Category Archives: Mac

macOS New App Release – MediaTrans

Product Announcements – MacXDVD Software of Chengdu, China announced that the flagship iOS data management tool MacX MediaTrans has been updated to fully support Apple’s newly launched iOS 12. Apple users can rest assured that they can always take advantage of the fastest way to back up their data and get enough space on iPhones before they upgrade to iOS12.

MacX MediaTrans supports all iDevices running on iOS 12, including 2018 newly-released iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and new iPad Pro. Get the latest version at MacX MediaTrans Official Page.

iOS 12 focuses on delivering a swathe of significant performance improvements for the largest variety of Apple devices, available for all phones from the iPhone 5S upwards. However, even if the old phones were eligible for iOS 12, installing it was a gamble. At a size of 2.77GB, updating to iOS 12 places a high burden on 16GB and 32GB variants of iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. Based on the past experience, iOS 12 upgrade is also fraught with risks of getting the phones stuck in data backup & restore, or even worse, the data loss nightmare.

To help get both recent and older iPhones ready for iOS 12 upgrade, today, continuing the company’s long-standing track of delivering day one support of iOS, MacXDVD offers full support for iOS 12 in its world’s fastest iPhone data management solution – MacX MediaTrans. It is by far the most efficient alternative solution to iTunes, leading in speed, supported file types, storage management options, easiness, and more.

Depending on the size of the files, the program can reduce the backup time up by 40%-90% than its competitors. Files like photos (HEIC, PNG, JPG, TIFF), 4K/HD recordings in HEVC or H.264, music and movies (purchased or not), ringtones, books, etc. can be backed up to the computer and restored to iDevices in a flash. iOS users of small storage can also reclaim gigabytes of iPhone space to avoid “Not Enough Storage” issue during the software update by transferring the large-size video files and mass deleting the storage-hogging photos, albums, and other data.

There are advanced capabilities to convert incompatible videos into iPhone MP4/MP3, export HEIC photos in JPG, create own ringtones, mount iPhone iPad as hard drive, and manage media library, etc. Simply drag-and-drop clicks, users can leverage the latest features of iOS 12, and even switch content from older iPhones or Android to new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, no waiting or struggles.

Pricing and Availability
MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 (USD) for a single license copy with lifetime free upgrade and one-to-one top-level technical support. To celebrate Apple’s new releases and help users back up iPhone files easier, the iPhone data transfer tool now is 40% off in MacXDVD’s official Special Offer through September 30.

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macOS New App Releaser – Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw

Product Announcements – CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has released Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 with new entities. A new set of solutions provides a wide range of graphic content to support documentation and graphics that deal with biomedicine, health science, and medical illustrations. The Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM offers professionally designed samples and a number of vector objects related to medicine and health. It includes 10 libraries containing 192 high-quality vector graphics stencils.

A large percentage of the medical profession is involved in explanation and education. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 and the 6 new libraries containing 179 ready-to-use vector objects, provided by the Medical Illustrations Solution, make quick work of visualizing and communicating medical information to any audience.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12, supported by the ever-growing collection of business solutions is compatible with macOS and Windows. It is featured with an improved compatibility with MS Visio 2007-2016. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 can open and save documents that can be used by Visio 2003-2016 users.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 retails separately for $199 (USD) per end user license. It is included in ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 which retails for $499. The new additions to ConceptDraw Solutions are paid items for current users of the recently released ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12.

macOS New App Release – iShredder iOS 3.2

Product Announcements – ProtectStar of Miami, Florida has released iShredder iOS 3.2, their data shredding utility that easily deletes and shreds data on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Anyone can simply connect their iOS device to their Mac or Windows computer, and efficiently delete, clean or overwrite all data from the device.

iShredder iOS uses data shredding techniques that go beyond international standards set by state and military organizations for secure data deletion. iShredder’s data erasing algorithms have been analyzed by government authorities and independent security organizations to ensure the app does exactly as advertised, destroy all personal data on the device beyond any hope of recovery.

“When a user deletes personal files such as photos from their device, they may think they’re gone for good. The truth is, they can be recovered using any one of a number of forensic utilities. Those files aren’t really gone until that storage space is overwritten using secure deletion algorithms,” says Chris Bohn, CEO of ProtectStar. “However, in just some simple steps, iShredder iOS can securely wipe the memory space using patented security standards, making it impossible to recover any deleted data.”

The integrated secure cleaning module with its innovative search algorithm was designed specifically to detect and effectively clean up useless temporary junk data, caches, log files and more. It not only brings back valuable storage space to the mobile device, it also ensures a performance tuning just like having a new device. Even the new secure cleaning module does not simply remove temporary data, it is able to safely wipe those files by using the ISM 6.2.92 deletion procedure certified by the Australian Ministry of Defense.

Detailed erasure reports provide users an evidence of deletion and cleaned data.

iShredder iOS 3 is available in two versions, the Professional edition offers 11 different data shredding methods, completely wiping all free space and overwriting the storage area, to completely shred all of the stored data. iShredder iOS Military edition offers 18 erasing methods in total, while also offering an integrated file explorer.

iShredder iOS Professional uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, DoD 5220.22-M, HMG Infosec No.5, German BSI-2011-VS, US Army AR380-19 and more. iShredder iOS Military uses those same algorithms, plus makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020, German BSI TL-03423, and CSEC ITSG-06.

iShredder iOS Professional includes:

  • Compatibility with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models
  • Compatible with all iOS versions
  • Securely wipes all free space
  • Completely erases all data on the device
  • Secure deletion of temporary junk data
  • Includes the new 4-cycles ProtectStar Advanced Secure Deletion Algorithm (2017)
  • Includes 1 year of technical support and free upgrades
  • Erasure Report
  • 24/7 technical support via e-Mail
  • iShredder iOS Military includes the above features, plus:
  • Offers the ability to wipe data from Apple TV units
  • Additional military level erasure algorithms
  • An integrated secure file explorer

“Your iOS device contains all the information about your personal life,” continues Chris Bohn. “Data containing notes, passwords, address book, photos, videos, calendars and so much more. By using iShredder iOS, anyone can ensure their personal information remains completely inaccessible. The few moments it takes to securely erase all of the personal information left on your device can pay off in peace of mind, simply by knowing your data is not available to prying eyes.”

For enterprise users, the iShredder Mobile Enterprise solution was made to fit the needs and security policies of every recycling company (iShredder complies with the Responsible Recycling R2 (R2:2013) Standard for Electronics Recyclers and International Requirements for E-waste Trade and Recycling), mobile hardware reseller, leasing company, lost-property office, large enterprise or organization, and completely wipe multiple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch at a time. An erasing module to securely delete also Android devices will be available in Q4, 2018.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or later
  • Internet connection for activation and updates
  • 40MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
iShredder iOS 3 Professional is just $29.90 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the ProtectStar Online Shop. iShredder iOS 3 Military is just $49.90 USD.

macOS New App Release – Mailplane 4.0

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Product Announcements – Independent developer, Mailplane GmbH of Zug, Switzerland has released Mailplane 4.0, the important update to their popular macOS app that allows anyone to manage their Gmail, Calendar, Contacts and Google Inbox accounts without needlessly cluttering up their web browser window with numerous tabs. The app has been redesigned from the ground up so it looks better than ever.

The app provides all-in-one access to all of a user’s Google accounts via an integrated, easy-to-use app that supports third-party extensions that allow Mailplane users to integrate with numerous Mac apps to aid in composing and exporting messages and attachments.

“Using Gmail in the browser doesn’t really cut it. It clutters up your browser window and leads to a log-in-log-out nightmare. Additionally, you’ll miss quite a few features that native email clients offer,” shares Mailplane co-founder Lars Steiger. “For example, search across multiple accounts, proper and actionable notifications when new emails arrive, annotations and shapes for images, opening attachments without filling up your downloads folder, integrations with other native macOS apps, and much more.”

Mailplane features include:

  • Manage all Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Google Inbox accounts
  • No need to cluttering up the browser window with additional tabs
  • Supports numerous third-party integrations for composing and exporting messages and attachments
  • Resize and convert images while attaching them to messages
  • Shows unread messages in the status bar
  • New message notifications allow the user to directly archive a message or write a quick reply
  • Quick navigation allows users to jump directly to a label, tab, account, or bookmark
  • Easily search for messages across multiple accounts

Mailplane’s notification functionality allows users to know exactly how many unread messages remain in their Gmail mailbox, right from their Mac’s menu bar. Users can quickly react when notified of a new email by archiving or replying to an email from new mail notifications on their Mac’s desktop.

Meanwhile, the app’s search and navigation features allow users to find messages simultaneously across all of their Gmail and Google Inbox accounts. This allows quickly jumping to a message, label, tab, account, or bookmark.

New features in Version 4 include:

  • Get the point across with fewer words by using annotations and shapes
  • Notifications with Actions: Archive a message or write a reply directly from new email notifications
  • 8 New Extensions: Grammarly, FullContact, LinkedIn, Gmelius, Docsify, RMail, Salesforce, and Zoom Scheduler
  • Search for messages across all your accounts and quickly jump to a label, tab, account, or bookmark
  • Save Clip: Clip entire email conversations into Evernote, DEVONthink, OmniFocus, Receipts, and more

Mailplane seamlessly integrates with numerous macOS applications, including Evernote, OmniFocus 2, Todoist, Alfred, Things, LaunchBar, Receipts, Lyn, Photos, GraphicConverter, and more.

The app also uses extensions to enhance its already impressive capabilities. Available extensions include RightInbox, Streak, Boomerang, and Clearbit Connect. Version 4.0 brings extensions for use with Grammarly, FullContact, LinkedIn Sales Navigator, Gmelius, Docsify, RMail, Salesforce Inbox, and Zoom Scheduler.

“After running Mailplane for more than 10 years, we still believe that web services like Gmail need specialized applications that make them efficient to use,” adds Ruben Bakker, co-founder. “That’s why we built Mailplane 4 to be the best Mailplane we’ve ever made.”

Device Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra Compatible
  • 183 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Mailplane 4.0 is a free download and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mailplane website. The app offers a 15-day free trial. A personal license is $29.95, a family license is $39.95, and a site license is $39.95 (volume pricing is available for three or more users). Users with a Mailplane 2 & 3 license can upgrade for $19.95 for a personal license and $24.95 for a family license. For site licenses, the fee is $19.95 per seat; benefit from a volume discount starting at three seats.

macOS New App Release – AnyTrans 7.0.0

Product Announcements – iMobie Inc. of Chengdu, China has released AnyTrans 7.0.0 for Mac and Windows. It is able to manage iPhone ringtones and apps without iTunes. Now, users have full freedom to select a favorite song from multiple resources like iPhone, iTunes Library, computer, or YouTube, to cut any part of the song as a ringtone in a straightforward way.

AnyTrans also brings users the ability to manage iOS apps, including download, backup, update, even reinstall and downgrade the needed app without worrying it be removed from App Store. Updated with Home Screen Manager, it’s also the world’s ONLY solution to rearrange apps via simple drag & drop. So all scattered apps will be kept organized like a breeze.

“Apple users always complaint about iTunes due to its restrictions of ringtone and apps management since iTunes 12.7, and many of them are still seeking for an alternative to iTunes,” said Frank Kong, CEO of iMobie Inc. “Consequently, we strive to make a major update for AnyTrans with Ringtone Manager, App Downloader and Home Screen Manager, which not only enable users to customize ringtones easier but also download and backup iPhone apps, even rearrange scattered apps by category or color.”

Updated Features of AnyTrans:

Customize Ringtones from Multiple Media Resources:
AnyTrans is revamped to bring a more flexible and intuitive ringtone manager. Now, users can select their favorite music from the iPhone, computer, iTunes library, even from YouTube, and cut any part of it as a ringtone by dragging and dropping. It also enables users to preview the tone in advance – making sure it’s just what users want, simple and straightforward.

Take Full Control Over All iPhone iPad Apps at One Go:
Apart from making ringtones, AnyTrans also allows users to master all iPhone apps at one go – download any official app, or save copies of each version for backup. Just select the apps to update, install, uninstall, and all of them will go by one click, even downgrade, re-install them directly to another iDevice. Now, users never worry about apps are removed from App Store.

Get Apps Well-organized with Simple Drag & Drop:
AnyTrans is the world’s ONLY solution that helps users organize iPhone apps smartly. Just 1 click, all scatted apps can be organized into folders by category or color in an automatic way. Users can also back up various iPhone screen layouts and restore any of them to iDevices freely. Better still, it helps clean up damaged icons without hassles.

Pricing and Availability:
AnyTrans is available for Windows and Mac: Personal License ($39.99) and Family License ($59.99). Users can purchase a license from iMobie online store.

Mac Accessory – 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter

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Product Announcements QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas has released its newest product, an innovative, high-performance 60W USB/USB-C dual port charging adapter allowing for one of the fastest and most efficient charging experiences for the newest smartphones, all 12-inch MacBook’s with USB-C, 2016-2018 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro’s, and other USB laptops and notebooks alike.

It includes both a USB-C port enabling up to 45W of power delivery and a USB-A QC 3.0 port enabling up to 18W of charging power. It is also compatible with QuickerTek’s Most Powerful Battery, giving our batteries the capability to work with both MagSafe 1 and 2 as well as any Mac charged through USB-C.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 2″ x 2″ x .75″
  • Input: 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc
  • Output: 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A
  • USB-C Port
  • USB-A QC 3.0 port
  • Built-in PD Chipset

The built-in PD Chipset dynamically detects devices to deliver optimum power level for maximum battery life and performance. It is equipped with the advanced circuit protections to prevent overcharging. This product features an input of 16 Vdc to 28 Vdc and an output of 20 Vdc at 5A (USB-C) / 5.2 Vdc at 2A.

Pricing and Availability:
The USB-C Power Adapter is available at $49.95 (USD) from QuickerTek. Members of the press please contact Rick Estes.

macOS New App Releaser – Video Player for Mac 4.0.0

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Product Announcements  – Cisdem of Madelia, Minnesota has released Video Player for Mac 4.0.0, which brings enhanced HD video experience and a more powerful video conversion solution, among other improvements.

Cisdem Video Player for Mac is a totally free media player with full support for videos (and audios) of almost all formats in any resolution including 5K, 4K UHD, 1080p HD, etc. Another major feature of this app is to help users convert videos to compatible formats for different devices and media players.

“The video conversion feature is one of the things that make Cisdem Video Player different,” said William Smith, the manager of Cisdem’s multimedia department. “And we want to make this feature more powerful. With this upgrade, the conversion speed is greatly improved. And there are more supported output formats and devices. At the same time, the improved HD video playback will make the viewing of HD videos and movies more enjoyable.”

What’s new in version 4.0.0:

  1. Better HD video playback
    Due to the increased support for HD video codecs and hardware accelerated codecs, Cisdem Video Player will be more efficient at decoding and playing videos of different formats in all resolutions including 5K, 4K Ultra HD, 1080p Full HD, etc.
  2. Increased video conversion speed
    The conversion speed increases more than 100% compared to the previous version.
  3. More supported devices
    Now users are able to convert videos in one click for more devices including iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9, Samsung Galaxy A9 Star/A9 Star Lite, etc.
  4. More output formats
    This Mac video player supports a wide variety of conversion output formats including MP4, (the newly added) MP4 HEVC, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP3, M4A, AVI and more.
  5. Auto Fit added as a new output resolution option
    From video conversion settings, if one selects Auto Fit as the output resolution option, Cisdem Video Player will automatically use the most suitable resolution for the device on which one wants to play the video.

Main features of Cisdem Video Player for Mac:

  • Allow users to play videos and audios totally for FREE
  • Play video and audio files of almost all formats with no codec packs needed
  • Smoothly play videos in 5K, 4K, 1080p, and other resolutions without lagging, crashing or being choppy
  • Enable users to easily add subtitle files, and automatically detect and display subtitles
  • Allow users to effectively convert videos to compatible formats for iPhone, Android phones and other devices with optional in-app purchase
  • Provide 3 free video conversions

For more information about Cisdem Video Player for Mac, please visit the Cisdem Video Player for Mac website.

Price and Availability:
Cisdem Video Player for Mac 4.0.0 is available on Cisdem’s official website. Users can download and use it to play video and audio files totally free of charge. The video conversion feature is available with in-app purchase. Users can get a lifetime license for one Mac at $9.99, with lifetime free upgrades. Three free video conversions are offered.

macOS New App Release – NeoFinder 7.3

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Product Announcements – Norbert M. Doerner of Bonn, Germany has released NeoFinder 7.3, the third major update for NeoFinder 7. The new version adds more than 60 new features and enhancements and is the most massive new version 7.x yet. The Gallery View shows photos in beautiful size while keeping a list of the other items in the folder underneath it for navigation. The Display Filter allows seeing only files of a certain kind, or name, label, or rating. Based on a lot of on-site feedback from clients, things like the cataloging of email contents have been added, or the search for duplicate folders.

New features and enhancements of NeoFinder 7.3:

  • NeoFinder now has a Display Filter that you can use to filter items based on their kind, name, rating, label or other attributes! That is highly useful when working with large amounts of data, and works in all five view types!
  • NeoFinder now has a cool Gallery View! Not just in macOS Mojave, like Apples Finder, but in all Mac OS X and macOS versions since 10.7!
  • You can now update one or multiple media files in an existing catalog!
  • NeoFinder can now catalog the text from email messages! Currently, .emlx (Apple Mail) and .eml (MS Outlook) formats are supported
  • Many windows have a Help button that will open the suitable page in the NeoFinder Users Guide for you
  • Find Duplicates can now find Duplicate Folders!
  • In the Inspector, you can now Find Tags in Instagram by clicking on them
  • The Find Editor now autocompletes keywords for you, using the keyword list in the Controlled Vocabulary
  • You can copy and paste entire sets of XMP metadata from one file to another
  • NeoFinder catalogs Affinity Publisher documents, and of course allows you to edit the whole set of XMP metadata for these, too!
  • The XMP Editor in the Inspector now has a new Date editor so you can change the XMP date for one or multiple items at once
  • The XMP Presets Editor now has a date field as well
  • NeoFinder can now of course catalog that XMP date field from existing files
  • A new Filefinder Text Importer allows you to import the text files from that abandoned old disk cataloger
  • You can now copy and paste GPS coordinates, and the XMP locations fields, separately
  • You can now sort the catalog LIBRARY by Volume Modification Date as well
  • The Movie Contact Sheet now has an option to turn off the time display in the thumbnails
  • Also, the Movie Contact Sheet can now automatically be saved next to the original file, even when multiple video files are selected. That is a great way of creating a lot of these at once
  • You can now duplicate Albums and Smart Folders, using the context menu
  • The file information that the Movie Contact Sheet displays is much more detailed and precise now
  • The Movie Contact Sheet now uses the modern AVFoundation in macOS for better results
  • The main window has a new button that will open the free NeoFinder Video Tutorials for you
  • NeoFinder can now catalog Aurora 2018 documents
  • NeoFinder can now catalog the BWF, or BEXT records from ProTools, with date and unique ID values for audio files
  • NeoFinder can now catalog thumbnails for Cinema 4D (“.c4d”) files if that app is installed
  • NeoFinder can now catalog ICNS thumbnails
  • NeoFinder now catalogs thumbnails for stereoscopic MPO files
  • NeoFinder can now catalog the lens name of the EXIF record, and display it in the Inspector, and search it in the “any text” parameter or QuickFind
  • NeoFinder now catalogs the fps value of movies as floating point, allowing for values like 29.97
  • Find Duplicates can now search for duplicate audio files by the BEXT record
  • A new button can now display and reverse the sort order in the navigation bar of NeoFinder
  • The Photo Contact sheet can now include a second line with details from each photo
  • You can now download an entire folder with all files and subfolders from the Backblaze B2 and a Dropbox catalog!
  • The LIBRARY sidebar now uses a more modern “view based” control from Apple. It will look better, and interactions are better with this
  • You can now open an Album in a separate window, too
  • Ejecting volumes now runs in the background, and won’t block NeoFinder anymore
  • You can now double-click one or multiple keywords in the Controlled Vocabulary list to add these to the one selected file
  • You can now remove files and folders from the Found Items list, to generate better reports
  • The number of items of albums is now displayed in green
  • Exporting a file using the Item menu will now also copy a possible sidecar XMP file to the target location
  • The Web Gallery now adds the media info to its Details page
  • The Web Gallery uses a lot less memory while generating the HTML pages for you
  • The folder list in the Batch Cataloging window is now always hierarchically sorted by name, even if your NeoFinder database is placed on a APFS volume
  • Date changes in the Auto Updater will now be used for all selected catalogs, not just one of them
  • Updated the code to read the Audio CD cover art from Coverartarchive.org
  • Cataloging certain malformed Sound Designer 2 audio files cannot crash NeoFinder anymore
  • Fixes a problem of reading CD-TEXT from certain Audio-CDs in macOS Sierra and newer
  • Fixes a problem cataloging EXIF date values in certain time zones
  • Fixes a problem with losing folder comments and color labels during updating of a catalog
  • Fixes a problem when exporting to XML with no thumbnails
  • Fixes a problem with the precision when cataloging and pasting GPS Geotags
  • Fixes a problem changing the XMP byline value in certain files
  • Fixes a problem cataloging certain malformed AIFF audio files
  • Fixes some problems in macOS Mojojava, but isn’t yet completely certified due to the lack of the final macOS 10.14 version from Apple
  • Improved reading of audio tags in certain Apple AAC files
  • Improved reading of certain ID3 tags in MP3 and WAV files
  • Improved code for searching Ratings
  • Improved code for the internal debug log feature
  • Works around a weird bug in macOS removing the contextual menus in NeoFinder immediately after opening them (only macOS High Sierra and macOS Mohava)
  • Many little improvements and fixes
  • Please note: This will be the last NeoFinder version to support Mac OS X 10.7. If you still use that old Mac OS X, please check this NeoFinder version very carefully, and if anything doesn’t work for you, please let us know immediately!
  • NeoFinder Highlights:
  • Cataloging – NeoFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, fonts, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos. NeoFinder also edits Adobe XMP data, including keywords. All these are arranged clearly in the user interface and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, fonts, text files, and even audio files, NeoFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.
  • Managing Metadata – The built-in XMP metadata editor with presets can edit and add keywords, ratings, descriptions, copyright information, and more to photos and videos.
  • Networking – Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product abeMeda (was CDWinder for Windows) even from Microsoft Windows.
  • Mobile – Keep your NeoFinder database with you on your iPhone or iPad with the separate NeoFinder for iOS app.
  • Integration – Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Roxio Toast, FileMaker Pro, Apples Spotlight and Finder, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, NeoFinder can support many workflow scenarios. The AppleScript support in NeoFinder allows custom integrations of all kinds.
  • Geotagging – Only NeoFinder offers the integrated GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. NeoFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed. And only NeoFinder displays important facts about any geolocation in the truly unique Wikipedia Inspector.
  • Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1996, more than 85,000 customers in 101 countries around the world are using CDFinder and now NeoFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, Oracle, and Warner Bro

Language Support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

System Requirements:
NeoFinder 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Mac OS X v10.7 thru macOS High Sierra 10.13). Previous CDFinder and NeoFinder versions for older Mac OS versions are still available. Separate app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) is available.

Pricing and Availability:
NeoFinder 7.3 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users. NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at 19 Euros. The price for new users starts at 29,00 (EUR). Multiple user packs are available for network users. Cross-grades for users of similar applications (Cinematica, DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, Extensis Portfolio, and others) are available. NeoFinder can be purchased through the website. A free NeoFinder demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website.

macOS New App Release – Vitamin-R 3.0

Product Announcements publicspace of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg has released Vitamin-R 3.0 Beta, its innovative time boxing solution designed to overcome procrastination, retain focus and maintain motivation has entered public beta testing. Version 3 features a completely reimagined single window user experience, deeper customization, improved support for the Pomodoro Technique, clearer statistics, faster log handling, personalized profiles, an integrated help system, and many other improvements.

Vitamin-R creates optimal conditions for the human brain by structuring work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection, and intuition. The built-in task logging and analysis features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing users with tangible feedback on their progress and achievements.

  • Slices Up Daunting Tasks into Manageable Chunks:
    Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short “time slices” of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with a specific, actionable and reachable objective.
  • Promotes Higher Focus:
    Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications that prod users to get back to their task as soon as their attention starts to wander.
  • Gets You Started, Keeps You Motivated:
    Vitamin-R allows users to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small achievements that gets them closer to their ultimate aims.
  • Effective Task Switching:
    Task switching is a big, but often unavoidable productivity killer. Vitamin-R makes it as efficient as possible and the built-in “breadcrumbing” technique helps users to pick up where they left off.
  • Productive Breaks:
    Regular breaks are not for slackers. In fact, they are especially important for people who work with high focus. Vitamin-R’s timed breaks make sure that a renewal break does not turn into a free afternoon and the “priming” technique allows your intuition to work overtime even before you start on a new objective.
  • Promotes Awareness of Individual Rhythms:
    Each one of us is different. Finding out what works best for you is the key to true productivity. Vitamin-R provides the tools to gain improved awareness of preferred work methods and rhythms. Armed with this new knowledge, you can eliminate unproductive work patterns.
  • Get It Out of Your Head Quickly:
    Did you know that your short-term memory can only hold 4-6 “chunks” of information? The slightest interruption and it’s all gone and you have to start from scratch. That’s why Vitamin-R provides you with the “Now & Later Board”, complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allow you to quickly return to your task.
  • Make It Your Own:
    Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies.
  • Works with OmniFocus, Things & The Hit List:
    Vitamin-R integrates with traditional to-do list managers rather than trying to replace them.
  • Block Out Noise:
    The built-in noise machine can block out irritating coworkers and create energizing soundscapes.
  • Ideal for Pomodoro Technique Aficionados:
    Vitamin-R provides everything you need to implement the Pomodoro Technique: sophisticated timer, log book, and analysis component.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder:
    While Vitamin-R was never specifically designed with ADHD “suffers” in mind, many ADHD-ers have found its approach to focusing attention invaluable.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • 64-bit Mac
  • 32 MB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
For now, the Vitamin-R 3 Beta is exclusively available from the publicspace web store for $24.99 (USD). The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may choose to include a “forever upgrade” with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free license for its companion product, Noise Machine, which is also available separately starting at $4.95 (USD).
Version 2 is available on the Mac App Store and will be joined there by version 3 shortly after its official launch.

Is Your Mac Infected with AdWare?

Tech Tip – Is your Mac infected with AdWare? Well, I guess the first thing is to explain exactly what AdWare is.

What is AdWare

AdWare is a term used to describe a form of malicious software (Malware) that displays unwanted advertisements on the infected computer. These may be in the form of a pop-up window or even an advertisement window that cannot be closed. While many consider AdWare only an irritant, it can become a major problem.

If your Mac is infected with AdWare it will attempt to change the way your browser and even your Mac functions. If your Mac is infected you may experience:

  • Advertising banners appearing on web pages that you visit
  • Being randomly redirected to another website
  • Browser popups appearing and recommending fake updates or other software
  • Your default search engine replaced
  • Icons appearing on your desktop for software you didn’t install
  • New toolbars, extensions, or plugins being added to your browser
  • Your Mac fan coming on or your battery depleting earlier than expected

Built-in Protection

How likely is it for your Mac to be infected? Much less likely that if you were using a PC, but there is a growing chance on your Mac being infected. Apple includes XProtect in macOS to catch Malware [7,8]. It has been part of macOS since 2009 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. XProtect scans downloaded files to see if any match the malware descriptions [6]. It does a pretty good job, but some software we might consider ‘malicious’ passes the test as legitimate software.

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Fortunately, XProtect is a macOS feature that is on by default and does not need to be enabled [4]. The only thing you need to do is make sure that the malware definition files are being updated [5]. Go to System Preferences ==> App Store and make sure the box next to “Install system data files and security updates” is checked.

You can also increase your protection by changing your DNS provider to Quad9. (See “Quad9, a Better Choice for your DNS“).

How to Check for AdWare

I came across the video [10] above by MacMost that gives a quick look at how to detect if AdWare is installed on your Mac. This is actually what got me started on this article. If your Mac is experiencing any of the symptoms listed earlier in this article, you should take a look to see if AdWare is installed.

The video shows a few of the common places to look for AdWare. There are actually several locations to look at and specific files to look for [11].

You may also want to review the installed Applications as well as check the Safari Extensions that are enabled. You should also go to System ==> Applications ==> Utilities ==> Activity Monitor. Under the CPU heading see if there are processes running with high utilization that you do not recognize. If you find any, do a search on them to find out what they do and if they are trusted.

References

  1. How to tell if your Mac is infected
  2. PSA: Here’s how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper
  3. Detect & Remove Adware from Mac OS X Easily with AdwareMedic
  4. how to enable Xprotect malware protection
  5. Apple cracks down on adware
  6. XProtect Explained: How Your Mac’s Built-in Anti-malware Software Works
  7. Just what do XProtect and MRT protect your Mac from?
  8. Apple Updates XProtect Malware Definitions for Trojan OSX/Snake.A
  9. Detect & Remove Adware from Mac OS X Easily with AdwareMedic
  10. Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac
  11. How to eliminate the adware that’s plaguing your Mac

See my other Mac and macOS articles