Yosemite Public Beta 2, other updates, Quicken, WordPress app, diversity, Omnifocus


OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 hopefully squashes some annoying bugs
OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 hopefully squashes some annoying bugs

Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new iTunes 12 beta for testing — Apple has just provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available. If you are in the Beta program, just open the Mac App store pa and check Updates.

Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2 betas to developers — Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.

Intuit’s Quicken 2015 for Mac revamps interface, expands investment features — Venerable financial software Quicken is ready to help you with all of your newest accounting needs. Intuit on Thursday announced the release of Quicken 2015 for Mac, the latest update to the long-running app for tracking your personal finances. The new version adds stock trading.

Blogo 2 brings a native WordPress app to OS X — For those who use the popular WordPress content management system for blogging, there are a lot of iOS tools. In the OS X world, however, you’re generally content to use a Markdown tool that also happens to upload content to WordPress blogs. Blogo 2.0 (US$29.99, available at introductory price of NZ$18.99) has been designed from the ground up as a native OS X WordPress app. The app will soon support Tumblr and Blogger as well, according to the developer.

Apple releases a new video celebrating the diversity of its staff — Apple recently released statistics touting the diversity found among its employees which, when compared to other tech companies, shows the company is working hard to mix up the makeup of its workforce. The same day Apple released that info, the company debuted this video celebrating the varied backgrounds of its employees and the importance that different life experiences play in growing the company. [Bit desperate?]

OmniFocus 2 review: Stay on top of your task list with this top task manager — Rare and revered is the person who can mentally track everything that must be accomplished. Everybody else needs tools and techniques for staying atop our tasks. In crowded and diverse field of possibilities, OmniFocus (expensive at US$80) is an appealing option if you’re willing to invest some time learning how it works. There is a 14-day free trial.

Fonts review: Preview your Mac’s fonts with this app’s attractive interface — There’s nothing sexy about font management. Designers often have hundreds of typesets to sort through, and keeping track of them all can be a big pain, especially when a deadline is looming. With an elegant WYSIWYG interface that focuses on organization rather than activation, Fonts opens up your suitcase wide enough to show you everything inside, and just might eliminate the pesky trial-and-error method.