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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 15 August 2011

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Voila Screen Capture 3.1 -- Global Delight has released Voila Screen Capture 3.1, a minor update to its increasingly capable software for making and managing screenshots and video screen captures. The new release focuses on adding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, including support for full-screen mode. In other changes, Voila can now encode videos using either JPEG or H.264 compression, and export screenshots to PDF. ($29.99 new from Global Delight or the Mac App Store, free update, 21.4 MB, release notes)

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Mactracker 6.1 -- Canadian developer Ian Page has released a new build of Mactracker, his popular encyclopedia of Apple products. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion makes its debut in Mactracker 6.1’s database, alongside the latest MacBook Air, Mac mini, AirPort Extreme, and Thunderbolt Display. The update also includes bug fixes that affect areas of functionality ranging from printing to smart categories. (Free from Ian Page’s Web site or the Mac App Store, 21.6 MB, release notes)

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Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard -- What affects Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard may be afflicting 10.5 Leopard too. Less than a month after updating Snow Leopard’s Migration Assistant to fix a problem migrating data to a new Mac running 10.7 Lion (see “Update Migration Assistant before Upgrading to Lion,” 19 July 2011), Apple has now released Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard, which has almost exactly the same description:

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

So if you’re running Leopard now, be sure to get this update before you move your data to a new Mac running Lion. We presume it will appear in Software Update if appropriate to your Mac; if not, download it from Apple’s site. (Free, 4.98 MB)

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.2.1 -- Those using any edition of DEVONtechnologies’ information management applications DEVONthink and DEVONnote under Mac OS X 10.7 Lion should take note. Version 2.2.1 of both apps fixes a number of Lion-specific bugs, along with a few other minor issues. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, release notes; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, release notes)

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TextExpander 3.3.2 -- The appearance of Safari 5.1 has prompted Smile to release TextExpander 3.3.2, which fixes the text expansion utility’s delimiter, key press, and cursor handling in Apple’s latest Web browser under both Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard. However, Smile notes that expanding into password fields in Safari 5.1 still doesn’t work properly. Along with other minor fixes, TextExpander 3.3.2 also now retains proper font size when expanding into Microsoft Word. ($34.95 new, free update, 5.7 MB)

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BBEdit 10.0.1 -- After a major upgrade, a quick cleanup release is commonplace, as subtle bugs reveal themselves in real-world usage. Bare Bones Software has now released BBEdit 10.0.1 for that reason, fixing a variety of bugs in the latest version of the powerful text editor, some of which could manifest themselves as crashes. Other changes in the release include additional expert preferences, cosmetic fixes, and more. For full details on BBEdit 10’s new features, see “BBEdit 10 Improves UI, HTML Markup, and EPUB Editing” (19 July 2011). Also, BBEdit 10 is now available from the Mac App Store, although purchasing it there means that you cannot perform authenticated saves and you’ll have to download the command-line tools separately. ($39.99 new from Bare Bones or the Mac App Store — $49.99 after 19 October 2011, free update, 14.3 MB, release notes)

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Skype 5.3 -- Skype, now owned by Microsoft, has released Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, adding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and support for HD video calls when a sufficiently capable webcam is used. A number of other changes have reportedly been made to Skype’s user interface, but since there’s no list of changes, it’s difficult to know exactly what they are, though we did notice that the design of the contact list has changed. Given the obtuseness of the Skype interface (see “Skype 5 for Mac: A Huge Step Backward,” 2 April 2011), it’s worth reading the company’s tips and tricks page; we can guarantee you’ll learn some things you didn’t know. (Free, 23.3 MB)

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