macOS New App Release – Navicat Premium 12.1

Navicat of Hong Kong, Hong Kong has released Navicat Premium Version 12.1. Navicat Premium is a database development tool that allows you to simultaneously connect to MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases from a single application. Compatible with cloud databases like Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Tencent Cloud, MongoDB Atlas, and Huawei Cloud. You can quickly and easily build, manage and maintain your databases.

With Navicat Premium, you can now connect up to 7 databases within a single application: MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite. Compatible with cloud databases like Amazon RDS, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, MongoDB Atlas, and Huawei Cloud. You can quickly and easily build, manage and maintain your databases.

New Features in Navicat Premium Version 12.1:

  • Support for MongoDB
  • Support Roles for MySQL 8
  • Support Roles for MariaDB 10
  • Support Partitioned Table for PostgreSQL 10
  • Brand New Filter Wizard
  • UI and UX Improvements
  • Cross-Platform Licensing

For more information, please visit The Navicat website. A Free 14-day Trial is also available for download, for more details please visit The Navicat website.

Navicat is the choice of over 3 million database users all around the world. Over 160,000 registered customers across 7 continents and 138 countries have chosen our products.

macOS New app Release – Elmedia 7.0

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Product Announcements Eltima Software of Frankfurt, Germany has released a new version of their well-known media player – Elmedia. Version 7.0 has a lot of improvements with the Chromecast support being the most substantial one. Elmedia Player allows casting local videos and audio files of almost any file format from Mac, Macbook Macbook PRO, etc. to Chromecast. Online videos can be streamed from Mac to Chromecast as well. One can watch YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion videos via Chromecast without inbuilt ads inevitable in a web browser.

Those who have Apple TV will appreciate the newly added possibility to stream 4K videos there. When streaming 4K videos from your computer to Apple TV with the help of Elmedia Player you get to enjoy high-quality media content on a large screen.

As with this version, Elmedia Player becomes DLNA-enabled, you can now easily stream various media wirelessly from your Mac or MacBook to DLNA-compatible devices on your home network. Thanks to the DLNA support you can turn your Mac into a media server gaining quick wireless access to video and audio files on your smart TV’s large screen (Samsung, LG, Sony Smart TV, and the list goes on). This eliminates the need to copy files to USB flash drive or connect your device to your TV with an HDMI cable.

Another handy addition to the player is the built-in subtitles search through Open Subtitles, one of the most popular subtitle resources. One can find various subtitle files, download them and use for their videos.

If you are newly acquainted with Elmedia Player, here’s what it is: a free media player for Mac that supports an immense variety of video and audio formats and offers convenient options for ultimate video watching. It has a 10-band equalizer to shape audio tone that you can adjust manually, allows managing subtitles, supports playlists for local files and web videos, internal volume control, internal audio tracks support and more.

The unique Open Online Videos option allows you to open any video on YouTube, Vimeo, or Dailymotion in the player and watch it without ads that you would otherwise have to watch and wait to be able to skip.

Such options as downloading of web videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and huge number of other websites, making screenshots or series of screenshots from the videos, streaming music and videos from Elmedia Player to other devices with AirPlay support, playback enhancement options (A-B loop, 10-band audio equalizer with presets, video and image layout adjustments), as well as streaming to smart TV, Chromecast, or Apple TV are available in Elmedia Player PRO.

The PRO version can be obtained from the developer’s website and ranges from $19.95 to $39.95 (USD) depending on the number of computers it will be installed on.

macOS New app Release – ChronoSync

Product Announcements Econ Technologies, Inc. of Casselberry, Florida announces full macOS 10.14 (Mojave) support for ChronoSync and its reliable remote backup companion App, ChronoAgent. The biggest notable addition is the easy-on-the-eyes full Mojave Dark Mode support! But the latest version of these Apps is not just window dressing!

Under the hood, you will find the fastest ChronoSync ever optimized specifically for the APFS File System. This along with support for APFS Snapshot on both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent delivers the best performance for local and remote backups.

The ChronoSync user interface now takes advantage of TouchID while offering significant improvements in usability. Easily configure ChronoSync for the strict Mojave Security Model using the Full Disk Access Assistant. The new ChronoSync Organizer streamlines access to all the information about Sync Tasks while offering new tagging, actions, sorting, and notifications so you can see what is going on at-a-glance.

Setting up syncs and backups continues to get easier as the Assistants now offer APFS target formatting when creating Bootable Backups and Disk Image Backups.

ChronoAgent, installed on any Mac to accept secure direct connections from any ChronoSync Mac, includes the same APFS File System optimizations, APFS Snapshot capabilities, and a full Mojave Dark Mode user interface.

These changes are delivered along with numerous bug fixes, tweaks, and improvements. See the highlights of the newest features in the “What’s new in ChronoSync v4.9” guide. See the details of all the changes in the “Release Notes.”

Owners of ChronoSync and ChronoAgent know about Econ Technologies’ commitment to keeping ChronoSync the professional choice for reliable Mac Backup, Bootable Backup, and Folder Synchronization. They can install the updates immediately for free!

If you don’t already own ChronoSync or you need to add ChronoAgent to backup additional Macs, download today and start the 15-day free trial to experience this reliable and feature-rich backup solution!

ChronoSync, the multipurpose Mac App for local and cloud backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing, is designed to work on macOS version 10.11 and newer. Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoSync for $49.99. ChronoSync’s companion app, ChronoAgent, allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device to access or transfer data! ChronoAgent is designed to work on macOS version 10.10 and newer. Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoAgent for $14.99. ChronoMonitor is an iPhone app that monitors Macs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent. ChronoMonitor is available in the Apple App Store for $3.99 (USD).

macOS New App Release – Meadows Productivity Suite

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Product Announcements Meadows Publishing Solutions of Schaumburg, Illinois has released Meadows Productivity Suite software, a completely Free set of software tools for Adobe InDesign that have been designed to streamline multi-up impositions, and other publishing tasks. The new release is now compatible with all Adobe InDesign CC 2019 systems.

About the Free Productivity Suite:
The MPS Pro Suite currently includes an advanced multi-up imposition utility, allowing users to quickly create multi-up imposition layouts of graphics, PDF files, or InDesign documents. The process is driven by a user interface that allows for the specification of trim size, bleed, spacing, and rotation of the imposed elements.

As the imposed elements are placed, crop and bleed marks can also be added automatically and assigned to InDesign layers as they are created. For two-page impositions, the user can choose from one of several duplex modes, which ensures the imposed content will back up properly when printed. Control over content placement and fitting is also provided via a set of preference options.

The MPS Pro Suite comes with a comprehensive set of documentation, including a set of tutorial graphic files. In addition, online help for the software is being made available via the Meadows support ticketing system.

To receive a free copy of the MPS Pro Suite, users simply visit the Meadows web site and fill in the short registration form. A confirmation email is then sent with all of the download and installation details. Please visit our online press center for logos, images, and product information.

Book Review: “Hitler’s Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Nazi Plan for Final Victory”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “Hitler’s Secret Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Nazi Plan for Final Victory” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Michael Fitzgerald.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘G’. This book talks about the various projects undertaken by the German Third Reich to create weapons that would turn the tide of World War II.

The first part of the book addressed aircraft, rockets, and armored vehicles that were either developed or which had been designed. Then some of the more far-fetched research efforts were addressed including “flying saucers”, unusual aircraft, and working atomic weapons.

I thought that the 6 hours I spent reading this 240-page non-fiction book were interesting. While many of the projects discussed were ones I had heard of elsewhere, there were several that, to me, left the non-fiction and crept into the realm of conspiracy theory and pure fiction. The selected cover art is well chosen. I give this novel a 2.5 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.

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


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

macOS New App Release – SheetPlanner 1.0

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Product Announcements – Independent developer, SheetPlanner Software LLC of Alexandria, Virginia has released SheetPlanner 1.0, their new planning, project and task management application for macOS. SheetPlanner helps anyone organize information, make long-range plans, manage projects, and track everyday tasks.

Activities can be organized in the app’s outliner, and categorized using the standard columns including start and finish dates. Create custom date, text, number or drop-down list columns. Quickly link to documents and websites.

“Project management doesn’t have to be difficult,” says SheetPlanner Software owner Peter Davey. “SheetPlanner makes it simple to plan and visualize your long-term goals, helping to keep your projects and tasks on schedule until they’re finished.”

Users can plan and visualize their goals, project tasks and schedules in SheetPlanner’s convenient timeline and calendar views. It’s easy to quickly view all task’s and their duration and sequence. Timelines can be viewed by days, weeks, months, quarters, or years.

SheetPlanner Features Include:

  • Outliner with columns – Add text, numeric, date, or list columns
  • Keep inline notes using the built-in full-text editor
  • Customize row styles using custom fonts, size, and color
  • Focus on a row, or a row and its children, transverse row hierarchy via the handy path bar
  • Create Smart Filters using simple or complex criteria, save them for future use
  • Search outlines across columns from the toolbar, save the search as a Smart Filter
  • Sort outlines by any column and order
  • Link documents and folders, whether they’re stored locally or in the cloud
  • View documents via Quicklook or in tabs
  • Link to web pages via quicklook or in a tab of their own
  • View an outline in multiple tabs simultaneously in any combination of views
  • View a monthly view of outline rows using assigned dates
  • A convenient heat-mapped yearly calendar shows activities starting and ending for each date
  • Timeline allows viewing and adjusting of key dates for each task on a convenient horizontal timeline
  • Cells, columns, rows, calendars, and timeline can all be customized
  • Convenient import and export functionality can export in .CSV or .OPML format
  • Copy and paste information to and from Excel and Numbers spreadsheets
  • Personalize the Outline view using green bar, yellow notepad or green notepad themes
  • Easy to use templates for business, educational, and personal use
  • macOS Mojave dark mode
  • Much more

SheetPlanner’s filters allow users to concentrate on important tasks, what’s due today, due tomorrow, or whatever criteria is needed. Tasks can be viewed in a monthly or yearly calendar, or both.

SheetPlanner also offers a Dock badge count, strikethrough of completed items, carry forward of incomplete items, the ability to filter by cell value, and much more.

“We designed SheetPlanner to allow users to easily track everything they need to accomplish their goals and complete all of their tasks,” continues Peter. “We also want users to be sure SheetPlanner is the right app for their needs, so we offer a free 21-day trial. Users pay only after they’re sure SheetPlanner fits their unique needs. However, I’m confident they’ll like it once they’ve tried it.”

Device Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra or Later
  • mac OS 10.14 Mojave Compatible
  • 18.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SheetPlanner 1.0 is only $49.95 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store. A 21-day trial version is available for download. Users can continue to view documents in read-only mode after the trial has expired. A convenient in-app purchase of $49.95 will unlock the app’s full features after the trial has expired.

macOS New app Release – 24U Phone Companion 3.0

Product Announcements 24U Software of Zvole, Czech Republic has released 24U Phone Companion 3.0, a new version of the company’s popular FileMaker plugin for Mac and Windows. Offering robust telephony integration, 24U Phone Companion enables your FileMaker solutions to interact directly with your phone system to save you time and let you take better care of your customers.

  • Make calls by clicking a button you avoid calling wrong numbers
  • Run a script on an incoming call to lookup caller’s record before answering
  • Automate evidence of phone calls so you can focus on the contents of your calls
  • Know the number dialed to be able to provide call center service for different companies
  • Use raw commands to get the most out of your own PBX

What’s new in version 3.0:
24U Phone Companion 3.0 adds support for SNOM VOIP phones, support for 48 new phone systems and script steps for even easier implementation. Added support for Voice Over IP systems using SNOM phones is successfully tested with RingCentral. When a user has SNOM phones and 24U Phone Companion 3.0 he can use hosted IP phone systems.

  • Support for SNOM VOIP phones lets you integrate cloud-hosted phone systems, such as RingCentral
  • A new version of TeamCall which is faster, more stable, and adds support for 48 new phone systems, such as Mitel on macOS
  • Script steps for even easier implementation

When FileMaker users have SNOM phones and 24U Phone Companion 3.0 they can use hosted IP phone systems. The better and wider support for new PBX models makes it easier for users to integrate their FileMaker apps with their phone system without being too constrained in their selection of the right platform. By using calculations for processing data and scrip steps to trigger actions, integrating telephony with users custom app is now even easier and more intuitive than ever before.

System Requirements and Compatibility:
24 Phone Companion 3.0 requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 or newer and FileMaker Pro 16 or newer. Recommended is macOS Sierra 10.12 and FileMaker Pro 16 or newer. Windows 7 and FileMaker Pro 16 are minimum requirements for using the plug-in on the Windows platform. Windows 8.1 or newer and FileMaker Pro 16 or newer are recommended.

Pricing and Availability:
24U Phone Companion 3.0 is immediately available for download free of charge as a fully functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license. Licenses for 24U Phone Companion start at $79 per user and $840 (USD) per switch. Volume discounts are available for 5 or more users.

macOS New app release – Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac version 5.5.0

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Product AnnouncementsCisdem of Madelia, Minnesota has released Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac version 5.5.0. The new version comes with full support for macOS 10.14 Mojave and more supported file formats, among other improvements.

Cisdem Data Recovery can recover lost data, deleted data, formatted data and data lost from other data loss scenarios. It can recover photos, documents, videos, audios and other types of files from Mac internal hard drive, external hard drive, SD card, USB flash drive, and other portable storage devices.

“The new version can perfectly support macOS Mojave,” said Edward Riley, Cisdem’s project manager. “Enough new features make it worthwhile to upgrade to Mojave. It’s the same with our data recovery app. We have optimized it for Mojave and added a number of supported file formats such as ERF, AAC, M4A, and PST. These are the newcomers on the long list of file formats supported by Cisdem Data Recovery. The new version also improves user experience by adding pause and resume option and fixing some minor bugs.”

What’s New in Version 5.5.0

  • Support macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Add support for new file format: ERF, AAC, M4A, PST, EMLX, Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • Add pause and resume option to Advanced Data Recovery mode
  • Fix the crash problem in the scan process
  • Fix the crash problem in basic Scan when scanning FAT drive
  • Fix some minor bugs

Main Features of Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac

  1. Recover documents, photos, audios, videos, etc.
    Support various file formats and all common file types such as images, videos, music, archives, emails and more
  2. Support different file systems
    Recover lost, deleted and formatted data from APFS, HFS , FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and other common file systems
  3. Recover data on various storage devices
    Recover files from internal or external storage devices including hard disk drive, solid state drive, SD card, flash stick, iPod, MP3 player, etc.
  4. Apply to all data loss situations
    Recover data regardless of data loss causes. No matter it is data deleting, disk formatting, virus infecting or factory resetting, etc.
  5. Offer 5 data recovery solutions
    Provide five data recovery solutions for different situations
  6. Allow users to preview during scanning
    Users are allowed to preview files during and after scanning. Three preview modes are available.
  7. Provide multiple classifying and filtering options
    Users can classify or filter files to recover by file type, format, name, size, path, etc.

Price and Availability
Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac 5.5.0 is available on Cisdem’s official website. You can get a lifetime license with $49.99 with lifetime free upgrades. A free trial is provided and is available for download. For more information about Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac, please visit the Cisdem website.

Apple Offers Free Audio Books

Apple Books has made six titles available for free download. They are:

Having one or more of these titles available may help the Holiday Season travel to pass more quickly. All of the books themselves are all public domain.

macOS New App Release – Continuum 2019

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Product Announcements – Film and television post-production professionals looking to add powerful VFX tools to their workflows get a major creative boost from Continuum 2019. Continuum 2019 is the newest version of the comprehensive award-winning plug-in collection from Boris FX of Boston, Massachusetts.

“Continuum is a busy editor’s best friend with hundreds of filters to accomplish a wide variety of daily tasks. The new 2019 release adds even more creative flexibility to help meet tight turnarounds,” states Boris Yamnitsky, President & Founder, Boris FX. “Continuum 2019 resurrects the renowned motion graphics generator, Particle Illusion (formerly GenArts particleIllusion), and introduces it to a new generation. We’ve rebuilt the toolset with a new easy-to-use interface, GPU-acceleration, a searchable particle emitter library, and new presets. Thanks to the new plug-in version editors and VFX artists will have the ability to quickly add high-end production value to projects without leaving their Adobe, Avid or OFX timelines.”

“Adding visually stunning titles is now simpler with the introduction of real-time image-processing shaders such as glows, rays, and blurs inside Title Studio,” continues Yamnitsky. “And the new grid and guidelines paired with new on-screen text tools make accurate text placement a snap. Finally, masking and effects isolation is easier than ever before. New point parameter-driven Mocha tracking is now available for filters such as Lens Flare 3D and Spotlights, and a new Mocha Essentials interface features four new spline tools including a magnetic tool with edge-snapping.”

“What I’m really looking forward to is Particle Illusion with its high-quality emitter elements,” says Yoram Tal, Colorist, World of Dance, NBC. “This new tool could be game-changing for adding fire, smoke, explosions, and hundreds of other visual effects into the offline and online process, especially in Avid.”

Tal continues, “Continuum 2019 also includes the new Mocha Essentials interface and I couldn’t be happier. It’s easier to navigate and features the very welcome additions of simple shape options and a new magnetic draw line tool for getting complicated shapes done quickly. As a colorist and a finisher, I don’t have hours to create masks. These new tools make great masks in seconds instead. I also love how the integrated Mocha tracking can now be used to drive effect animations and positioning!”

New in Continuum 2019:

New! Particle Illusion: The completely redesigned high-end motion graphics generator (sparkles, smoke, fireworks) features a speedy real-time GPU-based engine in a simple, easy-to-use interface. Includes new professionally designed presets, a revamped searchable preset emitter library, and is included in both Continuum 2019 and the Particles Unit.

New! Mocha Essentials Workspace: Simplifies the power of Mocha with an updated interface, new magnetic spline tool with edge-snapping, a new freehand spline tool, new preset geometric shapes tools for easier effect masking and rotoscoping, and support for high DPI monitors. Mocha now supports point parameter tracking inside Continuum filters such as Lens Flare 3D, Rays, and Spotlights.

New! Title Studio Improvements: Title Studio adds the ability to apply GPU-accelerated effects (Image Processing Shaders such as animated glows, blurs, and volumetric lighting) directly inside its interface along with 150 new professionally designed templates. A new grid and guide system, on-screen text tool, and on-screen text box make titling even easier than before. Now supports 8K or higher resolution.

New! External Broadcast Monitor Support: The FX Browser and Title Studio now include support for external/client/broadcast monitor previews from a custom UI window. Currently only available for Blackmagic Design, AJA coming soon.

New! Simplified Avid Effects List: The introduction of Mocha-based parameter tracking makes most non-real time blue dot filters unnecessary. Non-real time filters have been moved into an obsolete folder to support the older legacy Continuum tracker.

Pricing & Availability

Continuum 2019 supports popular video host applications including Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, and OFX hosts such as Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, and Magix VEGAS Pro. Full license, upgrade, and subscription options can be purchased through the website.

Multi-Host Option #1 (includes all supported host plug-ins: Adobe, Avid, Apple*, OFX)
Upgrades start at $695
Annual subscription: $695
Permanent license: $1995

Multi-Host Option #2 (includes all supported host plug-ins: Adobe, Apple*, OFX)
Upgrades start at $395
Annual subscription: $395
Permanent license: $1295

* Apple FCP X is currently version 11

Individual Plug-in Host

Adobe
Upgrades start at $295
Annual subscription: $295
Permanent license: $995

Avid
Upgrades start at $495
Annual subscription: $495
Permanent license: $1695

OFX
Upgrades start at $195
Annual subscription: $195
Permanent license: $695

Continuum 2019 is also available as seventeen individual effect category units. New licenses start at $199. Upgrades from previous versions start at $49.95.