A few people who have used Software Update to install OS X 10.6.5 are reporting an issue where the system will not open the downloaded update files. The Software Update utility will download the files, but then issue an error stating the files cannot be expanded. After this occurs, subsequent attempts to download the update fail in the same way.… Read more
Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 yesterday carried some improvements for photographers: better performance, and support for raw photo formats from a handful of newer cameras.
The release notes mention simply that the update "addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture." In my tests on a dual-core MacBook Pro, however, I found one particular bottleneck is significantly relieved: rendering the raw photos so they can be viewed at 100 percent--when one photo pixel takes up one screen pixel.
That's significant, given how frequently a photographer must wait for a computer … Read more
As we expected, Apple today released OS X 10.6.5 for Mac users to install. The update improves a number of features, including graphics drivers, aspects of the printing system, OpenType font management, and a number of networking details.
The update is rather large at between 500MB and 700MB via software update, depending on the system being updated. It should also show up in standalone Combo and Delta updaters (expect these to be much larger in size than the update via Software Update) on the Apple Support Downloads page soon.
The specifically updated features according to the installer include … Read more
In order to get support for the upcoming Mac App Store, Apple is already working on the OS X 10.6.6 release, which indicates the 10.6.5 release will likely soon be available. According to some reports, it is likely the update will be released within the next few days.
OS X 10.6.5 will be the fifth version of a major release of OS X, and unlike the first few updates, many of the major bugs will likely have already been addressed so updating should be smooth for most people. Despite this, any time an OS … Read more
In addition to having multimedia and other rich content, Web sites are becoming a lot more interactive and have areas where people can sign in to user accounts for access to settings, discussion forums, and numerous other options. Though these features are beneficial, periodically they may not work. For instance, if you try logging in to a Web site you may find the browser giving you an error that the page was not found, or it may return you to the main page without logging you in.
Recently this type of problem happened to me upon visiting the Apple discussion … Read more
A patent application recently filed by Apple reveals that the computer maker is looking to reduce the amount of junk on your desktop by consolidating menu items and making them scrollable when touched, AppleInsider reports.
By touching an area of the screen, menus and commands would be activated (such as the pictured Shut Down menu).
Keeping these types of commands off the screen would theoretically allow for more screen real estate for Apps running. This would definitely prove useful for the smaller-screened iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and even the new iPod Nano.
Icons in Apple's patent … Read more
This week, Apple releases iOS 4.2 beta Gold Master including AirPlay and AirPrint, the Apple Byte guys illustrate iOS 4.2 text tones, and Brian hooks you up with seven free Apps for your Mac including VLC, Quicksilver, and Carbon Copy Cloner. Also, iTunes song previews are now 90 seconds, Steve Jobs hints at a 64-bit Final Cut, and a 58-inch iPhone table is demoed.
Our utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are updates for a couple of maintenance and data management and recovery utilities, as well as a partition manager and a reusable benchmarking suite.
In rare occurrences, people have found that some keys or keystrokes on their systems do not seem to be working properly. This may happen in certain software situations, indicating a configuration error, but it also may happen because of hardware malfunctions. If you experience problems with a specific character not working on your Mac, try the following set of possible fixes.
Hardware vs. softwareIf you are experiencing input issues with your keyboard, the first thing you should do is determine whether the problem is hardware-based or software-based. To do this, the best tool to use is the keyboard viewer, which … Read more
Ahead of the public release of Mac OS X 10.6.5, Apple has seeded Mac OS X 10.6.6 to developers. The update for 10.6.6 notes that developers will have support for fetching and renewing receipts in the forthcoming Mac App Store.
Apple has also announced that Xserve will no longer be available after January 31, 2011. Apple will continue to support existing Xserve units but will no longer produce new ones, leaving the MacPro with Mac OS X Server as the lone high-powered server solution.… Read more