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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 June 2013

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Napkin 1.1 -- Aged and Distilled has released Napkin 1.1 with a new automatic guide feature added to the visual communication and screenshot tool (reviewed earlier this year by Josh Centers; see “Napkin Offers a Fresh Take on Visual Communication,” 16 February 2013). A temporary visual guide is now displayed when moving or resizing a Napkin item, and its edges and center point snap to other items on a napkin. You can turn off the automatic snapping by holding the Command key when moving or resizing. The update also fixes a crash that occurred when deleting an image from a napkin that contained a Call-Out, and patches some small memory leaks. ($39.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 8.6 MB, release notes)

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Evernote 5.1 -- With the release of version 5.1 of its information management app, Evernote adds a native reminders feature that enables you to set both in-app and email alarms. As Federico Viticci notes in his excellent overview at MacStories, Evernote’s new reminders are no replacement for hardcore GTD (Getting Things Done) practitioners, but at least the app now enables you to track task-related notes to completion.

Clicking the new clock icon at the top of a note (just to the left of the share button) does two things: it sends the title of the note to a new Reminders section placed at the top of the notebooks pane, and it offers you the option to add a due date. If no date is set, the title of the note remains in the Reminders section, but you’ll be missing out on the “remind” portion of this new feature (you can return to the note later to add a due date).


Reminders are also separated by notebook (if you have multiple notebooks), with your complete collection of reminders appearing when you select All Notes. Finally, you can opt to have Evernote send a list of the day’s reminders via email, which is received early in the morning on the due date. The email option is presented when you first open Evernote 5.1, and you can adjust this setting later in Preferences.

The Mac release also adds enhanced XAuth security, redesigns the vertical list view to display more notes on your screen, adds new Superscript and Subscript text styles, and makes some unspecified improvements to copy and paste. In conjunction with the Mac release, Evernote for iOS (version 5.3) also receives the new reminders capabilities. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 40.8 MB)

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KeyCue 6.5 -- Ergonis has released KeyCue 6.5 with improvements that make looking up keyboard shortcuts quicker. The update uses a new internal drawing order that improves the shortcut tables appearance and a new menu scanning technique to make it easier to scan deeply nested bookmarks in Safari. Other improvements include better compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and FileMaker 12, recognition of the “fn fn” shortcut to start dictation on Mountain Lion, and refined diagnostic messages when applications with incorrect menu structures are detected. KeyCue now also avoids beeping if you dismiss the shortcut table with the Escape key, and you can check for updates from KeyCue’s menu bar icon. Finally, Sibelius users will appreciate a downloadable set of extended shortcut descriptions for the music notation software (available from Ergonis’s download extras Web page), which can be imported into KeyCue to reveal 272 hidden keyboard shortcuts. (€19.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 2.6 MB, release notes)

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