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#1523: Apple launches symptom tracking and Car Keys, five iOS apps for homeschooling, Fig gives Discourse iOS push notifications

Apple updated all of its operating systems last week, adding the Car Keys feature to iOS 13.6, symptom tracking to the Health app, and more News features to iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, and macOS 10.15.6 Catalina. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, many parents are considering alternatives to sending their kids back to school in the coming year. With a year of homeschooling under his belt, Josh Centers suggests five education apps that might help young children. Wrapping up the issue, Adam Engst reviews Fig, a free iOS app that provides a native interface and push notifications for Discourse, the discussion forum software that powers our article comments and TidBITS Talk, along with thousands of other online communities. Notable Mac app releases this week include Security Update 2020-004 (Mojave and High Sierra), Safari 13.1.2, Microsoft Office for Mac 16.39, Ulysses 20, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 12.1.2, CleanMyMac X 4.6.9, Pixelmator Pro 1.7, BBEdit 13.1.2, and Luminar 4.3.

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Fig Brings iOS Push Notifications to Discourse Forums

Discourse-based discussion forums have become increasingly common, but until now, there has been no way to map Discourse notifications to iOS push notifications. Fig, a free Discourse client for iPhone and iPad, now provides that feature, along with a browsable catalog of Discourse communities and a unified inbox for your notifications.


Safari 13.1.2 1 comment

Safari 13.1.2

Patches a variety of security vulnerabilities for those running Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)

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Ulysses 20

Introduces a new sidebar dashboard and comprehensive grammar and style checker in over 20 languages. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 20.5 MB)

CleanMyMac X 4.6.9 8 comments

CleanMyMac X 4.6.9

Brings improvements and bug fixes to the all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app. ($89.95 new, free update, 57.4 MB)

Pixelmator Pro 1.7 No comments

Pixelmator Pro 1.7

Adds a much-requested text-on-a-path feature with new Circular Type, Path Type, and the Freeform Type tools. ($39.99 new, free update, 194 MB)

BBEdit 13.1.2 No comments

BBEdit 13.1.2

Brings a lengthy list of improvements and bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

Luminar 4.3 No comments

Luminar 4.3

Adds a new Search tool, improves performance, and optimizes memory usage for the AI-powered photo editing app. ($89 new, free update, 18.8 MB)