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#1471: Jony Ive leaving Apple, Apple deprecates scripting languages, Terminology word exploration app, new table-of-contents features in Pages

Apart from the news that Jony Ive is leaving Apple, it’s language week at TidBITS! Apple has telegraphed a change in future versions of macOS that could affect Mac developers, admins, and users: the deprecation of open-source scripting languages. Curtis Wilcox joins us to explore the ramifications. If you’re a writer or just a lexical enthusiast, we recommend reading newcomer Timothy Buck’s review of the iOS word exploration app Terminology. Finally, for Pages users creating long documents, TidBITS regular Michael Cohen explains how to make and use tables of contents now that Apple has significantly enhanced the feature. Notable Mac app releases this week include Pages 8.1, Numbers 6.1, and Keynote 9.1, Scrivener 3.1.3, Mellel 4.2, EagleFiler 1.8.8, Nisus Writer Pro 3.0.2, Web Confidential 5.0, BBEdit 12.6.5, and 1Password 7.3.1.


Scrivener 3.1.3 No comments

Scrivener 3.1.3

Maintenance update brings a couple of new features and stability improvements to the long-form writing tool. ($45 new, free update, 106 MB)

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Mellel 4.2

Major update introduces a new table feature that includes headers and footers, styles, and formulas. ($49 new, free update, 82.2 MB)

EagleFiler 1.8.8 No comments

EagleFiler 1.8.8

Brings a variety of improvements and bug fixes for the document organization and archiving app, including preliminary support for macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($40 new, free update, 25.7 MB)

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Nisus Writer Pro 3.0.2

Brings a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes to the powerful word processor. ($65 new, free update from version 3, $45 upgrade, 244 MB)

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Web Confidential 5.0

Major upgrade for the venerable password manager gets updated to 64-bit and gains support for AppleScript. ($25 new, $20 upgrade, 6.2 MB)

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BBEdit 12.6.5

Maintenance update welcomes back the old crash reporter and makes a couple of additions to the Character Inspector. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.7 MB)