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Fixing Save as Adobe PDF Crashes

There have been many reported instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF" workflow crashing regardless of application, but precious few workarounds or resolutions. In troubleshooting, I discovered that there were three instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF.action" in three different locations: /Library/Automator; ~/Library/Automator; and /System/Library/Automator. By eliminating all except the version in /System/Library/Automator, the workflow started behaving, and I was able to cut PDFs directly from the Print dialog.

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Get Mountain Lion for Free with Recently Purchased Macs

If you purchased a Mac on or after 11 June 2012 and it doesn’t come with Mountain Lion, you can get a free upgrade from Apple. But act soon, since the offer expires relatively quickly.Show full article

iPads, iPhones Propel Apple’s $8.8 billion Q3 2012 Profit

Outstanding profitability is not quite outstanding enough as Apple doesn’t quite meet the rosiest of analyst expectations in its quarterly results. Still, $8.8 billion in profit on revenue of $35 billion is certainly acceptable, thanks to strong sales of iPads, iPhones, and Macs.Show full article

Three Take Control Books Prepare You for Mountain Lion

The crew that creates the Take Control ebook series has not been sitting idly by while Apple brushed the last tangles out of Mountain Lion’s fur; instead, we’ve been busy grooming three essential guides for taming Apple’s newly released feline.Show full article

Apple Updates iWork Suite for Mountain Lion

Apple updates Keynote, Numbers, and Pages to take advantage of Mountain Lion’s Documents in the Cloud and Dictation features, plus adds support for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.Show full article

Software Base Station in Mountain Lion Adds Modern Encryption

Years after Wi-Fi’s original encryption method, WEP, was proven to be broken and insecure, Apple finally switches the software base station option in Mac OS X to use the safer WPA2.Show full article

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the Little Details

Apple is happy to tell you about the main features of OS X Mountain Lion, but you may not know about the details that TidBITS staff members have shared in this article of important (and fun!) Mountain Lion tips.Show full article

What’s New in Mountain Lion’s Safari 6

The latest version of Safari offers some (but not enough) interface polishing and coordination with Mountain Lion features such as Notifications and the ubiquitous Share button, but it drops support for RSS feeds. When the most notable upgrade feature is a retooling of the address field, you suspect it doesn’t deserve its new version number.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30 July 2012

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 1.3.2, Firefox 14.0.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.3 and Express 3.4.2, SuperDuper 2.7, Yojimbo 3.0.4, LaunchBar 5.3, Scrivener 2.3.1, MacBook Air SMC Updates 1.5 and 1.6, BusyCal 1.6.4, Aperture 3.3.2, iPhoto ’11 9.3.2, and iMovie ’11 9.0.7.Show full article

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