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New Version of ADTPro Transfers .SDK Archives

David Schmidt, author of the popular Apple Disk Transfer (ADT) program for the Apple II, announced that the latest version, available now, has the ability to transfer ShrinkIt disk archives to Apple II computers. This functionality means that it is no longer required to use an emulator or another means to convert the .sdk file into a .dsk image. Therefore, much time is saved.

This new version of ADTPro also fixes a few other bugs.

Download ADTPro 1.2.2 at SourceForge.

K3B Tip

What is K3b? It is a free CD/DVD/Bluray burning program for Linux (it can be compiled for the Mac as well).

For the last little while, even before the last upgrade to the current version of Mint, I was having some trouble with the program. At first it no longer wanted to verify data disks. Just recently it wouldn’t even read the hard drive to pick up files to burn. It turned out the problem was a permissions thing. Unfortunately this was not something which could be easily changed from a user account. In the end running the program from the command line with “sudo k3b” fixed the problem. It presented a window which explained the permissions problem and offered to fix it. Now everything works again.

Karelia Releases Sandvox 2.6.3

Karelia Software has released an update to their web production software, Sandvox.  The new version focuses on the conversion of high resolution graphics and photos from newer cameras.  Sandvox will now take the photos,  generating the thumbnails quicker.  Version 2.6.3  also includes a host of fixes and updates including:

Publishing

  • Adjusts to MobileMe having closed on 30th June
  • Better tracking of incomplete uploads due to stopping publishing or a connection failure
  • More informative transcript for FTP connections when an error occurs
  • Resolves an issue where publishing to a relative document root more complex than a single folder name would place files in the wrong location
  • Fixes a crash when cancelling publishing to an SFTP server mid-upload
  • Fixes a crash when publishing using FTP
  • Connection test gives the server a second chance to prove it supports overwriting of files should the first one fail

Other Bug Fixes

  • Fixes a crash while autosaving in the background, often during publishing
  • Improves Slide Show compatibility with Internet Explorer 7
  • Addresses issues saving after deleting pages or objects
  • Addresses issues while dragging over some parts of the Sandvox UI

Sandvox allow users to create websites easily with a minimum of HTML and CSS knownledge, includes embedding of all popular media formats and allows automatic publication via FTP.  You can download the latest version of the Karelia Sandvox package from their website at:

http://www.karelia.com/

Starter Kit Simplifies Apple IIgs Emulator Use

Well-known Apple IIgs programmer Ewen Wannop released a starter kit for the popular Sweet16 emulator which runs on Mac OS X and emulates the Apple IIgs computer. This kit simplifies the process of using the emulated Apple IIgs to access the Internet, including email, Usenet newsgroups, and FTP sites.

The starter kit includes the latest versions of Wannop’s Apple IIgs Internet programs, SAM2, SNAP, and SAFE2.

The starter kit is available from the following URL: http://www.wannop.info/speccie/

Proof of Conecpt for new Apple iTunes Vulnerability

If you haven’t updated your iTunes to the latest version yet, you might want to think about doing it relatively soon.   A new proof of concept shows that a malicious playlist could execute any code it wants on your Mac.  At this point, the vulnerability is only a proof of concept and no real world application of the issue has been seen yet.  For more on the vulnerability, you can check out SC Magazine posting on the topic:

http://www.scmagazine.com/itunes-vulnerability-may-enable-remote-code-execution/article/246207/

The latest version of iTunes released this past week addresses the issue.   You can update iTunes by going to the Software Update option under the Apple menu or by downloading it directly from the Apple support page at:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1426

Filemaker Releases Bento 4 for the iPad

Filemaker, Inc. has released the latest version of their Bento database creator for the iPad. Bento 4 is a completely stand alone database creator in its own right and can also sync with the Mac based version of Bento.  Bento 4 has a number of new features, including

  • One-tap linking to the Bento Template Exchange to access hundreds of free, ready-to-use templates to get started in seconds
  • Powerful design tools that let users customize templates, create forms and organize information with a tap
  • 40 retina display-ready themes that add coordinated backgrounds, fonts, and shading to mirror a user’s personal style
  • New ways to see and interact with your information such as Table view, Split view and Full Screen view
  • The ability to add calculations, encrypted fields and GPS location fields

Bento is currently available in English, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.  The latest version of Bento is available from the Apple App Store for an introductory price of $4.99 until 31 July 2012 at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bento-4-for-ipad/id517414680?mt=8

The regular price for Bento is $9.99

Thunderbolt Software Update Released by Apple

Apple has released an update to their Thunderbolt Software, bringing it to version 1.2.1. The latest version of the software adds the support for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter which comes as an option with the new Mac Book Pro.

You can download the update through the Software Update menu under the Apple Menu or from the Apple Support website at:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1544

Mac Backdoor Trojan embedded in Word Documents

For those users who use Microsoft products on their Macs, you need to be aware that there is a new version of the Backdoor Trojan embedded in a word document related to the Tibetan situation.  According to this article, it is possibly related to the Chinese effort to keep an eye on Tibetan sympathizers and any group banned by the Chinese goverment:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/03/30/mac-malware-backdoor/

Make sure that you update all of your Microsoft products to the latest version set by the Microsoft Updater and do not open any Word documents from unknown sources.

Mint 13 available

This is of concern to people running Intel Macs, PCs, or Virtual Machines.

As of May 23, 2012 the official version of Mint 13 is available from http://linuxmint.com. If anyone has the RC version, it seems to have updated successfully to the official version. The release comes on a single layer 800MB DVD. There are two versions at the moment. Cinnamon (a Gnome 3 fork) and MATE (a Gnome 2 fork). I have installed the 64 bit RC of Cinnamon and found it acceptable after installing various bits of useful software. Also, this release is a Long Term Support (LTS) release. It will be supported with updates for five years.

After a little more than a week of use I find it is acceptable on my machine. I have not tried it on any older machines yet.

The major advantage I found going from Mint 10 to Mint 13 is there are newer programs available in the repositories. I dislike the lack of options for panel configuration, but it looks better than Mint 12.

Price: FREE

Apple Releases Update for Safari

Apple has released an update to Safari to address several issues with Adobe Flash.  Safari 5.1.7 brings the app up to date and in line with Mac OS X 10.7.4 and addresses the following issues with the browser:

  • Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
  • Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture
  • Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users
  • Disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provide the option to get the current version from Adobe’s website.

You can download the latest update from the Software Update option under the Apple Menu.