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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 July 2016

Fantastical 2.2.4 — Flexibits has released Fantastical 2.2.4, adding an option to ignore calendar notifications on shared iCloud calendars and the capability to export an entire calendar as a .ics file. Plus, alerts that should have appeared but didn’t because Fantastical wasn’t running now appear when you launch the app. Also improved are importing certain types of recurring events from .ics files and compatibility with Airmail 3. ($49.99 new from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, free update, 13.4 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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f.lux 37.3 — The f.lux team has released version 37.2 of f.lux, the automatic screen color management utility to fix a battery drain issue and flashing when in “movie mode” on some machines. The update also adds support for “big latitudes” where the sun doesn’t set or rise on some days, plus a Check for Updates button. For those using OS X 10.11 El Capitan who are experiencing colors left behind after the upgrade (when automatic brightness is enabled), the f.lux team has released version 37.3. (Free, 1.8 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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KeyCue 8.1 — Ergonis has released KeyCue 8.1, a minor update to the keyboard shortcut utility that adds Typinator integration and addresses some of the issues from 8.0.

If you use KeyCue 8.1 alongside Ergonis’s Typinator 6.9 or newer, the two apps now work together. KeyCue can show items from Typinator sets and invoke them with a click. KeyCue 8.1 also restores the “walking line” feedback during menu scanning, ignores Keyboard Maestro and iKey macro groups whose names end with minus signs, improves readability of the “kind” pop-up in the Custom list, and supports aliases when locating the configuration file for the URL collection. Also, when a new version of KeyCue is available, the message in the Preferences window will offer information about the current version.

Bug fixes address an installation problem during an update when the previous version is in the Trash, display of incorrect modifier keys in the pop-up menu for custom shortcuts, and incorrect highlighting of custom items with “text only” key descriptions. KeyCue 8.1 also works around an incompatibility with the Reaper audio recording and editing app. (€19.99 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.4 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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Keyboard Maestro 7.2 — Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 7.2 with a variety of additions and bug fixes for the powerful automation and clipboard utility. Keyboard Maestro can now process token text to calculate numeric expressions and count the number of characters, words, and lines. The update enables some conditions and actions to check for “is before” and “is after.” Also, the Application Switcher gains a Reopen Windows option. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 19.5 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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