Apple Updates Podcasting, Streaming Media Software

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Apple has released updates to several of its applications, including its podcasting and audio production suite GarageBand and its streaming media suite QuickTime Broadcaster. Other updates released this week include QuickTime and Apple Java. All of the updates are relatively minor, adding security and bug fixes, although Broadcaster also includes performance improvements and support for additional formats and standards.

GarageBand 4, part of the Apple iLife '08 suite, is an audio recording, editing, and mixing environment that also incorporates a podcasting studio, with support for enhanced podcasts. The new 4.1.1 incorporates changes in the September 4.1 update and also includes a fix for an issue with exporting to the iPhone, as well as overall stability fixes.

QuickTime and QuickTime Broadcaster have also been updated. The latest version of QuickTime, 7.3.1, is a minor update incorporating security enhancements. QuickTime Broadcaster, a live encoding suite designed for online delivery of streaming media, adds several enhancements in its latest incarnation, version 1.5.2. These include improved performance for streaming 640 x 480 30 FPS video; support for H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10 video) live broadcasting; the new ability to send live 3G streaming broadcasts to multimedia-enabled cell phones; and expanded standards support, including 3GPP and ISMA.

Finally, Apple has also released Java 5.0 revision 6, updating Java support for Mac OS X 10.4.10 and later. It adds improved compatibility for Java SE 5.0 and Java 1.4. It updates J2SE 5.0 to version 1.5.0_13 and Java 1.4 to version 1.4.2_16.

All of the updates are available now through Software Update of via Apple's support site.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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