TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 January 2015
ClamXav 2.7.2 — Mark Allan has released ClamXav 2.7.2, which now enables you to start and stop the Sentry file monitor from the ClamXav menu. The free virus scanner fixes a scheduler-related crash that occurred in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, and 10.8 Mountain Lion, and it fixes an issue that caused the animated Dock icon to use an “inordinate amount” of the Mac’s processor. Sentry now supports Fast User Switching, displays the correct date and time for your time zone in the log, improves stability for Snow Leopard, and properly honors exclusion settings and scan email settings in ClamXav’s preferences. Note that
the Mac App Store edition remains stuck at version 2.6.4. (Free, 21 MB, release notes, 10.6+)
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Logic Pro X 10.1 — Adding more funk (and EDM and hip-hop) flavor to its professional audio app, Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.1 with new Drummers and a Drum Machine Designer plug-in. The 10 new Drummers enable you to create beats in a variety of styles including Techno, House, Trap, and Dubstep, while the Drum Machine Designer lets you mix, match, and swap out drum kit pieces to create customized electronic kits (see this what’s new page to sample some of the new beats). The massive update also adds a Retro Synth to help you create custom wavetables using the
enhanced wavetable oscillator, redesigns the Compressor plug-in with pro studio console–style VCA faders (as well as a scalable, Retina-ready interface), improves the Note Repeat and Spot Erase modes for creating real-time beats using classic drum machine style techniques, and adds a Brush tool to the Piano Roll editor for creation or deletion of a sequence of notes with single mouse gestures. Logic Pro X 10.1 also brings support for Mail Drop and AirDrop in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, remembers the most recent settings for exporting audio to a movie, and displays individual tracks within Track Stacks when importing tracks from another project. ($199.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update, 1.05 GB, release notes, 10.8.4+)
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