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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2 November 2015

Parallels Desktop 11.0.2 -- Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 11.0.2 (build 31348) with a number of bug fixes for the virtualization software. The update resolves an issue with mouse cursor positioning in Windows 10 when using all displays in Full Screen, fixes a bug related to dragging and dropping from a virtual machine to OS X in Coherence, sorts out a problem with opening virtual machine applications from the Dock in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ensures that Microsoft Office application windows render correctly in Coherence after restoring a window from the Dock, and rectifies a problem with installing an El Capitan virtual machine from the .app image.

Parallels Desktop has been split into three editions — the standard Parallels Desktop edition for home and student use, a Pro Edition that’s designed for developers, and a third Business Edition that touts a number of IT administration features. The standard edition of Parallels Desktop is priced at $79.99 for a one-time purchase, while the Pro and Business Editions are available only via a $99.99 annual subscriptions. If you have a license for either Parallels Desktop 9 or 10, you can upgrade to version 11 of either the standard edition for $49.99 or the Pro Edition for a $49.99 yearly subscription. You can get a free 14-day trial of the standard Parallels Desktop edition, but you’ll need to provide an email address. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, $49.99 upgrade, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB, release notes, 10.9.5+)

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ScreenFlow 5.0.3 -- Telestream has released ScreenFlow 5.0.3 with support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and a number of bug fixes. The screencast recording app fixes a couple of runtime errors that occurred after media had been deleted, resolves a dreaded “beachball” slowdown that occurred when making cuts on imported MP4 files, fixes a problem that prevented videos from publishing to Facebook, rectifies a problem that left unsupported export options checked after changing encoder presets, and fixes a crash when attempting to remove a media file that ScreenFlow couldn’t locate. For a complete rundown of the new features, read the PDF release notes from Telestream’s download page for version 5.0.3 (requires login). ($99 new from the Telestream Web site or $99.99 from the Mac App Store, 52 MB, 10.10+)

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OmniFocus 2.3 -- The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.3 with a new Custom Columns layout added to the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. Added to OmniFocus’s preferences, the Custom Columns layout redistributes horizontal space automatically between the columns as you resize the window, and those with an OmniFocus Pro license can choose which layout to use per perspective via the View popover in the toolbar. The update adds title folding capabilities that show only the first line of an item’s titles to keep rows vertically compact, updates the note button in the Fluid and Custom Columns layouts, fixes bugs and visual glitches in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and addresses a bug that incorrectly reported a sync conflict. ($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), 25.1 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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OS X Server 5.0.15 -- Apple has released OS X Server 5.0.15, which has been updated for compatibility with OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan (see “Apple Releases OS X 10.11.1 to Fix Microsoft Office 2016 Crashes,” 21 October 2015). The update also improves support in the Web service for handling certain custom Apache configurations, adds support for two-factor authentication in the Xcode service, makes enhancements to the OS X Server iOS file sharing service, and improves the Profile Manager. According to this Apple security note, the release also patches multiple vulnerabilities in versions of the BIND DNS server prior to 9.9.7-P3 as well as a vulnerability related to an HTTP header field reference missing from a configuration file. ($19.99 new, free update, 203 MB, release notes, 10.10.5+)

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