When Apple announced that Aperture was no longer going to be developed and Photos in 10.10 will replace it, Adobe came and said that it is working on a migration tool for Aperture users. Apple has stated that Photos will offer more features and controls than iPhoto, but if it will meet the needs of Aperture users remains to be seen. Adobe has posted their first guide to the migration process to Lightroom. So if you can’t wait for them to finish the migration tool they are working on, you can follow this guide.
Apple has opened up the beta program for the first million people who download the public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10. Go to this page and sign in with your AppleID. You will need to agree with the terms and then it will load a redemption page with a code on it for the Mac App Store. Clicking on that will load the Mac App Store and start the Yosemite beta download.
You do need to have 10.9 Mavericks running, 2GB of memory, and 8GB of drive space available.
The terms of the agreement state you can talk to other people in the beta or developer program about Yosemite and you can talk about things that Apple has announced, but otherwise you can’t talk to others about the beta.
And if you get stuck with a message in the Mac App Store about the code has already been redeemed, go back to the beta program redemption page and refresh it. It should pull up a new code.
Pixelmator for Mac is currently $16, almost 50% off of the usual price of $30. It’s available at the Mac App Store here.
This Apple Design Award winning app is a “full-featured and powerful image editing app.”
“Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats–all right from Pixelmator.”
“And, the new Pixelmator 3.2 comes with full OS X Mavericks support, non-destructive Layer Styles, a complete set of Liquify Tools, 16-bits per channel support, and the new state-of-the-art image editing engine.”
It’s currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,056 App Store reviewers.
Expiring today, using Target’s Cartwheel app, you can get 15% off almost any electronic product. This includes items like GoPro cameras, FitBit wristbands, and Sonos wireless speakers that rarely have discounts. There are two caveats, first, you have to go into a Target store to get the discount, it doesn’t work online. Second, it does exclude Bose, DSLR cameras, pre-paid cards, installation & service plans, which isn’t a huge list.
You can read more about the deal here. And if you have a RedCard, you get the additional 5% off as well.
How many gadgets does your smartphone replace? by Guy Wright
UK-based Viking has created an infographic that shows how many devices your average smartphone replaces, how much they would weigh and how much they would cost if bought separately.