Update 11:35 a.m.: I added information about Aperture 2.0's plug-in architecture, which could provide an advantage over Adobe Lightroom.
The software, like Adobe's Lightroom, is aimed at enthusiasts and professionals who need to edit and catalog "raw" images, the unprocessed data from higher-end cameras' image sensors; raw files preserve more detail than JPEGs but require time and specialized software that can deal with the profusion of different proprietary raw formats. … Read more
The latest update to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard dropped Monday afternoon, with fixes for several different issues.
Apple posted a support document on its Web site and began informing Leopard users through the Software Update mechanism that Mac OS X 10.5.2 is now ready for public consumption. A combo update that includes some security patches is 343MB and can be downloaded immediately. The first update to Leopard, version 10.5.1, was released in November.
This time around, Apple has fixed some issues with Time Machine, the automatic backup software available in Leopard, as well as … Read more
Apple today released 11 security updates for Mac OS X, with many of the updates specific to the newly-released Leopard operating system. The Security Update 2008-001 is the first from Apple for 2008. The applications affected include Time Machine, Mail, and Parental Controls. The update can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.
Directory Services This patch affects users of Mac OS X v10.4.11 and Mac OS X Server v10.4.11 and addresses the vulnerability in CVE-2007-0355. Apple says, "A stack buffer overflow exists in the Service Location Protocol (SLP) daemon, … Read more
With Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.2 update on Monday, Leopard now can handle the unprocessed "raw" images produced by several new higher-end digital cameras.
Among high-profile newer cameras that Leopard now supports are Canon's top-end EOS-1Ds Mark III and its top-end compact camera, the PowerShot G9. Nikon's new SLRs, the D3 and D300, also are on the list, as is Sony's Alpha A700.
Raw images provide more flexibility and detail than JPEGs, but to use them, people must convert the unprocessed camera data. Apple's Mac OS X handles this conversion on … Read more
I've been using an Apple MacBook Pro for a little over a year now, and I'm pretty happy with it.
There's a new update coming to version 10.5.2, which according to a release note available to Apple developers includes a raft of bug fixes, but I wanted to upgrade to Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 as soon as possible, so I … Read more
For those of you who are MacBook Pro users, you too may have felt the pain from the somewhat oddly placed keyboard. From day one I thought it was too far away from the bottom of the machine. And while thin, the MBP doesn't have the ergonomic profile that you get with a Thinkpad. Enter the MacBook Air and you will see immediately that your wrists get to relax a bit more and don't strain nearly as hard to stay on the keyboard.
A week into the MB Air and I can honestly say that I have almost … Read more
I finally got my hands on a MacBook Air. Though I'm sure I'm repeating what some others have said already, I needed to state one thing before I do a more extensive evaluation: this unbelievably thin notebook is rock solid.
NOTE: This is not an official CNET review. And is not by any means a full review. Just a quick first-look. Official CNET product review is here.
One of the concerns I had--and I'm sure I'm not alone--is whether a notebook this thin will be flimsy and overly delicate. The answer is a resounding no. It … Read more
Apple could be gearing up for a late February event, according to a report out Thursday.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog reported that Mira Mobile Television, a West Coast television production firm, is hiring in preparation for an Apple event to be held at the end of February. TUAW notes that the listings aren't posted on Mira's site, and it calls its own report an "unconfirmed rumor" based on a single source.