Apple shares, Photoshop CC 2014, Yosemite Beta, Printworks, preparing for Mac disaster

YosemiteTransparency Apple to Shareholders get 47 Cents — Apple shareholders’ dividend this quarter is US$0.47 per share, according to company CFO Luca Maestri .

Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features — Even after all these years, Adobe continues to add new features to its venerable image and photo editor that make it easier to get your work done. Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially for productivity. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a colour picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a searchable font menu with instant font previews on existing text, better blending with Content-Aware tools, the ability to sync more settings to Creative Cloud, and more. Other slick new features includea command that automatically selects the in-focus areas in an image, two new motion blur filters, a Package command for corralling linked smart object content, and the ability to edit masks made with Camera Raw’s Graduated or Radial filters.

OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table — If you are waiting to install a new OS (ie, Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps, which has compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite, and from iOS 5 up to iOS 8. If you don’t see an app listed there and you know its status, you can submit it to the list.

Take Control of Yosemite Beta — Joe Kissell has some tips for you on running a Mac OS Beta. He’s been beta testing since 10.3, so he knows of what he speaks. He’s put together a great set of tips in Take Control of Beta Testing Yosemite, the latest title from Take Control Books. This one has a suggested price of US$5/ (The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar “We’ll be back” image, but it’s working again.)

Don’t use TRIM with SSD on Beta — For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

Printworks handles Desktop Publishing —  Printworks (NZ$38.98) that debuts today in the Mac App Store. TUAW’s reviews says “it has a barrel full of more than 400 templates, and more than a thousand clip-art images and useful symbols. Unlike a lot of templates, these are skillfully designed and very appealing to the eye. The clip art is also tasteful, and in my experience most clip art is pretty worthless. The templates are easily modified without losing the look and feel of the design unless, of course, you want to.”

How to prepare for a Mac disaster — No one likes to think about disasters such as burglary, earthquake, fire, the zombie apocalypse, or other catastrophes that could potentially wipe out your Mac, your other gadgets, and perhaps even your entire home or office. But these things do happen (with the possible exception of the zombies), and despite your best efforts, you might not be able to prevent the loss. You can, however, minimise the damage and inconvenience you’ll suffer – and speed your recovery – by making sure you’ve taken a number of commonsense steps to prepare for misfortune ahead of time.

Rumours of new MacBook — Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumoured to receive an update following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.