Category Archives: macOS

macOS New App Release – Cocktail 11.0

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Product Announcements – Maintain of Ekero, Sweden has released Cocktail 11.0 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra 10.13. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.

Disk

  • Automatically check S.M.A.R.T. status of disks
  • Enable or disable journaling
  • Set disk sleep (spindown) time
  • Modify standby delay
  • Change other disk sleep settings
  • Force eject CD/DVD

System

  • Run periodic maintenance scripts
  • Purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage
  • Manage Spotlight indexing
  • Erase Spotlight indexes
  • Modify Time Machine settings
  • Rebuild Launch Services and Help databases
  • Rebuild Mail’s Envelope Index
  • Update locate and whatis databases
  • Force empty the Trash
  • Change startup mode or set startup delay
  • Disable startup sound
  • Disable Notification Center and App Nap

Files

  • Clear system caches
  • Clear user caches
  • Clear font caches
  • Clear virtual memory swap files
  • Clear temporary files
  • Clear Internet caches
  • Clear cookies, download lists, form values and history files
  • Clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies
  • Clear applications caches
  • Search for corrupted preference files
  • Delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files
  • Clear and manage (view, print and save) log files
  • Delete invisible DS Store files
  • Delete locked or inaccessible items

Network

  • Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards
  • Easily optimize network settings for common connection types
  • Modify IP configuration parameters
  • Configure File Sharing settings

Interface

  • Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, login window and other system services
  • Modify hidden settings of Safari, iTunes and Launchpad

What’s New:

  • Added compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13
  • Updated Automator actions
  • Updated Help files
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and enhancements

System Requirements:
Cocktail (High Sierra Edition) requires macOS High Sierra 10.13 to run. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) for macOS 10.12, Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10 and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail is $19.00 (USD) for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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macOS New App Release – SyncMate 7

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Product Announcements – Eltima Software of Frankfurt, Germany has released SyncMate 7, a revamped version of their powerful synchronization tool for OS X. The latest version of SyncMate brings support of Android 8 and iOS 11 running devices and is fully compatible with macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

SyncMate is a powerful sync tool that supports data synchronization between Mac and numerous devices and online accounts. One can sync Mac with Android and iOS devices, other Mac computers, online accounts (iCloud, Dropbox, Google), any mounted and MTP devices. SyncMate also offers syncing with Microsoft services – Office 365 Home and Business accounts, Outlook, OneDrive.

SyncMate allows syncing personal data like contacts and calendars, media files (music, videos, playlists, images), folders with files, bookmarks, and more. The main advantage of SyncMate is that it syncs data directly between applications on Mac and supported devices and accounts, not just saving it as a backup file. With SyncMate one can mount devices as Mac disks, manage mobile texts on Mac, and lots more.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.8.5 and later
  • Android 3.x – 8.x; iOS 5.x -11.x
  • Office 365 Business requires OS X 10.9 and later

All registered users of previous versions of SyncMate Expert can upgrade with 50% discount. Contact our Support team at support@eltima.com for assistance. Do not forget to test Free edition before purchase. SyncMate can be purchased directly from the company store website.

macOS New App Release – Package Central 1.10

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Product Announcements – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Package Central 1.10, a compatibility update to the company’s file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from watched hot folders. Package Central solves the problem of centralized packaging and archiving of InDesign projects in a workgroup environment, and can serve unlimited users on a network

The new version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is offered as a free update to licensed users. Package Central is now also upgraded to 64-bit architecture, which improves the app’s performance and reduces the likelihood of memory-related errors when working with large documents.

Under the Package Central workflow, production artists, prepress operators and designers simply submit files to watched hot folders that reside on a network. The software automatically collects InDesign files along with their fonts and links, thus freeing user’s time for important tasks such as design and layout.

Package Central performs all its tasks automatically on a dedicated workstation and can run absolutely unattended. The software can also send email notifications triggered by certain processing steps and errors. Package Central offers the following key features:

  • Automatically collect InDesign files from watched hot folders
  • Create hot folders for various packaging settings
  • Create PDF and IDML files on the fly
  • Automatic email notifications of process stages and errors
  • Assign variable package folder names
  • Update modified links automatically
  • Detailed processing logs
  • Maintain a single set of settings for entire workgroup

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 (USD) from Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.

macOS New App Release – Boot Runner 2

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Product Announcements – Twocanoes Software of Naperville, Illinois has released a High Sierra compatible version of Boot Runner 2. Boot Runner is the ideal OS selection manager for dual boot Macs. It offers a customizable startup screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows or other operating systems are available to receive critical security updates at the right time. Boot Runner 2.2 includes customization options to make the startup selection screen easy for users to choose the OS environment that they need.

Twocanoes Software announces macOS High Sierra compatibility for Boot Runner 2. Boot Runner is the ideal OS selection manager for dual boot Macs. It offers a customizable startup screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows or other operating systems are available to receive critical security updates at the right time. Boot Runner 2.2 includes customization options to make the startup selection screen easy for users to choose the OS environment that they need.

Boot Runner is an essential boot management solution for dual-boot Macs that delivers unmatched user and administrator control of system startup for a single Mac, a lab or a fleet of managed Macs. Now administrators can manage a wider range of environments using virtual machines as startup disks with a choice of hosts, including Parallels, VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox, to deliver the most versatility possible to Mac users and administrators.

A deep set of control options are available to administrators for remote startup of groups of machines for specific uses or to perform maintenance. Boot Runner scheduling enables administrators to ensure the availability of Windows or other operating systems during scheduled maintenance windows. Mass deployment of Boot Runner managed preferences or configuration profiles takes effect immediately, giving full remote and automated control of Mac boot behavior and state for all of the Macs under management.

The Boot Runner selection screen guides users to choose their system among the available startup disks. This selection screen is created by the administrator who uses Boot Runner to customize startup selections for their school or business with text and graphics. Boot Runner 2.2 includes the following features:

Disks:

  • Support for Boot Camp partitions including Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
  • Support for virtual machines as startup disks (Parallels, VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox)
  •  Support for Chrome OS and Linux-based operating systems

Administration:

  • Schedule startup into specific OS for scheduled maintenance or group usage
  • Remote management of boot selection
  • Remote management of selection screen
  • Display or hide restart button
  • Display or hide shutdown button

Selection and Login:

  • Menu bar boot selector
  • Custom login options
  • Auto-login to OS X account
  • Auto-launch of virtual machine host
  • Auto-logout and return to Boot Runner selection screen
  • Control virtual machine shutdown and logout

Interface:

  • Custom boot volume icons
  • New screen customization options
  • Customize selection screen popover text
  • Customize marquee text formatting

Boot Runner 2.2 System Requirements: macOS 10.11 or higher including macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Optional:
A Boot Camp partition and/or virtual machine operating system with a supported installed OS such as Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Chrome OS and Linux

Boot Runner 2.2 is available now at the Twocanoes online store. Volume & Educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.2 Lab and Site Licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.

macOS New App Release – Graphic Inspector 2.4

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Product Announcements – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Graphic Inspector 2.4, a compatibility update to company’s quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of documents for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The app is the only tool on the market that lets graphics industry professionals inspect both raster images and Adobe Illustrator documents.

The new version introduces support for the upcoming macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is offered as a free update to licensed customers. Graphic Inspector is now also upgraded to 64-bit architecture, which improves the app’s performance and reduces the likelihood of memory-related errors when working with large images.

“I’m surprised no one else thought of it before: to display every bit of useful information about vector or raster graphic files and flag the ones that match rules you define,” writes Jay Nelson in Layers magazine. “With its combination of price, utility, and thoughtful design, Graphic Inspector is a rare gem.”

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography. For example, users can quickly locate files whose color mode is CMYK, format – TIFF, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

Graphic Inspector offers the following key features:

  • Check multiple images and vector files
  •  Customizable checkup presets
  • Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
  • Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
  • Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for $19.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. Graphic Inspector is free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 ($10 to upgrade from version 1). Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.7-10.13.

macOS New App Release – MOOS Project Viewer 3.2

Product Announcements – Stand By Soft of Craiova, Romania MOOS Project Viewer MOOS Project Viewer 3.2. After several months of development a major version has been released that adds support for reading Microsoft Project 2016 files. Users can now open .mpp files generated with any version of MS Project including the latest one.

For those users that need to open .mpp files and see their content in a graphical way – just like in MS Project – then MOOS Project Viewer is the right solution. If no editing is needed then the price of a Microsoft Project license is not justified. Even more users will have the possibility to open the files on any operating system (Windows, Mac OS X , Linux) as the product is platform independent.

Multiple views are available and the files can be opened from external storage services as MOOS Project Viewer is integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. This way users can access the projects from any location and at any time. Printing is also available allowing users to generate customized reports.

MOOS Project Viewer is available at the MOOS Project Viewer website and can also be downloaded from the site.

macOS New App Release – Tune4Mac Spotify Audio Converter 1.0.1

Product Announcements – Tune4Mac of Beijing, China has released Tune4Mac Spotify Audio Converter Platinum for Mac 1.0.1 was released on the last Friday. The new upgrade can change conversion speed to 1x speed.

What does Spotify Audio Converter Platinum do? The program is used for Spotify Free and Premium users. This Spotify Converter can convert any Spotify Music and playlists to MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV with faster speed and high output quality.

Let’s take a look at main functions of Tune4Mac Spotify Audio Converter Platinum.

  1. Tune4mac Spotify Audio Converter Platinum supports converting Spotify audio files and playlists to plain formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV with 100% original quality.
  2. It can allow you to remove DRM protection from Spotify by converting them to common audio so that you can play Spotify music on several mobile players as you like.
  3. It can convert Spotify to common MP3 audio with ID rag kept, which includes title, artwork, artist, track number for organizing your music library.
  4. It supports batch conversion and the conversion speed is up to 5x speed.
  5. It is clean, simple and easy to use.

How to convert Spotify Music or playlist easily: With the program, you can finish the conversion within few clicks. Just download and install the program on your PC, copy the playlist link from Spotify or drag and drop the music from Spotify. Then set MP3, AAC, and FLAC as output format. Finally, click Convert button to get the free Spotify music.

The new version of Tune4mac Spotify Audio Converter Platinum is available immediately. It is compatible with Mac 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 with the latest Spotify installed. New users can use the program for free, which allows you to convert 3 minutes for each Spotify song. To get the full version, just for $39.95 by purchasing and downloading it from the Tune4Mac website. To get more products information of Tune4Mac, please visit the Tune4Mac website.

macOS New App Release – AnyTrans 6.0.1

Product Announcements – iMobie Inc. of Chengdu, China has released AnyTrans v6.0.1, which now can help iOS users move all data to iPhone 8/8 Plus seamlessly. The refined yet easy-to-use software is also available both on Mac and Windows. Now users are fully able to move all items to the new iPhone, whether they come from old iPhone, or even from Android phone.

Re-designed with the latest algorithms, it helps clone all data & files including messages, photos, contacts and more to the new iPhone in just 1 click, leaving nothing out. And users can also combine all their essentials from different iDevices to their daily-used one, even import what they most need to target device at a blinding-flash speed.

“As iPhone 8 / 8 Plus is available now, a simpler & faster solution for data migration is exactly what they’re looking for,” said Frank Kong, the CEO of iMobie Inc. “Regarding this, we have updated our all-around iPhone manager, helping migrate everything between iPhone and iPhone, or even from Android to iPhone. Only 1 tap, all data & files will be copied to the new iPhone in perfect order. Better yet, users now can even gather their scattered but important belongs like photos, music, contacts and more into a daily-used one with duplicates skipped.”

Move everything important to your new iPhone with 3 flexible ways:

1-Click to Clone All Stuff to Your New iPhone:
No data loss, no boundary, AnyTrans offers you a solution to move everything to your new iPhone with 1 click, no matter from your old iPhone, or from Android phones. Now, all your stuff, including messages, contacts, photos, note, and even settings will be fully migrated into your new iPhone in perfect order, and nothing is left out. Sure you’ll take the least time to move the most types you ever want.

Entirely Merge Your Scattered Belongs into the New iPhone:
Still worrying about your scattered data from different iDevices? Just try AnyTrans. Working as a refined yet revamped iPhone manager, it offers you an easier way to combine your scatted but essential content from old iPhone/iPad to your new iPhone, without erasing any data. All your essentials are soon available in your new device, and the duplicates will be automatically skipped as well.

Fleetly Transfer Only Desired Content to Your New iPhone:
With a re-designed & user-friendly UI, now you’re fully able to selectively transfer your most desired content from your old iPhone/iPad, computer, or even from your Android phone, like a whole message conversation, photo collection, or a favored song. No need to restart your new iPhone, and all your beloved stuff will be flowed into your new iPhone in seconds.

AnyTrans is both available for Windows and Mac, and users can purchase a License from iMobie online store.

macOS New App Release – Default Folder X 5.1.6

Product Announcements – St. Clair Software of Denver, Colorado has released Default Folder X 5.1.6 today. This version of its award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs is compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. It also provides numerous enhancements and bug fixes.

Default Folder X’s custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Pop-up menus let you quickly navigate your folders and open Finder windows, as well as move, copy and delete files without leaving a file dialog. Previews, file information, Spotlight tagging and comments are there when you need them. Open, save, and get back to work: Default Folder X is workflow for the rest of us.

The changes in Default Folder X 5.1.6 include:

  • Compatibility with High Sierra (macOS 10.13)
  • The Finder-click feature’s “choose the desktop” option now graphically shows you where you can click
  • You can now enter relative paths for Favorites by using the “Add Path or URL” option
  • When you select an alias, Default Folder X shows you a full preview of the original item
  • Several problems with Default Folder X’s tagging feature have been fixed
  • UI glitches have been fixed in Finder-click when using Default Folder X’s “Minimal Toolbar” appearance
  • Switching folders using Default Folder X’s menus now works consistently in file dialogs brought up when changing preferences
  • There’s now an API to allow software developers to disable Default Folder X for special file dialogs in their Mac applications
  • Several memory leaks and a number of bugs and crashes have been eliminated

See the St. Clair Software website for a full list of changes.

System Requirements: macOS 10.10 through 10.13

Default Folder X 5.1.6 is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95 (USD) and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95. Please see the St. Clair Software web site for screencasts, screenshots, a full change log, and additional feature information. St. Clair Software strongly recommends that anyone using Default Folder X install this update.

macOS New App Release – Suite for Pixelmator 2.0

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Product Announcements – Montibus of Kaunas, Lithuania has released Suite for Pixelmator 2.0, an important update to their add-on suite for the Pixelmator image editor for macOS. Version 2.0 brings new brushes, shapes, gradients, and styles to the popular Pixelmator image editor, making it easier than ever for anyone to apply high-quality effects to their images.

Suite for Pixelmator will allow any user to improve their photos, giving them a professional look. The app’s over 1800 stylish brushes allow anyone to paint special effects over their images, while the over 600 shapes can be used as elements for text decorations, birthday greetings, invitations, and much more. The included 550 gradients give more depth to photos, allowing users to emphasize details in their photos, and the 100 styles help make images more vivid.

“Suite for Pixelmator has been a popular add-in for Pixelmator ever since its debut in 2016. We designed the app to work hand-in-hand with Pixelmator, making it easy to bring out the best in images created with the popular image editor,” says Montibus General Manager, Laurynas Zilinskas. “Now, version 2.0 of our suite brings even more great brushes, shapes, gradients, and styles to the app. Users will find new tools to help them bring out the best in their photos and other images.”

Features:

  • Over 1800 stylish brushes (Version 2.0 includes 112 new brushes)
  • Over 600 shapes (100 new shapes in this version)
  • 550 gradients (50 new gradients included in version 2.0)
  • 100 styles (10 new styles)

Pixelmator users can use any of the add-ins to help them create their images with just a few clicks. Select the category of add-in you wish to use, then double-click on the desired item to use it. The appropriate custom palette will open in Pixelmator. Brushes, gradients, shapes, and styles can be previewed by using the arrow keys and the spacebar on the Mac keyboard.

The app offers a wide variety of elements to use with Pixelmator. Brush types include detail, element, floral, painting, sketching, skin and hair, and texture brushes. Gradients include minimal, photo, shape, silver and gold, skin tone, and vintage gradients. Every add-in brings something new to an image.

Shapes included in Suite for Pixelmator include activity, animal, decoration, floral, playful, and sport shapes. No matter what the theme, the app likely includes just the shape needed to complete an image. In addition, several styles are included among the add-ins, including abstract, shape, simple, and text styles.

The brushes, shapes, gradients, and styles can be used in any combination, allowing users to experiment with various components to obtain just the right look for any image. Users can tune and harmonize color solutions, while using brush effects to give unusual and dazzling results.

Device Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 or later
  • Compatible With macOS High Sierra
  • 64-bit processor
  • 32.3 MB

Suite for Pixelmator 2.0 is only $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphic & Design category. The Pixelmator app is necessary for using brushes, shapes, gradients and styles.