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Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 05/2020

software

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 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 570 entries. More than 200 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.

May 2020

  1. Utilities – Smartphones accompany us everywhere in daily life. Often the first item we grab in the morning and the last we put down before bed, today’s smartphones are constantly emitting damaging non-ionizing radiation from 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals. The research is clear, this overexposure hurts.  Overexposure occurs in all facets of daily life as we navigate city centers, fitness centers, hotels, and more. Hundreds of signals from smartphones live in symbiosis with us at any given moment. MGT Alert, a revolutionary new application developed by Futurix Lab, seeks to empower individuals in the digital world, permitting them to monitor their exposure index under recommendations by the European Council’s Resolution 1815 and best practices from the ICNIRP-IEE. Mgt 9.1 is free, and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category.  Mgt 9.1
  2. Business – The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the life of millions of people and businesses globally as countries are going on lockdown, and business operations are challenged. With more people working from home, avoiding going outside and looking for better solutions to improve their working efficiency, finding the right remote work tools has suddenly become very important. Fax from Phone – Easy Fax 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Fax from Phone – Easy Fax 1.0.1
  3. Photo and Video – Whatever Apps development team is proud to announce the release of Instaz, “swipe only” photo editor for iPhone and iPad devices. The app makes editing images as simple as a swipe of a finger. The app’s built-in artificial intelligence analyzes each photo and automatically performs complex edits. It improves colors, composition and adds popular Instagram effects, such as frames, collages, dust, stickers and many others. Instaz is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. The free version has a limit of saving 1 edit per photo. Unlimited edit saves are available upon subscription purchase. Subscriptions are available as a convenient in-app purchase of $2.99 per month or $22 per year (A yearly subscription saves $14.00 USD). Instaz 1.5.3
  4. Shopping – Oyes Labs is proud to announce the release of Shared Basket 2.5, their grocery shopping app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Shared basket currently supports 8 US Grocery stores:

1. Walmart

2. Costco

3. Safeway

4. Target

5. 99 Ranch Market

6. Indian Grocery Stores (All generic Indian grocery stores)

7. Sprouts Farmers Market

8. Whole Foods

Shared Basket 2.5 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category. Shared Basket 2.5

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 04/2020

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 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 530 entries. More than 190 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.

April 2020

  1. Social Networking – PeerModel, LLC today launched version 1.3 of its eponymous iOS app, an innovative fashion marketplace that matches people of similar builds in order to recommend clothing that fits. Users can browse fashion items, friend models, and tag items for purchase at an online retailer. The app’s built-in marketplace even allows users to sell their gently-used fashion items for extra cash. The underlying goal of the app is to help fashion consumers purchase the right size the first time, reducing online returns, shipping, and environmental waste. PeerModel 1.3.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from the App Store
  2. Utilities – Jordan Hipwell today released Plant Daddy, a simple and modern app that helps you care for your plants. The app is built with SwiftUI and includes modern features including dark mode, a customizable app icon, and iCloud sync. Plant Daddy is free and is available today exclusively on the App Store in the Utilities category for devices running iOS 13. It is free with an option to tip the developer. Download on the App Store
  3. Graphics & Design – Pearapps is proud to introduce Content Creator 1.0.2, a brand new content creation tool for producing, creating, and sharing for the iPhone. Content Creator is a low effort way to create, produce, and share high-quality content for any need, right from your phone. Whether you want to create an invitation, a collage of a vacation, a square image for social media, text-based image, or anything else – Content Creator has you covered. Content Creator 1.0.2 is absolutely Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Content Creator 1.0.2
  4. Social Networking – California-based startup, Collabspace, Inc., has recently announced the launch of the latest version of its popular cross-platform collaboration app for social media content creators, Collabspace 2.5. Available in iOS and Android versions, the app enables thousands of online content creators, influencers, and freelancers to collaborate and keep their audiences growing around the world. Collabspace 2.5 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Pro and Elite subscriptions are available as a convenient in-app purchase. Download from the App Store

Use a Shortcut to Automatically Connect your AirPods

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(See my other Tech Tips posts) – I have AirPods and use them every day. Being stuck at home ‘sheltering-in-place’ I have been using them on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The problem is that after using them with my Mac, it takes a while to get them reconfigured for my iPhone. Then I saw the article “AirPods: Automatically and instantly switch between iPhone, Mac & iPad” on the Mac Kung Fu Blog. I thought it might have solved that problem.

The described solution is to create a ‘Shortcut’ on your iPhone. When you open one of the designated Apps on your iPhone the Shortcut is triggered. The Shortcut will then connect your AirPods. I won’t repeat the detailed steps listed in the article. It is well written and easy to follow.

I have created that Shortcut (my first) and it seems to work well. You do have to have at least one of your AirPods in your ear. Wait until you hear the tone, then you can open the App on your iPhone.

 

Further Reading

  1. AirPods: Automatically and instantly switch between iPhone, Mac & iPad

Product Announcement – Life Inventory 5.0 on Sale

I haven’t been posting many Product announcements lately. This one caught my eye and because it is on sale I thought it was worth mentioning.

Product Announcement – James Hollender has released Life Inventory 5.0 and it is available during the COVOID-19 pandemic at 1/3 off to assist those who now have ample time available to gain in-depth perceptions of themselves. Built-in instructions guide users, step-by-step, in creating a Life Inventory to provide greater self-understanding of personality, strengths, and weaknesses, leading to a better knowledge of themselves than they ever thought possible. A long-standing price of $11.99 is now reduced to $7.99 during this difficult time for everyone around the world. A Life Inventory can also function as a Moral Inventory for those in 12-step programs, which is even more important because of the current social distancing requirements. Life Inventory for iPhone / iPod touch

Lost an AirPod? Here is how to find it

UnknownA few days ago I headed to the grocery store to top off our supplies for the week. Following local recommendations, I put on a facemask when I left the car. As I usually do when shopping, I had an AirPod in one ear and was listening to podcasts.

My grocery shopping completed I returned to my car and pulled off the face mask. Twang! The rubber bands holding the facemask on caught on the AirPod and it went flying. I looked around but I didn’t see it anywhere. After taking the groceries into the house, I went back out and searched the vehicle. Nothing!

I remembered that I had seen an article on finding missing AirPods. After a quick search, I found it. I returned to my vehicle and followed the outlined procedure. I was able to locate the missing AirPod by following the sound it was emitting. The sound was discernable at least 4-5 feet from the missing AirPod.

This was very useful as the AirPod wasn’t in the car. I found it along the sidewalk leading into the house. I doubt I would have easily found it had it not been for this procedure.

So how do you find a missing AirPod? (This was done on an iPhone 8 running 13.3.1)

  1. On my iPhone, I opened the ‘Find My’ App
  2. I scrolled down the list of devices and clicked on my AirPods
  3. I then clicked on the ‘Play Sound’ button
  4. In my case, I had lost only one of my AirPods so I was able to refine the search by selecting only the left AirPod to play the sound
  5. Now walk around the area and listen for the emitted sound

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iCloud is used to do a device search. When I logged into my Mac I found an email notifying me that a search had been performed.

I hope that this will come in handy for some of you. Far better than replacing an AirPod or buying a new pair.

 

Further Reading

  1. How to Use AirPods: Tips, Tricks and General Instructions

Wattpad, more Free reading

Books

(See my other Reading related posts) – The ‘Shelter-in-place’ restriction is keeping most people at home. Many of them are looking for new sources of reading material but don’t want to spend a lot.

Wattpad is another source you may want to tap to fill your reading needs. Wattpad includes books from a wide range of genres. As they say on their website:

[Wattpad is] the world’s most-loved social storytelling platform
Wattpad connects a global community of 80 million readers and writers through the power of story.

Most, if not all, of the available books are by relatively unknown authors. In fact, if you have stories you want to share, this is one outlet for you.

Wattpad also had both Android and iOS Apps you can download for free.

 

Further Reading

  1. How to Read Free Ebooks With Wattpad

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 03/2020

software

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 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 470 entries. More than 170 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.

March 2020

  1. Lifestyle – Independent developer Pixite, Inc. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Zinnia Journal 1.0. The journaling app is the latest in a line of best-in-class creativity apps for the iPad. Zinna Journal incorporates the creativity of a sketch pad with the practical features of traditional journaling. The app acts as a daily companion that encourages users to encourage mindful activities such as sketching, planning, collaging, and tracking the things users want to do today and in the future. Zinnia Journal 1.0 is Free (with convenient in-app purchases), and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Zinnia offers an optional subscription to Zinnia Premium which includes access to unlimited journals and pages. Get Zinnia Premium for free for 7-days with a free trial. After the free trial users will be automatically renewed to the yearly subscription which they can cancel at any time. Paid subscriptions are $9.99 USD per month for the monthly plan, and $39.99 USD per year for the yearly plan. Download from the App Store
  2. Games – OM Entertainment’s soccer-themed disc game, Fans of Soccer, which bagged the Best Sports Game title in the 4th International Mobile Game Awards for the Middle East and North Africa, has been updated with some new features like World Cup and New Events. With these latest features, users can enter thrilling matches against worldwide competitors and also win exciting rewards for every achievement in the game. Fans of Soccer version 1.0.11 is available for Free with In-App purchases on the App Store in the Games category and also version 1.0.12 available for Free with In-App purchases. Download from the App Store
  3. Productivity – Sixbytes, a technology company focused on developing applications to improve sharing of files across multiple devices, has announced the launch of HibiDo, a new To-do list & Notes application that helps synchronize across all devices. Developed expressly to help improve your productivity, HibiDo offers a new and unique way to schedule your personal and work activities in the most efficient manner. Apart from scheduling personal activities and projects, one can also collaborate with their team to get tasks completed. HibiDo 1.0.9 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Download from the App Store
  4. Social Networking – TwinFlame Development, LLC is proud to announce the launch of TwinFlame 1.20 for iOS devices. TwinFlame is the iPhone app that gives users access to the TwinFlame Network – the go-to social community for self-awareness, introspective, and personality-insights. It is the first mobile app dedicated personal growth and awareness that combines the disciplines of psychology and spirituality to provide comprehensive insights. TwinFlame is free and available now and is available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Social Networking category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from App Store
  5. Photo & Video – Socialite | Frames & Borders fast framing for iPhone relaunches today in the Apple App Store with Version 2.0 including the ability to customize displayed content (see just what you use with your favorites first), even more stickers (Eyes! Mouths! Stay Home, Stay Healthy!) and optional subscriptions. Socialite | Frames & Borders 2.0.3 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. Download from the App Store

Like to Read? Here is a free source of ebooks

(See my other Reading related posts) – With many in self-quarantine, we are looking for ways to occupy our time. One pastime many of us enjoy is reading. Of course, that can quickly get expensive if we read many books.

I came across the article “How to read books for free on your iPhone and iPad” a couple of days ago. The article explains how to use the Libby App to borrow books from your local library. If you don’t have a library card you can even request one through the App at some libraries. The App is available on the App Store for iOS devices.

If this interests you, visit “How to read books for free on your iPhone and iPad” for a how-to on setting up and using Libby.

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 02/2020

software

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 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 460 entries. More than 170 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.

February 2020

  1. Games – Astral World LP is proud to announce the release and availability of The Astral World 1.04 for the iPhone. Technically a fitness application, Astral World puts the typical process far beyond what is accustomed thanks to the augmented reality technologies. Astral World 1.04 is free ans is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from the App Store
  2. Health & Fitness – Independent developer, Nikolay Iliev today is proud to announce the release of Rina 90 Day Diet 1.4.0, an important update to his popular weight loss app developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. 90 Day Diet is a quite simple and functional mobile application that can be used by anyone. Even the persons who never kept a diet in their entire lives can use this user-friendly weight loss app. This app is based on the extremely popular 90 days challenge diet. Rina 90 Day Diet 1.4.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.  Download from the App Store
  3. Social Networking – Today, Alexandre Colucci is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Clatters 1.0, an app exclusively designed for the iPhone and iPad. Clatters makes it easy to monitor in one place a brand name, product name or any other keyword on social networks – Twitter, Reddit, HackerNews and even comments on the iOS App Store. Thanks to on-device sentiments analysis, users get insights into the audience emotions and can quickly take actions: retweet, like or reply with a predefined message. Clatters 1.0 is free to download and use. It is available worldwide exclusively through the iOS App Store in the Social Networking category. Clatters Pro unlocks a range of advanced features and is an optional paid subscription. Monthly subscription: $2.99. Yearly subscription: $29.99 (USD). Download from the App Store
  4. Navigation – There is excellent news for truckers across the USA who wish there was a quick and easy way to find trucking jobs! The TruckBook app, launched by California-based TruckBook Inc, is a comprehensive platform for truckers to check and apply to jobs across the country, find real-time information related to maps, routes, roadside assistance, and truck stops. TruckBook: Jobs Maps Repair 2.7 is currently available for Free at the Apple Store  under the ‘Navigation’. Download from the App Store
  5. Lifestyle – Pixite, Inc. is pleased to announce Zinnia Journal 1.0, the newest in a line of best-in-class creativity apps, is available for pre-order now. Zinnia is a journaling app that incorporates the creativity of a sketch pad with the practical features of Bullet Journaling(R). Zinnia will be a daily companion that will encourage mindful activities such as sketching, planning, collaging, and tracking the things you want to do today and in the future. It’s a great way to document activities with friends, what you’re reading, your daily routine and anything else going on in your life. Zinnia Journal 1.0 will be Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Zinnia also offers an optional subscription to Zinnia Premium which gives you access to unlimited journals and pages. Download from the App Store
  6. Games – MADFINGER Games has announced that Shadowgun War Games, the latest release in their critically-acclaimed mobile games franchise, is now available on iOS and Android devices. Earlier entries in the series, including Shadowgun, Shadowgun: Deadzone, and Shadowgun Legends, have been enjoyed by 50 million mobile players worldwide. Players can get in on the action by downloading the game from the App Store or Google Play Store today. Shadowgun War Games is now available as a free download on the App Store. Download from the App Store
  7. Games – For those of you who wish to be soccer superstars but find yourself stuck in a rut – OM Entertainment, a company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that specializes in games and entertainment – has released a high-octane soccer-themed disc game that will give you the thrill of competing in premier soccer leagues around the world on your smartphone. Fans of Soccer version 1.0.11 is available for Free with In-App purchases on the App Store in the Games category. Download from the App Store
  8. Business – Cynapse is updating Numerics: the KPI dashboard app exclusively designed for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch – with 2 new cloud service integrations, Teamwork Projects & Jamf Pro. The new version also empowers the Help Scout integration by adding new KPIs to now present stats for chats, phone, docs along with overall company performance.  Numerics 6.1 is a universal app for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. It is available as a free download exclusively on the App Store with many free services including custom data sources like CSV and JSON available for users to track their KPIs. Numerics Pro is an in-app subscription with a monthly and annual option. Pro unlocks access to all integrated services, allows adding of unlimited dashboards & widgets. The in-app Pro subscription comes with a 7-day trial that can be canceled at any time. Download from the App Store
  9. Travel – CrossAxis Inc. is very pleased to announce the release of OodyMate 3.1.1, an update to their social travel app developed for all travelers and foodies. This social travel app provides the opportunity to meet other foodies, anywhere in the world. OodyMate is not an itinerary recommendation app, nor is it a dating app. Female solo travelers with safety concerns can request to meet with other women only. OodyMate 3.1.1 is completely free of charge (free from advertisements) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Travel category. Download from the App Store
  10. Games – Indie game developer, Toward Inc. is proud to announce the release of The Witch’s Forest 1.1.9, an update to the company’s fun-to-play Black Forest casual RPG title for iOS and Android devices. Version 1.1.9 offers minor bug fixes with optimaized performance. Featuring a beautiful and unique graphic design, The Witch’s Forest offers a unique style of gameplay. Players only grow the world tree The forest was beautiful and tranquil due to the World Tree and the witch, the sources of magic. The Witch’s Forest 1.1.9 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from the App Store

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 1/2020

software

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 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 420 entries. More than 150 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.

January 2020

  1. Games – Newly formed EdTech start-up KalamTech has just announced the launch of its latest game Human Heroes Counting Fun, available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Fresh off his latest outing in Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock, which has been downloaded 20,000 times across both the App Store, Albert Einstein is back on the stage, now equipped with a balloon pump of magic and wonder to help children of all ages learn about counting seconds. Human Heroes Counting Fun 1.1.3 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from the App Store
  2. Entertainment – Sincere Apps SIA is pleased to announce the release of Piano Chords and Scales 4.0, an important feature update to their popular music app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Piano Chord and Scales allows you to understand all the piano theory related to chords, scales and song composing. The true goal for creating this app was to lower the barrier for an individual to start playing and understanding piano. How all the theory comes together and how songs can be composed. Piano Chords and Scales 4.0 is Free (With $7.99 in-app purchase to unlock more content) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Download from the App Store
  3. Games – If you’re a base building fanatic, you may already be familiar with the space-age, resource pirating, hero ship piloting game Fleets of Heroes. Think of some of the barbarian village builders you may have played, add some upgrade/resource complexity, put yourself in space, and you won’t be too far off. After a relatively quiet release and slow-burning soft launch phase , Inner Hero LLC has officially released its anticipated v2.0 update, kicking Fleets of Heroes gameplay into high gear as of January 16, 2020. Fleets of Heroes 2.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  4. Business – U.S. Publications, Inc. today is proud to announce the release of GoNGet for iOS and Android. With GoNGet, it’s easy to get any work done by the right person with the right expertise. Need your driveway shoveled? Want to get an in-home massage? Need your car detailed? Just post a job, list your price and professionals will start applying immediately. Developed by U.S. Publications, Inc., GoNGet User and GoNGet Service Provider apps is a match that works. Both GoNGet apps (GoNGet 1.1) are free and available through the App Store in the Business category. There is no subscription or dues required. The user is in control. It’s like having a personal assistant at your fingertips – just tap the app.  GoNGet Users on the App Store
  5. Entertainment – The Clash Soft today is proud to announce the release of TVSofa, its new tv show and movies tracking app developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Powerful and intuitive to use, TVSofa helps anyone manage all movies and tv shows that they are watching, has watched or is pending to watch. The app also provides the user the opportunity to watch any movie or tv show on their favorite streaming providers, such as Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu… TVSofa 1.0.3 is Free (With $2.99 premium upgrade In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.  Download from the App Store
  6. Games – MansaPlay, has recently launched the latest version (7.2.8) of their mobile strategy game app, Numfeud – Rummy, Okey, Sudoku for iOS and Android devices. Numfeud is packed with the power of highly engaging and challenging turn-based multiplayer board-games with the benefit of playing it on your smartphone against worldwide users, whenever the mood strikes! Numfeud 7.2.8 is available for Free with In-App purchases on the App Store in the Games category and also available for Free with In-App purchases.  Download from the App Store
  7. Games – Flowmotion Entertainment Inc. is proud to announce the release of Cooking Crush: Restaurant Dash 1.0.6 their game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The game sets a new standard for innovation within the cooking game category. Inspired by the industry-leading cooking games, it allows players to push beyond the kitchen into control of an entire restaurant. Cooking Crush: Restaurant Dash 1.0.6 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from App Store

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