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#1446: iPad Pro review, iOS 12.1.2 update, how Google and Facebook use Portrait mode photos, TidBITS holiday hiatus

We bid farewell to 2018 with our final email issue of the year and a quick look at the inessential iOS 12.1.2 update. If you’ve been pining for a new iPad Pro, Julio Ojeda-Zapata has a full review of its excellent hardware and limited software. He also looks at how you can take advantage of Apple’s Portrait mode photos if you use Facebook or Google Photos. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 16.20, BBEdit 12.5.2, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.11, ChronoSync 4.9.1 and ChronoAgent 1.9.1, Agenda 4.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.7, TextExpander 6.2.8, and Lightroom Classic CC 8.1. See you in 2019!

Adam Engst 3 comments

TidBITS 2018 Holiday Hiatus: Rest, Recover, and Recharge

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of the year to spend with family and friends, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 7 January 2019. Thanks for your attention in 2018, and we hope you’ve enjoyed both our content and our site redesign this year!

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

New iPad Pro: Power and Productivity, at a Price

Apple has released a third generation of its iPad Pro line with a top-to-bottom redesign and high ambitions to set the tablet in competition with notebooks. Unfortunately, although a revised Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio provide added flexibility, the iPad Pro remains hobbled at times by software limitations.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 16.20 2 comments

Microsoft Office for Mac 16.20

Adds support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update)

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.11 No comments

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.11

Adds synchronization push notifications to the three DEVONthink editions. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

Agenda 4.0 No comments

Agenda 4.0

Major new release brings support for attaching files and images to notes. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, 31.1 MB)

Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.7 4 comments

Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.7

Proactively warns about configurations specific to Macs with a T2 security chip that will produce non-bootable results. ($39.99 new, free update, 16.4 MB)

Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 No comments

Lightroom Classic CC 8.1

Brings several new features and enhancements to the desktop-focused photo cataloging and editing application. ($9.99/19.99 monthly subscription Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

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Bare Bones Software Marks BBEdit’s 25th Anniversary 2 comments

Bare Bones Software Marks BBEdit’s 25th Anniversary

Bare Bones Software is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the commercial release of its BBEdit text editor with a new merchandise store that offers a limited-edition rebus T-shirt, a reissue of the classic “It Doesn’t Suck” T-shirt, and other BBEdit-themed garments.

Apple Music Arrives on Alexa 5 comments

Apple Music Arrives on Alexa

If you use Apple Music but prefer Amazon’s Alexa-based smart speakers to Apple’s HomePod, good news! Apple Music is now available on Alexa once you install the Apple Music skill, at least in the US.

Apple Discontinues Apple Music Connect No comments

Apple Discontinues Apple Music Connect

Apple keeps trying—and failing—to create a social network around music. The company has now dropped support for Apple Music Connect, consigning it to the same tech rubbish heap as its predecessor, Ping.