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TidBITS#1126/14-May-2012

Security news continues this week, with Apple releasing Mac OS X 10.7.4, Safari 5.1.7, and Security Update 2012-002, all largely to address security-related issues. Plus, Adobe fixes a security vulnerability in Photoshop, initially requiring a paid upgrade to Photoshop CS6 but later announcing that the fix would also be made available to users of Photoshop CS5.x. Moving to the practical, Joe Kissell explains how you can keep your MobileMe email address without upgrading to iCloud, and Adam Engst looks into what can happen if zooming is turned on accidentally in iOS and Mac OS X. Finally, Andy Affleck joins us with coverage of the genealogical program Reunion 10, and Joe shines a harsh light on Apple’s abundance of alerts. Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2012-002 (Snow Leopard), EasyFind 4.9, BBEdit 10.1.2, CloudPull 2.0.3 and 1.5.7, Microsoft Office 2011 14.2.2 and 2008 12.3.3, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.1, and Evernote 3.1.

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Adobe Relents on $199 Photoshop Security Fix

Adobe quickly backed away from a plan for fixing a vulnerability involving maliciously crafted TIFF files only in the just-released Adobe Photoshop CS6, leaving users of earlier versions at risk. The update for Photoshop CS5.x isn’t out yet, so be cautious of files from unknown sources.

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Beware Accidental Zooming in iOS (and Mac OS X)

The Zoom feature that Apple has helpfully built into both iOS and Mac OS X for low-vision users can be activated inadvertently, and may even sometimes activate on its own. Either way, if part of your iPhone’s or iPad’s screen is cut off, or if objects are a bit fuzzy, that may be a hint that you are zoomed in slightly. Read on for how to resolve such issues.