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Apple Fixes Photo Stream Bug With Aperture 3.2.2 Update

Apple has issued an update to Aperture today which fixes a Photo Stream bug that prevented new images from automatically importing into your library once it had reached 1,000 images. Despite being such a minor fix, however, the update weighs in at a whopping 551 MB.

Apple recommends it for all users of Aperture version 3:

What’s New in Version 3.2.2

This update resolves an issue that could prevent auto-imported Photo Stream images from being displayed in the library after your Photo Stream hits 1,000 images.

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

If you’ve experienced this bug and you have photos missing from your library, Apple also provides a tip for recovering them:

  1. Update to Aperture 3.2.2.
  2. After the update is complete, open Aperture and hold down the Command and Option keys until the Library First-Aid window appears.
  3. Choose the Repair Database option and click the Repair button.
  4. When Aperture reopens after the repair has completed, the missing images will be visible again.

Aperture 3.2.2 is now available to download from the Mac App Store, or via Software Update soon for those who purchased the software on disc.

[via TUAW]

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Apple Releases Logic Pro And MainStage In The Mac App Store

Apple has released its professional music applications for the Mac, Logic Pro and MainStage, in the Mac App Store. These two additions follow other high-end tools that Apple has brought to the Mac App Store, including Final Cut Pro X.

Logic Pro is available for $199 while MainStage costs $29.99. Both apps have also been updated with new features and improvements.

Logic Pro 9.1.6

Logic Pro 9 is a complete set of creative tools for any musician who wants to write, record, edit, and mix music. It comes with a massive collection of instruments, effects, and Apple Loops, making it easy to get amazing sounds and create amazing-sounding songs.

This latest version of Logic includes multiple bug fixes. The download weighs in at 413 MB. You can download Logic in the Mac App Store for $199.

MainStage 2.2

MainStage 2 lets you take your Mac to the stage with a full-screen live interface, unmatched hardware control, and a massive collection of plug-ins and sounds.

Along with a refreshed interface, MainStage can now take advantage of Macs with 4+ processor cores. The download weighs in at 303 MB. Support for more MIDI devices has also been added. MainStage can be downloaded in the Mac App Store for $29.99

According to The Loop, existing Logic users will be able to receive this latest update through Software Update on their Macs, but this new version of MainStage is only available in the Mac App Store. Apple has stopped offering boxed copies of Logic in its retails stores and Logic Express has been discontinued.

The fact that Apple has moved both of these apps to the Mac App Store signals that they are here to stay.

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Updated: Apple to make Logic Pro and MainStage download-only, Mac App Store apps

Update: Apple has now released Logic Pro 9 ($199) and MainStage 2 ($29) in the Mac App Store. Weighing in at 413 MB, Logic Pro 9 requires 3.6GB of disk space and still comes with all the built-in plug-ins and sounds. However, for commenters pointing out the many GBs of additional content bundled with the soon to be discontinued $499 Logic Studio, Apple is making 19GB of additional content available via in-app downloads. Otherwise the app, at first glance, appears to be largely unchanged.

To accompany the release the of the new Mac App Store versions, Logic Pro was also updated to version 9.1.6 today. Apple also updated Aperture in the Mac App Store to version 3.2.2., which mainly fixes an issue with “auto-imported Photo Stream images”.

Apple has officially informed retailers they’ll be moving distribution of their Logic Pro and Logic Express digital audio workstations to a download-only, Mac App Store model (via MacRumors):

Apple today issued a notice to resellers announcing that it has discontinued the boxed versions of its Logic Studio and Logic Express audio software packages effectively immediately, also announcing that the Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 components will be moving to the Mac App Store for distribution.

The report notes Apple said “new” versions of Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 (components of Logic Pro) would be coming to the Mac App Store, although it’s unclear what that means for Logic Express (essentially a light version of Logic Pro 9), and Soundtrack Pro. The packaged version of Logic Studio currently sells for $499.

In June Apple released a completely redesigned, and some would argue scaled back, version of their Final Cut Pro video editing suite called Final Cut Pro X. That update was also released as a download through the Mac App Store, but wasn’t well received, and some fear that the Logic apps are headed in the same direction. Apple just recently launched a universal iOS version of GarageBand, their consumer/amateur version of Logic Pro that ships with iLife. No word on a potential Logic Studio iOS app.

Instagram, Snapseed picture-perfect in Apple’s best of 2011

Apple revealed iTunes Rewind 2011 on Thursday, its latest installment of the annual feature where it lauds the best content available on its network of iTunes media stores. The list highlights the best in music, apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and podcasts for 2011, covering various genres and devices.

The App Store list is the most interesting to me, as you can definitely see a trend in what the Apple team values in apps. The iPhone App of the Year (iTunes link) went to Instagram, which is an iPhone-exclusive (for now) photo-sharing network, and the iPad App of the Year (iTunes link) was Snapseed, which is basically a simple photo editor for iPad that lets you apply Instagram-like filter effects to your photos, but with more granular control.

In both the iPhone and iPad categories, runners-up for App of the Year included music-related titles. VidRhythm on the iPhone is an app for creating mashup music videos with friends; Band of the Day highlights one artist each day, as its name implies, and provides track selections, biographical information and more for each band it profiles; and djay on the iPad, which is a digital turntable, also got a nod.

Games on the iPhone and iPad singled out for praise include Dead Space on the iPad as Game of the Year, and Tiny Tower named the same for the iPhone. It was a “Tiny” sweep on the iPhone as Tiny Wings came in as a runner-up, with indie darling Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP grabbing that honor for the iPad, alongside another unique title, puzzler Contre Jour HD.

On the Mac App Store, Apple also picked favorites, including Pixelmator and Civilization V. Djay got another nod on the Mac as a runner-up, alongside game Anomaly Warzone. Check out the rest of the list in the MAS section (App Store link) created specifically for this year’s list.

Check out all the top picks for apps, and all other media, including artist, album and song of the year at Apple’s iTunes Rewind 2011 (iTunes link) dedicated page.

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Get iOS-Style Copy & Paste On Your Mac Thanks To This Awesome Utility From Pilotmoon

Last week, we published a video how-to that demonstrated a number of simple ways you can make Mac OS X look and act more like iOS. To be added to that list is an awesome new utility from Pilotmoon that makes the copy & paste function on your Mac look just like the copy & paste function on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

The utility is called PopClip and it’s available now in the Mac App Store for $4.99, but you can download a free trial from the Pilotmoon website. Once installed, PopClip puts an icon in your menu bar which provides you with quick and easy access, and you can customize its functions to suit you.

But its main attraction is that when you select a piece of text, PopClip displays iOS-like copy & paste options that look much better than the default menus in Mac OS X — in my opinion. You don’t have to right-click, it just appears automatically. And if you don’t use it, it’ll disappear when you move your mouse.

What’s more, PopClip also detects hyperlinks and email addresses when they’re selected, and provides you with the option to open them; and it’ll correct words you misspell when OS X doesn’t do it automatically. It’ll also look up definitions, just like iOS, but chooses to open up your Mac’s Dictionary application rather than the little overlay, which is a little frustrating.

I think $4.99 is a little expensive for such a simple tweak, but it is pretty awesome. Would you like to see iOS-style menus built into the Mac OS?

[via The Next Web]

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Black Friday App Store sale guide- The best deals on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps

We already know about all of the excellent Black Friday deals popping up in our live price guide– like an 11” MacBook Air for $849.99, and this 13″ 2.4GHz MacBook Pro for $1050. In addition to all of the great hardware on sale, almost all of the biggest iOS app publishers are running Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions too. There’s also some great Mac App Store apps on sale. We’ve compiled the best of the best…

Productivity/Utilities/Education etc. (iOS) 

TomTom U.S.A $31.99 (was $49.99)

TomTom U.S. & Canada $39.99 (was $59.99)

Quickoffice Pro $7.99 (was $14.99)

Quickoffice Pro HD $11.99 (was 19.99)

Mixr DJ $4.99 (was $19.99)

Djay for iPad $9.99 (was $19.99)

National Geographic Above France FREE (was $2.99)

FX Photo Studio $0.99 (was $1.99)

1Password Pro $6.99 (was $14.99)

1Password for iPad $4.99 (was $9.99

Sunrizer Synth $1.99 (was $9.99)

PDF Printer for iPad $0.99 (was $5.99)

SketchBook Pro for iPad $0.99 (was $4.99)

Daedalus Touch $1.99 (was $3.99)

IM+ Pro $4.99 (was $9.99)

WritePad $4.99 (was $9.99) (iPad version)

PDF Expert $6.99 (was $9.99)

Inspire Pro $1.99 (was $7.99)

Games (iOS): EA, Gameloft, Sega, and almost every other game publisher is having a Black Friday sale. Here are some of the best deals on the best games:

Infinity Blade $2.99 Thanksgiving Holiday Helms available via in-app purchase

Battlefield Bad Company 2 $0.99 (iPad version)

Spider-Man Total Mayhem $0.99 (iPad version)

Madden NFL 12 $2.99

FIFA Soccer 12 $2.99

Ultimate Mortal Kombat $0.99

Sonic the Hedgehog $1.99

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $1.99

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 $2.99

Virtua Fighter 2 $0.99

Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles $0.99 (iPad version)

Rayman 2: The Great Escape $0.99

Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden $0.99

Splinter Cell Conviction $0.99 (iPad version)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 $0.99 (iPad version)

The Dark Meadow $0.99

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars $2.99

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD $2.99

NBA Jam $1.99 (was $4.99)

Tetris for iPad $2.99 (was $7.99)

Need for Speed $4.99 (was $9.99)

Fifa 10 $0.99 (Regular $2.99)

Real Racing $0.99 (was $2.99)

Shift 2 Unleashed $1.99 (was $4.99)

Mac App Store:

Grand Theft Auto III $6.99 (was $14.99)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City $6.99 (was $14.99)

1Password $24.99 (was $49.99)

SketchBook Pro $19.99 (was $59.99)

Cinch $3.99 (was $6.99)

Geekbench $7.99 (was $12.99)

MyThoughts for Mac $38.99 (was $49.99)

QREncoderPro FREE (was $0.99)

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars $23.99 (was $29.99)

Borderlands Game of the Year $29.99 (was $39.99)

Process $18.99 (was $38.99)

Movavi Video Converter $27.99 (was $39.99)

Smart Screen Recorder $0.99 (was $4.99)

Simplier Offers A Simple Way To Play Music Without iTunes [Review]

Simplier for OS X

Simplier is a very simple $3 music player for people who just want to hear some tunes without having to trudge through the hassle of opening and browsing inside iTunes.

When I say very simple, I mean it. The app is clearly modelled on apps like Twitter and Sparrow, which use a series of icons in a vertical panel on the left to divide up your options.

Here, those options are to browse your albums, artists, songs and playlists. Scroll through to find something you want, click and play. That’s it. There’s support for shuffle mode, basic music control buttons, and support in the preferences for the Apple Multimedia Keys on your keyboard.

You can also link the app to Twitter, if you want your followers to know what you’re listening to.

There’s not a lot to it, but that’s deliberate. It’s supposed to make things simpler. Hence the name. Sometimes the scrolling can be a little jaggedy, but maybe that’s just me needing more RAM. If iTunes’ bloat bugs you, and all you really want is quick access to some sounds, Simplier is a decent alternative, for about the price of a coffee.

(Via One Thing Well of course.)

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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