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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 January 2013

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Things 2.1.1 -- Cultured Code has released Things 2.1.1, bringing some elements from the iOS Reminders app to the Mac task management app. In particular, the update now displays a compass arrow to indicate location-based to-dos as well as an Import All button. Things 2.1.1 also adds fuzzy search results for characters with diacritics (such as ü, ç, ñ, etc.), fixes a problem with repeating projects not getting grouped under the Scheduled heading; fixes an issue with Reminders and Siri that caused excessive memory usage; squashed a bug that crashed the app when expanding or collapsing the active projects list in the sidebar; ensures the inbox badge is updated after marking an inbox to-do complete; and improves the German, French, Japanese and Russian localizations. Normally priced at $49.99, Cultured Code is offering Things at half price ($24.99) from both its Web site and the Mac App Store until 31 January 2013. ($49.99 new, free update, 15 MB, release notes)

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Evernote 5.0.5 -- Updated to version 5.0.5, Evernote for Mac now enables you to sync shortcuts across multiple Macs (other platforms will get the shortcuts feature in future updates). Other new features in the information management service’s software include the capability to focus searches so they exclude shared notes, the use of AppleScript to create checkboxes in the ENML markup language, and the capability to select multiple tags in the sidebar by Command-clicking. The update also improves sync performance for large accounts, prints PDFs more reliably, improves Korean image indexing, fixes sidebar visual glitches in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and improves handling of tags in AppleScript. Free from the Mac App Store, 29.1 MB)

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Fantastical 1.3.6 -- Flexibits has released Fantastical 1.3.6 with the capability to use natural language to specify a calendar as you type the text of an event (previously, you could specify a calendar by using a forward slash at the beginning or end of your text). Now you can type “calendar [calendar name]” in an event string (such as “record Watchlist podcast calendar TidBITS”). The update also speeds up event updates for Microsoft Outlook users, ensures the details window doesn’t disappear during an active search, and autocompletes two-digit years (where 13 becomes 2013). ($19.99 new, free update from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, 11.2 MB, release notes)

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