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#1452: Group FaceTime returns, #DeathToAutoPlay, Highland 2 reveals gender balance, OmniFocus 3 review

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.

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Highland 2 Helps Screenwriters Balance Genders

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.

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OmniFocus 3: What’s New and What’s Blue in Task Management

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.


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EagleFiler 1.8.6

Improves imports from Evernote and support for Dark mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave. ($40 new, free update, 24.3 MB)

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Boom 3D 1.2.4

Adds a new option for selecting the desired connected output device for your audio. ($39.99 new, free update, 37.1 MB)

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Alfred 3.8

Maintenance release fixes bugs in the keyboard-driven launcher. (£23 new, free update, 2.9 MB)

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Mellel 4.1.5

Bug-focused maintenance release for the word processor built for long-form writing. ($49 new, free update, 84.9 MB)


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The Lengths Thieves Will Go to Unlock iPhones

Apple’s Activation Lock feature has helped discourage iPhone thefts by preventing an iPhone from being activated while it’s registered to an iCloud account, but thieves are finding clever ways to work around this requirement.