Category Archives: macOS

macOS New App Release – URL Extractor 4.5.1

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Product Announcement – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released URL Extractor 4.5.1 for macOS, their app designed to extract emails and other URLs from the web and from local files in batch mode.

URL Extractor can be used to extract thousands of email addresses or other URLs, as example web addresses, in various modes:

Inserting (or importing) a list of web page addresses, the app will use those web pages as a seed to start to collect data and visit linked pages, proceeding in a background navigation to the requested deep level collecting data till the user decide to stop.

Inserting (or importing) a list of keywords and using them as a starting point to run a search on a user specified search engine. The app will use the obtained pages to proceed in a navigation and data collection to the requested deep level till the user decide

Specifying a list of files and folders on the local hard disk to extract from and extracting in all the subfolder at any deep level

It can work attended or in batch mode extracting for hours from the web in a completely autonomous mode. The user can watch, during extraction, the URLs filling the table as they are extracted. Filters can be used to decide what to accept or exclude. The extracted URL will be ready to be saved on disk for later use for any purpose.

The app uses various settings that can be modified to find the right balance for any search and extraction. URL Extractor can extract from any kind of file encoded as text, HTML included and also from PDF files (both locally and online). URL Extractor uses a new extraction engine taking advantage of the latest Cocoa technologies.

Features:

  • Can extract email address, web address, ftp address, feed, telnet, local file URL and others.
  • Extract from any text file and from PDF
  • Has a new modern engine using the latest Cocoa and Objective-C 2.0 technology
  • Extracts from multiple file inside folders, to any level of nesting (also thousand and thousand of files)
  • Extracts directly from the web cross navigating web pages in background. No user action required!
  • Extracts on search engines starting from keywords and navigating in all the linked pages in an unlimited navigation from one page to the successive, all this just starting from a single keyword
  • Google and Bing extraction from specific international google sites with URL extraction more focused on individual country and language.
  • Url table for live web extraction
  • Extracts web address, ftp address, email address, feed, telnet, local file URL, news and generic emails
  • Drag and Drop of files and URLs to process
  • Option for single domain extraction
  • Uses various country search engines .com .it .fr . au .uk .de and .es .ar .au .at .be .br .ca .fi .nl .se .ch .jp .cn
  • Each URL is collected with the source URL (URL from where it was extracted) listed in another column
  • Advanced URL export capabilities
  • Ability to specify a custom client app name to declare connecting to the servers or google
  • Black list (do not extract from here)
  • Import export to/from black list
  • Uses macOS only features as Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Full screen.
  • includes a PDF user guide

New in this release:

  • Solved a problem sometime arising when collecting web address containing an ampersand
  • Solved a bug regarding Reset button of collected URLs
  • Introduced warning dialog signaling block by Google
  • Other bug fixes
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 Sierra

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Optimized for macOS Sierra 10.12
  • 64-bit processor
  • 5.1 MB

URL Extractor 4 – Version 4.5.1 is just $49.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The app is also available from the Tension Software website.

macOS New app Release – Password Creator 1.4

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Product Announcement – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released Password Creator 1.4 for macOS. Password Creator allows users to create a single password or a long list of random unique passwords, (up to 500000), inside an internal table, ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse, all in a single click.

It allows to create different kind of passwords:

  • Alpha only lowercase
  • Alpha only uppercase
  • Alpha only any-case
  • Alphanumeric only lowercase
  • Alphanumeric only uppercase
  • Alphanumeric only any-case
  • Numeric only
  • Hexadecimal (to be used in WEP encrypted wireless modem)
  • Alphanumeric lowercase with punctuation
  • Alphanumeric uppercase with punctuation
  • Alphanumeric any-case with punctuation
  • Readable lowercase password
  • Readable uppercase password

The user can select the length of the password and it is created live while the user selects the options. The strength of the created password is visualized in a graphic way. Single password can be shown or maintained hidden inside the window. Password Creator includes a PDF embedded user guide

Features:

  • You can generate not only just one password in one shot, or up to 500000 (half million) unique passwords with a single click, and save them on disk in a text file.
  • Password Creator can be used as a random data generator, with output importable by any other software that can read text data from disk
  • Optionally avoids use of ambiguous chars similar to others
  • When creating a list of password, optional ‘avoid duplicates’ to create only unique passwords
  • Password browse inside an internal table
  • Password sort
  • Save on disk in text format, alphabetically or by creation
  • Can export to disk data to be imported by any app
  • Embedded PDF guide included

What’s new:

  • Readable lowercase password option
  • Readable uppercase password option
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 Sierra

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.9 MB

Password Creator 1.4 is just $4.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

macOS New App Release – HoudahSpot 4.3

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Product Announcement – Houdah Software of Luxembourg, Luxembourg has released HoudahSpot 4.3, a major update to the versatile file search tool for Mac. HoudahSpot combines fast and precise file search with a flexible results display and previews to help finding the right document, email message, photo or video file.

The purpose of HoudahSpot is to provide quick access to all kinds of files. It achieves this with searches that can be refined to return a manageable list of results. HoudahSpot shows search results in an interface that keeps relevant details within reach. Combined with previews of file content and text matches, this make it easy to comb through search results and assess relevance of the found files.

File search also needs to be fast. HoudahSpot gets results in no time by searching the existing Spotlight index. Today’s update manages to squeeze out an extra ounce of speed. Long lists of results load even faster. Scrolling is smoother. Search results and file properties are updated promptly when files are modified by external applications.

HoudahSpot is a productivity tool that takes center stage of many workflows. Full text search and preview of text matches help sift through reference materials. Precise search criteria can be used to hunt down an elusive document. Customizable results display make HoudahSpot equally adept at presenting mail messages, documents, or media files. Search templates provide starting points for specialized searches. E.g. a search for video files.

Feature Highlights:

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, image dimensions, bit rate, etc.
  • Combine search criteria to narrow down search results
  • Customizable results display keeps important information within reach
  • Preview of file content and text matches
  • “Find by example”: Populate search criteria by providing an example file
  • Create lists of files and their metadata. Export to CSV files
  • Saved searches and search templates for recurring searches
  • Fully customizable: default search form, file list columns, search locations, etc.

New in HoudahSpot 4.3:

  • Improved performance. Faster scrolling. Faster refresh when files change
  • Easy file tagging from the contextual menu
  • Improved autocomplete on Finder tags in search and file tagging
  • Improved support for international character sets in text preview

Customer voices:

  • “If there is one utility that is indispensable for me on the Mac, HoudahSpot is it.”
  • “There’s nothing else like it [HoudahSpot] for Mac users by a long margin.”
  • “I found its power to be unparalleled. Simply put, it finds everything, and it does so remarkably quickly.”
  •  “For me a true killer app since years – helped me so often finding long missed info fast and easy…”
  • “This is Spotlight done right. … It makes searching the abysses of my file system a joy.”
  • “With all of Apple’s changes to Spotlight, HoudahSpot is more valuable than ever.”
  • “A smarter, better, faster way to find files. Finder works for easy things – HoudahSpot does the heavy lifting.”

System Requirements:

  • HoudahSpot is available in English, German and French language versions
  • OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Spotlight enabled
  • 14 MB of disk space

HoudahSpot 4.3 is priced at $29 for a single-user license. A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrade from previous versions start at $17. Upgrades are available through in-app purchases. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after November 1, 2014 remain valid for HoudahSpot 4. Prices are in USD and exclusive of tax.

macOS New App Release –

Product Announcement – Lakehorn AG of Bern, Switzerland has released a full suite of Network Speed Tester apps for all Apple devices. Network Speed Tester lets users measure and visualize network and WiFi performance between any Apple device on the same network.

Advertised and actual networks speed can vary quite a lot – this is why we’ve created the Network Speed Tester suite of apps, to dig deeper, and find weak spots or bottleneck in any network. In larger houses, WiFi-repeaters are used to improve the range of the WiFi signal, but sometimes the actual performance gets worse because of bad placement or configurations. This can all be detected by Network Speed Tester.

We use client-server technology to measure speed, i.e. various amounts of random data is sent between devices, to get accurate real-world results. The results are then displayed in a graph in realtime, so that any change is visible immediately. E.g. The user can walk around to house and find the best spots for video streaming. Or he moves or even just tilts the WiFi router to see changes in speed.

Network Speed Tester requires any two devices to operate. One device will act as the server using the server app (on iOS or tvOS) or the combined app on macOS. From the second device, the client app will connect to the server via bonjour and visualize the results.

Main features summary

  • Accurate performance measuring of WiFi or wired networks using client-server technology
  • Get actual realworld network throughput
  • Graphical visualisation
  • Find test servers automatically via Bonjour services
  • Export data to tab text format (macOS only)
  • Share results

Language Support: Network Speed Tester is currently localised for english and german language.

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV 4
  • Requires macOS 10.10 , iOS 9.0 , tvOS 9.0
  • Universal application

Network Speed Tester for Mac is a $3.99 download available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utility category. The client app for iOS/tvOS is a free download worldwide. The server app for iOS/tvOS is a $1.99 download also available worldwide.

macOS New App Release – SnipNotes 1.0

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Product Announcement – Indie software developer, Felix Lisczyk of Coburg, Germany has released SnipNotes 1.0 for macOS. This new note-taking solution for the Mac supplements and extends the existing SnipNotes apps for iOS and Apple Watch. SnipNotes combines a highly configurable clipboard manager with an intelligent note-taking app: Users can quickly save any content from their clipboard, text and images from websites, addresses from Maps and much more.

SnipNotes categorizes notes automatically based on their content and provides an action for each type. For example, when the user saves an address, SnipNotes will show a little map of the location and can redirect him to Apple Maps for further details. When SnipNotes recognizes a date or time, it allows the user to create a calendar event right within the app. SnipNotes recognizes many more content types like flight numbers or phone numbers and provides intelligent actions for each type.

SnipNotes for macOS transports this concept to the Mac and integrates into many system technologies like Handoff and the new Touch Bar. Some of the app’s highlights include:

  • Users can view, edit and organize their notes from iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
  • Notes synchronize seamlessly between all devices over iCloud
  • SnipNotes integrates into the menu bar, notification center, system services and the share menu – This gives users quick access to their notes and allows them to create new notes from anywhere
  • Notes can be organized with categories, custom note titles and search functionality
  • Users can select multiple notes and move or delete them with drag and drop
  • The integrated settings menu allows users to customize font sizes, define their own keyboard shortcuts and much more

SnipNotes is a premium app without any advertisements or in-app purchases. Synchronization of notes takes place through the user’s private iCloud account. Notes are not stored elsewhere and can only be accessed by the user.

System Requirements:

  • macOS Sierra (10.12) or later
  • 16.8 MB

SnipNotes 1.0 for macOS is only $3.99 until 07/09/2017 and $8.99 (USD) afterwards. The app is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

macOS New App Release – String replacer 1.4

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Product Announcement – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released String Replacer 1.4 for macOS. String Replacer allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode.

It allows users to operate on multiple files using a multiple string couple replacement list. It works with just a single click or using drag and drop, also in batch mode replacing inside thousands of files thousand of find/replace couples of string.

String Replacer can replace strings inside any text files, (text, htm, html, tsv, csv and any other file that can be opened as a text file). It can replace in a single pass an unlimited number of strings with other strings, and parsing one or more file from a list of files and folder content, (including all the files nested inside folders at any nested level).

String Replacer is document based to offer the advantage to save all the settings, the list of files and folder to precess and list of string to replace, inside the document and to have all this data ready to be used again for reuse opening the document and executing the replacing operation in batch mode, just clicking a button.

String replacer can work also on files and folder (with nested contents) via Drag and Drop. Users just need to drop a file or a folder on the dedicated area of a target document and the dropped file (or all the files inside the dropped folder) will be processed and string replaced as specified inside the target document.

String Replacer use a simple Master/Details interface to edit all the strings a user needs to use. In addition, strings used for Find/Replace can be imported/exported from/to text files in various format for maximum flexibility in all the operations.

Features:

  • Can replace strings on an unlimited number of selected files and files inside folders at any nested levels
  • Can specify for folders, extension of files to work on (skipping the others)
  • Can use an unlimited list of strings to find and replace
  • Can use plain text replacement or complex grep functions
  • Works in batch mode, replacing on an unlimited number of files with a single click
  • Import of Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections
  • Export of Find/Replace strings with selection of fields and various format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format
  • Order of execution of Find/Replace can be now modified moving rows in the strings substitution list
  • Document based can specify a base sources on disk to work on and use it at successive relaunch of the document without further input
  • Works also in drag and drop mode, it’s enough to drop a file on the document to have it processed
  • PDF User Guide included with the application and accessible via the help menu.
  • Fully sandboxed, ready and optimized for the latest OS X release

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • 64-bit processor
  •  4.4 MB

String Replacer 1.4 is just $14.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It’s also available through the Tension Software website.

macOS App Sale – Yummy Software App Sale – All $2

Product Announcement – Yummy Software of Verwood, United Kingdom has announced that their week long Sizzling Summer Sale on the Mac App Store where all titles are discounted to just $2 for the duration. Their well established product range of advanced file transfer apps have earned a reputation for speed, productivity and ease of use and are relied upon by thousands of businesses worldwide every day. The Yummy Software product range includes:

  • Yummy FTP Pro – an advanced Mac file transfer app which provides a full-featured professional toolkit combined with blazing speeds and impeccable reliability, so whether you want to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule backups, edit and maintain websites, even automate transfers, you need this time-tested and truly dependable app.
  • Yummy FTP Lite – a basic version of our flagship pro-level FTP client app Yummy FTP Pro. Featuring blazingly fast transfers, unparalleled reliability, and all the basic file management features required for those who need nothing more than excellent FTP SFTP FTPS.
  • Yummy FTP Watcher – automate uploads, downloads and syncs between your Mac and any number of FTP/S SFTP WebDAV/S servers, watching chosen folders for changes and acting upon them. Automate and empower your workflow with ease.
  • Yummy FTP Alias – quick and simple drag & drop FTP to your Desktop. Drag your files onto an FTP Alias icon in the Finder or Dock to upload them to your FTP/S SFTP WebDAV/S server… it’s that easy!

System Requirements: Intel, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

The sale started June 19 and all titles are discounted to just $2 for the duration.

macOS New App Release – Data Extractor 1.5

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Product Announcement – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released Data Extractor 1.5 for macOS. Data Extractor 1.5 allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).

Data extractor can parse thousands and thousands of file in few seconds and collect all the raw data inside. It uses simple instructions about how to recognize data, how to extract them and where to put these data inside a structured table, ready to be exported.

When the data you want to extract are recognizable inside a text by a start label and the end of data by another label or a newline or return or a tab, Data Extractor can extract it and do in few seconds, the job would require weeks or months or even years to do by hand.

Data Extractor provides all the knowledge to accomplish these specific tasks in a fast and smart way inside a beautiful and elegant, Mac only, native application. Data Extractor provides an internal database table, where the user can create how many columns she/he likes, where data can be collected.

Data are always available for export on disk in CVS (comma separated value), TSV (tab separated value) or html table format. Name of custom fields can be used as first record during exportation (for successive smart importing).

Data Extractor is document based and any document can be customized for fast batch processing of large amount of data with specific sources, rules of extractions and custom destination fields. Creating many documents the user can create as many custom ‘extraction set’ he needs to extract from different files and with different extraction rules.

The application includes a PDF user guide with also 4 practical lessons with demo documents (on our site) on how to extract data from text files and put them inside a custom, user created table. Due to the complexity of the operations we know that it is a lot easier to show to the user some examples of usage, before explaining from a general point of view how the app works.

Features:

  • Transform order or data in general you receive via email in a database records (Data Extractor can parse directly emails pointing at your mailbox on your Hard Disk)
  • Collect order received as server output when not directly inserted inside a database
  • Extract data from files one by one, also dragging them via Drag & Drop
  • Can process folders extracting from all the files inside nested to any level
  • Convert data provided in one format to another when the first format uses a recognizable patter with labels to identify data fields
  • Adjustable data columns positions
  • Extract data from files where data are written all in one file with record separated just by a distinctive string
  • Extract data from files where records are separated by newline with fields all in one line identified just by labels
  • Extract data from text document with non unique, ambiguous tags , using special tags usable to instruct Data Extractor where to really start collect data
  • Parse files only if they respond to certain characteristics
  • Extract data only if they respond to certain characteristics
  • Extract data also when it is specified by more then one label (it can put different extraction in the same destination field)
  • Can use ‘Case Sensitive’ option for data tags

New in this release:

  • Additional force option: ‘Prefix at Start of Line’
  • Extraction algorithm improved
  • Bug fix extracting data with start tag having a space as first character
  • Other minor bug fix
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 Sierra

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • 64-bit processor
  • 6.7 MB

Data Extractor 1.5 is only $49.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is also available through the Tension Software website.

macOS New App Release – Mirror for Fire TV

Product Announcement – AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands has released Mirror for Fire TV application on the Mac App Store and on their website. Screen Mirroring has been around on MacOS since WWDC 2011 as AirPlay Mirroring, but only for MacOS users who also use an AppleTV. AirBeamTV is the first company worldwide who made it possible to mirror screen and audio from any Mac to all major Smart TV brands and connected TV devices.

Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player owned by 12% of US households (comScore: 2016). The Fire TV does not have a native option for Screen Mirroring from Apple Mac computers. AirBeamTV has added this much appreciated functionality. To enjoy Screen Mirroring from Mac to Fire TV, users need to follow a simple two-step process:

  • Step One is to install the (free) Mirror Receiver for Fire TV app on their Fire TV. The easiest way to do this is from the Amazon websitte.
  • Step Two is to download and install the Mirror for Fire TV app on the Mac. A free trial version of this application is available on the AirBeamTV website.

The Mac App can be purchased through the Mac App Store for $8.99. To use sound as well as video, Mac App Store users need to install a separate audio driver, which can be downloaded for free as well from the AirBeamTV website.

macOS New App Release – Precise Screenshot 1.5

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Product Announcement – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released Precise Screenshot 1.5 for macOS, the important update of their next generation tool to take screenshots from the Mac screen. Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method or it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs) or also use the full screen area.

Specify a new specific screen size to take screenshot with high precision is just a matter of selecting it from the custom popup (or resizing and dragging it in the traditional way). The screenshot frame area shows it’s size and position in the upper side border. The screenshot can be moved and resized with precision 1 pixel by 1 pixel.

Precise Screenshot can take shot immediately or using a timer selectable from 0 to 10 seconds (showing a count down). It can works even when in background using a status menu on the right part of the menu bar to take screenshot when other apps are in foreground and in active status. It offers also a useful tool palette with all the setting controls. It can save to the clipboard (with the picture immediately available for use) or to disk in selectable custom places.

Precise Screenshot can save to disk in JPG, PNG, TIFF format. It can save with/without alpha channel (for transparency). ‘Include Menu’ mode to always include in the shot the upper part of the screen with menu bar area included Desk Frame mode to capture any portion of the screen (menu bar excluded)

The app can use a custom file name using meta-tags, with serial number (automatically increased) and or using date elements (Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute, Second). It can optionally alway float all over the other applications with the Shot Selection area. It provides a contextual menu for 1-click commands over the Shot Selection area

The user can modify any setting at any time, also in the middle of the work as required by different situations. Precise Screenshot can offer a preview of the latest screenshot in a floating palette. Optimized for macOS 10.12, it is fully sandboxed offering the maximum protection level combined with the maximum flexibility. It’s small, fast and full featured, it has all you need for a precise and perfect work. Embedded PDF User Guide included.

What’s new for this release:

  • Enhanced status menu
  • Contextual menu (right-click) in the Shot Selection area for 1-click commands.
  • Shot Selection area optionally always floating over all the other applications (also when in background)
  • Optimized for macOS 10.12 (Sierra)

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 13.4 MB

Precise Screenshot 1.5 is $5.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.