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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26 March 2018

VLC Media Player 3.0.1 — VideoLAN has updated its open-source VLC media player to version 3.0.1, fixing Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), improving HEVC 10-bit performance with the VideoToolbox framework, and improving MKV seeking speed. The release returns an option to disable the fullscreen controller panel, improves auto-layouts, removes a misleading playback warning indicator, fixes a bug with the show sidebar setting being ignored on restart, and resolves issues with Chromecast audio detection. (Free, 44.7 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

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ScreenFlow 7.3 — Telestream has released ScreenFlow 7.3 with a rebuilt audio driver that restores capture of system audio playback on the iMac Pro. The screencast recording and video editing app also adds a modifier key to add media either in sequence or as layered when adding from the Media Library to the timeline.

The release also fixes numerous bugs, including abnormal audio when recording with the Mac App Store edition, canvas resizing issues with external monitors, a crash that occurred when exporting with the AppleTV preset, and incorrect clip duration displayed in the clip inspector (which caused issues with timeline zoom on a 60 FPS timeline). ($129 new from the Telestream Web site or from the Mac App Store, free update, release notes, 10.11+)

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Mellel 4.1 — RedleX has issued Mellel 4.1 with a number of new features, including native DOCX file format import, character tracking, auto-kerning for most TrueType fonts, and minimum word spacing. The word processor receives enhancements to its outline capabilities, including alternating colors for outline items, no double indent for wrapping items, and an option to truncate items instead of wrapping the lines.

The release also draws story points on their own line with a default font and a background with lines along the sides, ensures the Auto-title palette reflects the selection in the outline pane, fixes a bug that caused strikethroughs to be drawn at the bottom of the letters instead of the middle in macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and resolves an issue that would cause bibliography scanning to override character attributes. ($59 new from RedleX and the Mac App Store, $29 upgrade, free update, 89.1 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.3 — The Omni Group has released version 5.3 of OmniOutliner Essentials and OmniOutliner Pro, with the update ensuring that the Search field in the toolbar remembers the last used setting between Filter and Batch Find and that Quick Look works in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. The outlining and information organization app also fixes a bug that caused child rows to display in the wrong order after ungrouping or outdenting a row, improves the speed of saving certain documents, ensures that pasted or duplicated rows with pop-up column
values retain those values, resolves a crash related to memory management in High Sierra, and fixes a bug with font colors being applied incorrectly in PowerPoint exports. OmniOutliner 5 is available from the Mac App Store as a free download (providing a 2-week free trial) with options for unlocking Essentials and Pro features at $9.99 and $59.99 respectively. ($9.99 new for Essentials, $59.99 for Pro, 38.7 MB, release notes, 10.11+)

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Keyboard Maestro 8.2 — Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 8.2, adding a new Applications Palette that displays running applications. The automation and clipboard utility also adds an Apply Modifiers to a Specific Application action, a Dragged File trigger to support dragging files to macros in macro palettes, and a Macro Library entry for an Application Palette group.

The release also provides a warning about translocated applications when setting them in the Application pop-up menus, fixes a bug with Prompt With List, and resolves an issue with AppleScript creation of actions. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 22.4 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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