Just one week after the previous OS X 10.8.5 beta was unleashed on developers, Apple has now begun seeding their 6th OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 beta. The update bears a build number of 12F26 – just three builds newer than the previous build. The minimal change in build numbers, and the decrease in time between updates suggests that Apple is likely nearly ready to release the update to the public.
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Despite numerous issues with their online developer portal, which has been offline since Thursday due to a security breach, Apple has nevertheless seeded the fourth Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks to developers. The update was seeded right on schedule, exactly two weeks following Developer Preview 3.
As you might imagine, when someone thinks about photo editing on Mac, the first few applications that might come to mind include Photoshop, Aperture, or iPhoto. Thanks to the Mac App Store, there are a number of other great photo editors, which have caught the eye of a lot of users. VeprIT’s Photo Sense looks to add other features, which aren’t standard in most photo editing apps, such as automatic photo enhancement, editing a group of photos at once with batch editing and image setting synchronization.
A method cyber-criminals have long used against Windows users, is now targeting Mac users.”Ransomware,” the hijacking of a user’s browser with a notice demanding a $300 payment to release control of the application, has long been the bane of Windows users, but Mac users have only rarely seen efforts such as this targeted against them.
Apple has released Logic Pro X, the latest version of its MIDI sequencer/digital audio workstation software for the Mac. New features include Drummer, Flex Pitch, and the accompanying Logic Remote for iPad.
Apple has issued a minor bug fix update to AirPort Utility on both OS X and iOS. The company has also pushed out an update to testers for the OS X Recovery function.
Earth 3D Amazing Atlas from 3Planesoft uses the graphics and computing power of your Mac to take the old world atlas a huge step forward.
Just one week after the second beta seed of OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, Apple has released OS X 10.8.5 build 12F17 to registered developers. There are no known issues, and the update is available to registered developers via the Mac Developer Center and Mac App Store Software Update.
Apple issued a Java Update last week via Software Update, and it had a bug in it that could prevent some Java applications from working. Good news though, Apple has fixed the bug, and has released a new update. However, you will want to check to make sure you don’t have the old version still installed.
Want to test out the OS X Mavericks preview without risking damage to your primary Mac? Parallels has you covered. The company just released an update to their Parallels Desktop 8 software allowing users to update to OS X Mavericks from Mountain Lion. Previous versions of Parallels have lacked critical features for Mavericks compatibility.
Just before the release of OS X Mountain Lion last year, Apple extended its beta program to certain Apple retail store employees. The company is following up this year with a similar program for OS X Mavericks.
I’ve always been fascinated by 3D modeling and rendering programs. Sadly, I am a “I want it now!” type of person, and just didn’t have the patience for learning how to create and place objects, and then wait for them to render. I expected more of the same when I was asked to review RaySupreme from BrainDistrict, but I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with this application.
Skype has announced a new Video Messaging feature to allow users to send video files to their contacts. The new feature will roll out to every platform (iOS and OS X included) today.
Now that Apple has released their Golden Master seed of OS X Mavericks to developers, the public release could happen at practically any time! With the Golden Master – which represents the final build that Apple will release publicly in the Mac App Store – Apple has changed the necessary steps required to build a fully functional bootable USB installer for the preview.
The release notes accompanying the OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview indicate that the new OS is compatible with all Macs able to run the current OS X version, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Also announced at WWDC 2013 are new features coming to OS X Mavericks. In the next major version of OS X, users will be able to access Apple’s Maps and iBooks platforms, and can also use iCloud to cloud-sync password and login information.