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macOS New App Release – Anti Virus Plus

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Product Announcement – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released Anti Virus Plus for Mac. Anti Virus Plus is a virus scanner with advanced features, making it an all-round security software. Besides of regular scans Anti Virus Plus allows several advanced scanning methods as follows:

  • Drag and drop scan: drag and drop any file for an immediate scan
  • Auto directory scanner: newly added files are scanned automatically
  • Adware scanner
  • Scanner for compressed viruses and malware
  • Detection of encrypted viruses, malware, adware and trojans
  • Virus and malware definitions are updated every hour
  • Vulnerability scanner detects loopholes and unsecure security settings
  • Port scanner for advanced security

Christian Schaffner, General Manager of B-Eng, also pointed out that a lot of virus scanners on the market don’t do what they promise. “We found one specific scanner that simply checks the version of macOS and based on that it states that the computer is safe, which of course is no proof for the integrity and security at all. Anti Virus Plus runs extended routines to check the integrity of the OS, and it does it fast.” Anti Virus Plus also contains a browser cleaner and has successfully passed the EICAR test.

Anti Virus Lite, a separate product, is available for $4.99 through the Mac App Store. Anti Virus Lite has passed the EICAR test and is able to detect various other threats than viruses. Its features include:

  • An adware scanner is included, helping to keep the browser free of clutter
  • Detection of viruses that are hidden in compressed files
  • Detection of encrypted viruses, malware, adware and trojans
  • A drag and drop scanner is included, to check specific files by dropping them in the scanner

Anti Virus Plus runs on MacOS 10.11 or newer, and is available for $19.99 (USD). It is available on the website and is a one-time-purchase, which means that there are no additional fees.

macOS New App Release – VDOMint 1.1

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Product Announcement – Macubes of Clayton, New Jersey has released VDOMint 1.1 for Mac OS, an update to the company’s second application. VDOMint provides Mac users with a Menu Bar for YouTube, making searching for new and trending video content a super-fast, effortless process. It is the instant access tool to what’s hot in video format from around the globe.

Working just like a YouTube Spotlight, VDOMint includes a host of features that make it a must-have app for any Mac user with a YouTube channel or interest in viewing videos from YouTube. Its features include a shortcut key setting for go-to, quick access, a transparency setting for the video player, as well as these cool features that make viewing YouTube video content a breeze:

  • Snapping to edges
  • Option to launch at log in
  • Option to loop video on player
  • Adding transparency in player
  • YouTube URL drag and drop over player/menu-bar
  • Full screen setting for player

Following its successful launch of Gridustra, the application that helps Mac users boost their productivity by arranging their windows easily and save time, this is Macubes second application. Offering new UI refinements, version 1.1 now includes Drag & Drop support in Status Bar and Player Window from YouTube URLs, as well as minor and major bug fixes.

Device Requirements:

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

VDOMint 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.

macOS New App Release – TunesKit Free Video Cutter

Product Announcement – TunesKit Software of London, United Kingdom, the professional DRM removal solution provider, officially unveiled its first video editing software called TunesKit Free Video Cutter, which is an innovative video cutting tool that can cut any video with 100% lossless quality for both Mac and PC users.

TunesKit Free Video Cutter is designed to meet the requirement of quick video editing for beginners. Smart, simple yet powerful, that may be the first impression of everyone who uses the new app. By releasing such an easy-to-use free video trimmer, TunesKit offers the free solution for the video lovers to trim and rearrange their collected footages to small and new movie clips easily.

Key Features of TunesKit Video Cutter Freeware:
Differ from other professional video editing software which comes with dazzling editing features like PIP, voice over, transition, overlay effect, etc., TunesKit Free Video Cutter doesn’t have any clumsy button or function. It is specially designed for cutting and merging videos only with core features as below:

  • Support all the popular video formats, like MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG, AVI, and much more
  • Timeline based editing window, precise trimming settings by adjusting the slider or inputting a value
  • Preserve 100% lossless quality when cutting the videos
  • Support merging multiple video segments from the same video into a brand new movie
  • Support to preview newly created video before exporting
  • Cut videos to small pieces at 50X faster speed that surpasses most professional video editors

All these amazing features make TunesKit Free Video Cutter one of the best video splitters in the market no matter you want to cut large videos to small segments, or merge the different video clips from the same movie into a new clip. The App is available to download from the website.

macOS New App Release – Server Ranger 1.5

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Product Announcement – LibertyApp Ltd. of Belfast, United Kingdom has released Server Ranger 1.5, the latest version of the company’s website and server monitoring solution for the macOS platform. Server Ranger 1.5 brings brand new features and other enhancements. Get alerts when things go wrong with your devices. No subscriptions, no monthly fees, no in-app purchases and no adverts. Powerful yet easy-to-use, Server Ranger can check any number of servers or devices, whether that be 1 device or 1000.

* Smart Interface: Nodes performing properly are in green. Yellow indicates the node is online but slow. Red is for offline. Only interested in 1 device? Switch to Single Server Mode to reduce on-screen clutter.

* Checks: Choose how often Server Ranger checks your servers, from as little as every 30 seconds to once an hour. Or switch off the automatic monitoring and manually check your devices when you choose.

* Alerts: Don’t wait for your customers, Twitter followers or users to tell you that your site is down. Be the first to know! Server Ranger alerts you if the performance is slow or if the server has gone offline. Get alerted by emails, on-screen alerts, notifications and more.

* Big Screen mode: Open the Overview window and get a glance at all your servers. Put the window on another monitor, a screen on the wall or even Airplay it to your Apple TV.

* Statistics: Server Ranger logs every response from your devices. Spot patterns of poor latency and print or export the evidence to a CSV file. The log file updates live, no need to refresh.

Key features:

  • Monitor any type of server or site – file servers, routers, web servers, email servers and more
  • Define alerts for slow and offline devices
  • Emails, Mac notifications, sounds, and visual alerts
  • Eliminate false positives – alerts are only sent after a user-definable number of checks
  • Single Server Mode
  • Overview window – perfect for a screen on the wall or Airplaying to an Apple TV
  • Detailed log file with export and print
  • One simple price – no adverts or monthly subscription fees
  • Built for macOS Sierra (10.12), OS X El Capitan (10.11) and OS X Yosemite (10.10)

As well as bug fixes, version 1.5 offers some brand new features:

  • Modern integrated main window: The server log now has its own pane on the main window
  • New filters on the server logs: Logs can now be filtered to show ‘Everything’ (all checks), ‘Alerts’ (Warning or Offline) or just ‘Offline’
  • Just want to run manual checks? Automated checks can now be switched off in Preferences – Check as and when you choose
  • Middle detail pane now shows the average latency for the selected server
  • New menu bar icon for fast checking of your servers

Server Ranger 1.5 is available as a one-time purchase of $39.99 USD (or equivalent) from the Mac App Store. It has no in-app purchases and requires no subscriptions or other monthly fees. It is a free upgrade for all current customers.

macOS New App Release – Cinematica 3

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Product Announcement – Xeric Design of Incline Village, Nevada has released Cinematica 3, its feature-rich professional video management software. Designed with powerful tools and an intuitive interface, Cinematica lets you manage your video library in great detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each video. Cinematica imports and catalogs video files quietly in the background while you work.

Cinematica allows you to sort and search by multiple criteria and technical properties, customize keywords and collection icons, and use smart collections to efficiently catalogue all your videos. It allows user-defined fields and supports importing video files with AV Foundation or FFmpeg importers. Cinematica 3 has faster performance, lower processor usage and a fresh, modern interface.

Some of the many features in Cinematica 3:

  • Completely re-written from the ground up
  • Added a modern toolbar with more than a dozen options
  • Support for AV Foundation and FFmpeg importers
  • New storyboard options including full Retina support
  • Support for posters and text descriptions
  • Relink files after they have been moved to a new storage device
  • Import movies from multiple locations simultaneously
  • Export database fields, posters, thumbnails, and/or storyboards
  • Organize playlists in hierarchical folders
  • Search multiple fields simultaneously
  • Multiple keywords can now be selected in the filter with any/all criteria
  • Indication for unreadable files
  • Multiple libraries
  • Custom keywords

Xeric Design will be exhibiting Cinematica 3 at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24-27. They will be in the North Hall, booth number N6219. During the month of April, we are offering show discounts on our website.

System Requirements: Requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer

Cinematica licenses start at $29.99 (USD) while upgrades from previous versions start at $14.99 (USD). NAB Show discounts are available through the end of April 2017. Cinematica can be purchased through the website.

macOS New App Release – WebSonar 9

Product Announcement – NeoNet Corp of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada has released WebSonar 9 (v2.0) for macOS. Desktop Publishing Reinvented – WebSonar is a macOS web server that dynamically provides a web site presence from content stored on your computer. Think of it as rolling Google, FaceBook, Pinterest, YouTube and the Cloud into one simple application, minus the spam and privacy concerns. WebSonar libraries have the potential to have a very positive impact on the way we use the internet to acquire knowledge; particularly on education. This community distributed approach may be what the originators of the Internet initially envisioned.

In the nineteen-eighties, the Internet was a small, decentralized collective of computers. This is not the same Internet we know today. Today most communication flows through a small set of corporations; and thus, falls under the influence of those companies and institutions. Internet users now regularly submit to terms-of-service agreements that give companies license to share their personal data with other institutions, from advertisers to governments.

Now you can publish your own content, hosted on your own computer, located at home, in a Data Center, School or Co-op without trading your privacy. The library owner can add content to their library from any web browser. Each library can contain PDF, image, audio, and video content. Library access can be set to private or public.

Your content can be searched at the page level or by Title. Each page has a searchable note that can be set to read only or editable. The robot search engines cannot index the content of your libraries. WebSonar is scalable and can be used in a closed private network. Adding new content to your library is simple; just drag any file that you want to include into your library folder and then select the “Index” menu item in WebSonar. That’s it. Your library is now just a click away in any web browser.

System Requirements:

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

WebSonar 9 (v2.0) is $18.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category.

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.

Mac ‘How To’ Channel on YouTube

Most of us that have used a Mac are familiar with Other World Computing (OWC), particularly if you have upgraded your Mac. I have ordered from them more than once and took advantage of their memory and SSDs when I upgraded my Mac Mini a couple of years ago.

I did not realize until recently that they have an entire YouTube channel of “How To” videos.  There are hundreds of videos available – some specific to OWC products and upgrades, but many others just general “How To” guides. Of particular value are their videos on how to upgrade to to an SSD and how to install memory for a variety of Macs.

If you are considering an upgrade, or just want to open up your Mac for whatever reasons, these guides will be a good place to start. They will show you how challenging, or how easy a ‘do it yourself’ upgrade will be.


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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.

macOS New App Release – M4V Converter Plus 4.2.9

Product Announcement – Apple has released iTunes 12.6 with a new feature for movie rental playback. Described as ‘rent once, watch anywhere’, Apple says you can now rent a movie on one device then finish watching it on another device. In response to the upgrade, M4V Converter Plus Inc. of Cortaro, Arizona has released M4V Converter Plus for Mac 4.2.9.

M4V Converter Plus for Mac is a specialized and powerful iTunes DRM removal software for Mac users. With it, you can legally remove the DRM protection from iTunes purchased M4V movies (including iTunes Extras) and iTunes Rentals before they are expired, and convert the DRM protected iTunes videos to unprotected video formats including MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3G2, FLV and WMV.

In addition, by using the program, users can not only play iTunes rentals on iPhone 7, iPad, Apple TV and other Apple devices, but also can transfer iTunes videos to Samsung Galaxy Series, HTC, LG G6, Google Nexus, Huawei P10, LG Smart TV, Sony PS4, Xbox One, etc.

Users can convert iTunes movies, TV Shows and music videos to common video files with 20X faster conversion speed, at the same time, AC3 Dolby 5.1 audio, multilingual subtitles and audio tracks (including audio descriptions) of iTunes videos will be preserved.

If you are the mac OS 10.11 or later user with iTunes 12.6 installed, you need to do some settings to make the software work well. See the links below for more information.

M4V Converter Plus for Mac 4.2.9 is currently available for $44.95 from the MCP Inc website. official website. The original price is $49.95. Version 4.2.9 is free upgrade to current users. A free trial version is available for users to use before they purchase.