Category Archives: Apps

FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software for 10/2019

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I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. 

macOS software is now being compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing repeatedly in this list. I think the macOS Software directory will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to discover Mac software. 

The macOS Software directory is updated frequently and currently contains more than 280 entries. More than 100 of those entries are available for FREE download.

Please give me feedback if this expanded list is valuable to you.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

October 2019

  1. Entertainment – Robots and Pencils Inc. has just released their latest experiment from FunLabs, and this time it’s all about augmented reality. Arfiti, released to the App Store today, allows anyone to leave their mark in the real world digitally. arfiti is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Download from the App Store
  2. Utility – Creaceed announces the availability of Prizmo Go version 3.0, a major upgrade to their photo-based text grabbing app for iPhone and iPad. Prizmo Go 3.0 brings a unique curved text recognition technique as well as a number of iOS 13 features such as Dark Mode, Apple OCR, Shortcuts Action, and Voice Control. Prizmo Go 3.0 can be freely downloaded on the App Store, and is localized in 17 languages. Text recognition can be tried out, but access to result is limited. Text access (copy/paste, interactions) can be unlocked by purchasing the Export Pack for $7.99 as a one-time purchase. 10 tokens will be received to test Cloud OCRs both for printed text and handwriting. Download from the App Store
  3. News – Independent development team, Rezults LLC today is proud to announce the upcoming availability of Zupdates 2.0, an important update to their social-based information app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Zupdates provides real-time information from other users of the app, offering live updates on information like sales, flight times, traffic, junior sports scores, and even the weather in your area. Zupdates 2.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category. The app is completely free to use, and contains no advertising and in-app purchases. Download from App Store
  4. Lifestyle – Textfeed, Inc., a mobile app startup, is on a mission to cure texting anxiety. To do this, they’ve created a crowd-sourced network of high-quality text messages for a variety of categories that people can copy/paste into their messaging platform of choice. Categories include “Flirt”, “Just matched”, “Ask him/her out” and many more. Texts are ranked within categories in a Reddit-esque upvote/downvote format. Typs 1.0.8 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Download from the App Store
  5. Games – 1Games is proud to announce the release of Wolf Online 2, its fun-to-play animal action/adventure game developed for iOS and Android devices. Wolf Online 2 is a realistic game that expressed wilderness as is. Players can hunt animals using terrain features, compete with other wolves, and survive from the fights with stronger predators to become the most powerful, superior wolf.  Wolf Online 2 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from the App Store
  6. Business – QContractor revolutionizes the estimating process with its sheer speed of setup. UK-based Q-Group Technology, recently launched QContractor 3.0. This significant update, re-designed from the ground up, illustrates the company’s commitment in building powerful mobile estimating experiences for contractors worldwide. QContractor 3.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Business category. In-app purchases are available. Downalod from the App Store
  7. Productivity – TraxItAll Software is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of iAchieved 2.0, an important update for their app for iPhone and iPad devices that gives users a way to actually see what’s going on in their lives. iAchieved 2.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. The app uses the freemium model, allowing users to download the app for free to see if they like it. After they have entered 20 Items, they can purchase a subscription via convenient in-app purchase of three years for $4.99. Download from App Store
  8. Lifestyle – Eureka.Fun LLC announced the launch of the mobile app, Eureka Dating App 1.1, available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Eureka Love makes it easier to find love among friends, college mates, neighbors or simply other people on the user’s phone contact list. Finding out about others feelings becomes hassle free and actually quite fun with Eureka Love App. Eureka Love 1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from App Store
  9. Games – Mobile gamers looking for an addictive and brain taxing challenge should look no further than Word Search from 1UP Games Studio. Offering thousands of AI-generated games, Word Search ensures players will always have a suitable challenge to test their word skills. Word Search 2019 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store

See my Mac and macOS posts


 

macOS Product Announcement – 2019 Halloween Special for Joyoshare Video Joiner


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what is available for the Mac!


Joyoshare of Hong Kong has officially rolled out its 2019 Halloween special offer, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 12, to hold a multimedia utility show. During the promotion period, all customers can get a freebie for Joyoshare Video Joiner and enjoy 40% discounts for hot items, 30% discounts for popular bundles.

100% Free Gift for Video Joiner
Joyoshare Video Joiner is a dedicated multimedia combiner for all types of videos and audios. It can powerfully support merging an unlimited number of files as users want without re-encoding in lossless quality. The whole process is done at 60X high combination speed. Besides, users can re-arrange the file order, take snapshots and edit videos in a customized way. Within the validity period of the activity, users just have to share the Halloween sales page to the social platform (Facebook or Twitter), choose the desired software version and submit an email address to get free license code completely.

40% Off Discount for Multimedia Items
Joyoshare Media Cutter and Joyoshare Video Converter are sold with a 40% off big discount in this Halloween event promotion. Both of the multimedia items work to conduct a lossless task. Joyoshare Media Cutter can help to cut any unwanted sections from different sources in various formats while Joyoshare Video Converter can help to convert all sorts of videos in batch and rip DVDs to remove the possible restrictions.

30% Off Discount for Multimedia Bundles
What’s better, users are able to enjoy up to 30% off discount for types of multimedia bundles, including Video Joiner and Media Cutter bundle, Video Converter and Video Joiner bundle, Media Cutter Windows and Mac bundle, Screen Recorder and Media Cutter bundle. No matter which bundle is chosen, users can totally have a good experience in cutting, merging, converting and editing videos & audios in a professional way.

To learn more info about this Halloween event and get special benefits, please visit the 2019 Halloween Sale website.

Is Your Mac Ready for macOS Catalina?

go64-mac-icon-100801664-large(See my other Tech Tips posts) – Every time a new version of macOS is released we have to consider “Is my Mac ready for the update?”.

Before you begin your upgrade make sure you have a full backup. Run Timemachine to capture any recent changes in your system. If you have the extra disk (and you really should do this), make a clone of your boot drive with an App like Carbon Copy Cloner. These steps will make it far easier to revert back to your current version of macOS if you run into problems after upgrading to Catalina.

This would also be a good time to ‘Tune-Up‘ up your Mac before you perform the upgrade. In particular, remove unneeded Apps and files.

This year there are two factors to consider. The first is whether or not your Mac hardware is capable of running Catalina. Generally speaking the 2012 or newer Macs are compatible. To find out for sure if your Mac can be upgraded refer to “macOS Catalina is compatible with these computers” from Apple.

The second thing to check is if all of your Apps are 64-bit. With Catalina the older 32-bit Apps will no longer run.

You can check your Apps two ways.

  1. The first way is to check in About My Mac. I wrote about how to do this in April of 2018 in “ARE YOUR MAC APPS ALL 64-BIT?“. I will let you check out that article for the details, but the essence is to go to “Overview:System Report:Software: Applications”. A column there indicates whether each App is or is not 64-bit compatible.
  2. A somewhat easier way to check your system is by using the Go64 App. This App is free (though donations are accepted) and can be downloaded from the vendor’s website. This App is recommended by:
    1. Macworld
    2. MacSparky (David Sparks of Mac Power Users podcast
    3. The Mac Observer
    4. Christian Boyce (Christian will be the featured speaker at the October 8th CapMac meeting in Austin)

Screen Shot 2019-10-05 at 3.28.35 PM.pngIf you download the App, then run it. You will get a report (see example above) of all Apps you currently have installed that are not 64-bit. Clicking on those software packages will provide further information. Links are also supplied for the vendors to facilitate getting the latest version of the software. As you can see I still have several 32-bit Apps on my Mac.

Once you have a list of your non-64-bit Apps you have a few choices:

  1. upgrade all the Apps you regularly use to a 64-bit version
  2. find 64-bit Apps that will replace your current 32-bit Apps
  3. delay migrating to Catalina until you do 1 or 2 above

See my other Mac posts


 

Revised FREE iOS Software List for 09/2019

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I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. 

macOS software is now being compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing every month and I think this directory will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to lookup Mac software. The macOS Software directory can be found here.

Please give me feedback if this expanded list is valuable to you.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

September 2019

  1. Game – Teeterbird, an indie game startup, has recently released a unique mobile game which combines spelling with RPG elements that will appeal to users of all age groups. Founded by Dan Wahl, a professional software engineer with over 10 years of game development experience, the game integrates a highly engaging interface with interesting RPG elements, ensuring a fun experience for plyers. Spell Caster 1.0.4 is available for free for Android and iOS users with [in-app purchases under the Games category.] Download from the App store
  2. Productivity – Wildwood Resources is proud to announce the release of CREATEit, and CREATEit Pro 3.0, an important update to their presentation creation app for the iPad. CREATEit provides everything you need to distribute instructional material that your audience can absorb at their own pace. CREATEit Pro 3.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download CREATEit from the App Store
  3. Finance – Tekton Technologies, today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Swift Miles 1.4.7, an important update to their popular mileage tracker app for business users. Swift Miles automatically detects and tracks every mile a user drives. The app allows business users to review those miles using accurate routes of their trips and categorize them as Business, Charity, Medical and Personal. Users can further sub-classify them based on names, so its easier to search on classification to maintain accurate records. Swift Miles also features single tap PDF report generation that can be sent via email to accountants for tax calculations.  Swift Miles – Mileage Tracker 1.4.7 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to enable unlimited automatic mileage tracking, $39.99 per year for annual subscriptions or $4.99 per month for monthly subscriptions. Download from the App Store
  4. Travel – Independent developer, Michael Hitzker today is thrilled to announce the release of spotfindr 6.0.0 (Ferdinand), an important update to his popular local drone spot and event finder for iOS and Android devices. With spotfindr, drone pilots can share their favorite spots to fly at and help other pilots discover their next favorite spot. Moreover, users can create an own profile where their submissions are visible. Another crucial factor in favor of spotfindr is the ability to add information about flight restrictions near that spot. The modern and clean User interface already drew dozens of pilots towards the app who now prefer to use spotfindr over any other spot finding app. spotfindr 6.0.0 is Free, ad supported (users can also donate directly to the creator). and available in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and some other countries through the App Store in the Travel category.  Download from the App Store
  5. Game – Spiel Studios Pvt. Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Man Vs. Missiles: Combat, their latest addictive and challenging game for iOS and Android devices. In this casual, fun, simple yet challenging game, players will test their piloting skills by flying their plane for as long as they can, while avoiding and destroying incoming enemy jets which are continuously trying to bring them down. Man Vs. Missiles: Combat v1.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  6. Music – Indie developer, Tomoyoshi Natsui today is proud to announce the release of Everlisten, a music listening app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Are you making the best of your music files? Using Everlisten, you can listen to the main portion of a song track, one after another. Everlisten is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from App Store
  7. Game – Hristo Zhelev announces the release of a new game called, Ballz Maze 3D. It’s fun, addicting hyper-casual puzzle game. The game is based on current trends on the App Store: like Balls Rotate, Split Balls 3D, and other top Maze Games out there.. This is our own twist. We made it look/feel like those top games, but we also merged different gameplay styles, so basically there’s no other game like this on the App Store. We created something that people will love, something unique.  Ballz Maze 3D 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Ballz Maze 3D 1.0.1
  8. Education – Renowned social language learning mobile app developer, HelloTalk, Inc., announced its iOS and Android language learning app, HelloTalk, has surpassed 15 million registered global users. The HelloTalk app is like no other language learning solution currently available; HelloTalk provides a natural, intuitive experience where users teach each other their respective native languages across their iOS or Android devices. Moreover, HelloTalk provides a unique environment where users engage in real-time language practice with native speakers of that language. It’s a teaching system that has proven extremely easy for language learners, providing a much more natural learning experience than other language learning solutions. HelloTalk 3.5.1 is Free USD (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category.  Download from the App Store
  9. Health & fitness – Independent app developer Johannes Erschbamer is proud to announce Thirstic, the first smart water drink reminder that automatically adapts to the users’s activity and the weather conditions. Human water needs depend heavily on the daily activity and the environment conditions. Therefore, Thirstic adapts the user’s water intake goal to the current conditions and helps staying hydrated, even on very active or hot days. Thirstic is exclusively available on the App Store as a free download. All basic features can be used without any fees. More advanced features (like access to weather data) require an in-app subscription or an one-time purchase with no expiry. Thirstic is not a medical app. It is intended for informational and reminder purposes only and cannot be used for medical or nutrition advice. Download from the App Store
  10. Game – Independent developer, CDO Apps is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Silly Memory 2.3, an important update to their entertaining “match pair” memory game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. The game puts a new spin on the familiar “match pair” memory games enjoyed by players of all ages. Silly Memory 2.3 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases unlock game upgrades. Silly Memory on the App Store
  11. Games – Biosoftworld Game Studios is proud to announce the release of Time Squad: Alpha Strike! 1.0.1, the company’s new space shooting game developed exclusively for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Offering unique gameplay, players must fight aliens in the solar system, the earth’s orbit and even on theground. They will have to save occupied Earth and defeat alien ground forces. Time Squad: Alpha Strike! 1.0.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  12. Lifestyle – LittleQuest LLC announces Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 for iOS and Android devices. Heralded as a “revolutionary dating app” by its users, Fairytrail is a dating app for remote workers, digital nomads, and people passionate about travel. With 8 levels of safety, it provides a dating platform for single people to match with one another, then match on recommended tours. It allows people to date while on the road using video chat and provides a bridge to safely meeting in person. Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from App Store
  13. Photography – touchbyte today is proud to announce the release of PhotoSync 4.0 for iOS, a major upgrade to the most versatile and powerful app to transfer, backup and share photos & videos to computer, NAS and cloud. PhotoSync 4.0 for iOS is a free download available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.  Download from the App Store
  14. Games – Newly formed EdTech start-up KalamTech has just announced the launch of its latest title Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Fresh off his first outing in Human Heroes Einstein on Time (endorsed by Stephen Fry himself!) the creator of relativity Albert Einstein is back on the stage” only this time he’s equipped with a ton of different clocks to help young children learn how to tell the time. Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download From App Store
  15. Reference – Inverse Metric LLC software company has announced the release of a new app for instant translation in Augmented Reality mode. AR Translator uses a proprietary technology of optical character recognition (OCR) based on AI algorithms, and therefore can recognize text without any connection to external servers. The app supports over 100 languages. AR Translator requires iOS 11.3 or later. The free version offers limited functionality with a fixed number of instant translations, text recognition is unlimited. During the 7-day trial period the user is granted free access to all paid functions. Upon expiration of the trial period the subscription fee is $6.99/month. AR Translator: Scan+ Translate 1.10
  16. Sports – 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will begin September 20th and freelance iOS developer Antoine Barrault is glad to introduce Rugby world 2019 in Japan 1.11 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It is a free iOS 13 compatible app with dark mode support for following the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Rugby world 2019 in Japan 1.11 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category. Download from App Store
  17. Lifestyle – Heralded as a “revolutionary dating app” by its users, Fairytrail is a dating app for remote workers, digital nomads, and people passionate about travel. With 8 levels of safety, it provides a dating platform for single people to match with one another, then match on recommended tours. It allows people to date while on the road using video chat and provides a bridge to safely meeting in person. Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from App Store
  18. Reference – Jordan Hipwell today released UniChar 7, a major update to the powerful Unicode app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update introduces several new capabilities only available in iOS 13. UniChar 7 is available to download for free from the App Store in the Reference category. A $4.99 in-app purchase is available to unlock all categories of symbols. Download From App Store
  19. Utility – MeisterApps just launched their first app ‘ControlMeister for Samsung Smart TV’ on the iTunes App Store. The app is available for both iPhone and iPad. Compared with the factory remote control, this new app takes watching your Samsung TV to a whole new level. ControlMeister Remote Control for Samsung TV is a free app which can be downloaded on the iTunes App Store. The free app supports lifetime updates and full functionality without third party ads. ControlMeister is a MeisterApps BV brand. Download from the App Store
  20. Utility – Independent development team, Swamp Dog, LLC is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of WhoDo iPad 1.0, their new app for Apple’s iPad. WhoDo iPad automatically creates new contract records directly from raw text. There are no forms to fill out or text fields to map, users can generate the source text by entering it from the iPad keyboard, clipboard, or the device’s microphone. WhoDo iPad 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utility category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to enable licenses for each repository or all repositories, either as a one time purchase, or as a 3-month subscription, as described above. Download From the App Store

For macOS Apps, check out my macOS Software Directory. It has been expanded and now contains 65 titles. 

Product Review – Texas Historical Marker Guide App

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(See my other 2019 Road Trip and iOS related posts) – On our recent road trip, my wife and I passed several Texas Historical Markers along the roadside. We were curious as to what they said but really didn’t want to take the time to stop and read them. That made me remember a book my father had “Why Stop?: A Guide to Texas Roadside Historical Markers“.

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This book was published in 2013 and contains the information of more than 2500 Texas roadside markers. They are still available on Amazon for $15.76 (paperback) and $9.59 (Kindle) at the time I write this.

Of course, the information in that guide is dated and I didn’t have a copy with me on our trip.

I checked to see if there was anything on-line about the markers. What I discovered is the “Texas Historical Marker Guide” App for the iPhone. Not only does this App have more than 16,000 Historical Markers included in its database, but it also has the ability for users to contribute updates.

The App can be purchased through the App Store for $2.99. Per the App website:

Texas is home to over 15,000 historical markers. And now there’s an app to help you find them!

Features:
-Onboard marker database means you can browse markers without an Internet connection.
-Browse markers by geographic locations including cities and counties.
-Browse markers by type, size, and subject.
-Browse attractions where markers can be found including cemeteries; state parks; historic districts; etc.
-Uses Location Services to find your current location and display markers in the current county. (Internet connection required)
-Check-in at markers to keep track of visits!
-Update marker coordinates! (Device with GPS radio required)
-Record marker conditions!

-Includes conditions of marker where reported.
-Includes text for many markers with more being added frequently.

-Take pictures with an in-app camera or import from camera roll! (Pictures are not included with app.)
-Share your favorite markers via FaceBook, Flickr, Mail, and iMessage!

Includes:
-Texas Centennial markers and monuments from 1936!
-Old San Antonio Road markers erected by DAR and the State of Texas in 1918!
-San Jacinto Battleground markers erected by DRT and the State of Texas in 1912!
-Complete Texas works of Pompeo Coppini!
-Selected Texas works of Waldine Tauch, Frank Teich, Elisabet Ney, and others!
-Blue Star Memorial markers (all the ones we know about.)
-New markers erected since 2012!

This is an App that we will use almost every time we are out on the roads (not the Interstates) of Texas.

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If you and your family drive Texas, this might be an inexpensive App to help pass the time on the road while learning more about our state.

In the 34 county Hill Country region of Texas, the App shows more than  2300 markers. More than 25 markers show up in the App within 5 miles of my home location.

I used the location of the CapMac (Capital Macintosh User Group) meetings (red arrow) I attend monthly in Austin and found all of the markers shown in the image to the left. You can literally find markers all over the state.

If you really like the App, follow them on Facebook.

 

 

Pros

  1. Inexpensive at $2.99
  2. Automatically tracks your location
  3. Nearby markers pop up on map
  4. User can easily drill down to details of marker

Cons

  1. Text is a little small and can be challenging to read in a moving vehicle
  2. More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to be able to touch a button to have the details read to you
  3. More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to have a setting that would automatically read you every marker within a set distance

See my other iOS articles


 

macOS New app Release – fmEZcharts

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Product Announcements – The Proof Group and NorthEast DataBase Solutions of Jacksonville, FL have released the first community edition version of fmEZcharts, a chart and dashboard tool for Claris FileMaker. fmEZcharts allows for the quick and easy creation of JavaScript and HTML chart components, even if users don’t know anything about JavaScript or HTML.

Over a year in the making, the newest version of fmEZcharts offers a tighter, cleaner look and feel, with improved functionality and usability. It includes new features like the ability to pick themes, colors, and data sets, as well as a larger selection of ready-to-go charts. With the newest version of fmEZcharts, it’s even easier to use and create amazing charts in FileMaker!

Ernest Koe, CEO of The Proof Group, writes, “It has been fun working with Brian Ouimette of NorthEast DataBase Solutions on this exciting new tool. Brian has done quite a lot of work to improve the functionality and usability of fmEZcharts. The community edition looks phenomenal and feels like a solid first release.”

The community edition of fmEZcharts is available to download for free. It comes with a locked copy of fmEZCharts, pre-configured chart examples, a demo video to get you started, and community forum support. Users are invited to give it a try and let us know what they think!

macOS New App Release – fmRESTor

Product Announcements 24U Software of Prague, Czech Republic has released a new version of the popular open-source PHP library designed for PHP developers to easily integrate their code with the RESTful FileMaker Data API without having to learn the FileMaker Data API itself.

The new version brings support for all new features added to the FileMaker Data API with the recent release of FileMaker Server 18, while maintaining full compatibility with the FileMaker Server 17 Data API as well.

fmRESTor is now also available via Composer, a popular application-level package manager for the PHP programming language that provides a standard format for managing dependencies of PHP software and required libraries. Using Composer makes it even easier for PHP developers to maintain future compatibility of their code depending on fmRESTor.

Features of fmRESTor:
* One object class conveniently handles everything
* Automatically generates authentication token
* Re-uses existing token to avoid unnecessary additional connections
* Automatically re-generates expired token
* Handles exceptions and provides meaningful error results
* Can handle raw form data for easier container uploads
* Provides customizable debug logging

Features added in the new version:
* Simple way to run a script and wait for its result with FileMaker Server 18
* Methods for gathering information about FileMaker Server 18 and the accessed database
* Support for easily gathering value lists, i.e. for populating selects
* Added to Composer to make it easier for developers to maintain dependencies

Requirements:
fmRESTor requires PHP 5.6 or newer, including PHP 7, with support for cURL, and a FileMaker Server 17 or 18 to connect to.

Availability and Pricing:
fmRESTor is available free of charge as open-source, licensed under the “GNU LGPLv3” License. 24U greatly appreciates any feedback and contributions, but cannot provide free support for the tool. Developers may hire 24U to help them with their projects, either by purchasing paid support or by utilizing 24U’s custom development services. fmRESTor can be downloaded from the website.

macOS New app Release – Notebooks for Mac 2.0

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Product Announcements – Alfons Schmid of Salzburg, Austria has released ‘Notebooks for Mac 2.0′, a major upgrade of his productivity application which has a strong focus on text processing and also allows users to manage task lists and organize files and documents in nested structures. This unique combination ensures an uninterrupted flow of ideas while collecting notes, creating documents, consulting supportive documentation or gathering ideas and breaking them down into tasks.

Notebooks for Mac 2.0 has been rebuilt from ground up to address the shortcomings of previous versions: it has become a native Mac application which perfectly integrates with the macOS system, and it matches the functional scope of its successful iOS counterpart. Notebooks 2.0 supports smart books, contexts tags and advanced document processing tools which are well known from “Notebooks for iPad and iPhone”, but it also adds additional features which are not yet available in Notebooks on iOS. This makes Notebooks for Mac 2.0 a more than equal sibling.

Notebooks for Mac 2.0 takes full advantage of being a desktop application and presents its contents in a familiar three-pane document browser with outline, document list and document view. It allows users to selectively hide the browser’s columns or open documents in separate windows and tabs. Windows provide an optional breadcrumbing navigation bar along the top which makes it easy to navigate to other documents without consulting the document browser. Support for history buttons, dark theme or distraction free modes are a given. – “Notebooks for Mac 2.0 is finally the application it should have been from the start. If feels like a Mac application, it is light weight despite its capabilities, and it supports the writer’s workflow in a very unobtrusive way” Alfons Schmid comments.

Notebooks, originally designed to do away with paper notes, has evolved into a powerful text processor. Users can create formatted documents with styles, attachments, tables, and checklists using WYSIWYG style editing, but they can also create formatted document from plain text using Markdown (Notebooks includes two Markdown flavors) or Fountain, a markup format for screen writers. For those who prefer working with plain text, Notebooks offers numerous assistive tools: indent and align lists, automatically insert closing characters for matched punctuation marks, emphasize the currently edited line and keep it centered on screen, display line numbers or highlight Markdown syntax are a few examples. They can be selectively disabled like many other features in Notebooks. – “A tool should support the writer as best as possible, but it should get out of the way, and ideally, the writer should not even be aware of it. This is what we try to achieve with Notebooks” the developer adds.

Writing aside, Notebooks is also meant as a place to store and organize documents and files of any type: email, PDF documents, web snippets, or any other reference material. Notebooks supports unlimited nested structures (books) to arrange documents by topic, subject, project or any personal preferences. This makes it easy to separate private notes from business documents, client data from journal entries, or a novel’s chapters from each other. – “Notebooks stores all its documents as regular files on the Mac’s file system. No complex import or export procedures are necessary, the user always remains in control and can access the documents even without Notebooks. This is in strong contrast to the numerous apps that lock the user’s documents away in databases”, Alfons Schmid remarks.

Task management is another one of Notebooks’ integrated building blocks. Any book in Notebooks can display its contents as a regular list of documents or as a list of tasks. With the flick of a switch a collection of notes or documents turns into a task list with options to assign due dates and alert times. Tasks can be marked as “in progress” and ticked off when completed. Like regular books, task lists may be nested, so users can split complex projects into smaller packages which are easy to manage. – “Note taking often goes hand in hand with task management: a quick note sparks off an idea, generates a handful of todos, and it is just natural to handle them directly in Notebooks rather than switching to another app.” the developer says.

With this unique combination, Notebooks has the potential to replace multiple separate apps:

* Word Processor for WYSIWYG editing
* Text Editor for processing plain text
* Markdown and Fountain composer (including an HTML to Markdown converter)
* Task Manager for managing simple or complex projects
* File Organizer for any type of documents
* PDF Converter
* eBook Creator
* Document Archive

So whether users want to draft or outline a business presentation, collect ideas for a novel or type a chapter of a short-story, save web pages for reading later, write an entry in a diary or journal, tick off tasks, or just capture notes and ideas on the go, Notebooks is the all-inclusive application that will effortlessly handle it all.

Notebook for Mac is available for $35.99 on the Mac App Store.

macOS New App Release – Toolbox for iWork

Jumsoft of Vilnius, Lithuania has released an update to their popular productivity assistant Toolbox for iWork. The update brings some of the most anticipated features just in time for the new academic year. The most notable change is that Toolbox for iWork becomes truly cross-platform and allows using purchased items on any macOS or iOS device with a single purchase.

“Toolbox for iWork is by far our largest and most comprehensive collection of templates designed for the Apple iWork suite. It offers items for Apple Pages, Keynote, and Numbers – all in one place. It is truly an unmatched product in terms of quality, quantity, and price in the market” – said Algirdas Unguvaitis, CEO of Jumsoft. “We always wanted to give our users a truly integrated experience with our products across any number of devices. The update brings our users something they were eagerly waiting for quite a while – seamless cross-platform activation. It means that Toolbox for iWork users will now be free to use the app on any macOS or iOS device, regardless of where they purchased the app originally!”

The technical changes required to implement cross-platform purchase activation meant that the app had to transition to a free download with in-app purchases business model. This allows handling activations via iCloud instead of requiring users to sign up to additional, completely unnecessary accounts. As a side-effect, this also enables users to download the app, browse its content and try out some items before having to commit to a purchase. Users of previous versions of the app are automatically granted the “Lifetime” activation, which can always be re-activated by using the “Restore Purchases” option.

Toolbox for iWork is the largest productivity templates collection available on the Mac and iOS App Stores. It currently contains over 40,000 original, hand-crafted and quality-checked items. Jumsoft update content regularly: 700 new items have already been added to date in 2019 alone! The range contains everything from comprehensive and professional presentation layouts and themes for Keynote, a plethora of infographics templates, to an expansive collection of print templates for Pages – it is a perfect choice for any student, educator, business-owner, and anyone in between. The updated Toolbox for iWork is available worldwide on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store.

macOS New App Release – Typinator 8.1

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Product Announcements Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria has released Typinator 8.1, an improved version of their highly acclaimed text expander. Just about a month after the release of the major new version 8.0 of Typinator, Ergonis did more work on their widely used text expander, refining the newly introduced features adding support for the built-in Accessibility Keyboard of macOS.

Typinator 8 introduced a new statistics mode, where you can see the usage counts for abbreviations and sets, and how long ago an abbreviation has been used most recently. You can also sort your snippets by these values, to see which abbreviations you are using frequently and which ones you may have forgotten about.

Another great new feature of Typinator 8 are Magic Keys. You can now use the modifier keys Shift, Control, Option, and Command in abbreviations as if they were real characters. This allows you to use them as special trigger characters and offers a simple way to avoid conflicts in abbreviations.

A very slick user interface enhancement is the new “mini menu bar” right above the expansion field, where you can find all markers and editing functions in one central place. A nice side effect of this improvement is that the expansion field is now wider and you have more space to enter your expansions.

Typinator 8.1 contains a number of fixes and improvements that make Typinator 8 run smoother. It furthermore now works with text entered via the built-in Accessibility Keyboard. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

Typinator is a powerful, yet elegantly simple solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Across all applications, it detects specific sequences of typed characters and automatically replaces them with text snippets, graphics, URLs, dates and special characters.

System Requirements:
* Requires OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or newer
* Recommended for macOS Mojave (10.14)

Availability and Ordering:
Typinator can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 8.1 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after January 1st, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.