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Editing iCal Events in Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard makes looking at event details in iCal easier. In the Leopard version of iCal, you had to double-click an event to reveal only some information in a pop-up box; you then needed to click the Edit button (or press Command-E) to edit an item's information. In Snow Leopard, choose Edit > Show Inspector (or press Command-Option-I) to bring up a floating inspector that provides an editable view of any items selected in your calendar.

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Four iLife Apps Receive Updates

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Four iLife Apps Receive Updates -- Apple released minor updates to four of the iLife '06 applications today - iWeb, iPhoto, iMovie HD, and iDVD - both via Software Update and as stand-alone downloads. As usual, the updates all include unspecified minor bug fixes and stability improvements. Beyond that, iPhoto 6.0.3 (a 14.1 MB download) reportedly solves problems with sharing iPhoto libraries (though we can't tell how, since iPhoto 6.0.3 still creates thumbnails with read-only permissions that prevent complete sharing of iPhoto libraries in the Shared folder), as well as issues relating to photocasting of smart albums and creating calendars and books. iMovie HD 6.0.2 (7.0 MB) resolves PAL audio problems and can now correctly display iLife Sound Effects in its Media Browser. iDVD 6.0.2 (5.6 MB) "addresses issues with burning some 16:9 projects," according to Apple.

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ iphoto603.html>
<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ imoviehd602.html>
<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ idvd602.html>

Somewhat bigger news, and a much bigger download, is iWeb 1.1 (95.3 MB), which adds support for two heavily requested features: comments (which can even include attachments up to 5 MB) and search fields for blogs and podcasts that are published to .Mac. It also contains "image management fixes to improve site load performance." [JK]

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ iweb11.html>

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>