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Thursday, November 01, 2012, 03:09 pm PT (06:09 pm ET)

Apple rolls out OS X updates for Safari, iPhoto and Aperture

Apple on Thursday rolled out a batch of software updates, bringing minor security fixes to its Safari web browser, a number of additions like enhanced Photo Stream support to iPhoto, and a huge change list for Aperture.

Safari


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The Safari update brings the software up to version 6.0.2, and offers minor changes for users running OS X Mountain Lion. Information regarding the update is sparse, but the release notes direct users to Apple's support page for security updates, suggesting the download contains vulnerability patches.

Safari 6.0.2 can be downloaded via Software Update or the Mac App Store.

iPhoto


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Apple's consumer level image editing and management software reached version 9.4.2 on Thursday, bringing a number of features like drag-and-drop photo adding to My Photo Stream, enhancements to sharing and minor bug fixes.

From the release notes:
What's New in Version 9.4.2
  • Photos now can be added to shared streams or My Photo Stream by dragging them to "Photo Stream" in the source list
  • Multiple email addresses can now be copied and pasted in the "Shared with" field for shared streams
  • When more than five subscribers "Like" a photo in a shared stream, their names are now displayed correctly
  • Contextual menu now includes an Import command to import all the photos contained in a shared photo stream
  • Addresses the reliability of Shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within iPhoto
  • Updated national holidays are available for use in printed photo calendars
  • Includes stability improvements

iPhoto 9.4.2 can be downloaded via Software Update or the Mac App Store.

Aperture


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Thursday's most substantial update comes in Aperture 3.4.2, which also adds augmented My Photo Stream support, extended sharing options and bug fixes. Changes to the professional level image editor go further, however, and bring a number of fixes like face detection on photos imported from a shared stream, EXIF metadata preservation and improvements to the toolstrip.

From the release notes:
  • Photos received via My Photo Stream or shared streams can now be added directly to other shared streams
  • Multiple email addresses can now be copied and pasted in the "Shared with" field for shared streams
  • When more than five subscribers "Like" a photo in a shared stream, all their names are now displayed correctly
  • The Info panel for a shared stream now includes an Unsubscribe button
  • The status line in the toolstrip now displays the number of new photos added to a shared stream
  • Faces are now properly detected on photos imported into a library from a shared stream
  • Adjusted photos added to shared streams are now published with EXIF metadata properly preserved
  • Addresses the reliability of Shared Photo Streams when switching between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts are now properly preserved when upgrading from earlier versions of Aperture
  • Double-clicking a photo in Viewer-Only mode now correctly toggles to the Browser view
  • Addresses a problem that could prevent the Viewer from displaying images with correct color after Auto White Balance and Auto Enhance are applied
  • Addresses an issue that could cause JPEGs exported with a custom ICC profile to render incorrectly
  • A dialog now displays progress when deleting large numbers of photos using the Empty Aperture Trash command
  • Fixes a problem that could cause duplicate detection on import to fail when the "Auto-Split Projects" option is enabled
  • RAW files are no longer displayed in the Import window when the "JPEG files only" option is enabled
  • Key photos made from panoramic images are now displayed at high resolution
  • Addresses a problem that could cause the Info panel in the Inspector to display the wrong metadata view
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within Aperture
  • Improves stability when working with AVCHD video files
  • Fixes a problem with using the Zoom navigator on a second display
  • Addresses issues that could cause web journals to export incorrectly
  • Includes stability improvements

Aperture 3.4.2 can be downloaded via Software update or the Mac App Store.