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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 29 October 2012

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FileMaker Pro 12.0.3 -- FileMaker Pro has been updated to version 12.0.3 with a number of fixes. This maintenance release fixes an issue where an object located beneath a transparent fill object couldn’t be selected, improves Layout mode performance when dealing with a large number of layout objects, fixes a border printing issue, and addresses an issue where Instant Web Publishing could crash after a period of use. ($299 new, free update, 557 MB, release notes)

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Skype 6.0.60.2946 -- Skype has updated its Skype for Mac desktop client to version 6.0.60.2946, which now gives you the option to sign into Skype using either a Microsoft or a Facebook account without having to first set up a new Skype account. The new release also provides instant messaging capabilities to your contacts stored in Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com services. The Mac client also adds support for open chats in multiple windows and for Retina displays. (Free, 34.5 MB, release notes)

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.4.3 -- DEVONtechnologies has updated all three editions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) plus DEVONnote to version 2.4.3, improving support for the OpenMeta standard for exchanging tagged files. The Pro and Pro Office editions also receive improvements in synchronizing OpenMeta tags using AppleScript as well as bring back the capability of opening more than 25 databases concurrently. The Pro Office edition improves 64-bit support and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. All three editions of DEVONthink can now display FreeMind mind-maps using Quick Look, improve the Sorter’s Take Note panel to handle images better, and include a new introductory video. Additionally, all three DEVONthink editions and DEVONnote now enable you to use the left and right arrow keys to expand and collapse multiple items in all lists and outlines. (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; 25-percent discount for TidBITS members on DEVONnote and all editions of DEVONthink)

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