Weird problems in iPhoto under Lion


The latest issue I am having with Lion is that iPhoto now seems to be screwed up. It loads ok and you can do some editing but some functions don’t work anymore. So far I have found problems with cropping and also with the neutral balance eyedropper tool.

Here, in the first screenshot, you can see I am trying to crop an image:

Cropping bug in iPhoto under Lion

As you can see in the bottom left hand corner, the mouse pointer is a hand. However, it doesn’t do anything so I can’t adjust the size of the crop. Even if I choose the ‘custom’ setting in the size dialogue (to right of the ‘Constrain:’ label) it doesn’t work. In essence, you are stuck with the size options given and can’t selectively crop as previously under Snow Leopard.

The second issue is that the eyedropper tool in the ‘Adjust’ toolbox doesn’t work either. You get a hand cursor and you can’t do anything with it. However you try to click on a part of the image, nothing happens.

Eyedropper tool issue in iPhoto under Lion

I have started a thread on Apple Communities here: iPhoto has issues since upgrade to Lion if you want to contribute to the discussion or suggest solutions.

UPDATE:

Thanks to Terence Devlin, the answer was soon apparent:

Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

(On 10.7: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)

(Remember you’ll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you’ve moved your library you’ll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

What’s the plist file?

For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you’ve changed any of these things you’ll need to reset them. If you haven’t, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

Thanks mate!

Logic Pro 9 update released


Logic Pro 9Apple has announced an update to its Logic Pro 9 music production software.

The latest update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:

The update is recommended for all users of Logic Pro 9.
Issues addressed with 9.1.3 include:

Issues addressed with 9.1.2 include:

  • Improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems
  • Support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol
  • REX files now supported in 64-bit mode
  • Improved compatibility with select Audio Unit plug-ins

The update is recommended for all users of Logic Pro 9.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: Logic Pro Release Notes

Logic Express 9.1.4 update


Logic Express 9Apple has released an update to Logic Express 9, its music production software. The update addresses a number of issues:

The update is recommended for all users of Logic Express 9.

Issues addressed with 9.1.3 include:

Issues addressed with 9.1.2 include:

  • Improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems
  • Support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol
  • REX files now supported in 64-bit mode
  • Improved compatibility with select Audio Unit plug-ins

The update is recommended for all users of Logic Express 9.

 For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: Logic Express Release Notes

2011 promises great things for Apple!


The Mac App Store! なるほど。これがMac App Storeか。なんか…...
Image by jediduke via Flickr

The holiday season is over but there are plenty of bargains still out there for anyone looking for Apple-related products. There is also plenty of other news too, with CES happening right now in Las Vegas.

The first CES took place in New York City in June of 1967 with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. Since then, CES has grown more than ten-fold. It is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow and it features around 2700 exhibitors, including companies who manufacture products or software. The show is often the place that manufacturers show off new products for the first time and so its a good place to get a taste of what is coming our way.

As well as CES, the new Mac App Store is up and running. Already there have been over 1 million downloads in its first day! Looks like Apple has created itself a winning formulae there. Highlights on the Mac App Store include:

  1. Angry Birds – the extremely popular game that has been a best-seller on the iOS platform for a while now. Current best-selling paid app on the store.
  2. Apple’s own Garageband, iPhoto and Pages – these are now available separately (£8.99 each).
  3. Twitter for Mac – currently the most popular free app on the store
  4. Aperture 3 – currently the highest grossing app on the store (available at £44.99)

The great thing about the new  Mac App Store is that it recognises which apps are already installed on your computer. You can also use any app on each Mac you own (however many that is). All in all, these should add to the popularity of the app store and its certainly better than Microsoft’s limit of 3 pcs (with only some of it’s applications as well).

With Intel announcing it’s new range of i3, i5 and i7 CPU’s as well I am expecting an announcement soon about updates across the range of Macs and an end to the use of Core 2 Duo processors in the near future. More of that in a later post.

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Back to the Mac in 104 seconds!


If you missed it, Lockheed91 has saved you some time and reduced the introduction of the awesome new computers along with the amazing new releases of the incredible new iPhoto, the stunning new Garageband and the extraordinary new iMovie down to a remarkable 104 second adjective-fest.

Love the awesome, amazing, great, exciting, huge, cool, really nice use of adjectives by Steve Jobs et al! LOL

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Welcome!


Welcome to the Mac Aficionado Blog

This blog will be entirely devoted to the Apple Mac and other Apple technology, such as the iPod, the iTouch and iPhone. There will be no discussion of Windows or Linux, except as it relates directly to the Mac. This means that I will cover such issues as Boot Camp and other aspects of virtualisation. I will not, however, be covering purely Windows and Linux stuff. Instead, I intend to cover these in other blogs devoted to those topics.

So, lets begin.