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macOS New app Releaser – Machines at War 3 v3.1

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Product Announcements Isotope 244 of Tampa, Florida has released Machines at War 3 v3.1 for macOS. The fist update released for the platform in over 3 years. This real time strategy game features over 130 different types of units and technologies to build and wage war with. This real time strategy game features over 130 different types of units and technologies to build and wage war with. The game boasts 21 campaign missions, unlimited random map skirmishes with many settings, and network multiplayer to challenge friends.

Update Features:
* New Ignis flamethrower unit.
* You can now swipe the touchpad with two fingers to move the view.
* New sound and window engine, fixed black screen bug.
* Many bug fixes and performance increases.
* 64-bit support.

Over 1200 players rate the game 4.7 / 5.
“The best RTS game available on iOS.” – MobileTechReview
“Machines at War 3 has a variety unmatched by other RTS titles.” – Nizulo
“The randomly generated maps mean that the experience is new each and every time.” – Daily Joypad

Game Features:
* Build over 130 different types of units and technologies
* Rescue the Omicron Initiative in 21 missions
* Command and conquer massive 5,000 unit battles
* Play unlimited random map skirmishes
* Conquer four friends in online multiplayer combat
* Deploy a full arsenal of infantry, aircraft, naval, and ground forces

Supported Languages:
* English, German, Chinese, Japanese, French, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian

Device Requirements:
* mac OS 10.9 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Machines at War 3 (v3.1) is only $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

macOS New App Release – IconMenu 1.0

Product Announcements – Independent developer Florian Soenens and graphic artist Rolf Neumann are proud to announce the release of their first Mac App, IconMenu 1.0, the ultimate Search App for icons. Directly search for and download a plethora of quality icons and drag them in any app, in any format/size you need.

Enjoy the 100.000 icons on the buffet, for your eyes, euhm, Mac only. If you’re a designer, web developer, Photoshop wizard, art lover, tattoo, (info)graphics or icon fan, IconMenu is for you. It lets you search through 100,000 icons and lets you drag them directly into your favorite app the way you’re used to – The Mac way!

IconMenu supports dragging to Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, OmniGraffle, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and lots of other major Apps. Oh yes… also to your Mac Desktop or the Finder.

Here’s an overview of the most important features:
* Search through over 100.000 icons and simply directly drag them into your favorite app or onto your desktop
* Using Dark Mode on your Mac? IconMenu adopts natively, so your pretty eyes don’t get tired
* IconMenu supports all available png sizes from 16px up to 1024px as well as svg and ICNS format
* Zen UI/UX. Small. Aesthetic. Distraction-free. Sophisticatedly simple (or is it simply sophisticated
* Hidden: It’s called IconMenu, so you can access it directly from your menubar, keeping it hidden when needed
* IconMenu is written natively in Cocoa, for your Mac only
* Simple design: No whistles and bells, just the tools you need when you need them, clean and simple
* Powered by Iconfinder: IconMenu uses the iconfinder API, the world’s biggest icon database/community. All the icons you see come from these awesome guys’ servers

Give it a try!

System Requirements:
* Requires macOS 10.12

Pricing and Availability:
IconMenu 1.0 is available now on the official IconMenu website and will soon be available on the Mac App Store. Users can download a 7-day free trial and if they like it, they can purchase directly on the website for only $3.99.

macOS New App Release – TopXNotes 1.8.8

Tropical Software of Atlantic Beach, Florida has released TopXNotes for Mac, an app that helps you to create a note by typing, dragging, or importing, has been updated to version 1.8.8 and is being offered at a huge discount as a “Back to School” special. The upgrade provides performance enhancements, a few new features, and bug fixes. TopXNotes 1.8.8 keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

Get Organized with TopXNotes:
Tired of all those loose bits of information spread all over your hard drive in multiple documents requiring opening multiple apps to see them? Opening many apps suck up your valuable Mac memory and slows it down. Are you tired of trying to remember which note was written in which application and where you put it? Use TopXNotes to import all your notes and organize them in one place with the option to password protect and encrypt sensitive information.

Release-Specific Information
TopXNotes 1.8.8 has the following changes:

New Features:
* Final 1.x update.
* “Check for Update” will re-direct to a “Paid Update” page when TopXNotes 2 becomes available.
* Added a new menu option that gives the user the ability to delete a note by page number.

Fixed:
* Fixed TopXNotes 2 Issue #080 – “Samples and Templates menus not sorted alphabetically on Mojave”.
* Fixed rare crash if adjust of locks made during quit.

Pricing and Availability:
Try Tropical’s reliable TopXNotes 1.8.8 to “get organized” today! TopXNotes 1.8.8 is available for $9.95 (USD) from the Tropical Software web site, Amazon, and other select Macintosh software resellers. TopXNotes 1.8.8 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5 or later. Existing customers with an older version (previous to 1.5) can upgrade to version 1.8.8 for only $9.95 from the company’s web site. TopXNotes is available from the Mac App Store.

macOS New app Release – ChronoSync 4.9.3

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Product Announcements Econ Technologies of Casselberry, Florida has released ChronoSync 4.9.3. The Econ Development Team took a deep-dive into the entire ChronoSync App quashing numerous bugs as well as identifying and applying many efficiencies.

As a result of this effort, several rare crashes and some unusual memory usage patterns were resolved. Specific reliability improvements are found in Backblaze B2 cloud backup, SFTP syncs, and backups, resolving aliases when syncing and executing scheduled items. The app even more efficiently stores, loads and saves the Scheduler Database!

Duilio Proni, President of Econ Technologies, Inc. said: “Our engineers had to work closely with our customers to track down some of these problems as in many cases, we only had one or a few trouble-reports to analyze.” He went on to say, “We have a great customer base and without their feedback, I’m not sure some of these issues would have been isolated and resolved!”

Owners of ChronoSync can install the update immediately for free! If you don’t already own ChronoSync, download today and start the 15-day free trial to learn how ChronoSync is your best long-term backup investment for Mac.

ChronoSync, the multipurpose Mac App for local and cloud backup, bootable backup and folder synchronizing is designed to work on macOS version 10.11 and newer. Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoSync for $49.99 (USD). ChronoSync’s companion app, ChronoAgent, allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device to access or transfer data! Full working trial licenses are available or purchase ChronoAgent for $14.99. ChronoMonitor is an iPhone app that monitorsMacs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent. ChronoMonitor is available in the Apple App Store for $3.99.

macOS New app Release – UI Browser 2.8.1

Product Announcements PFiddlesoft of Quechee, Vermont has released UI Browser 2.8.1, the “ultimate assistant” for GUI Scripting with AppleScript, and a developer utility for exploring Apple’s Accessibility API.

UI Browser helps you to explore, manipulate, and monitor the user interface of most macOS applications running on your computer. With the push of a button, it also generates AppleScript statements to control any application using GUI Scripting, even applications that are not otherwise scriptable. No other utility provides all of the information you need in order to write scripts using GUI Scripting.

Version 2.8.1 of UI Browser adds a link to our website for purchase of a UI Browser registration key, and it fixes an error that caused UI Browser to crash on launch after the free trial period expired.

Version 2.8.0 added these new features:

* UI Browser now supports new Accessibility features introduced in macOS Mojave 10.14. It also incorporates new PFAssistive Framework 3.9.0 and PFEventTaps Framework 1.6.0. UI Browser now requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later.

* UI Browser now uses Apple’s Hardened Runtime in Mojave for increased security. It may require user authorization to perform some tasks.

* UI Browser has been notarized by Apple to assure users that it is from a trusted developer and was scanned for malicious code by Apple to ensure its security.

* UI Browser no longer allows in-application purchase. Instead, go to the secure PFiddlesoft website and navigate to the eSellerate Online Store to purchase a license.

* UI Browser’s Target menu now includes Apple’s new Script Menu application in Mojave. The Script Menu application handles the Script menu extra if Script Editor preferences are set to show it in the menu bar.

* UI Browser supports Dark Mode in Mojave.

* UI Browser now uses the current “Highlight color” setting in System Preferences to highlight the target UI element when running in Highlight mode.

* AppleScript statements generated by UI Browser can now be sent to Script Debugger 7 from Late Night Software, as well as Script Editor, Smile and earlier versions of Script Debugger.

* UI Browser implements numerous performance enhancements and a number of minor bug fixes.

Download a free, full-featured 30-day trial version of UI Browser now.

New customers may purchase UI Browser for $55, with quantity discounts available. It is a free upgrade for registered owners of UI Browser 2.0.0 and newer. UI Browser 1.4.1 is no longer supported and no free upgrade path is available.

UI Browser is based on the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, including the PFAssistive and PFEventTaps Frameworks. The frameworks are written using Objective-C, and they support 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management and ARC. Developers can license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or use with their own products that use Apple’s Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies. The frameworks may be licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software product. A modest license fee is required to distribute or use the frameworks with a product for which payment is requested or required. Source code is available for a separate fee. Different terms apply to large or established commercial software developers. Check the website for details. For more information, go to https://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/.

macOS New App Release – Mirror for Hisense TV

Product Announcements AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands presents the new screen mirroring app for Mac computers exclusively developed for Hisense TV.

High end TVs for low budget prices:
TV shoppers looking for a bargain in the past few years have increasingly encountered the newer TV brand Hisense. This very large Chinese TV manufacturer has been on the rise globally for several years now. According to IHS Markit, a financial analysis firm, they are now among the world’s top 10 LCD TV brands.

Screen mirroring app for Mac
AirBeamTV, global market leader in screen mirroring apps for Apple products, announced they have launched this new mirroring app for Mac users to answer the growing demand from Hisense TV owners.

According to the company’s CEO, Jan Van Ottele, “AirBeamTV is adapting to the changing landscape of Smart TVs in the US market. We have received a lot of requests from Mac users to provide a high-quality screen mirroring app for these newer TV brands. With our app, Mac owners can share videos, photos and apps from any Mac device to any Hisense TV model from 2014 and onward. Important to notice is that the app also supports Hisense TVs running on the Android TV or Roku TV operating systems.”

Device Requirements
* Mac, Macbook, iMac & Mac Mini
* Requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer

Pricing and Availability:
Mirror for Hisense TV is free to download on AirBeamTV’s website (trial version). Users can test the app free before upgrading to the paid version ($9.99 directly from AirBeamTV). The premium version has no time limits for mirroring and supports lifetime updates. For both the trial and the paid version, everyone can count on fast and free customer service.

macOS New App Release – Path Finder 8.5

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Product Announcements Cocoatech of San Francisco, California has released Path Finder 8.5, which is a free update of their popular file browser for Path Finder 8 users. Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and much more. Path Finder is one of the oldest software on the macOS market (*first released in 2001) and boasts a large and loyal user base. The application is extremely customizable and allows you to work how you want. Become a master of file management with Path Finder 8.5! Now faster than ever!

What’s new:

New features and improvements:
* Enjoy up to 50% speed increase (depending on volume and file system type) when copying files. Biggest speed improvements on SSD formatted as APFS.
* New Undo interface: access Undo feature faster from a sliding sheet
* New and handy Size Browser toolbar button
* New compression engine: light and fast. Up to 30% speed increase while compressing files and even more when decompressing!
* New compression engine: you can now see a time estimate while archiving/decompressing your archives
* New compression engine: added creation of 7-ZIP, XAR, PAX and CPIO archives.
* New compression engine: added expansion of 7-ZIP, XAR, PAX, CPIO, RAR(3), AR, LHA/LHZ, and CAB archives.
* New compression engine: added XZ, LZIP, and LZMA (de)compression filters.
* New compression engine: you can now choose among 10 default formats of compression
* Now compression engine: operations are integrated into the file queues interface, which means you can pause them if needed
* The size of the application is reduced by 30 %

Bug fixes:
* Fixed “Launch Path Finder at login” functionality.
* Fixed Path Finder Desktop text in dark mode.
* Fixed opening of a stationery pad document.
* Fixed empty browser window bug.
* Fixed some potential crashes and exceptions.
* Numerous other UI fixes and improvements.

Path Finder 8 lays the foundation for a total redesign and rewrite of the very powerful file manager. Estimated 40% of the internal code is new. The big new thing in version 8 is the way modules are organized and used within the new and flexible modules structure. You can put as many modules in a single window as you need, they can be arbitrarily arranged, dismissed, closed and dragged out of the window. They can be assigned to either left or right pane and they are extensively customizable (light mode only). With the new module structure, Path Finder probably becomes the most configurable and flexible Mac application on the market.

Supported Languages:
Path Finder supports Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.11 or newer

Pricing and Availability:
You can try Path Finder for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $40.00 (USD) for a single user license applicable for up to 3 user-owned computers, and $20.00 (USD) when upgrading from version 7. The software comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself. Volume license discounts available.

Do you need a better clipboard?

(See my other Mac/OS X related posts) – I viewed this quick video produced by Bob Levitus today and thought it was well worth sharing. I agree with him that the clipboard on the Mac is lacking.

The free clipboard App Bob mentions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. I have installed CopyClip and will give a product review in a few days.

I also recommend Bob’s book “Working Smarter for Mac Users“.

 

macOS New app Release – SessionRestore

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Product Announcements SweetP Productions, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware has updated their Safari advanced tab management extension to support the new macOS 10.14.4 Safari App Extension framework. Now built using Swift as a native app, SessionRestore is even more powerful and useful than its javascript based predecessor.

Are you the kind of person who keeps numerous Safari tabs open, with the intent of reading them later? SessionRestore is here to help. Save your browsing session, close all windows then start with a fresh session. It’s super easy to restore a session whenever you need it.

Easily store any number of sessions with a quick button press. You can name sessions, and provide custom notes – so you don’t forget why you saved it in the first place! It’s possible to remove unneeded tabs or windows from saved sessions. You may also want to combine sessions. This is easy in SessionRestore’s powerful dedicated session editor.

You back up your computer often, (well.. you should be) and now you can easily do the same with your browser tabs using SessionRestore. Who needs clumsy bookmarks – Go one step further, and save groups of tabs for instant retrieval anytime.

Features:
* Safari browsing session save and restore
* Full session editing
* Session metadata search (name/urls/notes)
* Session screenshots for easy identification
* Lightweight and Quick native Safari App Extension
* Minimal Intuitive UI

Built with the latest technologies, and integrated right in to Safari as an Extension, SessionRestore can help streamline how you manage and recall important websites.

System Requirements:
* Compatible with macOS 10.14.4 and Safari 12.1.

Pricing and Availability:
SessionRestore 1.0 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

macOS New app Release – Lyttony 1.0

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Product Announcements – Independent software developer SchwanSongs Software of Bellingham, Washington has released “Lyttony” 1.0, a rather novel opening-sentence-generator for the Macintosh. It can create millions of original and thought-provoking story-openers, useful for both teachers and students in creative writing classes, authors or writing clubs needing new inspiration, or just quick ideas for daily writing practice.

Lyttony does not require the user to choose from confusing topic lists or to play 20-questions first. The user is immediately provided ready-to-use opening lines, with no restrictions on their use. They can copy them as-is into their next best-seller, or edit them to their liking.

Lyttony can send a new line every day, and create customized stories with the user’s name and favorite color included in the text.

There are two extra-purchase features. Lyttony can read the text aloud in a user-chosen computerized voice. Lyttony can also be synchronized with “Global StoryTime”, so users can receive the same line, at the same time, as everyone else in the world.

Main features:
* Personalized – The user can add their name, pet, favorite color, etc. and Lyttony will integrate these into its stories.

* Customized – The Preferences/Settings page lets them choose a favorite color for the story text.

* Bookmark & Rewind – Each opener has its own unique 16-character “Story-Code” which, if typed in, can instantly re-display that exact opener again, on anyone’s “Lyttony” app. The user can display the list of bookmarks, and choose a prior “bookmarked” opener to re-display. This is good for bookmarking/saving and revisiting prior funny ones, or sending the code to other users so they can jump to it too.

* Daily Dose – Lyttony can send a daily idea without even running the app. After turning on “Daily Notifications”, the user can choose an hour of the day to have it delivered, and every day they will get a new story idea. They can read it in place in the notification center, or click it to have it displayed in the “Lyttony” app.

* Global-Sync – With this option turned on, every Lyttony user in the world can get the same story at the same time, no matter where they live. So if two users in different countries both choose “every hour”, then their Lyttony apps will dish out identical stories together every hour. This is an extra-purchase feature.

* Read Aloud – Lyttony can either automatically or manually speak the stories out loud in any of the installed (macOS or iOS) text-to-speech voices. This is an extra-purchase feature.

* Share – Users can send their favorite openers to friends via e-mail/Facebook/chat/photos, or copy/paste them directly into their writing project.

The name “Lyttony” comes obliquely from Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a Victorian-era British novelist/playwright, who penned the infamous opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night…” and who created the quote “The pen is mightier than the sword!” Lyttony builds on the same versatile and proprietary “MakeSents(C) Engine” technology as some of SchwanSongs’ prior offerings, like “Ask Fortuna” and “Pass the Phrase”

System Requirements:
Lyttony works on any Intel Macintosh running macOS X 10.10 or newer

Pricing and Availability:
Lyttony is $0.99 (USD), with the features “Read Aloud” and “Global-Sync” each priced at $0.99 in-app-purchases, and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store.