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Take Control of .Mac
May 29, 2008
The Author

Joe Kissell has written more than 50 books about the Mac, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He runs Joe On Tech and is also a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.

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Update Plans

This book has been replaced by Take Control of MobileMe.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Important: Read Before Installing iPhoto ‘11

    On 20 October 2010, Apple released iLife ’11, which includes a major update to iPhoto. You can read about iPhoto’s new features in iLife ’11 Updates Three of Its Apps, but, before you install, you need to know that many users have had serious problems with the upgrade that have resulted in some users losing their entire photo collections.

    The problem seems related to the length of time needed to update larger iPhoto libraries. In some cases, this update process can take hours or even days, and it is the act of force-quitting iPhoto in the middle of the update that triggers the data loss. Liz Castro describes her encounter with the problem in WARNING!!! iPhoto 11 Erases ENTIRE iPhoto Libraries.

    If you have purchased iLife ’11 but have not yet installed iPhoto, you should either avoid the upgrade or make a complete backup of your current iPhoto library before you install iPhoto ’11. The internal version number of the problematic iPhoto application is 9.0; you can see the version number by selecting the application in the Finder and choosing File > Get Info.

    Apple has released an update to iPhoto ’11 (9.0) to eliminate this dangerous bug and to restore calendar support, which was missing in the initial release. The 177.33 MB iPhoto 9.1 updater is available here. It updates iPhoto ‘11 to version 9.1. For more, see iPhoto ’11 9.1 Brings Calendars Back.

    Apple also has issued a support document that both describes the problem fixed by the 9.0.1 and 9.1 updaters and provides advice for how to avoid the problem.

    As with previous iLife applications, updates to iPhoto ’11 are also made available via Software Update. To receive the update, you will need to install the iPhoto ’11 (version 9.0) application on your Mac, but not run it, in order for Software Update to detect it.

    Posted by Michael E. Cohen (Permalink)

  2. Apple Announces Official End of HomePage and Groups

    On April 9, 2009, Apple sent MobileMe members a message stating that HomePage, the Web-based interface used by .Mac for creating Web pages and online photo albums, will be discontinued on July 7, 2009. Existing pages will remain available, at their previous addresses, indefinitely, but after that date HomePage will no longer be available for creating new pages or modifying existing ones. (You can, however, still access the files directly on your iDisk and edit them using another program, if you like.) Apple recommends that all MobileMe users move to iWeb or iPhoto for creating MobileMe-hosted Web pages. In addition, as previously announced, .Mac Groups will cease to function on July 7, 2009.

    Posted by Joe Kissell (Permalink)

  3. Using a MobileMe Email Address in Mail

    Apple has posted a KnowledgeBase article about setting up Mail to use a email address. The article tells you to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5.4 and to install the Mac OS X Update for MobileMe. It then details what to expect in Mail with respect to any old .mac email addresses and new .me email addresses.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  4. MobileMe

    Apple has announced that as of early July 2008, the new MobileMe service will replace .Mac. Among other things, this means that you’ll be able to receive mail at in addition to your existing address. More significantly, changes you make to email (as well as calendars and contacts) will be immediately “pushed” up to Apple’s servers and, from there, back down to your other Macs, iPhone, iPod touch, or even Windows PCs, meaning (I hope) the end to many syncing problems. The webmail interface will get some useful new features, too. Until MobileMe is officially released, I can’t say for sure how, if at all, it will affect the use of Mail, but my suspicion based on what I’ve read is that almost everything will continue working just as it did before. If that turns out to be incorrect, I’ll add new information here when the time comes.

    Posted by Joe Kissell (Permalink)