MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature from MacFixIt in which we answer questions e-mailed to us by our readers. We have been getting many questions from our readers, and we hope to share our correspondence so everyone may benefit from and contribute to them. This week we have questions about application names being announced on launch, managing the boot chime volume, and properly implementing Web exports from iPhoto and Aperture.… Read more

Apple releases raw compatibility update 3.1

Mac users looking for more raw image support in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 just got close to a dozen new cameras added via a 7.2 MB update that went out late Thursday afternoon. It adds raw support for these cameras:

Hasselblad H3DII-50 Leica M9 Leica X1 Olympus E-P1 Olympus E-P2 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Pentax K-7 Pentax K-x Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

A direct download to the update can be found on Apple's support site. Otherwise you'll be prompted to grab it through a software update. A full list of compatible raw … Read more

iPhoto to Aperture: Carryover features compared

Apple got a lot of things right in iPhoto '09, and in the latest version of its higher-end, $200 Aperture software it's tried to replicate that same success. But did it work?

The short answer is yes. What might be more surprising to an iPhoto user is how similarly easy to use these features are in Aperture, despite being far more powerful.

Some of the carryovers include facial recognition, geotagging, and integration with third-party sites like Flickr, Facebook, and the company's MobileMe subscription service. Out of that bunch, facial recognition and geotagging are likely to be the most familiar. Where things get interesting are the extra features Apple has added to both of these, and a handful of other tools that can be found within iPhoto. Read on to get the details.… Read more

Update: Aperture 3 upgrade may cause library issues

Recent reports around the Internet suggest that the cause of Aperture 3's problems when upgrading Aperture 2.x Libraries may be related to running in 64-bit mode. Users who had previously had the problems are writing that running the program in 32-bit mode seems to ease the use of system resources and allows the upgrade to complete, though you can still expect a several hour wait for larger Libraries. The original report follows.… Read more

Apple adds some Panasonic raw-image support

Alongside Aperture 3, Apple also updated its software for handling a range of raw photo formats this week with support for two out of three of Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds compact cameras and some other models.

The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.0 lets photographers see and process the raw files from Panasonic's DMC-G1 and GH1, but not the newer and smaller GF1 Panasonic announced in September.

That latter fact led to complaints and some possible workarounds on Apple's forums. Another way around missing raw support is to use Adobe's DNG Converter, which often supports … Read more