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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 September 2014

OS X Server 3.2.1 -- Apple has released OS X Server 3.2.1, which adds Profile Manager support for several new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. You can now use Mobile Device Management (MDM) to install PDF, EPUB, and iBooks Author files on iOS, install OS X enterprise apps, and rename Mac and iOS devices. In iOS 8, OS X Server 3.2.1 can also prevent managed apps from storing data in iCloud as well as restrict cellular data usage, Handoff, syncing, managed books and Spotlight search. The update can also configure managed Web domains on iOS 8 and mail domains on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. ($19.99 new, free update, 185 MB, 10.9.5+)

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Evernote 5.6 -- While Evernote 5.6 might not look that different at first glance, the information management app overhauls its engine to improve overall speed, synchronization, and editing. The release offers more options for creating and editing notes, enables you to resize images within a note (without changing the size of the original image), redesigns checkboxes within notes, adds a new table editor, and improves sync times for Evernote Business users and those with a large number of shared notebooks. Evernote 5.6 also improves searching notes with search results displayed in order of relevance, and adds support for using Spotlight to search within your Evernote account. Note that Evernote is still stuck at version 5.5.1 in the Mac App Store as of this writing. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 55.9 MB, release notes, 10.6.6+)

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SpamSieve 2.9.16 -- Michael Tsai of C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.16 with support for OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks and improvements to SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy. The release also updates Outlook and Entourage scripts for compatibility with 10.10 Yosemite, as well as several Apple Mail scripts with a workaround for a bug in Yosemite. Additionally, SpamSieve 2.9.16 offers a new method of hiding SpamSieve’s Dock icon (that doesn’t rely on editing an Info.plist file), improves repairing folder ownership and permissions, works around a hang at launch if MailTags was installed, and removes spurious warnings about extra Apple Mail preferences files. ($30 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 13.3 MB, release notes, 10.5+)

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Sandvox 2.9 -- Karelia has released Sandvox 2.9 with improved publishing performance, support for SSL security for FTP and WebDAV, and a new Vimeo object that makes it easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. The Web site authoring tool also improves reporting of errors during publishing, enables a currently uploading file to finish if publishing is stopped, reuses SFTP and FTP connections when possible for better performance, allows published video and MP3 audio to play natively on Internet Explorer 9 (rather than having to rely on Flash), improves favicon compatibility with Google Chrome, disables smart-quote substitution in the Raw HTML editing and Code Injection windows, and fixes the Dock progress indicator for publishing. ($79.99 new, free update from Karelia or the Mac App Store, 38 MB, release notes, 10.6.6+)

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PopChar X 6.7 -- Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 6.7 with several speed improvements to the character discovery utility, including faster refresh for recently used fonts, quicker refresh of the font table when a search for characters is active, and zippier computation of available characters and layouts. The update also fixes an issue that resulted in invisible characters on Macs with PowerPC processors, provides a workaround for a problem with automatic selection of the Find field on OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and improves handling of low-level issues in library components to avoid crashes in some system configurations. (€29.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 3.8 MB, release notes, 10.5.8+)

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Typinator 6.2 -- Building on the utility’s capability to create expansions based on regular expressions, Ergonis has released Typinator 6.2 with several new built-in functions — Count, List, Any, and Index — that enable you to extract and analyze pieces of text in longer text fragments. The text expansion tool also displays input fields in a scrollable list if there are too many to fit on the screen, improves handling of spelling corrections, suppresses expansions in the input field of LaunchBar, correctly disables itself when Microsoft Remote Desktop is active, and improves handling of low-level issues in library components to avoid crashes in some system configurations. (€24.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, 7.3 MB, release notes, 10.5.8+)

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