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Set Password Activation Time in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, you can now set an amount of time after your Mac goes to sleep or engages the screen saver before it requires a password to log back on. In Leopard, the option was simply to require the password or not. Choose among several increments, between 5 seconds and 4 hours, from System Preferences > Security.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 November 2010

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TweetDeck 0.36.1 -- TweetDeck 0.36 is here, and its hallmark feature unleashes a live stream of Twitter posts that can shower down upon you. It’s what Twitter calls “real-time streaming,” and means that new tweets appear in your TweetDeck timelines as they are posted, instead of only showing up when TweetDeck periodically checks for them. (If you prefer periodic updates, an option in TweetDeck’s preferences disables real-time streaming.) Also included in the release is support for Twitter’s forthcoming change to how tweets are stored behind the scenes; all Twitter clients will need to update themselves by the end of November to maintain compatibility with the service. The 0.36.1 release corrects a few bugs from the initial 0.36 version, including the positioning of retweets in the timeline and issues with Facebook posting and “reply all” functionality. (Free, requires Adobe Air)

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Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5 -- Apple has released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5, which it recommends for all Mac Pro (mid-2010) models. The update fixes an issue that prevented the firmware password prompt from appearing, along with a more esoteric issue where the Boot Picker wouldn’t appear when you’re connected to an Ethernet network without DHCP enabled. Apple’s instructions for installing the firmware update are to shut down after the installation completes, and then hold down the power button until its light flashes or you hear a long tone. As always, Apple urges you not to unplug, shutdown, restart, or disturb your Mac during the firmware installation process. (Free, 1.96 MB)

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Data Rescue 3.1 -- Yes, everyone should have backups, but not everyone does, and those who find themselves needing to recover data will be pleased to learn that Data Rescue from Prosoft Engineering has been updated to version 3.1. The new version packs in a host of new features and fixes. The software now runs natively in 64-bit on supported Macs, the Workspace and Home Folder workflows are simpler, new file types are now supported, and a new contextual menu offers quicker access to common features. Fixes for recovering certain file types, erasing, and a few crashes are also included. You’ll find complete release notes on MacUpdate. ($99 new, free update, 13 MB)

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Adobe InDesign CS5 7.0.3 -- Folks who spend their days doing layout will be delighted to learn that Adobe has updated InDesign CS5 to version 7.0.3. The new version includes dozens of fixes. Among them: InDesign now works better at recognizing files used by others in a mixed Windows/Mac environment, various crashes are corrected, Search for Help now works properly again, and Photoshop imports work even better. Many more fixes can be found in the release notes at MacUpdate. ($699 new, free update, 24.5 MB)

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Logic Express 9.1.3 -- In what’s sure to be music to the ears of Logic devotees, Apple has updated Logic Express to version 9.1.3. Apple says that the update delivers improved stability and compatibility, specifically for Hyper-Threading. Also included in the update are fixes for various issues related to the recent 9.1.2 update, including crashes, a bug with certain Pedalboard stompboxes, and an incompatibility with TouchOSC Control Surface plug-ins. Helpfully, Apple provides a detailed list of changes. ($199 new, free update, 139.68 MB)

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PopChar X 5.1 -- If you find yourself hunting for unusual Unicode characters, you’re in luck, because Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.1 . This latest update of the venerable font utility introduces support for Unicode 6.0. Also included in the new version are better in-software upgrade options, a new contextual menu item for removing recent characters, and the removal of some “irritating” console messages (Ergonis’s term, not ours!). Several fixes are also part of the 5.1 release: problems with inserting characters into Espresso and Filemaker Pro are addressed, as are errant beeps at midnight, a problem after waking your computer from sleep, and a Mac OS X bug that caused issues when copying and pasting certain bitmap pictures. (€29.99 new, free update, 2.3 MB)

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TwitExport 2.0.1 -- With TwitExport, Blue Crowbar Software has renamed and combined the iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter export plug-ins, which let you tweet directly from within iPhoto and Aperture, including a selected photo as a link to TwitPic or Mobypicture. (For details, see “iPhoto2Twitter Simplifies Tweeting Photos,” 9 June 2009.) The name change came about with the need to meet Twitter naming requirements when switching to Twitter’s OAuth authentication method a few months ago; Blue Crowbar also took the opportunity to refine the user interface a bit. TwitExport can also now install in either iPhoto (where it also supports sharing movies to Mobypicture) or Aperture. TwitExport works with iPhoto ’08 and ’09, along with the just-released iPhoto ’11; with Aperture, TwitExport requires either version 2.1.4 or 3.0.3 and later. ($5.90 new, free upgrade, 410 KB)

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