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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20 June 2016

Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.9 -- Bombich Software issued Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.8 (CCC) with a number of improvements to the backup utility. The new version proactively seeks out case conflicts on the destination when the source is a case-sensitive volume and the destination is not, improves SMTP account importing from the Internet Accounts database (only in OS X 10.11 El Capitan), adds an Always Show Progress Window option to the CCC menu bar application menu, and improves presentation of Gmail authentication failures. Shortly after the release of version 4.1.8, Bombich Software issued version 4.1.9 to change a configuration concern prompt if a USB device destination is larger than 2 TB (instead of 2 GB) and fix a crash associated with system files excluded from the backup task. ($39.99 new, 12.4 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.23 and Office 2011 14.6.5 -- Microsoft has issued version 15.23 of its Office 2016 application suite, which patches a critical security vulnerability and provides some fixes and improvements. You can now export documents, presentations, and spreadsheets to the OpenDocument format, add any command you want to the ribbon for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (requires an Office 365 subscription), and customize the Quick Access Toolbar. PowerPoint now also enables you to export a presentation for burning to disc, sending in email, or uploading to the Web. The Outlook update fixes a spike in CPU usage introduced in version 15.22, resolves an issue with AutoCorrect preferences, and reintroduces the Edit Message feature.

On the security front, both Office 2016 and Office 2011, which has been updated to version 14.6.5, resolve a memory corruption vulnerability that enables remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an Office document. ($149.99 for one-time purchase, free update through Microsoft AutoUpdate, release notes, 10.10+)

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LaunchBar 6.7 -- Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6.7, adding support for Emoji and Font Awesome icons, as well as support for the Ulysses text editor (a recent 2016 Apple Design Award winner). The keyboard-based launcher also improves handling of hanging action scripts written in AppleScript, fixes a bug with the Call with FaceTime Audio action that instead triggered a video call, updates phone number handling in several Call actions, ensures that Shift-Return correctly opens items in the current window, and improves 1Password integration. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 14.1 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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