If you use Group FaceTime, you can re-enable it by updating iOS 12 and Mojave now that Apple has fixed the nasty bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop before you answered. Do you hate it when videos play automatically, like the previews in the Netflix Apple TV app? Join Adam Engst’s #DeathToAutoPlay campaign to put pressure on Netflix (and other companies) to make auto-play an option. Have you noticed that women generally play lesser roles in Hollywood movies? Michael Cohen looks at Highland 2’s Gender Analysis tool for screenwriters, which reveals just how unbalanced a script is. Finally, for those who are continually looking for the ultimate productivity tool, Jeff Porten reviews OmniFocus 3, a powerful task manager for getting things done. Notable Mac app releases this week include EagleFiler 1.8.6, Transmit 5.2.3, Boom 3D 1.2.4, Alfred 3.8, and Mellel 4.1.5.
Apple has released the iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 Supplemental Updates to re-enable Group FaceTime after fixing a nasty bug that enabled eavesdropping on FaceTime calls.
It’s time to take a stand. We’re sick and tired of apps (Netflix!) and Web sites (CNN!) assaulting our ears and eyes with audio and video that starts playing on its own, without so much as a by your leave. Let’s fight back.
As most working actresses know, Hollywood historically has offered more roles—and lines—for men than women, but a simple tool in the Highland 2 screenwriting app can help screenwriters better distribute their characters and dialog among the genders.
OmniFocus, the power user tool of choice for Mac task management, has reached version 3 on the Mac, the iOS version has caught up in features, and a Web version is in beta. Jeff Porten discusses task management in general, what’s new and great in OmniFocus, and where the trouble spots still are.
Improves imports from Evernote and support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($40 new, free update, 24.3 MB)
Improves drag-and-drop compatibility with third-party apps. ($45 new, free update, 68.5 MB)
Adds a new option for selecting the desired connected output device for your audio. ($39.99 new, free update, 37.1 MB)
Maintenance release fixes bugs in the keyboard-driven launcher. (£23 new, free update, 2.9 MB)
Bug-focused maintenance release for the word processor built for long-form writing. ($49 new, free update, 84.9 MB)