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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 April 2016

Banktivity 5.6.7 -- IGG Software has released Banktivity 5.6.7 with a number of bug fixes for the financial app formerly known as iBank (and a high-ranking option in our recent survey; see “Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps,” 29 February 2016). The update resolves a number of bugs, including an error when canceling password input during file open, a hang with the Assistant after submitting an iBank ID edit with a null password, rounding the share price on the Portfolio Summary report, misinterpreted NeatReceipts dates, and the removal of preserved Direct Access connections by other new connections. ($59.99 new from IGG Software and the Mac App Store, free update, 39.3 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Parallels Desktop 11.1.3 -- Parallels has released Parallels Desktop version 11.1.3 (build 32521) with a number of bug fixes for the virtualization software. The release resolves an issue with virtual machines crashing with Nested Virtualization enabled, avoids a crash on an OS X 10.10 Yosemite host OS when connecting a USB device, improves the Chinese (Simplified) input method in Coherence, rectifies a problem with an incompatibility error message when starting OS X virtual machines, and sorts out a performance degradation issue when running a 3D intensive application in Windows. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, $49.99 upgrade, free update for version 11 licenses, 293 MB, release notes, 10.9.5+)

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Fantastical 2.2 -- Flexibits has released Fantastical 2.2 (dubbed “the massively big, massively awesome update”) with a plethora of additions to the calendar app, starting with the addition of native Exchange support. Previously, Exchange support was dependent upon Apple’s built-in calendar support, but with Fantastical’s native implementation, the app now supports responding to invitations, meeting room scheduling and lookup, Global Address List lookup, and more (see this blog post for the full list of Exchange additions). Additionally, Fantastical 2.2 brings a new invitee availability view that works with compatible services such as Exchange and Google (but not iCloud).

The update also adds the capability to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views, adds support for iCloud shared calendar notifications, displays Google Hangout links with Google Apps accounts, ensures that Push for Google accounts shows changes immediately, adds a preference to start month view on the current week, improves search speed in calendars with large numbers of recurring events, highlights selected date in week and month views, and adds multiple selection (enabling you to move and delete multiple items at once). ($49.99 new from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, free update, 13.2 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Evernote 6.6 -- Evernote has released version 6.6 of its eponymous information management app with a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks (pressing Command-J brings up the new popover; the previous notebook selector is available via Command-Option-J). The release also adds a Duplicate Note command to the Note menu, adds the capability to manage tags from the note view, redesigns the audio recorder (for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and later), ensures that the left side navigation highlights your current selection (instead of always highlighting the Notes tab), and fixes several crashes. Note that the Mac App Store is still stuck at version 6.5 as of this writing. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 52.7 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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OmniFocus 2.5 -- The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.5 with the addition of the new Style preference pane, which enables you to create styles from built-in font and color collections or from imported styles. The Getting Things Done-inspired task management app also adds a quiescence timer that monitors activity so that OmniFocus can block integrating sync changes while you are actively typing, italicizes inherited dates to differentiate them from explicitly set dates, fixes a bug that temporarily rearranged the order of Projects, ensures compatibility with TextExpander for filling in snippets in the sidebar, and ensures Inspector text fields retain focus when switching between applications. ($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), 27.6 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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OmniOutliner 4.5.1 -- The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4.5.1 with a number of bug fixes, most of which are targeted at printing. The outlining and information organization app no longer links the print scale value in Page Setup to the Scale to Fit Page Width setting, ensures the Print dialog option text is not longer cut off in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, properly splits long notes between pages, ensures image attachments print in the matching display state of either an icon or inline, and fixes some issues that caused incorrect layout of text. The update also correctly sizes rows pasted while at less than 100 percent zoom, and the sidebar section list no longer animates when showing or hiding the style palette. ($49.99 new for standard edition (Mac App Store), $99.99 for Pro edition (Mac App Store), free update, 24.1 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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MoneyWell 2.3.10 -- No Thirst Software has released MoneyWell 2.3.10 (a top vote getter in our recent survey; see “Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps,” 29 February 2016), which now uses HTTPS for in-app update checks to address a security issue with the Sparkle framework (see “Sparkle Vulnerability Real, but Exploits Highly Unlikely,” 15 February 2016). The release also trims white space from license keys so that pasting from email works more reliably and updates copyright strings. Normally priced at $59.99, MoneyWell is currently on sale for $30 from the No Thirst Software site in anticipation of the release of MoneyWell 3 later this year. Stalled at version 2.3.9 as of this writing, the Mac App Store edition is priced at $49.99. ($59.99 new, free update, 9.9 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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iBooks Author 2.4.1 -- Apple’s iBooks Author has been updated to version 2.4.1 with just a single security patch. According to this Apple Support document, an XML external entity reference issue existed with iBook Author parsing that could lead to disclosure of user information if viewing a maliciously crafted iBooks Author file. However, this vulnerability has been patched with improved parsing. (Free from the Mac App Store, 419 MB, 10.10+)

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KeyCue 8.0 -- Ergonis has released KeyCue 8.0, a major new version of the keyboard shortcut utility that takes the app beyond being a menu shortcut viewer. Version 8.0 brings a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers to perform different actions, such as displaying the newly added collection of frequently used URLs, opening the KeyCue settings window, and more. The release also includes definable actions for right-clicking the menu bar icon, ensures that mouse movement no longer cancels the display, shows macros for all active macro tools (such as Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys, and iKey), enables you to increase the height of the Settings window to show more items in the trigger and custom lists, and improves compatibility with a number of apps, including Mail, Mailplane, Logic Pro, and Papyrus Autor.

If you purchased a KeyCue 7 license on or after 1 March 2015, you can upgrade to KeyCue 8.0 for free. For purchases made before that date, you can upgrade to the new version for €9.99 for a single user license or €14.99 for a family pack license. (€19.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.1 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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Default Folder X 5.0.3 -- St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.3, a maintenance update that fixes a number of bugs. The revised Open/Save dialog enhancement utility resolves an issue that caused the app to hang or stop enhancing dialogs, corrects reliability issues when switching folders, avoids a crash that could occur when selecting favorite or recent folders, rectifies a problem with tags sometimes not being applied when saving a file, and fixes some situations where rebound didn’t work. ($34.95 new, $14.95 upgrade from version 4, TidBITS members save $10 on new copies and $5 on upgrades, 8.0 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10 -- DEVONtechnologies has updated all three editions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.8.10 with added support for Airmail 2 and an update to the Sparkle framework. The three DEVONthink editions add support for videos from the Photos application in the Sharing extension, detect and repair more issues when verifying the database, fix an issue with rebuilt databases that didn’t retain thumbnails (an issue since version 2.8.8), add fullscreen mode support for search windows, add additional commands to the contextual menu of HTML 5 videos, and fix a glitch in resizing PDF annotations.

The DEVONthink Pro and DEVONthink Pro Office editions now enable you to change the name of the global inbox via the Database Properties panel, and improve handling of databases that are being or have been moved to the trash. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, release notes; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, release notes; 25 percent discount for TidBITS members on all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote. 10.7.5+)

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