Adobe brings updated Photoshop Elements 10 to The Mac App Store.

Adobe is just one of the big-name developers that was quick to embrace the Mac App Store when it launched earlier this year, and today it has increased its presence with the launch of two “special edition” applications called Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor.

Both applications are $79 each, which is cheaper than the $99.99 retail versions, but they don’t quite provide all of the same features.Other than the absence of a few features, however, Adobe promises the Mac App Store releases include “all the editing features available in the full version.”

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor is a photo editor that seems to be aimed at iPhoto users who are looking for a little extra. It “works great with iPhoto when you’re ready to go beyond the basics,” according to Adobe, and promises to take your photos from “flawed to phenomenal in seconds.”

Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Editor  is a video editor that is similarly targeted at those using iMovie, and features a ton of features that will help you turn your home movie clips into highly polished masterpieces, fixing shaky footage, adding effects and transitions, and more.

Both downloads weigh in at just under 1GB and require Mac OS 10.6.6 or later.

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Apple updates GarageBand and iMovie for iPad

It seems as if Apple has a lot of last minute updates to get rid of before preparing the users for the HUGE updates that will undoubtedly follow the WWDC, earlier this week Apple released updates for the iPad versions of GarageBand and iMovie.

GarageBand for iPad has been updated to version 1.0.1 and contains the following new features and fixes:

  • Support for audio output over AirPlay, Bluetooth devices and HDMI with the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Import of AIFF, WAV, CAF audio files and Apple Loops (16 bit, 44.1 kHz)
  • Allows copy and paste of audio from supported apps into GarageBand
  • Addresses occurrences of GarageBand freezing while playing Smart Instruments
  • Improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues

support document for GarageBand 1.0.1 notes now the new audio copy/paste function works:

“You can paste an audio file from an app that supports copying audio to the clipboard. GarageBand for iPad supports uncompressed audio files with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and 16-bit depth (the standard for audio CDs). Audio files copied from another app can be pasted to Audio Recorder or Guitar amp tracks.”

iMovie for iPad/iPhone has been updated to version 1.2.1 and includes:

  • Audio plays from your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Video plays full screen from Marquee to your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Resolves some cases of missing media in projects
  • Provides more accurate clip grouping by date in Video browser
  • Fixes an issue where a project’s background music would not fade in or out
  • Additional performance and reliability improvements

Both updates are free to existing users and available now on the App Store.

Apple to update iMac in April?

In February we saw an update of the MacBook Pro line, in March we saw the release of the iPad 2, so now the rumors are circling the net, will Apple release an updated version of the iMac in April?

Apple’s product release cycle can seem mysterious if you’re new to the fold, but old hands know roughly when to expect the next refresh of each of Apple’s product lines. According to the MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide a new iMac should be just around the corner.

It will be interesting to see if Apple adds Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors in this year’s Macs, as well as improved resolutions in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, We would also like to see if Apple will add the ThunderBolt port to the iMacs.

It will be interesting to see, we will of course keep you up to date!

How to install iMovie on a 1st-generation iPad

When Apple presented the new iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad many iPad 1 owners were wondering if they would also receive the Apps. Now however it has become clear that while GarageBand works on the older brother as well, the new version of iMovie only works on the new iPad generation.

However some original iPad owners were not content with Apple’s limitation and sought a way to install iMovie on Apple’s fist generation tablet. Here are the steps they devised:

  1. Before your start, backup your iPad in case something goes horribly wrong
  2. Purchase (US$4.99) and download the latest version of iMovie (version 1.2 on 3/11/2011)
  3. Download and install the iPhone Configuration Utility (IPCU) from Apple. Version 3.3 forMac or Windows
  4. Launch IPCU and click on the Library —-> Applications. If iMovie is present in this list, then this step is completed and you can move to step 5. If iMovie is not present, then you will need to add it manually by clicking on the “Add” button and selecting the application from the “/Users/[my account]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications” folder
  5. Within IPCU, navigate to devices, select your iPad and click on the applications associated with the tablet device. Scroll down to iMovie and select the “Install” button to add the application to your device.
  6. Wait a few seconds to iMovie to install onto your tablet.
  7. Quit IPCU and restart your iPad.
  8. Launch iMovie and edit movies that were imported from your iTunes library.

While the App works, you need to know that when you try to sync iTunes with your iOS device, then you will receive the alert that this device is no longer authorized for use with your iTunes account.

This error arises from the unexpected presence of iMovie on your first generation iPad. At this point, you can authorize it and let iTunes process your response and prompt you again. You can also click “Don’t Authorize” and let iTunes remove iMovie from your iPad or click cancel and move on.

Unfortunately, this annoyance with iTunes will continue until you remove iMovie. A small price to pay in order to edit video on your first generation Apple tablet.

Apple releases iMovie and Garageband for iPad

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As expected, iMovie and GarageBand are now available on the App Store for the iPad 2 when it releases later on this week. iMovie is actually just a universal update, since the app was already available for the iPhone, but it won’t run on the original iPad (GarageBand will, however).

Both apps are available for $4.99. Note that the GarageBand download is pretty big at 370 MB, so if your iPad is already pretty full, you’ll have to delete some apps or media.

Apple updates iMovie and GarageBand

Last week Apple released an update for iPhoto, now they have just released software updates to their iMovie and Garageband applications, which are a part of the iLife ’11 suite. The updates are available through the Software Update.

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The GarageBand update to version 6.0.1 (42.7 MB) improves stability, and:

  • Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits
  • Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks
  • Restores ability to use the Quantize Note Timing menu for tracks with Groove Matching

The iMovie 9.0.1 update (28.5 MB) improves stability and:

  • Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch
  • FIxes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters.
  • Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats, and
  • Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.

If you just bought a new Mac then you can get iLife ’11 for $7

So you just spent over 2 grand on a shiny new Mac, only to find out two weeks later Apple releases the super-fabulous iLife ’11, which as you know from the press conference comes with a $49 price tag, so what now?

Well we have some good news for you Apple is letting recent Mac buyers upgrade from the previous version of iLife for $7, so long as they bought the Mac(s) on or after Oct. 1; same deal applies to anyone buying a Mac now or in the future without iLife ’11.

The only downside is that the $7 upgrade is only available online, in other words you’ll have to wait for it in the mail — or wince as you pay for a $49 copy from an Apple Store, if you’re in a hurry to try out all the awesome new features.

Will Apple sell unbundled iLife and iWork applications?

The buzzing after Apple’s “Back to Mac” event just wont stop. Several blogs and news sites around the web have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for its forthcoming Mac App Store show that the company may be planning to offer applications from its iLife and iWork suites on an individual basis.


Based on the screenshot posted by Apple on the Official Mac App Store page, it appears that the company is planning to offer portions of its iLife suite (iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie) for $14.99 each.

Apple similarly lists individual components of iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) for $19.99 each. Which as Macrumors.com points out, “would result in a total price of $59.97 for the three applications purchased individually, below Apple’s $79 price for the entire suite.”

In addition, Steve Jobs noted during the media event that applications purchased through the Mac App Store would be licensed for use on all of a purchaser’s personal Macs, which means there wont be any problems with licenses and so on.

Apple already offers its iPad versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers as standalone purchases on the iOS App Store, priced at $9.99 each with no bundled suite even available. The same may be true for the Mac App Store, as Apple’s promotional screenshots offer no indication that iLife and iWork suites will be available for download in bundled form.

Did Aple just leak information about new products?

A Polish blogger has reported some very interesting discoveries from the official Apple forum.

Some clever exploring of Apple’s discussion forum has revealed several new products that are believed to be part of today’s announcements.

A blogger on Spidersweb.pl found that by typing in certain category numbers manually, you could find these placeholder categories:

Category 277 – Reserved 10 20
Category 278 – iMovie ’11
Category 279 – GarageBand ’11
Category 280 – iPhoto ’11
Category 281 – MBA (Need official name)

According to the blogger the trick is very simple, you just change the ID in the web address.

So iMovie 11 would be written as:

http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=278

It will be interesting to see if this really will be the case after the “Back to Mac” event later today, or if Apple has just reserved these for potential future use.