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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10 November 2014

BBEdit 11.0.1 — Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0.1, a wide-ranging maintenance update with a bevy of refinements and fixes for user-reported issues that follows the recent release of version 11.0 (see “BBEdit 11 Overhauls Features for Existing Customers,” 26 October 2014). Among the nearly 50 listed changes, the venerable text editor reduces the amount of time required to restore sleep state at startup, fixes a crash related to applying a color scheme converted from a legacy format, squashes a bug that prevented correct restoration of HTML markup palette
positions on startup, adds an expert preference to disable text smoothing for a specific font, reduces the transient memory requirements of the SGML/HTML parser (which should help with larger documents), and adds ellipses to the Preferences and Setup menu commands “because some people just want to watch the world burn” (Michael Cohen’s personal favorite change). BBEdit 11 is priced at $49.99 for new licenses, while BBEdit 10 users can upgrade for $29.99 and those with licenses for BBEdit 9 or earlier can upgrade for $39.99. Those who bought BBEdit 10 on or after 1 May 2014 are eligible for a free upgrade. ($49.99, free update for version 11 licenses, 11.2 MB, release notes, 10.8.5+)

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CrashPlan 3.6.4 — Code42 Software has released CrashPlan 3.6.4 with support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, plus unspecified security updates. The Internet backup software now excludes Time Machine backup files from backups to the Code42 public cloud and from default file selection. The update also logs backups and restores that take place even when CrashPlan is paused and corrects a case sensitivity issue for systems formatted with the Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Case-Sensitive) file system. There’s no need to download CrashPlan 3.6.4 manually, as the app should upgrade itself automatically in the coming days if
it hasn’t already — the version number is displayed prominently in the app’s splash screen and Settings > Account screen. (Free with a 30-day trial of CrashPlan’s online backup service, 51.3 MB, release notes, 10.5+)

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Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.2 — Intuit has released version 2.2 of its Quicken 2015 for Mac financial software (recently reviewed by Glenn Fleishman; see “Quicken 2015: Close, But Not Yet Acceptable,” 2 October 2014) with a number of improvements and fixes. The update adds a new feature to aid in setting up automatic downloads for existing accounts from either Quicken Windows or Quicken for Mac 2007. It also improves the Download Matching feature for transactions both manually entered and downloaded from the same account, adds the capability to merge securities in the Security List,
adds support for importing multiple existing accounts from prior Quicken releases into a Quicken 2015 for Mac file, and adds a Control-O keyboard shortcut to open a register or report in a new window. The release also fixes multiple issues related to importing accounts from previous Quicken versions, squashes a bug in the Bill Reminder that produced an incorrect projected balance, and provides multiple fixes and improvements to mobile sync. Note that as of this writing, Quicken 2015 for Mac was still stuck at version 2.1.1 in the Mac App Store, but Intuit promises the latest release will be available soon. ($74.99 new, free update, release notes, 10.7+)

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Pixelmator 3.3 — The Pixelmator Team has released version 3.3 (nicknamed Limestone) of its eponymous image editing app with a redesigned interface that fits in nicely with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Additionally, Pixelmator 3.3 brings support for such Yosemite features as iCloud Drive and Continuity, enabling you to use Handoff to switch between Pixelmator on your Mac and Pixelmator for iOS on your iPad. The update also provides a Repair Tool extension that enables you to use it to edit images in Apple Mail and TextEdit without having to open the
Pixelmator app. ($29.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 42.8 MB, release notes, 10.9.5+)

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ReadKit 2.4.2 — Webin has released ReadKit 2.4.1, which made improvements to compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite as well as with sync performance and handling smart streams with Feed Wrangler. The RSS client and read-later app also added a badge preference to smart folders to display item count or unread items only; fixed several issues related to renaming the feed title in built-in RSS; added a delete confirmation to feeds, folders, and smart folders; squashed a bug affecting the unread badge on folders of read-later services; and fixed selection when navigating through articles. Shortly after releasing version 2.4.1,
Webin released ReadKit 2.4.2 to fix bugs associated with migration issues. ($9.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 4.1 MB)

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