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Not content with releasing iOS 6.0.1 Apple released one of its occasional barrages of software updates on Thursday, dropping new versions of its consumer- and professional-level photo applications, as well as an update to Safari.

iPhoto 9.4.2 is a pretty substantial update, with several Photo Stream-related enhancements. For one, it allows users to drag and drop pictures into shared or personal photo streams in the source list; they can also now copy and paste multiple email addresses into the “Shared with” field of shared streams; and the contextual menu now has an Import command that lets you import all photos in a shared photo stream. The reliability of Shared Photo Streams is also now improved when you switch between iPhoto and Aperture with the same library, and when more than five people “Like” a photo in a shared stream, their names are now correctly displayed.

In addition, the update fixes a problem that prevented Microsoft Outlook from being used to email photos from within iPhoto and updated national holidays for use in printed photo calendars, along with other stability improvements.

Aperture 3.4.2, meanwhile, includes its own laundry list of improvements, several of which are the same as iPhoto 9.4.2. In addition, the update lets users add pictures from photo streams into other shared streams, adding an Unsubscribe button to the Info panel for shared photo streams, correcting Face detection on imported photos from a shared stream, and adding EXIF metadata for adjusted photos that are added to a Photo Stream.

There are several other improvements to the software as well, including RAW files no longer being showed in the Import window when “JPEG files only” is selected, key photos made from panoramic images being displayed at high resolution, a progress dialog being displayed when you are deleting large numbers of photos via the Empty Aperture Trash command, and many more.

Details on Safari 6.0.2 are scarce; Apple merely says that it’s recommended for all users of OS X Mountain Lion version 10.8.2 and includes security updates.

All updates are free and available via the Mac App Store; the Aperture 3.4.2 update is also available via Apple’s support downloads site.

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