Apple releases Aperture 3.1.1

Apple has updated Aperture to version 3.1.1 which is a bug fixes release addresses overall stability and performance issues.

  • address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
  • improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
  • address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr

This update is recommended for all Aperture 3 users. Update from the usual Software Update or from download site.

Aperture 3.1.1 Release Notes

Mac App Store missing features

Mac App Store shares many similarities with its sibling iTunes App Store for iOS, but there are differences:

  • Game Center is not available for Mac App Store during launch. This will be slight set back for game developers who want to port their Game Center enabled iOS games to the Mac.
  • In-app purchase is not available for Mac App Store. We believe this feature will come to Mac apps eventually as it is definitely a successfully model used by games such as  We Farm, GodFinger and Smurf Village.
  • Demos, beta, Lite version of app is not allowed on Mac App Store. Apple suggested developer to use their own website to promote such apps.
  • Promo codes is not available for Mac App Store. Promo codes can be used to obtain apps for free from App Store, and are used by developer for reviewers/websites for marketing and promotion purpose.

Mac App Store is rumored to debut in January 2011.

Now we know why Apple no longer bundle Flash Player with Mac OS X

Apple is shipping the latest MacBook Air without Flash Player. Most people thought the reason for the change is to save some battery life on MacBook Air. Apple officially advised that “the best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe”. Turns out that the unbundling could be security related.

As noted by Daring Fireball, the latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 released yesterday listed 134 fixes for securities vulnerabilities. 55 of those are for Flash Player alone. That is more than 40%. Apple is sure wise not to be blamed for someone else’s problem.

About the security content of Mac OS X v10.6.5 and Security Update 2010-007

Via Daring Fireball

Office for Mac 2011 now available

Office for Mac 2011

Microsoft announced the release of Office for Mac 2011, which brings features such as build-in integration to Microsoft’s cloud-based applications, co-authoring tool for teamwork, and for the first time, Microsoft’s flagship Outlook replaces Entourage on the Mac for email, calendars and contacts. Check out Microsoft’s Office for Mac site for a tour of the new suite.

Office for Mac 2011 is available in two edition: Home & Student includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel; Home & Business includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.

Amazon is offering savings with today’s launch on Office for Mac 2011 packages:

Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 – Single License ($109.99)

Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 – Family Pack (3 Licenses) ($129.99)

Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 – 1 Pack ($174.99)

Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 – 2 License Pack ($239.99)


First MacBook Air benchmark might help you choose the right model

macbook-air Benchmark

Primate Labs, the creator of Geekbench software, has published one of the first benchmarks of the new MacBook Air. The benchmark measures only processor and memory performance, and compared them with last generation MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13″ model and iPad. The use of NVIDIA GeForce 320M video card and flash storage in the new MacBook Air is expected to offer significant overall performance improvements, but processor and memory performance gives a different perspective on the positioning of the new MacBook Air.

There are two ways you can look at the new 11-inch MacBook Air; it’s either a much smaller but slower MacBook Pro, or a much faster but larger iPad. The 11-inch MacBook Air is small enough that I’d consider bringing it instead of an iPad, but I’d worry it’s not fast enough (or have enough screen space) to be my primary laptop.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is a much more straightforward produc; it has 80% of the processor performance of the latest 13-inch Pro, making it an acceptable substitute for users looking for a slightly more portable Pro.

Via Primate Labs Blog

Apple asks user to download Flash from Adobe

MacBook Air shipped without Flash plug-in installed. Looks like it will be happening for all future Macs. The official words from Apple spokesman Bill Evans is that users should get Flash directly from Adobe for the most up to date and secure version.

We’re happy to continue to support Flash on the Mac, and the best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe.

Via Engadget