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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 July 2015

iTunes 12.2.1 -- While subscribers to Apple’s iTunes Match service may welcome the release of iTunes 12.2.1, there are reasons to be wary. The release notes promise to fix a bug that incorrectly converted some songs from Matched to Apple Music — complete with a layer of DRM — as well as provide a path for correcting a library problem that affected former iTunes Match subscribers. However, Kirk McElhearn warns that this update may not live up to its promise, as he is still experiencing iTunes Match tracks showing as Apple Music tracks (with DRM) as well as incorrect artwork. An Apple support document notes that you may need to “remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music.” The iTunes 12.2.1 release also includes unspecified bug fixes and improvements for the Beats 1 streaming radio station. (Free, 222 MB via direct download or via Software Update, 10.7.5+)

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GraphicConverter 9.7.1 -- Lemkesoft has issued GraphicConverter 9.7.1 with enhanced multiscale options, and new batch operations for specifying JPEG file size, applying the Pure Carbon filter, and swapping the left/right image of a 3D file. The venerable graphic conversion and editing utility also adds support for importing NPO (Nokia phone format), SPE (microscope format), and SWS (Science Workshop File) files; fixes a crash that occurred while using some Browser toolbox icons; adds format options to the multiscale dialog; improves error handling when a Disk Full error occurs; and adds support for using Command-1 through Command-7 in the file info dialog to select tabs. GraphicConverter now requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Note that GraphicConverter is still stuck at version 9.6.1 in the Mac App Store. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or the Mac App Store, free update, 159 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

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LaunchBar 6.4.1 -- Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6.4.1, a maintenance update for the keyboard-based launcher. In addition to minor (unspecified) improvements to the Action Editor, the update fixes a crash that occurred when opening some files or folders in iCloud Drive, resolves a problem that caused the actions indexing rule to continuously re-index due to a perceived change in the OS X Action Extensions (which then resulted in high CPU usage), ensures that emojis with a long names are found after typing only a short abbreviation, and extends the list of currency symbols that are ignored in calculator expressions. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 13.2 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Skype 7.9 -- Microsoft has released Skype 7.9 with the addition of rich visual previews for links in Instant Messaging, which will show up automatically if an image related to the link is found (though not every Web page with an image will receive a preview). The Internet telephony and messaging app also resolves an issue that caused links to disappear occasionally in chat, fixes a bug that prevented GIFs from loading properly, and prevents a crash that occurred on Macs with a Force Touch trackpad. (Free, 39.9 MB, release notes, 10.9+)


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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2 -- Smile has released version 7.2 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro with a new Editing preference that makes the apps switch automatically between the Edit and Select Text tools. The PDF editing apps also receive a new cloud annotation tool, add Edit Note and Delete Note contextual menu commands, fix an issue with document links in New from HTML generation, add icons to the sidebar’s annotation list for easier identification, wrap text for improved readability, and add a case-sensitive search option. PDFpen also gets a read-only Document Permissions window (editing document permissions is still only available in PDFpenPro). ($74.95/$124.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free updates, 52.5/53.2 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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