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#1638: Eliminate Apple Pay and Google Hangouts annoyances, give Affinity V2 a try, join TidBITS!

We’re looking forward to new publishing initiatives in 2023—will you join over 3600 other TidBITS members in helping us develop new approaches to sharing practical Apple content? Are you irritated by the badge left on your Settings app if you didn’t set up Apple Pay? Or have you started getting a Google Hangouts dialog that announces the required migration to Google Chat? We unintentionally ended up with a pair of articles about how to solve those usability annoyances. Adam Engst also shares his long and increasingly dysfunctional history with Adobe Creative Cloud en route to recommending that anyone in a similar situation check out Serif’s suite of Affinity Publisher, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo, which currently costs less than two months of Creative Cloud. Notable Mac app releases this week include Agenda 16.1; Mimestream 0.40.1; Airfoil 5.11.3, Piezo 1.7.11, and Audio Hijack 4.0.6; Default Folder X 5.7.2; BusyCal 2022.4.6; and Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1.4.

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Help TidBITS Evolve in 2023 by Becoming a Member

It’s time for TidBITS to learn new tricks in the wake of managing editor Josh Centers leaving, while continuing to bring you the Apple advice and technical details you’ve come to rely on over the past 32 years. Will you help us start a fun new chapter in our long history?

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Consider Switching from Creative Cloud to Affinity V2

Serif launched the next generation of its Affinity layout, design, and photo apps in conjunction with a 40%-off sale through 14 December 2022 that drops the one-time price of all three to just $99.99, less than the cost of two months of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Adam Engst encourages those who aren’t sure why they’re paying for Creative Cloud to give Affinity a try.

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Agenda 16.1

Brings new features, improvements and bug fixes to the date-focused note-taking app. (Free with $24.99 premium purchase option, free update, 69.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)

Mimestream 0.40.1 1 comment

Mimestream 0.40.1

Adds support for joining Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Skype events with a single click from the calendar. (Free, 11.8 MB, macOS 11+)

Default Folder X 5.7.2 No comments

Default Folder X 5.7.2

Ensures the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility works correctly with Stage Manager in macOS 13 Ventura. ($34.95 new, free update, 13.7 MB, macOS 10.13+)

BusyCal 2022.4.6 No comments

BusyCal 2022.4.6

Calendar app updated with a few handy new features and improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 56.6 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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Carbon Copy Cloner 6.1.4

Preserves space savings of pure "cloned" files when copying from an APFS volume to another APFS volume. ($39.99 new, free update, 22.7 MB, macOS 10.15+)

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