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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 March 2016

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 -- Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4, closing a potential security risk in Sparkle (see “Sparkle Vulnerability Real, but Exploits Highly Unlikely,” 15 February 2016) and fixing a bug introduced in the previous version that prevented list items from updating with the correct formatting. The powerful word processor now ensures that macros relying upon English menu titles work when using a non-English localization, fixes a crash that occurred when importing documents with footnotes/endnotes inside table cells, and fixes a bug that prevented links from being added to PDFs saved to any drive other than the startup drive. ($79 new from Nisus Software and the Mac App Store, free update, 222 MB, release notes, 10.8.5+)

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OmniOutliner 4.5 -- The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4.5 with the addition of several options for controlling the print output (such as printing only the selected rows, filtering by status, expanding to show all descendants, etc.). The outlining and information organization app now uses a tab-separated format when exporting the plain text of copied rows, enables you to create new sections in the section list using the Return key, rejiggers the sort options to place empty rows at the bottom instead of the top, includes any visible notes in CSV exports, and ensures that content from Microsoft Office pastes correctly when in row selection mode. ($49.99 new for standard edition (Mac App Store), $99.99 for Pro edition (Mac App Store), free update, 23.9 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Default Folder X 5.0.2 -- St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.2, a maintenance update that’s flush with improvements and bug fixes for the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. The update detects that a file dialog has closed even if an application performs a long operation afterwards, turns on Rebound (reselecting the last selected file in a folder) by default in column view, displays a preview of the first item when multiple items are selected rather than turning off previews, fixes problems with Default Folder X not enhancing some file dialogs, adds an extra settings preference dialog that “allows you to fiddle with various details” (press Option when choosing Preferences to see it), and updates Sparkle to version 1.13 (though St. Clair Software says that Default Folder X wasn’t susceptible to the recently reported security issue; see “Sparkle Vulnerability Real, but Exploits Highly Unlikely,” 15 February 2016). ($34.95 new, $14.95 upgrade, TidBITS members save $10 on new copies and $5 on upgrades, 7.9 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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1Password 6.1 -- AgileBits has released 1Password 6.1 for Mac (dubbed The Mini Delights Edition), which now displays a login’s username next to the title if you’ve used the same title more than once (making it easier to identify the correct login when you have duplicate titles). The password manager also enables you to view a list of all the files you store in 1Password using the brand new Documents category, improves sync to ensure 1Password mini is more responsive, enables the Trash to be emptied from All Vaults, improves search for item titles containing accented characters, fixes a bug that prevented a change in the Master Password from propagating through iCloud sync from the AgileBits Store edition of 1Password, and updates translations. Simultaneously, we published version 2.1 of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of 1Password,” which keeps pace with the changes in 1Password 6.1 and with 1Password for Families. ($49.99 new from AgileBits and the Mac App Store with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members when purchased from AgileBits, free update, 43.9 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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SpamSieve 2.9.24 -- Michael Tsai of C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.24, adding support for Apple Mail in the forthcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan (and you want to update SpamSieve before 10.11.4 ships). The spam filtering utility improves launch speed, as well as improves sorting and deleting speed in the Blocklist, Whitelist, and Corpus windows. The update also brings a more reliable strategy to prevent OS X from keeping SpamSieve stuck in a partially launched state, improves the Train as Good command in Apple Mail, and reduces SpamSieve’s memory use when type-selecting in the Corpus, Blocklist, and Whitelist windows. ($30 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 14.6 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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Retrospect 13 -- Retrospect Inc. has released Retrospect 13, a major new release of the backup software that adds support for integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers (a full list is available from the Retrospect Web site. Retrospect 13 also includes a new performance-optimized grooming mode for automatically deleting older files and folders that complements the existing grooming mode (now called “storage-optimized grooming”). Where storage-optimized grooming reclaims as much space as possible, performance-optimized grooming speeds things up by removing only outdated backup information that it can delete quickly.

Retrospect 13 improves the speed of its catalog rebuild process, as well as backup and restore (up to 20 percent faster). It also adds support for simultaneous access to different sets on the same volume, enables you to move media sets to another location, adds a log message for live restores on OS X 10.11 El Capitan (required by System Integrity Protection), and fixes numerous issues. Retrospect 13 Desktop for Mac is priced at $119, and older versions can be upgraded for $69. It can also be purchased in an Annual Support and Maintenance (ASM) package for $249 ($179 upgrade), which includes one year of unlimited email and phone support plus free upgrades. ($119 new, $69 upgrade, 181 MB, release notes, 10.6.8+)

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