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#1592: Life with HomeKit, notification summaries, Music/iTunes Store oddity, inadvertent Mail deletion, iOS update error, holiday hiatus

The holidays are here again, and we’re taking a two-week break from email issues—see you next on 10 January 2022! For those annoyed by excessive iPhone notifications, Josh Centers looks at iOS 15’s new Notification Summary feature, which groups notifications from selected apps and delivers them en masse at selected times. Those who have had trouble deleting downloaded tracks in the iOS Music app will appreciate TidBITS Talk star David C. making his first foray to TidBITS proper to explain what might be confusing you. In this week’s LittleBITS, Adam Engst shares a few tips (beware Control-H in Mail and avoid USB hubs for iOS updates) and a story about a Pakistani security researcher. Then Adam discusses how he has integrated HomeKit into his life over the past year and muses about the true benefits of home automation (hint: it’s not about making life physically easier). Notable Mac app releases to wrap up the year include (deep breath) LaunchBar 6.15, Logic Pro 10.7.2, TextExpander 7.1, Tinderbox 9.1, Safari 15.2, Pixelmator Pro 2.3.3, Bookends 14.0.3, BusyCal 2021.4.3 and BusyContacts 1.6.3, Typinator 8.11, Photos Search 3.0, Fission 2.8, BBEdit 14.0.4, Acorn 7.1.2, and Lightroom Classic 11.1.

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TidBITS 2021 Holiday Hiatus—See You in 2022!

In keeping with our tradition, we’re going to take off the last few weeks of 2021, which this year means slightly larger gatherings with our immediate families and video calls with far-flung relatives. You can expect the next email issue of TidBITS on 10 January 2022. Thanks for reading TidBITS, and we hope our content has enriched your life.

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Reflections on a Year with HomeKit

Adam Engst shares how he has significantly added to his HomeKit-based home automation system over the past year and muses about the true benefits of home automation. Hint: it’s not about making things physically easier.

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LaunchBar 6.15 No comments

LaunchBar 6.15

Adds support for Shortcuts in macOS 12 Monterey. ($29 new, free update, 17.8 MB, macOS 10.10.14.6+)

Logic Pro 10.7.2 3 comments

Logic Pro 10.7.2

Maintenance release with bug fixes and improvements for the professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.1 GB, macOS 11+)

TextExpander 7.1 No comments

TextExpander 7.1

Maintenance update with improvements and bug fixes for the text expansion utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 53.4 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Tinderbox 9.1 No comments

Tinderbox 9.1

Maintenance update for the recently upgraded note-taking assistant focused on actions. ($249 new, free update, 44.9 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Safari 15.2 No comments

Safari 15.2

Patches six WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free, various sizes, macOS 10.15+)

Bookends 14.0.3 No comments

Bookends 14.0.3

Brings a variety of improvements to the reference management tool. ($59.99 new, free update, 99.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Typinator 8.11 No comments

Typinator 8.11

Adds support for PHP scripts in Monterey and returns expansions to the Citrix viewer. (€24.99 new, free update, 9.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)

Photos Search 3.0 7 comments

Photos Search 3.0

Update to the photo text recognition app adds the capability to select specific albums for scanning. ($12.99 new, free update, 466.8 KB, macOS 10.15+)

Fission 2.8 No comments

Fission 2.8

Adds full compatibility for macOS 12 Monterey and improves conversion quality. ($29 new, free update, 13.8 MB, macOS 10.14+)

BBEdit 14.0.4 No comments

BBEdit 14.0.4

Fixes a bug in the FTP/SFTP browser window that prevented a selected file from opening. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB, macOS 10.14.2+)

Acorn 7.1.2 No comments

Acorn 7.1.2

Image editor now remembers the last location an image was saved to for subsequent exports. ($39.99 new, free update, 19.3 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Lightroom Classic 11.1 No comments

Lightroom Classic 11.1

Maintenance release with bug fixes and added support for more lenses and cameras (including iPhone 12). ($9.99/$19.99/$52.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update for subscribers, macOS 10.15+)

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