Our utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week the big updates are with data recovery utilities, but there are a couple of hardware and maintenance utilities as well.
CNET TV's Brian Tong takes a look at the latest in the world of Apple news, notes, rumors, and tips. This week, Apple introduces the new MacBook Air in two sizes (with no Flash installed), Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is announced, a dedicated Mac App Store is revealed, and FaceTime lands on desktop Macs. Also new to the world of Apple, iLife '11 brings updated iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband versions.
The latest version of iPhoto brings with it a number of desirable features, and many people have jumped on the opportunity to install the software. Though it has worked fine for many, there are a number of people who have had a few problems. One of these problems is the program having difficulty when converting the iPhoto '09 library for use with the new version, where the program will hang on a gray screen with a spinning progress indicator.
There are a couple of reasons why this might occur. MacFixIt reader David S. wrote in mentioning that one possibility is … Read more
So you've gotten yourself the sleek new MacBook Air and your first thought is to install Windows 7 on it. OK, that's my first thought. The problem is the laptop has no optical drive, meaning you'll probably have to buy an accessory that costs around $80 to do the job.
Well, unless you're reading this. Yes, it's totally possible to install Windows 7 (or Vista) on the MacBook Air without a DVD drive. All you'll need is a computer running Windows 7 (that has a DVD drive), a 4GB or larger USB thumbdrive, a Windows 7 installation DVD, and about an hour of free time.
Note: make sure you back up the contents of the thumbdrive as they will be completely erased during this process. Also, the actual work is a lot shorter and less intimidating than the look of this article.
Here are the detailed steps.… Read more
One of my recommendations whenever anyone gets a new computer or more specifically a new monitor is to calibrate the display so colors appear properly and as expected. This will not only allow you to adjust the richness of the colors on screen, but also allow you to have the colors appear uniformly across different monitors and output devices, which can be especially useful if your work involves design, photography, or otherwise depends on proper color matching.
What is color calibration?
Calibrating a display is essentially adjusting the output for the individual colors (red, green, blue) across various light intensity … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on hovering yellow text in Safari, viewing foreign DVDs, iMacs booting to black screens, and the loss of specific character function on keyboards. We continually answer e-mail questions and while we present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Hovering yellow text boxes in Safari
MacFixIt reader "Norman" asks:
Please tell me what I should do to stop the "hovering" when … Read more
Can lightning strike twice for Apple in its quest for world software domination? Using the same system it pioneered on the iPhone, Apple is trying to bring its software-distribution system to users of its Mac OS.
Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store at a special Mac event on Wednesday, and he sounded very confident that his 600,000-strong Mac developer community would be interested in jumping on board. It will look and feel much like the iOS App Store, with paid and free sections, most popular lists, and apps highlighted by Apple. But will the same thing that works … Read more
Apple has released an update to its professional image-editing software Aperture, now version 3.1, as well as a handful of helpful troubleshooting knowledge base articles and information documents.
As with any update, it is recommended to create a stable backup of all your important data should anything unexpected go wrong with the installation of the new software.… Read more
The new FaceTime for OS X application that allows for videoconferencing with iOS devices has come with a couple of security concerns involving the way account information is handled by the new program.
When the program is run and you've logged in to your account, the program will show information about you in a window next to the video display. This will make it easier to change account information for that user, since it shows birthdate information as well as the security question and answer needed to change the account information. All this can be shown without requiring a … Read more
Along with the release of Java updates for OS X 10.5 and 10.6 and the firmware updates for the new MacBook Air system to address some possible system hangs, Apple has released updates for Aperture and an accompanying ProKit update for Snow Leopard.
The version 3.1 release of Aperture adds a host of performance and quality enhancements, including library management, face recognition, and small edits like red-eye correction and image straightening. The 357.55MB update is available for OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.2 or later. Apple recommends it for all Aperture 3 users, … Read more