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Mountain Lion Beta 2 Released to Developers, Adds Safari Tab Syncing

OS X Mountain LionAs if Friday wasn’t busy enough for everyone trying to get their hands on a new iPad, developers had an extra treat waiting for them when they returned home: A second beta of the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion, adding iCloud sync for Safari tabs and requesting permission before accessing contacts.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple released a second developer-only beta of OS X Mountain Lion, the next major version of the Mac operating system which is expected in late sunny summer. Technically Mac OS X 10.8, the new beta squashes some bugs but is still missing a key feature already announced: AirPlay mirroring, which is not supported with the most recent Apple TV software.

However, OS X Mountain Lion Preview 2 does introduce a couple of new features in its place, including the ability to sync Safari tabs between devices, which was originally announced as a feature of the software but missing from the first developer beta. The feature is now included with the second preview, appearing as an iCloud icon. When clicked, a popup displays a list of open tabs sorted by which device they appear on.

Taking another cue from iOS, OS X Mountain Lion Preview 2 also introduces a new prompt when apps want to access your contacts — clicking OK gives this permission, while clicking “Don’t Allow” rejects it. The change follows close on the heels of the same implementation on iOS following the discovery that Path (and other apps) were uploading entire address books without users’ knowledge.

Apple hasn’t announced a release date yet for OS X Mountain Lion other than “late sunny summer,” and plans to keep the fun coming with an annual update schedule similar to the one used by iOS.

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Intuit Now Offers OS X Lion Compatible Quicken Mac 2007

Quicken 2007 for MacQuicken has always been a popular choice for keeping tabs on Mac users’ finances, but publisher Intuit hit a speed bump with the product when Apple moved from PowerPC to Intel processors — and then completely wiped out when OS X Lion removed Rosetta, the key to running PowerPC apps. But a new Lion-compatible install of Quicken may be the first step in a new direction.

MacRumors is reporting that Intuit has started to quietly offer “Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible,” a .99 update for the company’s aging financial software that finally marks the end to a long national nightmare for many Mac users. With Apple removing Rosetta from OS X Lion, apps written for the older PowerPC processors finally broke — and Quicken 2007 was one of the most high-profile of them all.

For whatever reason, publisher Intuit chose to abandon development of its aging Quicken 2007 in favor of the more simplified Quicken Essentials for Mac — a decision none too popular with its loyal customers. The oddly worded Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible update now attempts to right that wrong, and could set the stage for a bigger version yet to come.

According to a Quicken for Lion FAQ page, the Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible version is available as either a download or via CD direct from Intuit for .99 and will accept data files from Quicken Mac 2005-2007 as well as Quicken Essentials.

“Quicken Mac 2005 – 2007 data files will automatically convert into the Lion compatible version,” the support document reads. “If you’re currently running Quicken Essentials for Mac on OS X 10.7 Lion, and have previously converted from Quicken 2005, 2006 or 2007 for Mac, you’ll be able to migrate your Quicken Essentials transaction data to Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion compatible.”

The move is great news for dedicated fans of Quicken 2007, but here’s hoping Intuit will go whole-hog with a swanky new version of the software in the future.

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No Joke: OS X Mountain Lion Roars Onto Your Mac This Summer

OS X Mountain LionRoar! OS X Lion, we hardly knew you. Apple has announced a new version of Mac OS X that will debut this sunny summer, just a year after Lion. It’s called Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and it continues the theme of bringing iOS features “back to the Mac” in a very big way.

Apple has announced the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion,” available to developers starting today and expected to be released to the public this sunny summer, presumably bringing the Mac in line with the company’s annual iOS update schedule moving forward.

Further extending the “back to the Mac” mantra introduced with OS X Lion, Mountain Lion is bringing more iOS apps to the desktop platform, including Reminders, Notes and Game Center, all of which use iCloud syncing for cross-platform support between the Mac and iOS.

iChat is getting the boot from OS X Mountain Lion in favor of a new Messages app, which extends the traditional instant messaging and video chat features to include iMessage, Apple’s SMS-like text message system introduced with iOS 5. Video chat remains through AIM, or you can launch the FaceTime app instead.

In what will surely be a blow to Growl lovers everywhere, OS X Mountain Lion also introduces Notification Center, a system-level method for popping up notifications on your Mac in a way that’s similar to the one introduced in iOS 5. A new Notifications pane in System Preferences gives users complete control over when and how notifications will appear.

OS X Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a new feature aimed at preventing users from installing potentially malicious apps. “Identified developers” — which can be any Mac developer with a certificate issued by Apple — and Mac App Store apps are cleared by default, but users can tweak their settings to fit their own scenario.

Much like iOS 5, Twitter is being deeply integrated into OS X Mountain Lion with a new UI element known as Share Sheets — essentially a pop-up menu actually reminiscent of the Google Android method, which displays a list of potential services you can share an item with. For now, at least, Facebook is still not among them. (Sad trombone.)

iCloud will finally get a lot more useful with Mountain Lion, with a new Setup Assistant and at long last, Documents in the Cloud added to your traditional Open and Save dialog boxes. AirPlay mirroring also comes to the Mac officially, allowing users to beam their display to an Apple TV when a monitor isn’t handy.

Of course, there are plenty of other tweaks and discoveries to be made in the months ahead, before OS X Mountain Lion roars onto the Mac App Store for all to purchase. Speaking of which, Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade, much like Lion was, although Apple hasn’t been more specific on price or release date quite yet.

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Messages Beta: Retina-Sized Artwork, Exclusive to OS X Mountain Lion

Messages app iconHow’s that new beta of Messages treating you? If you’re running OS X Lion 10.7.3 and have no plans to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion when it’s released this sunny summer, you’d better prepare to go back to iChat: Messages will be exclusive to the lion that roams the mountains after release.

MacRumors has done a bit of digging with the new Messages beta Apple released on Thursday morning and is reporting back to the troops with its findings.

First up, the mountain of evidence for higher resolution Mac displays continues to grow. Dubbed “HiDPI” after being discovered in OS X Lion back in July, 2011, these graphics would essentially offer double-resolution “Retina Displays” for the Mac, with four times the normal pixels.

With iOS, Retina Display graphics are indicated with a “@2x” suffix — and hey, wouldn’t you know it, the new Messages beta app “shows several graphics that come in multi-part TIFFs that include regular and double resolution versions,” MacRumors reveals. It’s not quite a leap of faith to assume that Apple is preparing OS X Mountain Lion for Retina Display support on the Mac — although whether or not it will arrive with OS X 10.8 this sunny summer remains to be seen.

Finally, OS X Lion users shouldn’t get too comfortable with their Messages betaaccording to Consomac, “Messages will no longer be available for Lion users once the beta expires.” Exactly when that fateful day will arrive is unknown, but here’s what beta users will see when it comes:

“Thank you for participating in the Messages Beta program,” the message reads. “With the inclusion of Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the Messages Beta program has ended. To continue using Messages, please visit the Mac App Store and purchase OS X Mountain Lion.”

Kind of a bummer, but not totally unexpected, given that Messages is a high-profile feature of OS X Mountain Lion to begin with.

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Apple Releases Public Beta of OS X Mountain Lion Messages App

Messages betaReady for OS X Mountain Lion to roar into your life this sunny summer? Well, Apple has been kind enough to share a taste of what’s to come with users today in the form of a free Messages beta which allows text messaging between iOS and Mac users.

Apple announced Mac OS X 10.8. Mountain Lion today, which developers are no doubt feverishly downloading and installing as we write this. So what about the rest of us? Aside from looking at the pretty pictures on the company’s new Mountain Lion section of the website, Apple has delivered one goodie that can be downloaded right now: A beta of the new Messages app.

“Messages does everything iChat does, and so much more,” Apple’s website explains. “For starters, it comes with iMessage. And just like iMessage in iOS, it lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone’s typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and they’ll see when you’ve read a message. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private. And you can start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. So nothing is left unsaid.”

As we reported earlier, iChat will be put out to pasture with OS X Mountain Lion, replaced by the Messages app available to users of Mac OS X 10.7.3 today. At least for now, the app separates traditional IM services (AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk and Jabber) from the actual iMessage service, so they appear in different windows.

The Messages beta is a 63.8MB download from Apple’s website and requires OS X Lion 10.7.3 to install — so make sure your operating system is up to date before you try to install. The beta will also require a restart of your computer before you can start chatting with friends.

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Thursday Recap: Skitch for iPad, iPhone Slips in Europe, LogMeIn, Quicken Lion Update

Skitch for iPadIt’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.

Evernote Releases Skitch for iPad

We annotate a lot of screenshots here at MacLife.com, and one of the key tools we do it with is Skitch, the Mac software that Evernote acquired earlier this year and made free to all. Last night, the company announced the release of Skitch for iPad, which managed to slip into the App Store at the eleventh hour before Apple’s elves shut down for a week to enjoy the holidays. Skitch for iPad is also a free app and from a quick test, includes almost all of the power of the desktop version but with a touch-friendly interface. Annotated images can be saved to Evernote or shared via Twitter, email and even AirPlay to an Apple TV, which is pretty cool. Best of all, the Evernote gang promises that an iPhone version “is in the works” as well. Skitch for iPad is a free 10.1MB download that requires an iPad running iOS 5 or later; iPad 2 users will also have access to that model’s cameras.

Real Racing 2 Speeds into Mac App Store

The Mac App Store has only been in business for less than a year, but developers are moving quickly to bring their best iOS titles to the Mac. One of the latest is Firemint’s popular Real Racing 2, which is now ready to burn rubber on your desktop or laptop Mac. The critically acclaimed racing game features 30 officially licensed cars and races in 15 different locations, with up to 10 hours of continuous playback in Career Mode. Best of all, Real Racing 2 for Mac lets you control the on-screen action via touch or tilt by steering with your iPhone, iPad or Mac controls. Real Racing 2 for Mac is a 711MB download requiring Mac OS X 10.6.6 and is available now in the Mac App Store for only .99.

Reuters: Weak European Economy Taking Its Toll on iPhone

Despite the enthusiasm that greeted the iPhone 4S in the United States, Great Britain and Australia, Apple’s market share is slipping throughout continental Europe, according to Reuters. While research film Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Apple’s smartphone share rising to 36 percent in the U.S. (up from 25 percent a year ago) and 31 percent in the U.K. (up from 21 percent a year ago), the reverse is true in France, where the share slipped from 29 to 20 percent or Germany, down to 22 percent compared with 27 percent a year ago. “Similar drops were seen in Italy and Spain,” the report reveals. So what’s behind the slip? Google’s Android, as usual, appears to be the culprit, with “a dominant 61 percent share of smartphone sales in the latest 12 weeks” in Germany, where Samsung’s Galaxy S II is currently the top seller. “European consumers are keeping a lid on their expenses as government spending cuts and job losses deprive companies of demand for goods and crush exports,” the report explains.

LogMeIn Debuts Free iOS App with In-App Subscription Option

Remotely accessing your Mac or Windows computer from a mobile device is wildly popular, finally breaking the chains for many of us to get out and enjoy the world while remaining close to our work. LogMeIn, Inc. has one of the better solutions (if not one of the priciest) with LogMeIn Ignition, which they’ve now rebranded as simply Ignition at the same time as they introduce a free universal LogMeIn app today. LogMeIn gives you a taste of what the app can do, then dangles a .99 annual in-app subscription to unlock new features like HD video and audio streaming, which only works with Windows computers for now (Mac support promised in early 2012). If you already own LogMeIn Ignition, you’ll get the latest goodies at no extra cost, but the legacy app now carries a stiff .99 penalty — er, price tag — for those who haven’t purchased yet.

Intuit Caves, Will Add Lion Compatibility to Quicken in Early 2012

Sometimes, it pays to complain. Financial software maker Intuit has announced today that its popular Quicken for Mac 2007 will finally get an OS X Lion compatibility update sometime in early spring of next year. The news was announced in both a support document as well as an open letter to Quicken Mac customers from Aaron Forth, the general manager of Intuit’s Personal Finance Group. Forth writes that he understands customer frustration over the lack of OS X Lion compatibility, and promises the company has “put a team in place to address that issue.” Of course, the better solution might be to introduce a proper Quicken for Mac 2012, but the GM admits the Lion fix “is just a first step in winning back” customer confidence. Now there won’t be many reasons left to avoid an upgrade to Apple’s big cat…

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Apple Updates OS X Lion to 10.7.2, Required For iCloud

Software UpdateThe updates keep on rolling this fine Wednesday, with another piece of the iCloud puzzle falling right into place with OS X Lion 10.7.2. Available now via Software Update, 10.7.2 offers iCloud integration as well as a whole lot of bug fixes, and even lets users reorder their desktops in Mission Control. Hooray!

Apple has released OS X Lion 10.7.2 via Software Update, bringing iCloud compatibility to the Mac in addition to adding the new Find My Mac feature, a minor update to Safari 5.1.1 and lots and lots of bug fixes.

Here’s what Apple has to say about the new update:

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

- iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
- Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
- Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

- Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
- Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
- Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
- Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
- Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
- Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
- Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
- Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
- Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
- Improve Active Directory integration.

OS X Lion 10.7.2 is available as a combo updater direct from the Apple website which amounts to 818.59MB worth of downloading; our delta update via Software Update was more like 435MB.

Additionally, Apple has also pushed out a Lion Recovery Update 1.0 which “includes improvements to Lion Recovery and addresses an issue with Find My Mac when using a firmware password.” That update clocks in at 452.5MB, also available via Software Update.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 Update Squashes Bugs, Makes Lion Users Happy

Adone Premiere Pro iconAdobe kicked off the week with a fairly substantial update to the latest Premiere Pro CS5.5, stomping out a long list of bugs and beefing up compatibility with OS X Lion as the company continues to gobble up unhappy Final Cut Pro customers.

Adobe Systems has released their first update for Premiere Pro CS5.5 on Monday, bringing the application to version 5.5.1. Based on user bug reports and crash logs, a laundry list of issues have been addressed with the latest update, which also addresses three OS X Lion specific problems.

Among the improvements with Premiere Pro 5.5.1 are playback and scrubbing performance of footage from DSLR cameras, Preview in the Capture panel when working with HDV footage, Final Cut Pro XML import audio fixes and the application not finding files after changing the location of a project.

OS X Lion users will likely be happy with the 5.5.1 update as well. Although Premiere Pro CS5.5 works just fine with Lion, the patch fixes missing countdown numbers on the Universal Counting Leader, closed caption overlays not appearing on the Program Monitor and more importantly, problems with a crash while quitting the app.

Adobe notes that the Premiere Pro 5.5.1 update will not yet appear in the Help > Updates menu and must be downloaded directly from the company’s website for both Mac and Windows users. Users are warned that they “must choose the correct patcher based on your original installation type — electronic download or DVD.”

If you’re not sure which kind of installation you have, it’s advisable to wait for the update to appear in the application, which the company promises “soon.”

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1Password 3.9 Arrives In Mac App Store, For Lion Users Only

1Password 3.9Apple’s Mac App Store may not be the runaway hit that the company has had with its iOS sibling, but developers are slowing coming around to the new way of doing business. Case in point: The popular application 1Password has finally arrived on the Mac App Store in an OS X Lion-only edition.

Agile Web Solutions has announced the availability of 1Password 3.9 into the Mac App Store. If you’re not familiar with 1Password, it’s an online password and identity companion that goes far beyond simple password storage, complete with an iOS equivalent and Dropbox sync for keeping your login information, credit card data and much more secure and handy at all times.

1Password 3.9 signals a new direction for the app, which has been built specifically for OS X Lion and 64-bit. Users will now have access to full-screen mode and even better security thanks to the app being sandboxed (a Mac App Store requirement) as well as PBKDF2 Calibration. 1Password 4 is also on the way, which will be a Mac App Store exclusive — no more buying directly from the developers’ website.

Because of the shift to the Mac App Store, Agile is offering 1Password 3.9 for only .99 for a limited time — that’s a full 50 percent off the regular price, and will allow existing users of the app to not only get on board the Mac App Store train, but also get a free upgrade to 1Password 4 when it’s available (the same also applies for new users, of course).

Speaking of existing users, Agile has posted an extensive Q&A on their website which details the simple process of moving to the Mac App Store version, and lists the changes made to the app for longtime customers.

1Password 3.9 is available now for only .99 from the Mac App Store; the 9MB download requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and a 64-bit processor, but hurry — the 50 percent off price is only valid for a limited time.

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How to Delete Unwanted Mac and iOS Apps in Lion

Say you’re looking to rid of an unused Mac app. All you have to do it drag it into the Trash and you’re done, right? Wrong. The same goes for iTunes — just because you deleted an app doesn’t mean it didn’t leave a part of itself behind.

Even though you may have technically sent an app to the Trash, there are still Preferences and Support Files from your apps left orphaned on your hard drive. Though they’re hidden in your Library, they’re still that little reminder of an app that once was. Read on to find out how to rid of Mac and iOS apps entirely from your hard drive. 

1. Getting rid of Mac Apps

In OS X Lion, apps still live in your Applications Folder, though Launchpad was designed to be your go-to app manager. When you download an app from the Mac App Store, one of the best parts is watching it fly right into Launchpad. But what happens when you want to get rid of it?

Launchpad 1

To delete an app from Lion, make sure you are logged in as an administrator and enter in Launchpad. Click and hold an icon until the rest start to bounce around, just like in iOS. Click the “x” in the upper left-hand corner of the app icon to delete it, and then confirm that you’d like to banish it.

 

Launchpad 2

If you don’t see an “x” in the corner that means that the app either isn’t from the Mac App Store or you are logged in as a standard user. No fear; just make sure you are an admin, and drag the icon of the app you’re ditching right into the trash can.

Again, for most situations and users, we’d have to suggest you call it good right here. As far as Apple is concerned, the app is deleted. But as we explained, it’s not.

You’ll need to find a way back into Library. There a few different ways to do this, some more invasive than other. For temporary access, though, this is a fairly elegant solution:  

Hold down Command + Shift + G from the Mac desktop and type in ~/Library

CSG

Finder will then launch to your user Library. Look for files that include the name of the app you just kicked to the curb. For instance, try these locations:

~/Library
~/Library/Application Support
~/Library/Preferences
~/Library/PreferencePanes
~/Library/StartupItems

If you find any files with the name of your unwanted app, all you need to do is drag the file into Trash. But proceed with caution: If you are unsure about whether or not you need the file, just leave it in place. Deleting a necessary file could seriously harm your system.

2. Getting rid of iOS apps

Getting rid of iOS apps is a little less complicated. Deleting apps from your iOS device is easy enough, but if you’ve synced and backed up your device with iTunes (and if you haven’t, go and do that now), there is some more deleting you might want to do.

First of all, jump into iTunes, and go to the Apps section of your Library. Again, just like with your Mac Apps, just drag the app icon from iTunes into Trash. When you do, you will be prompted with this:

iTunes Delete

If you are done with the app, delete the files. If you’re curious to kow if you’ve deleted them for good, go to: User/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications

Find iTunes Apps

You are looking for any .ipa files that share the same name as the app you already deleted from iTunes. Chances are you won’t find any, but if you do, drag them into Trash.

3. Don’t forget to take out the Trash before you go

When you are down your deleting rampage, don’t forget to empty your Trash to complete the process. If you get a message that an item you are trying to delete is “in use and can’t be deleted” just reboot your Mac and try to empty your Trash again. 

Good hunting!

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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