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Hey, Adobe: Mac OS X 10.6.5 Update is 42 Percent Fixes for Flash

Mac users were treated to a final release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 this week, which addressed a number of issues including the squashing of more than 130 bugs. But did you realize that almost half of those bugs were caused by Adobe Flash?

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 released on this week took on a number of issues related to image-processing operations, graphics performance, printing quirks and more, including more than 130 bug fixes — 42 percent of which are related to Adobe Flash.

Sure, we all like to bag on Adobe’s Flash technology, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs has famously excluded from iOS — but the fact remains that there’s a growing anti-Flash sentiment brewing as more and more web developers embrace the iOS-friendly (and open-source) HTML5, particularly for online video.

“There’s an anti-Flash backlash beginning, and it isn’t about Apple, it isn’t about Adobe (ADBE), it isn’t about HTML5, it isn’t about anything but buggy software, lousy performance and broken promises,” 9to5Mac notes.

TechCrunch also jumped into the fray
: “So you’ll forgive me if when Kevin Lynch announces all these great-sounding things about Flash that are just around the corner, I’m highly skeptical. How long have we been promised Flash on mobile devices? 5 years? It’s still not where it needs to be. Hell, it’s not where it needs to be on the desktop.”

What it all appears to come down to is that everyone loves the idea of Flash — just not Flash itself. Is anyone at Adobe listening to these concerns?

OS X 10.6.5 Update Does Not Include AirPrint for Shared Printers [Updated]

Turns out earlier reports of OS X 10.6.5 not supporting AirPrint via shared printers were correct.

Well, with OS X 10.6.5 out, it looks like shared printing with AirPrint is a no go for now. If you’re rocking an AirPrint-compatible printer, you should be golden.

Update: We just tested out the HP Envy with AirPrint. Works likes a charm.

No amount of conciliatory emails from Steve Jobs will diminish our disappointment.

 

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OS X 10.6.5 Update Does Not Include AirPrint for Shared Printers

Turns out earlier reports of OS X 10.6.5 not supporting AirPrint via shared printers were correct.

Well, with OS X 10.6.5 out, it looks like shared printing with AirPrint is a no go for now. If you’re rocking an AirPrint-compatible printer, you should be golden.

No amount of conciliatory emails from Steve Jobs will diminish our disappointment.

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iPhoto 9.1 Update Adds Calendars, More Letterpress and a Bug Fix

iPhoto 9.1 additional letterpress cards

Right on the heels of last week’s 9.0.1 update which addressed potential data loss when updating your library from a previous version, Apple has released iPhoto 9.1 on Thursday. Among the changes are the ability to create and order calendars, additional letterpress holiday greeting cards and bug fixes.

Apple has released iPhoto 9.1, the second update to the iLife ’11 component since its release on October 20. The latest update released on Thursday brings back the ability to create and order calendars as well as offering additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes.

A bug fix is also part of iPhoto 9.1, specifically for an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from correctly importing into iPhoto Events.

Apple is recommending the update for all users of iPhoto ’11, with the 177.33MB download available now via Software Update or from the company’s website.

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Apple Offers Optional MacBook Pro 2.8HGHz Core i7 Update

MacBook Pro speed bump BTO
(Image courtesy of Engadget)

Apple was firing with all chambers on Wednesday, with the majority of the focus on its “Back to the Mac” media event. But the company also found time to unleash a few software updates and even quietly offer a speed bump on its MacBook Pro.

Engadget is reporting that the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models can now be ordered with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor for an extra 0. That’s a bump from the previous 2.66GHz cap, available for only 0 more.

While an extra 0 for a mere 140MHz speed boost may not sound like such a great deal, Engadget figures that “this is almost certainly the Core i7-640M that Intel owned up to just last month, which can turbo to a lap-scorching 3.4GHz under load.”

Ready to get our your credit card and find out for sure?

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Apple Issues MacBook Firmware Update to Address MagSafe Charging Problems

Apple has issued an SMC Firmware update to address charging problems affecting 2007-2008 MacBooks and MacBook Pros when connected to the new L-shaped MagSafe adapter. Apple switched to the new MagSafe charger after receiving complaints about fraying from the older power bricks that featured a straight plug.

The affected models include: 

– MacBook (13-inch Late 2007)
– MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
– MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008)
– MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)
– MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)

According to Apple, “This firmware update addresses an issue with certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models from 2007-2008 that prevents them from charging with new power adapters.”

You can download the firmware update by opening Software Update on your Mac, or by downloading the standalone installer for the MacBook or the MacBook Pro. You can find out more information about this update by visiting the Apple knowledge base article.

via MacRumors

 

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Mobile iWork Update Brings Exporting and MobileMe Integration to the iPad


Ladies and gents, the powerful iWork suite for iPad has been updated.

To start, Numbers has been updated to enable exporting of spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS), copying of spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or WebDAV service, and the ability to group and ungroup objects. Keynote has been updated with the same exporting and copying abilities, and support for audio when importing Keynote ’09 presentations. Lastly, everyone’s favorite mobile app, Pages, has been updated with the same ability to copy documents, as well as the option to display the word count and support for opening text (.txt) files from Mail.

The new updates are now available and should pop up within your App Store updates page.

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Apple Touts iOS 4.2 Update Coming Soon to iPad

iPad iOS 4.2 preview

We haven’t even gotten our hands on iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch yet (that’s coming next week, supposedly September 8) and already Apple has posted a page trumpeting the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad due in November.

As announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Wednesday’s media event, iOS 4.2 will be released in November and is mostly cause for celebration for iPad users, since it will finally bring feature parity to that device as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. To keep users’ interest over the next 60 to 90 days, Apple has posted a “Coming Soon” page chatting up the “new features and innovations” that patient iPad owners will get when the calendar turns to November.

At the top of the list is multitasking, much the same as what iPhone and iPod touch users received with iOS 4 in June. “Run all your favorites apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily,” the coming soon page boasts. Another iOS 4 tent pole feature, Folders, will also come to the iPad with iOS 4.2.

New to iOS 4.2 and presumably also for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as the iPad is printing. “Print mail, photos, web pages and more directly to a printer on a wireless network,” Apple explains. There are already a long list of printer apps for iOS, but most of them require a computer to use, so it will be interesting to see exactly how Apple implements this system-wide.

As shown during the demo for the new Apple TV, AirPlay is another new feature for iOS 4.2 which will allow you to wirelessly stream videos, music and photos from your device to the diminutive black box, as well as streaming music to speakers or receivers, including the AirPort Express.

Rounding out the feature list is Game Center, a unified inbox and threaded e-mail for the Mail app, enhanced enterprise support, text search on Safari web pages, accessibility, keyboard and dictionary enhancements and you can bet, plenty of those awesome bug fixes.

Now we just have to wait until November…

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iWork '09 Gets Update and ePub File Export

Today, Apple updated its iWork ’09 suite of apps to address various bugs in Pages, Keynote and Numbers. They also added the ability to export to ePub format from Pages. These ePub files can then be synced to an iPhone or iPad for use with iBooks.

Below is the update log for Keynote 5.0.4, Pages 4.0.4, and Numbers 2.0.2:

Keynote 5.0.4

– Addresses an issue when printing handouts with rule lines.

– Fixes an issue with the slide switcher.

– Resolves an issue when automatically resizing some images while changing slide size.

– Fixes an issue with tables.

Pages 4.0.4

– Fixes an issue with tables.

– Includes compatibility with the standard ePub file format (for use with iBooks) when exporting.

Numbers 2.0.4

– Fixes an issue with tables.

You can download this update by opening Software Update (Apple Menu > Software Update), or by downloading the installer manually from the Apple Support Download Website.

Exporting from Pages to ePub format couldn’t be easier. After you have this update installed and go to Share > Export in Pages, you’ll get a new “ePub” option and will allow you to fill in the Title, Author, and Genre. You can then add your ePub file to iTunes and sync over the file to iBooks on your iOS device.

For more information on sharing your documents as ePub files, visit Apple’s how-to article on Creating ePub files with Pages.

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