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iTunes 11.0.3 Updated with Redesigned MiniPlayer

The release also tweaks the rendering of multi-disc albums for an improved display in Albums view, plus adds display of album artwork to the Songs view, provides AppleScript control of AirPlay speakers, and tweaks the interface for iOS app updates. (Free, 188 MB)Show full article

“Take Control of PDFpen 6” Documents PDFpen for Mac and iOS

Our latest title, Michael E. Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 6,” explains precisely what you can do with PDFpen 6 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 6, and with the mobile versions, PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone.Show full article

Keeping in Touch with TouchFire

How can you type on an iPad while on the go? You could muddle along on the virtual keyboard, of course, or you could carry a physical Bluetooth keyboard around with you. The TouchFire takes a middle course.Show full article

FunBITS: Dots for iPhone

Dots is a simple, yet addicting connect-the-dots game for the iPhone. Show full article

Adding Context to Big Number News

After reading a couple of breathless announcements of the App Store’s 50 billionth download and Pixelmator 2.2’s 500,000 downloads, Adam Engst attempts to bring some context to these big numbers.Show full article

Can You Replace Photoshop with Pixelmator?

In the wake of Adobe’s decision to provide new versions of Photoshop only to Creative Cloud subscribers, we wonder if Pixelmator could be an acceptable Photoshop substitute. Spoiler: the answer is, “It depends on who you are.”Show full article

Creative Cloud Complaints Darken Adobe’s View of the Future

Creative Cloud may be the way Adobe sees the future, but lots of people don’t like it. Adam Engst and Josh Centers outline some of the problems with Creative Cloud, with suggestions on both how Adobe could solve them and how you can register your opinions.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 May 2013

Notable software releases this week include MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, Skype, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.3, iMovie ’11 9.0.9, Sandvox 2.8, and BusyCal 2.0.5.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 20 May 2013

This week we have a grab bag of ExtraBITS for your reading pleasure, such as iOS 6 being approved for military use, an overview of announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, Bill Gates talking about the last days of Steve Jobs, Blackberry Messenger finally coming to iOS, and Matt Neuburg’s discussion of Apple’s future on the MacVoices.Show full article

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