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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 March 2018

HoudahGeo 5.2 — Houdah Software has released HoudahGeo 5.2 with added support for Lightroom Classic CC (see “Why Lightroom CC Is a Big Step Up from Apple’s Photos,” 15 December 2017) and improved performance for bulk changes. The photo geotagging app also fixes a bug that prevented metadata from being read from the Lightroom catalog, updates the XMP MetadataDate tag when writing EXIF/XMP tags, writes timestamp data in IPTC metadata when exporting to EXIF/XMP so Apple’s Photos can see the updated timestamp, and ensures that maps maintain the current zoom level when switching between locations. ($39 new with a 25 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 22.9 MB, release notes, 10.11.5+)

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OmniFocus 2.12 — The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.12, bringing limited compatibility with test builds of OmniFocus 3 that adds improved calculations for the more complicated repeat rules coming in the new upgrade, expected later in 2018. The task management app is now smarter about creating the next instance of a repeating item when completing Due Again or Defer Another items ahead of time. The update also resolves a problem where the Inspector Notes field sometimes showed no content, fixes a bug that caused the Focus pop-up to appear behind the Perspectives window, ensures repeating actions are once again published to the OmniFocus reminders calendar without repeat rules, and addresses a couple of crashes. Once you’ve updated all devices running OmniFocus (including OmniFocus 2.22 for iOS), you’ll be prompted to migrate to a newly introduced database format. ($39.99 new for Standard and $79.99 for Pro from the Omni Group Web site, $39.99 for Standard from Mac App Store with in-app purchase option to upgrade to Pro, 31.9 MB, release notes, 10.12+)

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ChronoSync 4.8.5 — Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync 4.8.5, a maintenance release for the synchronization and backup app with bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements. The update fixes a “critical” bug introduced in version 4.8.4 that caused all hard links recreated on the destination of a sync to reference the same object. The release also brings enhanced error logging for keychain API errors to help when debugging keychain access issues, adds workaround logic to better deal with file managers that may not properly aggregate packages, reworks how the copy buffer size is negotiated, resolves an issue that would cause the Bootable Backup Assistant to spin indefinitely, and fixes a bug related to aborting Amazon S3 connections. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 48.7 MB, release notes, 10.10+)

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