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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11 May 2015

by TidBITS Staff

Fantastical 2.0.4 -- Flexibits has issued Fantastical 2.0.4 [1] with a number of handy additions for the popular calendar app. The update adds a pending invitations section that enables you to view all incoming invitations, a new appearance for birthday events, the capability to Option-drag an event so that it repeats on multiple days at the same time (available in Week view), and support for dragging items from OmniFocus to create an event. Version 2.0.4 also enables you to modify the default snooze duration, copy multiple invitees in the event details, dismiss all alert notifications by Option-clicking on a single notification, and disable alerts for calendars that aren’t editable. Fantastical 2 has a 14-day free trial, and currently costs $39.99 from either the Flexibits Store [2] or the Mac App Store [3]; the price will go up to $49.99 after an introductory discount period. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.8 MB, release notes [4], 10.10+)

Read/post comments [5] about Fantastical 2.0.4.

ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2 -- Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.6.1 [6] and ChronoAgent 1.5.2 [7], both of which receive support for package merging. This new feature will help keep ChronoSync from copying entire packages (such as a Photos library) if only minor changes occurred within the package. After comparing the contents of a package file on a destination, ChronoSync will copy only those components that have actually changed while using hard links to reconstruct the rest on the destination. The synchronization and backup app also implements enhanced progress reporting statistics, optimizes retrieving and setting of File Info data, fixes a bug where changing ownership on a folder could fail, improves efficiency of bootable backup/mirror sync operations, and fixes a hang that could occur when refreshing the displayed contents of the Analyze Panel. (Free updates for both apps; $49.99 new for ChronoSync with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members [8], 28.4 MB, release notes [9], 10.8+; $14.99 new for ChronoAgent, 10.3 MB, release notes [10], 10.8+)

Read/post comments [11] about ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2.

Downcast 1.1.10 -- Jamawkinaw Enterprises has released Downcast 1.1.10 [12] with added settings for episode start/finish times that enable you to skip intro and outro sections of a podcast. The podcatcher app also adds a button for opening 1Password to access credentials for protected podcasts, patches a bug that prevented Downcast from running in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, resolves issues with ID3 chapter extraction, and fixes user interface glitches in 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks. Downcast is currently on sale for $5.99 from the Mac App Store for an unspecified length of time. ($9.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 20.9 MB, release notes [13], 10.8+)

Read/post comments [14] about Downcast 1.1.10.

Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 -- Apple has released Safari 8.0.6 for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, along with Safari 7.1.6 for 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.2.6 for 10.8 Mountain Lion, with all three receiving WebKit-related security fixes [15]. The updates resolve multiple memory corruption issues within WebKit that could lead to a malicious Web site executing arbitrary code, patch an opening in WebKit’s history file system that could compromise user information, and fix a problem with WebKit page loading that could lead to user interface spoofing. All three versions of Safari are available only via Software Update. (Free)

Read/post comments [16] about Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6.

[1]: http://flexibits.com/fantastical
[2]: http://sites.fastspring.com/flexibits/product/store?source=flexibits
[3]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id975937182?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[4]: http://flexibits.com/fantastical_releasenotes
[5]: http://tidbits.com/article/15653#comments
[6]: http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_overview.html
[7]: http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/ca/agent_overview.html
[8]: http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html
[9]: http://www.econtechnologies.com/chronosync/notes.html
[10]: http://www.econtechnologies.com/chronoagent/notes.html
[11]: http://tidbits.com/article/15652#comments
[12]: http://www.downcastapp.com/
[13]: http://support.downcastapp.com/customer/portal/articles/1253642-change-log-mac
[14]: http://tidbits.com/article/15647#comments
[15]: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204826
[16]: http://tidbits.com/article/15646#comments