What's New - Nov 15, 2006

By: Tony Sams - Revised: 2006-11-16 richard

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What's new for the Mac in the previous month:
  • General issues, workarounds and fixes
  • New Software and hardware
  • Software and hardware updates/patches

Notable Updates

DVD Studio Pro 4.1.1
  • What’s New in this Version
  • DVD Studio Pro 4.1.1 addresses an issue with disc layout for DDP and CMF images on Intel-based Macintosh computers.
  • This update is recommended for all users of DVD Studio Pro 4.1 and later.
Aperture 1.5.1
  • What’s New in this Version
  • Aperture 1.5.1 addresses numerous issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application, including:
    • - Keywords
    • - Loupe
    • - Cropping
    • - Previews
    • - Metadata presets
    • -Versions
    • - File renaming
    • - iPhoto Library import
    • - Watermarks
Final Cut Express 3.5.1
  • What’s New in this Version
  • Final Cut Express HD 3.5.1 addresses compatibility on specific hardware.
Digital Camera RAW Support Update 1.0.1
  • About this update
  • Mac OS X Tiger provides support for a variety of popular digital camera and image file formats. Applications such as Aperture, iPhoto and Preview utilize this support to work with digital camera RAW files.
  • Handling of large Canon RAW files (.CRW)
EndNote X.0.2
  • Updated Cite While You Write™ interaction with Microsoft
  • Enhanced PDF and URL handling
  • Intel processor-related performance updates (Macintosh
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher; Universal Binary
X11 1.1.3
  • About this update
  • This update addresses several issues in the X11 for Mac OS X package, enabling it to better handle
  • GLX stereo visuals
  • offscreen rendering to GLX Pbuffers and Pixmaps
  • To tell X11 to take advantage of stereo visuals, enter:
    $ defaults write com.apple.x11 enable_stereo -bool true
Firmware Updates
  • iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.1
    • This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp, start up, and wake-from-sleep issues on iMac computers.
  • MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.2
    • This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp, start up, and wake-from-sleep issues on MacBook Pro computers.
  • MacBook EFI Firmware Update 1.0
    • This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp, start up, and wake-from-sleep issues on MacBook computers
  • Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.1
    • This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp, start up, and wake-from-sleep issues on Mac mini computers.
  • Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.1
    • This EFI Firmware Update fixes several Boot Camp and start up issues on Mac Pro computers.
  • MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.1
    • The SMC Update improves the MacBook’s internal monitoring system and addresses issues with unexpected shutdowns. This update is recommended for all MacBook systems, including those that received warranty repair.

Adobe Acrobat 8
  • Combine multiple files into a searchable, sortable PDF package that maintains the individual security settings and digital signatures of each included PDF document.
  • Take advantage of improved functionality for saving Adobe PDF files as Microsoft Word documents, retaining the layout, fonts, formatting, and tables.
  • Enable anyone using free Adobe Reader software* to participate in document reviews, fill and save electronic forms offline†, and digitally sign documents. 
    • context menu entry for layout to image conversion addedcorrupt tif handling improved
    • many small bug fixes and changes (mainly UB)
      crash upon psp import fixed (UB)

New Hardware

MacBook and MacBook Pro
  • Now with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with speeds revving up to 2.0GHz.
  • In bright white or sleek black, MacBook supports up to 2GB of memory and plenty of storage. Standard models offer up to 120GB of hard drive space.

Apple News

Apple Teams Up With Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM & United to Deliver iPod Integration.
  • “There is no better traveling companion than an iPod” Greg Joswiak Apple VP Worldwide iPod Product Marketing.
  • In-flight iPod connectivity will be available to Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United passengers beginning in mid 2007.
  • The iPod ecosystem continues to flourish.


Mighty Mouse scroll-wheel failure (#2): Fixes
  • Turn over the mouse and roll, clean scroll-ball One of the most effective fixes for Mighty mice that suddenly refuse to properly scroll is as follows:
  1.  Place a very lightly dampened cloth or paper towel on a flat surface
  2. Turn the mighty mouse upside down (optical sensor facing up)
  3. Gently place pressure on the mouse with the scroll-ball as the axis, and move it around, rolling the scroll-ball in various directions.
  4. Return the mouse to its normal orientation.

Tip of the Month

Where Did That Download Come From?
  • Command-I when file is selected
  • Click on the right-facing arrow beside More Info to expand that panel and it will display a Where from header, and to the right of that it will show the exact web address from which the file was originally downloaded.

Widget of the Month

Utility of the Month

  • Disables the sleep mode on an Apple Laptop
  • Major Concerns
    • Using laptop with lid closed can cause SERIOUS heat problems.
    • Power Management Unit can force shutdown!


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