macOS New App Release – Startup Disk Full Fixer

 

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Product AnnouncementsNektony of Odessa, Ukraine is proud to announce the release of Startup Disk Full Fixer – a freeware app addressed to those Mac users who suffer from low disk space and regularly get annoying popups that “Startup Disk is almost full.” Generally, the first thing most Mac users do is to find and delete the biggest files. In fact, there are dozens of junk files on Mac that you can remove without regret.

Startup Disk Full Fixer allows you to find and remove useless junk files on your Mac: application caches, application logs, web browser caches, iTunes temporary files, Mail downloads, application remains, Xcode junk files.

All you need to free up your disk from junk files is to launch the app, click to Analyze Disk Usage, select the unneeded files, and click to Clean them. Thus, it will take less than a minute to find and get rid of unnecessary service files. The Startup Disk Full app is a small but efficient tool, which helps to free up Startup Disk quickly and safely.

Best strengths

  • See what’s eating up space on Startup Disk
  • Find all junk files on your disk (caches, logs, iTunes temp files, app leftovers)
  • Clean up your disk with a few clicks
  • Speed up your Mac by getting more free disk space
  • Avoid annoying popups about low disk space

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 4.2 MB

Startup Disk Full Fixer is Free to download and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Japan, Tokyo – Akihabara Electric Town

I read about the Akihabar area of Tokyo in one of the tourist brochures. This area of Tokyo can be found near the Akihabara station on the JR rail line. The area established itself as the place to find electrical goods for the home in the years after World War II. Today the area is the shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods.

In addition to the electrical/electronics products that can be found there, the area is considered by many to be an otaku (a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly towards the anime and manga fandom) cultural center.  As you can see in the video clip above, icons for anime and manga are on the buildings throughout the area. Many cosplayers can be found on the streets handing out ads for area shops. Prominent of these are those advertising the ‘maid cafés’.

The area has several ‘maid cafés‘ and ‘cosplay cafés‘. We saw several young Japanese women in front of shops dressed up in the ‘maid’ costumes. I did not realize why they were dressed up like they were until I started researching for this blog post. As one might expect, the area was crowded and most of that crowd was made up of young men.

We just past quickly through the area looking. I could easily have spent hours looking through the shops.


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macOS New App Release – PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.1

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Product AnnouncementsSmile of San Francisco, California, the developer of productivity applications for Mac(R), iPhone(R) and iPad(R), has released PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.1, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac. Version 10.1 offers an improved form filling experience, better link visibility, and control over image opacity, as well as scripting access to some of the features new to v10.

Version 10.1 remembers Form Field & Link Highlighting settings on a per document basis, providing a more consistent experience across multiple sessions editing a document. Checkboxes are now included in Form Field Highlighting.

Link destinations are visible on hover through descriptive tooltips. Image opacity joins other image editing features such as exposure, cropping, deskew, and more. Open documents automatically reflect the most recent saved version of a file open in multiple apps.

AppleScripters have scripting access to three features new in version 10: batch OCR, headers & footers and page numbering.

“We’re thrilled PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 were so well received, with their introduction of watermarks and batch OCR,” said Philip Goward, Smile founder. “Now, with PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.1, we’ve made several subtle yet powerful improvements to the form filling experience, the ease of using links, and scripting! Now our AppleScripting fans can customize their batch OCR processes as they’ve been asking for.”

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 work with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 3, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud.

PDFpen retails for US $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (5 users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (5 users).

Upgrades from earlier single-user versions of either application are US $30, and free to users who purchased on or after January 1, 2018. Upgrades from any previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10 are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found in our web store.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 require macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and work great on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). For macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) and earlier, see our website for compatible PDFpen versions. Demo versions are available. Full versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro are also available for purchase on Apple’s Mac App Store.

What’s New in PDFpen 10.1:

  • Remembers Form Field & Link Highlighting per document
  • Includes checkboxes in Form Field Highlighting
  • Displays link destination on hover
  • Adds image opacity controls
  • Supports AppleScript for: Batch OCR, Headers & Footers and Page numbers
  • Updates files based on last save from any app
  • Features Specific to PDFpenPro:
  • Export to Microsoft(R) Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft(R) PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection for .pptx and PDF/A, must be a licensed user)
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms including interactive signature fields and email or web submission buttons
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • OCR multiple documents in batch
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation makes existing PDF forms fillable
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files together
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese & Korean
  • Features:
  • Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and replace, search and redact, and search and highlight text
  • Export in Microsoft(R) Word format, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • View OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages, or remove OCR layer
  • Edit original images, including adjusting resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via drawing, interactive signature fields, or AATL or self-signed certificates
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF with drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Save PDFs directly to Evernote
  • Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
  • Record and playback audio annotations
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Add notes and comments, print annotation summary with or without the original text
  • Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library; sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone via iCloud
  • Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers and watermarks
  • Apply business-related and Sign Here stamps via the Library
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript Automation
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

System Requirements: macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and later

PDFpen Pricing:

  • US $74.95
  • Family Pack: $94.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
  • Office Pack: starts at $224.95 for 5 users
  • Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpen: $30
  • Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs available.
  • (Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

PDFpenPro Pricing:

  • US $124.95, available from the website
  • Family Pack: $149.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
  • Office Pack: starts at $349.95 for 5 users
  • Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpenPro: $30
  • Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs available.
  • (Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

Single user upgrade from the previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10: $50 (USD).

Site licenses: PDFpen $1249.95, PDFpenPro $1624.95 (USD). Site license terms: Single contact for support; single physical address or company with fewer than 1,000 employees.

Review of “Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today”

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Book ReviewsWWIIWWII Timeline – “Voices from the Second World War: Stories of War as Told to Children of Today” eBook was published in 2018.

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 ‘PG’ because it contains a few scenes of Violence. The book is a collection of very short (mostly 2-3 pages each) stories about World War II experiences shared with today’s children. Views are recorded from the military and civilians, Allied and Axis. The accounts give a very different look at World War II and the lives of those who lived through it.

I thought that this was an interesting 7 hour read of this 320 page non-fiction book. I learned a few things while reading. I had never heard of the Land Girls. I did find that the stories began to get a little repetitive. I think that Young Adults would be interested in these accounts, but would have a difficult time reading the book cover-to-cover. I can see where teachers would want to share selections with their classes when the World War II era was being covered in history. I liked the cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to 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 – fmEcommerce Link

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Product Announcement  – Databuzz of Sydney, Australia has released fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition), a FileMaker solution that integrates with the WooCommerce eCommerce platform.

fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) allows you to upload and download data between your FileMaker solution and WooCommerce, the most popular eCommerce platform on the web with over 43 million downloads. fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) removes double data entry and human errors saving your company significant time, money and hassle by automating the exchange of data between FileMaker and WooCommerce.

fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) is completely unlocked allowing you to integrate it into your FileMaker solution. You can copy and paste examples showing you how to authenticate with the WooCommerce API and download Customers, Orders, Products, Coupons and more at the click of a button.

fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) features include:

  • works with FileMaker Pro v12, v13, v14, v15 and v16
  • works with Macintosh and Windows
  • completely unlocked
  • can be hosted by FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server
  • Webhooks support (create new Orders automatically from WooCommerce – FileMaker Server required)
  • works with WooCommerce v3.0 or later (HTTPS required)

“The FileMaker 16 platform included many new features, including support for working with JSON data and being able to specify cURL options,” said Andrew Duncan, CEO of Databuzz. “We’ve updated fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) to use these new features so it now runs natively without requiring a plug-in on the FileMaker 16 platform, including FileMaker Go 16 and FileMaker Server 16.”

fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) includes examples for the following WooCommerce API endpoints:

  • Customers: download and upload Customers
  • Products: download and upload Products
  • Product Variations: download and upload Product Variations
  • Orders: download Orders from WooCommerce (including Order line items)
  • Coupons: download and upload Coupons
  • Tax Rates: download Tax Rates from WooCommerce
  • Tax Classes: download Tax Classes from WooCommerce
  • Categories: download Categories from WooCommerce
  • Attributes: download Product Attributes from WooCommerce
  • Terms: download and upload Attribute Terms from WooCommerce
  • Shipping Classes: download Product Shipping Classes from WooCommerce
  • Tags: download Product Tags from WooCommerce
  • Payment Gateways: download and upload Payment Gateways from WooCommerce
  • Shipping Methods: download and upload Shipping Methods from WooCommerce
  • Shipping Zones: download and upload Shipping Zones from WooCommerce
  • Shipping Zone Locations: download and upload Shipping Zone Locations from WooCommerce
  • Shipping Zone Methods: download Shipping Zone Methods Locations from WooCommerce

Availability, Pricing, and Compatibility
fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) v1.5 is a free update for all existing customers.

fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) is available in a number of licenses: Company, Vertical Solution, and Developer. It is available now from the Databuzz website. Company Licenses start at AUD $495.00. fmEcommerce Link (WooCommerce Edition) requires FileMaker Pro v12, v13, v14, v15 or v16 and WooCommerce 3.0 or later using HTTPS.

Review of “Dark Territory”

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Book Reviews – “Dark Territory” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Leo J. Maloney (http://leojmaloney.com). Mr. Maloney has published eight novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novella as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set mostly aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway. The primary character is young Alex Morgan.

Morgan may be a very young woman, but she is also a very experienced and competent operative, for a very secret US organization. She is on her way home from a mission when she is inadvertently sucked into a plot to blackmail the US and Russian governments for millions. Will she be able to stop the plot before aircraft target her train?

I thought that this was a pretty good 2.5 hour read for this thriller novella. While it is part of the “Dan Morgan” thriller series, it really focusses on his daughter, Alex. The cover art is OK, but I think something with the train would have been more appropriate. 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).

Japan, Tokyo – Cookie Time Cookie Bar Harajuku

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We were out exploring Tokyo a few days ago. We came out of the Harajuku subway station and started down the street. We unexpectedly came upon the Cookie Time Cookie Bar. The shop is located at 1-21-15 Jingumae | 1F Napole Harajuku Bldg., Shibuya 150-0011, Tokyo Prefecture. This was quite a different dessert place.

They had several different types of cookies, but we controlled ourselves and only ordered three. They were served warm, and they were all very good.

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We thought that the “freakshakes” (see the red sign to upper left) looked intriguing. As we sat discussing which one to try, an American couple sitting next to us overheard us talking about the shakes. They suggested the Nutella shake, which they had ordered. We took their advice and we were not disappointed.

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What can I say? This was an awesome shake. And yes, that is a chocolate cookie topping it off.

I chatted with some of the young women working at the shop. CookieTime got its start in 1983 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Two Cookie Bars are now open, one in Queensland and the other in Tokyo. My wife and I both believe one of these shops would do great in the Domain or Domain Northside areas back in Austin.

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I told the young ladies working at CookieTime I wrote a blog and asked them for a photo. They (two Americans and an Australian) gathered around their “cookie monster” and posed for the shot above.

If I am in Tokyo again and have the chance, I will be returning to CookieTime! If you are in Tokyo and near the Meiji Shrine or Takeshita Street, take a few minutes and drop by CookieTime. You will not be disappointed!

 


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macOS New App Release – WebSonar 2.3.2

Product Announcement – NeoNet Corp of Salmon Arm, British Columbia has released WebSonar 2.3.2. NeoNet Corp’s WebSonar is a macOS application that provides a search engine with a built-in web server. WebSonar dynamically creates a web presence from files stored in indexed, WebSonar Libraries, including image, audio, video and pdf documents. WebSonar searches at the page level and indexes every page in a document. Documents can include many thousands of pages. Every Library can serve thousands of documents.

WebSonar Library Benefits:
Standard web browser client, all existing resources can be added and shared, paperless, no additional infrastructure, no additional support staff, internet connection not required, library users can opt in or out at anytime, every participant manages their own files, source documents are not edited, designed for iPads. Every document page has a searchable linked note that can be used for collaboration.

Think of it as rolling Google, FaceBook, Pinterest, YouTube and the Cloud into one simple application, minus the spam and privacy concerns. WebSonar libraries have the potential to have a very positive impact on the way we use the internet to acquire knowledge; particularly on education. This community distributed approach may be what the originators of the Internet initially envisioned. In the nineteen-eighties, the Internet was a small, decentralized collective of computers.

This is not the same Internet we know today. Today most communication flows through a small set of corporations; and thus, falls under the influence of those companies and institutions. Internet users now regularly submit to terms-of-service agreements that give companies license to share their personal data with other institutions, from advertisers to governments.

Now you can publish your own content, hosted on your own computer, located at home, in a Data Center, School or Co-op without trading your privacy. Every library owner can add content to their library from any web browser. Each library can contain PDF, image, audio, and video content. Library access can be set to private or public.

“If you think the internet is not working in its current incarnation, you can’t change the system through think-pieces and F.C.C. regulations alone. You need new code,” explained Duane Bemister, principal at Salmon Arm-based NeoNet Corp.”

Your content can be searched at the page level or by Title. Each page has a searchable note that can be set to read-only or editable. The robot search engines cannot index the content of your libraries. WebSonar is scalable and can be used in a closed private network. Adding new content to your library is simple; just drag any file that you want to include into your library folder and then “Index” with WebSonar. That’s it. Your library is now just a click away in any web browser.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 164 MB

School Libraries Network, is a free distributed framework that anyone can use to share education resources right down to the personal library level with WebSonar. WebSonar can be used to dynamically publish library databases, course materials (audio, video, images & PDF), and Apple’s iBooks.WebSonar is available for purchase from the website. A copy of WebSonar 9 can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store.

Review of “Hullmetal Girls”

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Book Reviews – “Hullmetal Girls” eBook was published in 2018 (July) and was written by Emily Skrutskie (http://skrutskie.com). Ms. Skrutskie has published three books.

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 Language. The story is set in the far future. All that is left of the Human race is aboard a fleet of ships that have been looking for a new home for centuries. The primary characters are young Aisha Un-Haad and Key Tanaka.

Un-Haad is willing to do anything to save her family. Tanaka doesn’t remember how or why she is a Scela. Un-Haad, on the other hand, volunteered to become a Scela. The Scela are the fleet’s enhanced and mechanized soldiers, no longer merely human. Un-Haad sacrificed herself to try and save her little sister and brother. Being new Scela means that they must work hard to get a good assignment. That is the only way that Un-Haad will be able to help her family survive in the rigidly structured fleet society.

She and Tanaka soon find that there is much that has been hidden from them. Much that is hidden from the general population. Their loyalties to the Fleet government begin to waver. Will those in charge ever let a new homeworld be found?

I thought that this was an interesting read of 8.5 hours for this 320 page science fiction novel. All of the primary characters are young women in this story. I would say that it would be something appropriate for Young Adults. The author put together an unusual universe for the story to play out in. I liked the cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to 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 – Merlin Project Pro

 

kanban_enProduct AnnouncementsProjectWizards of Melle, Germany has released Merlin Project Pro, the successor to its professional project management software for macOS. With the Kanban board, Merlin Project Pro fills the gap to agile project management and supports the Kanban in a clever way. This combines the traditional management of large projects with the ease of the agile approach. Merlin Project Pro makes hybrid project management a reality on the Mac.

An overview of the new functions:

  • Kanban board
  • Resource pool
  • Groupings
  • New style editor
  • Revised user interface

Thanks to the resource pool, you can monitor the utilization of your resources for all projects. Organize the entire team in one or more central resource pools and enter the working hours, holidays, absences and much more. Groupings give users a deep insight into the project structure. Analyze your project: Which processes are the biggest time-consuming? And which of them are on the critical path?

The well-known style editor has been greatly simplified in Merlin Project Pro. In addition, individual formatting of individual processes is now also possible. Of course, the user continues to create rule-based styles. With the new style editor, all this is easier than ever. But not only under the hood was much changed, also the appearance of Merlin Project Pro has been given a facelift. All surfaces shine in a modern, fresh design.

More details on the fifth generation and the free download of the beta version can be found at ProjectWizards online. The software is initially released as a beta version for final testing. As soon as the manufacturer agrees with the quality, the final version follows.