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You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 July 2013

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Hazel 3.1.3 -- Noodlesoft has released Hazel 3.1.3 with a number of core and user interface changes to the file cleanup utility. The update features a number of fixes to the upload/connection code, including improved WebDAV support. The handling of symlinks and content matching with accented characters has also been fixed, as well as an infinite loop caused by formatting odd characters. User interface changes include the capability to set an initial folder for server browsing, the capability to enter a URL in the server field of the connection panel, additional VoiceOver labels, and a fix for actions that would not stick. ($28 new, free update, 7.7 MB, release notes)

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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6.1 -- Following up on the recent 2.6 release, DEVONtechnologies has updated all three versions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.6.1, with a number of fixes and improvements. New features of all versions of DEVONthink include a new Recently Added smart group for new databases, automatic thumbnail generation and updates, a new rich text pop-up menu for the Take Note panel, and an Add Link item in the contextual menu of rich text views. There’s also improved synchronization, and the Safari extension is now Retina ready. DEVONnote also features the new rich text pop-up menu and the Add Link contextual menu item, along with a French localization, updating of smart groups after trashing items, and disabling of the database rebuilding and backup and optimize functions if there is not enough available disk space. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, release notes; 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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