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Apple updates iPhoto, Aperture, Safari [U]

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Thu November 1, 2012

Safari update is for ML only, includes security fixes

[Update: details on Safari update added] Late on Thursday, Apple updated its two photo-oriented programs iPhoto and Aperture, to versions 9.4.2 and 3.4.2 respectively. Both share some commonalities in the updates, but Aperture in particular has addressed a number of issues and enhancements with the new version. In addition, the company issued a small, security-oriented update of Safari 6, which now at v6.0.2 (and currently only available from the Mac App Store) exclusively -- thus far -- for users of Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and higher.

Aperture and iPhoto share a number of updates related to Shared Photo Streams and Photo Streams generally. Both now allow multiple email addresses to be copied and pasted into the "Shared with" field for shared streams, and both now show all names subscribed to a stream when they "like" a photo (previously only the first five were displayed). The reliability of shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture has been improved, and photos received through My Photo Stream or shared streams can now be added directly to other shared streams, and various stability improvements have been implemented in both.

The new version of Aperture also now includes an "unsubscribe" button on the Info panel for shared streams, the status line in the toolstrip now displays the number of new photos added to a shared stream, and adjusted photos added to shared streams now have their EXIF information preserved. Faces are now properly detected on photos imported into a library from a shared stream.

Custom keyboard shortcuts are now properly preserved when upgrading from earlier versions of Aperture, and a dialog now displays progress when deleting large numbers of photos using the Empty Aperture Trash command. An issue when double-clicking a photo in Viewer-Only mode has been fixed so that it correctly toggles Browser mode, and a problem has been fixed where the Viewer might not display images with correct color after Auto White Balance and Auto Enhance are applied.

Other fixes include addressing an issue that some JPEG files with custom ICC profiles may not render correctly, fixing a problem that would cause duplicate detection to fail when the "Auto-Split Projects" function is enabled, and a problem that could cause the Info panel in the Inspector to display the wrong metadata. RAW files are no longer displayed when users choose the JPEG only view, key photos taken from panoramic images are now displayed at high resolution, and stability has been improved when working with AVCHD files.

Finally, the update fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within Aperture, resolves a problem with using the Zoom navigator on a second display, and fixes a bug that could cause web journals to export incorrectly. The update is 550.73MB in size and requires OS X 10.7.5 or later for Lion and 10.8.2 or later for Mountain Lion.

In addition to the mutual fixes listed above, iPhoto v9.4.2 now offers a contextual menu that includes an import command to add photos from a Shared Photo Stream into the library, fixes the aforementioned issue with using Microsoft's Outlook to mail photos from within iPhoto, and updated national holidays for use in printed photo calendars. The file is 758.58MB in size and like the Aperture update requires 10.7.5 or later for Lion, and 10.8.2 or higher for Mountain Lion.

The (currently Mac Store-only) Safari update is a security update, closing a pair of vulnerabilities that allowed unexpected application crashing or arbitrary code execution. One of the errors existed in the handling of JavaScript arrays, while the other was a "use-after-free" bug involving the memory handling with SVG images. The update is now available through Software Update for either Lion (10.7.5 and higher) or Mountain Lion (10.8.2 and higher).

by MacNN Staff



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