Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

GraphicConverter 8.3.1

Send Article to a Friend

Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 8.3.1, with a number of changes to the highly regarded graphic conversion and editing utility, including a few interface tweaks like an action menu on the menu bar, confirmation of file deletions from the browser, and an optional IPTC indicator in the browser. Support for PCD and PICT export from the 64-bit version has been added, along with the capability to import ECW files, though this latter feature is lacking in the Mac App Store version due to Apple’s restrictions. PDFs can now be protected on save, text can be rotated, movies can be converted to animations, and there’s now an option to ignore lab profiles embedded in TIFF files. A number of bugs have also been fixed. ($39.95 new, free update from version 7.x, $29.95 upgrade from versions 1 through 6, 150 MB, release notes).

 

Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanners — Save your business time and money
with our easy-to-use small ScanSnap Scanner line. Eliminate
paper piles by scanning documents, business cards, and receipts.
Visit us at: <http://www.ez.com/sstb>
 

Comments about GraphicConverter 8.3.1
(Comments are closed.)

Jamie Kahn Genet  2012-11-13 18:33
Why would anyone buy GraphicConverter via the App store? Feature incomplete and you wait ages for updates.

Anyway - GraphicConverter remains the second best shareware purchase I've ever made (right after MacSOUP).
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-11-12 19:05
Yeah, that's why we make sure to point this stuff out so people understand what the impact of the Mac App Store is.
When I bought a Mac for personal use, I wanted several apps that I use at work, like GraphicConverter and BBEdit. The easiest way to get them was at the Mac App store. Am I trapped in this crippled/sluggish update zone now?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-11-13 17:37
Hate to say it, but unless the company in question is willing to do something for you so you can transfer your ownership to them, yes. Apple does nothing to help here.