TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 February 2012
iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0 — Apple has released the iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0, which is recommended for all iMacs released since late 2009 that are running Mac OS X 10.7.3. The update resolves an issue that can prevent an iMac from automatically connecting to a known Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep. It’s available for direct download, but it’s easier to get through Software Update, where it will appear only if it’s necessary for your iMac. (Free, 25.81 MB)
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Firmware Updates for iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro — Apple has released a quartet of firmware updates for models released in 2011: iMac EFI Firmware Update 1.9, Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.6, MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.4, and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.7. Each update improves reliability when booting from the network, addresses issues with HDCP authentication after rebooting, and fixes a problem with boot device selection when a USB storage device
is hot-plugged. As with any firmware update, you should read the installation instructions carefully before installing and avoid interrupting the update process. To ensure you get an update only if it’s necessary, we recommend relying on Software Update; if an update doesn’t appear for you, it’s not appropriate for your Mac. (Free, each approximately 4 MB)
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ScreenFlow 3.0.5 — Telestream has released ScreenFlow 3.0.5, a maintenance update to the screencast recording app that offers a plethora of fixes and improvements. Among the highlights, the new release resolves a problem with logging in to and publishing to Vimeo, modifies the iPhone export preset for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to 480 by 320, and fixes an issue that caused occasional errors when recording PowerPoint presentations. The update includes many more minor fixes and subtle improvements. ($99 new from Telestream or the Mac App Store,
free update, $29 upgrade from 2.x or 1.x, 14.1 MB)
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Camino 2.1.1 — The Camino Project has released version 2.1.1 of its eponymous open-source Web browser, which includes a number of updates and fixes. The release includes an upgraded Mozilla Gecko rendering engine (18.104.22.168) and now blocks older versions of Adobe Flash Player 10 and 11 (10.3.183.15 and 22.214.171.124 and earlier, respectively) due to security issues. The update also includes several tweaks for using AppleScript scripts, correctly checks for the presence of a Java plug-in on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and provides several other fixes. (Free, 18.5 MB, release notes)
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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7.2 — Preparing for the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Smile has released PDFpen 5.7.1 and PDFpenPro 5.7.1, both of which are updated with the Smile developer ID that is used by Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature (see “Gatekeeper Slams the Door on Mac Malware Epidemics,” 16 February 2012). The updates to the PDF manipulation tools also fix a gradual shift in color when using comments and an issue with the text tool when object stroke is set to none. A quick 5.7.2 release fixes a
potential issue with saving, primarily on 10.6 Snow Leopard, and another issue with localization of page numbering. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 47 MB)
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