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Free Mac App – CleanGenius Pro

Is your Mac running a bit slow these days, or maybe clouded with tons of junk files, caches and useless log files…well, for a limited time, the great mac app, CleanGenius Pro is free on the Mac App Store.

EaseUS CleanGenius Pro is a system cleanup utility to clean up junk files, monitor disk space, quickly access and eject volumes, making your MacOS run faster and perform better. It covers all the features of CleanGenius Free and provides more: ejecting all mounted drives by one-click, set customized disk space value to raise alarm and Reveal in Finder to show the item. This professional Mac cleaner helps users to perfect Mac in all directions.

New Features in CleanGenius Pro 2.0:

  • Uninstaller to completely remove the unwanted applications.
  • New and Intuitive interface.
  • Reveal in Finder to show the found item in Finder.

Source – EaseUS

January 29, 2012 Posted by | Applications, Mac, Software | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amazon Mac App Store is Up – $5 Discount Before 1 June 2011

Amazon’s Mac Software Downloads Store is open for business.  Not too many titles for the time being but you can find certain items that are not available in the Mac App Store such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Elements and Premiere.  From now till 1 June, 2011, you get a US$5 discount off a single purchase.  Coupon code is SAVE5MAC.  Keep checking back the Amazon for I truly believe that they will aggressively add more titles in the upcoming weeks.

Source: Amazon

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Amazon, Mac, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple Digital Camera RAW and Apple Prokit Updates Live

Digital Camera RAW compatibility update version 3.7 update is out.  Adding import savvy the following camera models to iPhoto ’11 and Aperture:

  • Fujifilm FinePix X100,
  • Nikon D5100,
  • Olympus E-PL2,
  • Olympus XZ-1 and
  • Samsung GX-1S.

The update requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or 10.5.8 and you can find it once you perform a Software Update.  For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3825.

ProKit 7.0 update is also available and it offers the following fixes:

  • Improved support for PopOver style tooltips.
  • Improved support for Font Smoothing.
  • Addresses an issue with an unwanted gap between a menu and submenu.
  • Fixes leaks and improves stability for the color picker and timecode interface in Final Cut Pro and Motion.
  • Improved compatibility when importing assets from older versions of Soundtrack Pro.
  • Fixes an issue with the scrubber appearance in Logic Express and Logic Pro.
  • Addresses AppKit related crashes in Motion.

The ProKit 7.0 update is for all current users of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iPhoto, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Logic Pro, MainStage, Logic Express and iAd Producer, requires Mac OS X 10.6.7.

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Apple, OS X, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Released Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3 & Lens Profile Downloader

New Supported Cameras:
Support for the following cameras has been added in this update.

  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Nikon D3100
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Olympus E-5
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
  • Pentax K-5
  • Pentax K-r
  • Ricoh GXR, GR LENS A12 28mm F2.5
  • Samsung NX100
  • Samsung TL350 (WB2000)
  • Sony A560
  • Sony A580

New in Lightroom 3.3

The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 3. (A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below.)

Continue reading

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

iOS 4 for iPad in November – Maybe

image via AppAdvice

AppAdvice ran an article yesterday indicating that iOS 4 would not be coming to iPad till November this year.  This branched off a post from Advertising Age indicating that the iAd platform, which is built from iOS 4, which is due to launch this week on iPhone 4, would not be ready for the iPad platform till November.  Bummer for we iPad users have to wait for another 4+ months to get multi-tasking and more on our iPad.  Hmm…. hate waiting.

Source – AppAdvice, Advertising Age

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iOS 4, iPad, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple iOS 4 & iPhone 4 User Guide

Just in case you missed it, the link to the user guide download link is here (http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iPhone_iOS4_User_Guide.pdf).

June 26, 2010 Posted by | Apple, iPhone, Software | , , | 1 Comment

Lightroom 3 Officially Launched

SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 8, 2010 – Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for Windows and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.

For more information, check out Adobe’s site, http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

Of all the new features, the ones I’m really looking forward to apart from the superior noise reduction are -

  • the lens correction
  • tethered shooting
  • perspective correction and
  • film grain integration

Source – Adobe

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | 2 Comments

Adobe Launches Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6

Adobe has launched Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download. Release candidates of all three had already been available from the Adobe’s Labs site. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 20 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3S, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.

From Adobe:

Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates:

Click here to find out more and download Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 or Lightroom 2.6.

Newly Supported Camera Models

  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon PowerShot G11
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • Leaf Aptus II 5
  • Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
  • Nikon D3s
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Pentax K-x
  • Panasonic FZ38
  • Sigma DP1s
  • Sony A500
  • Sony A550
  • Sony A850

Source – dpreview

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Video Preview – Microsoft Courier

Coming from a tablet user for the past 10+ years, I can tell you that this Microsoft Courier idea, if it works, would surely be one of the hottest thing to come but given Microsoft’s past track record, especially with their half heart support for OneNote and other Tablet devices and associated softwares…… I don’t know.  I surely hope it will be different this time around. Guess only time will tell.

Source – Gizmodo via myblogiphone

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Software, Tablet PCs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 Update Released

New in Lightroom 2.5

The goal of this release is to address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 2 and provide additional camera raw support. A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed

  • Lightroom 2.4 on Windows continued to display the import dialog when a memory card was detected regardless of the preference setting “Show import dialog when a memory card is detected.”
  • Lightroom 2.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response.

Newly Supported Cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

Get your update here.

Source – Adobe

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Apple to Launch Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on 28 August 2009

[Update: 26 August 2009] You can order it at Apple Online Store now.

[25 August 2009] It’s official, Apple announced that the Mac OS X 10.6 will be available on 28 August 2009.  According to Macworld, “Snow Leopard will be available at the price of $29 for those customers upgrading from Leopard; a family pack of five licenses is available for $49. Users upgrading from earlier versions can buy the $169 Mac Box Set which also includes iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 or the five-user family pack for $229. Those who purchased a qualifying Mac on or after June 8, 2009 can take advantage of Apple’s $10 Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program. All versions of Mac OS X Snow Leopard require an Intel processor, 1GB of memory, and 5GB of free disk space.”

[20 August 2009] According to an article on Macworld today, Apple might ship the new Mac OS X 10.6 code-named Snow Leopard as early as 28 August 2009.  Hopefully this is true as I’ve been waiting for this since it was announced.  Stay tuned.

Source – Macworld

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Next Mac OS X Version – Snow Leopard Close to Release

snowleopard

Image from Apple

With the release of the Developer Preview seed, build 10A432, as well known as the Golden Master for 10.6 today, we can expect the release of the newest version of the Mac OS X Snow Leopard sometime next month.  Stay tuned.

Source – GearLive

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Apple Released MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update

On Monday, Apple released the new MacBook Air SMC Firmware Update which adds compatibility for the latest service replacement batteries.

For more information, please visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2368.

Source – Apple

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom v2.4 and Camera RAW 5.4

According to Adobe, the following were updated for Lightroom 2.4

  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i)
  • Several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases which includes the following -
  1. Web galleries with a Collection Title of six characters would not export or upload
  2. The crop aspect ratio could revert to the last selected ratio even when reset to original
  3. The crop aspect ratio in Quick Develop could be lost after a crop adjustment
  4. The crop aspect ratio lock could be lost after an orientation switch
  5. Images could preview incorrectly when imported using the MTP/PTP USB protocol
  6. Sony .ARW files may not have been recognized by Lightroom’s import dialog
  7. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X 10.5 could fail to switch to the print module if the HP B9180 was set as the default printer
  8. Metadata options that are intended for use were dimmed incorrectly when exporting DNG files
  9. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X was missing a shortcut for “Zoom Out”
  10. Several translation and shortcut corrections were made for the eight additional languages introduced with Lightroom 2.3

For details and download link, go to Adobe’s download page, link here.

As for Camera RAW 5.4, a number of new cameras were added to the update. One thing to note though is that the Camera Raw 5.4 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4. Hmm…..

For the full read on the Camera RAW 5.4, check out the readme link here.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, RAW, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

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