Three interesting updates/releases for Mac users – LastPass, the password manager, has finally been released for OS X users, and iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.11 and CrashPlan 3.7 (a cross-platform online/cloud backup service) have been released.
CrashPlan now has better support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but the big news is that LastPass, a popular cross-platform/cross-application password manager is now officially available for Mac users.
MacUser magazine will be shutting down as the February 2015 issue is released. It was started in the UK in 1985 by Felix Dennis (who passed away last year), and was a magazine that I enjoyed, at least the UK version, as it had quite a few articles about using Photoshop, retouching photos, etc.
If you’ve seen the mouse-style ratings used in Macworld, well those were licensed from MacUser.
If you are wondering about whether this is the same as the US version of MacUser, it’s not – that publication ceased in 1997 (after a 12-year run), and was merged with Macworld.
Two major announcements for fans of RootsMagic – one, as has been mentioned/hinted at in the past, the folks behind RootsMagic are working on an OS X-native version of RootsMagic, the popular Windows genealogy program.
The other major announcement, one that concerns the here and now, is that they have released MacBridge for RootsMagic, a utility that allows you to run the Windows version of RootsMagic 6 on top of OS X without the need for a virtual machine (such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion) or a WINE or CrossOver environment/layer. It does use the native filesystem of your Mac. It’s on sale for $9.95 (normally $14.95).
This is welcome news for those RootsMagic fans who are wanting to switch to Macs, and who don’t want to go through a full install of Windows, or deal with compatibility layers/emulators.
Below is the press release:
Just a reminder – In about 40 minutes, 1pm Easter, 12pm Central, 10am Pacific, Apple will be holding a major event/announcement, expected to focus on the following:
iPhone 6 (including larger screen)
Possible new iPads
iOS 8 (Apple.com)
OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Possible new products (including the fabled iWatch)
You should be able to stream it here: Apple.com (September 2014 Event)
Heredis 2014, version 3.3.0 released. Heredis is a cross-platform (Mac/OS X and Windows, along with iOS versions) genealogy program.
Heredis 2014 3.3.0 has an improved interface, including various improvements to the interface and data entry, and a more visible progress bar during synchronization, and improved exporting of genealogy data.
MacFamilyTree 7.2 was recently released. MacFamilyTree 7.2 is a huge upgrade to the popular OS X genealogy application, which also has an iOS component – MobileFamilyTree, that is able to sync/share genealogy data between Macs and iPads, iPod touches, and iPhones using iCloud. Much of the changes in MacFamilyTree were carried over to MobileFamilyTree as well.
Celebrating the MacFamilyTree 7.2 release, it’s temporarily on sale for $24.99 (USD).
Among the major changes: Reports were completely rewritten, with many new features (and reports) added. The Interactive Tree was improved, including the interface and navigation. FamilySearch Integration was improved/rewritten. In general, MFT’s user interface was refined, aong with improved search functions and better performance.