Mac News Briefs: Logic Pro update enhances features, addresses stability

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Apple has released Logic Pro 9.0.2, a minor update to its professional music recording, editing, and mixing software. Logic Pro 9 is part of the Logic Studio suite of music applications.

According to the release notes, the 9.0.2 update allows Flex Markers to align and snap to MIDI notes, makes performing a punch-in recording with Replace Mode behave correctly, adds an option for latency measurement to the I/O plug-in, and causes TDM plug-ins to behave as expected (only an issue previously for users with Pro Tools HD audio hardware.)

The update is available via Software Update or from Apple’s support Web site. Apple had yet to update its Logic Pro 9: Release Notes Web page with additional details when this story was posted.—Jonathan Seff

Prosoft updates Data Rescue recovery utility

Prosoft Engineering updated Data Rescue, introducing a new interface and a number of speed and performance improvements to its data-recovery utility.

Data Rescue 3 features animated visual effects in its redesigned interface to help guide users through recovering files from corrupted hard drives or accidental deletions. Prosoft also added more than 100 new Reconstructed file types for Deleted and Deep scans. The new FileIQ features lets the software learn about new file types from user-supplied samples, extending the number of potential Reconstructed file types supported by Data Rescue.

Other enhancements include the ability to suspend and resume scans and manage the results from multiple scans. Prosoft improved support for scanning Apple software RAID drives and 1TB or greater drives as well as support for recovering large sparse disk image files, pkzip files, and hard linked files.

Data Rescue 3 runs on OSX 10.4.11 or later, including Snow Leopard. The software costs $99 for a personal use license; licenses for IT pros cost $249.—Philip Michaels

File Stitcher 2.1 features redesigned merging engine

File Stitcher, the MP3 merging tool from Pariahware, has been updated to version 2.1. The latest update features redesigns to both File Stitcher’s interface and merging engine.

In addition, File Stitcher 2.1 features a pre-stitch validation check list, expanded bitrate support, and Snow Leopard compatibility.

Version 2.1 is a free upgrade to all File Stitcher 2.0 license holders. Available for $15, the program also offers a demo where you’re limited to stitching two files together at a time.—PM

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