TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28 September 2015
ClamXav 2.8.5 — Canimaan Software has issued ClamXav 2.8.1 with the return of advanced preferences and addition of improved data shown after performing database updates. The virus scanner also now shows you the result of a previous scan at startup (enabling you to quarantine or “put back” even after you quit ClamXav), adds an option for Sentry to ignore any network volume, adds another Sentry option to not display the large volume prompt at all, fixes a bug that brought up the Delete File option even if the file was already in the trash, and adds Dutch and Turkish localizations. ($29.95 new, free update, 19.4 MB, release notes, 10.6+)
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GraphicConverter 9.7.2 — Lemkesoft has issued GraphicConverter 9.7.1 with several additions and improvements to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. The update adds a multi-collage function in Convert and Modify, enables you to align two images, adds the capability to paste at the original position, adds a batch action to perform find and replace in a filename, enables display of Finder tags in the browser (requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later), brings support for importing TIFF files larger than 2 GB, updates Automator actions to the latest version of Xcode, adds option to disable
window animations, and improves large print options on small MacBooks. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or the Mac App Store, free update, 159 MB, release notes, 10.8+)
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Postbox 4.0.5 — Postbox has issued version 4.0.5 of its eponymous email client, which can now perform indexing in the background. The update also adds support for the San Francisco font in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, redesigns the Profile Manager, adds a preference to open the Profile Manager on restart, adds a Command-Backspace keyboard shortcut to remove a whole line, and fixes a bug with the keyboard shortcut for Message List (now changed to Command-Option-L). ($15 new, free update, 25.5 MB, release notes, 10.9+)
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LaunchBar 6.5 — Objective Development has released LaunchBar 6.5 with updated support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, including two themes that use the new system font and improved reliability for recent document indexing. The keyboard-based launcher also adds diversity options for emojis (and provides an option for choosing your preferred skin tone color), no longer displays computed ratings for iTunes tracks, fixes a bug that caused LaunchBar’s window to stay on screen after finishing text input with suggestions, improves how the LaunchBar window works with hidden menu bars, and resolves an issue that caused texts to
be truncated on 10.9 Mavericks. ($29 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 13.3 MB, release notes, 10.9+)
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Fantastical 2.1 — Flexibits has issued Fantastical 2.1 with full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan plus a number of oft-requested features and fixes (for our full review, see “Fantastical 2 Aims to Replace Apple’s Calendar,” 27 March 2015). The full-featured calendar app adds the capability to scroll to a specific day or week in the Week and Month views when using a trackpad, displays reminders in the Day, Week, and Month views, adjusts the text size in the Day, Week, and Month views via a new setting, improves drag-and-drop when dragging events or reminders to the Finder,
fixes an issue where times could appear shifted in the Day and Week views, and adds Message with Sound alerts for birthdays. Fantastical 2 has a 21-day free trial, and currently costs $39.99 from either the Flexibits Store or the Mac App Store; the price will go up to $49.99 after an introductory discount period. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB, release notes, 10.10+)
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Airfoil 4.9, Nicecast 1.11.6, and Piezo 1.2.9 — Rogue Amoeba has released Airfoil 4.9, Nicecast 1.11.6, and Piezo 1.2.9, all of which now require OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later (though legacy versions are still available for those on earlier systems). Airfoil and Nicecast update the Instant On component to version 8.1.1, with support for 10.11 El Capitan, and Airfoil receives general support for the soon-to-be-released Apple TV revision (see “The
Fourth-Generation Apple TV Is Coming at Last,” 9 September 2015). Airfoil also improves how it fetches album artwork from iTunes when listening to Apple Music or iTunes Radio, plus corrects A/V sync with EyeTV.
The Nicecast Internet radio broadcasting app now always prefers the NowPlaying file for track titles when using Line Input sources, corrects a bug that prevented track titles from being sent to icecast 2 servers if a password included special characters, and correctly captures track titles from MegaSeg Pro, MegaSeg DJ, and MegaSeg Demo. Piezo, Rogue Amoeba’s minimalist audio recording app, receives some minor interface adjustments to better suit the latest versions of OS X. If you’re a TidBITS member, you can purchase all these Rogue Amoeba products, as well as Fission and Audio Hijack, at a 20 percent discount. (Airfoil, $29, 14.5 MB, release notes; Nicecast, $59, 8.1 MB, release notes; Piezo, $19, 7.7 MB, release notes; all are free updates and require 10.9+)
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