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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 April 2010

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Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1 -- Nisus Software has released maintenance updates for the increasingly powerful word processors Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express. Both updates focus on bug fixes, with the Pro version also receiving an improved file importer that uses the OpenOffice 3.2 code (the company has also made a faster Intel-only file importer). Bugs addressed in Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1 include one that prevented files from saving after Apple's Make Link contextual menu item had been used, one that caused the program to hang when tables were used in endnotes, one that would cause the Underline keyboard shortcut to become ineffective after relaunching the program, and one that caused crashes triggered by certain RTF lists emitted by Apple. A full list of changes is available on Nisus Software's Web site. ($79 new, $45 upgrade, free update, 151 MB)

Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 has a nearly identical list of changes, and also addresses a bug that caused the program's document icons to appear blank for users working exclusively with Nisus Writer Express. ($45 new, $30 upgrade, free update, 52 MB)

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HoudahGeo 2.5 -- Houdah Software has released a minor update to the photo geocoding software HoudahGeo with a handful of new features. Changes include full compatibility with Aperture 3 (previously HoudahGeo would not automatically update Places in Aperture when new metadata had been added), the capability to bypass XMP sidecars during EXIF/XMP exports, and added support for log files created by the Wintec WBT-202 and Sony GPS-CS3. Also, USB connections are now supported for the Holux M-241 track logger, an issue with causing duplicate albums in Flickr has been fixed, and a bug causing incorrect timestamps on image imports has been addressed. ($30 new, free update, 6.5 MB)

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Default Folder X 4.3.7 -- St. Clair Software has released a maintenance and stability update to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility Default Folder X. Version 4.3.7 brings drag-and-drop capabilities to the System Preference menu, enabling users to add folders and applications more easily. Also, several shortcuts for working with preferences have been added, and support now exists for the AppleScript commands GetCurrentFolder and GetCurrentSelection, which return the current folder or selection when the file dialog is open. Finally, the update resolves several compatibility issues with FileMaker 11, Word 2008, MacPyMOL, and Apimac's Compress Files. A full list of changes is available on St. Clair Software's Web site. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.9 MB)

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PageSender 4.6 -- SmileOnMyMac has released a small update to the company's fax application PageSender. The latest version adds support for eight new international fax-via-email services including Concord Fax, Rogers Business Internet Fax, SRFax, Soho66, Faxmate, Singtel, eCall.ch, and Axiatel. The update also now utilizes the in-product purchasing method FastSpring, addresses a possible crash that could occur when viewing incomplete faxes, and fixes several other unspecified bugs. ($39.95 new, free upgrade from 4.x, 6.2 MB)

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