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macOS New App Release – System Clock

Product Announcement – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released System Clock, the company’s new system monitor and information app developed exclusively for macOS. System Clock displays various system information as well as general data on a configurable clock surface. The Design is that of an analog clock with additional hands for CPU load, battery state and memory usage.

Additional weather information and weather forecast are embedded at the bottom of the clock face, with easily to understand icon for the current day and for 3 days in advance. All Colors and fonts are freely configurable to match any users personal taste, and the clock face can be resized and freely positioned on the desktop.

System Requirements: macOS 10.12 or newer

System Clock is only $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be purchased from B-Eng online.

macOS New App Release – Banktivity 6

Product Announcement – IGG Software of Putney, Vermont has released Banktivity 6, a new version of their personal finance manager. The new version, designed from the ground up, brings requested features like tags and quick reports, and other improvements making it easier for customers to take control of their finances.

“We have a deep drive to help people with their finances,” said IGG President and founder Ian Gillespie. “With Banktivity 6 we are making it easier than ever to help customers get their financial house in order.”

New Features:
* Workspaces is a new feature that allows customers to put any account, budget, report or other view, side-by-side. This boosts productivity by allowing a customer to see several different parts of their finances next to each other and navigate within them independently. The workspaces feature is the first of its kind in Mac personal finance software.

* Tags allow users to see and analyze spending habits across categories. Now when a person goes on vacation and spends money on dining out, gas, air fare and hotels they can tag all those transactions as a “vacation.” Then later report on spending just for that vacation.

* Quick Reports let users see summarized information about their finances quickly and easily. Customers can select transactions and then quickly bring up a report based on the selection. Quick Reports will also allow users to drill down and get more details about their investments or more details on spending. Quick Reports can easily be saved for later with a quick drag to the sidebar.

* Find is a new, fast and powerful, document-wide search feature. With Find, customers can search for any transaction within an entire Banktivity document.

* Portfolio is a new feature that gives quick access to the performance of investments. Customers can customize it to show investments by account, type or risk factor.

Additional Improvements:
The entire user-interface was overhauled for Banktivity 6 to match the modern experience with macOS Sierra. Customers will find no pixel left unturned and will be treated to over 100 additional changes and enhancements, like a new transaction editor with improved keyboard support, new reconciliation process, a new summary view, improved transaction downloads, more flexible budgeting, easier in-app navigation, redesigned reports and more.

Banktivity also allows you to pay bills from within the app*, schedule transactions, setup budgets, track income, spending and savings rate and much more. Direct Access (purchased separately) and Direct Download allow customers to connect to over 10,000 different banks to download their financial data.

Comments from Banktivity 6 Beta Testers:

“Banktivity 6 is awesome…easy to use and I feel I have a great understanding of my spending.” – Gregory Roth, Minnesota, USA

“Much superior to Quicken, and with a lot of the power I’d come to depend on in QuickBooks. Grateful for the flexibility to create and adapt categories and sub-categories to my heart’s content. Intuitive to use.” – Patty Page, Washington, USA

“Simple, effective and efficient money management – doing the accounts is now a pleasure not a chore!” – R.A.B. United Kingdom

Banktivity 6 costs $64.99 USD. Customers upgrading from version 5 purchased either directly from IGG Software or the Mac App Store qualify for upgrade pricing of $29.99 USD. Banktivity 6 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra.

macOS New App Release – CloudMounter

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Product Announcement – Eltima Software of Frankfurt, Germany has released Mac – CloudMounter. This little system utility allows mounting several cloud storages and connecting web servers to your Mac, thus making data stored on them as easily accessible as if it were on a Mac’s hard disk or a location shared via local network.

Encryption:
* There is no doubt about the security of FTP/SFTP/WebDAV servers or any supported Cloud Storages when you are using CloudMounter. You can easily set up data encryption and secure cloud storages and servers to access them only from your copy of CloudMounter.

OpenStack Swift storage system:
* The constant work on expanding the list of supported cloud storages made possible the support for OpenStack Object Storage – the high performance public cloud.

FTP Manager:
* Connect to remote servers via FTP, FTPS and SFTP protocols with the help of FTP client built into the utility.

WebDAV servers:
* Easily access servers with WebDAV protocol with CloudMounter.

Google Drive:
* Mount multiple Google Drive accounts – as many as you need – to access data stored online.

Amazon S3:
* Cloud Mounter enables you to link all the data or only specific buckets kept in Amazon S3.

Dropbox:
* All the content and folders of your Dropbox account can be accessed and managed via Finder on your Mac.

Microsoft OneDrive:
* This online service can be accessed via Finder too – data stored there can be browsed, copied, moved, etc. directly from your Mac as if it were on another hard drive.

Easy-to-use:
* CloudMounter is really user friendly – a simple UI and intuitive navigation. Each of the supported protocols and cloud services is assigned with a button, choose the one you need, enter your login credentials and start browsing your data.

Secure:
* Using CloudMounter is safe, the utility does not save or use your login details. They are kept in Mac OS Keychain and sent directly to the servers via protected protocols.

CloudMounter is compatible with Mac OS 10.10 . Its price is $29.95 (USD), however there is a trial version available for 15 days for free.

macOS New App Release – Ombre1.0.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Ombre 1.0.1, the company’s new image transformation tool developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Ombre is an creative tool for web designers, graphic artists and photographers alike. It lets you add radial or linear color gradient overlays to your images without altering the originals. Ombre 1.0.1 includes the following key features:

  • Ease of Use – The single-window interface keeps all essential application controls in view and immediately available
  • Gradient Types – Create nondestructive overlays that use either radial (concentric) or linear (point to point) gradients
  • Interoperability – Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Ombre to your application or the Finder
  • Printing – Print high-resolution source material as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices
  • Exporting – Create new images using a background process while you continue to work on other projects
  • Sharing – Share images with local applications or using Facebook and other popular internet services
  • Slide Shows – Create an interactive slide show presentation using your processed output images
  • Settings Sharing – Use the lift and stamp features to quickly replicate settings from one item to another

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 2.0 MB

Ombre 1.0.1 is available for $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New Release – Office Mill – Templates Bundle for MS Office

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Product Announcement – Theme Inn of Sakiai, Lithuania has released Office Mill – Templates Bundle for MS Office 5.9.5, an update to their very popular theme app developed exclusively for OS X. Office Mill carries an impressive selection of designs, with over 2,900 unique designs for Word documents, 320 spreadsheet templates for Excel, 210 slideshow themes for PowerPoint, and 2,000 images for illustrating just about any content. Previously marketed as Bundle for MS Office, version 5.9.5 features a freshly revamped application with over 150 previously unreleased designs as well as a new product icon.

Office Mill – Templates Bundle for MS Office is a must-have application for every Mac user who creates, works, and presents with MS Office. The application’s core functionality offers a variety of productivity templates for all occasions in a conveniently searchable interface. The app’s search function allows searching by keyword or template types, like: Templates for Word, Templates for PowerPoint. Additionally, it has easily discernible subcategories like labels, invoices, resumes, flyers, etc. All templates are available in the US and international paper sizes.

Device Requirements:

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

Office Mill – Templates Bundle for MS Office 5.9.5 is $39.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

 

macOS New App Release – Deframe 2.1.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolinas released Deframe 2.1.1, a video post-production utility that gives you an easy way to extract, re-purpose and re-use the images and segments within your video assets. The 2.1.1 update introduces a number of user interface refinements, instant import for greater interoperability with the Finder and enhanced support for high-resolution imaging.

What’s new in this version?

  • In-application previewing for all movie items in the Tray
  • Instant Export allows you to drag preview items to another application (or the Finder) for immediate use
  • New Swipe-to-Share is available for all extraction types
  • Instant Zoom (double-click) for all image sequence items
  • Minor menu reorganization
  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced social media connectivity

This version fixes the following high-visibility bugs:

  • Miscellaneous file importing inconsistencies
  • Segment titles for exported items
  • Tray item tooltips
  • Contact sheet printing issues
  • Pasteboard cleanup errors on exit

Deframe 2.1.1 includes the following key features:

* Multiple Extraction Types
Extract parts of your movie as either an image or a video clip; or organized as extractions on a contact sheet or as a segment summary.

* Interoperability
Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Deframe to your application.

* Summaries
Create a single picture that captures the range of images within a movie segment.

* Contact Sheets
Make a PDF document with a collection of images from your movie’s timeline.

* Exporting
Create new movie clips in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations.

* Printing
High-resolution source material may be printed as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices.

* Slide Shows
Create an interactive presentation from your movies using images, contact sheets and summaries.

* Sharing
Share images, segments, contact sheets and summaries using Vimeo, Facebook and other popular internet services.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 1.7 MB

Deframe 2.1.1 is available for $19.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Video category.

macOS New App Release – Graphic Inspector 2.2

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Product Announcement – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. Graphic Inspector can check entire folders of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images and Adobe Illustrator files, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually.

The new version lets users open files with an editor app of their choice directly from Graphic Inspector via the new Open With contextual menu. In previous versions only default program assigned by the operating system could be used. The update also introduces background rendering of icon preview images, which speeds up performance significantly especially when scanning a large number of files.

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography by quickly locating files with specific attributes. For example, users can flag 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
  • Check files for spot colors, fonts, image compression and more
  • Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
  • Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website 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 previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.5-10.12 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).

 

macOS New App Release – Resume Star 1.0

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Product Announcement – Qrayon of Seattle, Washington has released Resume Star 1.0, their resume app for macOS. The best-in-class resume app is available on the iPhone, iPad, the Web, and now natively on the Mac

Resume Star is the top-rated resume editor on iOS, with thousands of 5-star reviews. It has helped over a million people score interviews and get the job they want. A web version is also available at the Resume Star website that is compatible on all devices including Windows PC, Android, and Unix. The Mac Edition brings a fully native macOS experience to Resume Star, with the same straight-to-the-point time-saving interface and powerful features.

A precision targeted and professionally typeset resume is the key to scoring an interview. Writing an effective resume is simple and takes only minutes with Resume Star. Simply fill in the information, and Resume Star produces a clean, correctly formatted PDF resume users can email directly, post online, or print out.

BUILD A PROFESSIONAL RESUME IN MINUTES

Resume Star creates professional resumes using industry best practices:

  • Using a battle-tested template with complete sections.
  • Using cross-platform compatible fonts.
  • Including a targeted and properly addressed cover letter for each company.
  • Avoiding inappropriate colors and styles that send the wrong message.

SCORE THAT INTERVIEW, OR PAY NOTHING!

There are many resume apps out there. Resume Star is different. Download it for free and use it unrestricted. Users only need to pay if they get the interview. This is not a cut-down, limited free edition. It’s the full featured App, and the best-selling one in the App Store. There are no annoying ads, or gotcha limits on creating and sending resumes. It has everything you need to score that interview.

Use the secure in-App purchase to pay only when you feel the developers have earned it.

GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL, FAST

Resume Star is fine tuned to produce resumes that get the hiring manager’s attention (in the right way), and get you in the door.

Resume Star has a full feature set with everything you need:

  • Creates cross-platform compatible PDF resumes
  • Email or print resumes directly
  • Export to 3rd party Apps such as Dropbox to upload
  • Create unlimited resumes, one for each company if you want
  • 10 professionally drafted examples provide a starting point, or inspiration
  • Use pre-defined sections or create custom ones
  • Rearrange sections to suit your needs
  • Create a specific cover letter for each company, properly addressed
  • Optional fine adjustments to text and margin sizes to fit the page
  • Live previews
  • Includes a free resume writing guide
  • Automatic file versioning (if enabled on macOS)
  • iCloud backups (if enabled on macOS)

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 4.5 MB

Resume Star 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The developers ask users pay either a standard or bonus fee after they have successfully scored their interview.

macOS New App Release – Barcode Basics 4.16

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Product Announcement – Ghostotter Software of Driffield, United Kingdom has released Barcode Basics 4.16, a significant update to their flagship barcode generation tool on macOS. Graphic designers will appreciate Barcode Basics’ ease-of-use. Simply fill in your barcode specifications in the main interface, preview the barcode to check it is as you expect, then save it to disk for use in Word, Illustrator, Powerpoint, and more.

Features:

  • Bar Width Reduction (BWR) to allow you to compensate for ink spread on printing presses – This is an essential feature for professional printing (and cannot be supported by other font based applications)
  • Bar height (truncation) and barcode scale (magnification)
  • Optional add-on digits (either 2 or 5) are supported for EAN, UPC, ISMN, ISBN and ISSN codes
  • Fast response from English speaking support via the “Contact support…” option in the app’s main menu
  • Support for metric (mm or microns) and imperial measurements (inches)
  • Barcodes can be exported in EPS (vector) format or high resolution GIF, BMP, JPG or PNG
  • Barcodes are compatible with Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Word, Powerpoint etc.
  • Automator action provided as standard – add barcode creation functionality to Automator apps, scripts, services and workflows without needing to know any programming
  • No sneaky In-App purchases – you get all the functionality listed on this page, for the price listed on this page

Version 4.16 makes Barcode Basics the only major barcode software to include an action for Apple’s Automator as standard. Non-technical users can now create their own simple apps, workflows, scripts and services to make barcodes on macOS, without writing a single line of code. Anything you can do in the Barcode Basics app, you can do in its Automator action. Barcode Basics can still be used as a standalone macOS app as usual.

Barcode Basics can create a range of common barcodes in many file types, including eps (vector format), jpeg, gif and png. The app directly supports:

  • Code 11
  • Code 39
  • Code 128
  • EAN 8
  • EAN 13
  • EAN 13 (GS1)
  • EAN 14
  • UPC A
  • UPC E
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
  • ITF 14
  • GS1 DataBar Omnidirectional
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked
  • GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional
  • GS1 DataBar Truncated
  • GS1 DataBar Limited
  • SSCC-18
  • ISBN
  • ISSN
  • ISMN
  • USPS Postnet
  • USPS Intelligent Mail
  • USPS Planet
  • Royal Mail (UK)
  • Royal TNT (Netherlands)
  • Japan Post
  • Deutsch Leitcode
  • Deutsch Identcode
  • Pharmacode
  • Two-track Pharmacode
  • Italian Pharmacode
  • PZN7
  • PZN8
  • MSI Plessey

Most importantly, Barcode Basics is priced at just $15.99, making it easily the cheapest pro-quality barcode creator and automator on the Mac App Store. Compare that to other barcode apps such as Barcode X ($392), Barcode Producer ($299), Barcody ($69.99) or Softmatic Barcode Factory ($79.95) and its easy to see why Barcode Basics is catching on fast – especially amongst the graphic and packaging design communities. However despite its low price tag does not mean that it’s low on features. Barcode Basics includes all the functions needed by graphic designers and art workers to produce industry standard barcodes which will work well on press.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 0.6 MB

Barcode Basics 4.16 is $15.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

macOS New App Release – SSD health Check for NVMe

Product Announcement – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released SSD Health Check for NVMe, the newest version of their solid state hard drive utility for macOS. SSD Health check is a tool developed for the newest generation of MacBook Pro that make use of NVMe storage devices. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng, SSD HEalth Check for NVMe is the only app that is able to reveal S.M.A.R.T. of NVMe storage devices in MacBook Pro relying on Apples standard drivers only.

“We have seen several hacks to retrieve S.M.A.R.T. data for the NVMe storage devices in the new MacBook Pro, most of them using kernel extensions programmed on Linux,” explained Christian Schaffner, general manager at B-Eng. “All of the methods we analyzed led at least partly to unexpected results, from showing plain wrong numbers like thousands of write errors to unexpted shutdowns counting several hundreds, some methods can even force the user to reinstall macOS in order to get the computer running smoothly afterwards. For our own purposes we needed a reliable tool running in its natural environment, which means using standard drivers only and installed on any MacBook Pro from the shelf without any hassles. Noticing the on-going discussions on many forums and blogs we decided to make our tool available to the public. This update contains minor aesthetical corrections on how data are presented.”

SSD Health Check is available on the homepage of B-Eng for $4.99 (USD). While SSD Health Check for NVMe may run on older versions of macOS, it has only been properly tested on macOS 10.12 or newer.