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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 March 2015

Fetch 5.7.5 -- Fetch Softworks has released Fetch 5.7.5 with improved support for Retina displays. The venerable file transfer client also resolves a problem downloading iBooks Author documents, fixes an issue with TLS/SSL connections on systems running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and earlier, avoids slowdowns in multi-file downloads on high-speed networks, and fixes problems with code signing for the Mac App Store. ($29 new from Fetch Softworks or the Mac App Store with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members and free for educational users, 11.9 MB, release notes, 10.5+)

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Downcast 1.1.7 -- Jamawkinaw Enterprises has released Downcast 1.1.7 with a fix for an issue in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that caused the media library location to change. (For a full review, see “Downcast Comes to Mac, but Lacks Instacast’s Polish,” 3 August 2013.) The updated podcatcher app also fixes issues with the context menu and shortcuts when using the available episodes list, fixes a problem that prevented application of incoming iCloud changes, and resolves several instances of crashes. ($9.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 20.6 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

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BusyCal 2.6.5 -- BusyMac has released BusyCal 2.6.5 with improved handling of Exchange cookies in order to avoid repeated login dialogs. The calendar app also improves Quick Entry parsing of 24-hour times, re-syncs alarm snoozes that conflict with an acknowledgement, displays change notifications for WebDAV feeds, fixes an issue with dragging events to the sidebar in Week View, improves handling of Exchange Push subscriptions, and fixes the Time Zone menu. As of this writing, BusyCal remains stuck at version 2.6.4 in the Mac App Store. ($49.99 new from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, 10.3 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Logic Pro X 10.1.1 -- Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.1.1 with a large number of documented changes (a rarity for Apple software updates) for the professional audio app. The release ensures the app remains responsive when it’s opened with Euphonix control surfaces installed, fixes an issue where the Brush Tool could get stuck in fixed pitch mode when selected after using the Pencil Tool, makes sure that pre-fader sends are no longer affected by VCA faders, resolves a problem that could cause the Download Manager to appear empty, ensures that VoiceOver can access audio channels as well as track header volume and pan controls, and restores undo reliability after moving events in the Piano Roll. ($199.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update, 1.05 GB, release notes, 10.9+)

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VLC Media Player 2.2.0 -- VideoLAN has released VLC 2.2.0 (nicknamed WeatherWax after the Granny Weatherwax character from Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels) with automatic rotation of vertically oriented videos captured by mobile devices (supported for MP4/MOV, MKV, and raw H.264 formats) and the addition of a playback resumption feature that returns you to the point last played when the file was closed (a feature that has been available in all mobile editions of VLC for some time). When you open a previously played video, you can restart from the beginning, continue from the left-off point, or choose to always continue playback (these options can be adjusted in Preferences > Interface).


The open-source media player also improves support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H.265, adds a subtitle downloading extension (using OpenSubtitles), and updates the user interface to be more in line with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (Free, 33.5 MB, release notes)

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