March 18, 2012

Apple serves up first beta of OS X Lion 10.7.4 to developers

By Katie Marsal

Published: 07:18 PM EST (04:18 PM PST)
Apple has asked its Mac developers to begin testing Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 build 11E27 — the first external beta of the company’s fourth maintenance release to its current Lion operating system.

The Friday release to Apple Developer Connection members, as first predicted by AppleInsider on Monday, was accompanied by a note asking developers to focus their testing efforts on AddressBook, Graphics, iCal, Mail, and Printing.

The 580MB delta release is said by those familiar with the software to contain just one known issue related to the inability to play content purchased through iTunes in QuickTime. 

Separately, Apple on Friday also served up OS X Lion Server Software Update 10.7.4 build 11E27 — a 622MB delta update to Lion’s server software with changes to Calendars, Contacts, Server App, Web Server, WebDAV Sharing and ServerAdmin DNS.

Earlier in the day, the Mac maker also released the second developer preview of Mountain Lion, the successor to Lion due for release sometime this summer.


Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.4 To Developers

Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.4 To Developers

Apple has seeded OS X Lion 10.7.4 to registered developers following the release of the second Mountain Lion developer preview this afternoon. Lion 10.7.4 can be downloaded now in the Mac Dev Center. The release weighs in at 1.33 GB for the combo update and 580 MB for the delta version.

10.7.4 (Build 11E27) will be deployed to the public once Apple gets the kinks ironed out with developers. A server version of Lion has also been seeded to accompany 10.7.4. The last version of Lion to go public was 10.7.3 at the beginning of February. A supplemental update was released last week to solve an issue with malfunctioning Time Machine backups.

Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3 Supplemental Update With Time Machine Fix

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OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 Now Available

OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 Now Available

Apple has seeded OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 in the Mac Dev Center. The release follows the first preview of the new operating system that was distributed to developers back in February. Registered developers are encouraged to go get their redemption code to download the latest OS (build 12A154q) in the Mac App Store.

Release notes haven’t been posted yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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Mountain Lion Preview 2 now available to devs

A new beta of Apple’s pre-release Mountain Lion 10.8 OS is now available for developers. Build 12A154q is the second preview that Apple has released of this new operating system, expected to debut sometime this Summer.

Release notes and update details are waiting for you behind the developer firewall. The preview is currently restricted to paid members of Apple’s Mac developer program.

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Intuit releases Quicken 2007 update for OS X Lion users

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 05:43 PM EST (02:43 PM PST)
After releasing a stripped down version of Quicken for Mac named Quicken Essentials 2010, Intuit has released an update for the full version that can run under OS X Lion, a $ 15 upgrade it calls “Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion compatible.”

The original Quicken Mac 2007 supplied a variety of features missing from the more recent release of Essentials 2010, including export to TurboTax, investment tracking and direct bill payments. However, the old version relied on PowerPC code that wouldn’t work on OS X Lion, which has terminated support for Rosetta translation.

Intuit has now “reengineered” Quicken Mac 2007 so that it can run on OS X Lion, and the new update, available as a digital download or on CD-ROM, can import and convert data from Quicken Mac 2005, 2006 or 2007 or Quicken Essentials 2010.

Intuit recommends that “new Quicken customers should choose Quicken Essentials for Mac to get started,” rather than getting the updated 2007 version with more expert features.

Intuit sells multiple versions of Quicken 2012 for Windows, which it has updated annually. During the five year wait for fully functional software capable of running on the latest Macs, many users have switched to alternatives, including the native iBank, available in the Mac App Store and in a mobile version for iPhone.


Skype 5.6 available, full-screen support in Lion

Planning on making some Skype video calls today to talk with your buddies about the new Apple products? Before you hit the dial button, be sure to get the update to Skype 5.6. The update became available yesterday and adds some Lion-friendly features as well as fixes to a few issues.

Beom Soo Park at the Skype Garage blog outlined the changes. First, Skype 5.6 automatically updates to newer versions when critical or minor updates become available. The group video calling UI has been improved, allowing you to switch between dynamic mode (person who is speaking appears at the top of the screen) and non-dynamic mode when making calls with 5 or more participants.

OS X Lion users can rejoice, as Skype 5.6 also adds full screen mode and “eliminates distractions from the Dock and Menu bars.” Skype users now have the ability to delete messages within a conversation, and remove conversations from the sidebar and history. Finally, there’s now a way to disable audio gain control from the Skype preferences. This can reduce background noise during conference calls.

To install version 5.6, just check under Skype > Check for Updates, or download the installer here.

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Mountain Lion Automatically Sets Up Mail, Calendars And Messages When You Log Into Webmail

This is neat: When you log into a webmail account using Safari in OS X Mountain Lion, Safari will offer to save the login info. So far, so familiar. The new trick is that it will also offer to set up your Mac apps with the same login. Thus, you sign in to Gmail and Safari will ask if you want to use your Gmail account with Mail, Messages and Calendar.

This is likely a side effect of having all your internet accounts managed in one place, inside System Preferences, just like iOS.

This is the Apple I like: The Apple which keeps polishing and tweaking and making things easier and better for users. You or I will probably just head straight to System Preferences and input our mail, Twitter and Vimeo IDs right there. But your mom, or just about any non-geek, will never even know System Preferences exists.

The upshot is that everybody will get to use things like the new sharing sheet, and Apple’s nice polished apps, without ever having to do a thing. Like I said: neat.

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Skype 5.6 Now Available With Full Screen Video Mode In OS X Lion, More Features

Skype 5.6 Now Available With Full Screen Video Mode In OS X Lion, More Features

Skype has released a new public version of its Mac app with full screen video mode for OS X Lion, automatic updates, improved group calling, and more. Version 5.6 includes multiple bug fixes and interface improvements.

With this release Skype has introduced automatic updates, making it easier to get the latest version of the app. Another welcomed improvement is the ability to delete select messages within a conversation or completely clear an entire conversation from your account history. You can also disable the app’s automatic adjustment of your Mac’s mic in preferences.

Skype 5.6 for Mac includes multiple user interface tweaks, including the ability to switch between “dynamic mode” and “non-dynamic mode” during group calls of 5 or more people. When dynamic mode is enabled, the person currently speaking is moved to the center of the viewing window.

You also use OS X Lion’s full screen mode in version 5.6 of Skype to get rid of distractions. The feature can be enabled by clicking the split arrows in the top right corner of the app.

Skype 5.6 for Mac can be downloaded directly or installed via “Check for Updates” on your Mac running OS X lion.

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Inside OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Safari 5.2 offers to set up local Internet accounts

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 06:00 PM EST (03:00 PM PST)
When users log into web accounts (such as Google) in Safari and opt to save their account login, the browser will now offer to also configure local native apps, including Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Messages and Notes, in this summer’s release of OS X Mountain Lion, leveraging the same easy account setup pioneered by iOS.

In OS X Mountain Lion, Safari more tightly integrates the web with local desktop apps. Previous segments in the Inside OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion have highlighted Safari’s upcoming new user interface, anti-phishing, Reader and sharing features as well as new password management, privacy settings and an alert feature that allows web sites to send updates to the Notifications Center.

Another desktop integration feature of the new Safari is the ability to set up web accounts for use with local apps. When logging into an Internet service like Google Gmail for the first time, after being prompted to save their account information (below top), the user is also given the opportunity to have the account automatically configured for use with other apps (below bottom).

In the current prerelease build Apple seeded to journalists, Safari offers to set up Mail, Calendar (the new name for iCal) and Messages.

After setting up the account, it appears in System Preferences, and individual services can be selected. In the the “Mail, Contacts and Calendars” pane, Gmail is set up for Mail, Calendars & Reminders (both of which use CalDAV), Messages, and Notes (which, like Mail, uses IMAP; in Mountain Lion, Notes is now a standalone app that can work like the old Stickies).

When attempting to set up Calendar, we ran into an issue with Google’s servers and CalDAV, but this should be resolved when Mountain Lion ships.

Google does yet not support CardDAV for Contacts (the new name for Address Book in Mountain Lion, which like iOS Contacts, is based on the open CardDAV specification). Google currently only offers its own AtomPub/GData-based Contacts API. Other Internet services, including Yahoo, already support Contacts in OS X Lion.

By setting up users’ accounts automatically, Mountain Lion makes it easier for non-technical users to login once and gain access the the advantages of native, local apps, without having to follow directions for configuring IMAP services, CalDAV and CardDAV services on each account.


Mac OS X Lion update resolves Time Machine issue

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 05:05 PM EST (02:05 PM PST)
Apple on Monday released an update for Mac OS X 10.7.3 which resolves an issue that some users faced when restoring their Mac from a Time Machine backup.

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Supplemental Update is intended only for those Mac users who have Time Machine enabled and are running backups with the software.

System requirements are limited to Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion users only.

The download comes in at 24.55 MB and is available through Software Update or Apple’s support page.