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#1634: New Messages features, Apple Q4 2022 results, Preview drops PostScript, iOS/iPadOS 15.7.1, Dvorak on iPhone and iPad

Last week, Apple released iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 with important security updates. The company also announced its Q4 2022 results, which revealed some interesting patterns: the iPad is again in decline, but the Mac has never been stronger. Rounding out the issue, we explore working around Apple’s elimination of PostScript support in macOS 13 Ventura’s version of Preview, the addition of the Dvorak keyboard in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, and new features in Messages across Apple’s operating systems. Notable Mac app releases this week include ScreenFlow 10.0.7, GraphicConverter 11.7, OmniFocus 3.14, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.11, Fantastical 3.7.2, Audio Hijack 4.0.5 and Piezo 1.7.10, Acorn 7.3, SuperDuper 3.7, Agenda 16, Cardhop 2.2.2, Final Cut Pro 10.6.5, Compressor 4.6.3, and Motion 5.6.3, BusyCal 2022.4.4 and BusyContacts 2022.4.2, and Pages 12.2, Numbers 12.2, and Keynote 12.2.

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Apple Releases iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 to Fix Security Vulnerabilities on Older Devices

Apple has released iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 to fix 17 security vulnerabilities on older devices that either aren’t yet running or don’t support iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. The new versions have no new features or other bug fixes but address vulnerabilities…

  • …in the Apple Neural Engine, graphics driver, image processing code, and kernel that allowed arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges.
  • …that allowed a maliciously crafted audio or USD file to leak private information.
  • …in Safari that let attackers steal personal information.
  • …that enabled a malicious Wi-Fi network to initiate a denial-of-service attack.

Since Apple says that one of the fixed vulnerabilities is actively being exploited in the wild, if you haven’t yet upgraded to iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, or you’re using older devices that can’t upgrade, you should install these updates as soon as possible from Settings > General > Software Update.

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Preview in Ventura Drops Support for PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript Files

In a somewhat disappointing development, Apple has dropped support for PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript files in macOS 13 Ventura’s version of Preview. The company did not offer a reason why, although it’s not inconceivable that it was for security reasons. In 2017, Microsoft turned off support for EPS in the Windows versions of Office apps due to vulnerabilities in the EPS format.

PostScript is a page description language for print publishing, first developed by Adobe in 1982, and it was a key part of the rise of desktop publishing. Because PostScript programs could be processor-intensive, actually rendering the page was beyond the capabilities of many computers of the time. (When it shipped, Apple’s PostScript-capable LaserWriter, with its 12 MHz 68000 processor, was more powerful than the Macs of the time, which had only 8 MHz 68000 processors.) To make working with PostScript files easier, Adobe and Aldus, makers of PageMaker, developed the Encapsulated PostScript file format in 1987, combining a PostScript program with a low-resolution preview of the content. EPS was a popular format for the print industry for some years, until PDF supplanted it in the 1990s.

Neither PostScript nor EPS is used much today, but if you still need to view and convert files in either format, Apple suggests that apps that can work with .ps and .eps files are available “in the App Store and elsewhere.”

Happily, you don’t need to resort to the slim and dubious pickings in the Mac App Store (the apps we found had 2.7 and 2.8 stars). Adobe Illustrator can open both .ps and .eps files, as can the venerable GraphicConverter. Developer Michael Tsai also recommends two apps: EagleFiler and Skim, the latter of which is the most similar to Preview.

If you just need to convert an occasional file, there are numerous Web-based conversion tools, including CloudConvert, which handles both formats (among many others) and provides up to 25 conversions per day for free.

So although it’s too bad that Apple chose to drop support for these files in Preview in Ventura, it shouldn’t be difficult for those who still work with the formats to develop alternative workflows.

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iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 Virtual Keyboards Now Support Dvorak

Almost every computer keyboard in the English-speaking world uses the 19th-century QWERTY layout. You may not know that there’s an alternative: the Dvorak layout, which August Dvorak developed in 1936 (it has nothing to do with tech curmudgeon John C. Dvorak). The Dvorak layout is not nearly as popular as QWERTY, but its adherents claim that it requires less finger movement and is thus more efficient and ergonomic.

I’ve never bothered with Dvorak, largely because it would require fighting muscle memory when using any other keyboard. However, if you long ago made the switch to Dvorak but are frustrated by the QWERTY layout of the iOS and iPadOS onscreen keyboard, I have good news: you can now use Dvorak on your iPhone and iPad.

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > English (US) (or whichever keyboard you use) and choose Dvorak.

Selecting a layout for the English (US) keyboard

The next time you display the onscreen keyboard, it will be in the Dvorak layout.

Dvorak on iPad

This setting won’t affect the layout of a physical keyboard attached to your device. To change the layout of a physical keyboard, go to Settings > General > Hardware Keyboard > English (US) and choose Dvorak. (Changing or ignoring the keycaps is up to you.)

I’m skeptical of whether a virtual Dvorak keyboard will provide the same benefits as a physical one, seeing how Dvorak was designed for touch-typing efficiency. It’s also debatable whether Dvorak is all that superior to QWERTY. However, after trying Dvorak on my iPhone, I understand how frustrating it is to switch between layouts.

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Apple Weathers Stormy Seas in Q4 2022

Reporting on its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2022, Apple announced profits of $20.7 billion ($1.29 per diluted share) on revenues of $90.1 billion. The company’s revenues were up 8% compared to the year-ago quarter, with net results up by 4% (see “Apple Q4 2021 Results Smash Revenue Records but Could Have Been Even Better,” 28 October 2021).

This quarter’s numbers are fascinating. This time, the Mac led in terms of revenue growth, while Services remained flat, and the iPad suffered a double-digit year-over-year decline. Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that much of the iPad decline is due to continuing supply constraints in some areas and not a drop in demand, so in the long run, these numbers may be statistical noise, though it will be at least another year before we know for sure.

Much as it did during the height of the pandemic, Apple is again refusing to offer future guidance due to the uncertain economy. CFO Luca Maestri noted that strong foreign exchange “headwinds” adversely affected revenues in all of the company’s sales categories.


Let’s start with the Mac, which saw a phenomenal 25.4% year-over-year revenue increase, marking an all-time revenue record for Macs. Thanks to Apple silicon, the Mac has never been stronger, bringing in $11.5 billion in revenue in Q4. The release of a new M2-based MacBook Air during the quarter no doubt helped boost the sales numbers for the Mac. Maestri also attributed some of the strong demand for Macs to companies like Cisco offering Macs to their employees. In addition, Cook said that Apple was able to satisfy the backlog of Mac demand stemming from Q3 production woes, helping to enhance the Mac sales numbers this quarter.

Q4 Mac numbers


In second place in Apple’s revenue growth race was the Wearables, Home, and Accessories category, which includes the Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats, and devices like the Apple TV and HomePod mini. That category saw 9.8% revenue growth over the past year, bringing in $9.7 billion. Maestri noted that two-thirds of Apple Watch purchasers during the quarter were new to the device. It was likely aided by the release of three new Apple Watch models in early September.

Q4 Wearables numbers


The iPhone realized 9.7% growth over the past year, amounting to $42.6 billion in revenue. That level of growth was still sufficient for a September quarter revenue record. The emergence of new iPhone models near the end of the quarter may have helped bolster iPhone revenues, although there’s talk that the regular iPhone 14 models haven’t sold as well as Apple expected.

Q4 iPhone numbers


For years, Services has fueled Apple’s continued growth, but that wasn’t the case this quarter: revenues increased by just 5% over the past year, bringing in $19.2 billion. As with other sales categories, Maestri blamed the strong dollar and weaker foreign currencies for the relatively small increase in Services revenue. However, Services revenue still broke its Q4 record, and Maestri mentioned that Apple has over 900 million paying subscribers now, implying a revenue stream that is both sizable and stable. When asked, Cook refused to link the decline in revenue growth to Apple’s recent service price hikes. Instead, he repeated the company’s previous explanation of increased music licensing costs and costs related to the growth of the Apple TV+ library (see “Apple Raises the Price of Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple One,” 24 October 2022).

Apple Q4 Services


iPad revenues slumped once again after years of growth, with Q4 revenue declining by 13.1% year-over-year; nonetheless, Apple’s tablet offerings still hauled in $7.2 billion in revenue. The lack of new iPad model releases until after the September quarter undoubtedly helped depress the iPad sales numbers, with customers delaying purchases in anticipation of the imminent arrival of new iPads. In contrast, last year saw a new iPad Pro release just before the quarter started, fueling its revenue gains compared to this year.

Q4 iPad Revenue

Overall Mix and Geographic Regions

Much as it’s fun to look at the winners (and losers) in terms of growth percentages, it’s important to keep them in perspective when viewing Apple’s total revenue picture. Make no mistake, the iPhone is still the king of Apple’s income statement, accounting for just under half of Apple’s Q4 revenue (47%), while Services is in a strong second place with 21%.

iPhone 47%, Services 21%, Mac 13%, Wearables 11%, iPad 8%

Other interesting numbers appear when looking abroad. While Greater China has been one of Apple’s fastest-growing areas in recent years, revenues there only rose 6.2% year-over-year. Instead, the Asia/Pacific sector saw explosive growth this quarter, with a whopping 22.7% increase. Apple also recorded solid 9.6% growth in Europe and 8.1% growth in the Americas. On the downside, Japan continues to be a trouble spot, with year-over-year revenue declining 4.9% in Q4. Both Cook and Maestri noted that Apple sales in emerging markets were strong, auguring well for the future.

Q4 earnings by region

Apple continues to prosper even in today’s chaotic economic times, and this quarter’s numbers prove the value of the company’s focus on product diversity. By having such a wide range of products in its lineup, Apple has offerings for every market. For years, iPhone sales boomed while Mac sales lagged, but now the Mac is starting to become Apple’s fastest-growing category. Contrast Apple’s upbeat results with troubled earnings reports from fellow tech giants Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta (Facebook). In fact, Meta may no longer qualify as a giant after significant drops in advertising revenue caused the company’s stock price to tank. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has famously bet the company’s future on the ill-defined “metaverse” concept, about which Tim Cook has expressed skepticism.

It remains to be seen if the iPad’s slump can be resolved with new models and iPadOS 16 (see “Apple Reimagines the Basic iPad for 2022” and “New iPad Pro Models Gain M2 Processor, Faster Wi-Fi, and Apple Pencil Hover,” 18 October 2022). The all-important holiday season is upon us, and how well Apple does, between significant new product releases late in the year and continuing foreign exchange challenges, will decide whether the company’s days will be merry and bright or festooned with lumps of coal.

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Messages Becomes More Flexible and Forgiving of Mistakes

For an app that’s so heavily used, Messages has long lacked some features commonplace in competing apps. No longer! In the latest versions of Apple’s operating systems—iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura—Messages gains three major features and a few minor ones.

The major features include the capability to mark conversations as unread, edit sent messages, and unsend messages entirely. Unfortunately, editing and unsending messages work properly only if the recipients are also running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS 13 Ventura.

Smaller features include easier reporting of junk messages, a new Recently Deleted collection and conversation filters, and better display of tapbacks sent to SMS messages.

Mark As Unread

App icon badges are one of the core notification methods in Apple’s operating systems. When an app wants to indicate that it contains unseen activity, it adds a circular red badge to its icon, usually with a number inside reflecting the number of changed items or messages. Apps also often internally mark collections of data—a Messages conversation or Mail thread—with a blue dot to indicate that they contain unread items.

The utility of these unread indications depends on your working style. I’m on one end of the spectrum in that I almost always open badged apps to see what’s new and clear the badge. The badge works well to nudge me into that behavior. On the other hand, Tonya pays little attention to clearing the badges, with the result being that their numbers are meaningless to her. I understand that mindset, too, although when I get irritated with a red badge that I can never clear (Mail reports thousands of unread messages), I turn off the option in the app’s notification settings.

Badge icon settings in Notifications

Until now, reading a message in Messages caused the conversation to lose its unread status, clearing both the blue dot and the red badge (or at least decrementing the badge’s number by one). That’s correct behavior, of course, but what if you want to imbue that red badge or blue dot with the additional meaning of “I need to deal with this later”? That too is entirely reasonable—just because you quickly glanced at a message doesn’t mean you’ve had an opportunity to act on its contents. Marking the conversation as unread lets you reset its status until you can return to it at a later time.

To mark a conversation as unread after looking at it, return to the message list and swipe all the way right on the conversation. For a pinned conversation on an iPhone or iPad, touch and hold the conversation and tap Mark as Unread; on the Mac in Ventura, Control-click the conversation and choose Mark as Unread. (These commands reverse for conversations containing unread messages, should you instead want to mark a conversation as read without actually reading it.)

Marking a message as unread

Edit Sent Messages

Some people, including yours truly, are allergic to typos. I abhor sending messages that include mistakes, but it’s all too easy to do, especially on the iPhone keyboard. Auto-correct presents a related problem—you may send a properly spelled word, but it may not be the word you intended. Worse, it may radically change the meaning of your message.

You can now edit previously sent messages within 15 minutes, and you can do so up to five times. That may be excessive, but in Slack, I’ve found myself editing messages multiple times to get them right, usually because I make a mistake, introduce another mistake by fixing it too quickly, and have to edit once again.

On an iPhone or iPad, touch and hold the message, then tap Edit. In Ventura, Control-click the message and choose Edit. Your message opens for editing. Make your changes and tap the blue checkmark; if you change your mind, tap the gray X.

Editing in Messages

Do not assume you can edit your way out of an embarrassing situation! First, the recipient may have seen the message before you edited it. Even if they didn’t, such messages are marked with Edited in the conversation. If the recipient taps or clicks Edited, they see previous versions of the message.

How edited messages appear

Worse, if a recipient is using a device that’s not running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or Ventura, they’ll receive a new message for each edit. That shouldn’t be too confusing, but it’s not as elegant of an experience.

Unsend Messages

We’ve all inadvertently sent messages to the wrong person, causing confusion at best and bad TV drama plots at worst. Thankfully, Messages now allow us to take back such errant messages within 2 minutes of sending. I usually realize I sent a message to the wrong conversation within a few seconds.

To unsend a message on an iPhone or iPad, touch and hold it, then tap Undo Send. In Ventura, Control-click the message and choose Undo Send. The message disappears instantly, and you see a warning about how the feature works only with compatible devices.

Undo sending a message

That’s really important. If a recipient isn’t using an iPhone or has any Apple device logged into iMessage that’s not running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS 13 Ventura, the message will not be deleted on that device, with no indication that you tried to recall it.

Even if the recipient is running a compatible operating system, they still could have read the message before you unsent it, and if they didn’t see it, they would still see a message saying that you unsent it. In short, you must still think before you send!

How unsent messages display

Report Junk on Delete

If you’ve been unlucky enough to receive junk text messages on your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed a Report Junk link that Messages adds to the bottom of messages from senders who aren’t in your contact list. (The Report Junk link appears only when conversations are viewed on the iPhone, not on an iPad or Mac.) Apple is coy about what it does with reported numbers, saying only:

When you use iMessage, you can report spam messages to Apple. Depending on your carrier and country or region, you can also report spam you receive with SMS and MMS. The sender’s information and the message are sent to Apple, and the message is permanently deleted from your device. Note: Reporting junk or spam doesn’t prevent the sender from sending messages, but you can block the number to stop receiving them.

iOS 16 brings a minor change to the junk reporting mechanism. Instead of tapping Report Junk and then Delete and Report Junk, you can now swipe left on the conversation and then tap Delete and Report Junk. Personally, I want a Nuke Spammer from Space option.

Delete and Report Junk

Recently Deleted and View Filters

Don’t worry if you make a mistake and delete the wrong conversation in Messages because now it’s easy to get it back. Messages now has a Recently Deleted collection that holds deleted conversations for up to 40 days. As long as you’re syncing Messages to iCloud, freshly deleted messages should appear in Recently Deleted on all your devices.

To view Recently Deleted on an iPhone or iPad, tap Filters, the sidebar button, or Edit in the upper-left corner and then tap Show Recently Deleted. On a Mac in Ventura, choose View > Recently Deleted. You can select one or more conversations and either delete or recover them.

Recently Deleted message collection

Messages also sports additional filters. On the Mac, they appear in its View menu. On the iPhone, Filters appears in the upper-left corner as long as Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders is enabled; on the iPad, you see a sidebar button instead of Filters. You can choose to view:

  • All Messages
  • Known Senders
  • Unknown Senders
  • Unread Messages

If you choose Known Senders, Unknown Senders, or All Messages, a heading appears at the top of the conversation list to remind you that you’re not seeing everything. Clicking the back arrow next to it returns to showing All Messages.

How view filters appear

Tapback for SMS Messages

It took me some time to learn to appreciate the Tapback feature in Messages. It’s useful for a subtle acknowledgment of a message—you can send one of six emoji-like symbols: a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Haha, double exclamation points, and a question mark.

What I like about the Tapback icons is that they’re so constrained and clear in their meaning, and they don’t create a new message in the conversation. In contrast, I’m often paralyzed by the vast number of emoji, particularly when I try to imagine how someone might interpret a given choice.

Until now, the Tapback feature worked only within iMessage (blue bubble friends). When used in a conversation that included an SMS user (green bubble friends), a tapback generated a text response (“Liked ‘Be there in 15’”) instead of putting an icon next to the message bubble. Messy, but in my experience, people quickly learned not to use tapbacks with SMS conversations.

With the current version of Messages, you can send a tapback to a message in an SMS conversation, and Messages will display the proper icon rather than devolving to the text version. It’s a small but welcome improvement.

Anything Else?

Apple mentions a few other new features in Messages, such as the capability to filter conversations in Messages by each SIM on dual-SIM iPhones, and fast-forward and rewind in audio messages. I’ve never run across anyone who sends audio messages regularly or uses Messages heavily on a dual-SIM iPhone, but among the many millions of iPhone users, I’m sure such people exist.

Other features are largely infrastructural or associated with other apps, such as collaboration invitations generating activity updates at the top of a Messages thread and a Messages Collaboration API. Those capabilities seem aspirational to me—all the teams I know who collaborate do so in either Google or Microsoft ecosystems and communicate in apps like Slack or Microsoft Teams. But again, there must be some people out there in Apple-only shops who will use these features.

Have you noticed any other features? Apple’s feature lists aren’t comprehensive—the company never said anything about the View menu filters in messages in Ventura—so there may be additional features left to discover.


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ScreenFlow 10.0.7

Telestream has issued ScreenFlow 10.0.7, adding support for macOS 13 Ventura. The screencast recording and video-editing app resolves a crash that would occur after adding a Video Motion Action to an asset on the Timeline in Ventura, fixes a bug that caused the canvas to show black/break after selecting a Video Motion action, eliminates a runtime error when selecting a clip, fixes a bug that caused iPad video to change from portrait to landscape when added to the timeline, and resolves an issue that caused imported iOS files to turn upside down on the timeline but not in the media library. ($149 new, upgrade pricing available, 84.7 MB, release notes, macOS 10.15+)

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GraphicConverter 11.7

Lemkesoft has issued GraphicConverter 11.7, a maintenance release with a grab bag of improvements and bug fixes for the Swiss Army knife of graphics programs. The update enables you to apply a gain map to the HDR effect, adds support for importing INETLOC files with a URL key, adds a menu item for browsing files on Box Drive, adds the Color Loop filter and Super Resolution Sharpen effects, provides an auto enhancement without red eye batch action, and allows importing previews of Aurora HDR files. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or the Mac App Store, free update, 230 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13+)

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OmniFocus 3.14

The Omni Group has published OmniFocus 3.14, providing compatibility with macOS 13 Ventura. The task management app fixes a bug that could prevent multi-line outline rows from expanding when selected in Ventura, updates OmniCrashCatcher for improved Ventura compatibility, updates Notification Preferences text to refer to System Settings, ensures most toolbar buttons are now uniform in size, and resolves a crash that could occur if a synced keyboard shortcut was modified in an OmniFocus 4 TestFlight. ($39.99 new for Standard and $79.99 for Pro from the Omni Group Web site, $39.99 for Standard from the Mac App Store with an in-app purchase option to upgrade to Pro, 69.1 MB, release notes, macOS 11+)

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OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.11

The Omni Group has released version 5.11 of OmniOutliner Essentials and OmniOutliner Pro to provide compatibility with macOS 13 Ventura. The outlining and information-organization apps fix the layout of print settings, resolve a crash from canceling the Print sheet, and update OmniCrashCatcher for improved macOS Ventura compatibility. The iOS edition also adds new toolbar functionality on iPads running iPadOS 16 (not available on iPhones). ($9.99 new for Essentials, $59.99 for Pro, 36.8 MB, release notes, macOS 11+)

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Fantastical 3.7.2

Flexibits has issued Fantastical 3.7.2 with added support for macOS 13 Ventura features. The calendar app now enables you to filter your calendar sets when activating Focus, improves the use of app shortcuts on Ventura, restores Meetup functionality and improves support for online events, adds support for adding Fastmail accounts with OAuth, improves calendar subscription loading from certain servers, properly syncs the state of hidden items between devices, fixes a bug that prevented attendee comments from updating for some users of Google Calendar, addresses a problem that prevented alerts from being copied when duplicating or pasting events, and resolves a sporadic crash when importing ICS files. ($39.96 annual subscription from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, free update, 62.4 MB, release notes, macOS 11+)

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Audio Hijack 4.0.5 and Piezo 1.7.10

Rogue Amoeba has released Audio Hijack 4.0.5 and Piezo 1.7.10, adding initial compatibility for macOS 13 Ventura to the audio-recording apps. Both receive improved audio capture reliability with version 11.9 of the Audio Capture Engine, gain support for the TeamTalk and Gather apps as VoIP audio sources, fix a channel mapping issue that could affect devices containing both inputs and outputs when capturing from VoIP apps, and now require macOS 10.15 Catalina or higher.

Audio Hijack 4.0.5 also improves plug-in window resizing, ensures views for AUGraphicEQ correctly update their controls when switching between bands, and ensures pressing the Enter key in the Template Chooser saves sessions as created. The Text to Speech special source is no longer available on Ventura due to changes made by Apple but has been replaced by a Siri special source and a VoiceOver special source. Text to Speech audio can now be captured on a per-application basis by targeting the application where the text is being spoken. If you’re a TidBITS member, you can purchase Audio Hijack and Piezo at a 20% discount. (Audio Hijack, $64, 35.3 MB, release notes, macOS 10.15+; Piezo, $25, 24 MB, release notes, macOS 10.15+; both are free updates)

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Acorn 7.3

Flying Meat has issued Acorn 7.3, adding new filters and blend modes to the image editor. The Snapshot and Snapshot Reblend filters take a copy of your image and then re-blend it back in your filter chain (such as for custom shadows), and the new Custom filter provides a 5-by-5 matrix from which you can apply custom blurs, sharpens, embosses, and more. The release adds more blend modes to the generator filters, updates the Spotlight layer filter, includes a new Select All Layers Command Bar action, ensures the SVG importer correctly handles line elements, fixes a bug that made it difficult to get rid of a gradient on a text box, addresses a problem where masks weren’t applied correctly when exporting as PDF, and makes a variety of unspecified improvements for macOS 13 Ventura. ($39.99 new from Flying Meat and the Mac App Store, 20% discount for TidBITS members, 18.9 MB, release notes, macOS 10.14+)

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SuperDuper 3.7

Shirt Pocket has released SuperDuper 3.7, adding full compatibility with macOS 13 Ventura. However, while SuperDuper supports bootable backups for Big Sur, Monterey, and Ventura, Shirt Pocket notes that Apple bugs may cause startup to be unsuccessful, although restoration is still possible. The update works around Google Drive issues that were incorrectly protecting folders on drives it wasn’t operating on, improves issues with Smart Update, enhances Apple’s replicator (asr) state tracking, and adjusts Full Disk Access helpers for Ventura’s redesign. (Free for basic functionality, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 9.6 MB, release notes, macOS 10.10+)

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Agenda 16

Momenta has issued version 16 of its Agenda date-focused note-taking app with new collaboration features for its Premium tier. The release enables Premium users to create shared notes, invite existing connections to collaborate, generate a link that allows others to join a shared note, and invite others to collaborate and chat using Shared with You in Messages (requires macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, or iPadOS 16.1 or higher.)

The update also allows all users to accept collaboration invitations, edit shared notes with others in close to real-time, jump straight from a shared note into the corresponding thread in the Messages app, encrypt data for shared notes before upload and when stored in the cloud, and display the most recent editor of shared notes in the Recently Edited list. Additionally, the app enhances its App shortcuts and adds a Czech localization. (Free with $24.99 in-app premium feature purchase, free update, 69.5 MB, release notes, macOS 10.14+)

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Cardhop 2.2.2

Flexibits has released Cardhop 2.2.2 (which immediately takes your writer back to the early 1970s and Room 222), adding Focus Filters for filtering your contact lists when activating a Focus on macOS 13 Ventura. The contact management app also adds Discord as an instant message service type, improves the Telegram action to work with phone numbers, and fixes an issue where the large type action used a wrong date format for alternate birthdays. ($39.96 annual subscription from Flexibits and the Mac App Store, free update, 31.2 MB, release notes, macOS 11+)

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Final Cut Pro 10.6.5, Compressor 4.6.3, and Motion 5.6.3

Apple has released maintenance updates for its three professional video apps—Final Cut Pro 10.6.5, Compressor 4.6.3, and Motion 5.6.3. Final Cut Pro quickens the pace of exporting H.264 and HEVC video on Macs with Apple silicon, increases stability when disconnecting a Sidecar display from Intel-based Macs, improves performance when editing on a Mac with an ambient light sensor, and fixes a bug related to adding images from the Photos browser.

Compressor adds support for HEVC 8-bit 4:2:2 encoding and multi-pass HEVC 4:2:2 encoding, changes the default HEVC encoder type to Faster, and adds support for previewing the transparency of an HDR video (requires macOS 13 Ventura). Motion addresses an issue in the Save As panel and includes stability and performance improvements. (Free updates. Final Cut Pro, $299.99 new, 3.4 GB, release notes, macOS 11.5.1+; Compressor, $49.99 new, 348 MB, release notes, macOS 11.5.1+; Motion, $49.99 new, 2.4 GB, release notes, macOS 11.5.1+)

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BusyCal 2022.4.4 and BusyContacts 2022.4.2

BusyMac has released BusyCal 2022.4.4 and BusyContacts 2022.4.2. BusyCal’s left and right panel visibility states are now tied to the Remember View Settings option in smart filter settings, and the Send to BusyCal command now shows up on the Services menu when you Control-click selected text. The release also fixes the classic date picker for macOS 13 Ventura.

BusyContacts adds WhatsApp as an option for phone numbers, improves detection of organization name and job title when using Quick Entry with pasted contact details, considers differently cased values in merged contacts as equal, improves detection of Nextcloud CardDAV servers, fixes a bug where the info panel would take too much space in list view, and resolves an issue that caused profile image assignment to fail for large JPEGs. ($49.99 new for BusyCal from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, in Setapp, 59.3 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13+; $49.99 new for BusyContacts from BusyMac or the Mac App Store, free update, in Setapp, 25.8 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13+)

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Pages 12.2, Numbers 12.2, and Keynote 12.2

Apple has updated its iWork apps to version 12.2, adding new collaboration features to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The three apps now enable you to view everyone’s activity in shared documents and get notifications when others join, comment, or make changes. You can also send a message or start a FaceTime call from a collaborative document (requires macOS 13 Ventura), see updates about documents in Messages, and manage shared documents via the File menu. All three apps also improve image background removal when using Ventura.

Numbers receives new functions to compare values and combine text with new functions, and Keynote gets a new Blank Layout document template when you want to start completely from scratch. (Free; Pages, 286.9 MB, release notes; Numbers, 253.9 MB, release notes; Keynote, 351.1 MB, release notes; macOS 12.0+)


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Elon Musk Buys Twitter (Really) for $44 Billion

After months of rollercoaster wheeling and dealing seemingly scripted by howler monkeys jacked on cocaine and shrooms, Elon Musk finally purchased Twitter for $44 billion. The New York Times has a cogent summary of the entire insane story, but for more entertainment, check out Nilay Patel’s “Welcome to hell, Elon” open letter to Musk at The Verge, which explains in profanity-laden detail why he’s in over his head. Also amusing are the lengthy play-by-play posts from Matt Levine at Bloomberg, who has way too much fun exploring the financial hand-waving underpinning the deal. We aren’t going to weigh in on whether Musk’s acquisition of Twitter is good, bad, or frogtwaddle—there’s no predicting what the man will do. We can only hope that he doesn’t make social media even more of a civil society-destroying hellstew than it currently is.

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Apple Launches Consolidated Security Site

Apple has created a new Apple Security Research website that consolidates all the company’s security resources in one place: a security blog, the Apple Platform Security Guide, information on the company’s security bounty and research device programs, and a link to submit security reports.

Apple Security Research: Our groundbreaking security technologies protect the users of over 1.8 billion active devices around the world. Hear about the latest advances in Apple security from our engineering teams, send us your own research, and work directly with us to be recognized and rewarded for helping keep our users safe.

While not of direct interest to the general public, it’s a boon to security researchers and enthusiasts, and we hope the added transparency will lead to better security across Apple’s platforms.