Category Archives: iOS

Product Review: Anker Powerwave Stand

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(See my other Product Reviews) – I had problems with the Qi charging pad (W-18 Thunder Plus Fast Charging Wireless Charger) I originally bought and used with my iPhone 8 so I looked on Amazon and found the Anker Powerwave Stand. I have been using it now for a couple of months and I am very happy with it. 

The phone sits on the stand and easily aligns with the magnetic coil for consistent charging. It has dual coils that allow for either landscape or portrait orientation on the stand. The stand is capable of “Quick Charge” for Samsung phones, but I only use the Standard Charge Mode with my iPhone 8. I can even leave the Otterbox case on my phone and it works well with it. 

If you are looking for a Qi charger for you smartphone, I can recommend this one. 

Pros

  1. Qi Certified
  2. Less than $20 on Amazon ($18.99 the day I write this review)
  3. Works with phone in landscape or portrait orientation

Cons

  1. Fast charging on iPhone is not supported
  2. Uses a USB Micro-A connector for power input 
  3. Only a 3 ft USB cable is provided
  4. You must provide a 5V 2A power source

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 12/2019

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 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.

December 2019

  1. Education and Entertainment – Independent developer Boleslaw Walczyk today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Pico Christmas Tree AR 1.0, his entertaining holiday-themed app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app allows users to place a Christmas tree anywhere in the room and decorate it using a wide selection of ornaments and decorations. Pico Christmas Tree AR 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education and Entertainment categories. Additional decorations are available via convenient in-app purchases. The app is intended for ages 8 and up. Download in App Store
  2. Music – Interactive Coconut today announces the launch of Music Vibes, piano app for iOS that doesn’t just play music as audio, it can also play it as haptic vibrations. That’s right, you can feel the music with vibrations! If you place the phone to your jaw, or the side of your head, the vibrations can be “heard” as music – even by some deaf or hard of hearing people! A fascinating and thrilling experience. Music Vibes is free. It does offer an In-App purchase of $1.99 (USD) to download a Christmas Pack of Christmas melodies – a pack of 15 Christmas classics, especially for this month, that you can play. The developer has also provided several preset melodies to load, and expects to add to these over time. Download from the App Store
  3. Shopping – ShopSavvy Inc. has released a new version of its app on iOS that provides shipping costs, times and tax costs. The new information will be displayed in the product results screen for each product and retailer. The ShopSavvy App has over 40 million downloads worldwide is the leading shopping app for holiday season deal hunters. “Our users have been asking us to provide tax and shipping information for years but the technical limitations have just come together recently. This feature really levels the playing field for retailers who provide great deals on shipping and we couldn’t be happier to bring this long requested feature to users”, said Jake Marsh Vice President and Co-founder. Download from the App Store
  4. Shopping – Grappetite LLC is pleased to release a new updated and improved version of the GiftList gift planning app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that was updated earlier this Fall. GiftList 1.33 can be found on the GiftList webpage, on the Apple store. GiftList 1.33 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category.  Download From the App Store
  5. Social Networking – YeahWeKhan, LLC is proud to announce the release of Twoish 1.1, a minor update to the company’s popular dating app developed for iOS and Android devices. Ever felt tongue-tied on a date? Not because you were smitten, but only because you and your partner had nothing common to do or talk about. That’s the pitfall of online dating apps that allow users to swipe right or left based on looks. A few online chats are not enough to reveal someone’s personality to ensure a successful date. However, Twoish, the new kid on the dating block, breaks away from the conventional format of dating apps by enabling users to choose each other based on events they’d like to attend in an area. Twoish app is currently available for free on the App Store under the ‘Social Networking’ category. Download from the App Store
  6. Lifestyle – Beutics, a new flagship on-demand service app was recently launched as a pilot in 3 cities of UAE. The app has been smartly designed to be used by anyone and offers well-thought conveniences and delightful ways to save. The app functions as a marketplace to help users find the finest salon, spa, fitness, clinical aesthetics, and home services in areas around them: a model that connects beauty and fitness enthusiasts with opportunity-seeking service providers. The app brings the much-required visibility and harmony into an industry that is highly fragmented and disorganized. The service industry is known to be very demanding and Beutics technology disrupts the status quo by helping people embrace change and choices effortlessly. Beutics 1.1 is currently available for free on the App Store under the Lifestyle category and Google Play under the Beauty category. Download User App from the App Store
  7. Games – Starmaps, LLC is proud to announce the immediate release and availability of Cipher Set 1.1, their puzzle game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Cipher Set is a puzzle game composed of nearly 100 levels. It is built with the player’s thought-process in mind to convey a specific idea through a moment of epiphany, with plenty of fun surprises. The difficulty comes not from needless complexity or tedious length, but from thoughtful design and clever solutions to perceived impossibilities. Cipher Set is non-linear, with levels that can be explored and completed in many orders. The rules of play are discovered along the way, with new operations introduced in subsequent levels.  Cipher Set 1.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A convenient in-app purchase of $1.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) is available to unlock the full game. Cipher Set 1.1
  8. Social Networking – Wekthor, a new app startup, has launched its new mobile app Maja for free worldwide. Maja was designed specifically to change the way that people interact with their neighbors, ask for favors and help, and build stronger communities worldwide. The way the app works is simple. Users log in and then send requests for help from their nearby neighbors and community members. With a simple, easy-to-use interface, requests for help can be sent in just seconds and tagged with a user’s location and other information. It’s as easy as writing a request and pressing a button. Maja 1.0.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Social Networking category.  Download from the App Store
  9. Artifex Software Inc., developers of the SmartOffice family of products is pleased to announce the release of a tiered premium plan for the popular mobile office editing and PDF viewer app, SmartOffice. SmartOffice 3.6.12

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 11/2019

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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 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 380 entries. More than 140 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.

iOS Apps November 2019

  1. Games – Pavel Guzenko at ByteyBeasts has announced his completely reworked game, Headless D 2.6 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Previously released on iOS the game is free now. With simple controls and real-time action it’s a perfect single-player game for people in a hurry. Set in Fantasy world you control headless hero and explore randomly generated dungeon, full of dangerous traps, bloodthirsty monsters, and vicious bosses. Headless D 2.6 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download From the App Store
  2. Shopping – MyGiftListApp.com is pleased to release an updated and improved version of their gift planning app introduced late last year. GiftList 1.2 can be found on the GiftList webpage, on the Apple store, or on the Google Play store. GiftList 1.2 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category. Download From the App Store
  3. Lifestyle – Eureka.Fun LLC is proud to announce the launch of Eureka Dating App 1.1, their online dating apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Eureka Love makes 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 the Eureka Dating App. Eureka Dating App 1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from the App Store
  4. Shopping – Monolith Technologies, announced the international release of its popular ShopSavvy App. This release includes international markets including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France. The ShopSavvy App has over 40 million downloads worldwide is the leading shopping app for holiday season deal hunters. Further markets and international release on Android coming soon. ShopSavvy 14.7.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category. Download from the App Store
  5. Utility – Michigan based entrepreneur, Rachel Cash is proud to announce the release of Elroi VPN Secure & Unlimited for iOS and Android devices. The World Wide Web is a strange place – it has created a world without barriers yet there are geographical and data restrictions that prevent you from browsing all the content available on the internet. For example, if you are in Austria, you may not be able to access the US or Indian Netflix, and vice-versa. Similarly, a lot of content on YouTube is location-based and you may not be able to view the desired video if you are in a restricted location. Elroi 1.2 is currently available for free on the App Store under the Utilities category under the Tools category. Download from the App Store
  6. Games – Ubisoft announced that Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos (v1.0.109) is now available for free on iOS and Android devices. Developed by Playcrab, the game brings the high-fantasy universe of Heroes of Might & Magic in a deep strategy gameplay experience tailored for mobile. Featuring nine modes, the game offers players near-endless challenges as they build an army of iconic Might and Magic heroes and creatures. Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos (v1.0.109) is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available through the App Store in the Games category (Requires a compatible smartphone and an online connection). Download from the App Store

Xwavesoft Mac Software Sale

Xwavesoft, of Odessa, Ukraine, follows the established Black Friday tradition and offers a 60% discount on its well known and highly rated products such as Be Focused, Cloud Outliner, Focus Matrix, Daily Habits and other. From Tuesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 3, all Xwavesoft’s productivity applications will be offered at 60% discount (see Xwave Black Friday Sale) on both iOS and Mac App Stores.

Since everyone has a tight schedule and always pressed for time, Xwavesoft team are delighted to introduce applications where the latest productivity principles and techniques are incorporated to keep people more efficient. These apps increase personal productivity and helps to focus on things that really matter.

Pricing and Availability:
* Be Focused Pro (iOS) – $1.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* Be Focused Pro (Mac) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99 (USD)
* Christmas Gift List (iOS) – $1.99 (USD) – now $0.99(USD)
* Focus Matrix (iOS) – $2.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* Focus Matrix (Mac) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99(USD)
* Cloud Outliner (iOS) – $2.99(USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* Cloud Outliner (Mac) – $9.99 (USD) – now $3.99 (USD)
* Daily Habits (iOS) – $2.99 (USD) – now $0.99(USD)
* Chrono Plus (iOS) – $1.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* Chrono Plus (Mac) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99 (USD)
* Top Contacts (iOS) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99(USD)
* Top Contacts (Mac) – $9.99 (USD) – now $4.99(USD)
* Guest List Organizer (iOS) – $2.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* Guest List Organizer (Mac) – $9.99 (USD) – now $3.99 (USD)
* eXtra Voice Recorder (iOS) – $1.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
* eXtra Voice Recorder (Mac) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99 (USD)
* Magic Cutter (Mac) – $9.99 (USD) – now $3.99 (USD)

The discount in the Mac App Store and iOS App Store is valid from Tuesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 3.

 


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


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


 

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


 

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 08/2019

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I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. Starting with the June 2019 list I have expanded the coverage to include many more titles for macOS. This month I have decided to change the format again.

Moving forward, I will continue to post free iOS software, but macOS software will be compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing every month and I think this will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to lookup Mac software. The table with the first 22 entries can be found on the macOS Software page.

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

You may find some of these programs of interest. I have also attempted to mark which Apple OS the title is targeted at (iOS, macOS, tvOS) as well as the category of the App.

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.

August 2019

  1. macOS/Browser – SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source Web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes. Free from the developer website
  2. macOS/Browser – Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Free from the developer website
  3. macOS/Browser – Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want. Free from the developer website
  4. macOS/Browser – Chromium-based release of Microsoft Edge for macOS platform. This is a Microsoft’s take in Open-Source browser wars. It supports Chrome extensions and brings Microsoft’s special sauce in a form of Privacy Controls, IE Mode that uses rendering engine of Internet Explorer that will allow businesses to load old sites, Collections feature for collecting images, text, and general notes from the web, Reading view, Sync with mobile devices, built-in translator, Dark Mode and more. Free from the developer website
  5. macOS/Browser – OmniWeb is designed to provide you with the best user experience you’ll find in a Web browser. Free from the developer website
  6. macOS/Browser – Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. Free from the developer website
  7. macOS/Photography – Mylio keeps all your photos organized and at your fingertips, bringing the million moments of your life back together again in a Life Calendar. Free from the developer website
  8. macOS/Games – SMasterMind is a game in which you have a certain number of guesses to figure out the color-pattern combination of four colored pins by the process of elimination. The game is in French and English. Free from the developer website
  9. macOS/Utility – iTerm is a fork of the older iTerm project. iTerm is a Terminal replacement and the successor of iTerm. It focuses on speed, internationalization, and building new features to improve your life. Free from the developer website
  10. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Free from the developer website
  11. macOS/Communications – Signal is fast, simple, secure messaging for the desktop. It now runs independently of your browser, so, if you’re a Firefox or Safari user, you don’t need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer anymore; if you’re a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open. Free from the developer website
  12. macOS/Run Android Apps – BlueStacks App Player lets you run your Android apps fast and fullscreen on your Mac. Free from the developer website
  13. macOS/Music – Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website 
  14. macOS/Web Server – This is a PHP module for the Apache Web server included in OS X. PHP is a server-side, cross-platform scripting language. PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Free from the developer website
  15. macOS/Graphics, Photography – SVG Converter – A simple tool designed to convert SVG files to PDF, PNG, JPEG or TIFF. Free from the developer website
  16. macOS/Web Server – Bitnami Phabricator creates a self-contained Phabricator installation that is fully configured, together with all the necessary dependencies (Apache, MySQL, PHP, and phpMyAdmin). Free from the developer website
  17. macOS/Graphics – Krita is a free, Open-Source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike. Free from the developer website
  18. macOS/Utility – Scheduler is a utility that allows you to schedule reminders, application and AppleScript applet launches, and the automatic download of Web pages or files using your favorite Web browser. Free from the developer website
  19. macOS/Productivity – QOwnNotes is the open source (GPL) plain-text file markdown note taking application for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Patrizio Bekerle (pbek on GitHub and IRC), that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud or Nextcloud. Free from the developer website
  20. macOS/Productivity – Itsycal is a tiny calendar for your menu bar. If you want, it will display your appointments and serve as a companion to the Mac Calendar app. You can move Itsycal in the menu bar just like the built-in Apple menu extras by holding down the Command key and dragging. Free from the developer website
  21. macOS/Utility – FontForge allows you to create and edit fonts in many formats: OpenType, TrueType, AAT, PostScript, Multiple Master, CID-Keyed, SVG, and various bitmap formats. It isn’t a regular Mac application. It has been in development since 2001 as a UNIX application, so don’t expect it to look and behave like a normal Mac application. It runs on Macs thanks to a UNIX-compatibility layer called X11. Free from the developer website
  22. macOS/Productivity – Any.do lets you capture thoughts, break big projects to small tasks, and share lists with the people around you. From planning an awesome vacation, to organizing a big project at work, or sharing a shopping list with a loved one – Any.do makes it easy to keep your life organized in one place. It seamlessly syncs between your mobile, desktop, web, and tablet so you, and everyone around you, can access it from anywhere. Free from the developer website
  23. macOS/Miscellaneous – Dispatch is a powerful, feature-rich booking management tool for the chauffeur service, limousine hire, and private hire industry. Free on the Mac App Store
  24. macOS/Games – Warspear Online lets you create a hero and battle monsters in a classic 2D MMORPG that has gained popularity with millions of players worldwide! In Arinar, a fantasy world concealed with challenges, your Hero will fight to win skillfully crafted weapons, armor, magic artifacts, and vast fortunes of gold. Free from the developer website
  25. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – FreeChat for WhatsApp lets you access WhatsApp conveniently. You’ll never miss a message! Free from the Mac App Store
  26. macOS/Finance – Budget Planning is a smart budgeting instrument to control and save personal finances for better profit. 
  27. macOS/Communications – Babelnet is a secure messaging enterprise strength platform for end-to-end encrypted communication via instant data messaging. It lets you attach and send documents and files securely — and all cross-platform. Available in free personal Babelnet as well as paid enterprise Babelnet Pro versions, Babelnet is a must-have for anyone wanting peace of mind when it comes to the security of their communication, and who needs to keep their communication safe and “off the radar” from outside threats — from simple eavesdropping to industrial espionage. Free from the developer website
  28. macOS/Astronomy – SkyORB 3D is a 3D planetarium, including star-gazing and epheremis, based from V3X.net engine. It features a modern 3D interface, search engine, a large catalog of stars, planets, moons and updatable comets and asteroids database, and lets you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth or from any planet from the solar system. Free on the Mac App Store
  29. macOS/Utility – With WinOnX 64 you can run your Windows applications on OS X without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. Just download WinOnX and you are ready to go within 2 minutes. Free from the Mac App Store
  30. macOS/Utility, Photography – GeoTag is a free OS X application that allows you to update image metadata with geolocation tags by panning and zooming in a map window and then clicking on the location where a photo was taken. It is a good way to add location information to photos or fine tune existing location information. Free from the developer website
  31. macOS/Developer – Figma is an interface design tool with real-time collaboration. Free from the developer website
  32. macOS/Productivity – SUNRISE Contacts 2019 is an organising tool for all things related to contacts (e.g., names and addresses) and general information (URLs, video files, documents etc.). Do you also have a business to run? This tool will cater to business users with built-in invoice maker or send direct to PayPal and QuickBooks, as well as a free currency converter (relying on the data supplied by the European Central Bank). And if you send direct to QuickBooks, you have access to the full Chart of Accounts. Free from the developer website
  33. macOS/Web development – Drupal is one of the most versatile open source content management systems on the market. Over a thousand developers contributed to the code in the most recent version. Drupal is built for high performance and is scalable to many servers, has easy integration via REST, JSON, SOAP and other formats, and features a whopping 15,000 plugins to extend and customize the application for just about any type of website. You won’t feel alone if you use Drupal; the hundreds of thousands of Drupal users around the world have built a very robust community with local meetups and global user conferences. Free from the developer website
  34. macOS/Web development – Integrity checks the links and images on your site. Feed Integrity your homepage URL and it will follow internal links to find all of your pages, checking each link and reporting the server response code for each. Free from the developer website
  35. macOS/Software development – Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool – supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows – in the Visual Studio family. Free from the developer website
  36. macOS/Programming – Visual Studio is a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS to build apps for mobile, Web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity. Use Visual Studio to develop apps for Android, macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Web, and cloud. Code fast, debug, and diagnose with ease, test often, and release with confidence. Use version control, be agile, and collaborate efficiently with this new release. Free from the developer website
  37. macOS/Software development – Racket is a popular variant of the Scheme programming language. Free from the developer website
  38. macOS/FTP client – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.years] [I have used this App for several years] Free from the developer website
  39. macOS/Education – Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. Free from the developer website
  40. macOS/Communication, Collaboration – Rocket.Chat is a Web chat server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor full-stack framework. It is a great solution for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service or for developers looking forward to build and evolve their own chat platforms. With Rocket.Chat, you can send group message, send 1:1 message, share files, integrate with your favorite products, and more! Free from the developer website
  41. macOS/Utility – Dejal Systems, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Time Out 2.6, an important update to their popular break reminder app for macOS. This free app sits in the background tracking the last time the user took a break. At regular intervals, it reminds users to take a short respite from their current tasks. Users can take the time to stand, stretch, and move around a bit, in order to refresh themselves. They can also schedule both long and short breaks, offering flexibility for the user’s own personal preferences. Time Out 2.6 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations.  Download from the Mac App Store
  42. macOS/Music – MidiPipe is freeware and comes with no warranties. MidiPipe can be useful in a music studio or live on stage to route, map, filter, convert, display, input and output MIDI messages in real-time. Free from the developer website
  43. macOS/Media – Luxriot EVO Thin Client is a free OS X application that allows you to access Luxriot EVO Servers’ live and recorded video streams. This easy to use application allows simultaneous multiple camera monitoring. You are always in control of the situation with Luxriot EVO Thin Client. Free from the developer website 
  44. macOS/Media Server – Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use. Free from the developer website
  45. macOS/Games – Toribash is a turn-based fighting game. Create your own martial arts movies in single player sandbox mode, or join the competition in the multi player modes. Free from the developer website
  46. macOS/Music  Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website
  47. macOS/Games – The Battle.net desktop app from Blizzard is your gateway to all things Blizzard. Free from the developer website
  48. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – KakaoTalk is an easy, no-cost messenger that transcends standard chat. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. Free from the developer website
  49. macOS/Utility – Apowersoft Mac Screenshot enables you to take screenshot of anything displayed on your screen in PNG, JPG, BMP, etc. You can use it to capture the full screen, menus, application windows, webpages, etc. Apart from taking screenshot, you can also annotate the screenshot with lines, texts, arrows to mark up some important parts or use the blur tool to cover private information on the screenshot. In addition, the function of making annotation while recording is also added to this program. With it, you can insert arrows, highlight, text, lines to the screencast to make your recording more vivid. Free from the developer website
  50. macOS/Maps – Router allows you to view .GPX, .TCX, .KML, and .FIT route files. Free from the developer website
  51. macOS/Games – Nestopia is a Nintendo NES emulator for Mac OS X. Nestopia is by far the most compatible of any NES emulator for Mac OS X. Using cycle-exact emulation, it is able to run titles that rely on precise timing, and which therefore break under other emulators. It supports five extra sound chips and an astonishing 143 mappers. This accurate emulation comes at a cost; Nestopia requires an 800MHz machine for full speed; but if you have one, this the best available NES emulation for Mac.  Nestopia was initially developed for Windows by Martin Freij. The original sources may be downloaded from the Nestopia home page. Free from the developer website
  52. macOS/Education – Eigenmath is a symbolic math program for people who need to compute with symbols as well as numbers. What you get is a toolbox of basic functions that can be put together to solve problems involving polynomials, calculus, and linear algebra. Eigenmath is easy to use. Everything is explained in ten help pages. If you are a student or someone who needs to solve math problems regularly, Eigenmath may turn out to be an app that you use every day. Free from the developer website
  53. macOS/Utility – Turn your monitor into a realistic space shuttle window! Our planet looks exactly as it’s seen by astronauts. You see the blackness of outer space with sparks of stars on it. You are flying around the Earth, a colorful ball with a veil of atmosphere. Free on the Mac App Store
  54. macOS/Network – WiFi Explorer Lite is a wireless network discovery tool that can help you identify channel conflicts and basic configuration problems that may be affecting the connectivity or performance of your home or office Wi-Fi network. Free from the developer website
  55. macOS/Productivity – MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mind mapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life – and iCloud sharing means you always have your mind maps with you. MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird’s-eye view of your project. The clutter-free interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your project gets, MindNode can keep up. Free on the Mac App Store
  56. macOS/Web Server – XAMPP for Mac OS X is the simplest, most practical and most complete webserver solution for Mac OS X. The distribution includes an Apache 2 Web server, integrated with the latest builds of MySQL, PHP (both 4 and 5) and Perl. It comes as a Mac OS X Installer package which contains all the necessary files and requires no dependencies. Free from the developer website
  57. macOS/Network – Angry IP Scanner is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports as well as has many other features. It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere. Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. Free from the developer website
  58. macOS/Facebook – Caprine is an elegant, unofficial Facebook-Messenger app with many useful features. Free from the developer website
  59. macOS/FTP – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Free from the developer website
  60. macOS/Games – Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more! Free from the developer website
  61. macOS/Mail – Postman allows you to securely share, sync and collaborate on your APIs with Postman Cloud for teams. Free from the developer website
  62. macOS/Mail – Missive brings a sleek and more streamlined email collaboration process. With native notifications, unseen Dock badges, and a clean UI, you can now close that browser tab and ditch your old email app for good (psst, make sure to set Missive as your default email client in the settings). Free from the developer website
  63. macOS/Mail – MailPluginFix will help you to fix any incompatible Mail.app plugin after an update of OS X. It patches all broken plugins with the current UIDs and also enables them again. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  64. macOS/Video – MKVtoolnix is a set of tools to create, alter, and inspect Matroska files under OS X, Linux and other Unices, and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some. Free from the developer website
  65. macOS/Photography – Achroma SX helps professional and amateur photographers remove colors from their images using either a simplified preset color selection mode or an advanced mode that allows total control of the selected color ranges. The software features a simple user interface, gesture-based tray management, and options for sharing your output movie with other applications or various photo-centric internet services. Achroma. Free from the developer website
  66. macOS/Photography – Solarize SX lets users add the Sabattier Effect to an image without altering the original. Along with multiple solarization tone curves, the software provides functions for printing, exporting, and sharing output images with other applications or photo-centric internet services. Free from the developer website
  67. macOS/Video – Summarize SX creates a contact sheet that summarizes all or part of your movies. Users can interactively examine the contact sheet, display individual frames, create a slide show, print, images and share contact sheets with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  68. macOS/Photography – One Color SX remaps the colors in your image so they all fall within the shades of a single color. The software also provides batch processing functions for printing, exporting, creating slide shows, and sharing output images with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  69. macOS/Git – GitKraken is a cross-platform Git client with efficiency, elegance, and reliability at its core. It was made for devs, by devs. GitKraken makes Git commands and processes easy, fast, and intuitive. Enjoy a visually appealing experience that requires fewer interactions, allows for more fluid workflows, and provides total functionality. Free from the developer website
  70. macOS/Utility – ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step. Free from the developer website
  71. macOS/PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you’ve probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web, you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window.  Free from the developer website
  72. macOS/Business – Manager is accounting software for small business. Free from the developer website
  73. macOS/Backup – IDrive is a user-friendly, secure, and reliable application that performs automated online backup of your files and folders. Free from the developer website
  74. macOS/PDF – FoneDog PDF Compressor is a free tool to compress PDF to reduce your file size. It is easy to use. Drag and drop your file, wait a few seconds while it shrinks, and download it with a single click. The process is quick and secure. it is an offline desktop version so no one has access to your files and privacy is 100% guaranteed. Reduce your scanned PDF files to the best dpi which is perfect for uploading files to the web and through email. Use FoneDog PDF Compressor to Keep Perfect Quality, Less File Size for your PDF files. Free from the developer website
  75. macOS/Editor – Atom is a desktop text editor application based on web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. Open the dev tools, however, and Atom’s web-based core shines through. Whether you’re tweaking the look of Atom’s interface with CSS or adding major features with HTML and JavaScript, it’s never been easier to take control of your editor. Free from the developer website
  76. macOS/Utility – Whether you’re remodeling, renovating, or designing your dream home, Planner 5D has you covered! Create detailed 2D & 3D floor plans, browse a 3000+ item catalog, and create photo-realistic images of your projects. Free from the Mac App Store
  77. macOS/Network, Communications – Keybase helps you perform cryptographically-secure operations with people you know on the Internet: chatting, file sharing, even publishing public documents. It’s all easier and safer with Keybase. Just download the app, create an account, and connect to one or more of your social identities. Free from the developer website
  78. macOS/Mail – Mailbutler is your personal assistant for efficient and productive work with Apple Mail. With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes, and streamlines working with emails in your daily life. Use it for business or private purposes — Mailbutler will become an indispensable, reliable servant once you start using it. Free from the developer website
  79. macOS/Utility – Clock mini is an elegant clock utility in the dock. Free from the Mac App Store
  80. iOS/File Sharing – Econ Technologies today releases InterConneX 2.0, an update to its popular file storage, management, and sharing app for iPad and iPhone.. InterConneX 2.0 introduces direct cloud support for Backblaze B2, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and SFTP Servers. The reinvented App offers an Adaptive Interface on iPad for full multi-tasking support to create a robust file management experience on iOS. Since InterConneX can share documents with your Apps, you can open Pages or Numbers Documents right on your ChronoAgent Mac, make changes and save them back. Then share them to your Backblaze B2 Bucket all linked via InterConneX. InterConneX is the file storage, file management, and file sharing app for the iPhone, iPad, and cloud. InterConneX is a free app for all your iOS devices. Download from the App Store
  81. iOS/Games – Long View Labs Limited today is proud to announce the release of Proverbidioms 2.0.0 for IOS and Android. Proverbidioms is based on the famous ‘Proverbidioms’ series of paintings by American artist T. E. Breitenbach that illustrate hundreds of everyday English idioms painted literally such as “break the ice”, “ants in the pants” and “butterflies in the stomach.” The aim of the game is for players to find as many idioms as they can using a built-in guided list. Proverbidioms 2.0.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. The app contains in-app purchases to let players unlock more idioms and paintings. Download from the App Store
  82. iOS/Games – Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneur Huda Al Enezi is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. The mobile game doesn’t just entertain but also enhances the player’s shopping experience. The game combines the famous color matching gaming model with exciting shopping opportunities that help the players save money big-time. 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 is free and is available world wide through the App Store.  Download from the App Store
  83. macOS/Programming – Logtalk is an Open-Source, object-oriented logic programming language that extends and leverages the Prolog language with a feature set suitable for programming in-the-large. Free from the developer website
  84. macOS/Programming – Thonny is a Python IDE meant for learning programming. Free from the developer website
  85. macOS/File Sharing – Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keeps them up-to-date between systems. Free from the developer website
  86. macOS/VPN – IPSecuritas is an IPSec client with graphical user interface that allows easy setup of secure VPN connections over the internet. IPSec is an official standard of the Internet Engineering Task Force and has been widely adopted by router and firewall manufacturers. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  87. macOS/PDF – PDFLight – leveraging Dalim Software’s award-winning cross-media workflow, TWIST–brings intuitive, high-end PDF optimisation to every desktop! Whether it is a multi-page business report, sophisticated corporate presentation, or your resume, the size savings achieved through PDFLight and the ultra-fast, high-quality display of graphics and text–even on tablets and smart phones–are equally impressive. By reducing PDF file sizes to an absolute minimum while maintaining exceptional display performance, the very intuitive PDFLight is one of our many contributions to a greener future! Free from the developer website
  88. macOS/Passwords – Dashlane is an award-winning service that revolutionizes the online experience by replacing the drudgery of everyday transactional processes with convenient, automated simplicity – in other words, letting you get to the good stuff faster. Free from the developer website
  89. macOS/Passwords – RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security. Free from the developer website
  90. macOS/Virtualization – WineBottler allows users to bottle Windows applications as Mac apps. Free from the developer website
  91. macOS/Games – Letterpress is a beautifully designed word game with crisp, intuitive play. Free on the Mac App Store
  92. macOS/Productivity – Meet Focus, the time manager that helps you beat procrastination and get your stuff done. It is an excellent tool for helping students, professionals, and creatives to be more productive while working on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and the Mac. The useful productivity timer will win you over with its comprehensive set of features, attractive design and ease of use. Free on the Mac App Store
  93. macOS/Git – GitHub Desktop allows developers to synchronize branches, clone repositories, and more. Pull requests, merge button, fork queue, issues, pages, wiki: all awesome features that make sharing easier. But those things are only great after you’ve pushed your code to GitHub. Free from the developer website
  94. macOS/Backup – FreeFileSync is a free backup app that helps you compare and synchronize files and folders on Windows, Linux, and OS X. It is designed to save time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way. Free from the developer website
  95. macOS/Flight – Safelog can be used by student and recreational pilots through senior airline captains and military pilots worldwide. Safelog is also institutionally in use at hundreds of flight schools, airlines, corporate and helicopter operators, and more. It’s an easy to use, feature-rich, powerful system. Stay current, organized, and legal! It’s a powerful, proven, integrated, and easy to use system in use by tens of thousands of pilots worldwide from Cessna 150s and Robinson R22s through Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Free from the developer website
  96. macOS/Maintenance – DisplayCAL is a graphical user interface developed by Florian Höch for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system developed by Graeme Gill. Free from the developer website
  97. macOS/Mail – Shift eliminates all that switching between Gmail accounts. Shift into a higher gear with the email client that makes navigating between Mail, Calendar, and Drive accounts fast, easy, and beautiful. Free from the developer website
  98. macOS/Productivity – Notenik is a simple-but-powerful system for taking, collecting, and referencing notes. Each note is stored as a plain text file. Notes can contain multiple fields. A link field and tags are included by default. Free from the developer website
  99. macOS/System – iBoostUp is a system optimizer that monitors and corrects system performance problems. It tunes up and optimizes your Mac by purging unneeded files, fixing your hard disk, giving you performance recommendations, protecting your privacy by removing cookies, displaying system information and much more! Free from the developer website
  100. iOS/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

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.