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Root vulnerability, Pixelmator Pro, Photoshop tease, Similar Pic Finder, iTunes Connect downtime, Docking Station


Pixelmator Pro for Mac is now available

Apple issues macOS High Sierra update to fix password-less root vulnerability — Apple has released a special security update for macOS High Sierra, solving a recently uncovered flaw which would let people gain root access without entering a password.
The patch, Security Update 2017-001, should be available through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. After installation, the build number of High Sierra will be 17B1002.
Apple notes that if people require a root user account on their Mac, they can create one and assign a password through System Preferences.
Apple also issued a statement to The Loop on the misstep.

Pixelmator Pro debuts with powerful image editing tools, machine learning tech — The developers behind popular image editing app Pixelmator on Tuesday released Pixelmator Pro for Mac, a new title that takes advantage of Apple APIs like Metal 2 and Core Image to deliver GPU-powered tools, machine learning features and more.
Codenamed ‘Whirlwind,’ Pixelmator Pro was first announced in September as a next-generation Mac image editor with hooks into Apple’s latest graphics platforms, as well as advanced in-house technology designed to turbocharge editing workflows.
Pixelmator Pro version 1.0 requires macOS High Sierra and a Metal-compatible graphics card. The app is available now from the Mac App Store for NZ$89.99/US$59.99 (the consumer version of Pixelmator is NZ$21.99). [Since it has Layer support, I can buy this and drop my damn Adobe subscription …]

Adobe demonstrates future Photoshop tool that uses machine learning to select image subjects — Adobe has teased one of the AI-based features coming to Photoshop in the future, with the ‘Select Subject’ function simplifying the selection of an object, person, or animal in a scene, using machine learning to determine what is likely to be the main focus of an image. [See above … Pixelmator Pro already has Machine Learning, and doesn’t need a subscription. Note that I wouldn’t be so down on Adobe if it didn’t put it’s bloody subscription prices up every six months.]

B-Eng debuts Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for macOS — B-Eng has introduced Similar Pic Finder 1.0, a duplicate image discovery utility for macOS. It tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures. Similar Pic Finder requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs NZ$2.99/US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Apple schedules downtime for iTunes Connect — Apple has scheduled downtime for iTunes Connect from December 23rd-27th, so its employees can celebrate the holidays. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores.

IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru a great accessory — If you have a 12-inch MacBook and find it frustrating that it only packs one USB-C port, consider the US$99.95 IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru [currently that’s about NZ$145, but check if the power supply works in NZ].
It’s also useful for expanding the connectivity options on the latest MacBook Pros as well. Through a single USB-C connection, it lets you connect monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drives, printers, webcams and more. Easy to set up, the all-in-one dock serves up a total of 10 ports. The docking station is equipped with memory card readers for SD/MicroSD memory cards for quick access to your data. With two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, you can connect an array of USB Type-A peripherals.

Taxing news, Pixelmator Pro, Plutonium browser, HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition


Hitman-Game of the Year Edition is on Mac

Paradise Papers suggest Apple shifted holding firm to Jersey to protect $252B from taxation — After a 2013 investigation into its Irish tax affairs, Apple continued to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes by changing its structure, moving the holding firm for over $250 billion in cash reserves to the Channel Islands, this week’s Paradise Papers leak revealed.
Apple has taken the uncommon step of refuting a series of the claims made here as “inaccuracies,” while providing more information on its operations in Cork, Ireland and its overseas profit holdings, calling itself the ‘largest taxpayer in the world’. [So here’s the thing: Apple is very large, and pays taxes, albeit a seemingly tiny proportion. In which case it can still technically call itself ‘largest taxpayer in the world.’. It doesn’t mean the tax is large, but that it’s a large entity that does pay taxes.]

Pixelmator Pro coming on November 29 for introductory $59, new Vectormator app teased — The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple’s CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing image editing suite Pixelmator Pro on November 29 for an introductory price on macOS of $59, with an iPad version coming soon.

Photonium is a new, minimalist web browser for macOS — Minder Softworks has announced Photonium, a minimalist web browser for macOS (10.11 and higher). It offers the unique ability to view photos stored in Apple’s Photos app in a separate pane. This ability allows users to drag and drop photos to upload to Craigslist, eBay, Amazon Prints, WordPress sites and more.
Photonium’s simplified web browser has tabbed browsing, bookmarks, bookmark groups, global and per-tab history, download manager, pop-up blocking, private browing, and more. Photonium is immediately available on the Mac App Store for NZ$5.99/US$3.99.

HITMAN Game of the Year Edition arrives on the Mac — Developed by Io-Interactive for Windows and consoles, it’s brought to macOS and Linux by Feral Interactive.
As master assassin Agent 47, players will carry out contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world. Each mission is set in a detailed and heavily-populated sandbox level that challenges players to complete it in the most creative way possible. HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition includes the complete first season; the Patient Zero mission arc and three new Escalation mission packs.
Players can buy HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition from the Feral Store for US$61.51. If they already own some HITMAN content, they can complete their Game of the Year bundle on Steam.
HITMAN — Game of the Year Edition is supported on: all 27-inch iMacs released since Late 2014; all 15-inch MacBook Pros released since 2016; and all Mac Pros released since Late 2013. All 15-inch MacBook Pros with an AMD graphics card released in 2015 can run the game, but don’t necessarily see the standards for official support.

 

 

Pixelmator Pro, Watercolor Studio, London fest finished


Pixelmator Pro image tool with CoreML, Metal 2 enhancements soon to macOS — The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple’s CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing Pixelmator Pro soon to directly combat Photoshop’s market dominance.
A series of new tools will allow users to design layouts, and create vector graphics like Adobe Illustrator as well. Retouching images and digital painting remain at the core of the app, but have been improved with the new version. Pixelmator Pro will retain nondestructive image editing like its predecessor. A new Recipes feature allows users to save developed effects, use them in other images, and share them with other users. There will be a version for iOS, too. [If it supports layers and pen-selection, and you can buy it with no subscription like Adobe’s which it cranks up in price every few months, I’m in!]

Watercolor Studio is a new photo-to-watercolor artistic app for macOS — JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolour-like painting. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs NZ$74.99/US$49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website or the Mac App Store.

Apple discontinues annual London music festival — Apple’s annual UK music festival, most recently rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, is no more. According to a report on Monday, the company said it will no longer host the event that over the past decade has drawn big-name acts in promotion of Apple’s digital music services.