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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19 May 2014

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Mailplane 3.2.1 -- Uncomplex has released Mailplane 3.2.1, a small update that amends the previous release’s inline image feature addition (see “Mailplane 3.2,” 5 May 2014). Version 3.2.1 adds an option to enable or disable the inline image insertion via Preferences > Attachments. The release also automatically reduces inline images if they are wider than 500 pixels, ensures the cursor won’t disappear while composing a message, and fixes a bug that caused Mailplane to crash when opening a document with no set default app. ($24.95 new, free update, 17.3 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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SpamSieve 2.9.14 -- C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.14 with support for Apple Mail when running the recently released OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks (for more on the update, see “10.9.3 Restores Local Contact/Calendar Sync, Improves 4K Support,” 15 May 2014). C-Command notes that if you’ve already updated to 10.9.3 Mavericks you should make sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu (otherwise Mail will move good messages to the spam mailbox without consultation with SpamSieve). The release also does away with the file size limit associated with the Import Addresses command, checks permissions on more of Apple Mail’s folders, no longer prompts to access the system contacts database if Use Mac OS X Address Book is unchecked, and improves the training commands in Apple Mail’s localized mailbox names. ($30 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 14.4 MB, release notes, 10.5+)

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GraphicConverter 9.2 -- Lemkesoft has released GraphicConverter 9.2, which now includes a new feature that regularly verifies images on NAS devices (via a background task). The graphic conversion and editing utility gains sharpen, burn, and dodge brushes, an export to Apple TV that keeps file order, display of animated GIFs during slideshow, the capability to access tools in new submenu, and a golden ratio display. The update also optimizes the speed of PDF multipage editing if Zip or JPEG compression is used, improves rename options, fixes a bug when saving GIF loop values, and improves batch multiscale options. ($39.95 new from the Lemkesoft Web site or from the Mac App Store, 228 MB, release notes, 10.7+).

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Logic Pro X 10.0.7 -- Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.0.7, a massive update with over 330 enhancements and bug fixes. The biggest news is that the professional audio app now supports 24 simultaneous processing threads on 12-core Mac Pro models, which should provide a nice boost in performance. The release also enables you to insert current volume, pan, and send values for all selected tracks at the playhead position; improves the Drummer track’s timing if Low Latency mode is enabled; enables you to paste automation at the playhead or marquee selection area; consolidates the Snap, Alignment Guides, and Snap to Grid settings within the Snap menu; and improves import and export of XML with Final Cut Pro X. ($199.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update, 828 MB, release notes, 10.8.4+)

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