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Update: iMovie 8.0.4

iMovieiMovie 8.0.4 “improves overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Fixed a problem with incorrect rotation when working with video created by iPhone 3GS.
  • Resolved instability when adding multiple beat markers in some languages.
  • Corrected an issue where iMovie could become unresponsive after using fine-tuning controls beyond the stabilized portions of a clip.”

This update is recommended for all iMovie ’09 users and can be downloaded via Software Update utility or direct from Apple’s Support page (35.6MB).

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Filed under: iLife,

Updates: iPhoto, MacBook Air firmware, iPhone SDK 3.1 beta [u]

Apple’s has released iPhoto 8.0.4 “addresses a rarely encountered issue involving photos imported into a previous version that could affect overall stability, and corrects references to a few points of interest and location names that were labelled incorrectly” and this update is recommended to all iPhoto ’09 users.

MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.2 has also been released which according to AppleInsider delivers compatibility for a new series of internal MacBook Air replacement batteries. AppleInsider also notes that firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 and will make modifications to the MacBook Air’s micro-controller on the logic board.

Both updates can be downloaded by using the Software Update utility or from Apple’s Support page:

iPhoto 8.0.4 (102.3 MB)

MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update 1.2 (623 KB)

AppleInsider also reported that Apple has just posted a beta upgrade to their iPhone SDK as well as their iPhone OS . Coming on the heels of the just released iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone OS 3.1 beta and iPhone SDK 3.1 beta is said to include new extensions for the OpenGL ES Graphics which can be used to improve graphics on the iPhone 3GS. The beta also lets developers choose their preferred video recording quality.

Update:

MacDailyNews has noted that aside from the above mentioned features, iPhone OS 3.1 beta might also have non-destructive video editing, vibrates when moving home screen icons, faster boot time, and Voice Control over Bluetooth.

Oh, MMS support is back for AT&T customers. Yay.

Filed under: Apple, Inc., iLife, iPhone, , ,

Updates: iLife 09 apps, Digital Camera RAW compatibility

Apple seems to be releasing a new update almost everyday, though not the kind of update that I was hoping for.

According to Macworld, Apple released the following updates:

  1. iLife Support 9.0.3
  2. iDVD 7.0.4
  3. iMovie 8.0.3
  4. iPhoto 8.0.3
  5. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update

iLife Support 9.0.3 provides system software resources that are shared by iLife and other applications. This update addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability for the Media Browser, and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance of the Media Browser
  • Corrected issues to display custom folders when added to the Media Browser
  • Maintained correct Image dates when importing from iPhoto to Aperture

The update is recommended for all users of iLife 09, iWork 09, and Aperture 2. Download the update here (55.1MB).

This update addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list.
This update is recommended for all users of iDVD version 7.

iDVD 7.0.4  addresses general compatibility issues and fixes an issue where iDVD is unable to add title/comment to an image in the image details list. Download the update here (27.5MB)

iMovie 8.0.3 addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues. The issues addressed include:

  • Support for 720p AVCHD Lite cameras and camcorders
  • Deleting a beat marker no longer modifies the project duration
  • Video Effects palette now uses the correct thumbnail for still images

Download the iMovie update here (35.56MB).

iPhoto 8.0.3 addresses general compatibility, improves overall stability and fixes a number of issues in the following areas of the application:

  • Faces: losing track of faces that were added manually or added using Detect Missing Face button;  faces previously cropped out of a photo appear as suggested matches in the Faces detail view; and more
  • Places: some addresses get truncated in the results list when searching for locations in the Add New Place window; Location info (GPS data) is now correctly embedded in photos that are emailed using the Email command, when the Location Information checkbox is enabled; and more
  • Publishing to MobileMe, Facebook, and Flickr
  • Slideshow playback
  • Location (GPS) info embedded in emailed photos and exported JPEGs

For a more details about this update, go to this support page. Download the update here (96MB).

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.6 extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 2, iPhoto 08, and iPhoto 09 for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 500D
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
  • Nikon D5000
  • Olympus E-30

Download the update here (3.9MB).

As always you can fire up Software Update utility or you can download the updates manually from the links I’ve provided for each.

Filed under: iLife, Software,

Updates galore!

Aside from the new Macs last Tuesday, Apple also released a slew of updates for the Mac.

TUAW enumerates Tuesday’s updates:

  • iPhoto 8.0.1 “improves overall stability and addresses minor issues in a number of areas, including internet connectivity, keyword import, and slideshow export.”
  • iLife Support 9.0.1 “improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. It is recommended for all users of Aperture, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09.”
  • AirPort Client Update 2009-001 for Intel Macs “addresses issues with roaming and network selection in dual-band environments.”
  • AirPort Utility 5.4.1 (Mac) “the simple to use, setup and management utility for the AirPort Express Base Station, the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule.”
  • AirPort Utility 5.4.1 Windows (Windows version of the above.)

Fire up Software Update utility to get these updates or you can get them from Apple’s Support Downloads page.

I’m hoping the AirPort Client Update fixes the problems I’m having with my iMac’s Wi-Fi.

Filed under: iLife, , , ,

Exporting HD movie from iMovie ’09 (or ‘There ought to be a simpler way to do this’)

Apple’s iLife suite gives the consumer the ability to manage, create and distribute their photos, music, and video. With those in mind, you’d think exporting videos from iMovie ’09 shouldn’t be this complicated.

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A post chockful of iLife ’09 and Work ’09 reviews and tips

It has been almost a month since the release of iLife ’09 and a little more than that for iWork ’09. There had been a lot of reviews, almost all of them positive, about Apple’s latest iteration of their office and multimedia suite. There also have been a fair number of useful tips posted for these new apps.

This post is about a month’s worth of iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 reviews and tips. Most of the tips come from Macworld, a very good resource for the latest news, reviews and everything else Mac.

One more thing: posting iLife ’09 or iWork ’09 reviews may seem like I’m preaching to the choir. But if you are planning to purchase iLife ’09, iWork ’09 or both, it’s better to know the strengths and weaknesses of the apps that you’re getting from these suites.

One last thing: PowerPC Mac owners should know ahead of time that one feature in GarageBand may not work for them. Ars Technica reported that one of the system requirements for GarageBand’s Learn to Play is “an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better”.

Tips
iWork
Use the keyboard to entering formula in Numbers ’09
Swap texture fills among iWork ’09 apps

iLife
Creating slideshows with titles and watermarks
Extracting audio from movies
Adding new locations to iMovie ’09
Changing how iPhoto ’09’s Add New Faces box resizes
Getting audio in to your Mac
iMovie photo management
Apple’s bug fixes for iLife ’09

Reviews
Macworld
GarageBand ’09
iMovie ’09
iPhoto ’09
iWeb ’09
iPhoto and iMovie ’09 (podcast)

iLife ’09
CNet
PC Mag
USA Today
Wall Street Journal

iWork ’09
CNet
PC Advisor
PC Mag
Sydney Morning Herald
T3
TrustedReviews

Filed under: iLife, iWork, , ,

Apple’s iLife ’09 Hardware Up-to-Date Program

The iLife ’09 Hardware Up-to-Date Program lets you upgrade to iLife ’09 for only $9.95 if you have purchased a qualifying computer on or after January 6, 2009, that does not include iLife ’09.

Program ends on March 28, 2009.

More at Apple’s iLife ’09 Hardware Up-to-Date Program site.

[Source: TUAW]

Filed under: iLife

iDVD updated to 7.0.3

Version 7.0.3 “improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues”.

Update through Software Update or by downloading direct from Apple.

[Source: Macworld]

Filed under: iLife,

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