iPhoto, Aperture get Mountain Lion updates

Apple’s iWork suite may have been updated to add Documents in the Cloud support, but those weren’t the only Apple-built apps to get a Mountain Lion-inspired refresh on Wednesday. Apple unleashed a spate of software updates aimed at taking advantage of features in the newly unveiled OS X 10.8.

iPhoto 9.3.2 adds Twitter and Messages to iPhoto’s sharing options.

iPhoto, for example, now supports new sharing options introduced in Mountain Lion. Version 9.3.2 of iPhoto ’11 adds Twitter and Messages to the photo management program’s sharing options. (Messages is the renamed iChat app introduced in Mountain Lion that lets users transmit images, files, and text to users on Macs and iOS devices.) In addition to Mountain Lion compatibility, the iPhoto update also promises performance and stability improvements. The 975MB update requires OS X 10.7.4 or later.

Likewise, Aperture gains Mountain Lion support with Wednesday’s 3.3.2 update. The update also tackles an issue that was affecting performance when some users entered and exited Full Screen mode. The photo program’s Auto White Balance feature can now correct color using Skin Tone mode, even when Faces is disabled, and the Library Inspector lets users sort projects and albums by date in addition to name and kind. The 530MB download requires OS X 10.7.4 or later.

iMovie and Apple Remote Desktop also received updates, though they don’t seem to be connected to Wednesday’s Mountain Lion debut. iMovie 9.0.7 offers a fix for a problem with third-party QuickTime components that was causing iMovie to unexpectedly quit in some cases. It also takes on a pair of MPEG-2 issues—one with previewing MPEG-2 video clips in the Camera Import window and the other involving importing MPEG-2 clips from a camera. The 1.26GB iMovie update requires OS X 10.7.4.

Release notes for the 3.6 update to Apple Remote Desktop are a little more vague, promising only to address several issues related to overall reliability and compatibility. The update features new attributes in the System Overview Report as well as support for IPv6. It’s a 10.3MB update that requires OS X 10.7 and later.

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