VMware Fusion for Mac OS X is Available to Beta Testers

Fusion – Desktop Virtualization for Mac Beta Program

What is Fusion?
Fusion is the codename for a new VMware desktop product for Mac that will enable Intel-based Macs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware’s robust and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by over four million users today.

VMware has begun sending download instructions to registered beta testers.

VMware first announced its development of desktop virtualization for Intel based Macs during Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2006.

Interested users may sign up for the beta program at:

VMware will send the beta program instructions to select applicants.

VMware was having server problems with the Fusion downloads yesterday. It has been fixed since.

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Apple: Aperture 1.5.1 Update, Aperture 30-Day Trial, and Digital Camera RAW Support

Apple releases Aperture 1.5.1 Update and also provides 30-day trial.

Aperture Trial
Aperture 1.5.1 Update
Aperture 1.5.1 addresses numerous issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application.

About this update
Introducing the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. Built from the ground up for professionals, Aperture offers an advanced RAW workflow, professional project management capabilities, powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing, and versatile printing and publishing.

Learn more about Aperture.

What’s New in this Version
Aperture 1.5.1 addresses numerous issues related to overall reliability and performance in all areas of the application, including:

  • Keywords
  • Loupe
  • Cropping
  • Previews
  • Metadata presets
  • Versions
  • File renaming
  • iPhoto Library import
  • Watermarks

For more detailed information about this update, visit http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n304549.

This update is recommended for all Aperture users.

Digital Camera RAW Support Update
This update improves RAW file format compatibility for some digital SLR cameras.

Digital Camera RAW Support Update is available in separate PPC and Universal versions.

About this update
Mac OS X Tiger provides support for a variety of popular digital camera and image file formats. Applications such as Aperture, iPhoto and Preview utilize this support to work with digital camera RAW files. This update improves RAW file format compatibility for the following digital SLR cameras:

  • Canon Digital Rebel XTi / 400D / Kiss X Digital
  • Nikon D80
  • Pentax *ist DS

Other issues addressed:

  • Handling of large Canon RAW files (.CRW)
  • DNG compatibility on Intel-based Macs
  • Lines sometimes appearing in images exported from Aperture


System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later