Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1 -- Adobe has issued updates to the two editions of its professional photo cataloging and editing application — Lightroom CC 2015.1 (available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan; for more details, see “Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for OS X,” 11 May 2015) and the standalone Lightroom 6.1. Lightroom CC 2015.1 receives the new Dehaze feature for removing haze and fog from pictures (or, conversely, adding more haze to a photo). Additionally, Lightroom CC 2015.1 brings local white and black adjustment sliders to the Gradient Filter, Radial Filter, and Local adjustment brush tools, improving the capability to fine-tune tonality near the brightest and darkest parts of the picture. While it doesn’t gain the added features, Lightroom 6.1 does receive the same bug fixes as Lightroom CC 2015.1, including a resolution to a slow start that would devolve into an unending blue spinning wheel with any attempt to click within the app. To download this release, use the Creative Cloud application for Lightroom CC 2015, or the Check for Updates menu item in Lightroom 6. ($9.99 monthly subscription or $149 for the standalone app, release notes, 10.8+)
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Default Folder X 4.7.2 -- St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.7.2 with a fix for an issue that affected Photoshop and Illustrator on OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite, where Yosemite file dialogs grew larger and larger when invoked by clicking a button in a modal dialog. The Open and Save dialog enhancement utility also corrects a hang that occurred when Default Folder X encountered a corrupted alias file in a favorite or recent folder, fixes a bug that caused the Save button to stop functioning after renaming a file in a Save As dialog, no longer requires Default Folder X to restart to receive changes made to favorite or default folders in System Preferences, and ensures Get Info works correctly in the French, German, Japanese and Danish localizations. ($34.95 new, $10 off for TidBITS members, free update, 11.0 MB, release notes, 10.6+)
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ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3 -- Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3 with a variety of improvements for the synchronization and backup apps. Both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent improve progress reporting when copying package files, fix a bug that would perform a full copy rather than a merge for files in an HFS-compressed package, resolve an issue that could cause post-sync volume ejection to fail if the Synchronizer Document performing the task was open, and relax internal constraints regarding the maximum length of file paths. Additionally, ChronoSync 4.6.2 adds an option to probe all routes to a host when multiple routes exist; fixes a bug with the Delete, Rename and Duplicate functions that could cause crashes when Container Documents were open; patches some minor memory leaks; and fixes an issue that aborted sync/backup tasks with NAS devices if they reported erroneous file system information. (Free updates for both apps; $49.99 new for ChronoSync with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, 28.4 MB, release notes, 10.8+; $14.99 new for ChronoAgent, 10.3 MB, release notes, 10.8+)
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Audio Hijack 3.1.1 -- Rogue Amoeba has issued Audio Hijack 3.1.1 with several tweaks and bug fixes for the popular audio recording utility. The release updates the Instant On component to version 8.0.8 with several fixes, including one for noise that could occur with devices running at high sample rates. Audio Hijack 3.1.1 also ensures keyboard shortcuts work as expected, improves performance when using a large quantity of Timers, corrects the Home window tab order for VoiceOver, and resolves an incompatibility with Intermission. ($49 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update for version 3.0 licenses, $25 upgrade from older versions, 15.4 MB, release notes, 10.9+)
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Mellel 3.4 -- RedleX has released Mellel 3.4 with the added capability to export outlines and annotations to PDF, as well as several language handling improvements. Now a 64/32-bit universal binary app with Quick Look and Spotlight plug-ins, the word processor adds improved interaction for resizing images, improves handling and detection of clicks outside pages for better selection behavior, adjusts the design of Document and Find Set windows to better suit OS X 10.10 Yosemite, improves missing font substitution, correctly adjusts the cursor when moving over the ruler, and fixes an issue that caused Mellel to produce faulty OPML when choosing “export content as notes.” ($39 new from RedleX and the Mac App Store, free update, 93.4 MB, release notes, 10.6+)
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