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Learn the macOS Command Line

(See my other macOS and Linux related posts) – While “Unix for the Beginning Mage” is not new (the sources I have found date back to 2005) it is still relevant today.

You may, or may not, know that by using a Mac with macOS, you are using a system based upon the Unix operating system. When Apple acquired NeXT in 1996, it also gained the use of the NeXTSTEP operating system. NeXTSTEP had its roots in an earlier Unix system, BSD. Apple released macOS (then called Mac OS X) in 2001.

Now one of the notable things about macOS is that instead of using the traditional user interface to the operating system, NeXT had infused NeXTSTEP with a number of innovative GUI (Graphical User Interface) features which made the system far more user-friendly. For most user operations, they rarely, if ever, need to open up a Terminal and interact with the system through the command line.

This short book is for anyone who wants to open up a terminal and give commands to their system through just the keyboard. The book is only 100 pages long, so it is not an in-depth look at using the command line. It is enough to get someone started and guide them through the essentials.

You can download the free PDF at Unix for the Beginning Mage. As you might expect from the name, the book takes a bit of a tongue-in-cheek approach to learning some of the basic features of the Unix shell.

If you found this of interest you might also be interested in my CLI (Command Line Interface) page.

 

Video Tutorials from MacMost – learn something new in about 10 minutes

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(See my other Mac and OS X related posts) – I have been an email subscriber to MacMost for quite a while. That delivers an email once a week with links to a handful of their video tutorials.

The featured 10:46 tutorial this week (released 2/14/20) is “8 Better Alternatives to Sending Large Email Attachments”.

I don’t watch all of their tutorials, but there are several that I have found very interesting. If you visit their website and the Video Tutorials page, you will find more than 60 categories and more than 1800 individual tutorials. Another option is to visit their channel on YouTube.

Either way, you want to approach them, MacMost has a wide selection of tutorials that will enable you to know more about your Mac! Most of these are only 5-15 minutes in length so it is easy to allocate time during your day to watch at lease one.

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 1/2020

software

I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. 

macOS software is now being compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing repeatedly in this list. I think the directory will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to discover Mac software. 

The macOS Software directory is updated frequently and currently contains more than 420 entries. More than 150 of those entries are available for FREE download.

Please give me feedback if this expanded list is valuable to you.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

January 2020

  1. Games – Newly formed EdTech start-up KalamTech has just announced the launch of its latest game Human Heroes Counting Fun, available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Fresh off his latest outing in Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock, which has been downloaded 20,000 times across both the App Store, Albert Einstein is back on the stage, now equipped with a balloon pump of magic and wonder to help children of all ages learn about counting seconds. Human Heroes Counting Fun 1.1.3 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Download from the App Store
  2. Entertainment – Sincere Apps SIA is pleased to announce the release of Piano Chords and Scales 4.0, an important feature update to their popular music app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Piano Chord and Scales allows you to understand all the piano theory related to chords, scales and song composing. The true goal for creating this app was to lower the barrier for an individual to start playing and understanding piano. How all the theory comes together and how songs can be composed. Piano Chords and Scales 4.0 is Free (With $7.99 in-app purchase to unlock more content) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Download from the App Store
  3. Games – If you’re a base building fanatic, you may already be familiar with the space-age, resource pirating, hero ship piloting game Fleets of Heroes. Think of some of the barbarian village builders you may have played, add some upgrade/resource complexity, put yourself in space, and you won’t be too far off. After a relatively quiet release and slow-burning soft launch phase , Inner Hero LLC has officially released its anticipated v2.0 update, kicking Fleets of Heroes gameplay into high gear as of January 16, 2020. Fleets of Heroes 2.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  4. Business – U.S. Publications, Inc. today is proud to announce the release of GoNGet for iOS and Android. With GoNGet, it’s easy to get any work done by the right person with the right expertise. Need your driveway shoveled? Want to get an in-home massage? Need your car detailed? Just post a job, list your price and professionals will start applying immediately. Developed by U.S. Publications, Inc., GoNGet User and GoNGet Service Provider apps is a match that works. Both GoNGet apps (GoNGet 1.1) are free and available through the App Store in the Business category. There is no subscription or dues required. The user is in control. It’s like having a personal assistant at your fingertips – just tap the app.  GoNGet Users on the App Store
  5. Entertainment – The Clash Soft today is proud to announce the release of TVSofa, its new tv show and movies tracking app developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Powerful and intuitive to use, TVSofa helps anyone manage all movies and tv shows that they are watching, has watched or is pending to watch. The app also provides the user the opportunity to watch any movie or tv show on their favorite streaming providers, such as Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu… TVSofa 1.0.3 is Free (With $2.99 premium upgrade In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.  Download from the App Store
  6. Games – MansaPlay, has recently launched the latest version (7.2.8) of their mobile strategy game app, Numfeud – Rummy, Okey, Sudoku for iOS and Android devices. Numfeud is packed with the power of highly engaging and challenging turn-based multiplayer board-games with the benefit of playing it on your smartphone against worldwide users, whenever the mood strikes! Numfeud 7.2.8 is available for Free with In-App purchases on the App Store in the Games category and also available for Free with In-App purchases.  Download from the App Store
  7. Games – Flowmotion Entertainment Inc. is proud to announce the release of Cooking Crush: Restaurant Dash 1.0.6 their game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The game sets a new standard for innovation within the cooking game category. Inspired by the industry-leading cooking games, it allows players to push beyond the kitchen into control of an entire restaurant. Cooking Crush: Restaurant Dash 1.0.6 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from App Store

    See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!

Tuneskit Christmas Software Sale

Christmas and New Year are coming upon us. For many people, the end of the year and the beginning of a new year are the high time to indulge themselves to something they’ve always wanted. At the same period of time, TunesKit of Shenzhen, Guangdong, a featured and high-rated multimedia software brand, has offered the biggest discounts of the year 2019 – an up to 50% off Christmas promotion. The sale lasts only two weeks and won’t end until January 3, 2020. See more details on the promotion page.

The promotion includes a 50% off special offer, sales of most popular products and bundles for Christmas only. With only half of the original price, you can get the powerful TunesKit Audio Converter, an all-in-1 audio converter that is able to convert Apple Music, Audible audiobooks, iTunes audiobooks, and other common audios to MP3, AAC, FLAC and so on. It is available on the latest Windows and Mac systems.

As for other products, there are discounts ranging from 15% to 30%. To be specific, iTunes M4V Converter, Audio Capture, and Audible Converter will be sold at 20% off and the Spotify Music Converter only takes $25.46. With the help of these DRM removal solutions, watching an iTunes movie at home with family and friends in the cold winter day or playing Spotify music on the Christmas or New Year parties can’t be easier. Besides, users can also get an efficient iOS System Recovery at up to 30% off, which will help you fix iOS device glitches without data loss easily.

It’s a common sense that getting bundles can save you more money than getting the products separately. This is especially true for TunesKit’s “Christmas Only Bundles” because you can enjoy a super 35% – 40% discount during this Christmas season. Bundle of video and audio DRM solutions makes a lot of sense. By purchasing a bundle consisting of M4V Converter and any other audio related program, you can enjoy the best software with the lowest price ever. Moreover, all deals on this promotion have no extra restriction, and users can easily get the discounts without sharing a page or anything else.

“We are celebrating this happy Christmas and we really appreciate the years-long supports from our users, so we hold this special event,” said the marketing manager, Andres Green. “TunesKit’s Christmas promotion is not limited to returning customers and also available to new users. This is the last chance of this year to get the useful software at such a favorable price,” ha added.


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

Macsome Software Christmas Sale

Macsome Inc. of Cortaro, Arizona, a professional multimedia software provider, offers a big Christmas sale offers with up to 50% off for both Windows and Mac users. This deals are available for all Macsome products, inclusing iTunes Converter, Spotify Downloader, as well as iTunes video Converter which is compatible with macOS (10.8, 9, 11, 12) and Windows platforms. All will be available on Macsome official website from now until Jan 15th, 2020.

Enjoy Macsome Christmas & New Year Sales Party – Save Up to 50% Off

As the best-selling item of Macsome product lines, Macsome iTunes Converter participates in the promotion at ridiculously low prices than ever before, which will save you $25 from its original price $49.95. This professional iTunes Converter, which works on both Mac and Windows platforms, aims to help you convert Apple Music songs, iTunes purchased songs and audiobooks to plain MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC with perfectly conversion speed and conversion quality.

Another hot line you can’t miss is Macsome Spotify Downloader. It is an all-in-one Spotify Music Converter. With it, you can download Spotify single track, playlists, albums and podcast. Plus, you can also save any Spotify audio files to MP3, AAC, WAV and FLAC format. Both Mac and Windows version can enjoy its discount at 50% during the Christmas sales season.

Sparkling Macsome Christmas Sale Offers on iTunes Video

If you want to play your iTunes purchases TV shows & movies on the go, M4V Converter Plus is the best iTunes Video Converter you can choose. The M4V Converting software comes with all the typical features which can help you convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, AVI and any other popular video or audio formats at a high rate of speed.

By using M4V Converter plus, it’ll be easier for you playing your iTunes movie purchases as well as sharing iTunes movie rentals with any people you like. Likewise, you are able to customize the videos’ parameters and convert a batch files at the same time. M4V Converter Plus for Mac and Windows will save you $15 at 30% discount during the Christmas sales season.

Why Choose Macsome?
Are you wondering about why you choose products of Macsome Inc.? Macsome Inc. is known for its quality and service. It is established in 2008. In the past decade, Macsome Inc. is dedicated to development, to provide good products and services for tens of thousands of users all over the world. On the other hand, compared with other similar products in the market, the programs of Macsome are more powerful, more flexibility and easy to use.

Pricing and Availability
This promotion is valid until January 15th, 2020. Anyone who visit our official website can enjoy this special discount with the coupon code macsome10off. Now you can get Macsome Music Converter, including Macsome iTunes Converter as well as Spotify Downloader special offer, save up to 50% off! iTunes Video Converter only need $35, save you $15! For more info, visit the Macsome website.


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

Christmas Sale on AirBeamTV Software for Mac

AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands has announced their annual MacOS app Christmas Sale. Most households own more than one TV set, with AirBeamTV’s Mac app pack you will get 9 different Smart TV screen mirror apps for the price of 3 in the Mac App Store, covering all major brands.

Screen mirroring solution for Mac:
AirBeamTV’s screen mirroring apps for Mac provide an easy way to stream movies, apps or presentations to almost any Smart TV. With the app you can mirror your MacBook, Mac or iMac on your TV of choice. No need for HDMI cables or additional adapters. The following apps are part of the bundle:

* Mirror for Samsung TV
* Mirror for LG TV
* Mirror for Roku
* Mirror for Sony TV
* Mirror for Panasonic TV
* Mirror for Chromecast
* Mirror for Philips TV
* Mirror for Amazon FireTV
* Mirror for Android TV

AirBeamTV screen mirroring apps runs on Mac, MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini & Mac Pro and requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer.
Mac App Bundles on the Mac App Store require MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) or newer.

You can buy AirBeamTV’s MacOS bunde in the Mac App Store or the separate apps as free trial directly from their website. A single app costs $9.99 in the Mac App Store. With AirBeamTV’s MacOS app bundle, they offer a staggering 65% discount. Basically, this means you will get 9 apps and only pay for 3! The bundle comes in very handy for everyone who owns more than 1 different TV brand. For current AirBeamTV customer who already purchased one of the screen mirroring apps from AirBeamTV, they can use Apple’s Complete My Bundle option to only pay the difference between one app and the bundle price to purchase all apps.


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

Christmas Special on Sidify Products

The biggest festival of year is coming. Sidify of Jerk, Alabama is glad to announce that we are celebrating Christmas with the holiday sales from December 13, 2019 to January 12, 2020! For this year, our promotion is up to 18% off on our best-selling products – Sidify Spotify Converter and Sidify Apple Music Converter. And in addition, we added an extra promotion along with these two products – TunePat Netflix Video Downloader (Windows). TunePat Netflix Video Downloader is a great video tool that specialists in downloading Netflix videos to MP4 format with original quality.

Check out our promotion web page for more details, linked below.

Sidify Christmas Special Deals:

Sidify Music Converter for Spotify is an amazing Spotify music converter that has gained millions of users globally. It is exclusively designed to convert Spotify music and playlist to common audio formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC with 5X conversion speed, which then you can transfer them to your mobile phone or other portable devices and listen anywhere. For better organizing the music library, all of ID3 tags and metadata including title, artwork, artist, album, track number, and more are preserved with converted songs. Available for Windows and Mac Systems: Was $39.95, Now $35.96

Sidify Apple Music Converter is designed for converting tracks from Apple Music to other more compatible formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC. It also supports converting any playable music on iTunes such as M4P Music, iTunes M4A, M4B & Audible AA, AAX audiobooks. And the ID3 Tags will be all preserved with converted files. Available for Windows and Mac Systems: Was $39.95, Now $32.76

TunePat Netflix Video Downloader (Windows) is a program that provides the best solution to help users enjoy unlimited Netflix movies & TV shows on any devices offline. You can download any videos that are available on Netflix to mp4 format with TunePat Netflix Video Downloader, and enjoy them on iPhone, iPad, Android phones & tablets, TV or any other mp4 compatible devices. Available for Windows system: Was $39.95, Now $33.96


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

Holiday Sale on Adobe InDesign Plug-Ins and PDF Tools

Zevrix Solutions of Toronto, Canada, a developer of automation solutions for Adobe InDesign, PDF workflows and Microsoft Office, announces Dec 17 a holiday sale until December 31. Zevrix offers 50% discount on everything in its online store including product upgrades. The company’s products include several popular plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, which help professionals automate document printing and exporting, repurpose files for web and mobile devices, save disk space, and cut production costs.

“Zevrix software its the best kept secret out there for the Graphic Design industry,” says Darren Rath of eponymous design studio in Melbourne, Australia. “It rocks and continues to impress and improve at a scary rate… Thanks to Zevrix products, every piece of artwork that flies out of here requires no intervention by the prepress departments.”

The following products are available on sale:

LinkOptimizer for InDesign, which reduces link size by eliminating excess image data, performs essential picture adjustments, and converts file formats. LinkOptimizer lets users save gigabytes of disk space, cut down on processing time, and reduce production costs.

Output Factory for InDesign, which automates document printing and exporting and offers batch output, layer versioning, export as single pages, preflighting, variable file names, and more. A server version that processes files from watched hot folders is also available.

InPreflight for InDesign, which offers advanced preflighting as well as automatic packaging of multiple files. InPreflight helps users eliminate errors, save disk space, and collect all linked files into a single location.

Zevrix tools for PDF workflows let users batch print PDF files and automate preflighting, color conversion and format exchange. The company also offers batch output solutions for Microsoft Office, file delivery automation tools, and quality control software for images and vector graphic files.

Pricing and Availability:
Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until December 31, 2019 from Zevrix website. For details, please visit the website. Product trials are also available for download. All Zevrix products require macOS 10.8-10.15; InDesign and Illustrator solutions require Adobe Creative Cloud CS5-2020 software.


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

MacXDVD 2019 Merry Christmas Sale

MacXDVD of Chengdu, China has just announced its 2019 Merry Christmas Sale, which will give customers the exclusive opportunity to get the company’s best-selling DVD ripper, HD video converter, iPhone manager, and 4K video player at up to 70% and save big on an assortment of hot products. The sale, which begins Dec 17 and runs through December 31, is the largest and longest-running holiday event of its kind. All selected items will enable customers to complete a host of Christmas projects with ease; from holiday-spirit movies to family videos.

Rejoice! Christmas is upon us with jam-packed calendars filled with shopping, holiday parties, travel plans, and family union. The Christmas media content is the one thing users won’t have to worry about – with MacXDVD’s 2019 special Xmas pack, all the Santa movie lineup, party background music, precious holiday recordings & photos, other media content are taken care of. Four world’s leading multimedia programs are at customers’ fingertips to help bring people together in front of the TV and make it easy for families and friends to spend quality time with one another.

Included in MacXDVD’s 2019 Special Xmas Pack are 4 flagship apps:
MacX DVD Ripper Pro: a strong DVD ripper for macOS that has proved to be especially effective when dealing with region-locked discs, encrypted titles, homemade and tough DVDs. It offers industry-leading options to backup old & classic Christmas DVDs 1:1 to ISO, Video_TS folder, MPEG and rip DVDs on Mac to every major video format, including HEVC, H.265, MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI for easier share and playback on phones, tablets, TVs, NAS, game consoles, etc. The support for Intel QSV, Nvidia, and AMD ensures fast DVD ripping speed, making it possible to rip a full DVD within 5 minutes.

MacX Video Converter Pro: a video converter that is designed to convert 4K and HD videos. It’s updated regularly with HEVC codec, 60fps, 8K resolution, GPU acceleration, and other latest technologies to smoothly convert HD, 4K, and even 8K footages from iPhone, GoPro, DJI, DSLR cameras, other modern devices into 420 formats & profiles. The unique Level-3 Hardware Acceleration lets users process 4K and high-res videos on computers fast without stutters. More than that, it also offers a 4K video compressor, video editor, slideshow maker, and online video downloader.

MacX MediaTrans: a one-click iPhone data manager that makes the data transfer between iDevices and computers extremely fast and easy. Via simple clicks, users can sync selected or massive photos, songs, videos, ringtones, books, etc. in a matter of seconds without confusing settings or a complicated interface. It will also turn songs into ringtones, auto convert incompatible video/audio formats, create playlists, mount iDevices, encrypt local media files, and do more.

5KPlayer: a free video player that plays virtually everything from common media formats to 4K/5K/FUHD and 360 videos. The GPU decoding allows it to play intensive codecs like HEVC, VP9 and high-res footages without stutters or freezes. The smooth playback and crisp picture make it one of the users’ favorite.

“Christmas is a great time to gather the family for movies, music, photos, and other entertainment”, said Jack Han, CEO of MacXDVD Software, Inc., “It’s also the busiest time of year. We’re pleased to offer every user the disc & video processing power and convenience of our products with big savings.”

Pricing and Availability
The MacX Christmas Gift Pack, with four powerful media program, is 70% off at $49.95 from today to December 31, 2019. Otherwise, it will cost $169.95 for a single license. The gift pack comes with a lifetime upgrade and 7/24 tech support. More than that, 50%-56% discounts are offered on the company’s best sellers during Christmas. Check the details on MacXDVD Christmas Special Offer page.


See my new macOS Software Directory and find what software is available for the Mac!


 

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 11/2019

software
I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. 

macOS software is now being compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing repeatedly in this list. I think the directory will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to discover Mac software. 

The macOS Software directory is updated frequently and currently contains more than 380 entries. More than 140 of those entries are available for FREE download.

Please give me feedback if this expanded list is valuable to you.

This is NOT a curated list. All I know about these titles is what you see below. None have been tried or tested by me.

iOS Apps November 2019

  1. Games – Pavel Guzenko at ByteyBeasts has announced his completely reworked game, Headless D 2.6 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Previously released on iOS the game is free now. With simple controls and real-time action it’s a perfect single-player game for people in a hurry. Set in Fantasy world you control headless hero and explore randomly generated dungeon, full of dangerous traps, bloodthirsty monsters, and vicious bosses. Headless D 2.6 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download From the App Store
  2. Shopping – MyGiftListApp.com is pleased to release an updated and improved version of their gift planning app introduced late last year. GiftList 1.2 can be found on the GiftList webpage, on the Apple store, or on the Google Play store. GiftList 1.2 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category. Download From the App Store
  3. Lifestyle – Eureka.Fun LLC is proud to announce the launch of Eureka Dating App 1.1, their online dating apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Eureka Love makes easier to find love among friends, college mates, neighbors or simply other people on the user’s phone contact list. Finding out about others feelings becomes hassle free and actually quite fun with the Eureka Dating App. Eureka Dating App 1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from the App Store
  4. Shopping – Monolith Technologies, announced the international release of its popular ShopSavvy App. This release includes international markets including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France. The ShopSavvy App has over 40 million downloads worldwide is the leading shopping app for holiday season deal hunters. Further markets and international release on Android coming soon. ShopSavvy 14.7.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Shopping category. Download from the App Store
  5. Utility – Michigan based entrepreneur, Rachel Cash is proud to announce the release of Elroi VPN Secure & Unlimited for iOS and Android devices. The World Wide Web is a strange place – it has created a world without barriers yet there are geographical and data restrictions that prevent you from browsing all the content available on the internet. For example, if you are in Austria, you may not be able to access the US or Indian Netflix, and vice-versa. Similarly, a lot of content on YouTube is location-based and you may not be able to view the desired video if you are in a restricted location. Elroi 1.2 is currently available for free on the App Store under the Utilities category under the Tools category. Download from the App Store
  6. Games – Ubisoft announced that Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos (v1.0.109) is now available for free on iOS and Android devices. Developed by Playcrab, the game brings the high-fantasy universe of Heroes of Might & Magic in a deep strategy gameplay experience tailored for mobile. Featuring nine modes, the game offers players near-endless challenges as they build an army of iconic Might and Magic heroes and creatures. Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos (v1.0.109) is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available through the App Store in the Games category (Requires a compatible smartphone and an online connection). Download from the App Store