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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13 June 2016

Default Folder X 5.0.5 -- St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.5 with added compatibility with Geneious and the recently released Alfred 3 (see “Alfred 3.0.1,” 4 June 2016). The Open/Save dialog enhancement utility fixes a bug that made switching between folders unreliable on some machines (particularly when running OS X 10.10 Yosemite), enables you to choose between iTerm2 and Terminal when opening folders in a terminal application, and resolves a crash that occurred if an app didn’t properly handle accessibility requests while in the background. The update also adds a default option to ignore hidden Finder windows; use the following command in Terminal to turn it on:

defaults write com.stclairsoft.DefaultFolderX finderClickShowHiddenWindows 0

($34.95 new, $14.95 upgrade from version 4, TidBITS members save $10 on new copies and $5 on upgrades, 8.1 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6 -- Adobe has released Lightroom CC 2015.6 (available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan) with a new feature for Creative Cloud members. The Guided Upright tool enables Lightroom CC 2015.6 to straighten images, fix horizons, and reduce or eliminate the keystone effect in buildings (see this YouTube video from the Lightroom team for a brief tutorial).

Both Lightroom CC 2015.6 and the standalone Lightroom 6.6 ensure that Merge to Panorama and HDR work properly with Smart Previews, add a Pending Sync Activity to the mobile section of Lightroom Preferences, and fix numerous bugs. The apps gain lens profile support for over 60 lenses and add support for new cameras, including the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Leica M-D (Typ 262), Nikon Coolpix B700, and Panasonic DMC-GX85, plus these tethered cameras: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS 1300D/Canon Rebel T6. ($9.99 monthly subscription or $149 for the standalone app, free update, release notes, 10.8+ for Lightroom CC 2015.6 and 10.9+ for standalone Lightroom 6.6)

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iTunes 12.4.1 -- Apple has released iTunes 12.4.1 to address problems that prevented VoiceOver from working properly. The update also restores the option to Reset Plays, fixes a bug that caused Up Next to play songs that were added together in an incorrect order, and resolves an issue that prevented iTunes from crossfading between songs. (Free, 233 MB via direct download or Software Update, release notes, 10.8.5+)

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Audio Hijack 3.3 -- Rogue Amoeba has released Audio Hijack 3.3 with several notable enhancements to the popular audio recording utility. The update changes the way recording is done for AAC and Apple Lossless formats, removing the need for finalization at the end of recording and avoiding a processing delay at the end of long recordings. A Latency slider has been added to reduce audio processing time, and Audio Hijack gains full support for capturing audio from Slack’s Calls feature (for more details, see this Rogue Amoeba blog post).

The release also updates the Instant On component to version 8.2.6, improves default quality levels for MP3 and AAC recordings, enhances the Time Shift block in a number of ways, visually displays conflicts between timers in the Schedule area of the Home window, improves recognition of changes in AirPlay output device names, and enables presets for several blocks to save additional settings (such as album art in the Recorder block). Kirk McElhearn has updated “Take Control of Audio Hijack” to cover the new features. ($49 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 16 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11 -- DEVONtechnologies has updated all three editions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.8.11, revising the view/edit pane so that it shows icons for documents that cannot be displayed and disabling font tightening in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The three DEVONthink editions compress video thumbnails as JPEG files to reduce file size by 75 percent, improve memory usage, remove a redundant full-screen menu item inserted by OS X, and no longer activate automatically opened panels by default. The Pro and Pro Office editions improve compatibility with RSS 1.0 news feeds.

The Pro Office edition also receives a rewritten OCR metadata entry panel, which can be resized and enables you to browse all pages of a PDF. Within it, you can select and copy text or use the contextual menu for more options. (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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