Category Archives: Mac

macOS New App Release – DataOrganizer 1.0


Product Announcements Bayhoff Software of Huntington, New York has released the public beta of DataOrganizer 1.0, the first public release of their new personal database app for Mac. DataOrganizer is designed to be a powerful yet easy to use personal database. Prior versions of the DataOrganizer beta have been available for readers of the Bayhoff Software blog for a few months. Starting with the present release, the beta is now available for everyone to download.

Main Features:

  • Imports data from Bento 4; DataOrganizer supports 20 of the 23 Bento field types
  • Includes eight ready-made templates; Clients, Inventory, Issues, Journal, Membership List, Party Planner, Recipes, and Serial Numbers.
  • Creates custom libraries in minutes
  • Links to Contacts, Calendar, Mail, and the Finder using the contacts list fields, calendar events list fields, messages list fields, and files list fields, respectively
  • Stores collections of photos using media collection fields
  • Libraries can link to other libraries using relationship fields
  • Supports Mojave’s Dark Mode

System Requirements: macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

Pricing and Availability:
The DataOrganizer 1.0 beta is available now and is free to use throughout the beta period. Pricing and availability for the final version will be announced at a later date.


Weather at Your Terminal Command Line

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Web Tools – There are lots of way of getting the weather on your computer. Most of those will open in your browser with lots of content, animations, and probably advertisements. But is different. It is text only. What is From their website: is a console-oriented weather forecast service that supports various information representation methods like terminal-oriented ANSI-sequences for console HTTP clients (curl, httpie, or wget), HTML for web browsers, or PNG for graphical viewers

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I used curl from the terminal command line to get the image shown at the top of this page. This should work on any Linux or macOS system. When I enter into my Safari browser I get similar output as shown in the image immediately above.

This site provides many options to choose from in their weather report. While it takes your current location as the default, other locations around the world can be specified. Queries from the US appear in USCS units, while most of the rest of the world get values in the Metric System. Optionally you can specify the units.

Reports can be returned in ANSI for the terminal, HTML for the browser, or as a .PNG image. All of the options are explained on their GitHub site.

I like this minimalist weather report and have added the URL to my Safari Favorites.

macOS New App Release – Once upon a Dungeon 1.9


Product Announcements Koto Games of Rzeszów, Podkarpackie is pleased to announce the anniversary edition of Once upon a Dungeon 1.9 for macOS and Windows, a roguelike game with a dense atmosphere and challenging gameplay. Explore dark dungeons full of dreadful foes. Defeat them using physical power or mighty spells. Meet Slavic gods, discover how to awake them and unleash their power. Craft magic items, collect unique ones, enhance your attributes and face the main antagonist – Fallen One.

The most important features of the game include:

  • Turn Based – each entity in the game level performs its move one after another
  • Procedurally generated – each time you play the game, the layout of dungeons will be slightly different. Loot collected from monsters, as well as chests, will also be random
  • Hack oriented – the goal is to kill monsters and find powerful treasures in order to kill stronger ones and then repeat the process
  • Classic quests such as cleaning up an old cemetery, and game specific ones like defeating the Wawel Dragon
  • Permanent death – it’s an optional feature

If you played it on its release date, new features shall make it worth a second look. If you did not, and you enjoy old school dungeon crawlers, you might give it a try – especially if it’s going to be part of an anniversary sale Jan 19-21, 2019. It can be purchased through Steam.

macOS New App Release – App Tamer 2.4.2


Product Announcements St. Clair Software of Denver, Colorado has released App Tamer utility for macOS. App Tamer 2.4.2 features a new floating-window mode to keep performance information close at hand, provides better keyboard-based navigation, and offers several bug fixes and other improvements.

The changes in version 2.4.2 include:

  • An option to keep App Tamer’s window floating above other windows when it’s torn from the menu bar
  • A fix for a bug in Mojave that prevented App Tamer from waking background apps for scroll wheel activity or scrolling gestures
  • Improved keyboard traversal of the process lists in App Tamer’s window, enabling type-to-select and selection using the arrow keys
  • A correction for a bug that could result in App Tamer not keeping Safari awake while it was downloading a file
  • Elimination of UI glitches that occurred when the process list updated while you were using it

More about App Tamer:
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they’re supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power, reducing battery life and producing heat that increases fan noise. App Tamer’s unique AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they’re in the background. And customizing it for other applications is just a mouse click away.

Pricing and Availability:
App Tamer will operate on any Macintosh running macOS 10.8 or higher, and is free to try for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is $14.95 (USD). This update is free for users who purchased App Tamer 2.x or bought App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013. For those that purchased a license before that date, the upgrade is $7.95 (USD). App Tamer can be purchased through the website.

macOS New app Release – iBarcoder 3.10.3


Product Announcements – Cristallight Software of Palatine, Illinois has released iBarcoder 3.10.3, the Mac barcode generator and label maker software for MacOS X. The product supports more than 40 barcode types, QR Code, UPC, ISBN, EAN13, GS1-128, SSCC-18, and GTIN-14 among them. It helps you to generate individual and sequential barcodes, to create labels using built-in, or custom label formats, and print barcodes, or labels designs in a fast and simple way directly from the label editor window. The Contacts (Address Book) integration allows to encode personal data into QR Code and DataMatrix 2D barcodes using the plain text, vCard, meCard, xCard, and other data templates.

The product gives you access to multiple editing options. Not only can you add bar code objects, but text, image boxes, rectangles, ovals, and lines. Text objects can also be set to sequential mode, as well as barcodes objects. Simple text files or Excel files can be used as data sources, or automatic incrementing in the Counter mode can be set.

When exporting barcode images, not only raster images are needed, but also PDF and EPS vector images. You may want to switch between RGB and CMYK color modes for exporting barcodes for avoiding color conversion problems when importing these files into graphics software (Illustrator, CoredDraw). Advanced printing options allow you to exclude certain labels from printing with just a mouse click on the label format preview, set the print range of the labels and more.

The iBarcoder is an affordable, innovative, and high-quality professional mac barcode generator. It has a simple and intuitive interface and makes easy and quick the process of creating and exporting barcodes as vector or raster image files, printing barcoded labels. No special skills or knowledge are necessary so anyone can start using it practically in no time. LIFETIME license with FREE updates and free tech support means no costly software or equipment upgrades.

The latest improvements made:

  • pdf417 code support added,
  • Sequential barcodes from Excel workbook file improved
  • Mac OS 10.14 compatibility added
  • Export barcodes improved
  • GS1 Databar Extended functionality improved

The iBarcoder 3.10.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later, and costs $49.95, (includes the lifetime license with upcoming free upgrades), and free tech support. iBarcoder can be purchased through the website.

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macOS New app Release – Paperless 3


Product Announcements Mariner Software of Minneapolis, Minnesota has released Paperless 3, providing a powerful and comprehensive digital receipt and document solution for the home and small businesses. More businesses, state and federal governments, and other entities are furnishing digital documents making digital records a preference over paper. This trend puts the responsibility of being able to store and manage such documents onto households and businesses alike. This new version of Paperless enables the user to create, manage and store any type of paper and digital document.

“This upgrade has been a long time coming,” said Michael Wray, President of Mariner Software. “Paperless 3 introduces numerous features, like Dropbox support and improved OCR and autofill functionality, that really enhance the usability of this product. Going Paperless is almost a lifestyle these days. Our customers told us they want more power and intuitiveness while keeping the app easy to use, especially on an everyday basis – we think we checked a lot of boxes with Paperless 3.”

Paperless 3 has multiple other new features, including improved reporting, the addition of Simple Reports, new and improved file saving, and much more. Mariner has also revamped the user interface as well as added Dark Mode support in Mojave. Data entry is also eased with the new Watch Folder feature. This version of Paperless includes an expanded use of Fujitsu’s ScanSnap scanners with support for ScanSnap Home, Fujitsu’s latest scanner software.

Pricing and Availability:
Paperless 3 is available for sale and for trial as a download only from the Mariner Software website and sells for $69.95 (USD). Current registered Paperless users can purchase the upgrade version for $29.95 (USD). Paperless 3 requires Mac OS High Sierra or newer.

macOS New app Release – VideoProc 3.2

Product Announcements – Digiarty of Chengdu, China has released a vital update to VideoProc, the new release V3.2 of which takes the lead in introducing the unique sound blending tech to its built-in screen recorder. Now users can flawlessly record system sound and voice over the microphone at the same time while capturing screen activity, whether it is on Macbook, iMac, or iPhone screen. The enhancement especially focuses on the Mac version.

Synchronous with Windows version update that underlined the video background segmentation in webcam recording, VideoProc for Mac underwent a crucial upgrade to its screen recorder. Tasked with creating a flawless audio experience, now version V3.2 makes huge breakthrough in sound blending and stands at the ready to record and mix different audio channels from Speaker and Mic, whether they are from the app like Apple Music or Netflix, web browser such as Safari, Skype call, simple voice commentary, or musical instrument.

Mac has no built-in app to record streaming audio or other system sounds that are being played on the speakers. While capturing internal audio is not something that iOS 11/12 has the native ability to achieve. Chances are customers are eager to record both internal sound and external sound as a single track, right from the speakers and built-in/external microphone.

With today’s launch of VideoProc V3.2, YouTubers, vloggers, gamers, educators, online trainers, app developer, or any other video producers can record high-quality screen content at a resolution of up to 5K while blending any sound sources into one single track, owing to its unique sound blending tech. Particularly, the sound inputs are especially from the source the computer or iPhone is currently playing, and the one from the built-in or external mic, e.g. online video or audio stream, background music, voice note, speech, and more. They are intelligently mixed and compressed into one audio track with its own dynamic range, purpose-built to avoid redundant noise or distortions and get a high-quality recording.

By default, VideoProc is set to record in stereo and offers a record quality preset, covering high, medium and low to cater to customers’ needs. H.264 encoder is applied to accomplish demanding screen recording task with a good balance between file size and quality. Additionally, VideoProc makes good compatibility with the latest macOS Mojave, the screen recording feature of which enables precise focus on a particular region of the window.

VideoProc is more a professional yet easy video processing program than a screen recorder. Under the hood it packages 4K-focused video editor, transcoder, resizer, downloader, and recorder into a single app in a logical and clear interface. On top of that, VideoProc uniquely supports full GPU acceleration technology. This is at the heart of the program’s effort to record, edit, cut, crop, merge, rotate, transcode and resize large 4K/HD video in high speed with barely any loss of quality or lag, while unburdening the CPU.

“VideoProc is capable of recording whatever is outputting. And there isn’t any restriction on the recording length as long as you have enough space available on your drive.” Said Jack, CEO of Digiarty Software, “No matter you are going to add background music to your podcast, capture a game walkthrough with a voice note, or any other cases where additional audio channels are needed, it is your go-to solution.”

Pricing and Availability:
VideoProc runs on Windows (incl. Windows 10) and Mac (incl. macOS Mojave) perfectly. There are 3 different types of license codes for VideoProc, whose price starting from $59.90 (USD). Now customers can get the 1-year license copy totally free.

macOS & iOS New App Release – Money 5.6


Product Announcements Jumsoft of Vilnius, Lithuania has released Money 5.6 for Mac and iOS. The update is much more than meets the eye and is not just aimed at improving the overall functionality and responsiveness of Money, but will also deliver noticeable performance boosts for users who connect to USA/Canada banks with Money 5’s Direct Downloads functionality.

On the visible front, Money 5.6 brings some much-anticipated convenience features. Both Money for Mac and Money for iOS will now deliver rich notifications and icon badges when scheduled transactions are due. Rich notifications mean that users will now be able to click ‘Pay’ on the notification to be taken directly to the confirmation screen. Notifications for Money can be enabled/disabled in the System Preferences. Update to 5.6 also brings another popularly-requested addition to Money on both Mac and iOS: the ability to export reports to CSV. Money users will now be able to export their financial reports to CSV for viewing as spreadsheets or importing to any other software.

“We are very passionate about Money, and we are very honored and grateful to have such an active and involved user base! We do actively work with our users, who provide us with invaluable feedback, which we then work hard to implement into Money. It is still a relatively young product in terms of what we have planned ahead for it, and yet, we are very proud to say that it has already become the most popular personal finance and budget app in many App Store locations worldwide!” said Algirdas Unguvaitis, CEO of Jumsoft. “This update is all about our users. We have added some highly anticipated features, such as rich notifications, icon badges, report exporting, which we know will improve the usage experience of Money for so many. In addition to this, there were tons of changes made under-the-hood, and users should notice much snappier report generation, transaction addition, and many other actions across the app.”

Jumsoft has been updating Money on a very regular basis and the update to version 5.6 build on top on a very strong foundation of features set by the previous releases. Money – Budget & Finance now offers one of the broadest coverages of banking connections worldwide, as well as one of the most advanced cross-device sync features on the market, all backed with powerful and easy-to-use features for day-to-day personal income and expense tracking.

Money is available worldwide on the App Store for Mac and iOS devices.

CLI – dd


CLI – If you are wanting to copy a file from one place to another then you may want to look at the dd command. This command is particulary useful when you want to copy the file while making edits to it on the fly.

The command is also useful when copying a disk image to other media. This can be very useful in creating a bootable SD card for a Raspberry Pi. The Wikipedia page on the dd command gives a good overview of how the command can be used.

The description of dd in the macOS man page is:

The dd utility copies the standard input to the standard output.  Input data is read and written in 512-byte blocks.  If input reads are short, input from multiple reads are aggregated to form the output block.  When finished, dd displays the number of complete and partial input and output blocks and truncated input records to the standard error output.

To learn a lot more about how to use dd, take a look at “Linux dd command explained for beginners (8 examples)“. Yes, this is a Linux article, but the dd command as implemented on macOS is fundamentally the same. Check the macOS man page for dd for all of the available options.

See my other CLI and macOS articles


macOS New app Release – MacX MediaTrans V6.4

Product Announcements MacXDVD of Chengdu, China has released MacX MediaTrans V6.4, the latest significant update to its next-gen iPhone manager for macOS and Windows. The complex operation and potential hazard of data loss during syncing undermine the iOS users’ trust in the use of iTunes. To that end, MacXDVD now introduces its highly anticipated latest version of MacX MediaTrans V6.4 to the public. It makes sweeping improvements across the whole application, with particular focuses on the ease of use, safe and speedy data syncing, and lossless file size reduction, etc.

MacX MediaTrans’ goal has always been to set a new bar for simplicity, fastness, and safeness in the data transfer industry. With this in mind, it accelerates the pace of enhancements over the past two years. The effort is also a strategic move from the company which aims to replace iTunes. The editors’ review from Macworld, Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac and more is a testimony to its commitment to offer Apple users a workaround to every-day challenges like slow data backup, cluttered music library, confusing features iTunes brings to them.

The latest update further validates the hard work of its development team. Users now can take full control over iOS data at one go and one-click get them well organized without any iTunes errors. The updated features include:

  • Revamp the user interface to facilitate easier data transfer and management.
  • Improve the compression engine to reduce large file size by up to 50%, with no loss of quality. Greatly relief iPhone storage space:
    • Introduce Hardware Acceleration tech for a speed boost in photo and video syncing (Now 100 iPhone 4K photos can be transferred to Mac as short as 8 seconds)
    • Enhance the encryption algorithm for safer password-protected backup and syncing.
    • Add the support for iOS 12.1.1.
    • Fix some minor bugs.

MacX MediaTrans is the central hub for iOS users looking for easy but in-depth data transfer features. It gives Apple users absolute freedom over the iOS data, no matter they are photos, videos, music, voice memos, ringtones, playlists, ebooks, or podcasts. Upon just one simple click, the content can be transferred between iPhone iPad iPod and Mac without worrying about any data erasing. It’s more of a content management tool than a data transfer app. Users are at will to add, edit, delete personal contents within one click, make personalized ringtone from iPhone, YouTube, iTunes library, import non-iTunes music, convert and shrink video files unsupported by iDevices, and so on. All these tasks can be done easily thanks to its minimalistic interface.

“The new edition is a milestone in the innovational history of MacX MediaTrans. Rounding out the array of new features and enhancements, it now successfully encompasses everything required from iTunes and even goes beyond iTunes, more than ready for the most demanding of iOS content managing task,” Said Jack, CEO of MacXDVD. “No matter you are going to make a backup of iPhone in preparation for the software update, organize your messy music library, free up your iPhone storage space, or make your iTunes purchased movies playable on Android device, MacX MediaTrans will take care of all your needs.”

Pricing and Availability:
Despite the sweeping enhancements across the entire app, MacX Mediatrans remains the price tag unchanged. It is 40% off ($59.95 for a single license copy with lifetime free upgrade and round-the-clock technical support), courtesy of the holiday offer. MacX Mediatrans can be purchased through the website. Everyone can download the latest copy from MacX MediaTrans Official Page.