Sunday, October 30, 2011

Apple Themed Pumpkin Carvings

Apple Themed Pumpkin Carvings Spice Up Halloween

Readers have sent in a number of festive Apple-themed pumpkins, including two that emulate Jonathan Mak's interpretation of the Apple logo and another pumpkin interpretation of Albert Watson's famous photograph that now graces the cover of Steve Jobs' biography.

By Sbrocket

By Raymond Tsai

By Kepa

By Bill Rennie

Friday, October 28, 2011

Growl 1.3

Rewritten Growl 1.3 Released on Mac App Store

Mac OS X notification service Growl has been completely rewritten to comply with Apple's App Store guidelines and has been released on the Mac App Store

MacStories reports on the new app: 
Growl 1.3 comes in a new app form that has a menubar icon to activate/pause notifications, and a new Preferences window to see notification history, supported apps, configure themes, and more. History can be customized to show only a certain amount of recent items and days, and you can even search past notifications and events. The new Growl comes with almost 20 themes pre-installed, and you can style an application’s overlay notifications (the ones that Growl will briefly display on screen) in Growl’s Preferences. You can also create and install your own themes with basic CSS/XHTML/Javascript language.

Perhaps the biggest new feature -- at least from a user perspective -- is the new Rollup feature that captures multiple notifications when the user is idle. Growl opens an iOS 5-style notification window that lists notifications sorted by app, keeping multiple notifications organized and contained. 

Notably missing from the new version is GrowlMail, an add-on for the software that provides notifications support for AppleMail, allowing users to receive alerts about emails as they receive them. The software notoriously broke with nearly every update to Mail, and the Growl team stated that GrowlMail was more difficult to keep running than the main Growl project. The team notes that the main developer of GrowlMail, Rudy Richter, will receive ownership of it, and will continue to work on it independent of Growl. 

Growl 1.3 is available on the Mac App Store for $1.99. [iTunes]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pixelmator 2.0

Pixelmator 2.0 Launches Tomorrow, With Content-Aware Fill and Full Lion Support [Now Available]

Version 2.0 of popular image editing application Pixelmator goes live tomorrow on the Mac App Store. The app was one of the early success stories on the Mac App Store, generating more than $1 million in revenue in the first 20 days. 

The new version of Pixelmator includes support for a number of Lion features, including Full Screen, Auto Save, and Versions. It also includes an advanced healing tool, similar to Adobe Photoshop's Content Aware-Fill technology, moving an advanced feature into a brand new price point. The Loop has some additional screenshots

Pixelmator 2.0 will be initially priced at $29.99, though the regular price will be $59.99. The Pixelmator team told us they hadn't decided exactly when the price will rise. Version 2.0 will be available on the Mac App Store tomorrow. 

Version 1.6 of Pixelmator is available for $29.99 on the Mac App Store. Users who have purchased Pixelmator from the Mac App Store will receive the version 2.0 upgrade for free. 

Update: Pixelmator 2.0 is now available in the Mac App Store for $29.99.

Aperture 3.2

Apple Releases Aperture 3.2 with Compatibility for iOS 5 and iCloud

Apple today released Aperture 3.2, updating its professional-level photo editing and management application for OS X to support compatibility with the newly-released iOS 5 software and iCloud services.
Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including: 

- Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo 
- Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit 
- Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer 
- Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer 
- Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos 
- Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments 
- Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%. 
- Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images 
- Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture 
- The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes 

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. 

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:
Aperture 3.2 weighs in at 635.76 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X 10.7.2.

Xcode 4.2

Apple Releases Xcode 4.2

In support of today's extensive list of software releases, Apple has also pushed out the final public version of Xcode 4.2, now available through Apple's developer channel and on the Mac App Store. Xcode is Apple's package of developer tools for creating both OS X and iOS applications.
What's New in Version 4.2
- Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
- Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
- Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
- iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
- OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
- Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
- Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand
Xcode 4.2 requires OS X Lion and is a free download on the Mac App Store.

iCloud ID Merge

Apple Still Working on Allowing Merging of Apple IDs

Last month, we noted that Apple was aware of and working on the issue of users having multiple Apple IDs and seeking to merge them into a single account. MobileMe users in particular have been affected by the issue, as many of them had one ID for their MobileMe account and a separate account for iTunes Store purchases.

With the transition to iCloud for cross-device syncing and deeper integration, more users are interested in merging their accounts together so that a single Apple ID can be used for iCloud and past and future iTunes Store purchases. At the time, we reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook had emailed a customer to inform them that Apple was indeed working on the issue, but with the release of iCloud no solution has yet been deployed. Apple is instead offering guidelines for managing multiple Apple IDs.

But those still hoping for a merging solution may be able to continue holding out hope, as Tim Cook appears to have reached out again, this time in a phone call to a customer in Luxembourg, once again noting that Apple is working on the issue. Thereport from describes Cook's response to the customer's email sent two days prior.
Henrique [Xavier] pointed out that with the recent launch of iCloud and iOS 5 upgrade software on 12 October, everyone has at least 2 Apple ID’s, one before Apple’s “MobileMe” was launched, and one after. “Now, people have a library that has been split in half and we can't take advantage of the new features of iOS 5” he stated.

Tim Cook’s response was swift, and telephoning Henrique in Luxembourg direct from Apple HQ in Cupertino explained, “Thank you very much for your email, and I just want you to know we are aware of this issue and are working on it”.
Interestingly, the report notes that Xavier received a follow-up call from Apple's European offices in Ireland offering him a "direct line" for future feedback on the company's products.

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