Archive for November 9, 2023

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Retrobatch 2

Flying Meat:

Retrobatch 2.0 includes a new dark UI, a bunch of new nodes, new features, refinements in existing nodes and UI, plus much more.


New “Super Resolution” node, which uses machine learning to scale up your image 4x its size.


New “Photos Export” node which replaces the “Photos Library” node (which Apple has deprecated libraries it uses). This new node will download from iCloud as well as export the unmodified originals from Photos, including RAW photos.


New “Recognized text” option for the Rules node which you can use to filter out images based on character recognition in the image.


The Screenshot node now has text field you can use to filter which screenshots are used in a workflow. For instance, if you only want to capture windows from Safari, you would enter “Safari”.

Gus Mueller:

It comes in 2.5 flavors:

  • Retrobatch (regular): currently $19.99 one time fee. Comes with all 2.x upgrades.
  • Retrobatch Pro: currently a $39.99 one time fee (or $24.99 if you’re upgrading from 1.x). Also comes with all 2.x upgrades. It has more “Pro” features (aka, wacky things with color profiles, JavaScript, and more).
  • Retrobatch Pro (App Store): $24.99 a year with a free 7 day trial. It also has some features missing because of App Store restrictions - but that may not matter to you.

The Mac App Store version is missing droplets and the nodes for AppleScript, shell scripts, and Finder integration; and the command-line tool is severely limited by sandboxing.


iOS 17.1.1 and iPadOS 17.1.1

Juli Clover (release notes, security, developer):

The iOS 17.1.1 update addresses a BMW wireless charging problem and a bug with the Weather Lock Screen widget. There have also been issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and device shutdowns, but it’s unclear if anything in iOS 17.1.1 is intended to address those.


macOS 14.1.1

Juli Clover (release notes, security, developer, enterprise, full installer, IPSW, M3):

Today’s update includes bug fixes and security updates according to Apple.

Joe Rossignol:

While the release notes did not specify which bugs were fixed, we have confirmed that the update resolves a software update issue with M3 Macs and an Adobe Photoshop bug.

See also: Howard Oakley, Mr. Macintosh.


macOS 13.6.2

Apple (release notes, full installer for M1 and M2, M3):

This update has no published CVE entries. Available for MacBook Pro (2021 and later) and iMac (2023)

Enterprise release notes:

MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch computers with Apple silicon no longer start up to a black screen or circled exclamation point after the built-in display’s default refresh rate is changed.

See also: Michael Simon.


watchOS 10.1.1

Juli Clover (release notes, security, developer):

Today’s update addresses an issue that is causing some Apple Watch models to drain battery more quickly than expected. Complaints about Apple Watch battery started after the launch of watchOS 10.1, and Apple confirmed in a memo over the weekend that the battery problems would be fixed in a software release.


Update (2023-11-22): I can confirm seeing really bad battery drain with watchOS 10.1 and that 10.1.1 seems to fix it.