New iWork apps have a new file format

iWork

When Apple released the new version of iWork, people immediately noticed the new icons, new interface, and the features that Apple inexplicably removed from previous versions. What most people didn’t notice is that Apple has a completely new file format. Drew McCormack offers his opinion on why Apple chose to change the iWork file format.

I tend to agree with him. Apple didn’t change the format just to be a stick in the mud.

OS X Mavericks and Adobe CS6 / Creative Cloud

The official statement from Adobe is that Mavericks and Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud play nice together. In fact, they claim compatibility back to CS3.

I had to re-enter username & password for the Creative Cloud app after upgrading to Mavericks, InDesign runs horribly, and Adobe Illustrator opens on an old MacBook Air, but not on a brand new iMac with the exact same apps & fonts installed. Previously, Creative Cloud was running perfectly fine.

I’ve also come across dozens of other apps that are now broken, such as two different screen capture apps.

I would say if you haven’t installed Mavericks on your main rig, don’t do it yet.

Upgrades: Alien Skin & Extensis

Extensis has upgraded Universal Type Server, the latest version of the professional-grade font server which helps organizations manage, organize, and distribute their font libraries. Universal Type Server 4 delivers brand new auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. If you work in small groups or at a large agency, you’ll find UTS a great server-side font manager.

Alien Skin has announced the upcoming release of Snap Art version 4. Snap Art is their natural media application for photographers and artists. It works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and is also a stand-alone application. Snap Art 4 will cost $99, with upgrades for $69.

Voila: The ultimate screen capture, editing and organizing utility for the Mac

Voila

I’ve been taking screen captures for decades. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve been using Snapz Pro. It’s simple, effective, and does exactly what I need it to. At least, I thought it did, until I tried Voila from GlobalDelight

I’ve been giving Voila a try for the last month or so, and I must say that I’m quite impressed. It’s not perfect, but it packs a pretty powerful punch for $30 compared to Snapz Pro X at $70. At $15 though the end of September, it’s an outright bargain!

Voila bills itself as the ultimate screen capture solution for your Mac. At first I wasn’t convinced, but after a month of use, I’ve removed Snapz Pro from my Mac and have been using Voila full time; I love it! (more…)