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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 February 2018

Bookends 13.0.6 -- Sonny Software has issued Bookends 13.0.6, updating the reference management tool’s database engine. The update also now inserts corresponding Copy Citation and Copy Formatted text automatically in Apple Pages documents, improves metadata found with Crossref searches, enables rotation of PDFs in the PDF viewer, improves the Cited inspector (enabling import into the library via drag and drop), and works around a problem with the Web site for Science so automatic PDF downloading functions again. ($59.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, 46.8 MB, release notes, 10.9+)

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Fantastical 2.4.6 -- Flexibits has released Fantastical 2.4.6, adding notifications when an invitee responds to an invitation on Microsoft Exchange. The calendar app now enables scrolling in the Day view for events with lots of details, improves the appearance of Spotlight results when using the menu bar and Dock dark theme, fixes an issue where daily repeating events that span midnight appeared incorrectly in the Week view, ensures that the Travel Time menu shows home and work addresses all the time, and resolves an issue where the Week or Month views would sometimes appear blank at launch. ($49.99 new from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, free update, 15.3 MB, release notes, 10.11+)

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Parallels Desktop 13.3 -- Parallels has issued version 13.3 of Parallels Desktop with bug fixes for the virtualization software. The update addresses disproportionately scaled windows after installing a Windows update, resolves an issue with Boot Camp-based virtual machines not starting in version 13.2, avoids a crash after a virtual machine is networked to another Mac using Thunderbolt Bridge, resolves a number of nagging issues in Windows virtual machines (including slow login, unresponsive Start Menu, and the inability to use a keyboard with some apps), and fixes a bug with Parallels Tools not working in macOS 10.13 High Sierra virtual machines. ($49.99 upgrade), $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition ($49.99 renewal for Pro), 251 MB, release notes, 10.10.5+)

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Keyboard Maestro 8.1.1 -- Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 8.1 with several additions to the Prompt With List action, including an initial search string plus configurable and automatic widths. The automation and clipboard utility also gained another parameter to the Execute Macro action title, fixed a possible crash with Custom HTML Prompt if JavaScript closes the window immediately, and fixed selecting New… in Named Clipboard pop-up menus. Shortly after this release, Stairways Software issued version 8.1.1 to fix the Append to File action, resolved an issue with Trigger Macro by Name, and fixed a problem related to creating dictionaries and dictionary keys with AppleScript. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 22.3 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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1Password 6.8.7 -- AgileBits has released 1Password 6.8.7, addressing log-in issues with some specific Web sites (such as Bank of Montreal, UBS, Citi, and DOCO Credit Union). The password manager also makes general improvements to Identity and Credit Card filling, improves filling of the expiration date and cardholder name on Swedish credit card forms, resolves an issue where filling on the WordPress re-authentication prompt would use the wrong fields, and improves Identity filling on Facebook’s registration page. ($64.99 new from AgileBits and Mac App Store or free with a $2.99 or $4.99 per month subscription, free update, 48.7 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Airfoil 5.7 -- With Airfoil 5.7, Rogue Amoeba adds full support for sending audio from any Mac source to Apple’s new HomePod (see “HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play,” 12 February 2018). Airfoil can also handle volume and playback commands sent by the HomePod, with playback commands passed on to supported Mac audio sources, including Spotify and iTunes. The wireless audio broadcasting app also adds support for enhanced metadata and remote control with Downcast on the Mac, adds title track support to djay Pro 2, stops obscuring entries in the passcode field used for the Apple TV, and clears keychain items when performing a factory reset. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 14.2 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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