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Apple issues Java, printer, iPhoto, and Aperture updates

iPhoto and Aperture get new features and bug fixes, printer driver updates include new Canon and Epson models, and new security updates are implemented for Java.

Apple has issued a few updates for OS X users, including a new version of its in-house Java runtime environment, updated printer drivers, and new versions of iPhoto and Aperture.

The updates improve reliability, security, and compatibility overall, but for iPhoto and Aperture users Apple has specifically addressed the following details:

  • Photos can now be deleted from My Photo Stream by dragging to the Trash
  • Photos can now be exported from Photo Stream using the Export command in the File menu
  • Raw images manually imported from My Photo Stream are now editable
  • Fixes a bug that could cause manually rotated photos to appear unrotated when shared to Photo Stream
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly while syncing to Facebook
  • Resolves an issue that could cause calendar text to appear at the wrong font size, resulting in order cancellation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause books to have an incorrect number of pages after rearranging two-page spreads
  • Includes stability improvements

For those who use Aperture, the following fixes have been implemented:

  • Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly during image import
  • Nikon P7700 raw images are now displayed correctly in the Import window
  • Thumbnails with version names longer than 250 characters are now displayed correctly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause multiple warning dialogs to appear when Web albums are synced after waking from sleep
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when uploading photos to Photo Stream
  • Shared Photo Stream invitation lists now scroll correctly
  • Includes stability and performance improvements

These two updates weigh in at about 500MB each and require OS X 10.7.5 or OS X 10.8.2 or later to install.

Beyond application updates, Apple's printer driver updates include those for new models from Canon and Epson; while they are available as full packages from Apple's Web site, Apple will make specific drivers available via Software Update, which will both lessen the download time and the amount of hard-drive space wasted (the Epson printer package is over a gigabyte in size).

The Java updates Apple has released apply the latest security patches to its in-house Java SE 6 runtime, bringing the latest release to version 1.6.0_45 for OS X 10.6 through 10.8. The updates are in two separate packages, one for OS X 10.7 and 10.8, and a second for OS X 10.6 that is required for a new site-by-site Java plug-in support feature Apple has implemented for Snow Leopard users.

As always, be sure to back up your system before applying these or any other updates to your system.

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