac App Store today along with Motion 5 and Compressor 4."

Not just an update mind you, but an entire new application that is now 64-bit, available now in the Mac App Store for $299.00 USD [affiliate link]. They also released Motion 5 [affiliate link] and Compressor 4 [affiliate link], two graphics programs that enhance the output of Final Cut Pro X. However it's not all fun and games as some with older Macs are finding out they aren't able to run the new software with their machines. In a post on 9to5 Mac, they outline the problems but basically if you have a 1st Generation Mac Pro, you will need this adapter in order to get it to work. The nice thing is, when you try to buy the program Apple tells you it won't work before you lay down your moolah, something that wouldn't happen if you were buying off the shelf or at the retail store. The adapter cost roughly $149.00 USD but if you don't want to upgrade hardware, that appears to be a small price to pay for the latest and greatest Final Cut Pro version. Upgrading your hardware is an eventuality anyway, but these machines are only two years old so I wouldn't think you should have to upgrade hardware so soon. Then again, as fast as technology moves these days, I guess that is to be expected. What are your thoughts?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Several Updates Released, Including One for the New Time Capsule?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:20 PM

"Last night, Apple released Airport Utility 5.5.3, a minor bug release update for both Apple's AirPort Extreme base stations as well as Time Capsule. More interesting, though, is reference within the update to incoming updates to Apple's two wireless routers. Are these the iOS-running, A5-equipped Time Capsules we've been waiting for?"

Apparently there is a reference in the update about storing updates, which is leading them to believe this may be in preparation for a rumored new Time Capsule, which makes sense since it needs to work with the new iCloud system. But that isn't the only update that came out this week.

Crucial released an update for new firmware for the Crucial M4 SSD that will make them compatible with the 2011 MacBook Pro, which is available here.

Apple released several updates, including iMac Graphic FW Update 2.0 available here (fixes iMac hanging issue during startup or when waking from sleep), Airport Utility 5.5.3 for Mac available here (the Windows version is here, and both fix various bugs including the Airport Utility shutting down during setup bug).

Not to be outdone, Microsoft issued several security fixes for Office 20 for Mac also, outlined here. The updates are for Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2, Office 2008 for Mac 12.3.0 and Office 2004 for Mac 11.6.4. Microsoft also released an Open XML converter for Mac 1.2.0 that is available here, to convert Open XML files created in Office 2008 or 2007 Windows version that can be opened, edited and saved in earlier Office formats.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

iOS 5 and Browsing, An Improved Experience

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:30 PM

"When it's released by Apple this fall, iOS 5 will bring an improved Web browsing experience to iPhone and iPad users, offering new features in Safari like private browsing, Reader, and tabs on the iPad."

I really like the reader option that is added to this version, basically adding a button to the right side of the URL once you add it to the reading list. Then you can just tap the "reader" button and it takes you to a page with just the text of the article.

iOS 5, A Sneak Peek

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 PM

"Apple's forthcoming (this fall) iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch."

If you are curious what iOS 5 has in store for you, Apple has posted an informational page located here that goes into an overview of the more than 200 new features. I'm always looking for a better "to do" application, and haven't found one that I really like. I always thought that Apple should have made one as part of iOS, and now they have with "reminders." This is a feature I'm really looking forward to, but it isn't the only one. Opening the camera right from the lock screen is going to take away a big annoyance for me as it has always been cumbersome to get that shot when you have to go through several steps just to get it open. And last but not least, the iMessage feature is going to (hopefully) be fantastic. Perhaps now I can drop my unlimited text option. Then again, with a teenage daughter that might not be such a great idea. How about you, what are your favorite features in iOS 5?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

OS X Lion Via The Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Next time you install OS X? You'll be slurping it down through the Mac App Store, not loading it up through an optical disc like some sort of caveman."

I doubt anyone is shocked by this. Makes me wonder though, with some data capped plans, if this eventually will be an expensive route to go if you do a lot of updates. I guess you will have to get good at budgeting your online time if you do deal with limits. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is potentially a problem?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Security Update for That Malware Issue

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:35 PM

"Mac Security Update 2011-003 has appeared in Software Update and is available for immediate download and installation."

You can read about it here, and download it here, but basically the update will search and remove the MacDefender virus and all variants. But it will also, according to the story, provide a "File Quarantine definition for the OSX.MacDefender.A malware and Mac OS X 10.6.7 will now automatically update the definitions on a daily basis."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OS X 10.7 Lion to be Released Through Mac App Store?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned."

Not really surprising if this comes to pass, and it sure will make it convenient for those of us with the MacBook Airs. And this seems to go along with what appears to be a move towards removing the need for physical media such as DVDs. Even if this were put on a thumb drive it would be better than having it on DVD in my opinion. And this goes along with Apple making the app store a big part of OS X Lion and the removal of boxed software from the retail stores. I think this does put those who depend on physical media ie those with slower Internet speeds at a disadvantage, or at least it makes it more inconvenient for them, but I'm all for less clutter and going the way of the cloud. What are your thoughts about this move, good? Bad?

Monday, May 2, 2011 At Bat 11 for iPad Updated With Mirroring Support

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"The official MLB app for iPad got a small update today, but the few improvements could be big news for select baseball fans keeping track of games using their iOS tablet."

This is a very well done app if you are a baseball fan, and even if you aren't, I think you can appreciate the form and function of it as it really does the job well. And now with mirroring support it gets even better, at least for the original iPad owners since they didn't have automatic mirror support with the AV Adapter like iPad 2 owners do. If you want to watch live games, you need to subscribe to MLB.TV, which are available for monthly fee between $19.99 and $24.99 USD, or yearly fee between $99.99 USD to $119.99 USD.

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