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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15 September 2014

Parallels Desktop 10.0.2 -- Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 10.0.2 (27712) with fixes for a number of stability- and performance-related issues. The virtualization software fixes a bug that caused accidental keyboard input in Coherence, ratchets down the CPU usage of the Parallels Tools Service process in Boot Camp virtual machines, resolves an issue that distorted Windows OS native sounds when LogMeIn is installed, and fixes a problem that caused virtual machines to crash when shutting down. ($79.99 new, $49.99 upgrade, $39.99 educational, free update from version 10.0+, 275 MB, release notes, 10.9.4+)

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TextExpander 4.3.3 -- Smile has released TextExpander 4.3.3, which ensures compatibility with the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Smile also anticipates that this and any later version of TextExpander 4 will be fully compatible with the eventual official release of Yosemite. (To get ready for Yosemite, see “Prepare for Yosemite Now with Take Control Books,” 5 September 2014.) The update is rounded out by other unspecified fixes and improvements. ($34.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 9.8 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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Marked 2.4.1 -- Brett Terpstra has released Marked 2.4.1 with a number of improvements to the Markdown previewer. The update now enables print headers and footers to be specified per document using MMD metadata, allows HTML comments to be placed around all metadata, adds the capability to render Leanpub “X>“ blocks, and adds a streaming preview (with the promise on Terpstra’s blog post to provide “more on this soon”). It also fixes image detection and permission requests for Scrivener and other unspecified apps, fixes the multi-column printing theme, and no longer preserves newlines in GitHub Flavored Markdown (GFM) by default. Terpstra also notes that the direct download edition of Marked 2.4.1 will be the last one that doesn’t support automatic updates (which will begin working with the next release). Note, however, that the Mac App Store edition will not support the automatic update feature. ($13.99 new, free update, 16.7 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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iTunes 11.4 -- Apple has released iTunes 11.4 with under-the-hood changes that ensure compatibility with iOS 8, which will become available to supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models on 17 September 2014. (The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also run iOS 8, and those models will be released on 19 September 2014; see “Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with Larger Screens,” 9 September 2014.) iTunes 11.4 is available as a direct download from Apple’s iTunes Web page or via Software Update. (Free, 232 MB via direct download or 97.3 MB via Software Update, 10.6.8+)

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