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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 August 2013

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Skype 6.7 -- Microsoft has released Skype 6.7, which completely overhauls the telephony app’s search feature. Now you can enter a term into the toolbar’s search field, and it will bring up a list of relevant conversations, as well as enabling you to explore your entire conversation history. A number of issues have also been resolved, including Skype hanging when closing the application during a call, being unable to hang up a call with the keyboard shortcut, and duplicate messages to Facebook contacts. There is an existing known issue with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion where the app sometimes crashes when clicking on profile pictures or file transfer icons. If Skype’s automatic update feature hasn’t yet gotten you the new version, choose Skype > Check for Updates, or download a copy from Skype’s Web site. (Free, 40.6 MB, release notes)

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Downcast 1.0.1 -- The first update to Downcast offers no new features or design tweaks to the recently released Mac podcatcher, but fixes 22 bugs and performance issues (see “Downcast Comes to Mac, but Lacks Instacast’s Polish,” 3 August 2013). Bugs fixed include iCloud-related startup crash loops, failed downloads, crashes related to saved podcast images and deleting downloads, ignored playlist priorities, bugs that prevented syncing, and an issue that prevented OPML import. Loading times for episode playback, startup time, and playlist deletion have all been improved. ($9.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 3.6 MB, release notes)

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