Category Archives: iOS

Product Review – Pluto TV

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Product ReviewWeb Tools – I categorized this as a ‘web tool’ as it has a web component, but it is really more than simply that. I have known about Pluto TV for a while, but I was reminded of it at the July CapMac meeting where it was mentioned in the presentation on “Streaming TV” services. Many people are ‘cutting the cord’ and doing away with cable services and choosing a streaming option. Pluto TV is one of those options.

Pluto is a free streaming service that has been around since 2013. At the time of this article, it has more than 75 content partners, with over 100 free channels to choose from. Estimates are that more than 6 million use it every month. Pluto TV generates revenue through advertisements displayed to viewers.

A few of the current channels are shown in the image above. Channels are grouped into categories such as News, Sports, Movies, Entertainment, Comedy, Chill Out, Life + Style, and Geek + Gaming. There are also several internet radio stations offered. Some, mostly movie, on-demand content is available in addition to the scheduled programs. You can check out what is currently playing here.  The programming available through Pluto TV is included in the listings within the Apple TV App in the US.

You can view programs from Pluto TV through your web browser, or by downloading the Pluto TV App to your Apple TV or iOS device. Pluto TV can also be viewed via several other devices: Roku, Visio, Samsung, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Playstation, and Chromecast.

I do recommend this service/App – I have the App installed on my iPad and Apple TV. Since it is free, I think it is a good option to add.

Pros:

  1. Free
  2. 100+ channels
  3. Available on many different platforms
  4. Has on-demand content

Cons:

  1. Limited current content
  2. Content partners are, for the most part, not mainstream
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macOS New App Release – Creo 1.0

Product AnnouncementsCreolabs of Parma, Italy has released Creo 1.0 their next generation mobile app development platform for MacOS. Creo combines the Design and Development process into a single easy to use application. Traditional mobile app creation process is split between the design process and the development process, Creo merges the two separated steps into a single tool which enables you to focus on what makes your app unique instead of wasting time building a nonfunctional prototype or writing the same code to perform the most common operations.

Creo offers drag-and-drop controls, classes, and objects that can be configured using a very intuitive interface. Complex app navigation hierarchies and windows can be easily created with just few mouse clicks. While building the app’s interface, the user is also effectively building a native app. Creo uses Creolabs CreoKIT Objective-C/Swift native framework that enables Creo to execute any iOS code, (Android coming soon) directly on MacOS. This powerful technology offers a way to preview your running code directly in the Creo app.

While Creo offers an easy way to preview mobile application code on the Mac, it also offers a native iOS app that can run the Creo code developed on the Mac, so developers can get a true feel for how their code will look on the target device. Testing Creo apps directly on a mobile device is as simple as making sure both the mobile device and the Mac are on the same network, running the Creo player app on the mobile device, and pressing the “Send” key on the Mac app. The app transfers to the device and runs as any native mobile app normally would.

“Designing and developing mobile apps with traditional tools has always been an involved and time-consuming process,” says Marco Bambini, founder of Creolabs. “With Creo, we have created a better development tool that streamlines the app development process. By allowing users to combine the design and code process into one workflow, we are enhancing their app development methodology.”

Creo developed the CreoKit framework to allow the execution of iOS and Android code on a MacOS without making any major changes. The framework allows developers to design and develop their apps, and then immediately test them directly on their Mac. The CreoKit framework is also available for licensing as a standalone product for developers, offering a way for them to easily port their mobile apps to the MacOS in just a few minutes.

“We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, but we knew we needed a way for the Creo development tool to execute mobile code on the MacOS,” adds Marco. “We knew we needed to come up with a way to merge design with code to give developers the ability to preview the app directly on their Mac, that’s when CreoKit was born.”

Creo 1.0 is just $99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Creolabs website.

FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 06/2018

I have been maintaining a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X. 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.

June 2018

  1. iOS/Games – Developer Dhanush Gowda is proud to announce the release of Black and White: Reflex game 2.0 his new game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The aim of building mobile games is to provide more and more fun to the player. The technological world is full of various kinds of games which belong’s to different categories. Some of the mobile games requires good attention and can’t be played without that. So playing the those game is all about attention. To offer this Black and White game is for you. Black and White: Reflex game 2.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from App Store
  2. iOS/Games – Strategy gamers across the world had better start stretching their fingers because mobile gaming publisher Flaregames today announced that its multiplayer strategy dueler Flick Arena is now available globally on the App Store. Launched as the first title in the Flaregames Accelerator programme, Flick Arena is a real-time PvP multiplayer game of strategy and wits in which players build their unit loadout to go head-to-head with other gamers in epic quickfire duels. The aim of the game: to kill the enemy King or eliminate all his minions to win Trophies and progress up the game’s leaderboards. Flick Arena 3.8.2 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  3. iOS/Games – Play Logik today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Football Forever, their latest mobile game for Android, iOS, and Facebook Instant Games. Football Forever is a great little game focusing on just getting the ball into the back of the net. Simple controls, no instructions needed, just get the ball where it belongs, and then keep doing it! Launching worldwide in 9 languages, Football Forever is a brilliantly unique game that will help get you in the mood for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Football Forever (1.0) is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  4. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is glad to announce that an addictive tiles slide puzzle game – Push Sushi 1.0, is now available on iOS and Android devices all over the world. Push Sushi 1.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download on App Store
  5. iOS/Productivity – ABBYY(R), a global provider of content intelligence solutions and services, today announced a major update to TextGrabber for iOS. The application now translates text in real time online and offline and is free to download with a premium subscription for a number of features. TextGrabber 6.8 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Download from iTunes
  6. iOS/Weather – Lakehorn AG is pleased to announce the release of their new app WeatherSelfie for all iOS devices. WeatherSelfie helps you create your own weather forecast by analysing the current weather conditions and clouds at your location. WeatherSelfie 1.1.1 is a free, ad-supported download from the App Store in the weather category. The ad banner can be removed with a one time in-app purchase for $0.99 (USD). More features exclusive to the ad-free mode will be added soon! Download from iTunes
  7. macOS/Utility – Independent development team, CoreCode today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of MacUpdater 1.2.7, their new app updating utility for macOS. MacUpdater scans any Mac’s Application folder, quickly identifying installed applications that have updates available. Apps can then be updated with just a few clicks of the mouse. MacUpdater 1.2.7 is a free download and is available worldwide exclusively through the CoreCode website. Users can scan for updates for free and update up to 10 apps for free. Users can pay $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) to unlock the ability to update additional apps. Download MacUpdater
  8. iOS/Travel – LastThink is proud to announce the release of Catchit Road – Speed Control 1.0, their new travel app designed for iOS devices. Catchit Road is a perfect tool for drivers. It can make your driving far easier and safer than ever. This GPS Mapquest based road app will help you get rid of any road rage you may have while driving, as it will notify you about anything happening on the road. Catchit Road – Speed Control 1.0 is free (With In-App Purchases) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Catchit Road – Speed Control 1.0
  9. macOS/Graphics & Design – Independent development team, River SRL today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Sparkle 2.6.1, an important update to their visual web designer for macOS systems. Sparkle allows anyone to easily build beautiful, GDPR-complaint websites with no knowledge of HTML or CSS, and no need to be restrained by canned templates or pre-built layouts. Sparkle 2.6.1 is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. The app is also available from the Sparkle website. Expanded capabilities are available as one-time purchases. Download on the Mac App Store
  10. iOS/Business – The world is going electronic; some places faster than others. If you want to keep up with today’s rapid paced negotiations and deal sealers, you have to play the electronic documents way. No more printing hard copies, signing, scanning and then sending. Who has time for that? What you need is a solid electronic signature app that lets you complete documents, sign them quickly and send them on their way – so you get the deal first. The app that lets you do this best is KeepSolid Sign. Download for free from the App Store
  11. iOS/Games – Civilizations across time have differed in what they created, how they evolved and what they accomplished. But they all have one thing in common, man’s desire to rule. It’s been there from the very beginning, and in Rise of Civilization, you can put yourself in the shoes of someone who hails from a time lost to us, to build up and rise in power and conquer enemies who stand in your way. Download for free from the App Store
  12. iOS/Business – WhenWorks LLC is pleased to announce its new iOS app and web service designed to simplify the process of scheduling a meetings with others. WhenWorks eliminates back-and-forth emails by allowing others to book time with you online, only when you’re free and only during time slots you’ve defined.  WhenWorks is available free on the App Store. All of its features can be used for free but heavy-users (based on the number of meetings booked each month) must pay a subscription fee for the Pro version. Download from iTunes
  13. iOS/Business – Independent development team i2e Consulting today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Project Planning Pro 3.4.3, an important update to their project and task management app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app allows anyone to quickly create a new project plan by entering tasks, their durations, and their start dates. Users can use simple touch-based gestures to edit and update tasks via the app’s interactive Gantt chart. Project Planning Pro 3.4.3 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. The free version allows users to create one project. A convenient $24.99 in-app purchase offers the ability to create unlimited projects and removes all ads. Download from iTunes
  14. iOS/Games – StarSprite Studios is proud to announce the release of Super Candy Ball, the company’s unique fingertip match game developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Super Candy Ball is a new and different match game you won’t find anywhere else. In this fun, animated game, players must move candy balls so that they group freely to create explosive matches. Super Candy Ball is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  15. iOS/Productivity – SolarUp, the intuitive solar app designed to make project development easy for both consumer and solar professionals has just been released to the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Its user friendly interface allows easy access to a precision design, layout, and sizing tool with no to little training. SolarUp is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Download from App Store
  16. iOS/Games – Star Sprite is proud to announce the release of Happy Zoo Island -Match 3 Game 1.1, their entertaining game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Happy Zoo Island -Match 3 Game 1.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from App Store
  17. iOS/Games – Independent developer duo, Dan Fordham and Ziv Lazarovitch are proud to announce the release of Uppy Cup 2018, the ultimate keepy uppy game for iPhone, available now on the App Store! We’re proud to announce the launch of Uppy Cup 2018, a simple but very addictive keepy uppy football game, exclusively on iOS. Uppy Cup 2018 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Direct Download Link

macOS & iOS App Sale – Xwavesoft Summer Sale

Product AnnouncementXwavesoft of Odessa, Ukraine follows the established Summer Sale tradition and offers a 60% discount on its well known and highly rated products, such as Be Focused, Cloud Outliner, Focus Matrix, Daily Habits. From Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, June 15, all Xwavesoft’s productivity applications will be offered at 60% discount 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 help to focus on things that really matter naturally organizing plans, projects, and ideas in a clear way for faster goal achievement and better results.

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)
  • Cloud Outliner (iOS) – $2.99(USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
  • Cloud Outliner (Mac) – $9.99 (USD) – now $3.99 (USD)
  • Focus Matrix (iOS) – $2.99 (USD) – now $0.99 (USD)
  • Focus Matrix (Mac) – $4.99 (USD) – now $1.99(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)
  • 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, June 12 through Friday, June 15.

FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 05/2018

software

I have been maintaining a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X. 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.

May 2018

  1. macOS/Utilities – Sandkorn from Peter Borg Apps is a new and easy to use utility that shows you which of your macOS apps that are sandboxed. It also shows you what entitlements those apps have. Sandkorn is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Download from Mac App Store
  2. iOS/Health and Fitness – My Sports Dietitian has launched “Eat 2 Win” the unique time saving mobile app designed to empower athletes and their support team of professionals with the ability to quickly improve eating habits to deliver improved body weight, athletic performance and overall good health. This powerful tool enables a user at all levels of sports participation to build community, motivation and accountability while providing a variety of customized meal plans inclusive of vegan/vegetarian options along with 12,000 healthy restaurant choices. Eat 2 Win – Sports Nutrition 0.9.49 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category. Download from App Store
  3. macOS/Utilities – Miln is proud to announce the release and availability of Beyond, their new app that makes it easy to run a web server on macOS. Every Beyond document is a web server. Opening and closing a document starts and stops a web server. As a true Mac app, Beyond is built around a modern document based architecture. Beyond supports AppleScript, Automator, drag and drop, undo and redo, and everything users expect from a macOS application. Beyond is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A Beyond Membership is required to access advanced options, use the reachability service, and be automatically assigned a domain name. 1 year : 16.99 EUR / USD, 3 months : 6.99 EUR / USD Beyond Membership does not auto-renew. Access to the options and services ends when the membership period ends. Download from Mac App Store
  4. macOS/Utility – Johansson Design today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of their collection of Screen Savers for macOS. The collection offers a wide variety of animated modern, pop-culture inspired screen savers that are both practical and a fun form of self-expression. All of the Screen Savers by Johansson Design are free and are available worldwide exclusively through the Johansson Design website. While all of the screen savers are free to download, users can pay any amount they like if they’re feeling generous. Screen Savers by Johansson Design
  5. iOS/Games – Durdanto Studio is proud to announce the release of minimalist one finger hardcore platformer game “Almost There” created by Bony Yousuf. The game is now available worldwide on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.  Almost There 1.2 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Almost There: The Platformer 1.2
  6. iOS/Games – San Francisco Appcreate, LLC today announced the worldwide release and availability of Tic Tac Toe’, a mobile tic tac toe game played with bamboo. Players can now download the game globally for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Tic Tac Toe’ is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Tic Tac Toe’
  7. iOS/Games – Play Logik has just announced Strike: Free Kick Football, their latest mobile game for Android, iOS, and Facebook Instant Games. Strike: Free Kick Football is an elegant football game where the players aim is to score as many free kicks as they can, while avoiding a bunch of crazy defenders. With intuitive gameplay and an increasing level of difficulty, Strike: Free Kick Football is simple to play and frustrating to master. Launching worldwide in 9 languages, it’s the perfect game to celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Strike: Free Kick Football is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  8. iOS/Games – Internet Reshenia LLC today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Jumpy Kitten 1.1, a brand new kitten game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. In Jumpy Kitten, players must find all the cuties. They live in a beautiful house and have a lovely colours, happy, funny and interesting characters. There are several different levels to challenge the player including Garden, Living Room and Drawing Room. Players take the challenge to cut variety of balls to find every kitten. Jumpy Kitten 1.1 is completely free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Jumpy Kitten 1.1
  9. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is proud to announce that Aero Smash, an addictive flight shooting game with simple yet effective control scheme, is now making his debut on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices all over the world on 16th May. Aero Smash – open fire 1.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download on App Store
  10. iOS/Social Networking – The instant messaging app Telegram, featuring fast, private, easy and secure, is loved by many. It owes its popularity to end-to-end encryption and self-destructing messaging. However, the app sometimes is banned in some countries like Russia and Iran. Moreover, it was said that Telegram logs every pasted message to syslog in macOS, even when you are using secret chats. Fortunately, there are alternatives to Telegram. CoverMe Private Calls & Texts 2.9.0 is free. Download from App Store
  11. macOS/Productivity – Nektony is proud to announce the release of Startup Disk Full Fixer – a freeware app addressed to those Mac users who suffer from low disk space and regularly get annoying popups that “Startup Disk is almost full.” Generally, the first thing most Mac users do is to find and delete the biggest files. In fact, there are dozens of junk files on Mac that you can remove without regret. Startup Disk Full Fixer is Free to download and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in theProductivity category. Download from the Mac App Store
  12. macOS/Utilities – Nektony is proud to announce that, from today, Funter 4.0 is available for download from the Mac App Store. For users who prefer the convenience of getting apps through the App Store, this is the perfect time to download Funter – a freeware app addressed at those who are looking for the simplest way to show and find hidden files on Mac. Apps and web browsers on Mac create lots of unneeded files, which are hidden and might utilize significant disk space. Spotlight does not find such invisible and system files. But Funter allows you to find those hidden files, make them visible and easily operate them. Funter 4.0 is Free to download and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Download from the Mac App Store (macOS 10.13)
  13. macOS/Utilities – Nektony today is proud to announce the release of Duplicate File Finder version 5.3. The application is addressed to those who are looking for the simplest way to remove duplicate content on macOS. Apart from the main option, the app allows users to compare similar folders and merge them, to view duplicates’ removal history and even to select duplicates in bulk. Duplicate File Finder 5.3 is Free to download from the Mac App Store and allows the users to remove duplicates files. The Pro version is available with in-App purchase for $4.99 (USD) and allows the users to remove duplicate folders and merge folders. Download from the Mac App Store
  14. iOS/Education – Mezmedia is proud to launch their latest app – Bamba Birthday Cake. Kids can make the wackiest, messiest birthday cake and top it off with an awesome flaming candle! Then they can choose their party location, friends to join in and finally sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in a massive fireworks and confetti finale. And what birthday party is without presents? At the end of every party, a special gift is given with a surprise inside. There’s a lot of replay value in Bamba Birthday Cake. Bamba Birthday Cake (v1.0.1) is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category.  Download from iTunes
  15. iOS/Entertainment – Independent development team, Black Ridge Technologies Ltd. is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Gild – Colouring For Geeks 1.0.1, their premium adult coloring app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is aimed at fans of manga, fantasy, and science fiction, and features curated artwork from some of the most talented artists on Deviant Art and Art Station. Gild – Colouring For Geeks 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Convenient in-app purchases starting from $1.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) are available to unlock complete art collections. Customers must be at least 17 years old to download this app. Download from App Store
  16. iOS/Entertainment – Vidicons LLC, the US-based video equipment company, has recently launched Vidii – iMessage Video Sharing, an app that allows users to send short video bytes, just like GIFs, but even better. With the Vidii – iMessage Video Sharing app, users can now do much more than sharing an obscure emoji to share their reaction on a text message or video/picture post and would be able to express their feelings better with short videos, like GIFs, with sound clips. Vidii – iMessage Video Sharing 1.0 is currently available for Free on the App Store in the Entertainment category. Download from iTunes
  17. iOS/Social Networking – Technology startup Solo Tekk LLC has recently launched Batelz, a social video hosting app designed to foster social connections through safe and fun video challenges. Designed especially for the younger generation, the minimum age requirement for registering with Batelz is thirteen years. The app is currently available for Free on the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  18. iOS/Finance – While the concept has spread like wildfire, the notion of cryptocurrency can be daunting at best for many. However, if you are well versed in this variation of monetary manipulations, then you should seriously consider downloading Cryptosaur. While the app has nothing to do with dinosaurs, it packs a huge punch in terms of functionality and visibility into the crypto world, which is vital for those who trade this type of currency and are looking to make a few bucks. Download from the App Store
  19. iOS/Games – Kuyi Mobile today introduces Merch Tycoon, their new game title developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. How fast can you rack up $1 million? It all depends on your business decisions and finance management. Should you hire more manpower or invest on a new equipment? Should you spend on a new warehouse or use that budget for marketing? Merch Tycoon 1.0.7 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.  Merch Tycoon 1.0.7
  20. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is proud to announce that 2048 Beat 1.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, a cool music puzzle game with lovely animals and exciting music sounds, is now available all over the world. 2048 Beat 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download on App Store
  21. iOS/Social Networking – As a phone number stands for identity, there are times when is it necessary to call private without exposing your phone number sometimes, whether you’re getting quotes from car dealers, setting up an online dating account or returning a work call from your personal phone. How to call someone private, or hide your phone number when making a phone call? The best way would be getting a private calling app. CoverMe Private Calls & Texts 2.9.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from App Store
  22. iOS/Productivity – Architects and designers rejoice! What used to be Archipad has now evolved into Archisketch and presents a whole new world of designing features on your easy-to-take-with-you iPad. If you are as old as I am, you still remember seeing architects sitting at these large tilted desks, making their sketches and architectural layouts on large sheets of paper neatly arranged on the desk. People still use these desks, but imagine if you could sketch something quick, on the spot, because you were suddenly inspired by something you just saw.
    Free from the App Store. 
  23. iOS/Games – There’s no doubt that a strong command of any language you communicate in is a strength that cannot be measured. If you know the right words to use for any purpose, your purpose is well understood and you get results. You also get your point across better. You connect better. For those of us who use the English language extensively, we know all too well how social media is slowly destroying it, with users typing in words using spelling that does not even exist, just to type faster and use less characters. It’s no wonder that we’ve lost the ability to communicate clearly. Free from the App Store. 
  24. iOS/Health & Fitness – GreenTomatoMedia is proud to announce the new update 1.6 of Pause – Guided meditation and sleep story for iOS and Android devices. Pause is a meditation app in French and English with more than 20 hours of meditations sessions. In the last update, we added 10 sleep stories (both in French and English), and 30 relaxation sounds you can mix to help you fall asleep sooner. Pause, the 1st mobile app to help you stay zen throughout the day and sleep deeply at night. Pause – Guided Meditation (v1.6) is free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category. Download from iTunes
  25. iOS/Games ; Launching today on iOS, Space Pioneer has been developed by the award-winning game publisher and developer Vivid Games, creator of the Real Boxing series. The game prides itself on its infinite galaxies of gorgeous yet hostile worlds to explore, populated by swarms of ferocious aliens and complimented by a pulsating sci-fi electro-pop soundtrack. Space Pioneer 1.0.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  26. iOS/Utilities – Internet connectivity is required for so much of what we do, whether it be for work or play. If you are accessing via a secure network, such as from home or the office, you know that you’re fairly protected from unwanted eyes. However, if you are using public Wifi to connect into the internet, there’s no telling whose prying eyes will be on your data. It’s so important to use VPN when you use public connections. ibVPN (Invisible Browsing VPN) provides that protection, plus a service that’s competitive and reliable. While the interface is simple, it packs a huge punch in functionality and service. Users will know they are surfing the web with their data in safe hands. Free on the App Store

FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 04/2018

software

I have been maintaining a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X. 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.

April 2018

  1. iOS/Utilities/Applications – From the same app creators of myTuner Radio, a radio streaming platform with 50 million downloads, Appgeneration now brings you a customizable alarm clock, myAlarm Clock. This app is more than just an alarm clock, since its many features allow you to customize your wake up experience. You can have the pleasure of waking up to your favorite radio stations, podcasts, music, recorded sounds, ringtones, relaxing sounds, or to the talking clock that informs you about the time, weather and the news. myAlarm Clock version 1.0 is currently available for Free for iOS in the App Store and in the Google Play Store in the Utilities/Applications category. Download from iTunes
  2. iOS/Lifestyle – Ustunner, the innovative mobile beauty and wellness services app, is changing the way people practise self-care. Ustunner service professionals have begun beautifying the population of London, and making it a healthier and happier city. Plans are underway to expand into new territories in the coming months. Ustunner 1.1.4 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Download from iTunes
  3. macOS/Utilities – DEVONtechnologies updates a number of freeware utilities with enhancements and compatibility fixes. The menubar shortcut app XMenu receives Retina icons, the Services menu extension CalcService accepts numbers with separators, and WordService sorts rich text and correctly sorts numbers. All updates free and recommended to all users. CalcService, WordService, and XMenu are available for free from DEVONtechnologies’ website. Downloads
  4. iOS/Entertainment – LastThink is proud to announce the release of Visualize Global TV 1.9, an update to their highly customizable TV application developed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Users can directly access their favorite TV channel and watch diverse films, news, programs from their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch anywhere and anytime. Visualize Global TV 1.9 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Visualize Global TV 1.9
  5. iOS/Education – Life Learning Apps today introduces Mood Toolbox, their new Education app for iOS and Android devices. Do you know a child that is moody and needs help with regulating their emotions? Mood Toolbox provides games and tips for emotional intelligence. Created by a mom of son with ASD and Special Education teacher with over 30 years experience, this app particularly helps parents, teachers and practitioners to manage moods in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Aspergers and Special Needs. Pet Tricks 1.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category.  Download from iTunes
  6. iOS/Education – School ID Cards and Photos Version 3.1.0 revolutionizes the way student IDs are made and distributed. School ID Cards and Photos 3.1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from iTunes
  7. iOS/Games – Independent development team, Eurostar today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Dragon Dreams 1.33, the important update to their entertaining and free-to-play game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Dragon Dreams combines the best elements of quest, role-playing, and arcade games into one easy-to-learn yet challenging game. Dragon Dreams 1.33 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to disable in-game ads and to purchase coins to be used in the game. Dragon Dreams 1.33
  8. iOS/Games – Builders and zombie warriors unite! There is a game in which you can click away to build a fortress and then blast away at zombies, all in one. It’s called Final Fortress – Idle Survivor. In this game, you are a part of a surviving group of humans. The world has been taken over by Mutant Bosses and Zombies. Your job is to construct a dwelling that’s strong enough to defend against these wandering marauders looking to feed on innocent humans. Download for free from the App Store
  9. iOS/Games – Independent development team, Big Root Games is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Furious Heroes 1.3.5 an important update to their popular arcade game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Heavily armed boars are ready for battle, but nothing can stop a brave Viking named TurboAxe, who is primed for victory. It’s time to saddle-up a dragon and ride into battle. Furious Heroes 1.3.5 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to remove ads and purchase additional game coins. Download from App Store
  10. iOS/Productivity – dBelement, LLC is pleased to announce HiFutureSelf 1.8.9, a major upgrade to their popular productivity app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. You can now send messages and reminders based on your location. Send motivating messages when you get to work, send a shopping list for the next time you’re in a store, or a reminder when you leave a class. HiFutureSelf 1.8.9 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Download from iTunes
  11. iOS/Education – Do you have young kids (6-12) who drag their feet when it comes to learning, but jump at the chance to get on a device and play games? Whose kids don’t? Enticing children to learn has always been a challenge, but in today’s world, it has become increasingly creative and effective given the overabundance of learning apps available in the device marketplace to supplement a traditional school education. Available for free from the App Store.
  12. iOS/Weather – I stake no claim to being an expert on anything surf related, but I do know that the right conditions make for a great experience. Knowing where and when to surf can mean the difference between a great time or a day gone wrong. That’s where Epic – Surf Forecast comes to the rescue. Epic, as I will call it, is an app that provides details that surfers need to know before they suit up and set out on the waves. Information provided by Epic comes from knowledgeable sources that rely on precise scientific gear to measure and report on a variety of conditions. Download for free from the App Store.
  13. iOS/Health and Fitness – Fertility Tracker 2.61 is a free app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, which is designed for women to help keep track of their periods. This smart and simple app acts as a tracker and calendar to help women with their menstrual cycle. It also works as a helpful fertility calendar, pregnancy monitor and provides accurate ovulation details. This app helps in tracking the PMS symptoms for women. Fertility Tracker 2.61 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category. Download from App Store
  14. iOS/Social Networking – CoverMe, Inc. announces CoverMe Private Text & Call 2.8.9, an important update to their iPhone privacy protecting app for iOS devices. For this new version, they added more burner phone numbers, making it better for personal or business; users are now able to transfer documents from Vault to PC and download files from Dropbox to Vault. CoverMe Private Text & Call 2.8.9 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from App Store

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macOS New App Release – Remote Control for Mac 8.6.1

Product Announcement – Independent developer of Netanya, Israel, Evgeny Cherpak released Remote Control for Mac 8.6.1, an important update to his remote control app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch devices. Users can easily control their Mac from anywhere in their home, directly from their iOS device. Using Remote Control for Mac, iOS users can use their device as a trackpad or keyboard for their Mac, launch any app, control their Mac’s volume, media playback, and much more.

By installing the Remote Control helper app on their Mac and pairing their iOS device with the Mac, users can begin remotely controlling their Mac from their mobile device in less than a minute. Apple Watch owners can control playback of iTunes media directly from their wrist. All devices just need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to enable remote control.

“Until Remote Control for Mac, there were few Mac remote control options for users. Plus, the options that were available were severely limited by distance and performance,” says Remote Control for Mac developer Evgeny Cherpak. “But now, iOS users can control their Mac, using their mobile device as a trackpad and keyboard. Plus, they can conveniently launch any app, control their Mac’s volume and display brightness, and much more from any room in their house!”

Features:

  • Control any Mac’s volume and media playback
  • Control AirPlay mirroring of the Mac
  • Use an iOS device as a remote Mac trackpad and keyboard
  • Remotely launch and quit any app on your Mac
  • Control any app on the Mac using its menu
  • Restart or shut down the Mac
  • Change the Mac’s display brightness and much more
  • Enjoy an easy-to-use interface
  • No Wi-Fi network available? Use the iOS Personal Hotspot feature to control the Mac
  • Easy setup: Just 3 steps, takes less than 30 seconds to begin
  • Use the Apple Watch to control media playback on the Mac

Remote Control for Mac isn’t limited to controlling iTunes media playback, it can also remotely control playback from numerous other Mac media apps. This gives users full media playback control right in the palm of their hand.

Remote Control for Mac can control playback from:

  • iTunes
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Plex
  • Kodi
  • VLC
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • IINA

In addition to media playback, complete Mac app control is available from the user’s iOS device. Using their iPhone or iPad, anyone can launch or shutdown an app, bring the app to the front, set an app to quit after a specified length of time, and much more.

While remotely controlling their Mac, iOS users can also view their Mac’s screen on their mobile device, allowing them to work directly from the palm of their hand if needed. Remote Control for Mac can also remotely wake, put to sleep, or shutdown their connected Mac, lock it, restart it, start or stop the screen saver, and more.

Reviewers love Remote Control for Mac:

“This iOS app lets me control nearly every aspect of my Mac from my iPhone or iPad.” – Lifehacker

“Remote for Mac is perfect for controlling a Mac that serves as a media center.” – MacStories

“This setup gives me full control of my Mac in the palm of my hand from anywhere in my house.” – MacObserver

What’s New in Version 8.6.1:

  • Refreshed watchOS app UI
  • Optimized the app to launch faster, take less memory, and almost never crash
  • Added missing translations
  • Fixed “Open URL…” to automatically add “https” prefix

“I’ll admit that the idea for this app was planted when I didn’t want to get out of bed one cold morning just to play music on my Mac,” shares Evgeny. “But, the app has turned into so much more than even I expected. Remote for Mac has become a full remote control solution for the Mac, allowing anyone to make full use of their Mac from anywhere in their home or office.”

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch
  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later
  • Universal Application
  • 33.8 MB

Remote Control for Mac 8.6.1 is only $4.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available upon request. A free, ad-supported “lite “version is also available through the App Store

 

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macOS New App Release – Gro CRM 2.1

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Product Announcements – Gro Software of San Francisco, California has announced Gro CRM 2.1, the latest release of the award winning Mac CRM for small business. Gro CRM is the remarkably easy-to-use and intelligent Mac CRM software platform for small business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management made exclusively for Apple users and their devices.

Gro CRM 2.1. includes some new features which includes: business card scanning, map contact tracking for the door-to-door industry, auto history tracking for contacts, deals and tasks, financial data exports, more integrated push notification, FastMail email support and many more new features.

“The Gro CRM platform gets a powerful update today which includes business card scanning and contact tracking with maps.” said Sophia Maes Senior Vice President Sales. “Apple users, small businesses and the door-to-door market are going to increase their productivity with these new powerful features.” Gro CRM 2.1 is available now as a free download from the Apple App Store.

Pricing and Availability:
Gro CRM 2.1 is available immediately through the Apple(R) App Store and on the Gro CRM website. The download is free but requires a monthly or annual subscription. Solo subscriptions are available for 14.99 USD/seat/month, Basic subscriptions are available for 24.99 USD/seat/month and Pro subscriptions are available for 49.99 USD/seat/month. A 14-day free trial is available on the Gro CRM website.

Review of Eufy Smart Plug

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Product Review – My old mechanical timer for a lamp in my office finally failed after several years of service. I decided that this was an opportunity to take a look at one of the smart plugs. I found the Eufy Smart Plug on sale (it looks now like this product has been discontinued and replaced with the eufy Smart Plug Mini, about $22 now on Amazon) so I ordered it.

This is not the most ‘brilliant’ of smart plugs, but then neither did my application require much. I can set a schedule to turn the plug on and off, which is what I was primarily looking for. I can also turn the plug on and off remotely with the EufyHome App (availble on the App Store for free) on my iPhone. It was very easy to set up and pair with the Eufy App running on my iPhone.

While this unit does everything I need for my limited application, I would not buy another one. Any future purchases I make need to be compatible with HomeKit, preferably without the need for a controler.

 

Pros

  • Low cost (about $13 when I purchased it)
  • Easy to set up
  • Does everything advertised
  • Works With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Set on/off Schedules
  • Track energy usage
  • WiFi enabled
  • Can be controlled remotely from the App

 

Cons

  • Not Homekit compatible

Product Review – Textor iOS App

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Product Reviews – I heard about Textor on one of the podcasts that I listen to, though now I don’t remember which one it was. I think it maybe was “Mac Power User“. This is a free App for iOS devices for creating and editing plain text files. It currently has a 4.6/5 rating with 178 reviews in the App Store.

For what it is this app works well. Before Notes was cross-platform between Mac and iOS devices, this would have been a great App. Now though, I don’t see much advantage to using it over Notes. I guess if you have a text file you have created on your Mac and need to make some quick updates it might be useful. I will certainly keep the App on my iPad, but I doubt I will use it very often.

 

Pros

  • Free
  • Works well on plain text files
  • Access files using iCloud Drive or similar cloud services
  • Share access to file with Mac

 

Cons

  • Will not do RTF
  • It is far short of TextEdit

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