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macOS New App Release – Project Planning Pro 2.7.6


Product Announcement – I2E Consulting of Waterford, Connecticut has released Project Planning Pro 2.7.6, an important update to their award-winning app for visualizing, planning, and managing projects on macOS. The app offers the flexibility to manage project plans in or out of the office, via its availability on the macOS, iOS, and Android platforms.

Project Planning Pro allows anyone to easily create project plans, create and edit tasks, manage projects, and more. Planners can make use of the app’s interactive Gantt chart feature to easily edit and update tasks. Version 2.7.6 of the app brings the ability to sync projects between macOS and iOS devices via its iCloud syncing feature. Projects are automatically synced between devices that are logged into the same iCloud account.

“Project management for Mac users just got that much easier with our new version of Project Planning Pro, Mac users can quickly create a project plan by entering tasks, duration and start dates,” says Jay Vyas, Head of Digital Marketing for I2E Consulting. “Sharing plans with other users is easier than ever, due to app also being available on the iOS and Android platforms. Plus, plans can even be shared with Windows users, thanks to the app’s handy Microsoft Project Plan Import/Export features!”

Project Planning Pro offers numerous key features that make creating and managing a project plan easier than ever. The app offers flexibility for users who need to access their project plans, no matter where they’re located.

Project Planning Pro’s interactive user interface is designed to make project management a simpler, easier, and less time-consuming task, so users have plenty of time to focus on important tasks. The app offers three critical views of each project, designed to bring a unique perspective to each project and its tasks.

The app’s Gantt View displays the project’s task dependencies, milestones, task start and completion dates, the cost of the project and its associated tasks, and the percentage complete of the project at a single glance.

Meanwhile, Critical Path View highlights the most critical tasks that need to be completed on time, ensuring the project moves according to schedule. By displaying the proper critical path for a project, managers can more easily make informed decisions as the project moves forward.

Resource View offers a complete view of all project resources, along with the tasks they are involved with. The information includes the cost and total number of hours worked, and can easily be exported for reporting.

The app’s Task Linkage feature offers the ability to create four type of dependencies, easily displaying which tasks are dependent on other tasks, and how they are related. Dependency types include Finish to Start (FS), Start to Start (SS), Finish to Finish (FF) and Start to Finish (SF).

Project Planning Pro also allows importing and exporting plans in XML and PPP formats for use in either Microsoft Project, or the Project Planning Pro app on the iPhone, iPad, or on Android devices. It also offers sharing options that allow exporting project plans as PDF, XML, or CSV file formats, making it easy to share information with almost anyone.

What’s New in Version 2.7.6:
* Now Sync Projects between iOS and macOS devices signed into the same iCloud account
* No more blank pages while printing projects
* Fixed an issue where some users were not able to import .mpp files created in Microsoft Project 2016
* Bug and crash fixes

The iOS version of Project Planning Pro was nominated for the BestApp Ever Awards “Best Business App” Award for three years in a row, winning second place each year. It was also nominated for the Appsters Award 2014, Tabby Award 2014, and BestApp Ever Awards in 2012 and 2013.

“Project Planning Pro offers a simple, yet complete, tool to manage any type of project,” continues Jay. “The app allows users to easily create and manage any size project. Plus, with the availability of macOS, iOS, and Android version of the app, as well as the ability to export in Microsoft Project format, users can share project information with anyone, no matter what computing platform they’re on!”

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.10 or later (macOS Sierra Compatible)
* 64-bit processor
* 11.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Project Planning Pro 2.7.6 is only $34.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Redeem codes are available to reviewers upon request. An iOS version of the app is also available through iTunes in the Business category.

macOS New App Release – Timing 2


Product Announcement – Independent software developer, Daniel Alm of Munich, Germany has released Timing 2, his popular time tracking application for OS X. Timing 2 keeps track of one’s time – all by itself. The Mac app records meticulously how much time the user has spent on apps, documents and websites. This data can then be used to analyze one’s productivity, but is also essential for billing hours. Timing 2 introduces a completely new interface, automatic productivity score estimation, and the ability to automatically detect blocks of time that belong together, for even more accurate time sheets.

Professional Mac users need to know how they spend time on their Mac – otherwise, keeping track of which projects consume too much time is a nearly impossible task. Timing 2 answers this question by automatically tracking time spent in each app, document and website. The user can then later inspect this data using Timing’s extensive analytics features and assign activities to projects. Rules let the user further automate those assignments.

For those who need to bill their hours as accurately as possible, Timing 2 also supports classic start/stop timers and lets the user create tasks retroactively. Timing 2’s detailed timeline even shows when the user did what, and automatically suggests tasks for blocks of time that belong together. This automatic grouping feature lets the user assign a whole day’s worth of time in just a few seconds. The app can even automatically ask users what they did as soon as they return to their Mac.

Timing 2 also supports creating exhaustive reports over the tracked data, including timesheets or “weekly snippet” summaries. These reports can then exported in Excel, CSV, PDF and HTML formats for further processing or forwarding them to a client. Even though it collects sensitive data like the currently used document, Timing will not compromise the privacy of its users. Recorded data stays safe on the users’ computer and any entry can be erased retroactively. In addition, tracking can automatically be disabled outside working hours.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.11.0 or later
  • 100 MB disk space

Timing 2 is offered in three variants on the developer’s website. The “Productivity” edition ($29 USD) tracks all details on how apps are used. The “Professional” edition adds support for creating tasks, manual start/stop timers and has reporting functionality. The “Expert” edition comes with more filtering options, customized reports, and AppleScript support.

macOS New app Release – Ockham 2.0


Product Announcement – KnowledgeMiner Software of Berlin, Germany has released Ockham 2.0 for Mac OS X, its innovative app for performing rigorous sensitivity analyses for a high number of model parameters. Ockham is based on self-organizing analysis concepts, and it is designed to be a valuable tool in academic research and for industry practitioners across a wide spectrum of disciplines including but not limited to environmental engineers, pharmaceutical scientists, oil and gas reservoir simulation engineers, government agencies and local authorities.

Ockham is a novel and easy to use tool, which reads data representing a mathematical model in an open Excel worksheet to perform a global sensitivity analysis of the model. Ockham’s new and original approach to global sensitivity analysis considers both single parameters and interactions between model parameters as a more complete, more accurate, and safer assessment of uncertainty than ‘one-factor-at-a-time’ approaches used in other commercial software.

Feature Highlights:

  • High degree of automation by implementation of original self-organizing modeling concepts proven in other products of the company for many years
  • Based on the theory of variance-based global sensitivity analysis (Sobol indices)
  • Determines the influence of not only single parameters but also their interactions
  • Simple, one-click communication with Excel to read data and to report analysis results back to Excel or other apps

Language Support: English, French, and German

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or higher
  • 64-bit CPU
  • Microsoft Excel for Mac version 2011 or newer

Ockham 2.0 starts at $15 (USD), and it is available worldwide exclusively through the KnowledgeMiner Software website. A free Demo version is available for download.

macOS New App Release – Silica 4.0.1


Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Silica 4.0.1, a visual rendering tool for the Mac that converts Quartz compositions to QuickTime movies. Silica provides visual media designers with a direct path to achieve interoperability for their quartz compositions beyond the Macintosh platform.

The 4.0.1 update introduces a modernized dark vibrant user interface, gesture-based tray functions, and enhanced management of conversion settings.

What’s new in this version?:

  • New Vibrant Dark user interface
  • New compact Tray with selectively enabled items
  • The Tray now supports swipe gestures
  • Lift & Stamp support for copying conversion settings
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

Silica 4.0.1 includes the following key features:

  • Custom Conversions: Change a composition’s input parameters without the need to re-edit in Quartz Composer.
  • Export Presets: Create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations.
  • Dynamic Exports: Export movies with a length from a few seconds up to 24 hours.
  • 32-bit & 64-bit: Works equally well with plug-ins built using either 64-bit or (legacy) 32-bit mode.
  • Background Export: New movies are created in the background, enabling you to continue working without waiting.
  • Sharing: Share your output movies directly to Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and other popular internet services.

System Requirements:

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

Silica 4.0.1 is available for $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Video category.

macOS New App Release – Achroma 1.1.1


Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Achroma 1.1.1, an image manipulation tool for macOS. Achroma lets you remove colors from your images by providing two conversion modes: select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing.

Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshows and share images using various internet services. This update improves support for displaying high-resolution images and provides new connectivity for social media interactions.

What’s new in this version?

  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

Achroma 1.1.1 includes the following key features:

  • Interoperability
    Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Achroma to your application or the Finder.
  • Simple Mode
    Choose from seven preset color ranges to control the hues that will be removed from your image.
  • Output Preview
    Toggle between the original and processed image to compare the differences between images.
  • 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.
  • Advanced Mode
    Use hue-specific controls to create an array of color ranges to process your images.
  • Sharing
    Share images with local applications or Facebook, Twitter and other popular internet services.
  • Slide Shows
    Create an interactive slide show presentation using your processed output images.

For a quick video overview of Achroma, watch this video: https://youtu.be/f8kvMMGHQS8

System Requirements:

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

Achroma 1.1.1 is available for $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New App Release – Data Shredder


Product Announcement – ProtectStar of Miami, Florida has released Data Shredder for iOS 2017 – formerly iShredder – their data shredding utility that easily erases and wipes data on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Anyone can simply connect their iOS device to their Mac or Windows computer, and efficiently erase and overwrite all data from the iOS device.

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 uses data shredding techniques that go beyond international standards set by state and military organizations for secure data deletion. Data Shredder’s data erasing algorithms have been analyzed by government authorities and independent security organizations to ensure the app does exactly as advertised, destroy all personal data on the device beyond any hope of recovery.

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 is available in two versions, the Professional Edition offers 11 different data shredding methods, completely wiping all free space and overwriting the storage area, to completely shred all of the stored data. Data Shredder Military Edition offers 18 erasing algorithms in total, while also offering an integrated secure file explorer.

Data Shredder for iOS Professional Edition include:

  • Compatibility with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models
  • Compatible with all iOS versions
  • Securely erases the free space
  • Completely wipes all data on the device
  • Includes new ProtectStar(TM) Advanced Secure Deletion Algorithm (2017)
  • Includes 1 year of technical support and free upgrades
  • 24/7 support via e-Mail

Data Shredder Military Edition Includes the above features, plus:

  • Offers the ability to wipe data from Apple TV units
  • Additional military level deletion algorithms
  • Includes new ProtectStar(TM) Advanced Secure Deletion Algorithm (2017)
  • An integrated secure file explorer

Data Shredder for iOS Professional edition uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, DoD 5220.22-M, HMG Infosec No.5, US Army AR380-19 and more. The Data Shredder for iOS Military Edition uses those same shredding algorithms, plus makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020 and Canadian CSEC ITSG-06.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • Internet connection for activation and updates
  • 30MB Hard Drive space

Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Professional Edition is just $29.90 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the ProtectStar website. Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Military Edition is just $49.90 USD.

macOS New App Release – System Bar

Product Announcement – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released System Bar, their new low impact system monitoring utility for macOS. System Bar shows the main system information at a glance in a single bar, that can be freely customized and positioned anywhere on the screen. Size and appearance can be freely adjusted according to users preferences.

B-Eng calls it a trimmed version of their other system monitoring tools, that was specifically created based on customer feedback as an addition to their range of other system utility for Mac.

System Bar appears – as the name implies – as a bar wherever the user wants it. Colors, size and fonts are freely adjustable. Being a trimmed down version of the System clock, it shows the time on an analog clock face, CPU usage, used memory and available disk space. Aright click reveals the top resource heavy CPU processes and grants direct access to the Activity Monitor.

Christian Schaffner adds: “It is really a simple tool that shows basic information at a glance, while granting a direct overview to the most resource eating processes with a simple right click. If one needs more detailed information it’s just another click to open the built-in activity monitor in macOS. I personally like it, just because I sometimes need a little more information without having to dig.”

System Requirements: macOS 10.12 or newer

System Bar can be purchased directly on the homepage of b-eng for $1.99 (USD).

Mac Accessory – Bolt Crossbody Laptop Bag

Bolt Crossbody

Product Announcement – WaterField Designs of San Francisco, California, a designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases, debuts the slim-profile Bolt Crossbody vertical laptop bag. Available in three sizes to fit Macbooks, iPads and other devices, each Bolt includes a padded laptop compartment and a mix of functional pockets. Like bags long-popular in Asia and Europe, the compact Bolt Crossbody provides a convenient and handsome carry for commuters, professionals and adventure seekers alike.

The Bolt Crossbody Laptop bag easily holds a day’s necessities ” Macbook or iPad, water bottle, wallet and travel documents. An extra wide, zippered opening allows easy access to the main compartment that houses a padded laptop sleeve, and simple pockets to keep the Apple Pencil and smaller items easily accessible. A premium leather flap closes with a silent magnetic snap over an expandable front pocket. Inside, a hidden scratch-free Ultrasuede(R) hutch cradles the iPhone 7 or a similarly-sized smartphone.

For frequently-used items, a body-side pocket closes with a self-locking zipper for added security. The Crossbody’s gold, water-resistant lining boosts visibility of bag contents. An adjustable shoulder strap can be worn diagonally or off one shoulder, and a rear grab handle comes in handy for retrieving the Bolt from overhead bins or the trunk of a car. Because of its shape and wide zippered access”even when filled to capacity”the bag remains lean and comfortable to carry.

The Crossbody’s universal style fits with professionals and travelers of all ages. Offered in rugged black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas, each with full-grain leather highlights, the Bolt Crossbody is meticulously crafted and built to last. The comfortable Bolt hangs naturally and its clean design complements any look. Three compact sizes provide unrestricted motion yet contain ample space. The Bolt Crossbody joins other hard-wearing, stylish bags in the Bolt Collection: the Brief, the Duffel and the Backpack.

The Bolt Crossbody:
Small: $199.
Dimensions: 11 x 9.25 x 2.25 inches; 1.35 lbs.
Fits 10-inch iPad, most tablets

Medium: $209.
Dimensions: 12.5 x 11 x 2.25 inches; 1.65 lbs.
Fits 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016), Microsoft Surface Laptop, Surface Pro 4.

Large: $219.
Dimensions: 14.25 x 12 x 2.25 inches; 1.85 lbs.
Fits 13-inch MacBook Air, 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016), Surface Book.

Colors: Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon with naturally-tanned, full-grain grizzly, chocolate or black leather flap and details.mThey can be ordered through the website.

macOS New Too Release – Monochrome 3.4.1


Product Announcement einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Monochrome 3.4.1, a feature update to their popular post-processing application for OS X. Monochrome converts batches of images to grayscale, giving you control over the conversion and post-processing effects, to create a consistent set of output images that can be shared and printed in a variety of ways. Monochrome is an essential tool for photographers, editors and designers. The 3.4.1 update contains a collection of bug fixes, a new user interface and more than 2 dozen new image effects.

Monochrome 3.3.1 includes the following key features:

  • Grayscale Conversion – Convert using a RGB or HSL-based color mixer, selective color desaturation, or color re-mapping
  • Print Options – Print high-resolution source material as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices
  • Slide Shows – Create an interactive presentation using your converted and filtered images
  • Image Preview – Inspect and compare the original and final images using any of the six available preview modes
  • Image Effects – More than 40 built-in image effects are available to apply to items in the Monochrome Tray
  • Background Exports – Output images are created in the background, enabling you to continue working without waiting
  • Sharing – Drag’n’drop your images onto other applications or share with Facebook or other popular internet services

What’s new in version 3.4.1:

  • New Vibrant Dark user interface
  • New, more compact Tray with support for gesture-based actions
  • More than 2 dozen new image effects added to the existing library
  • Instant Export allows you to drag images to another application (or the Finder) for immediate use
  • Improved support for drawing high-resolution images
  • Enhanced connectivity to social media

System Requirements:

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

Monochrome 3.4.1 is available for $19.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New App Release – iSMARTtrain 4.1


Product Announcement – Yellow Field Technologies of Aberdeen, United Kingdom has released iSMARTtrain version 4.1, a major update to their macOS training journal application for multi-sport and endurance athletes. First developed by age-group triathlete Stuart Tevendale in 2001 in response to the lack of Mac-based training software, Stuart soon joined forces leading sports scientist, coach and writer Joe Beer. Joe provides valuable input to the software, both from a scientific and coaching aspect. Future releases will continue to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience.

The software is designed to allow endurance athletes to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from a variety of heart rate monitors & power meters and analyse it in graph, table and list formats. Information about training sessions, for example duration, distance and speed can also be similarly reviewed. Any number of sports can be quickly and easily tracked, using either metric or imperial units for each sport. Commonly used routes and sessions can be stored and quickly recalled:

  • Download from market-leading GPS, Heart Rate Monitors & Power Systems from Garmin, PowerTap and SRM
  • Track and analyse training data
  • Easy to understand visual graphs
  • Analyse time in training zones for heart rate and power data
  • Track equipment usage
  • Add and track user-defined metrics such as weight and sleep
  • Total times, distances and number of sessions can be viewed per week, month or year

The latest release contains new data graphs, improved swim analysis and bug fixes, including support for more devices.

iSMARTtrain 4.1 is available new from its official website or the Mac App Store, priced at $49.95 (USD). A free demo version, limited to 20 entries, can be downloaded from our website.