Slack has released version 3.1 of its Mac desktop client with improvements and bug fixes for the group messaging system and collaboration tool (see “Slack for Mac 3.0,” 9 December 2017). The release adds a notification to inform you of completed downloads, uses a more legible font for Japanese localizations, launches at startup with “less extraneous loading screen action, and fewer fanfares,” ensures unread message badges don’t linger too long, and fixes a bug that caused the app to perform poorly after making too many text substitutions. Slack no longer lets you designate a folder other than Downloads to store downloaded files, but the option to set different download folders will return in a future update. (Free from Slack and the Mac App Store, 71.3 MB, release notes, 10.9+)
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