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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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!

Weird network connection problem


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After a great start to life with Lion, I hit a problem. After booting up today I found I couldn’t connect to the internet. What was weird, I couldn’t connect to my router either. Now at first I thought it was an issue with my ISP but no. I could connect with my daughter’s MacBook Pro but not mine. Hers was running Tiger, mine Lion.

Also, neither Wi-Fi or Ethernet worked. However, using a PC on the same connection I had no problems. After trying the usual stuff (resetting network settings, fixing permissions and disk using various utilities) I still drew a blank, so using my PC I checked on Google and came up with some solutions, most of which didn’t work (starting and stopping Wi-Fi, switching router on and off etc). One that looked promising (it had worked for some) was to delete Avast for Mac. Didn’t work for me.

In the end this tip did work:
I had the same problem. Only Google Chrome worked. I’ve restored the default settings by renaming the /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist to

/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist.old That solved the problem.

After re-entering DNS settings etc and then rebooting everything was fine. Weird experience and still not sure what went wrong. Hopefully Apple is on to it and has a fix to stop it reoccurring.

The full thread can be found here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/15670104#15670104

10.6.8 build 10K540 seeded to developers


Mac OS X Snow Leopard Logo

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Apple has seeded the latest build of Snow Leopard to developers. This build lists no known issues, and it has the exact same focus areas as an earlier build: AirPort, Networking, Graphics Drivers, the Mac App Store, QuickTime, and VPN. As Lion is due very soon this is no doubt the last update to Snow Leopard we will see.

Snow Leopard has been great and it will be sad to see it replaced but Lion holds great promise for the future of the Mac platform. It will, of course, be around for quite a while as many users will hold off before upgrading to Lion. However, with the move to the App Store and the reduction in cost will probably see fewer users delay than with previous version.

Apple’s next product announcement?


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Following on from WWDC attention has been turning to what we can expect from Apple next. How soon we get bored it would seem, as if the announcements around Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud weren’t enough to satisfy. Well, it seems like we may not have long to wait to get our next fix and learn what Apple has in store for us. Sources have told 9to5Mac that Apple will be holding one of their retail store overnights on Tuesday.

This could mean Apple is about to reveal the next update to the MacBook Air or possibly a revamp of the Mac Pro range.Other possibilities are an update to the Mac mini, Airport or something related to Apple’s Back to School campaign, due around now. It could even be related to software, with possibly an update to iWork.

My own feeling is that it will be related to the MacBook Airs or possibly the Mac Pro range. Both are due an upgrade so my money is on one or both of these.