Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Deals: Best Deals of the Week includes Black Hawk Drone, VPN Unlimited, and More http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_best_deals_week_includes_black_hawk_drone_vpn_unlimited_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</strong></p><p>There's only one thing we love more than adding new pieces of tech to our arsenal of awesome, and that is saving money while doing it. We love a good deal, which is why we bring you the best offers around every chance we get. If you feel like you've been missing out, check out our best deals of the week from our Deals tab and see what you can save.</p><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-to-the-future-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/screen_shot_2014-10-11_at_11.18.48_am.png" width="630" height="203" /></a></p><p>The Mac to the Future Bundle consists of eight elite apps and information-packed eLearning courses that will help you make up the ground you missed out on. Learn guitar with Capo 3, become a photography expert with AfterShot Pro and Ember, organize your day with Fantastical, recover lost time and files with Disk Drill Pro, protect yourself with Anonymizer, and learn web design skills with Lucid, skEdit, and the OS X and Web Development Course Bundle.</p><p>The Mac to the Future Bundle retails for $961. If you head to our Deals tab, you can save yourself&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-to-the-future-bundle" target="_blank">96% off</a>. That makes your total&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-to-the-future-bundle" target="_blank">just $29.99</a>. It's a can't miss price for these awesome apps, so&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-to-the-future-bundle" target="_blank">grab this offer</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-to-the-future-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-with-sd-camera" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/blackhawkdrone.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><div>Remote control toys have really taken a step forward in the awesome category over the last few years, and the Black Hawk Drone is all the proof you'll need. With a battery that is rechargeable via USB and a quick charging time of 30 minutes, the Black Hawk Drone is easy to keep going. With six-axis flight control, you can do flips and awesome maneuvers with ease. Plus with the built-in camera, you can capture your entire flight on video for playback.<p>&nbsp;</p></div><div>The Black Hawk Drone will retail for $129. In our Deals tab, there's an exclusive pre-order discount of&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-with-sd-camera" target="_blank">53% off</a>. That brings your cost down to&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-with-sd-camera" target="_blank">just $69</a>. If you want to see the world in high def, grab the HD model for&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-hd-camera?quantity=1" target="_blank">just $89</a>. It's great for some extra fun on any occasion and is the perfect way to explore the skies.&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-with-sd-camera" target="_blank">Grab it on sale</a>&nbsp;today!<p>&nbsp;</p></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/pre-order-exclusive-the-limited-edition-black-hawk-drone-with-sd-camera" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u323895/vpnunlimited.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">With the rash of compromised security systems and stolen user information that continues to happen online, you have every right to worry about the safety of your information. 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It's a great price for peace of mind while online, so&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/vpn-unlimited-premium-plan-3-years-of-hacker-protection-more" target="_blank">grab this deal</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/vpn-unlimited-premium-plan-3-years-of-hacker-protection-more" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" style="text-align: center;" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><img src="/files/u323895/bluetoothspeaker.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p>Turn your shower into a DJ session with control over the music. The Bluetooth Shower Speaker has buttons right on the face of the device, meaning you can change tracks thanks to bluetooth connectivity even though your iOS device is up to ten meters away. There's even a built in microphone so you can use your voice to talk to Siri and run standard commands from right in the shower. It's the ideal accessory for your shower karaoke sessions.</p><p>The Bluetooth Shower Speaker usually retails for $99. Head to our Deals tab and you can get it for&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-bluetooth-shower-speaker-turn-shower-time-into-party-time" target="_blank">60% off</a>&nbsp;the retail price. That makes your total&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-bluetooth-shower-speaker-turn-shower-time-into-party-time" target="_blank">just $39</a>. It's a great price for this awesome accessory so&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-bluetooth-shower-speaker-turn-shower-time-into-party-time" target="_blank">grab this offer</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-bluetooth-shower-speaker-turn-shower-time-into-party-time" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p></div> http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_best_deals_week_includes_black_hawk_drone_vpn_unlimited_and_more#comments Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20808 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Great Deals on ActiveInbox, Mac Apps and Courses Ending Soon http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_great_deals_activeinbox_mac_apps_and_courses_ending_soon <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. There are always great offers available, and new ones being added regularly. But they're only around for a limited time--like these great deals that are about to end.</p><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/activeinbox-turn-gmail-into-a-task-manager" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/activeinbox.png" width="630" height="473" /></a></p><p>Your email inbox can dictate what you have to get done, but it's so cluttered and disorganized. Turn Gmail into a smooth, well-oiled organizational machine with ActiveInbox. Not only will it help you stay on task with everything you have to get done, but it will also get your inbox down to zero so you don't have a bunch of unanswered emails staring you in the face all day. You can get a lifetime membership for <a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/activeinbox-turn-gmail-into-a-task-manager" target="_blank">just $99</a>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/activeinbox-turn-gmail-into-a-task-manager" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><p><img src="/files/u323895/macmasterybundle.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></p><p>Knowing how to make use of all the features of your Mac will make completing tasks simpler, getting work done a breeze, and taking care of day to day business easier than ever. With the 8 video courses in this bundle, you'll learn how to improve your time management with OS X, pick up on shortcuts that will cut down on time, provide details into the power of OS X, help you master Keynote, make music in Garage Band, work with pictures in iPhoto, and much more. You'll know your Mac inside and out after these courses.</p><p>The Mac Mastery Bundle usually retails for $408. If you head to our Deals tab today, you can save&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-mastery-bundle-stop-wasting-time-master-your-mac" target="_blank">92% off</a>&nbsp;the retail price. That means you'll pay&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-mastery-bundle-stop-wasting-time-master-your-mac" target="_blank">just $29</a>. It's a great price for a pack of video courses that you won't want to miss out on, so grab&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-mastery-bundle-stop-wasting-time-master-your-mac" target="_blank">this deal</a>&nbsp;today!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-mac-mastery-bundle-stop-wasting-time-master-your-mac" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></p><div><div><img src="/files/u323895/dragondictate4.jpg" width="630" height="473" /></div><div>Whether you have a quick email to send out or a full length essay you need to write up, Dragon Dictate will listen to every word and put it on the page for you. It works with your favorite applications to create and edit text. You can even record on a digital voice recorder, then let Dragon Dictate do the transcribing for you when you're back in front of your computer. 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That's a great offer, so&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/dragon-dictate-for-mac-4-is-the-world-s-best-selling-and-1-speech-recognition-software" target="_blank">get this deal</a>&nbsp;today!</div><div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/dragon-dictate-for-mac-4-is-the-world-s-best-selling-and-1-speech-recognition-software" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/buynow-maclife.png" width="123" height="38" /></a></div></div> http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_great_deals_activeinbox_mac_apps_and_courses_ending_soon#comments Deals Deals sponsored Stack Social Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 20807 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's Hottest Apple News Stories, October 17 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_hottest_apple_news_stories_october_17 <!--paging_filter--><p>The big deal of the week was of course Apple's unveiling of the new iPad Air models, but they also dropped a gorgeous big screen iMac down for us to drool over and then slipped us Yosemite Thursday. With iOS 8.1 set to drop Monday, Apple is pretty much dominating the weekend. Those stories and more of what else happened in Apple news this week.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_hottest_apple_news_stories_october_17#comments Gallery News 27-inch iMac 5K 5k retina display Apple Event Apple Pay Apple SIM iLife iMac iMac with retina display iOS 8 iOS 8.1 iPad Air ipad air 2 iPad Mini iPad mini 2 iPad mini 3 iWork iWorld Macworld OS X OS X 10.10 OS X Yosemite Phil Schiller Tim Cook yosemite Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:13:00 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20803 at http://www.maclife.com iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 Will Ship in 2 to 6 Days http://www.maclife.com/article/news/ipad_air_2_ipad_mini_3_will_ship_2_6_days <!--paging_filter--><p>As Tim Cook and company promised at yesterday’s Apple event, the latest products in the company’s iPad line — iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — are now available for preorder via Apple’s website. If you’re planning to get in on the ground floor with Apple’s thinnest, most powerful tablets yet, there’s no reason to wait; you can head over and <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/buy-ipad/ipad-air-2" target="_blank">place your order</a> right now.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ipadair2.png" width="620" height="392" /></p><p>As of this writing, the “available to ship” estimates range from 2 to 6 days, depending on what combination of color, storage capacity, and connectivity you want. Most configurations are said to be ready to ship in 2 to 4 days, but some — such as a space gray, 128GB, Wi-Fi + cellular iPad Air 2 — will take a bit longer, with the estimates placed at 4 to 6. Either way, that’s not a long time to wait for the new iPads.</p><p>In case you missed the news at Apple’s press event, iPad Air 2 boasts new features such as a new A8X chip that offers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance when compared to an original iPad Air, improved cameras, an enhanced Retina screen with a new anti-reflect coating, and faster Wi-Fi. Additionally, both the Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 feature Touch ID which not only provides extra security, but will also allow you to use Apple Pay from within certain apps. Pricing for the devices ranges from $399 to $829.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/ipad_air_2_ipad_mini_3_will_ship_2_6_days#comments News hardware ipad air 2 iPad mini 3 preorder iPad Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:59:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman 20806 at http://www.maclife.com iCloud Drive Syncing Issues Apparently Fixed with OS X Yosemite Launch http://www.maclife.com/article/news/icloud_drive_syncing_issues_apparently_fixed_os_x_yosemite_launch <!--paging_filter--><p>Last month's official launch of <a href="http://www.apple.com/icloud/icloud-drive/" target="_blank">iCloud Drive </a>didn't go off too well, to put it lightly, largely because of the inability of devices running Mac OS X Mavericks to sync with the newly launched iOS 8. But that's all changed with yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, reportedly, so feel free to try it out this weekend. (The catch, of course, is that you have to download Yosemite.)</p><p>Apple seems pretty confident in the compatibility between the two, particularly since yesterday's presentation saw Craig Federighi showing how apps can use the service to create their own folders in the shared iCloud.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/icloud.jpg" width="620" height="369" /></p><p>If you've ever used any service like Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive, iCloud Drive works along much the same principles. The main difference lies in the lack of a shared storage location in iOS 8, which relies on individual apps to maintain their own documents in the Cloud. (Some third party apps apparently make up for this deficiency.) On the Mac, simply drag your documents into a folder within iCloud Drive and you'll be able to pick it up across all your Apple devices with the appropriate apps.</p><p>Keep in mind that you may have to <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5879" target="_blank">fork out a bit of cash</a> if you want the most out of the service. You get 5 GB free, but that often doesn't amount to much these days, particularly since many users also use iCloud to back up their iPhones and iPads. (Yes, the storage is shared.) On the bright side, you can pick up an agreeable 20 GB plan for just $0.99 a month. If you're looking for something heftier for photos and the like, however, you can expect to pay up to $20 a month for 1TB of storage. Still, that's a <em>lot</em> of storage.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/icloud_drive_syncing_issues_apparently_fixed_os_x_yosemite_launch#comments News Apps iOS 8 iPad iphone Max OS X Yosemite OS X yosemite Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:20:45 +0000 Leif Johnson 20805 at http://www.maclife.com A Month Later, Lines for iPhone 6 Still Reach Around Block in NYC http://www.maclife.com/article/news/month_later_lines_iphone_6_still_reach_around_block_nyc <!--paging_filter--><p>Normally stories about lines outside Apple stores precede the launch of a new iPhone, but over in New York, the lines have showed no sign of abating since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus a few weeks ago. Analyst <a href="https://twitter.com/WaltBTIG/status/523116054802096128/photo/1" target="_blank">Walter Piecyk</a> captured a shot of the line snaking around the company's famed cubed retail outlet on Fifth Avenue this morning (via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/300090/iphone-6-lines-nyc-still-bigger-big-one-month-launch/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>), and it could easily be mistaken for a photo from September.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/10/iphonenyc.jpg" width="620" height="486" /></p><p><strong>Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/WaltBTIG/status/523116054802096128/photo/1" target="_blank">Walter Piecyk</a></strong></p><p>Asian resellers are usually thought to be the force behind such lines so long after Apple's product launches, but that's seemingly not a factor this late in the year, particularly since the iPhone officially launched in much of Asia this morning. Such imagery seems to prove that bigger phones were what the market wanted, after all.</p><p>Of course, we don't actually know how many iPhone 6 units Apple has sold this far, but that'll likely change once the Cupertino company holds its quarterly earnings call on Monday. The numbers could be huge. Apple initially launched the iPhone 6 to 32 countries within the first couple of weeks after its announcement, and it extended that number to an impressive 36 more countries earlier this month.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer,<a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank"> Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/month_later_lines_iphone_6_still_reach_around_block_nyc#comments News Fifth Avenue iphone 6 iPhone 6 Plus New York City NYC Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:43:35 +0000 Leif Johnson 20804 at http://www.maclife.com Ask: How to Save & Export Voicemail http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_save_export_voicemail <!--paging_filter--><p>If you've got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question, we've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to save and export voicemail from your iPhone (or your phone's iTunes backup on your Mac) as a usable sound file.</p><h3>Question</h3><p><strong>I have voicemails on my iPhone that I want to save and copy to my Mac laptop. Is that possible? Is there a way to share or forward voicemail from an iPhone?</strong></p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Voicemails, whether on your Mac as an iOS backup from your iPhone, or on the actual phone itself, can be saved and exported using an application called iExplorer. This application costs $34.99 USD (a free trial is available), and you can get it from the <a href="http://macroplant.com/iexplorer" target="_blank">Macroplant website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/10/ask_voicemail.png" width="620" height="271" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>You can use a program called iExplorer to save and export voicemail.</strong></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Once you’ve downloaded and installed iExplorer, follow these steps to get your voicemails from either an iOS backup or from the actual device itself:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Open the iExplorer application.</p><p>2. Connect your iPhone to the Mac .</p><p>3. Click on the Device Overview screen once it appears.&nbsp;</p><p>4. Navigate to [your phone] &gt; Voicemail (or navigate to Backups &gt; Voicemail if you want to browse voicemails included in the backups on your Mac instead).</p><p>5. Select a voicemail and click the play button to listen to it.&nbsp;</p><p>6. Click Export Selected Voicemails, or Export All to export the voicemails from the device or the backup to your Mac for safekeeping.&nbsp;</p><p>iExplorer exports all voicemail data in the .amr &nbsp;format. This export process is 100% lossless, so you can listen to the voicemail files using QuickTime, iTunes, and other popular audio players. NOTE: If your Backups data is loading blank, make sure that you have iTunes set to back up to your computer on the Summary tab for your device and that the Encrypt box is unchecked.&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got a tech question? Email <a href="mailto:ask@maclife.com" target="_blank">ask@maclife.com</a>.</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/ask_how_save_export_voicemail#comments Ask Export iExplorer phone Tips voicemail iPhone Mac How-Tos Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:15:57 +0000 Cory Bohon 20802 at http://www.maclife.com Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, October 17 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price_drop_weekends_best_app_deals_october_17 <!--paging_filter--><p>Some pretty awesome music and camera related apps go on sale this week. Some give you great new iOS 8 features and some are just pretty great on any iOS. And of course there are games too for those of you looking for fun. So, while you wait on your newly ordered iPad, why don't you pick up some good stuff right now?</p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price_drop_weekends_best_app_deals_october_17#comments Gallery 3D PDF Reader app deals App Life App Sales App Store Apps audyssey music player awesome calendar Calendar Apps camera apps cycloramic for iPhone 6 Deals do not move few - manual camera controls frugal life FX Photo Studio guitar jam tracks iPhoto list buddy midi designer lite reactable mobile running for weight loss pro sales simply find it pro sleepstream 2 tower defense tower madness 2 twins camera weekly deals wipeout Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:59:35 +0000 J Keirn-Swanson 20801 at http://www.maclife.com Deals: Pick Your Own Price For These Four Amazing Bundles http://www.maclife.com/article/deals/deals_pick_your_own_price_these_four_amazing_bundles <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.]</span></p><p>We know the feeling of wanting something with a price tag that's out of our budget. It's never a fun feeling. Imagine if you could pick the price that you pay--If you have the money to pay more than retail, you can contribute more. But if you're scraping by, you don't have to miss out on great deals. Check out these four awesome bundles, available for a price you pick.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-front-end-master-bundle" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u323895/frontendhackerbundle.jpg" width="640" height="473" /></a></p><p>With seven courses that total over 93 hours of content, the Front-End Master Bundle is the ultimate kickstart to your web developer career. The skills you'll be schooled on run the range of the must-have knowledge needed by every web developer. You'll pick up PHP, MySQL, and Javascript, the fundamentals of jQuery, CSS and HTML, and more advanced techniques with CSS3 and HTML5. All of these will be in your wheelhouse by the time you finish with these courses.</p><p>The Front-End Master Bundle is valued at over $1,042. If you head to our Deals tab, you can&nbsp;<a href="https://deals.maclife.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-front-end-master-bundle" target="_blank">pick your own price</a>&nbsp;for the pack of courses. 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But there were a few details Cupertino left out, including the unique Apple SIM preinstalled with new cellular iPad models, as well as iWork and iLife updates for Mac. We've got the scoop on those in today's Morning Report to close out the week, so click on and read along.</p><h3>New iPads Include Apple SIM for Switching Between Carriers</h3><p>Apple SVP Phil Schiller spent plenty of time gushing over the new iPad Air 2 on Thursday, but one unique feature was completely overlooked until Cupertino posted complete product information on the company's website. <a href="http://www.apple.com/ipad-air-2/wireless/" target="_blank">As noted midway down the iPad Air 2's wireless page</a>, the new Wi-Fi + Cellular models ship with a so-called "Apple SIM," which allows users to "choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the US and UK right on your iPad." The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini 3 offers the same feature.<br /><br />At launch, only AT&amp;T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are supported in the US (no word on why Verizon Wireless has chosen to sit on the sidelines), as well as EE in the UK. Apple SIM apparently requires carrier support to implement, suggesting that we'll see even more providers added down the road. In any event, new iPad buyers should have a much easier time hopping onto a cellular network — and if their provider of choice gets too expensive, they can simply hop over to a cheaper option.</p><h3>Apple Updates iMovie, GarageBand for Mac, Photo Apps</h3><p>As promised during yesterday's somewhat subdued media event, Apple updated the iWork apps for OS X Yosemite, bringing a fresh new look, iCloud Drive support, and the ability to use Handoff to share documents between iOS and Mac. <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id409201541?mt=12" target="_blank">Pages</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers/id409203825?mt=12" target="_blank">Numbers</a>, and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id409183694?mt=12" target="_blank">Keynote</a> also received updated file formats that make sending documents through services like Gmail or Dropbox easier, as well as a host of smaller tweaks across the board.<br /><br />Two Mac applications that were updated Thursday which Apple neglected to even mention were <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imovie/id408981434?mt=12" target="_blank">iMovie</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12" target="_blank">GarageBand</a>, both of which received updated looks for OS X Yosemite. iMovie also now allows developers to easily create app previews for the App Store, as well as export files in custom H.264, ProRes, or audio-only modes, while GarageBand allows users to access audio effect plug-ins, use Bass Amp Designer to build your own rig, and includes new voice templates for faster, easier voice recordings.<br /><br />With the arrival of OS X Yosemite yesterday, Apple also quietly updated <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iphoto/id408981381?mt=12" target="_blank">iPhoto</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aperture/id408981426?mt=12" target="_blank">Aperture</a> to address compatibility and stability issues. Given that Apple has already previewed the future with a new Photos for Mac application expected next year, this could very well be one of the last updates (if not the last) to both of these formerly beloved image-editing solutions.</p><h3>Adobe Releases Free Aperture Importer Add-On</h3><p>Speaking of Aperture, <a href="https://creative.adobe.com/addons/products/3213#.VD_zJb5FyhG" target="_blank">Adobe announced Thursday</a> the release of an Aperture Importer add-on for Lightroom 5.6 (or later) on the Mac. The plug-in allows users to easily migrate existing Aperture or iPhoto libraries into Lightroom, complete with flags, star ratings, keywords, GPS data, rejects, and hidden files; color labels, stacks, and face tags will also be imported, but converted to Lightroom keywords. 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