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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8 July 2013

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Twitter 2.3 -- Twitter has updated its eponymous Mac app to version 2.3 (available for free via the Mac App Store) with the capability to sync direct messages across all Twitter accounts and devices with the Twitter app. In addition to updating its main Mac app, the company has released updates to TweetDeck (its Mac-based app alternative) and its universal iOS Twitter app, as well as the desktop and mobile versions of its Web site and its Android app. According to a Twitter blog post, you can now read a direct message on your iPhone and have it synced and marked as read on Twitter’s Mac app, and vice versa. However, MacStories notes that this syncing doesn’t apply to third-party Twitter apps, and it isn’t clear whether an API will be made available to developers.

The Connect tab in Twitter 2.3 for the Mac now includes interactions that display when you have been retweeted, favorited, have a new follower, and when you’ve been added to a list. Additionally, you can adjust notification settings in real time. The update also ensures that real names and @usernames appear together in all parts of the app, provides fixes for unfavoriting tweets and an unspecified issue with Growl notifications, squashes a bug with character counting in the Tweet composer, and adds support for Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Thai, and Filipino localizations. (Free, 5.3 MB)

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Keyboard Maestro 6.1 -- Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 6.1 with a number of improvements and fixes for the macro utility, which recently received a major update (see “Keyboard Maestro 6 Automates Web Pages, Adds Macro Syncing,” 21 May 2013). The new release adds actions for opening the Keyboard Maestro status menu as well as for setting Safari and Google Chrome checkbox and radio button behaviors, conceals probable passwords in the clipboard history, improves accessibility detection and behavior under OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and enables you to read the plain text version of the clipboard when desired. The update also fixes icons for Chrome actions (which were previously identified with Safari icons), makes an adjustment for reading code from the clipboard when dealing with Safari’s “wonky Web archives,” and fixes the display of wireless triggers, the show menu action, and Set Variable to Calculation. ($36 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update with version 6 license, $25 upgrade from previous versions, 24 MB, release notes)

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LaunchBar 5.5.2 -- Objective Development has released LaunchBar 5.5.2 with further refinements to the keyboard-based launcher’s new snippet capabilities (see “LaunchBar 5.5,” 9 June 2013). LaunchBar now preselects the most recently used snippet when opening the Snippets list, and you can repeatedly press the Snippets hotkey to select the next snippet in the list. The update also squashes bugs for problems with creating snippets via Instant Send, restoring the Clipboard History at startup, and modifier taps. ($35 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.3 MB, release notes)

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Mailplane 3.0.1 -- Uncomplex has released Mailplane 3.0.1, a maintenance release to the Gmail-specific mail client that revises keyboard shortcuts for opening mail due to a change that enables shortcuts to work in reply mode. The previous Mail > Open option has been revised to Mail > Open Conversation (Command-]), while Mail > Open In New Window has been added (Command-O). The update also lets you hide the tab bar, fixes an AppleScript issue with paragraphs in the mail body, squashes a bug with downloaded attachments containing special characters in their file names, and ensures that opening a file dialog no longer crashes the app in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. ($24.95 new, free update, 20-percent-off upgrade discount or free upgrades for purchases after 1 October 2012, 3.6 MB, release notes)

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CloudPull 2.4.2 -- Responding to this week’s shuttering of Google Reader, Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull 2.4.2 to disable backing up of Google’s RSS service while still providing access to your existing Google Reader backups. (If Google Reader’s demise is news to you, be sure to check out Josh Centers’ overview of RSS alternatives in “The State of Google Reader Replacements,” 27 June 2013.) The update also now backs up Gmail labels that start with either “[Gmail]/” or “[Google Mail]/” and adds capabilities for copying the name of an item or a link (if selecting a bookmark or Google Reader subscription) via a contextual menu. ($9.99 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 12.8 MB, release notes)

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Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard -- Apple has released Security Update 2013-003 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (20.4 MB) as well as for 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard, both of which receive two versions: Lion (61 MB) and Lion Server (111.3 MB), plus Snow Leopard (349.5 MB) and Snow Leopard Server (424.5 MB). All versions of this security update close vulnerabilities with buffer overflows within QuickTime that could lead to “unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.” In particular, the updates deal with buffer overflows in Sorenson and H.264 encoded movie files, plus the handling of “mvhd” movie header atoms. (Free)

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