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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 June 2010

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Yojimbo 2.2 -- Bare Bones Software has released Yojimbo 2.2, an interesting update to the company's information organizer that's designed to hold text, images, PDFs, serial numbers, passwords, and nearly anything else you can think of. New in 2.2 is a feature called Sidekick that exports Yojimbo data with user-selected tags to a constantly updated collection of Web pages built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript so the data can be browsed or searched in any Web browser. (Bare Bones even added HTML5 code that enables the data to be cached locally by an HTML5-savvy browser; unfortunately, current Web browsers are inconsistent in their support for this feature.) Once exported, the data can be served by Personal Web Sharing, uploaded to another Web site, shared among devices via Dropbox, or anything else that can be done with Web pages. The goal of Sidekick is to give users the capability to view their Yojimbo data anywhere, such as on an iPhone, iPad, Windows-based PC, or someone else's Mac. Of course, it's worth putting some thought into what you export and how you'll limit access to that data if some of it is confidential; Sidekick only exports password items if you've entered a Sidekick password in Yojimbo, and viewing password items requires entering that password on the resulting Web pages. Along with Sidekick, Yojimbo 2.2 provides a number of minor bug fixes and behavior changes; see the full release notes. ($39 new, free update, 6.8 MB)

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BusyCal 1.3 -- Always forgetting birthdays? That should become less worrisome now that BusyMac has released a notable update to BusyCal, their iCal-replacement calendar program with sharing capabilities. Version 1.3 adds a new Birthdays calendar that can sync with contact information in Address Book and displays the person's age in the event title. Other new features include integration with Address Book for meeting invitations, the capability to display week numbers, enhanced drag-and-drop capabilities for converting between events and to-dos, and additions to the Help menu. The update also adds French, German, Italian, and Dutch localizations. Several bugs have also been fixed including a few related to iCal syncing, a crashing bug that occurred when sending meeting updates, and a hanging bug that occurred when backing up large attachments. Full release notes are available on BusyMac's Web site. ($49 new, free update, 8.2 MB)

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Camino 2.0.3 -- The Camino Project has released a minor update to the Mac-focused Web browser Camino that addresses several security and stability issues by updating the program to version 1.9.0.19 of Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine. The update also fixes a bug that could cause the program to crash when closing several tabs in a row, a bug that caused Camino's bookmark import to bring in too-old Firefox bookmarks, an issue that caused insecure cookies to be displayed as secure in the cookie list, and a bug that caused the program to crash when failing to download information about available updates. Finally, the ad blocking code has been improved. Full release notes are available. (Free, 15.8 MB)

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TweetDeck 0.34.2 -- The 0.34.2 release of Iain Dodsworth's Adobe AIR-based Twitter client, TweetDeck, follows a more-substantial update that adds compatibility with a number of popular Web services. Changes introduced in TweetDeck 0.34 include support for Foursquare, Google Buzz, Google Maps, and TwitVid, which offers video uploading and direct webcam connectivity. The update also enables users to employ global filters to hide matching tweets, utilize custom Twitter APIs and URL shorteners, and schedule updates. Version 0.34.2 fixes a short list of minor bugs related to these new features. (Free, 2.3 MB)

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Carbon Copy Cloner 3.3.2 -- Bombich Software recently updated its long-standing backup and disk cloning utility Carbon Copy Cloner with a slew of bug fixes and performance tweaks. The latest version, 3.3.2, incorporates 3.3.1's longer list of changes, which includes improved handling of mounting encrypted disk images, the addition of a detailed alert panel when deleting target volumes, easier access to documentation, better compatibility with the MacBook Air and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, improved handling of disk images appearing on network file systems, and minor usability enhancements. 3.3.2 also fixes an error with a localization in the Scheduled Tasks dialog, and resolves an issue preventing a scheduled task from mounting a disk image if its file was not located at the backup volume's root. A full list of changes is available on Bombich Software's Web site. ($10 suggested donation, free update, 3.2 MB)

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VMware Fusion 3.1 -- VMware has updated its virtualization software for the Mac, VMware Fusion. Version 3.1 enhances many of the features present in its most recent public beta, offering improved graphics performance via OpenGL 2.1 support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, enhanced USB connectivity for your virtual machine with the new EasyConnect feature, and extended support for virtual hard disks up to 2 TB. The update also adds 8-way SMP, new OVF (Open Virtualization Format) tools, drag-and-drop capabilities in the installation assistant, and shortcut capabilities for opening your virtual machine's configuration file in a default text editor. ($79.99 new, free update, 432 MB)

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Boot Camp Update for MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) -- Coming on the heels of its latest revision of the 13-inch MacBook, Apple has released updates for Mid-2010 MacBook users working with either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Boot Camp. The updates address a spurious warning message that can appear when clicking the brightness tab in the Boot Camp Control Panel, and fix a bug that could silence headphone audio. Installation instructions are available on Apple's Web site. (Free, 1.5 MB)

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