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#1617: Pages regains mail merge, HomeKit sensor improvements, keyboard flags in Monterey

American flags adorn flagpoles and lawns alike for the Fourth of July holiday here in the United States, but Mac users won’t see the Stars and Stripes as the icon for the US keyboard input menu anymore. Starting in macOS 12.4 Monterey, Apple has replaced the menu’s flags with monochromatic language icons, so we highlight a utility that brings the flags back. Also this week, Glenn Fleishman explains how to use the new mail merge feature in Pages, and Josh Centers shows you how you can use HomeKit improvements to streamline your home automation setup. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.7.3, Timing 2022.3, Firefox 102, Piezo 1.7.9, Lightroom Classic 11.4.1, Transmit 5.8.7, Pixelmator Pro 2.4.5, PowerPhotos 2.0, Lunar 5.7, and CleanMyMac X 4.11.

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1Password 8.7.3 12 comments

1Password 8.7.3

Maintenance release enables you to now sort items by frequently and recently used. ($35.88 annual subscription, free update, 2.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Timing 2022.3 No comments

Timing 2022.3

Time and productivity tracking app adds a new Easy mode for reports. ($42 annual subscription, free update, 28 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Firefox 102 No comments

Firefox 102

Improves Enhanced Tracking Protection to stop certain sites from tracking the links you follow in Firefox. (Free, 121 MB, macOS 10.12+)

Piezo 1.7.9 No comments

Piezo 1.7.9

Updates the Audio Capture Engine to improve audio capture reliability. ($19 new, free update, 22.4 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Lightroom Classic 11.4.1 No comments

Lightroom Classic 11.4.1

Brings a few new features and enhancements to the desktop-focused photo cataloging and editing app. ($9.99/$19.99/$52.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update for subscribers, macOS 10.15+)

Transmit 5.8.7 No comments

Transmit 5.8.7

Brings additions, improvements, and bug fixes for the file transfer app. ($45 new, free update, 33.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Pixelmator Pro 2.4.5 No comments

Pixelmator Pro 2.4.5

Introduces an all-new shapes browser and brings photo browser improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 449 MB, macOS 10.15+)

PowerPhotos 2.0 No comments

PowerPhotos 2.0

Major update for the Photos library manager that improves performance and handling of iCloud Photos compatibility. ($29.95 new, free update, 29.5 MB, macOS 11+)

Lunar 5.7 No comments

Lunar 5.7

Brings some handy additions and improvements to the display brightness control utility. ($23 new, free update, 18 MB, macOS 10.15+)

CleanMyMac X 4.11 No comments

CleanMyMac X 4.11

Introduces an updated menu that provides improved at-a-glance information about your Mac. ($89.95 new, free update, 97.4 MB, macOS 10.10+)

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