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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 December 2011

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SOHO Labels 6 -- Chronos has released SOHO Labels 6, a major update to its label-creation app, just in time for your holiday card mailing efforts. The new release adds support for browsing and searching the libraries of both iPhoto and Aperture, as well as the capability to add Finder folders of images directly to the app’s built-in photo browser. SOHO Labels 6 can also organize labels in multiple layers, and allows for the addition of effects, such as reflections, to any graphic, shape, or text box. Finally, SOHO Labels is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s full-screen mode, and can handle over 1,000 new label formats. ($39.99 new, $25 upgrade, release notes)

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Aperture 3.2.2 -- The last update to Apple’s professional photo organizer and editor added iCloud compatibility, but didn’t quite dial in fixes for a few issues. Now, Aperture 3.2.2 looks like the version that works out those kinks. In addition to resolving an issue with iCloud and Photo Stream, Aperture displays magnification levels correctly using the loupe, uses the correct color profile for externally edited images under Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, fixes a crash under Lion that could occur when using brushes, makes the app behave correctly in full-screen mode, and more. ($79.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update via Software Update or the Mac App Store, 635.72 MB)

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TextExpander 3.4 -- With Smile’s TextExpander 3.4, you can now boast about how much time TextExpander has saved you, thanks to a new Tweet My Stats button in the text expansion app’s Statistics window. It may not improve productivity, but it’s fun.

I’ve saved 2 hours and expanded 1,174 snippets using @TextExpander. How about you? http://smle.us/get_te

Other changes include support for selecting the local Dropbox folder, presumably for sharing snippets with a team, which TextExpander’s help now explains in detail; Quick Look support and improved double-click behavior for .textexpander files; and other unspecified bug fixes and improvements. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.0 MB)

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Keynote 5.1.1 -- Those who work with large Keynote presentations will want to pick up the just-released Keynote 5.1.1, since Apple claims it addresses issues when working with large presentations in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (the update applies to Keynote running under 10.6 Snow Leopard as well). Apple also claims “improvements in stability and accessibility.” ($19.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update via Software Update or the Mac App Store, 29.94 MB)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>