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Updates to iWork, iMovie, and iPhoto follow Mountain Lion release

As usual following a major upgrade of its operating system, Apple has released updates to some of its popular Mac programs.

Whenever Apple releases a new version of its OS X operating system, it soon follows with updates to some of its popular programs for OS X. Today's release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (see here for CNET's full review) is no different, and Apple has made several updates available for its iWork productivity suite, its iPhoto consumer picture manager, and its iMovie home video editor.

The updates are available through Mountain Lion's Mac App Store, which Apple has unified for managing updates to both Mac App Store purchases and also other system updates in the new OS, replacing its prior Software Update utility. So far Apple has not released any standalone installers for these updates, so for now you can only access them through the App Store's update section.

iPhoto is now at version 9.3.2, and contains the following improvements:

  • Supports compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion
  • Sharing options now include Messages and Twitter
  • Includes performance and stability improvements

iWork is now at version 9.2 and has the following changes:

  • iCloud: store documents in iCloud and keep them automatically up to date across your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and the Web. Changes made to a document on one device will automatically appear on all your other devices. Requires iWork for iOS 1.6.1 or later installed on iOS device.
  • Dictation: speak words, numbers, or sentences and watch them appear in your presentation, document, or spreadsheet
  • The iWork apps are also enhanced to take advantage of the Retina Display on new Mac hardware so presentations, documents, and spreadsheets appear sharper and more vibrant

iMovie has been updated to version 9.0.7, with the following fixes:

  • Fixes an issue related to third-party QuickTime components that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly
  • Resolves stability issues when previewing MPEG-2 video clips in the Camera Import window
  • Fixes an issue in which audio was not included when importing MPEG-2 video clips from a camera
  • Includes the updates from version 9.0.6, such as Retina Display support and new Eastern-European language support.

While the updates available so far are to iWork, iMovie, and iPhoto, Apple will likely soon offer updates to its other programs including Aperture, Logic, and other pro suites. As always, be sure to fully back up your systems before installing any software updates.

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