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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5 March 2018

Quicken 2018 5.5.4 — In late 2017, Quicken Inc. released Quicken 2018 for the Mac with a new subscription model that divided the financial management app into three product tiers with annual subscription pricing: Starter ($34.99), Deluxe ($49.99), and Premier ($74.99). All three editions received updated online bill pay features with access to more than 11,000 online billers integrated into a streamlined workflow, 5 GB of Dropbox storage for backups, and access to a Windows version of Quicken 2018. The Deluxe edition includes enhanced investment and budgeting features, while the Premier tier provides free direct bill payment from within the app using Quicken Bill Pay ($9.95/month with the Starter and Deluxe editions) plus priority access to customer support.

At the end of February 2018, Quicken released version 5.5.4 for all three Quicken 2018 editions with improved support for Canadian customers and enhancements for Bill Pay, such as informing you if a bill payment has to move because of a holiday. The update also fixes a performance issue in the investment transaction register, addresses a Quicken 2007 import issue, fixes a bug with the QIF file import for those moving from other software products, and adds Canadian Tax line items to investment categories.

All Quicken for Mac 2015, 2016, and 2017 data will convert to Quicken 2018 for the Mac. Some features from Quicken 2007 for the Mac will not transfer to the newest release, including loan amortization schedules, Home Inventory and emergency records data, explicit lot assignments, and securities watch list. There is no free trial for Quicken 2018, but the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. ($34.99/49.99/74.99 annual subscription, free update for Quicken 2018, release notes, 10.11+)

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Hazel 4.2.3 — Noodlesoft has released Hazel 4.2.3, fixing various issues with dragging attributes and tokens into patterns, as well as avoiding a crash that could happen while editing a pattern. The file cleanup utility also resolves a crash related to errors caused when uploading files, enables you to drag rules anywhere into the app (previously, you could drag files only onto folders or into a rule), and fixes a problem that caused linked duplicate rules after importing rules into the same folder. ($32 new or $49 for five-member family pack, free update, 9.4 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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Logic Pro X 10.4.1 — Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.4.1, a maintenance release for the professional audio app that’s filled with bug fixes and stability improvements. The update resolves some crashes, prevents unexpected spikes in CPU usage related to the ChromaVerb plug-in, displays the File Tempo Editor as expected when double-clicking on very long regions, performs tempo analysis on multiple selected audio files, and properly remembers certain key command assignments when you quit and relaunch. ($199.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update, 1.5 GB, release notes, 10.12+)

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