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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14 March 2016

BBEdit 11.5.1 -- Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.5.1 with added support for HSL (hue, saturation, and lightness) notation in color schemes. The venerable text editor also makes some adjustments to increase contrast and visibility of selected and sub-line differences, fixes a bug that caused odd graphic effects when scrolling after making the sidebar of a new editing window visible, updates the search keyword tables to include new or changed preference settings, maintains the location of the insertion point relative to the top line of the document when using Page Up and Page Down to move the insertion point, improves error reporting for invalid grep patterns, and fixes a crash that occurred when running a text factory from the Scripts menu and using the Choose button to modify the list of items to process. ($49.99, free update, 11.8 MB, release notes, 10.9.5+)

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Airfoil 5.0.2 -- Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 5.0.2, a maintenance release for the recently upgraded wireless audio broadcasting app (see “Airfoil 5.0,” 18 February 2016). The update improves handling of sync adjustments in the Advanced Speaker Options window (which may require a one-time readjustment of these settings), avoids audio and networking issues caused by App Nap, fixes a bug where sync adjustments for the Computer output were forgotten, deselects the defunct Airfoil Video Player app if it’s selected from a previous version, and puts a stop to “needlessly” displaying a warning when an active Bluetooth speaker disconnects from your Mac. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, $15 upgrade, 13.9 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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ChronoSync 4.6.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.0 -- Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.6.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.0, improving the performance of the SmartScan feature (an advanced algorithm that analyzes a volume for changes), particularly when connected to ChronoAgent. Both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent were updated (as were the company’s ChronoSync Express, InterConneX, and ChronoMonitor apps) in an effort to upgrade the security model employed when establishing secure data communication sessions between each other (see this Econ Technologies Tech Note for more details).

The ChronoSync synchronization and backup app also improves recovery from broken/bad network connections, improves the efficiency of its “Optimal host routing” logic, fixes automatic exclusions at root level of volumes that weren’t working, enhances the background scheduler to better deal with system sleep cycles, prevents a crash from occurring after closing a sync document window within 1–2 seconds of sync completion, and improves compatibility with local iCloud Drive storage. In addition to improved security, ChronoAgent fixes a bug where user/group ID mapping could be disabled temporarily, and enhances its compatibility with ChronoSync’s “Attempt reconnect on drops” and “Optimal host routing” features. (Free updates for both apps; $49.99 new for ChronoSync with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, 33.5 MB, release notes, 10.8+; $14.99 new for ChronoAgent, 12.1 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

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