Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.3, a point release that contains lots of improvements. Released ahead of the impending Mac OS X Lion, Aperture 3.1.3 undoubtedly contains compatibility fix with Lion.
This update supports general compatibility issues, and also addresses overall stability and performance. Minor issues addressed include the following:
Improves reliability and performance when syncing web-published albums
Slideshow exports are now handled as a background operation
Crop tool now correctly supports use of gestures to define crop size
Gesture support can now be enabled or disabled in Preferences
Fixes an issue that could cause a blank sheet to display when placing a book or print order
Published MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr albums now appear in a Web section in the Projects Inspector
Shift-clicking snapshots on the Faces corkboard now allows you to make contiguous selections
Metadata presets are now correctly applied to imported audio files
Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when trimming audio in full screen mode
Resolves various issues when adding names to Faces using accented, Japanese, Korean or Simplified Chinese characters
Improves stability when browsing video clips
Addresses reliability of library repair and rebuild
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.
If your Aperture is purchased on retail boxes, the update is via Software Update. If you purchased Aperture from the Mac App Store, update is available within the Mac App Store app.
Continue the highlight of classic apps, this week we feature Facebook for the iPhone and iPod touch. Being the grand daddy of social network of our time, Facebook app is often one of the first apps iOS users install. There is no native iPad interface for Facebook app.
Lately, Facebook for iOS is playing catchup as some features from Facebook website are not available on the app. Nonetheless this app is the best way for you to connect with your Facebook friends on your iPhone or iPod touch.
The popular Mac photo editing app Pixelmator has announced a sneak preview of version 2 coming this summer. The major release will include vector drawing and content-aware fill among others, making Pixelmator the best replacement for Adobe Photoshop on the Mac. In fact the feature set is adequate for most web/design work, at a much more affordable price.
Pixelmator 2 will be priced at $59. If you purchased the version 1.x app from Mac App Store at $29, it will be a free upgrade when Pixelmator 2 is released.
One of the more popular deejay app ‘djay’ by Algoriddim is now on sale for a limited time at $0.99, down from $4.99. The version on sale is for iPhone and iPod touch. There is a separate version of ‘djay’ for iPad which is at regular price.
The app provides a virtual turntable interface for music mixing, scratching, beat-matching, EQ control sufficient for your deejay aspiration. It takes advantage of iOS 4 with access to the iPod library and AirPlay function.
HandBrake is easily one of the better video transcoder open source free software available. It is especially Apple friendly as it comes with video out presets for iPhone 4, iPad, Apple TV 2 etc, making video codec/framerate/ crop ratio settings selection a non-issue for those less technically inclined.
HandBrake 0.9.5 has just been released, and this is more than a year since its last 0.9.4 release in 2009 Nov. The new release has lots of new features and bug fixes. PowerPC Mac is no longer supported in this new release.