OS X 10.7.2, Build 11C55 released to developers


iCloud iconApple has released the latest build of Lion to developers:

OS X Lion Software Update 10.7.2 is an update to OS X Lion 10.7 and includes support for iCloud beta. Please refer to the seed note for more details and installation instructions.

This comes just 9 days after the previous build, and Apple is asking developers to focus their testing on Address Book, Graphics Drivers, iCal, iChat, iCloud, Mac App Store, Mail, MobileMe, Safari, Spotlight, and Time Machine. With recent builds of iOS 5 and iTunes, its an indication of how much effort Apple is making in getting iCloud ready for deployment.

Lion bug in Mail


Lately, since upgrading to Lion, I have been experiencing a weird bug affecting Mail. I had hoped that the latest update from Apple would eradicate it but no such luck.

Basically, one of my Smart Mailboxes has started behaving oddly. It’s name keeps getting changed (see image below) to say that the Mailbox does not exist. After opening and closing Mail the name get even longer with another iteration of the message that the Mailbox doesn’t exist… except it clearly does and it functions normally, apart from the renaming bug!

Mail bug under LionAs you can see, Mail has added the text “Mailbox “CableToGo” does not exist” to the folder name and then repeated this each time the application has been opened. Although the mailbox functions normally its an irritating bug, especially as the name get longer each time I open Mail!

New build of Lion Developer released by Apple


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Image by Gory ^ via Flickr

Apple’s latest build release of Mac OS X Lion doesn’t increment the 10.7.2 version number but does bump the build number from 11C26 to 11C37. In Apple’s build system, the first number relates to the reference release of Mac OS X (11 means Lion) and the letter refers to the minor release (C = x.2), with the final number referring to the build within that release.

For those who eagled eye amongst you, you may be asking why the jump from 26 to 37 in its developer releases? well. Apple creates some builds that it never releases publicly, (in this case builds 27 to 36).

This latest build includes developments of iCloud, as Apple moves closer to the full release of iCloud and also iOS 5.

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!