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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21 September 2015

by TidBITS Staff

BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6 -- BusyMac has released BusyCal 2.6.7 [1] and BusyContacts 1.0.6 [2] with both the calendar app and contact manager receiving compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and support for sending email messages in AirMail 2.5. BusyCal 2.6.7 also fixes a couple of crashes, addresses two Exchange bugs, displays the default font size in the Notes field when using date stamp, and stores backups in the BusyCal Container if no backup folder is selected. BusyContacts 1.0.6 resolves an issue where photos added in BusyContacts could exceed iCloud’s maximum size, fixes a bug in the Activity List when displaying or opening MailMate messages, and sorts out an issue with the Duplicate Card menu becoming disabled after an edit. As usual, updates to the Mac App Store versions aren’t yet available. (BusyCal is $49.99 new from BusyMac or the Mac App Store [3], 10.2 MB, release notes [4], 10.9+; BusyContacts is $49.99 new from BusyMac or the Mac App Store [5], 5.4 MB, release notes [6], 10.9+; free updates)

Read/post comments [7] about BusyCal 2.6.7 and BusyContacts 1.0.6.

Fission 2.2.5 -- Rogue Amoeba has released Fission 2.2.5 [8] with improved file support for several different file types. The audio editor speeds up loading of AAC and Apple Lossless files, improves support for Apple Lossless files in 20-bit ALAC format, improves tagging within FLAC files, and provides better support for chapterized AAC files. Fission 2.2.5 is fully compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and it now requires 10.9 Mavericks or higher, although older versions for 10.8 Mountain Lion and earlier remain available on Rogue Amoeba’s Legacy Software page [9]. ($29 new from Rogue Amoeba with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members [10], also available from Mac App Store [11], free update, 14.1 MB, release notes [12], 10.9+)

Read/post comments [13] about Fission 2.2.5.

Boom 2 v1.3 -- Global Delight has released version 1.3 of its Boom 2 [14] volume booster and equalizer app with three new in-app effects (see “FunBITS: Boom for Mac Pumps up the Volume [15],” 18 April 2014). The Spatial effect places you at the center of your audio for a more realistic sound, Pitch enables you to take the audio pitch a note higher or lower (great for karaoke), and Night Mode helps keep audio at an even level (such as when watching movies that swing between loud explosions and quiet exposition). The update also adds support for VoiceOver and a Traditional Chinese localization. As of this writing, version 1.3 hasn’t made it to the Mac App Store yet, but it has been submitted for review. ($14.99 new from Global Delight with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members [16], free update, 10.5 MB, release notes [17], 10.10+)

Read/post comments [18] about Boom 2 v1.3.

iTunes 12.3 -- Apple has released iTunes 12.3 [19] with support for the just-released iOS 9 (see “iOS 9: TidBITS Answers Your Questions [20],” 16 September 2015) and improved support for the still-to-come OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The update also improves Apple Music accessibility with VoiceOver, fixes a bug that prevented reordering of songs within Up Next, resolves an issue that prevented some radio stations from appearing within Recently Played, and rectifies a problem that prevented songs that you loved on an iOS device from appearing on iTunes. Additionally, iTunes adds support for Apple’s two-factor authentication. (Free, 239 MB via direct download [21] or via Software Update, 10.7.5+)

Read/post comments [22] about iTunes 12.3.

[1]: http://www.busymac.com/busycal/
[2]: http://www.busymac.com/busycontacts/
[3]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/busycal-2/id567245998?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[4]: http://www.busymac.com/busycal/releasenotes.html
[5]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/busycontacts/id964258399?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[6]: http://www.busymac.com/busycontacts/releasenotes.html
[7]: http://tidbits.com/article/15938#comments
[8]: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/fission/
[9]: http://rogueamoeba.com/legacy/
[10]: http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html
[11]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fission/id549251391?mt=12&at=10l5PW
[12]: http://www.rogueamoeba.com/fission/releasenotes.php
[13]: http://tidbits.com/article/15937#comments
[14]: http://www.globaldelight.com/boom/
[15]: http://tidbits.com/article/14682
[16]: http://tidbits.com/member_benefits.html
[17]: http://www.globaldelight.com/blog/boom-2-v1-3-brilliant-new-effects-voiceover-assistance-compatibilty/
[18]: http://tidbits.com/article/15933#comments
[19]: http://www.apple.com/itunes/
[20]: http://tidbits.com/article/15931
[21]: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
[22]: http://tidbits.com/article/15932#comments