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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 December 2012

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Hazel 3.0.15 -- Noodlesoft released Hazel 3.0.14 to enable you to edit notification options from the file cleanup utility when running in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Accessed via the gear pull-down, you can select Notification Center or Growl (if you have the latter installed) and specify which kinds of notifications should be displayed. (By default, Notification Center gets the nod if both are available.) The update also fixes instances of Hazel not keeping track of Trash if it is empty on startup and more reliably matches patterns with accented characters. Noodlesoft subsequently issued version 3.0.15 to fix a crash in notification options and a disabling of the gear pull-down when notification options are available but no folders are present. ($25 new, free update, 6.2 MB, release notes)

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CloudPull 2.1.7 -- With CloudPull 2.1.6, Golden Hill Software has updated its Google-data backup application to reflect changes in how Google exports documents and spreadsheets. Specifically, the new release ensures that filename extensions and formats reflect changes Google has made to documents (switching from the .doc format to .docx) and spreadsheets (changing from .xls to .xlsx). After installation, CloudPull will download current versions of spreadsheets and documents as new versions. (Presentation files also get updated, even though Google has not changed the file extension from its current .ppt. Golden Hill notes that CloudPull will be ready for a switch to .pptx should Google make that change.) Additionally, CloudPull now updates its record of special mail folders to reflect changes in account language between backup iterations. A separate CloudPull 1.5.8 update brings these changes to the pre-Lion version of the utility.

Shortly after version 2.1.6 was released, Golden Hill issued version 2.1.7 to fix a bug that crashed the app if the user selected a Google Drive folder that contained at least one subfolder. ($9.99 through 31 December 2012 via direct download or via the Mac App Store, free update, 8.4 MB, release notes)

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Snapz Pro X 2.5.1 -- Ambrosia’s Snapz Pro X screen capture utility gets updated to version 2.5.1 with a fix to a positioning problem that Adam Engst called out in his recent write-up of the screen capture utility’s update to version 2.5 (see “Snapz Pro X 2.5 Finally Makes Nice with Mountain Lion,” 16 November 2012). The new release now properly remembers the selection position on multiple monitors. Other fixes include improved hotkey handling, removal of an incomplete Italian localization, and changes to the installer to address some instances of failed installations. ($69 new, free update, 13.8 MB)

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TweetDeck 2.1 -- Twitter has released TweetDeck 2.1, an update that adds a smattering of features to the company’s column-based client. The new release adds support for photo and player cards (the latter of which can play video and audio), plus it enables you to edit and refine search columns using the new column options (click the magnifying glass icon at the top of a column). It also adds the capability to type “n” to start a new tweet and press Command-Enter to send a tweet. Also included are fixes for Retina display support and profiles that didn’t load under certain circumstances. (Free, 1.4 MB)

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Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.6 -- Rogue Amoeba has updated Audio Hijack Pro to version 2.10.6, which also updates the Instant On component to version 6.0.2 in order to improve audio capture from VMware Fusion (as well as other unspecified apps). The latest version Audio Hijack Pro also improves capture from the Zoiper and Bria 3 softphone apps, adds ID3 tags to AIFF recordings for viewing in iTunes, fixes a bug that caused future timers to fail to be scheduled, addresses multiple AppleScript support issues, corrects display of the 4FX plug-in in the Effects area, and restores audio capture from iSight cameras. ($32 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.6 MB, release notes)

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Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1 -- Apple has released Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.1, which addresses a problem with the mid-2012 MacBook Pro (when using certain Thunderbolt cables) that prevented some bus-powered Thunderbolt devices from working as expected. The update requires Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later. (Free, 442 KB)

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