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TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2014

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Firefox 104 -- Mozilla has decided to up the ante in the release war with Chrome and Internet Explorer, taking Firefox to new heights with triple digit numbering. Major changes include support for DRML (Digital Rights Management Language), proper rendering of the “pile of poo” emoji when a Web page’s content-type is set to UTF-16, errant pixels in the grab handle, and new in-app advertising, which is enabled by default. While we were writing this, Firefox was updated to versions 105, 106, and 107 to address issues related to the grab handle’s pixels when rendered on Retina displays. (Free, 41.1 MB, release notes)

Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0 -- We’re unsure what to say about the Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0 from Apple for owners of the new cylindrical Mac Pro. ATS stands for Apple Type Services, so the implication is that the update might be related to font rendering, but the release notes set a new record for even Apple’s famous level of brevity, reading in their entirety, “Don’t ask.” If you haven’t noticed any problems with fonts on your shiny new Mac Pro, it’s probably safest to wait some time before installing it via Software Update or a direct download. (Free, 401K)

Pages 5.1.1 -- Given Apple’s public commitment to returning features from Pages 4.3 to Pages 5 (see “Apple Updates iWork Suite for Mac, iOS, and iCloud,” 24 January 2014), we’re unsurprised but happy to see the changes in Pages 5.1.1, the latest minor release of the word processor. Although the release notes say merely that 5.1.1 offers “miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements,” Pages expert Michael Cohen, who is deep in the program while writing the pre-book “Take Control of Pages,” tells us that among the changes are the reappearance of support for copy and paste, import of .txt documents, and full justification. ($19.99 new, free update, 40.1 MB)

Jamiroquai 5.2.143.78.1 -- Powlver Software has updated the utility app Jamiroquai to 5.2.143.78.1, featuring full integration with iMovie for iOS. The new version fixes a bug related to extracting quadratic equations from PDF documents, enhances radio tuning in the AM band, and improves speed when importing DRML files. It also adds a few new features, such as check scanning, a redesigned “star map” mode, and AppleScript support for sharing objects via AirDrop. ($89.95 new, free update, 4.01 GB)

 

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Comments about TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2014
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Mike Vlasman  2014-04-01 08:06
As I write, Firefox is now updated to version 401!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-04-01 10:46
I heard the previous versions had trouble decoding the video for the Netflix Original "Rotisserie Chicken." If you haven't seen that yet, I recommend it highly.

http://www.netflix.com/
Chris Sansom  2014-04-02 02:55
Love the release notes for the Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0. Reminds me of a bit of utility software I had to use way back in the early 80s on a CP/M based network. If you typed the wrong thing, the error message was: '***What?!***'