macOS New App Release – Winclone 6

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Product Announcement –  Twocanoes Software of Naperville, Illinois has released Winclone 6, an upgrade to its award-winning Boot Camp cloning and migration software for the Mac. The update features support for migrating Boot Camp to new MacBook Pro models, an updated interface, a new toolbar, in-app purchasing, file-based cloning, read/write mounting of NTFS volumes and support for Windows WIM format for package-based deployments.

What’s New in Winclone 6:

  • Support for new USB-C Macs – Winclone 6 supports cloning and restoring Boot Camp on Apple’s new USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The USB-C Mac models include disks equipped with a different block size than previous Mac models and most USB drives. Winclone 6 seamlessly clones Boot Camp between drives of all block sizes.
  • Read/Write Mounting of NTFS Volumes – Mount Boot Camp or other NTFS drives in read/write mode whenever you need to copy data between Mac and Windows volumes. All editions include support for mounting Boot Camp in read/write mode.
  • Updated Interface – A pleasing new color scheme makes using Winclone 6 easier than ever.
  • Native Support for the WIM format as well as prior Winclone image format – Winclone 6 supports both block-based and file-based cloning for maximum flexibility and backward compatibility.
  • Package support for USB-C Macs – Deploy Winclone packages to USB-C Macs with 4096-byte block drives
  • Package support for WIM based Images – Deploy Winclone packages in WIM format to all supported Mac models
  • New Toolbar for Easy Access to common tasks – Winclone 6 improves the easy-to-use interface found in previous versions with a convenient toolbar for easier access to frequently used features and quick access to technical support and tutorial videos.
  • In-App purchase of license and upgrades – Choose and purchase the edition that best suits your needs right in the app. When you need the additional power and features, upgrade to Winclone Standard or Pro without leaving the app.
  • Better Detection of Windows Version – Winclone 6 improves capability of identifying the Windows version to ensure your Boot Camp is compatible after migration to another Mac.
  • Easy Access to Tutorial Videos – Jump straight to Winclone’s reference library of videos to get up and running or explore Winclone’s many features.
  • Submit Support Ticket in the App – Need help? Send questions right from Winclone 6 to to get fast, friendly assistance from Twocanoes Software’s tech support team.
  • Log Collection Compatibility for macOS – Winclone 6 supports Apple’s new logging format introduced in MacOS 10.12 (Sierra), making diagnostics and troubleshooting easier than ever.
  • New Preference for Selecting File or Block-based imaging – Built for novices and experts alike, Winclone 6 makes it easy to integrate Winclone images with other industry standard deployment tools.

Winclone 6 Features (All Editions):

  • Clone Boot Camp volume to Winclone image
  • Restore Winclone image to Boot Camp volume
  • New toolbar for frequently used features
  • Mount Boot Camp in read/write mode, eject volume
  • Quick access to videos, knowledge base articles and technical support
  • In-app purchase and upgrade Winclone 6
  • Option to choose File or Block-based cloning
  • Daily automatic incremental backups of Windows user files
  • Legacy support for older Winclone images
  • USB-C Mac (2016 MacBook Pro) support
  • Improved detection of Windows version
  • Set Windows boot mode to legacy or EFI
  • Improved logging for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra)

Standard and Pro Editions:

  • Clone external Boot Camp volume to Winclone Image
  • Restore Winclone image to external volume
  • Restore Winclone image to disk image
  • Disk to disk Boot Camp migration
  • Shrink the Windows file system for resizing Boot Camp

Winclone Pro:

  • Create self-installing package of Boot Camp partition
  • Option to choose WIM-based or block based installer packages

Winclone earned MacWorld Magazine’s Gem of the Year Award in 2013, stating “if you use OS X’s Boot Camp feature for running Windows on your Mac, you need Winclone.” Winclone saves a disk image of your Mac’s Boot Camp partition for easy backup in the event of disk failure or virus infection. Restoring Boot Camp to full working order is as easy as restoring a Winclone image.

The Winclone Backup utility included in every edition of Winclone automatically saves your Windows User folder every day, making sure your Boot Camp backups are always current. For migrating Windows or upgrading to a new Mac, Winclone Standard is a must-have app. Winclone is flexible, making it easy to migrate Boot Camp no matter how you do it.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or higher including MacOS Sierra 10.12
  • Windows 7 64-bit (on supported Mac hardware) or higher including Windows 10
  • Boot Camp partition

Winclone 6 Pricing

  • Basic License (non-commercial, one license per computer): $19.99 USD
  • Standard License (commercial and personal, one license for up to two computers): $39.99 USD
  • Pro License (commercial, one license for up to 50 Mac client endpoints): $249.99 USD
  • Educational and Institutional Pricing is available

Have you heard of “Comet TV”

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Comet TV is a new network featuring Science Fiction and Horror. Some shows are good, some are “classic” and are more ‘campy’ than good. Some are so bad that you just can’t stop watching them, but then they are free.

Some cable/satellite networks include Comet TV. The easiest way though for you to watch the channel is either through the App for the 4th generation Apple TV or through the website. The website provides a live stream version of their content. You can check the on-line schedule to see what is playing.

Some of the current movies are “Dead Like Me”, “Night of the Comet, “Android”, “Bubba Ho-Tep”, “Eliminators”,”The Incredible Melting Man” and “The Crow”. Not exactly Academy Award winners, but . . . . interesting selections.

TV series currently on Comet TV include: “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and “Stargate: SG-1 (Starts April 3)”.

This is NOT going to replace the main stream channels you are watching, but it might provide some humorous and nostalgic diversion on occasion.

macOS New Tutorial Plan – Noteboom Tutorials

Product AnnouncementNoteboom Productions, Ltd. of Holland, Michigan has announced Pay What You Want Pricing for their membership site, Noteboom Tutorials. Noteboom Tutorials has over 50 tutorials with over 1,500 easy-to-follow video lessons on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple devices.

Membership is subscription based and includes instant access to all the tutorials. Membership also includes access to new tutorials as they are released. Users can watch the tutorials on any device – Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The site tracks the tutorials users are enrolled in as well as a user’s progress by tracking individual lessons as they are viewed. Select tutorial can also be downloaded in the iBooks format for members.

Mac tutorials include:

  • Tutor for Mac: The Basics
  • Tutor for Mac: Beyond The Basics
  • Tutor for Photos
  • Tutor for iMovie
  • Tutor for Mail
  • Tutor for Calendar
  • Tutor for iCloud
  • Tutor for Safari
  • Tutor for Contacts
  • Tutor for Preview
  • Tutor for Final Cut Pro
  • Tutor for Filemaker Pro
  • Tutor for Pages
  • Tutor for Numbers
  • Tutor for Keynote
  • Tutor for Word
  •  Tutor for Excel
  • Tutor for tap Forms 5

iPad tutorials include:

  • Tutor for iPad: The Basics
  • Tutor for iPad: Beyond the Basics
  • Tutor for iMovie
  • Tutor for Photos
  • Tutor for Calendar
  • Tutor for Safari
  • Tutor for Contacts
  • Tutor for Mail
  • Tutor for Office

iPhone tutorials include:

  • Tutor for iPhone: The Basics
  • Tutor for iPhone: Beyond the Basics
  • Tutor for iMovie
  • Tutor for Photos
  • Tutor for Calendar
  • Tutor for Safari
  • Tutor for Contacts
  • Tutor for Mail
  • Tutor for Apple Watch with watchOS 2

Membership is subscription based and includes instant access to all the tutorials. Users decide what they want to pay for membership. Membership also includes 14-day free trial.

Trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Trailers – Hulu will be bringing “The Handmaid’s Tale” to video on April 26. This story set in the near future in a US that has has been taken over by a totalitarian government. The resulting society is dystopian, with women loosing their rights. The main character of the story is a woman who has been assigned to the class of women kept for reproductive purposes.

This movie is based on the book (published in 1985) of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The book achieved significant recognition in the mid 80’s.

If you subscribe to Hulu this may be an interesting series to watch.

macOS New App Release – Pomodoro Time Management 4.1

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Product announcement – Independent development studio desappstre {eStudio} of Madrid, Spain has released Pomodoro Time Management 4.1 for macOS, their app that helps users to improve their productivity using one of the most effective management method in personal or pair working environments. The app is highly configurable in aspects like time for breaks or tasks, notifications, pomodoro series, all of it in a beautiful and detailed interface.

Inside Pomodoro Time Management users will find:

  • TouchBar support on the new MacBook Pro
  • Reports to compare your productivity
  • Beautiful graphs to check your progress in a blink of an eye
  • Customize task time
  • Customize short and long break time
  • Choose to play a sound or not when a break or a task has finished
  • Set how many pomodoros (tasks) are a Work Series
  • The pomodoro (task) timer can be paused/resumed/reseted
  • Session and Goal counters can be reseted

In this new release users will find:

  • Say Hi! to Pomodoro Today Extension in your Notification Center.
  • Print or save as PDF your reports.
  • And yes, a new app (retro badge) icon.
  • Bug fixed and minor improvements.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 6.2 MB

Pomodoro Time Management 4 is only $2.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

macOS New App Release – Deliver 2.6

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Product Announcement Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Deliver 2.6, a feature update to its file transfer solution for remote and local destinations. Deliver lets users send files over the Internet and local networks with automatic email notifications, file compression, delivery history and other powerful time saving capabilities. It supports FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and intranet services.

The new version introduces support for FTPS connection which helps ensure secure, reliable and auditable file transfer. FTPS (also known as FTP-SSL) is an extension to the commonly used FTP protocol that adds support for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) cryptographic protocols.

Deliver quickly gains popularity as file transfer tool of choice at ad agencies, printers, recording studios and publishing houses. Users can create hot folders or drop files onto the program icon, and the items will be sent automatically with customizable email confirmation issued upon delivery. The files can be easily retrieved through the link in notification email.

Deliver offers the following key features:

  • Send files to FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Storage and locally
  • Automatic variable email notifications
  • Hyperlink to file for instant download by recipients
  • Compress files automatically
  • Create lo-res PDF on the fly and attach to e-mail
  • Delivery history

Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website for $19.95 (USD), as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.12 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).

Mac New Hardware Upgrade – 1TB PCIe SSD

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Product Announcement – MCE Technologies (MCE) of San Dimas, California has announced the world’s fastest 1TB internal PCIe-based SSD upgrade solution for the Mac Pro (Late 2013). Based on 4 Lane (x4) PCIe architecture, the 1TB SSD Upgrade features read speeds of up to 1400MB/sec and write speeds of up to 1150MB/s. All necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software are included.

The MCE 1TB PCIe-based SSD Upgrade for the Mac Pro (Late 2013) takes full advantage of the PCIe (4 Lane) architecture present in those machines. It can reach speeds of up to 1400MB/sec reading and up to 1150MB/s writing. The 1TB PCIe-based flash drives are compatible with all versions of Mac OS X capable of running on the Mac Pro (Late 2013) as well as Mac OS X Boot Camp, feature native TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. support to ensure longevity and each drive carries a three year warranty.

The MCE 1TB PCIe-based SSD Upgrade Kits for Mac Pro (Late 2013) retail for $699.00 (USD) and are user-installable. Each kit includes the 1TB PCIe-based SSD for Mac Pro, installation toolkit, illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software.

macOS New App Release – Cocktail 10.3

Product Announcement – Maintain of Ekero, Sweden has released Cocktail 10.3 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Sierra Edition).

What’s New:

  • Improvements on the “Delete localization files” procedure
  • Added ability to quit Finder by adding “Quit” item to Finder menu (Interface – Finder)
  • Added ability to disable animation when hiding or showing Dock (Interface – Dock)
  • Added ability to change default page zoom for Safari (Interface – Safari)
  • Added ability to auto-activate Terminal windows by mouse cursor (Interface – Misc)
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart dynamic pager daemon when run on a beta version of macOS Sierra 10.12.4
  • Added macOS Sierra 10.12.4 compatibility
  • Minor user interface improvements
  • Updated Help files

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.

Disk:

  • Automatically check S.M.A.R.T. status of disks
  • Enable or disable journaling
  • Set disk sleep (spindown) time
  • Modify standby delay
  • Change other disk sleep settings
  • Force eject CD/DVD

System:

  • Run periodic maintenance scripts
  • Purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage
  • Manage Spotlight indexing
  • Erase Spotlight indexes
  • Modify Time Machine settings
  • Rebuild Launch Services and Help databases
  • Rebuild Mail’s Envelope Index
  • Update locate and whatis databases
  • Force empty the Trash
  • Change startup mode or set startup delay
  • Disable startup sound
  • Disable Gatekeeper
  • Disable Notification Center and App Nap

Files:

  • Clear system caches
  • Clear user caches
  • Clear font caches
  • Clear virtual memory swap files
  • Clear temporary files
  • Clear Internet caches
  • Clear cookies, download lists, form values and history files
  • Clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies
  • Clear applications caches
  • Search for corrupted preference files
  • Delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files
  • Clear and manage (view, print and save) log files
  • Delete invisible DS Store files
  • Delete locked or inaccessible items

Network:

  • Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards
  • Easily optimize network settings for common connection types
  • Modify IP configuration parameters
  • Configure File Sharing settings

Interface:

  • Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, login window and other system services
  • Modify hidden settings of Safari, iTunes and Launchpad

System Requirements: Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail is $19.00 (USD) for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. It can be downloaded from the website.

Review of “The Intruders”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “The Intruders” eBook was published in 2016 (the original paper edition was published in 1998) and was written by Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson published has published over 50 books. This one is from his “Ken Armstrong” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in England during World War II. The primary character is RAF Squadron Leader Ken Armstrong.

It is 1940 and the war is still in its first year. The Germans are threatening invasion and the Luftwaffe is making an all out assault on the RAF to gain air superiority. Armstrong is chosen to lead a new squadron that will target German air bases in occupied Europe and act as night fighters against the German bombers pounding the UK.

The efforts of many RAF pilots, fictional and real, are told. Several dog fights between RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft are described.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 161 page novel. I have read several other of Jackson’s books and have enjoyed them all. This is a combination of history and fiction describing much of the “Battle for Britain” that was being waged in the air. It was a little dry in places, but is still enjoyed it. The cover art is reasonable as it shows a Hawker Hurricane, one of the aircraft Armstrong and his squadron flew. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

macOS New App Release – Forklift 3.0

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Product Announcement – Independent developer BinaryNights of Budapest, Hungary has released Forklift 3.0, the important update to their popular file manager and file transfer utility for macOS computers. Forklift allows Mac users to copy files to and from SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, AFP, SMB, and NFS remote volumes. The dual-paned file manager also offers Dropbox support, remote editing, multiple file renaming, and much more.

Forklift 3.0 took two years develop and spent six months in beta testing. The app has been completely rewritten in Swift, allowing the BinaryNights developers to take complete advantage of all the new features offered in macOS Sierra. Forklift brings users the most stunning interface ever offered by any of the company’s apps.

Features:

  • Dual Pane file view
  • Dropbox Support
  • Favorite Sync keeps favorites, rename presets and more synced across multiple Macs via Dropbox
  • Disklet allows users to mount remote servers and make the, appear in Finder as local drive
  • Sync Browsing
  • macOS Sierra Tabs
  • Search for files and directories on local or remote drives, filtering by name, extension, and more
  • App Deleter completely uninstalls any application
  • Remote Editing offers the ability to remotely edit files
  • Dark Mode reduces eyestrain and makes it easier to concentrate on the work at hand

Forklift 3.0 allows users to remotely connect to SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, AFP, SMB, and NFS remote volumes. This makes it easy for anyone to manage their files across networks. Users can quickly connect to multiple servers at one time, allowing them to copy between servers with drag-and-drop ease.

Web developers and other remote-based users will love Forklift’s syncing features. Users can compare local and remote folders, automatically identifying new, modified, and deleted files, allowing them to synchronize files with the click of a mouse or trackpad. The app’s preview functionality displays important file information at a glance, and allows users to inspect PDFs, text & images files, and other popular document types. Quick edits can be made to files, whether they reside on a local drive or a remote server.

Forklift’s Multi Rename feature is an invaluable tool that allows anyone to rename a large number of files on both local drives and remote servers. Users can change case, replace text, add dates or sequences, and more. Multi Rename operations can be combined in a saved preset for later use.

The app’s Quick Open feature allows anyone to access their favorite files, directories, device and menu commands. It also offers the ability to open a selected file with a targeted application, or apply a saved Multi Rename preset on a group of files or folders.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or higher (macOS Sierra 10.12 compatible)
  • 64-bit processor
  • 94.6 MB

Forklift 3.0 is usually $29.95 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) for a single-user license and is available worldwide through the Forklift website. For a limited time, BinaryNights is making Forklift available for $19.95. A family license is also available for $29.95 (usually $49.95) and a small business license is available for $49.95 (usually $99.95) during the promotion. Discounted upgrades are also available to owners of previous versions of Forklift. A free trial is available for download.