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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3 August 2015

Audio Hijack 3.2 -- Rogue Amoeba has issued Audio Hijack 3.2 with refinements to the Time Shift Block that make it easier to use Audio Hijack for transcribing audio. Time Shift gets a new popover with controls for 3-, 10-, and 30-second jumps as well as a long slider for easy movement around the buffer. You can tear off the popover for better access, as well as pin it so it floats above other windows for access from within other applications. The popular audio recording utility also adds the Sync Block for adding precise delays to audio, adds the Peak/RMS Meters Block for a fully calibrated visualization of your audio, updates the Instant On component to version 8.1 (with initial support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan), supports tags in FLAC files, and ensures correct audio playback of FLAC files in the Recordings tab. Learn all the secrets about Audio Hijack with Kirk McElhearn’s new “Take Control of Audio Hijack,” which covers common scenarios (such as recording audio playing in Safari), how to digitize old LPs, and even using Audio Hijack to enhance audio from streaming services like Netflix. ($49 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 15.4 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Tinderbox 6.3.1 -- Eastgate Systems has released Tinderbox 6.3.1 with DEVONthink integration (which points to the DEVONthink database for the original item) and the new Interval attribute type for representing time intervals and durations. The personal content assistant also improves support for Eastgate’s Storyspace hypertext narrative writing tools, enables other tools to link to Tinderbox documents when URLs begin with the tinderbox:// protocol, lets you adjust the formatting of dates in the Key Attribute table, and adds support for using Control-Return to insert a line break without also inserting a paragraph break. ($249 new, free update, 50.6B, release notes, 10.8+)

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OmniFocus 2.2.3 -- The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.2.3 with fixes for numerous crashes. The Getting Things Done-inspired task management app fixed the most common (yet unspecified) long-standing crash in OmniFocus 2.x, a crash while dragging items in the sidebar, a crash related to toolbar items, a crash when updating the Perspective menu when a perspective was deleted or invalidated, and a crash on rebuilding the database related to the Push preference pane. OmniFocus 2.2.3 also works around a software update issue encountered when the system’s Python install had been modified. ($39.99 new for Standard edition and $79.99 for Pro edition from The Omni Group Web site, $39.99 for Standard edition from Mac App Store (with in-app purchase option to upgrade to Pro), 24.2 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.2 -- DEVONtechnologies has updated all three editions of its DEVONagent research software (Lite, Express, and Pro) to version 3.9.2, offering improved compatibility with the public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, improved memory management, and a fix for a crash that occurred after changing the system appearance. The Express and Pro editions improve HTML 5 support of Video and Audio scanners, HTML-to-text conversion, filtering of links to social bookmarking, and communication with background tasks. DEVONagent Pro 3.9.2 now displays the title of online PDF documents in Web views (if available), adds support for eight concurrent downloads in the Download manager (10.10.3 Yosemite or later), improves clipping of non-HTML documents, and fixes glitches in the History menu. (All updates are free. DEVONagent Lite, free, release notes; DEVONagent Express, $4.95 new, release notes; DEVONagent Pro, $49.95 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, release notes. 10.7.5+)

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Piezo 1.2.8 -- Rogue Amoeba has updated Piezo to version 1.2.8 to fix some bugs introduced in the previous release (version 1.2.7). The minimalist audio recording app fixes a bug that caused the Reveal File button to fail to appear properly after recording, as well as another bug that broke the Reveal button in the Preferences window. Piezo 1.2.8 also modifies the default apps list to remove applications that are no longer supported due to changes made by Apple. Note that this update is available only as a direct download due to issues with Mac App Store submissions (with Piezo stalled at version 1.2.6 in the Mac App Store). ($19 new, free update, 7.8 MB, release notes)

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