48-hour giveaway: ACDSee Pro 6

Editor's Note: 4:40 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 UPDATE: Unfortunately we are unable to continue this promotion due to a fault in the ACDSee license key dispersal system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will continue to secure more fruitful giveaways in the future. Sorry about that folks.

2:50 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 - Due to an overwhelming response, ACDSee's registration site is experiencing difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause with registrations and request your patience while we aim to resolve this issue.

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Apple supports raw photos from Canon's new 70D

Apple released an update Thursday that lets its Mac operating system handle raw files from Canon's new EOS 70D SLR, some new high-end compacts, and an older medium-format camera, the Pentax 645D.

Raw image formats, though proprietary, offer higher image quality and more flexibility than conventional JPEGs. Apple's support means iPhoto, Aperture, OS X, and other software can decode the raw formats from the following new cameras, according to the update:

• Canon EOS 70D

• Fujifilm X-M1

• Leica M

• Leica M Monochrom

• Nikon Coolpix P330

• Olympus Stylus XZ-10

• Pentax 645D

• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

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Apple nearly killed off its Pro product line

Apple once strongly contemplated pulling out of the professional computer market following early success with the iMac, according to the company's former go-to advertiser.

In a post, former Apple advertising executive Ken Segall says the tidbit came during a meeting with then-CEO Steve Jobs, who had acquired a taste for success with the iMac -- the first of what would become many consumer product hits for the company:

This was back in the days when iMac had established itself as a global bestseller. During one of the agency's regular meetings with Steve, he shared that he was considering … Read more

For science: The ultimate Portal bedroom

Some videogame worlds are just incredible. From Hyrule to Columbia, from the instant you set (virtual) foot inside, you'd be happy to stay there forever.

Although the Aperture Science laboratories aren't necessarily on the same scale, the world and backstory of Portal are rich, and the character of Chell so full of possibility and strength, that we couldn't blame anyone for wanting to spend more time there.

Especially a fan who goes by the Reddit handle BlondeChell. After acquiring her own home where she could do whatever she liked, her penchant for interior decorating and Portal led her to create her very own Portal-themed room. … Read more

Locate and eradicate duplicate photos on your Mac

Digital photography is a blessing and a curse. OK, it's more of a blessing than curse. Freed from the cost of purchasing and developing film, digital photographers can take multiple shots of the same scene in an attempt to capture the perfect shot. Unless you dutifully manage your photo library and cull the extra shots from each photo shoot, your library quickly becomes difficult to navigate and your hard drive cluttered. PhotoSweeper for Mac identifies duplicate and similar photos and lets you dump the ones you don't need in the trash. The app costs $9.99 in the … Read more

Q&A: MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions e-mailed in by our readers.

This week, readers wrote in asking about the potential drawbacks from using Little Snitch to block updates from XProtect, the media browser not properly handling Aperture libraries, the OS X Trash hanging when instructed to empty, and a problem with incoming network connection requests flashing too fast to make changes.

I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!

Question: Potential drawbacks from blocking XProtect updates MacFixIt reader Paul asks:… Read more

Apple issues Java, printer, iPhoto, and Aperture updates

Apple has issued a few updates for OS X users, including a new version of its in-house Java runtime environment, updated printer drivers, and new versions of iPhoto and Aperture.

The updates improve reliability, security, and compatibility overall, but for iPhoto and Aperture users Apple has specifically addressed the following details:

Photos can now be deleted from My Photo Stream by dragging to the Trash Photos can now be exported from Photo Stream using the Export command in the File menu Raw images manually imported from My Photo Stream are now editable Fixes a bug that could cause manually rotated … Read more

Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

With the release of its raw compatibility update 4.04, Apple software now can handle raw-format photos from two hot new cameras, the Nikon D5200 SLR and the high-end compact Sony RX1.

The D5200 is a relatively inexpensive SLR whose 24-megapixel sensor looks to have promisingly high performance -- the top rating for an APS-C-sized sensor, according to DxO Labs' DxOMark test results. The $2,800 RX1 has an even larger full-frame sensor, also with a 24-megapixel resolution, but its design uses a fixed 35mm lens.

Also supported in the Apple update is support for raw photos from Pentax's … Read more

Apple picks up support for new Oly, Sony, Pany raw photos

Apple released an update yesterday to let Mac software handle raw photos from eight new cameras, most of them high-end compact models.

The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.02 lets Aperture 3, iPhoto 11, and other software handle raw photos from the following cameras: … Read more

Apple issues Aperture bug fix update

If you use Apple's Aperture professional photo management program for OS X, then a new update is available that addresses a number of bugs with the previous release.

The update focuses around managing content from shared photo streams, including detecting faces, managing where streams are shared, and incorporating more cross-stream content management.

In addition to stream focus, the update fixes a number of problems with metadata management, resolution and use of secondary displays, and color profile management. The full list of addressed features is the following:

Photos received via My Photo Stream or shared streams can now be added … Read more