Affinity Photo provides six great extensions for OS X Photos — With OS X El Capitan, Apple added Extensions support for Photos, allowing you to add functionality to the photos app – in other words, extra editing tools. If you’re really into photography, you’ll be interested in Affinity Photo from Serif Europe. It’s available for OS X 10.7 or higher, costs US$49.99 (and there’s a free trial available), and is available at the Mac App Store for NZ$74.99. Affinity offers Photoshop-level features for US50 bucks — plus six extensions accessible from within Photos.
Apple deploys first preview branch of Swift 3.0 ahead of WWDC 2016 — Developers now have access to the first preview release branch for Swift 3.0, the next evolution of Apple’s custom programming language. ‘Snapshot’ downloads are linked from the official Swift website. The site cautions that the snapshots aren’t official releases, and hence have only gone through automated unit testing.
iCloud Music Library outage triggers error messages, disappearing libraries for Apple Music users — A component of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, was hit with extended downtime on Wednesday, causing numerous problems for people trying to play songs and albums.
NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimiser for Mac — NetSpot lets you visualise, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook so you can get the best connection possible at all times. Use the mapping feature to view dead zones and optimise hotspot placement, and use the troubleshooting tool to identify connectivity issues.The free version does a lot – NetSpot Pro means, you’ll never miss a beat, post, or important email even when your Internet is acting up, and here it’s discounted from US$149 to $18.49! (I use this – it’s great.)
How to exclude your iCloud Photo Library from an iTunes backup — A few readers find even with iCloud Photo Library enabled, an iTunes backup of an iPhone or iPad still includes all locally stored photos. Macworld tells you how to get past this.