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Agen Schmitz

Agen Schmitz

Agen Schmitz is a freelance writer and editor with a lot of Amazon time under his belt. Since leaving Amazon in 2003 (as senior editor for the Electronics and Camera & Photo stores), Agen has continued to work within the Amazon eco-sphere to help vendors bring clarity to their marketing content. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son, and is always dreaming of Iceland.

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DEVONthink Personal, Pro, and Pro Office 2.3.3

Update to all three editions of information assistant adds support for Adium chatlogs and Google Chrome bookmarks, and improves indexing of Safari Web archives. The Pro and Pro Office editions improve display of news feed unread items and add a contextual menu item for deleting databases. ($49.95/$79.95/$149.95 new, free updates, 17.7 to 28.6 MB)

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Firmware Update for MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008 Models)

Resolves a graphics issue that may cause the internal display to flicker. (Free, 1.8 MB)

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HandBrake 0.9.6

Adds new video and audio encoders and improves support for Mac OS X Lion, plus provides a link to download the correct VLC library for DVD decrypting. (Free, 7.1 MB)

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Fetch 5.7.1

Maintenance release for venerable file transfer software that’s full of fixes and corrections. ($29 new, free update, 11.3 MB)

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TextExpander 3.4.1

Update adds official Smile developer ID used by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper plus a variety of small fixes. ($34.95 new, free update, 5.9 MB)

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iMac Wi-Fi Update 1.0

Resolves an issue for iMacs running Mac OS X 10.7.3 that can prevent automatic connection to a Wi-Fi network after waking from sleep. (Free, 25.81 MB)

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System Change Highlights in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

While much of the chatter over the upcoming release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has focused on the Gatekeeper security feature and unifying the Mac and iOS experience, Macworld’s Serenity Caldwell delves into ten less-heralded system changes, including multi-disk Time Machine backup, draggable files in screen sharing, and a Dashboard overhaul.

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Mastering the Audiophile Experience for iTunes

Apple recently debuted a Mastered for iTunes section in the iTunes Store, where audiophiles can discover releases that have been optimized for playback within its 256 kbps AAC format. Chris Foresman at Ars Technica delves into what goes into the mastering process for compressed digital audio files, including a discussion with Masterdisk Chief Engineer Andy VanDette (who recently completed a remastering project for Rush’s back catalogue).

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Firmware Updates for iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

Quartet of firmware updates for 2011 Macs improves stability for three instances of system booting. (Free, each approximately 4 MB)

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ScreenFlow 3.0.5

Maintenance update to the screencast recording app with a plethora of fixes, including problems with publishing to Vimeo and recording PowerPoint. ($99 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

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Camino 2.1.1

Open source Web browser gets updated to the latest Mozilla Gecko rendering engine and limits the use of older versions of Adobe Flash Player 10 and 11. (Free, 18.5 MB)

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7.2

Updates add official Smile developer ID used by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper plus provide small fixes. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 47 MB)

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Default Folder X 4.4.9

Adds the capability to select folder favorites via the Finder’s contextual menus and supports Automator workflows in Lion. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

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VLC 2.0

Major update to of free, open-source multimedia player includes overhauled user interface, faster multi-processor decoding, and “experimental” Blu-ray compatibility. (Free, 24 MB)

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Bookle 1.0.4

Fixes small glitch in initial selection of some ebooks, expands font size range, adds toolbar tips for better VoiceOver support, and more. ($9.99 new, free update, 2.6 MB)