Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0, redesigning the professional audio app with a sleeker, darker interface. New features include Track Stacks for grouping related tracks, Smart Controls for adjusting multiple plug-in parameters at once, a virtual drummer (safe from spontaneous combustion!), and Flex Pitch for fine-tuning the pitch of notes. Released alongside the update is Logic Remote for the iPad, a free companion app to control Logic Pro X remotely. If you’re worried that Logic Pro X will be the disaster Final Cut Pro X was on initial release, we suggest reading veteran Apple writer and guitarist Jim Dalrymple’s thorough review. As with all Mac App Store apps, there is no upgrade discount; if you want to move up from the previous version, you must still pay full price. ($199.99 from the Mac App Store, 650 MB)
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.