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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 October 2015

Coda 2.5.12 -- Panic has released Coda 2.5.12 with a number of fixes specific to OS X 10.11 El Capitan — ensuring that MySQL connects properly via SSH tunnel, resolving an issue that caused popovers to be drawn un-styled, and fixing a bug that caused corner traffic lights to be drawn horizontally. The Web site development tool also correctly removes Clips triggers when expanded from the menu, improves syntax highlighting support for PHP interfaces, adds .mac and .xsl extensions to supported file types, no longer includes commas in CSS selector autocomplete, and improves CSS validation behavior when offline. ($99 new, free update, 85.1 MB, release notes, 10.7.5+)

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Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2 -- Microsoft has updated its OneNote note-keeping app to version 15.14.2 (previously reviewed by Julio Ojeda-Zapata; see “Microsoft’s OneNote Takes on Evernote,” 6 May 2014) with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The update also improves battery life by using the CPU on MacBooks rather than the GPU, fixes a crash that occurred when dragging text between outlines, and fixes a kerning-related font spacing issue. Microsoft also recently updated OneNote for iOS to add support for Spotlight and the new Split View in iOS 9, as well as adding support for Handoff. (Free from the Mac App Store, 334 MB, 10.10+)

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Skype 7.13 -- Microsoft has released Skype 7.13 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, including added support for El Capitan’s multitasking Split View mode. The Internet telephony and messaging app adds a new option in Contacts > Add Contacts to automatically add contacts in your Mac address book as Skype contacts. Skype also acknowledges an issue causing slow performance when switching to a conversation with a large number of participants when running El Capitan, and notes that a fix is forthcoming. (Free, 38.8 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Mellel 3.4.3 -- RedleX has released Mellel 3.4.3, a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs for the word processing app. The update resolves an issue that caused a crash when typing in cells in the Page Style header/footer editor, fixes a bug where clicking inside a table inside a header or footer could cause a crash, solves a problem that caused the app to fail to perform a bibliography scan when the cursor was positioned at the end of the document, and fixes a bug that caused jerky selection behaviour when moving the cursor outside of a page. ($39 new from RedleX and the Mac App Store, free update, 93.6 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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CleanMyMac 3.1 -- MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3.1 with full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, as well as El Capitan’s SIP (System Integrity Protection) security feature. The all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app (reviewed recently by Joe Kissell; see “Save Space and Uninstall Apps with CleanMyMac 3,” 28 August 2015) also now sends album artwork cache cleanup to iTunes Junk and Adobe Premiere Pro media cache cleanup to System Junk, improves notification behavior for all permanent Health issues, updates the CleanMyMac Safety Database to version 2.1.0, fixes a bug that displayed a false positive battery health status, ensures that login items are correctly removed as part of the uninstaller, and fixes numerous layout issues in El Capitan. ($39.95 new, free update, 30.5 MB, 10.8+)

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3.1 -- Smile has released version 7.3.1 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro with improved support in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, including a fix for a crash that occurred when unhiding the sidebar. The PDF editing apps also ensure that the Automatically Create Form Fields Alert properly respects the alert suppression setting, prevent the Open dialog from appearing when a document is opened on launch, and fix specific copy and paste failures in certain documents. ($74.95/$124.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free updates, 53.1/53.7 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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BBEdit 11.1.3 -- Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.1.3, a maintenance update with fixes for a variety of reported issues. The venerable text editor fixes a performance bug that caused status bar items to spend too much time drawing themselves, resolves a crash that occurred when typing HTML tags in the middle of Markdown documents, fixes questionable code in ctags that could occasionally generate garbage paths when using --tag-relative=yes, clarifies the blurry antialiased blinking insertion point, and works around an issue in OS X 10.11 El Capitan that would cause the open front panel to become unresponsive to clicks. ($49.99, free update, 11.6 MB, release notes, 10.8.5+)

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TextWrangler 5.0 -- Bare Bones Software has introduced TextWrangler 5.0, a major new release for the free text editor, which gains support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan while also adding and improving a number of features. The update improves the Find Differences results windows, replacing the previous three-window presentation with a single window that displays both old and new files simultaneously. Syntax coloring now allows greater flexibility in color choices for language support, and TextWrangler now highlights all instances of a selection by underlining all occurrences in a document. TextWrangler 5.0 also extends Zap Gremlins to use ASCII equivalents when replacing gremlins with the character code, replaces the Recent Documents section in the sidebar with a “recent” pop-up button in the action area at the bottom of the sidebar, adds Select Up and Select Down commands to the Edit menu to facilitate rectangular selection via the keyboard, and improves the Entab/Detab dialog. If you decide to move up to the more powerful BBEdit text editor from Bare Bones, your TextWrangler preferences will be retained and automatically imported into BBEdit. (Free, 9.5 MB, release notes, 10.8.5+)

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Safari 9.0 -- Apple has released Safari 9.0, available for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks (and included with 10.11 El Capitan). The updated Web browser adds controls to mute audio from any open tab, brings additional viewing options for Safari Reader, and improves AutoFill compatibility. However, the new Pinned Sites feature (which enables you to keep favorite Web sites open and active) is available only in El Capitan. On the security front, the update puts paid to a number of vulnerabilities, including issues with Safari extensions, LaunchServices’ quarantine history, and WebKit memory corruption issues (see complete details at this Apple Support security content page). Safari 9.0 is available only via Software Update. (Free, 85.4 MB, 10.9+)

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SuperDuper 2.8 -- Shirt Pocket has released SuperDuper 2.8 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and with some changes to the drive-cloning and backup app’s update mechanism. Because El Capitan no longer permits changes to the ownership or permissions of the /Applications and /Applications/Utilities folders in El Capitan (as explained by this Shirt Pocket blog post), you’ll either need to upgrade to version 2.8 before upgrading to El Capitan or manually install SuperDuper after upgrading to El Capitan. Additionally, SuperDuper now ups the system requirements to a minimum of 10.7 Lion. (Free for basic functionality, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB, 10.7+)

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