macOS New App Release – WinX DVD Ripper for Mac 8.9.1

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac of Chengdu, China has delivered through it all for 13 years…and counting! To mark the 13th anniversary, Digiarty Software today announced the grandest giveaway of the world-leading DVD digitizing software for macOS, unlimitedly, culminating with a mega discount offer on its best-selling WinX Anniversary Special Pack, an unheard-of 75% off.

Digiarty 2019 anniversary event will go all the way through the end of May. To find more information, please visit the Digiarty 2019 Anniversary Special Offer page.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is a must for any DVD owners in need of DVD digitization on Mac, from the very first edition to the newest V8.9.1. Since 2006, it has been repeatedly mentioned in over 5000 high-authority media outlets, inclusive of TechRadar, CNET, Softpedia, and spans over 200 countries and regions, covering the most competitive US, UK, and Japan. And as recently as April 2019, the program had hit a record-setting 9 million downloads. These achievements are based on the 13 years of innovation, steadfast customer-focused strategy, and development that finally lead to a great milestone. The milestones include:

  • No.1 disc support: The DVD analysis core, main title check mechanism, and monthly upgrade ensure 100% support of DVD disc, be it old, new, damaged, or 99-title movie. It puts an end to DVD read error, incomplete ripping, and other issues that have been plaguing many rippers for a long time. 
  • No.1 fast speed: Last year, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac marched forward to the unique level-3 hardware acceleration, a landmark achievement in conversion speed. This makes the WinX outperforms its competitors with as short as 5 minutes in ripping a full-length DVD, drastically lessening CPU usage and ending the software crash.
  • No.1 output quality: WinX manages to maximize the output quality without yielding large file size, attributing to its High-Quality Engine, Deinterlacing, and unmatchable DVD compression engine. 

To crown it all, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac features a minimalistic interface and up to 350 readymade profiles, available for customers, even the elders, to quickly load DVD and choose the output format without any knowledge about the obscure parameters. Customers can rip both old and new DVDs to MP4, AVI, MOV, H.264, HEVC, iPhone, iPad, etc. with full GPU accelerated. It is a must-have tool to classify and backup DVDs in case of damage or loss and to allow you to watch the movies on Mac, PC, TV, game console, photos, and tablets on the go.

“We are proud WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is evolving as the gold standard by which all other DVD rippers are judged and has become the most essential software in our DVD life over the 13 years,” Said Jack, CEO of Digiarty Software. “To benefit more people and generate more buzz around the program, we launch the grand giveaway to mark the 13th anniversary.”

Detail Giveaway and Discount Offers Available at the 13th Anniversary Event

  1. Unlimited Giveaway of WinX DVD Ripper for Mac: The software, originally priced at $59.95 (USD), will be available at no cost, unconditionally.
  2. Software discounts: The tiptop WinX Anniversary Special Park inclusive of DVD ripper, DVD copy, video converter, and iPhone manager is also marked down heavily, at up to 75% off.
  3. The event will span for half a month – from now to May 31, 2019. To receive the full version reward, please go to Digiarty 2019 Anniversary Special Offer

After 8 Seasons, Game of Thrones Ends


(See my other Game of Thrones posts) – (*** Spoilers in the video above ***) I have watched all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones and I have enjoyed all 73 episodes in the series. I have also read the first five novels in the series. I look forward to reading the remaining two once they have both been published (George RR Martin is so glacialy slow that I won’t buy one until they are both published. It has, after all, been eight years since book five was published.)

I know some people have protested what happened in episodes 5 & 6 of Season 8, but I think the series was concluded well. I like the way the story ended. The only complaint I have with season 8 is that I think it could easily have been stretched into a full 10 or more episodes.

*** Spoilers ahead ***

That said, with the dragon’s whereabouts unknown, Jon Snow headed off into the icy north, Sansa Queen of Winterfell, Bran the Broken King of the 6 Kingdoms, Tyrion Hand of the King, and Arya heading off into the unknown west, there are ample opportuities for further stories of these surviving characters.


macOS New app Release – KeyCue 9.3


Product Announcements Ergonis of Perg, Austria is celebrating the 15th anniversary of KeyCue with the release of version 9.3 and an exclusive half-price offer.

The first version of KeyCue was released in May 2004 as a mere keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. Its original purpose was to help Mac users to learn and use keyboard shortcuts. Since then, it has become a versatile assistant, which presents frequently used elements on cue, such as keyboard shortcuts, local files and folders, and URL collections. Since version 9, KeyCue is also the perfect tool for discovering and using the constantly growing number of emojis.

“We are very happy about the long-lasting worldwide success of KeyCue and to celebrate KeyCue’s 15th anniversary,” said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. “We invite the Mac community to celebrate with us and to get KeyCue at 50 % off now.”

In celebration of this anniversary, customers can save 50% off the regular price when ordering a license for KeyCue during May 2019. To get the discount, enter the coupon code “KeyCue15” during the checkout process at Ergonis’ online store The coupon code is good for all KeyCue purchases at the Ergonis online store except upgrades and site licenses.

While the online community loves emojis, people become more and more frustrated about the confusing multitude of slightly different emojis, which makes it tedious to choose and type the right one. This is where KeyCue comes to help. KeyCue shows a table of all available emoji characters and lets you insert any emoji with a click. To find out more about a certain emoji, move the mouse pointer over it to see an enlarged view and a description of the emoji’s meaning. Finding and typing the right emoji has never been easier.

KeyCue 9.3 shows emoji characters slightly larger and therefore makes them easier to distinguish. It also improves the handling of URLs in URL collections. Besides that, the new version contains a number of fixes and enhancements behind the scenes to improve overall stability and compatibility with future versions of macOS.

Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

System Requirements: KeyCue 9.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or newer and is recommended for macOS Mojave (10.14).

Availability and Ordering:
KeyCue can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to KeyCue 9.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for KeyCue 8 or KeyCue 9 on or after October 1st, 2017. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. All KeyCue 9 purchases (new and upgrades alike) include all subsequent 9.x upgrades at no additional cost. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.

Book Review: “Hitler’s Last Plot”


(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Hitler’s Last Plot” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Ian Sayer ( & Jeremy Dronfield (  Mr. Sayer has published six books. Mr. Dronfield has published 10 books.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in Europe beginning in April of 1945. This is a dramatized account of what actually transpired.

Europe had been invaded in June of 1944. The Allied forces were closing in on Germany. The US and British from the west and South, Russians from the east. Hitler initiated a last-ditch plan. There were several high profile people in German concentration camps. He ordered the SS to take those 139 prisoners from the camps. The plan is to use them as hostages and execute them if the Reich falls.

This book tells the story of those prisoners and their journey through Germany, Austria, and Italy. They were constantly under threat of Allied air attack and were at risk from the SS troops that had them in custody. Their fate was in the hands of the fanatic SS on one hand and more rational Germans on the other. The prisoners were also helped along by partisans and finally rescued by US forces in the days after the official surrender.

I enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 327-page account from WWII. I had not heard about this incident before, so it was an interesting read. I was amazed by how much a few Germans assisted the prisoners, and at how lenient their SS captors were towards them.  I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 300 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

macOS New App Release – AppCrypt 4.1.0

Product AnnouncementsCisdem of Madelia, Minnesota has released AppCrypt 4.1.0, the update to their app and block distracting websites on your Mac.

“Since the release, AppCrypt has won great recognition from our users. But over the past months, we got similar feedback from our users that the presence of capability to support those apps launched in the menu bar. So, this is how the new version 4.1.0 come out. Also, we enhanced the performance and it is guaranteed that users will get an even better experience by using our program.” said Edward Riley, Cisdem’s project manager.

From 2017 until now, Cisdem AppCrypt is under active development, aiming to provide an easy yet effective way to protect privacy and stay focus for our users. It adds advanced security to your apps, so no one can peek into your privacy or even manipulate inappropriately. Also, it blocks websites and apps when you need to focus on your current job so you can be more productive to achieve more in limited hours.

What’s New in Version 4.1.0
* Added support for more Apps

Some Apps are lightweight, they are not standalone and can only be manipulated through the menu bar, which is not easy for users to control the Apps. Luckily, Cisdem finally comes with the feature to fully control such an application, for easy locking or blocking anytime.

That’s to say, even though you cannot locate the App in your Mac Application or Launchpad, Cisdem still helps you to access to the App easily and manipulate as needed.

Main Features of Cisdem AppCrypt
1. Lock Apps
Virtually all applications can be locked by Cisdem, no matter they are mainstream programs or utilities for a specific niche. All you need to do is adding the program to the lock list, and then Cisdem will take over.

2. Block Websites
To protect ourselves and our kids from malicious websites or unwanted information, Cisdem allows users to block Website. You can block by adding blacklist or allow good ones by inputting a whitelist.

3. Customize Lock/Block Time Schedule
Sometimes, the blocking is set up to make us focus during working time, and we still need to access such an App or Web later. In this case, you can customize a time schedule to put the locking or blocking into effect only in the preferred time.

4. Record Fail Attempts to Your Apps
To highly secure your privacy, Cisdem carries out close supervision on any suspicious manners onto your Applications. If there are any fail attempts to control your Apps, Cisdem will take captures with your Mac camera, so you will realize what has happened and cope with immediately.

Price and Availability
As always, Cisdem AppCrypt is available with a price of $29.99 for a lifetime and free upgrade to the latest version. For users who purchase multiple licenses, a discount is offered.

You can download the free trial, it is 100% safe and free to try with limited features. For more details about Cisdem AppCrypt, please visit the official product page.

Armed Forces Day – 18 May 2019

Today is Armed Forces Day. Please help recognize those who serve. GP Cox does a good job of telling about Armed Forces Day in his post that I am reblogging.

Pacific Paratrooper


THE FIRST ARMED FORCES DAY WAS CELEBRATED 29 MAY 1950 (one month before the start of the Korean War).  ARMED FORCES WEEK BEGINS ON THE 2ND SATURDAY OF MAY AND ENDS THRU THE 3RD SATURDAY.  Due to their unique schedules, the NATIONAL GUARD & THE RESERVE units may celebrate this at any time during the month.

18 May 2019

PRESIDENT DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER, 1953 –  “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man.  For it is he or she – the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine – who has fought to preserve freedom.”

If you do NOT normally fly your flag everyday, make this day one that you do!  Even a small one sitting in your window shows your heartfelt feelings toward our troops.

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macOS New App Release – NeoFinder Mac 7.4

NeoFinder Mac

Product Announcements – Norbert M. Doerner of Bonn, Germany has released NeoFinder Mac 7.4, the 90th update since CDFinder 1.0 was released in 1996! The new version adds more than 50 new features and enhancements, many will help iView MediaPro users to work better with NeoFinder.

After the demise of iView MediaPro, many users have started using NeoFinder, and things like the iView compatible web gallery templates, or the “people” metadata cataloging and editing have been added to NeoFinder due to feedback from these users. NeoFinder can use new neural network scene detection engines to automatically find Tags in thumbnails! That will make it a lot easier to handle large amounts of images, and discover surprising photo motives hidden deeply in the folders of the data.

All new features and enhancements of NeoFinder 7.4:
* Catalogs “People” fields in Adobe XMP and IPTC data (and data written by Picasa and Mylio)
* Search for People metadata, and add them to photos and movies in the XMP Editor
* Web Gallery now uses beautiful HTML templates, and you can even design your own! Or use your existing iView Media Pro gallery templates (with some small changes)
* AutoTags: Use ML scene detector engines to automatically detect scenes and items in thumbnails. NeoFinder currently offers two different engines, more to come. This requires macOS 10.13 or newer
* AutoTags: Search a catalog for thumbnails with a particular automatically detected Tag
* AutoTags Inspector shows the detected Tags, and allows you to place them in the file directly
* NeoFinder reads iView MediaPro CatalogSets from XMP records and builds albums and album folders for these automatically during cataloging
* Massively improved handing of XMP keywords for multiple selected files. NeoFinder now displays all keywords in these files, and allows you to add, remove, or edit them, and to place an existing keyword in all selected items
* Refresh thumbnails from photos or videos when updating a catalog, if you need larger or smaller thumbnails
* Delete a keyword from all items in the catalog and even from all files as well
* Detect and “fold” image sequences during cataloging. That is great for video producers with thousands of single frame files to catalog
* Search for video codecs in the Find Editor. That is helpful to quickly find files encoded with deprecated codecs
* The new command “Edit keywords” in the Metadata main menu with the keyboard shortcut Cmd-T places the text cursor in the XMP keywords field of the XMP editor for the selected items
* Rename keywords both in the Controlled Vocabulary, as well as in all items in the database
* A new command in the Metadata menu allows you to write all XMP metadata back to a file. That is useful if you have imported metadata and want to make sure it is actually written into the file, where it belongs
* Catalog metadata and audio thumbnails of “.CAF” Apple CoreAudio Files
* Catalog the number of audio channels for audio files, including 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 formats
* Catalog thumbnails and metadata of compressed Fuji RAW files (RAF file format). Even Apple still cannot do this, but NeoFinder is now able to accomplish that for you!
* Catalogs .JPX, .J2C, and .JPF JPEG 2000 photo files
* Catalog stereoscopic files in the JPS format with thumbnails and metadata
* Edit->Copy now copies the names of all selected items to the clipboard
* File->Open now works like a double click on the selected items
* “Find all media items in a folder” options are now also available in the View menu
* Search for empty, and non empty XMP text fields in the Inspector with a new menu when you click on the label of a field
* The Find Editor can now also find empty and not empty XMP fields
* NeoFinder now displays the number of items in Album Groups (the sum of all files in all contained albums)
* The Display Filter can now filter by “Ratings larger than”
* The QuickLook window will now be opened fullscreen if you hold the Alt key
* Improved handling of .dv video files
* Improved handling of cataloging BMP files
* Improved scrolling in the Gallery View
* NeoFinder now catalogs metadata and thumbnails for Phantom Cine video files
* NeoFinder now catalogs the Creation Date of video content (not the file!), if it is embedded in the data stream
* The Photo Contact Sheet items can now be sorted by EXIF date, too
* NeoFinder can now catalog thumbnails and metadata of Kodak .KDC RAW files
* New AppleScript cataloging option to quit NeoFinder after the cataloging has completed
* You can now drop a folder or whole volume on the icon of NeoFinder in the Dock to catalog it
* The suggested keywords while typing XMP Editor and Find Editor are much better now
* The Help buttons are located for the German translation, too
* After deleting items from a catalog, NeoFinder no longer displays the first item in the current folder
* The Find Editor can now search for Disk Images
* Smart Folders and Groups can now have “/” in their names
* Find all media items in a folder is much faster now
* More improvements in dark mode of macOS 10.14
* Improved handling of cataloging BMP files
* Improved cataloging of BWF and WAV files in their newer extended format
* Editing GPS Geotags in a file now properly updates the creation and modification date of that file in the NeoFinder catalog
* Many small fixes and improvements

* NeoFinder 7.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later
* NeoFinder 7.4 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users.
* NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at 19 Euros.
* New licenses start at 29 Euros for a NeoFinder Private License.

NeoFinder Highlights:
* Cataloging – NeoFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, fonts, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos. NeoFinder also edits Adobe XMP data, including keywords, persons, and ratings. All these are arranged clearly in the user interface, and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, fonts, text files, and even audio files, NeoFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.

* Managing Metadata – The built-in XMP metadata editor with presets can edit and add keywords, ratings, persons, descriptions, copyright information, and more to photos and videos.

* Networking – Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product abeMeda (was CDWinder for Windows) even from Microsoft Windows.

* Mobile – Keep your NeoFinder database with you on your iPhone or iPad with the separate NeoFinder for iOS app.

* Integration – Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Roxio Toast, FileMaker Pro, Apples Spotlight and Finder, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, NeoFinder can support many workflow scenarios. The AppleScript support in NeoFinder allows custom integrations of all kinds.

* Geotagging – Only NeoFinder offers the integrated GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. NeoFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed. And only NeoFinder displays important facts about any geolocation in the truly unique Wikipedia Inspector.

Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1996, more than 85,000 customers in 101 countries around the world are using CDFinder and now NeoFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, Oracle, and Warner Bros.
Language Support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X v10.8 – macOS 10.14. Previous CDFinder and NeoFinder versions for older Mac OS versions are still available.
* Separate app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) is available

Pricing and Availability:
The price for new users starts at 29,00 (EUR). Multiple user packs are available for network users. Cross-grades for users of similar applications (Cinematica, DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, Extensis Portfolio, and others) are available. A free NeoFinder demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website.

macOS New App Release – Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac 4.4.0

Product Announcements Cisdem of Madelia, Minnesota has released an upgraded version of Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac 4.4.0 with the improved performance of finding and deleting duplicate files in Photos and iTunes libraries.

Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac can find duplicate photos, audios, videos, documents, archives and other types of duplicates files and remove them all at once. This duplicate file finder can look for duplicates in Photos and iTunes libraries, Mac’s internal storage, external hard drive, SD card, etc. It can identify true duplicate files by content and provides users with an array of scan filtering and duplicates removal options. Features like Auto-Select and One-Click Deletion allow users to effortlessly eliminate duplicate files on Mac.

“You can use Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac to easily find duplicate files on Mac, including those in your Photos and iTunes libraries, ” said Edward Riley, Cisdem’s project manager. “This update further improves its performance when removing duplicate copies from Photos and iTunes. By getting rid of useless duplicate files, you can free up space and better organize your files.”

What’s New in Version 4.4.0?
1. Improve the performance of finding duplicate files in Photos
2. Improve the performance of finding duplicate files in iTunes
3. Fixed some minor bugs

Main Features
1. Find various types of duplicate files such as duplicate photos
This duplicate file finder for Mac can find duplicate images, music files, videos, documents and more. It supports all common formats of the supported file types.

2. Find similar photos
It can also detect similar photos with a customizable similarity level.

3. Support Mac’s internal hard drive and external storage devices
This app can scan for duplicate files on Mac’s internal hard drive, SSD, external hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, etc.

4. Support iTunes & Photos
Users can easily remove duplicates from iTunes and Photos folders.

5. Multiple scan methods and scan filters
Users can choose to scan for duplicates by content for by filename. Users can specify file size for scanning and exclude folder or file extension from scanning, among other options.

6. Multiple preview modes including side-by-side preview
Before deleting unwanted duplicates, users can easily preview and compare. This duplicate file finder and remover supports previewing images, videos, audios, documents and spreadsheets.

7. Auto-select and one-click deletion
It will automatically select duplicate files for deletion. In addition, other selection methods are available. By clicking Delete, users can remove all selected duplicates all at once.

Price and Availability
Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac 4.4.0 is now available on the official website. The free trial is also available for download at the official website. Users can purchase a lifetime license with $29.99 along with lifetime free upgrades.

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