It’s time for our annual membership drive—we need your support to keep bringing you TidBITS each week! We’re also heading into the holiday season, which Apple is commemorating with a lovely short film. Equally fun is the hilarious “Have you tried restarting?” song that the Command Control Power podcast hosts commissioned from songwriter Jonathan Mann, the Song A Day guy. If you end up in a hotel or hospital that requires a captive portal page for Wi-Fi access, Josh Centers explains how you can get on with a browserless device like an Apple TV. Been thinking about a standing desk? Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the excellent—if expensive—Ergotron WorkFit-TX standing desk converter. Finally, you may have noticed more email apps offering a “snooze” feature to bring messages back at a later date, but Jeff Porten, author of Take Control of Your Productivity, isn’t a fan and suggests better alternatives. Notable Mac app releases this week include BBEdit 12.5.1, Mellel 4.1.4, CopyPaste Pro 3.5.9, VMware Fusion 11.0.2, and ChronoSync 4.9 and ChronoAgent 1.9.
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Apple has produced a lovely short film for the holidays that’s an ode to creativity on the Mac. It’s also a testament to the amount of time, money, and effort Apple seems increasingly willing to put into unusual marketing efforts.
The hosts of the Command Control Power podcast for Apple consultants have commissioned a theme song from songwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Mann—anyone who has ever answered tech support questions will particularly appreciate its sly humor.
Many public Wi-Fi hotspots require you to click a button on a “captive portal” page before you can get online, which is a problem if your device doesn’t have a Web browser. Here’s a workaround you can try with a device like an Apple TV or Nintendo Switch.
For those whose offices cannot accommodate a full-size standing desk, a converter placed atop an existing desk serves the same function. Ergotron’s newest converter, the WorkFit-TX, remedies the flaws in other such products. It isn’t cheap, though.
Email management is, for most of us, a constant battle to deal with an uncontrollable number of messages in a finite amount of time. Many email apps try to “help” with tricks to hide email messages until later, but these are counterproductive. “Take Control of Your Productivity” author Jeff Porten suggests better methods.
Maintenance release for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.0 MB)
A feast of bug fixes for the word processor built for long-form writing. ($49 new, free update, 84.9 MB)
Ensures compatibility with macOS 10.14 Mojave and improves how dialogs display in Dark mode. ($30 new, free update, 3.0 MB)
Adds support for new Windows releases. ($79.99/$159.99 new, $49.99/$119.99 upgrades, 495 MB)
Optimizes support for APFS-formatted drives for faster file scanning and copying. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 66.7 MB, 25.4 MB)