New iTunes 11

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Woke up this morning to the new completely redesigned iTunes 11. At first glance, the new interface is refreshing and very much needed. It is amazing how dependent I have become over the years getting my various contents through iTunes. From music, podcasts, books, iTunes U, apps and movies, iTunes is the app that is always running on my Macs and my living room. The days are gone for mixed tapes (arguably saving loads of late night hours but not as much fun) when playlists became an integral part of my music experience. How far we have come in the space of 10 years. Kudos to Steve Jobs and Apple. 

Also in this morning's software update, there is the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 4.02.

Details below:


About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02

This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

Nikon COOLPIX P7700

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus STYLUS XZ-2

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3

Sony Alpha NEX-5R

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha SLT-A99

For more information on supported RAW formats, see

OSX Mountain Lion

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Just one year after the release of OSX Lion, Apple has announced a new OSX scheduled for 2012 summer release. Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade but details have not been disclosed at this point.

Mountain Lion will have a tighter integration with iCloud and syncs your existing accounts, settings and personal data seamlessly. The new OSX will also come with a few new apps from the iOS which includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Centre, Twitter integration, Game Centre and Airplay Mirroring.

For this upcoming release, Apple is introducing Gatekeeper which allows users to determine what kinds of apps can be installed on their machines. This follows Apple's strategy of preventing malware getting into your system through the approval process. Like the App Store, Mac developers can now sign up with Apple and get the status of 'identified developers' with a personalized certificates. These developers can then cryptographically sign their apps with the certificates. If any apps from this group of developers turned out to be malware, Apple can then revoke that particular developer's license thus preventing their products being installed on any Macs in the future.

Sharing has also become a whole lot easier in Mountain Lion with Share Sheets. These are pop-up menus that appear when you click on the Share icon within the apps. This can be a Safari webpage you are visiting or a picture or document in Preview. You can send the content via iMessage, tweet it or email the items.

Some of the new features in Mountain Lion are directly targeting users in China. In the new OSX, there is a dynamically updated dictionary for better suggestions or corrections. Also, Pinyin and English can be mixed during text-input without having to switch between keyboard layouts.

Search engine Baidu is now available as an option in Mountain Lion's Safari. Sina weibo, a microblogging site, is supported in Share Sheets. As for video-sharing sites like Vimeo and Flickr, Youku and Tudou will be added to the list of supported sites.

This is definitely good news for those Mac users who worry that Apple is lagging behind OSX development in comparison to the iOS. This annual OSX and iOS release cycle will be hugely beneficial to both Mac and iDevice users alike.

Aperture 3.2 Update

The latest Aperture 3.2 release is available via Software Update. The details are listed in the Release Notes: Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5, and is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. This update addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including those listed below.

  • Resolves an issue that could cause the Loading indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo.
  • Aperture now automatically reopens into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit.
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer.
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer.
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments.
  • The Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images.
  • The Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture.
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes.