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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 February 2011

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Skitch 1.0.3 -- The screenshot-editing software Skitch has been updated to version 1.0.3. Various bugs are fixed: key combinations no longer trigger an upload when they shouldn’t, an issue where Skitch misbehaved when you dragged files into it has been corrected, and a crash affecting some newer Macs is resolved. Free users of the Skitch service now have access to three additional image manipulation options: Rotate, Flip, and Fonts. (Free, 6.3 MB)

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Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.6 -- Apple’s latest Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update extends Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 support to six more cameras and fixes processing issues for four others. Newly supported cameras include the Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D/Kiss X50, Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D/Kiss X5, Olympus E-5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, Pentax K-r, and Pentax K-5. The update also improves the processing of images from the Nikon D7000, Nikon Coolpix P7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. The update is available via Software Update and the Apple Support Downloads page. Apple also publishes a full list of supported cameras. (Free, 6.45 MB)

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Evernote 2.0.4 -- Memory storage software Evernote has been updated to version 2.0.4. The new version improves PDF handling, both preventing issues with waiting for large PDFs to load and making it easier to drag PDFs out of the program. The update also includes what the developers call “lots of bug fixes.” (Free, 15.9 MB)

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CopyPaste Pro 3.0 -- Plum Amazing describes its multiple-clipboard utility CopyPaste Pro as “Time Machine for your Clipboard.” New in version 3.0 is the capability to search your clip archives, enabling you to find anything in any clip. The Clip Revolver feature—which existed in much older versions of the software—is restored. Extracting email addresses from clips is improved. And new preferences allow for enhanced control over CopyPaste’s general behavior. ($30 new, free update, 4.3 MB)

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1Password 3.5.7 -- Agile Web Solutions has bumped 1Password to version 3.5.7. Most notably, the software now no longer quits when you close the main window. Also new is a success message after adding attachments, easier Dropbox sync setup, and better password strength reporting. Auto-correction and credit card filling are also improved. Rounding out the release are extensive enhancements to the software’s Google Chrome compatibility, and minor fixes for Firefox 4 and Safari. ($39.95 new, free update, 19.7 MB)

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iWeb 3.0.3 -- Apple has updated iWeb—the iLife ’11 hanger-on that isn’t iDVD—to version 3.0.3. The update addresses an issue with the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs, and corrects problems publishing iWeb sites via FTP. Apple also says that the update “improves compatibility with Mac OS X,” which is good news I suppose, since that’s the only operating system that iWeb supports. ($49 new as part of iLife ’11, free update, 177.12 MB)

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Adobe Acrobat/Reader 10.0.1 -- Adobe has released updates to its PDF authoring and reading tools, Acrobat and Reader. The new versions of each address critical security vulnerabilities and improve overall stability. The Reader update also improves Protected Mode, along with QTP, Flash, and SCCM support. (Free updates, various sizes)

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