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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28-Sep-09

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Nicecast 1.9.9 from Rogue Amoeba is a maintenance and stability update to the Internet radio broadcast program. In the latest version, the Instant Hijack component has been updated to version 2.2.2 to address a rare crashing bug; an issue that caused license keys containing the number sequence "2222" to be rejected has been addressed; and the Title Grabber now works better with MegaSeg. ($40, free update, 7 MB)

Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4 from Rogue Amoeba is a maintenance and stability update to the all-around audio recording utility. In the latest version, the Instant Hijack component has been updated to version 2.2.2 to address a rare crashing bug; an issue that caused license keys containing the number sequence "2222" to be rejected has been addressed; an NSRangeException in Snow Leopard that prevented sessions from being deleted has been corrected; and a problem with the "Add to iTunes as Bookmarkable" script that might cause it to run indefinitely has been resolved. ($32, free update, 6.3 MB)

Airfoil 3.3.4 from Rogue Amoeba is a maintenance and stability update to the wireless audio distribution tool. Issues that have been addressed include a rare crashing bug stemming from the Instant Hijack component; another rare crashing bug rooted in the network listener setup code; a problem with stale Bonjour files that resulted in a variety of errors; and a bug that caused license keys containing the number sequence "2222" to be rejected. Also, audio synchronization with Apple TV has been improved. ($25, free update, 10.1 MB)

Phone Amego 1.0.5 from Sustainable Softworks is a maintenance update to the software that enables users to control a Bluetooth mobile phone from a Mac. The latest version improves Address Book integration by adding the capability to type the first letters of a contact's name directly into the Phone Amego Call window to autofill that field with their number, adding the capability to create an Address Book entry directly from a CallerID record, and adding an Address Book button to the Call window. Other changes include better opening and closing of Bluetooth connections, the inclusion of the caller name in the combo box history, and the capability to search by name from the Call window. ($20, free update, 1 MB)

Logic Pro 9.0.1 and Logic Express 9.0.1 from Apple are stability and maintenance updates to the flagship and mid-level audio recording programs. In both programs Flex Markers now align-and-snap to MIDI notes, Replace Mode now works correctly when Punch Recording, and the I/O plug-in adds an option for latency compensation. Several problems have also been addressed in both programs, including two crashing bugs: one that occurred in recording situations where both a MIDI and audio track were record-enabled and the MIDI track was not selected, and one where the Hyper Edit Convert Event definition dialog's grid value was altered. The full release notes for both the Pro and Express updates are available on Apple's Web site. The updates are available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. ($499/$199 new, free update, 183/133.74 MB)

MainStage 2.0.1 from Apple is a maintenance update to the live performance program that's part of Logic Studio. Changes include more consistent behavior from the Reverse option for Loopback, correct transmission of Pitchbend data to external instruments, the capability to define tempo by a recording in Loopback for MainStage, and the added availability of the I/O plug-in in MainStage. The update is available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page; more information is available from Apple's Web site. (Free, 206.75 MB)

HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6 from Apple includes HP's latest printing and scanning software for Snow Leopard. A list of supported printers is available on Apple's Web site. The update requires Mac OS X 10.6.1 or later, and is available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 383 MB)

TweetDeck v0.30.5 from Iain Dodsworth updates the popular Adobe AIR-based Twitter client with a slew of new features. Changes in v0.30.5 include a new compose panel, a service-oriented menu bar, synchronization status panels, auto-shortening of URLs, drag-and-drop photo and URL uploading, a new "Enter to update" option, MySpace integration, and full Facebook integration including support for Comments, Likes, and picture uploading. Also, the capability to add columns for groups of Facebook friends has been added, CPU usage has been made more efficient, and support for invalid ELS handling has been added. A full list of changes is available on Dodsworth's Web site. (Free, 2.2 MB)

Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater from Intuit updates Quicken 2007 to Release 3 and must be installed for users to continue using the program's online features. The update also provides improved compatibility with Pocket Quicken, and account settings are now saved by the QuickEntry Dashboard widget after a reboot. Several bugs have been addressed, including an issue regarding hidden columns in reports with incorrect columns, an issue with security prices being incorrectly calculated on transactions involving over 430,000 shares, and an issue wherein online banking transactions would fail with an OL-293 error. (Free, 520 KB)

 

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Comments about TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28-Sep-09

Tom Van Vleck  2009-09-23 07:13
28 Sep 2009 is in the future.
Today is 23 Sep.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-09-23 09:26
All our Watchlist articles are dated for the TidBITS issue they'll appear in, which is the next one.

We're working on a change to make Watchlist entries stand alone on the Web site and be collected into a single article in the email issue; that should remove this occasional confusion.
;) However, if you *were* able to collect info from the future, I wonder if you could check on a couple o' things for me ...
;)
Glenn Fleishman  2009-09-24 23:31
That piano you were going to have lifted to your second floor? Don't. I can't explain why.
At the same time that Intuit released the Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater, it also released a similar update for Quicken 2006, bring the 2006 edition to R7. It looks like the support pages for even older editions were updated at the same time, so perhaps those editions received updates, too.