Category Archives: macOS

macOS New App Release – MKV2MP4 1.4

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Product Announcements – CoreCode of St. Julians, MALTA has released MKV2MP4 v1.4, a significant update to its video conversion tool for Mac users. MKV2MP4 is an application that converts MKV video files commonly found on the internet to more compatible ‘MP4’ videos. Converting MKV files with MKV2MP4 is blazingly fast, preserves the quality and makes them playable with most players including QuickTime and iPhone.

Version 1.4 introduces support for ‘H265/HEVC’, a new video codec supported in macOS 10.13, iOS 11 and tvOS 11. Converting any MKV that contains a ‘HEVC’ video track will now produce a output MP4 file that can be opened on all up-to-date Macs, iPhones, iPads and AppleTV devices.

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is a next-generation video compression standard developed by a group of encoding experts called the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding. According to Apple, the “industry-standard HEVC (H.265) enables video streaming and playback of 4K video files at incredible quality that are also up to 40 percent smaller than with the current H.264 standard.”

Additionally version 1.4 brings other new features like an option to convert audio tracks to surround AAC audio format or the option to specify custom conversion of FLAC audio.

“This is easily the best release of MKV2MP4 ever,” said Jack Shaftoe, senior quality assurance engineer and marketing manager, CoreCode. “People will stand in-line at the Mac App Store for many days prior to the launch, just to be the first ones to get their hands on this!”

MKV2MP4 is an application that can convert video files in the MKV container format to more compatible MP4 video files. MKV2MP4 can convert most common MKV files very quickly and has a queue for converting hundreds of files at once. MKV2MP4 can be configured to either produce files with perfect compatibility (at the expense of conversion speed) or to do conversion extremely quickly by producing files that are playable on most, but not all players. Because MKV2MP4 doesn’t re-encode the video track, conversion is fast and the resulting video has the exact same high video-quality as the source file. MKV2MP4 is highly praised by its users, earning 4.5 stars on MacUpdate online and also 4.5 stars on the Mac App Store, from more than 20 user reviews.

MKV2ATV is a special version of MKV2MP4 tuned for converting MP4 videos playable on the AppleTV. Since it is focused on a the special task of converting videos just for a single target platform, it is even easier to use than MKV2MP4. Similarly, there is MKV2iOS for converting videos for iPhones and iPads and MKV2PS3 for converting videos videos for playback on the Playstation 3.

Language Support:
English, French, German are fully supported.
Partial support for the other 30 languages supported by macOS.

System Requirements: Requires macOS 10.10 or later

MKV2MP4 v1.4 costs $6.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It is available as a free update for existing MKV2MP4 3 customers. A time-limited free trial of MKV2MP4 as well as more information can be found at the company’s website.

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macOS New App Release – Moneyspire 2018

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Product Announcements – Moneyspire Inc. of Bellflower, California, the maker of remarkably great personal finance software, has announced today that the latest release of the Moneyspire 2018 personal finance software for Mac, Windows, and iOS is available. Moneyspire brings your entire financial life together in one place, and helps give you peace of mind. Keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards, etc., and organize your transactions and see where your money is going. Set bill reminders and see all your upcoming payments so you never forget to pay a bill again. Set a budget for all your expenses and keep track of your progress to help you stick to your budget. Generate detailed reports and charts and see exactly where your money is going, and make tax time easier.

Enjoy these features to help you better manage your money:

  • A clean easy-to-use interface
  • Split transactions
  • Reconciliation
  • Investment account support
  • Multiple currency support
  • Direct Connect with online bill pay
  • Moneyspire Connect service with easy transaction downloading from banks that don’t support Direct Connect
  • Moneyspire Cloud service making all your finances available anywhere you are
  • Check printing
  • OFX, QFX, QIF, QMTF and CSV file import
  • Mobile companion app to help you manage your money on-the-go
  • Easy data migration from other finance apps via the import feature
  • And much more

What’s new in 2018:

  • Improved user interface that is more attractive and easier to read
  • Added new Tags feature for enhanced transaction categorization and reporting
  • Added new Monthly Comparison report to report category amounts over multiple months in a spreadsheet-like view
  • Can now drag and drop import files into application window for quicker importing
  • Can now search for payee text in Find window rather than having to match payee exactly
  • Balance forecast now includes a chart
  • Balance forecast now includes uncleared transactions
  • Can now print Budget screen
  • Can now copy budget to spreadsheet
  • Reminders list is now included when printing the Reminders calendar
  • Direct Connect and Moneyspire Connect import windows are now unified for quicker importing
  • Added Loan Reminder feature to automatically calculate interest and principal payments
  • Reconcile feature now remembers last reconcile date
  • Multi-language support: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
  • Improved budgeting feature
  • Additional enhancements and improvements

Moneyspire is the best software for managing your money, and is trusted by thousands of people all over the world. Manage your money smarter, simpler, and better with the Moneyspire personal finance software now. Moneyspire is currently available for $29.99 from the website.

macOS New App Release – iPhone Data Recovery

Product Announcements – Fucosoft of Shenzhen, Guangdong has released iPhone Data Recovery. With three recovery modes, this program offers a more powerful approach to recover almost all lost data from iOS devices, including contacts, messages, call history, notes, photos, videos, calendar, reminders, Safari bookmarks, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik and more. Besides, it works well with the latest iOS 11.

Customer’s satisfaction is the best gift. Fucosoft always put customer requirements and user experience at first place when develop software. Outstanding features of iPhone Data Recovery are as follow:

  1. Recover up to 16 types of files from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, including contacts, text messages, call history, photos, videos, notes, calendar, reminders, voice memos, voicemail, Safari bookmarks, WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, and more.
  2. Three recovery modes to guarantee highest iPhone data recovery rate: scan iPhone to recover deleted data; extract iTunes backup and recover selected files; download iCloud backup and extract selected files.
  3. Recover lost data from many common scenarios, such as deleting, factory reset, jailbreak, ROM flashing, iOS update, system crash, virus attack, device locked or forgotten password, device damaged or stolen, etc.
  4. Fully support all iPhone models, including iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4s/4, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPod touch 6/5/4, etc.

iPhone Data Recovery is just $69.95 and is now available on the Fucosoft official site, for both Windows and Mac versions. For more information or to download a free trial version, please visit the Fucosoft iPhone Data Recovery website.

macOS New App Release – XEffects Viral Video Thirds

Product Announcements – FxFactory of Boston, Massachusetts has released XEffects Viral Video Thirds, a new Final Cut Pro X plugin developed by partner Idustrial Revolution. This plugin is based on splitting the screen into thirds, adding graphical overlays and using dynamic transitions to animate between the “third composites.”

The combination of masks, titles and transitions all work together with thirds, meaning that some great looking graphics and effects can be built easily and quickly. One to note is the rotating third “Rubic Cube style” transition built in 3D with adjustable camera focal length, depth of field and glossy highlights.

“Following the success of our first pack of viral video plugins, we knew a follow-up pack had to have the same ‘on trend’ crisp, bright and colourful look.” said Idustrial Revolution’s Peter Wiggins. “I think this time we have taken the next step and given the editor some real eye catching graphics and effects.”

The plugin is perfect for social media, but will also find many uses in other areas from broadcast to corporate productions and events. Built with vector graphics, the results will be pin sharp even in 4K.

Features:

  • All Transition & Effect Plugins work with video or images
  • No cumbersome drop zones for better speed, timing and audio retention
  • Masking plugins to split screens into third or ninth segments automatically
  • Built in colour palettes or use your own custom colours
  • Resize and colour individual words for impact
  • Easy to animate text, choose the in and out direction of travel
  • All third transition effects match panels for perfect alignment
  • Many different adjustable parameters on transitions such as direction, order, reflections, camera angle & borders
  • Pin sharp results even in 4K FCPX timelines

“As an editor myself, I always like to tweak elements to get timings and alignments right. The effects have been built using title masks and not drop zones. This means that the editor can reposition or retime clips directly in the timeline wherever and whenever they wish.”

Idustrial Revolution’s designers and editors have been at the forefront of using Apple technology and software in creating content for broadcasters, corporate users and videographers. They have been successfully producing products for Final Cut Pro for over 10 years.

XEffects Viral Video Thirds is distributed on the FxFactory app store.

macOS New App Release – RailModeller Pro 5.4

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Product Announcements – Isle of the Kakapo of Munich, Germany has released RailModeller Pro 5.4, their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for macOS. The app offers sophisticated tools that enable hobbyists to quickly design model train and slot car track layouts via drag & drop, features libraries for more than 200 popular track systems as well as scalable libraries for accessories usable across all model scales, and offers customizable views of track layouts in both two and three dimensions. This latest major update of RailModeller Pro features:

  • Fully localized library names and element descriptions:
    All 6000 elements have been revised to now include native descriptions in English and German with further translations added down the road.
  • Scalable libraries for all model scales:
    The new TruScale libraries introduced in the latest release automatically adapt elements to any model scale. The libraries including accessories like houses, cars, plants and railway signs can be used in any model scale. Elements are scaled automatically to the appropriate size for the layout.
  • Multi-Color elements
    Libraries now also contain elements with multiple colors – think railway crossings, semaphore or railway colour light signals – enabling users to create visually compelling layouts.

RailModeller Pro’s easy-to-use interface allows track designers to create layouts of up to 10km x 10km or 6.2 x 6.2 miles organized in up to 99 layers. The app includes all components to complete a train or slot car track layout, including flex tracks, buildings, symbols, and other items in scales from T (1:450) all the way up to G or IIm (1:22.5). Track elements can be dropped onto the layout, rotated, and positioned where desired, users can simply click to append one or more track elements in the layout, create tunnel sections, add graphical shapes, arrows, dimensions, import background images and specify baseboards to indicate the available space for a train layout.

RailModeller Pro automatically generates a shopping list, (including prices), as the layout is created, making for an easy reference when it comes time to purchase required components for the layout. An integrated stock management maintains the inventory of tracks already purchased, displaying the number of tracks remaining in stock when working on a specific layout or filtering the shopping list to show only missing tracks that need to be purchased to complete the layout.

Features:

  • A library catalog featuring libraries for more than 200 track systems for all popular manufacturers of model train tracks
  • Covers model scales from T (1:450) up to G or IIm (1:22.5)
  • A clean and intuitive, Mac like user experience
  • An automatically adapting drawing canvas never running out of space
  • Sophisticated, yet easy to use tools to quickly build awesome model train layouts
  • Assistants that allow placing tracks at arbitrary heights, creating track grades, insert parallel tracks or close gaps
  • Dedicated tools for creating tunnel sections
  • Advanced functionality for creating selections
  • Clean-up wizards for complex layouts
  • Customizable viewing modes for visualizing the track layout in two and three dimensions
  • Automatically generates shopping lists as the design is laid out
  • The built-in stock tracking feature keeps track of items already owned
  • Print layouts in any scale from a single sheet of paper to full-sized 1:1 scale
  • Image import in various formats (PNG, JPEG, PSD, GIF, TIFF, PDF, and others)
  • Export track layouts in numerous image file formats at any resolution
  • An integrated help manual

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit Processor
  • 50 MB disk space

RailModeller Pro 5.4 is available for only $39.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express – which is suitable for smaller layouts with a limited number of tracks – is also available through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category.

FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 11/2017

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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, OS X, 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.

November 2017

  1. iOS/Games – Element Cell Game Limited today is proud to announce the release of TAP Shooter: Sky Battle 1.0, their new RPG title for iOS and Android devices. Getting surrounded by hordes of enemies and dodging bullet hell is not the only way to play a Shooter game. In TAP Shooter: Sky Battle, you summon a horde of allies to surround and destroy monsters! You will power up your hero and allies with Incremental clicker gameplay, and go forth to annihilate the Devil Army! TAP Shooter: Sky Battle 1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  2. iOS/Social Networking – App developer Antonio Michahil recently released Viral! 2.1, the latest version of the social networking app. Version 2.1 brings new and improved features, offering social media enthusiasts a novel way to connect through creative and entertaining videos.  Viral! 2.1 is currently available for Free on the App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  3. iOS/Games – Kalypso Media Group today announced the release of The Orient Express, a gripping, story-driven adventure for iPhone and iPad. In The Orient Express, players take on the role of investigative reporter Heidi Price. What begins as nothing more than a story for The Globe newspaper soon sees Heidi trade in her notepad for a magnifying glass and venturing across 17 locations in search of a murderer. The Orient Express 1.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. The Orient Express 1.2
  4. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of their another cool new game, Cookie Soccer 1.0.1 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. Cookie Soccer is a leisure game inspired by pool. It’s easy to play, but hard to master. Cookie Soccer 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  5. iOS/Games – App Eminence LLC today is proud to announce the worldwide release and immediate availability of Avoid the Void 2K18, a uniquely addicting app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The game challenges players to swipe their finger to guide the blue ball in collecting the Fish. Avoid the black void to stay alive. Sounds easy? Think again! You have ample opportunity to collect as many Fish to get the best score in the world. Avoid the Void is a super addicting and simple game that is quick to play on the go or when you only have a few minutes. Avoid the Void 2K18 is free for a limited time, exclusively through the App Store in the Game and Entertainment categories. Take advantage of the free launch special and download the new Avoid the Void 2K18. Download from iTunes
  6. iOS, macOS/Games – Pixel Knights Ltd. has announced the release and immediate availability of Heavy Steel: Mech Warriors 1.0 for the iOS, Android, Windows and macOS platforms. Pixel Knights Ltd. released their latest game from their gaming studio based in Pwllheli, North Wales, UK. Following on from the success of their previous games, Stackimals, ZombieGP, Geiriau Gwyllt, Christmas Chaos and Halloween Havoc, this game heralds the new age of 3D gaming for the company and a more mature game compared to previous releases. Heavy Steel 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes Download for Mac
  7. iOS/Lifestyle – Welcome to NextLook Hairstyles, the cutting-edge iOS app where hairstylists share their creations and users find their NextLook. The app is free to download on the App Store and is on its way to becoming the next Instagram for hairstyles. Users can filter hairstyles to match their preferences and favourite the hairstyles they like most. The app also allows users to browse the work and booking information of stylists both in their area and around the globe. Professional hairstylists can create a following by developing a portfolio showcasing their daily creations. NextLook Hairstyles 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from iTunes
  8. iOS/Games – Neonchimp is proud to announce the release of its latest game Crashbots 1.0 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Take control of the latest line of robots and test their fighting capabilities, agility, and endurance in various arenas filled with dangerous obstacles, booby traps and enemies. Free from the iTunes store. Download from iTunes
  9. iOS/Games – Game Scorpion Inc. is proud to announce the release and availability of Action Racing 3D Ultimate Race 2.1, the important update to their mobile racing game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Now available for all major mobile marketplaces, Action Racing 3D Ultimate Race is a mobile racing game boasting incredible 3D levels and gameplay. Action Racing 3D Ultimate Race 2.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  10. iOS/Travel – Inadrive Inc., a startup entrepreneurship specializing in ridesharing and advertising, today is proud to announce the inaugural release of Inadrive and Inadrive Web Platform, one of the best new innovative apps to hit App Store to date. Inadrive is new, one-of-a-kind innovative payment free ridesharing and ultimate digital video advertising App, all in one. Inadrive 1.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Download from iTunes
  11. macOS/Photography – Everimaging Science and Technology Co., Ltd is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Fotor Photo Editor 3.4.1, an important update to their easy-to-use yet powerful photo editor for macOS. The app offers powerful photo editing tools, which include batch processing of images, a collage maker, fifteen 1-tap photo enhancements, and much more. Fotor Photo Editor 3.4.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. Convenient in-app purchases are available for $3.99 USD per month or $11.99 annually to access Premium features, which include more photo effects updates, packages of frames, and much more. Download from Mac App Store
  12. iOS/Shopping – The last thing anyone wants to deal with these days is remembering more and carrying more. We carry electronics and we carry stuff in our bags, to the point where it gets difficult to find what you’re looking for in the very moment that you need it. I’m talking about all of those credit cards you tote around and any of those store membership or frequent shopper cards. If you are like me and you never want to miss out on deals, then you have plenty of those cards. It’s remembering that you have one and knowing where to find them that counts. My Cards – Wallet is your digital keeper of cards that are important to you. It can store credit cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, SIM cards, business cards and personal cards. It’s your go to source to keep important information at your fingertips. Download for free from iTunes
  13. iOS/Productivity – Ever wanted to create your very own chat bot? Mic-Apps Ltd, has announced the released of UBOTS – Universal Chat Bots 1.4, its latest app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. The new mobile application embraces the current craze for bots and artificial intelligence by providing an ingenuous platform to create and share fully customised chat bots. UBOTS – Universal Chat Bots 1.4 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download from iTunes
  14. iOS/Games – If you remember how fun it was to play I Spy with friends and family, looking around a room in which you were all gathered or out somewhere where you could pick things that were conspicuous. Now, you can play with friends and family online. How, you ask? You simply take photos of people, places and things with enough in the background to give you ample items to pick from that are not dead giveaways. As I described above, O findit is a game that is played between two players. It’s all online and it’s powered by the pics that you upload into the game. When it’s your turn to challenge your opponent, you pick your photo and then you pick the item within the photo that they have to find. Download for free from the iTunes Store
  15. iOS/Reference – Democracy works best when voters are well informed and hold their elected representatives accountable. Today, Pterosaur Design is proud to announce the launch of Our Congress 1.0.1, an iOS app designed to make it easy for voters to follow the work of the U.S. Congress and contact their representatives. Our Congress brings together data from government entities and nonprofit organizations to put a wealth of information about congress at users’ fingertips. Our Congress 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Download from iTunes
  16. iOS/Games – Digital Legends Entertainment is proud to announce Afterpulse 1.8.1, the award-winning game enjoyed by over 10 million players globally, App Store Editor’s Choice and top 25 games of the year is back on the App Store worldwide on November 9th (and Google Play Store later in November). Afterpulse 1.8.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  17. iOS/Lifestyle – Car buying has never been easier. If you are in the market for a used car, then you have to download Seez R. Yes, it sounds like Cesar, and that what you’ll call this app, every time you use it. You don’t even have to be in the market for a car. You might be out doing something and come across a car that strikes your fancy. If you take a pic of it using Seez R, Seez R will give you the details behind it and will let you know what it’s worth. If it’s currently for sale, you’ll find that out, too. Seez R is an app that currently showcases cars for sale in the Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and general U.A.E. region. The hope is to make versions of the app available elsewhere, so everyone around the globe can get in on the fun and the deals. Download for free from iTunes
  18. iOS/Music – Fans of the guitar learning app CoachGuitar can now head to the App Store and download version 5.0, which is now compatible with iOS 11 (64-bit devices). The app, which has been downloaded more than 6 million times, remains compatible with iOS 8 and above.  Offered in 11 languages, Coach Guitar 5.0 is Free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Music category. Download from iTunes
  19. iOS/Photo & Video – Busivid Send Video, a messaging app that lets users easily include trackable video in all their communications, officially launched in the Google Play and Apple Store today. Busivid’s unique capability to send multiple videos in a single playlist with recipient view tracking and minimal upload times places the app as a leading business tool for app users. Busivid Send Video 1.2 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. Download from iTunes
  20. macOS/Productivity – Foundry376 is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Mailspring, a desktop email client designed for macOS High Sierra. With modern features like unified inbox, snoozing, reminders, templates, offline search, and support for Gmail labels, Mailspring will breathe life back into your tired inbox! A clean, modern interface and six built-in themes make Mailspring a perfect fit for macOS High Sierra, and mail rules and customizable keyboard shortcuts bring inbox zero within reach. Say goodbye to Apple Mail and discover a better way to manage your email. Mailspring is free and is available exclusively through the Mailspring website. For more information, visit the Mailspring website. Download Mailspring
  21. iOS/Photo & Video – Pomfort, a leading provider of professional software solutions for digital media assets and color management on the film set, today launched their new iOS app: PocketControl for ARRI Cameras. PocketControl is the first iOS app that enables users to remotely monitor and control their ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI AMIRA camera from their iPad or iPhone. The app connects to the camera via Wifi, and uses ARRI’s Camera Access Protocol (CAP) to give users remote access to the camera functions. By remotely monitoring and adjusting the camera settings, the implementation of camera decisions becomes faster and more responsive. PocketControl for ARRI Cameras is available as a free download in the app store. The free download includes all monitoring capabilities of the app. The control features of PocketControl can be added via an in-app purchase after download. The in-app purchase is available for $169.99 USD. PocketControl currently works with the ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira cameras with SUP 5.1 or newer. For iPhone and iPad, iOS version 9 or newer is required. Download from iTunes
  22. iOS/Education – CleverBooks today is proud to announce the release of Augmented Reality (AR) based Geometry App for Primary Education for iOS and Android devices. The AR Geometry App aims to get children interested in the potentially boring and dry subject of geometry by engaging them through augmented reality and gamification to bring geometry to Life while providing interactive and engaging learning. It is an innovative educational tool used as a supplementary aid to any existing primary math curriculum for schools around the world to support children age 7-11 y.o. in their learning process, help them develop cognitive and critical thinking. CleverBooks Geometry 1.0 is available for educational purposes free of charge globally through the App Store and Google Play in the Education category. The app ships with a set of PDF flashcards in order to promote equality in education and supplement existing curriculum in any country in the World. A 100-page first-ever Geometry workbook with AR, packaged flashcard and a fun interactive game are available on the market to accompanying that helps children connect shapes to the real world to follow. Download from iTunes
  23. iOS/Games – Back in 2015, a brilliant new 3D simulation app called Farmer Sim invited people around the world to put on a pair of overalls and grab a pitchfork, and experience the challenges, risks, opportunities and rewards of being a real farmer. Fast forward a few years, and the app’s creator Ovilex Soft has taken the experience and fun to a whole new level with the release of Farmer Sim 2018 for iOS and Android. Farmer Sim 2018 (v1.3.0) is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  24. iOS/Games – Rapid Turtle Games today is excited to announce the release and immediate availability of Farming Dead, an idle zombie game for iOS devices. Farm zombies for fun and profit in this relaxing idle simulation game! Players start from the bottom with a cute zombie and with big dreams of achieving zombie domination. They need to tap n’ swipe to collect viruses, spawn zombies, buy upgrades and to repeat these steps. It’s simple as that. There are many hilarious zombies to unlock and humorous upgrades to buy. Farming Dead 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  25. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is proud to announce the release of Tap Fly Hero 1.0, their super addictive but irrigating arcade platform game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. In Tap Fly Hero, an ordinary man named Jim appears as a superhero, flying through a wonderful but ridiculously dangerous adventure. Tap Fly Hero 1.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  26. iOS/Games – Element Cell Game Limited today is proud to announce the release of TAP Shooter: Sky Battle 1.2, an update to their fun to play RPG title for iOS and Android devices. In TAP Shooter: Sky Battle, players must summon a horde of allies to surround and destroy monsters. You will power up your hero and allies with Incremental clicker gameplay, and go forth to annihilate the Devil Army. Advance across various realms to save the world. Collect pets, artifacts and equipment to help your clause. TAP Shooter: Sky Battle 1.2 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  27. iOS/Games – After the original Twisty Board was one of the smash hit games of 2016 (and early 2017), the game was selected by Apple as “Best Arcade Game Of The Month,” developers at LHD Games were faced with the challenge of how to improve an experience that was so well received by reviewers and gamers alike. Twisty Board 2 (v1.0.2) is Free (with In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from iTunes
  28. iOS/Travel – Independent developer, Madeline Odom today is pleased to announce the release of Jet Journal 1.1, a new mobile application that combines social networking with travel experiences. Users are able to document their trips by creating and posting to journals. They can write entries, add photos, pin locations and save ideas. Users have unlimited options to customize their journals. They can add additional authors to a journal, allowing multiple people to create posts and share ideas, or they can keep a journal private for their personal use. Users can follow other travelers or search for places and pin them as ideas for a future vacation. Jet Journal 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Download from iTunes
  29. iOS/Lifestyle – Independent developer, Tomohiro Yamashita has released Albums 1.0.4, a maintenance update to this useful Lifestyle app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Simple and very easy-to-use, Albums helps you organize and manage the album contents of your iOS Photos library. You can browse images, edit albums and folders, manage and delete images. All actions are linked to Photos App of the iOS.  Albums 1.0.4 is free and displays an ad banner. You can remove the ad for only $0.99 (USD). It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Download from iTunes
  30. iOS/Lifestyle – Designed with the sole purpose of helping you keep your family on the same page, Social Graces 1.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices is innovative and intuitive, making it one of the best on the market. This app was designed by a mom for parents who want transparency and accountability when it comes to behavior expectations, the development of life skills, manners and responsibilities for their kids. And best off all, everyone knows the expectations including your kids.  Social Graces 1.3 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Download from iTunes
  31. iOS/Photo & Video – Sending texts is fun. Sending fun text messages is even better. Make your messaging say more with Mayu – the one and only messaging animation app that’s super easy to use and a blast to receive. Your friends and family will love what you send! To start, download the free app and then explore. Immediately, you’ll be prompted to provide access to your photos. I would select Yes if you want Mayu to be able to send photos from your device’s library. From there, you’ll see a screen full of pictures. These are some beautiful shots that Mayu has collected and provided for your use. Download from iTunes
  32. iOS/Games – Global mobile game publisher ZPLAY is pleased to officially announce the release of Color Pop! Slide Puzzle 1.0.1 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices, a new brain-burning game that is now available through the App Store and Google Play all over the world.  Color Pop! Slide Puzzle 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from iTunes
  33. iOS/Photot & Video – DM Apps has released Foto Collage 2.0, an update to their popular app developed for iOS devices. Foto Collage allows anyone to create amazing photo collages using a simple to use toolset with lots of options. This free app features multiple pre-designed photo grids, different colors and texture backgrounds the user can choose from. Instantly and easily create great looking collages and easily share them via social network platforms. Foto Collage 2.0 is Free (with In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.  Download from iTunes
  34. iOS/Social Networking – FlyLand Software, a French-American start-up that stands out for excellence in the area of designing Apps for iOS and Android proudly announces their new app called Splasher!. The App is a social network that uses both geolocation and augmented reality. Splasher! 1.3.3 is currently available for Free at iTunes App Store in the Social Networking category. Download from iTunes
  35. iOS/Utilities – Eltima Software today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of PinDrive 1.0, its latest app for iOS devices made with ARKit. PinDrive is a useful pocket helper for drivers that everyone will find rather handy when trying to find their vehicle among a huge number of parked cars: in a parking space near a shopping center, business center or sports arena. With PinDrive you will get to your transport fast and easily.  PinDrive 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Download from iTunes
  36. iOS/Productivity – Jumsoft today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Toolbox for MS Office 1.0, a new addition to their wildly popular productivity suite for iOS devices. Jumsoft’s Toolbox for MS Office is one of the most powerful and most popular Microsoft Office productivity template applications on the Mac App Store. It contains a total of over 30,000 unique items inside, and has been an irreplaceable tool for many users of Microsoft Office for Mac for years. As more and more users shift to iOS devices as their daily drivers, Jumsoft are making sure to bring this rich collection of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint templates, adapted for productivity on iOS. Toolbox for MS Office 1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category. It offers some items in all categories free-of-charge for users to try and use, while the rest can be purchased for $0.99 – $4.99 (USD) per item. Frequent users will appreciate the availability of purchasing complete content categories for $9.99, and get an even better value by purchasing the whole Toolbox bundle for just $19.99 (USD). Toolbox for MS Office 1.0
  37. iOS/Photo & Video – DM Apps is proud to announce the release of PIP Camera – Photo Effects 3.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, their photo effect creator with multiple overlay and text options for images. Choose between 12 different frame styles and 28 different artistic filters transforming your images into masterpieces. PIP Camera – Photo Effects 3.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. Download from iTunes
  38. iOS/Games – Wulum Creative Technology Ltd. today is please to announce the release of Saving Christmas – AR 1.0, its first Augmented Reality App, for iPhone and iPad. Saving Christmas – AR is about helping Santa deliver christmas presents. To do this, you have control over a drone that is in charge of dropping presents over houses marked with floating trees on their roof. Of course, there is a catch; you have to deliver all presents before Christmas is over. Saving Christmas – AR 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Soon we’ll offer extra content that users would purchase if wishes.  Saving Christmas – AR 1.0

macOS New App Release – DesiGN Market Templates

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Product Announcements – Graphic Node of Sakiai, Lithuania has released the DesiGN Market – Templates app, which will become one of the largest productivity and graphics templates marketplaces on the App Store.

Graphic Node, the App Store’s well-known productivity and graphics templates professionals, are entering new grounds with the new Mac application DesiGN Market – Templates. It is an all-round productivity assistant, packed with productivity and graphics templates, designed for an unmatched variety of productivity suites and image-editing applications.

The all-original content in DesiGN Market – Templates is distributed into four major content categories: Printable, Presentations, Graphics, and Sounds, which are further detailed into subcategories by themes or applications. With thousands of in-house designed items, DesiGN Market – Templates instantly becomes one of the largest productivity and graphics templates collections available on the App Store. DesiGN Market – Templates contains items usable in the following applications:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple iBooks Author
  • Apple Keynote
  • Apple Mail
  • Apple Numbers
  • Apple Pages
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Pixelmator

“We are committed to our goal to lead in the category and the new DesiGN Market – Templates is our bold claim to the spot! With the vast variety of productivity and graphics templates available, DesiGN Market – Templates is here to cater to any productivity needs, and works with all of the most popular productivity suites or image editing applications” – said Zivile Unguvaityte, CEO of Graphic Node. “Previously, access to equivalent content would have required ownership of multiple products so we came up with an excellent solution.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 6.7 MB

DesiGN Market – Templates 1.0 is a free-download on the Mac App Store and allows trying out any 5 items free of charge. After that, unlimited access to the app’s regularly updated content is unlocked via a subscription plan – either $4.99 (USD) per month, or $29.99 annually.

macOS New App Release – ChronoAgent 1.8.0

Product Announcements – Econ Technologies of Casselberry, Florida has updated the indispensable companion app, ChronoAgent, to ChronoSync to fully support macOS 10.13, High Sierra! ChronoAgent 1.8.0 now recognizes APFS volumes while offering improved file backup and sync performance. Local network-based syncs run up to 20% faster!

Use ChronoAgent on your Mac to accept secure, reliable and higher performance connections from ChronoSync Macs than using standard file sharing. The ChronoSync/ChronoAgent combination allows you to synchronize files between two Macs, back up Macs to a Mac server, or even maintain a bootable backup over a network.

In addition to a few bug fixes, ChronoAgent 1.8.0 also includes more reliable startup, better statistics reporting and an updated manual. ChronoAgent 1.8.0 works on macOS 10.8 or newer and is available for $14.99.

ChronoSync, the multipurpose app for local and cloud backup, bootable clone, and folder synchronizing, is designed to work on macOS version 10.10 and newer. Full working trial licenses are available, or purchase ChronoSync for $49.99 (USD). ChronoAgent allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device so you can access or transfer your data! Full working trial licenses are available, or purchase ChronoAgent for $14.99. ChronoMonitor is an iPhone app that monitors Macs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent. ChronoMonitor is available in the Apple App Store for $3.99.

macOS New App Release – Snagit 2018

Product Announcements – In today’s world of information overload, the need to grab attention and communicate quickly and efficiently has never been more important. TechSmith Corporation of Okemos, Michigan, the go-to company for visual communications, today launched TechSmith Snagit 2018, the latest version of its industry-leading screen capture and image editing software. The newest version of Snagit offers users even more powerful and easy-to-use tools to quickly communicate complex ideas and processes – making your communications more effective and easy to understand.

“After nearly 30 years as the market leader in screen capture, this is the most powerful version of Snagit we’ve ever created,” Wendy Hamilton, CEO, TechSmith Corp. said. “Snagit 2018 allows you to quickly and easily create compelling, easy-to-understand visual content that clearly demonstrates processes, how-tos, and other information so that everyone can get more done in less time.”
New features in Snagit 2018 include:

  • Grab Text: Snagit captures way more than just images. Grab Text magically pulls out the text from a screen capture or file. And since you can paste it into another document for edits, you’ll work faster, rather than wasting time with endless typing.
  • Smart Move: With the flip of a switch, automatically make objects in your screen captures movable. Rearrange buttons, delete text, or edit other elements in your screenshots.
  • Text Replace: Snagit recognizes the text in your screenshots for quick editing. Change the font, colors, and size of the text in your screenshots without affecting the look and feel.

Other improvements include updates to the desktop video recording feature. Snagit 2018 allows for higher frame rate desktop recording for smoother, more professional recordings, as well as better quality webcam capture and better stability. And, it does it all using fewer CPU resources than ever before.

Snagit 2018 also marks the first release where the date designates the version number. Now, it’s easier than ever for users to know which version they use because Snagit for Windows and Mac will be designated by the year rather than a separate version number.

TechSmith Snagit 2018 is available today for Windows and Mac for $49.99 (USD) from the website. Users with previous versions of Snagit can upgrade for $24.99.

macOS New App Release – Panorama X

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Product Announcements – ProVUE Development of Huntington Beach, California has released Panorama X, the latest version of their high performance general purpose database system for Macintosh computers. This major upgrade is a complete rewrite from the ground up, the result of almost six years in development. It includes an all-new 64-bit RAM based database engine, universal multi-level Undo (never before available in any general purpose database program), and a completely modernized user interface.

ProVUE Development founder James Rea says that “the goal of the Panorama X project was to take all the great concepts of Panorama that users have loved over the past three decades: incredible RAM based speed, flexibility and programmability, and re-implement those concepts from scratch using the latest Apple technologies and with completely modern user interface design. We went back to the drawing board and re-thought every aspect of Panorama from a clean slate, much like Apple did when transitioning from Mac OS 9 to OS X, and when transitioning from Final Cut 7 to Final Cut X.”

Notable features of Panorama X include:

  • Data Sheet: The Panorama X data sheet displays rows and columns like a spreadsheet, but has special functions optimized for working with structured database information.
  • Graphical Layout: Panorama X includes a complete application builder that enables the user to build almost any custom interface, including custom windows, dialogs, forms, labels and custom reports. The user/developer has complete control over the layout, and if necessary, any programming needed. Layouts can be fixed or responsive to window size. Programming code can be embedded into any element, much like HyperCard(TM).
  • Bulk Data Modification And Restructuring: Panorama allows huge data sets to be bent, reshaped or refactored at will. Fields can be added, removed, rearranged, hidden, merged or split at any time. Entire datasets can be rapidly altered based on parsing/manipulation rules set up from pop-up menus (advanced users can also use arbitrary formulas and regular expressions).
  • Multi-Level Undo: Panorama X is the first database program ever to support universal, multi-level undo. Well known Macintosh book author Matt Neuburg says that Panorama X’s “brilliant Undo stack, shows how a properly implemented Cocoa app can provide total freedom from fear as you perform sweeping changes on huge amounts of data.”
  • Flexible Searching And Sorting: Panorama X can quickly search and sort data by any field or combination of fields. Advanced search options include phonetic searches, regular expressions, and formula based searches.
  • Automation: Every aspect of Panorama X operation can be automated – database manipulation, modifying database structure, even graphical layout tasks can be automated. Basic automation doesn’t require any programming at all – the Panorama X program recorder can watch the user’s action and automatically write the corresponding code. For developers, Panorama’s programming language includes conditional logic, variables, subroutines, and a complete IDE (integrated development environment). Joe Kissell, owner of Take Control Books, says that he “especially appreciates Panorama X’s Multi-Level Undo, extensive automation capabilities, and support for regular expressions and Unicode, all of which have made my work vastly simpler.”
  • Data Analysis: Collecting and manipulating raw data is one thing, comprehension is another. To facilitate true comprehension, Panorama X includes unique analysis tools that transform raw data into an easily digestible, interactive outline. Users can quickly shift their vantage point in the outline – zooming out to grasp key overall trends, or drilling down to focus in on important details and chase down loose ends that they might otherwise never have noticed.
  • Regular Expressions: Panorama X includes full support for industry standard regular expressions, enabling powerful and lightning fast pattern match based searches and search/replace. There are literally thousands of regular expression pattern matching examples online (as well as in books) that can be plugged directly into Panorama X.
  • Relational: Panorama X’s relational model supports one record-to-one record links, range-to-one record (shipping and tax tables, for example), and one record-to-many records. Relational keys are not limited to a single field, and can even be defined with a formula.
  • Data Import/Export: Panorama X can import text files in comma separated (csv), tab separated (tsv), or json format. Export supports the same formats as well as HTML and PDF. Data can be restructured as it is imported or exported to match up with external programs (for example re-arranging, merging or splitting fields as the data is imported or exported).

System Requirements: macOS 10.9 or later (including macOS 10.13 High Sierra)

Panorama X introduces a revolutionary new flexible approach to software subscriptions. Unlike a traditional subscription, a user only pays for months when he or she actually uses the software. If they don’t use it every month, they don’t pay every month. The initial expense can be as low as $15, and ongoing usage can be as low as $5 per month.

Subscriptions are purchased from within the application. A user can install Panorama X on as many computers as he or she likes. As long as they use it on only one computer at a time, they pay nothing extra. Organizations pay for each computer in use during a month, but without any serial numbers or activation hassles. An organization can scale up or down the number of computers in use at any time – it’s all taken care of automatically within the app itself.

Free Trial:
Panorama X can be downloaded directly from the ProVUE Development web site. When Panorama X is first installed, the user is offered a 7 day free trial. Trial days don’t have to be consecutive, they can be spread out over an extended time period. When the trial is complete, the user can simply purchase their subscription from within the application.