Apple has announced that it will discontinue its Aperture app, but it has made updates to other professional desktop apps such as Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage on OS X.
Vine has updated to version 2.0 and has included many new features and now lets you send private videos to friends. This new feature is called “Vine message” or VMs and lets you send a vine message to several people to start separate conversations, which means there is no group messages yet.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier wont be in theaters till April 4th, but the game which has been created by resident developer Gameloft has just hit the app store!
Today Skype announced the 5.3 update for Mac OS X which brings HD video calls to Lion among a handful of other UI enhancements and bug fixes. The official Skype blog explains:
With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you’ll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You’ll need to use the Mac’s built-in webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from our Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in crystal clear HD quality. To receive clear HD video calls on your Mac, we recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps.
While previous versions of Skype, even 2.8, seem to run rather well on Lion, official support should iron out any bugs you’ve been noticing since upgrading. The new update is not only available for Lion users, however, Skype’s blog post notes it is also compatible back to Leopard.
You can grab Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X here. We’ll let you know if we find anything else interesting in this latest update.
Dream no longer friends, FL Studio Mobile is here for your iOS device of choice. The iPhone and iPod touch version is being offered for $15, while the more expansive HD edition for the iPad is fetching $20 — but both will see their price climb another $5 after the introductory sale is over. As mentioned you’ll be able to pass project files back and forth between the desktop and mobile apps, though the iDevices lack support (and the muscle power) for VST instruments. It also appears the scope of the sequencer had to be scaled back from 128 tracks to 99, but that should be more than enough to keep you tapping out beats like 9th Wonder while riding the train. Hit up the source links to download the portable production suite.
Oh, this ain’t cool. According to the roughly gazillion complaints we received this morning upon the launch of Apple’s Mac App Store, users are seeing the ol’ “unknown error occurred (100)” message when first launching the store after the upgrade. According to TUAW, it’s a problem with the iTunes Terms and Conditions — which some users aren’t getting prompted to accept, hence the error message. What should you do if you get the error? Quit the store and reload it. If that doesn’t work, folks are finding that rebooting and then launching the store again does the trick.
Well it’s official boys and girls — Apple’s Mac App Store is live as of this morning, and available to use and abuse via a Snow Leopard update (version 10.6.6 to be exact). The OS X application market takes the company’s wildly successful iOS App Store to its logical conclusion, bringing an orderly, structured app buying experience to desktops and laptops across the globe. The Store will launch with over 1,000 titles, including Apple standards like the iLife suite broken out into separate parts (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand) selling for $14.99 each, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for $19.99 apiece, and the bank-breaking Aperture for $79.99. Of course there’ll also be third-party apps present at launch, including Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Pixelmator, Cheetah 3D, and Flight Control HD (yes, a port of the iPad version).