Apple has released iPhoto 9.3.1, an update to the popular photo library management system. This particular update fixes a couple of bugs that could creep up for MobileMe members who are migrating photo galleries into iPhoto now that MobileMe is gone, and also addresses an issue that somg experienced when upgrading libraries would result in a freeze and crash. The update weighs in at 600 MB. Here are the release notes according to Apple:
What’s New in Version 9.3.1
- Addresses a problem during the migration of albums from MobileMe Gallery that may cause photos to be moved from their original events into a new event called “From MobileMe”
- Fixes an issue that in rare cases could cause iPhoto to hang when upgrading libraries
Apple's MobileMe has been discontinued, but there are still a few stubborn users who have yet to migrate their data. Luckily, Apple is making it as easy as possible. For example, when you launch iPhoto, you'll get a prompt that lets you know that, since MobileMe is gone, the software will grab any photo galleries you had stored on the service and move them to your computer so that you don't lose them. Much better than losing those precious memories simply because you forgot about the deadline, or had Apple's reminder emails hitting your spam folder.
Apple has introduced a new unified photo library that is compatible with both iPhoto 9.3 and Aperture 3.3 or later. This means that users can now open, view, and edit the same images using either iPhoto or Aperture, and can freely go back and forth between the two apps, something we had been wishing would happen for quite a while. Apple has listed a number of advantages that the new unified photo library provides:
- There’s no need to import, export, or reprocess photos as you move from one app to the other.
- If you use Faces, Places, have created albums, Smart Albums, or shared photos to Facebook or Flickr, these automatically work across both apps.
- Slideshows created in one app can be played back in the other.
- Because iPhoto and Aperture now share a common imaging system, when you adjust images using any tools in Aperture, you’ll see the changes when you open the same library in iPhoto and vice versa.
- If you’re new to the tools available in Aperture, you can maintain your photo library in iPhoto and open Aperture only when you want to try your hand at retouching, for example, making selective corrections with brushes. All edits are non-destructive, so you can remove them at any time.
- If you’ve collected more than one iPhoto library over the years, you can now open your iPhoto libraries in Aperture and merge them into a consolidated master library. You can then access your merged library in iPhoto.
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Apple has released an updated version of iPhoto '11, version 9.3, and you can download it now from the Mac App Store or Software Update. the update brings with it AVCHD support, the ability to open Aperture 3.3 or later libraries, and a few other ehancements. We're guessing it's also tooled to look fantastic on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.
After releasing an iTunes update, Apple has now followed up less than a day later with a new release of iPhoto. iPhoto 9.2.3 brings with it a few changes to make the app more responsive and less prone to crashing. From the changelog:
- Improves overall stability
Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly on systems with multiple user accounts.
You can grab the update now from Software Update or the Mac App Store.
At yesterday's iPad event, Apple unveiled the final piece of the puzzle as it pertains to bringing the full iLife suite to iOS with the release of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. Similar to GarageBand and iMovie, iPhoto is available now as a universal app for $5. So, what's the draw? Well, iPhoto lets you use your iOS device's multi-touch display to perform basic photo editing function like simple one-tap white balance, red-eye removal, and exposure adjustments. You can also crop and straighten images, and remove blemishes with ease.
You can pull up your photos that are stored on your device, including the camera roll and Photo Stream, and compare images side-by-side. Edits are non-destructive as they save a copy rather than editing the original. You can process images that are up to 19 megapixels, which should be fine for the vast majority of people out there, but for those of you shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II in RAW format, you may wanna look elsewhere for your photo processing software--but in that scenario, why would you be using an iPad for that function anyway?
You've got a bunch of sharing options, including Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also export photos to your Camera Roll and to iTunes and email them to contacts. One new feature is Journal, where you can select a group of photos that iPhoto then puts together in a unique gallery with dates, weather information, maps, and more. It's like making a diary out of photos relating to an event or range of dates.
For $5, you can't go wrong with iPhoto for iOS. You can get it now on the App Store.
Continuing the plethora of Apple updates today, iPhoto has been updated to version 9.2.2. the big change here is that now you can delete pictures from your iCloud Photo Stream, a feature that was also released in iOS 5.1 today as well. You can get the download through Software Update, or through the Mac App Store.
Apple just released iPhoto 9.2, which brings Photo Stream support as its main new feature, but also include some other fixes and enhancements as well:
- Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
- Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
- Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
- Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
- Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books
- The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11.
If you're an iLife '11 user, you'll wanna fire up Software Update (or launch the Mac App Store, depending on which version you own) to grab today's updates that Apple has released for iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie. iPhoto and GarageBand pick up a bunch of bug fixes and stability improvements, while iMovie gets the ability to import and edit projects that were created in the iOS version of the program.
Looks like Microsoft's first app to be included in the Mac App Store is Windows Phone 7 Connector. If you own a Windows Phone 7 device, or a Zune HD, then you'll wanna grab this free software. It allows you to sync your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts from iTunes to your Microsoft device, as well as photos and videos from iPhoto. You can also sync content taken with your phone to your Mac as well. One thing that's missing? As of now, Windows Phone 7 Connector doesn't sync calendars or contacts. Still, it's nice to see Microsoft looking to play along with the Mac App Store model. Get a look at Windows Phone 7 Connector in our walkthrough above.
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