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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 August 2010

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Pear Note 2.0 -- Useful Fruit Software has released Pear Note 2.0, a substantial update to its multimedia note-taking application. The software lets you record audio and video simultaneously as you take traditional text notes. The new version includes a complete interface overhaul and adds several new features. You can now share your notes on the Web from within the software, adjust the speed of audio playback (in case you're transcribing a speedy speaker, or need to hurry up a droner), and create multiple slides within a single note. The upgrade also improves search speed and accuracy. The full change log notes a few other new improvements. A free, 30-day trial is available, and upgrades are free to all Pear Note 1 users. ($39.99 new, free upgrade, 5.0 MB)

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ScreenFlow 2.1.2 -- Telestream has released an update to its powerful screencasting application ScreenFlow. The new version increases the time limit for YouTube videos to 15 minutes (instead of 10) and corrects several other issues with exporting video. These and other bug fixes come just a few months after the 2.1 release of ScreenFlow, which added the capability to create all-in-one Flash video - including the video itself, the Flash player, and the necessary HTML - along with 64-bit audio capture support and automatic document saving. You can try the software for free, but exported movies will be watermarked. ($99 new, free update, 8.2 MB)

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Interarchy 10.0.1 -- Nolobe's venerable Mac file transfer client Interarchy has been upgraded to version 10. The software, which first debuted way back in 1993 as Anarchie, now includes support for perl-based plug-ins, which can include commands executed directly on the remote server, like compressing or decompressing files or restarting machines. That plug-in support is built on top of Interarchy's new iFTP technology, which is built on top of SSH, and replaces FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV. Also new in Interarchy 10 is support for two new cloud-based storage services - Google Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files. (The software already supported Amazon S3.) Additionally, the upgrade implements Quick Look and Cover Flow, both of which provide quick previews of remote files on the server, without your needing to download them. A quick 10.0.1 update, released a few days after 10.0, fixes a startup crash on busy networks, improves importing of bookmarks from previous versions, fixes a bug when uploading changes made while editing a file with an external editor, and removes the Install Contextual Menu Plug-in button from the Preferences window since contextual menu plug-ins are deprecated in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in favor of services. ($49.95 new, $29.95 upgrade, 7.7 MB)

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Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.3 -- Apple's latest Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update extends Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 support to eight more cameras. Newly supported cameras include the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS, Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10, Samsung NX10, Sony Alpha DSLR-A390, Sony Alpha NEX-3, and Sony Alpha NEX-5. The update is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. Apple also publishes a full list of supported cameras. (Free, 5.68 MB)

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