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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 August 2011

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DragThing 5.9.7 -- TLA Systems has released DragThing 5.9.7, a small but significant update to its popular application launcher. The most significant change in this release is compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which comes in the form of several user-interface tweaks and the correction of a number of Lion-related bugs, three of which could cause crashes. It’s also worth noting that DragThing 5.9.7 now requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. ($29 new, free update, 5.1 MB, release notes)

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iTunes 10.4.1 -- Apple has released iTunes 10.4.1, a minor update that addresses a number of bugs. These include issues with the media keys on some third-party keyboards, a problem with adding artwork to songs and videos, and a problem with VoiceOver support. Rounding out the update are fixes that resolve issues related to purchasing HD movies and the speed with which iTunes opens after a Mac wakes from sleep. (Free, 90.26 MB)

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Evernote 3.0 -- Evernote has released version 3.0 of its eponymous app for Mac OS X. The new release comes with a redesigned user interface that emphasizes simplicity and elegance, and more thorough support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This includes support for Lion’s full-screen mode and the introduction of Lion-specific user-interface elements. Evernote also features an all-new Favorites Bar, which enables users to jump quickly to categories of notes that are relevant to them. (Free from the Evernote Web site or the Mac App Store, 17.5 MB)

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Mellel 2.9 -- RedleX has released Mellel 2.9, updating the company’s word processor with new features and enhancements, including a customizable toolbar, line numbering, and better ways to edit headers and footers. A revised user interface simplifies manipulating a document’s margins, tabs, and other page parameters. The app also comes with many smaller improvements designed to improve its responsiveness, reliability, and user experience. ($29 new from RedleX’s Web site or the Mac App Store, free update, 37 MB, release notes)

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Typinator 4.5 -- The latest update to Ergonis’s typing expansion utility, Typinator 4.5, boasts more than 50 enhancements. Most are relatively small tweaks, such as expansions being inserted in upper case if the Caps Lock key is active, but some are more significant, such the capability to import auto-correct lists from Microsoft Office and support for abbreviations when working in right-to-left languages like Arabic and Hebrew. The update, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, also fixes small conflicts with Safari, BBEdit, Sparrow, Google Earth, TweetDeck, Coda, and more. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.9 MB, release notes)

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