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Agen Schmitz

Agen Schmitz

Agen Schmitz has worked within the Apple eco-sphere since helping manage conference speaker content for Thunder Lizard Productions in the mid-90s. After spending time at Amazon in the early 2000s (as senior editor for the Electronics, specializing in PDAs and MP3 players—he still has his original pre-release iPod), he has continued to focus on e-commerce content and works with a variety of brands across the e-retail landscape. Agen lives in Seattle with his wife and son (who, sadly, has moved onto Windows for gaming), loves making monthly music mixes, and is always dreaming of Iceland.

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ChronoSync 4.3.4 and ChronoAgent 1.3.4

Adds new code signature and installer with improved support for Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 28.9 MB, 8.3 MB)

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SpamSieve 2.9.3

Fixes two launching and stability issues when running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, plus adds support for forthcoming Mac OS X 10.7.5 update. ($30 new, free update, 10 MB)

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 1.0

Fixes an issue that increased increased CPU power consumption and improves USB compatibility for all MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models released in June 2012. (Free, 76.64 MB)

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Alfred 1.3

Adds several improvements including Quick Look windows and a command to quit all running applications, plus improves 1Password integration for those who have purchased the enhanced Powerpack. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 2.6 MB)

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CloudPull 2.1.2

Updates version available from Golden Hill Software with compatibility for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. ($24.99 new, free update, 7.7 MB)

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Mellel 3.0

The word processor’s major new release adds a live bibliography, full support for 10.7 Lion’s versions, revamped palettes with improved management, and more. ($39 new, $19 upgrade, 33.4 MB)

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SOHO Organizer 9.2.8

Maintenance release focused on improving stability with iCloud connectivity, plus ensuring all references to MobileMe are removed. ($99.99 new, free update, 77.7 MB)

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Hunting the Elusive MPAA Rating Field in iTunes

After implementing iOS Restrictions settings to display only age-appropriate movies and TV shows on the iPad his five-year-old son uses, Agen Schmitz discovered the movies he had encoded himself were not filtered out because they didn’t include MPAA or TV Parental Guidelines ratings metadata. And there’s no way to add those ratings to a video file via iTunes. Here’s how he used the iDentify shareware app to protect his son from the evils of Louis C.K.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.3

An important security update to the Office suite that fixes a vulnerability with folder permissions, plus squashes several IMAP-related bugs in Outlook. (Free update, 110 MB)

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iPhoto ’11 9.3.1

Fixes a problem that caused photos to be placed into a new event when migrating MobileMe Gallery photo albums. ($14.99 new, free update, 599.65 MB)

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Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.4

Updates Instant On component to version 6, which is now required for capturing audio from Safari and QuickTime Player when running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. ($32 new, free update, 5.2 MB)

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Keyboard Maestro 5.3.1

Maintenance release for the automation utility offers a bevy of fixes, including an issue with executing Automator Workflows in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. ($36 new, free update, 17.7 MB)

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SpamSieve 2.9.2

Improves compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, updates some graphics for Retina displays, and updates the recommended condition for Apple Mail rules. ($30 new, free update, 10 MB)

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Hazel 3.0.9

Adds some fixes when running on the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, plus adds Developer ID for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper. ($25 new, free update, 5.2 MB)

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ClamXav 2.3.1

Updates the free virus-checking software to the latest version of the open-source ClamAV antivirus engine and adds a Developer ID for use with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. (Free, 16.5 MB)