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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 February 2016

Mailplane 3.6.2 -- Uncomplex has released Mailplane 3.6.2, upping the system requirement for the Gmail-specific email client to OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. The update also fixes issues with Google Inbox (with the notifier now opening an existing Google Inbox tab instead of Gmail), adds a Reply All button to the separate compose window toolbar, updates WebKit to the same version used in Safari 9.0.3, and switches its update feed to HTTPS. ($24.95 new, free update, 23.1 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.19.1 -- Microsoft has issued version 15.19.1 of its Office 2016 suite with some improvements and patches for security vulnerabilities. In Outlook, the release restores the keyboard shortcut for Forward Message (Command+J), ensures the Cancel Meeting command on the ribbon and the Message list filters on the View menu work correctly, and maintains Read or Unread status when a message is moved to another folder. The update also adds more commands to the Quick Access toolbar (such as New, Print, and Save), opens older format files (.doc, .xls, and .ppt) as read-only on NFS share directories, and retains a Word file’s name when printed to PDF (instead of displaying Untitled.pdf). Although Microsoft doesn’t say mention this, reader Tom Gewecke tells us that the update to Word also includes improvements in support for Hebrew and Arabic. On the security front, Office 2016 15.19.1 patches several memory corruption vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution. ($149.99 for one-time purchase, free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, release notes, 10.10+)

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Evernote 6.5 -- Evernote has released version 6.5 of its eponymous information management app with a change to using Command-Shift-> and Command-Shift-< to increase or decrease font size, enabling the app to use Command-Shift-+ and Command-Shift-- (minus) for a new Zoom feature that’s in beta. If you’ve installed the direct download edition from the Evernote Web site, you can turn on the Zoom feature by going to Preferences > Software Update and selecting Enable Zoom. Additionally, direct download users can access a new Code Block feature, which takes any selected text and converts it to a monospaced font and creates a gray background around the line of text (turn this on in Preferences > Software Update as well). Users of the Mac App Store edition will have to wait for a later version for both of these beta features.

Evernote 6.5 fixes a bug that prevented checkboxes from printing, resolves an issue where tags with periods or other symbols wouldn’t be found in the tag filter, and improves initial Mac setup performance for accounts with over 1,000 tags. As of this writing, Evernote remains stalled at version 6.4 in the Mac App Store. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 51.6 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Airfoil 5.0 -- Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 5.0, a significant update to the wireless audio broadcasting app that brings a number of new features, including support for sending audio to a Bluetooth speaker or headset, as well as to multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously. In addition to a new and improved user interface with sleeker graphics and longer volume sliders, Airfoil 5.0 also adds the capability to create Speaker Groups (found within Preferences), enabling you to select multiple audio outputs with a single click.


Other new features include a silence monitor (which automatically disconnects Airfoil when it’s streaming silence, freeing up the output device for others to use), adjustable output sync options (found in Speakers > Advanced Speaker Options), and custom equalizer presets. The release also improves the Instant On component and offers full compatibility with Rogue Amoeba’s free range of Airfoil Satellite apps, which enable iOS and Android devices plus Macs and Windows PCs to be used as audio receivers.

Airfoil 5.0 is still priced at $29, and it’s free for those who purchased Airfoil 4 on or after 1 November 2015. For those with an Airfoil 4 license purchased prior to that date, you can upgrade to Airfoil 5.0 for $15. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, $15 upgrade, 13.9 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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