This morning Apple publicly released OS X Update 10.8.1, the first update for Mountain Lion. The release comes just two days shy of a month since the initial Mountain Lion release on July 25th. Here are the major changes and improvements included in the release:
This morning Pomodorable, a new task management and productivity app from Monocle Society, hit the Mac App Store. Pomodorable relies on the Pomodoro technique, a method of accomplishing things on your task list by using a 25-minute timer and focusing on one item exclusively during that timeframe, while also logging distractions.
The nice thing about Pomodorable is how versatile the software is. You can use it exclusively as your task management (and time management) app, but if you're already using an alternative task manager like iCloud Reminders, OmniFocus, or Things, then you can continue using those apps to manage your tasks and Pomodorable will two-way sync between them. This way, you don't need to change how you do things, while still taking advantage of Pomodorable's powerful time features.
Pixelmator, the app that we like to refer to as "Photoshop for the masses," has just updated with a big release this morning bringing powerful new features to the Mac app. Pixelmator 2.1 introduces iCloud sync, Mountain Lion service sharing (allowing one to send images directly to Facebook, iPhoto, Flickr, Aperture, and more,) as well as support for the Macbook Pro with Retina display.
Additionally, new photo effects allow you to quickly add filters (vintage, miniaturize, rain, snow, etc.) to your images, and the Effects Browser lets you preview them quickly and easily.
Last, the price of the app has been dramatically reduced, as Pixelmator is now selling for $14.99, way down from the $59.99 price tag. You can buy Pixelmator on the Mac App Store.
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Tweetbot for Mac has just been updated to Alpha 4 0.6.3, and with it comes a bunch of new features, the star of which is a multiple column layout that puts Tweetdeck to shame. Here's the changelog:
- Window snapping, multiple columns. Create new windows and snap them together for a multiple column layout
- Menu bar icon
- Notifications now show up for all accounts (OS X 10.8 only)
- Custom image/video/URL services now work
- Locations now work under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
You can download Tweetbot for Mac Alpha 4 now for free.
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Apple has announced that Mountain Lion is the most successful OS X release ever. In the first four days of availability on the Mac App Store, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was downloaded more than 3 million times.
“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said in a released statement today.
We'd guess that both the low $20 price and the ease of updating thanks to the Mac App Store contributed to the early success. Have you upgraded yet? If you're still on the fence, check out the 10 features that make Mountain Lion a steal. You can get Mountain Lion now on the Mac App Store.
Yesterday Apple released an update for the 2011 and 2012 MacBook Air to enable Power Nap, and today an update enabling the Mountain Lion feature has been released for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Power Nap is one of the 10 essential Mountain Lion features and it allows your Mac to download Mac App Store updates, OS X updates, email, sync with iCloud, back up to Time Machine, and more all while in sleep mode.
This update fixes several sleep/wake issues to improve the stability of MacBook Pro with Retina display (Mid 2012) computers and is recommended for all users running OS X v10.7.4. It also enables Power Nap support for users running OS X v10.8 or later.
To get the update, head to the Mac App Store software update tab. Lion users will also benefit from the update as well, and can find it in Software Update.
Another major Apple product to get an update today is iWork. iWork Update 9.2 brings with it support for various features of OS X Mountain Lion, which launched this morning on the Mac App Store. What's new? For starters, iCloud integration finally comes to iWork. You can now store documents in the cloud, and keep them updated across your Mac, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and the web. Dictation allows you to speak words, numbers, and sentences into your documents. Lastly, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers have all been updated to take advantage of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. You can grab the iWork 9.2 update now.
Following the string of software that Apple has released today, including Mountain Lion and iPhoto 9.3.2, an updated version of iMovie is also available. iMovie 9.0.7 brings with it fixes for a few bugs that users have been experiences. Expect fixes related to third-party QuickTime compenents that would cause iMovie to crash, stability improvements when previewing MPEG-2 video clips in the Camera Import window, and a few audio fixes as well. You can download iMovie 9.0.7 now by launching Software Update on your Mac.
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A bunch of Mac apps are being updated today (like Rdio and Fantastical) to support today's release of OS X Mountain Lion, now available on the Mac App Store. iPhoto joins the list with release 9.3.2, which includes support for Mountain Lion and adds sharing options for Messages and Twitter alongside other performance and stability improvements. You can download the update now.
Just as Apple promised yesterday (and as we predicted,) OS X Mountain Lion is now available to all on the Mac App Store. If your Mac is supported, you can head over to the Mountain Lion download page and grab it for $19.99. Make sure you're on a speedy broadband connection though, as the download weighs in at a hefty 4.05 GB. Mountain Lion was announced just five months ago, and has going from Developer Preview to public release fairly quickly thanks to Apple's new annual OS release schedule.
Have you downloaded it? Are you going to wait until 10.8.1? Sound off in the comments!
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