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macOS New App Release – EarthDesk 7

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Product Announcements Xeric Design of Incline Village, Nevada has launched a beautiful new cloud image service for EarthDesk Data subscribers. The cloud image is now precisely geo-located and parallax-corrected, contains data from up to 23 satellites, and includes polar coverage. We have worked with the Space Science and Engineering Center’s RealEarth project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to bring this high-quality data feed to EarthDesk. Previously, only six satellites were used and the data did not extend to the poles.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as near real-time cloud coverage. The software allows users to purchase an optional data subscription that offers the new precision clouds with 16 times more detail than the standard cloud layer. In addition, this service displays real-time data including worldwide earthquakes, named storms (typhoons, hurricanes, etc.) and the position of the International Space Station.

The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. Unlike a screen saver, which only appears when your system is idle, EarthDesk’s dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background (and optionally as a screen saver on the Mac version).

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or later.

Pricing and Availability:
Single user copies may be purchased for $24.99 (USD). Upgrades are available for $12.99 for licensed users of versions 5 and 6. A data subscription adds precision clouds, earthquakes, named storms and tracking of the International Space Station starting at $11.99 per year. Bundles that include EarthDesk and a discounted data subscription are available. For more details, please refer to our website.

macOS New App Release – GraphicConverter 10.7

Product Announcements – Independent developer, Lemke Software GmbH of Peine, Germany has released GraphicConverter 10.7, an important update to their popular image editing utility for macOS. The utility has become known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of image editing applications and allows users to convert any of over 200 graphic file formats into any of almost 80 other graphics formats.

GraphicConverter’s 1.5 million users around the globe will appreciate the new features version 10.7 brings to the app. New features include a dehaze batch action, a new service to convert JPEG files to 75 or 85 percent, the ability to import exported LR keywords into the keyword palette, and much, much more.

“GraphicConverter has long been one of the most popular image editing utilities available for the Mac,” says Thorsten Lemke, founder of Lemke Software GmbH. “This new version builds on GraphicConverter’s already great feature set, providing both new and improved features for our users.”

New Features Include:

  • Browser context menu: append path to iptc caption
  • Offset GPS date/time stamp command
  • Dehaze batch action
  • Clear of keyword palette
  • Import of exported LR keywords into keyword palette
  • Sort by rating & aspect ratio and resolution & pixel size added
  • Sort folders separate
  • A new service: convert to JPEG at 75 or 85 percent
  • Sliders in dialogs moveable by scrollwheel
  • Image context menu entry for animation: save frames as separate GIFs/PNGs
  • Browser context menu: copy exif date to other metadata dates

GraphicConverter has long been one of the most respected image utility tools available for the Mac. Apple was even impressed enough to have included GraphicConverter as a default app on many of their Mac models.

While Lemke Software added several great new features to version 10.7, the improvements didn’t stop there, as the new version also offers considerable improvements to the app’s previous features.

Feature Improvements Include:

  • Display of autofocus point of some FUJI cameras
  • Open with application will be called with all selected files at once (macOS 10.10 or later)
  • Option to disable slideshow effects on 10.13.x or earlier
  • Option to disable display of zoom during slideshow zoom
  • Find duplicate resolves aliases and symlinks
  • Improved ratio display in browser
  • Localizations

As always, GraphicConverter 10.7 is the best way available on the Mac to capture, import, convert, and export images. The app also offers power image editing and slideshow capabilities and provides color management profiles, 3D image support and much more.

Feature Include:

  • Ability to open files in 200 graphics formats
  • Ability to export to almost 80 different formats
  • Import directly from camera (also RAW)
  • Catalog generation (web, print, picture)
  • TWAIN and image capture interface for scanners
  • Direct support of the photo services Flickr and locr
  • Graphical file and picture browser
  • Slide show functions
  • Powerful batch processor feature
  • Support for Applescript
  • Express picture enhancement function
  • Powerful functions for editing pictures
  • Advanced effects and filters
  • Plug-in architecture
  • Color management with ColorSync and ICC profiles
  • 3D image support
  • Supports the latest technologies of the different Mac OS versions
  • Multilingual (12 available languages)
  • Image verifier
  • Ability to browse local copies on cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud, and Google Drive

“We’ve made GraphicConverter 10.7 easier to use than ever, thanks to the informative tutorial videos we’ve posted on out YouTube page,” continues Thorsten. “Users who would like to try GraphicConverter to make sure it fits their needs can download a trial version and follow along with the video tutorials. Plus, version 10.7 is a totally free update to any version 10.x customers.

GraphicConverter 10.7 provides the best way to capture, import, convert, and export images on the Mac. The utility’s graphic conversion features alone are worth the price of the app. Users are encouraged to try GraphicConverter today.

System Requirements:

  • Requires OS X 10.9 or higher
  • 64-bit processor
  • 145 MB

Pricing/Availability:
GraphicConverter 10.7 is only $39.95 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website. GraphicConverter 10.7 is a free update for all customers of version 10.x. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95 USD.

macOS Accessory – Wirelessly Share iPhone or iPad display with Mirror for Mac

Product Announcements – AirBeamTV of Naarden, Netherlands has released “Mirror for Mac or Windows PC“. With this app every iPhone or iPad owner can mirror the display of their phone or tablet on a Mac or PC.

Wireless phone screen sharing:
The idea for the app arose from the demand of app developers and other professionals who could not find an easy wireless alternative for presenting the content of their phone. “Nowadays it is common practice to connect your computer with a cable to a projector or large TV screen during presentations or demonstrations. Our new app makes it possible to share your phone screen with the same setup without the need of an AppleTV or additional cables,” says Jan van Ottele, CEO of AirBeamTV.

Ideal classroom solution:
In addition, according to Van Ottele, the app is excellent to use in a classroom or training environment. “Especially when teaching at external locations, it is usually not practically organized in terms of technology and you are dependent on the computer systems present. However, with our app you can always share videos, photos and apps from your own phone, as long as the computer or screen you are viewing them is connected to the internet and has the free Chrome browser.”

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 12.0 or later
  • 124 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Mirror for Mac or Windows PC 3.3.1 is free to download in the App Store. Users can test the app free before upgrading to the paid version ($4.99 in the US App Store). The premium version has no time limits for mirroring and supports lifetime updates. For both the free and the paid version, everyone can count on fast and free customer service.

macOS New app Release – DEVONthink 2.11.3

Product Announcements DEVONtechnologies of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has released DEVONthink 2.11.3 for Mac. The popular smart document and information manager receives support for MultiMarkdown 6 and better bookmark handling. Email import is faster and more compatible with Apple Mail on macOS Mojave, the overall performance has been enhanced, and some bugs have been fixed. The update for all three editions is free and recommended for all users.

DEVONthink is DEVONtechnologies’ document and information management solution for the Mac. It supports a large variety of file formats and stores them in a database enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI). Many document formats can be directly viewed and edited, PDFs annotated. DEVONnote is DEVONthink’s little sibling with a reduced feature set targeted at users with notetaking-centric needs.

Sophisticated organization tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest collections, and numerous integration options make DEVONthink the work environment of choice for researchers, lawyers, and educators. With its fast, reliable, and secure synchronization users keep their data available on all their Macs. DEVONthink To Go for iPad and iPhone completes the DEVONthink ecosystem.

  • Keep your data together in one place
  • Scan your paper, archive your email
  • Let artificial intelligence help you file your data
  • Sync your data to all your devices, fast and secure
  • Share your data with anyone, whether they use Mac or PC

New in DEVONthink 2.11.3:
Version 2.11.3 updates DEVONthink’s support for the popular markup processor MultiMarkdown to version 6 with many syntax and parsing enhancements. It also adds the CriticMarkup syntax. Further, DEVONthink 2.11.3 improves zooming Markdown documents and formatted notes, adds automatic spelling correction to HTML-based documents, and detects WikiLinks based on names and aliases up to 70 times faster.

The update creates new bookmarks defaulting to *https:* and improves the automatic naming of captured bookmarks. Email archiving is faster and more reliable, the Apple Mail plugin no longer requires full disk access on macOS Mojave, and email messages look better in their alternative representation, especially with narrow or wide windows. It’s now also possible to choose custom encodings for email.

On the sync side, DEVONthink 2.11.3 improves the reliability of Bonjour connections, handling of pending items, and the overall sync performance. Indexed files with the same modification date are no longer unnecessarily downloaded while importing and merging databases.

Finally, other improvements in DEVONthink 2.11.3 include more reliable detection of column headers in imported CSV and TSV files, better truncating very long document names, and an improved German localization. A new menu command gives customers quick access to their customer account login on the recently relaunched DEVONtechnologies website.

The updates for all editions of DEVONthink are free for existing users and highly recommended.

System requirements: OS X Mavericks or later

Availability and Pricing:
All editions can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal is also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased together DEVONagent for attractive combo prices on the DEVONtechnologies website.

  • DEVONthink Pro Office: US $149.95
  • DEVONthink Pro: US $79.95
  • DEVONthink Personal: US $49.95 (App Store: $49.99)

More information:
Customers find more information about our apps on the DEVONtechnologies website. Eric Boehnisch-Volkmann also posts news, opinions, previews, and public betas in his blog Devonian Times.

macOS New App Release – HoudahSpot 5.0

Product Announcements Houdah Software of Luxembourg, Luxembourg has released HoudahSpot 5.0 today. HoudahSpot is a file search tool that helps Mac users organize files and finds these if they did not. HoudahSpot combines fast and precise file search with a customizable results display and previews. It makes it easy to find the right document, email message, photo, or video file.

The purpose of HoudahSpot is to provide quick access to all kinds of files. It achieves this with searches that can be refined to return a manageable list of results. HoudahSpot shows search results in an interface that keeps relevant details within reach. Combined with previews of file content and text matches, this makes it easy to sort through search results and assess the relevance of the found files.

HoudahSpot is a productivity tool that takes center stage of many workflows. Full-text search and a multitude of precise search criteria can be used to iteratively refine searches and hunt down an elusive document. Customizable results display make HoudahSpot equally adept at presenting mail messages, documents, or media files. Search templates provide starting points for specialized searches. E.g. a search for video files.

HoudahSpot is the go-to tool for Mac users who need to find a particular document or piece of information in a “haystack” of files. HoudahSpot helps users find the files they need:

  • Word processing files that mention an “invoice” or “estimate”
  • Mails messages with attachments received this year
  • Image files named “logo” or “icon” that are more than 512 pixels wide
  • Files created, modified, or opened within the last 7 days

Feature Highlights:

  • Quick search field: start a search by typing just a few words
  • Multi-criteria file search: Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, image dimensions, and more
  • Easy-to-use criteria editor: Combine search criteria to narrow down search results to the exact files you need
  • Smart location selection: Search multiple folders at once, and exclude others
  • Customizable results display: View search results as list or grid. Add columns. Sort. Arrange in groups
  • Concise file info: See properties relevant to the selected file type
  • Preview of file content: Peek inside files. See text matches in context
  • Saved searches and templates: Use as starting points for recurring searches
  • Fully customizable. Set the default search window to match your preferences and workflow

What’s New in HoudahSpot 5.0:

HoudahSpot 5.0 brings many new features and enhancements to streamline the search workflow. Highlights include:

  • Smart Text Preview: Focus on paragraphs that match your search
  • Arranged Results: Group search results by date, size, kind, or application
  • Recent Attributes: HoudahSpot remembers recently used search attributes and result columns
  • Recent Values: HoudahSpot remembers recently used file extensions, tags, and file types
  • Improved Date Searches: Search for files by dates in a given month or year
  • Enhanced Grid View: See pertinent file info right next to icon or thumbnail
  • Regular Expressions: Filter search results by name, path, parent folders, etc.
  •  Faster File Tagging: Custom keyboard shortcuts, favorite and recent tags
  •  Compact Mode: Shrink the HoudahSpot window. Make room for easy drag-and-drop to other applications
  • Vertical Layout: See details and previews below search results
  • Fewer Windows: Start over with a new search in the current window
  • Finder Extension: Summon HoudahSpot from the Finder toolbar
  •  Quick Action: Open HoudahSpot from the context menu on folders in Finder
  • Dark Mode: HoudahSpot also looks good in black
  • Touch Bar: Access common functions from the comfort of your keyboard

HoudahSpot offers extensions to integrate with macOS Finder as well as third-party applications including PopClip, Alfred, and LaunchBar. HoudahSpot works with the file browsers ForkLift and Path Finder.

HoudahSpot 5.0 works with Default Folder X, St. Clair Software’s award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs. HoudahSpot can send selected search results to waiting file dialogs and thus get the files right where these are needed.

Customer Voices

“Loving the new HoudahSpot 5.0. It consistently finds things that no other search app can find” – @phmullins via Twitter

“I love HoudahSpot – way, way better than Spotlight as a search app for @Apple Mac computer.” – @sinabhfuil via Twitter

“HoudahSpot may be the most helpful application I own.” – H. E. Jr., Edmond, OK

“There’s nothing else like it [HoudahSpot] for Mac users by a long margin.” – Adrain Stevenson

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra or newer
  • Some features require macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Spotlight enabled
  • 23 MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 5.0 is priced at USD $34 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $42. Upgrades are priced $19 and $29 respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after October 1, 2018 qualify for a free upgrade. A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrades are available upon loading a previous license. HoudahSpot is offered in English, German, and French language versions.

macOS New App Release – HoudahSpot 5.0

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Product Announcements Houdah Software of Luxembourg, Luxembourg has released HoudahSpot 5.0 today. HoudahSpot is a file search tool that helps Mac users organize files and finds these if they did not. HoudahSpot combines fast and precise file search with a customizable results display and previews. It makes it easy to find the right document, email message, photo, or video file.

The purpose of HoudahSpot is to provide quick access to all kinds of files. It achieves this with searches that can be refined to return a manageable list of results. HoudahSpot shows search results in an interface that keeps relevant details within reach. Combined with previews of file content and text matches, this makes it easy to sort through search results and assess the relevance of the found files.

HoudahSpot is a productivity tool that takes center stage of many workflows. Full-text search and a multitude of precise search criteria can be used to iteratively refine searches and hunt down an elusive document. Customizable results display make HoudahSpot equally adept at presenting mail messages, documents, or media files. Search templates provide starting points for specialized searches. E.g. a search for video files.

HoudahSpot is the go-to tool for Mac users who need to find a particular document or piece of information in a “haystack” of files. HoudahSpot helps users find the files they need:

  • Word processing files that mention an “invoice” or “estimate”
  • Mails messages with attachments received this year
  • Image files named “logo” or “icon” that are more than 512 pixels wide
  • Files created, modified, or opened within the last 7 days

Feature Highlights:

  • Quick search field: start a search by typing just a few words
  • Multi-criteria file search: Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, image dimensions, and more
  • Easy-to-use criteria editor: Combine search criteria to narrow down search results to the exact files you need
  • Smart location selection: Search multiple folders at once, and exclude others
  • Customizable results display: View search results as list or grid. Add columns. Sort. Arrange in groups
  • Concise file info: See properties relevant to the selected file type
  • Preview of file content: Peek inside files. See text matches in context
  • Saved searches and templates: Use as starting points for recurring searches
  • Fully customizable. Set the default search window to match your preferences and workflow

What’s New in HoudahSpot 5.0:

  • HoudahSpot 5.0 brings many new features and enhancements to streamline the search workflow. Highlights include:
  • Smart Text Preview: Focus on paragraphs that match your search
  • Arranged Results: Group search results by date, size, kind, or application
  • Recent Attributes: HoudahSpot remembers recently used search attributes and result columns
  • Recent Values: HoudahSpot remembers recently used file extensions, tags, and file types
  • Improved Date Searches: Search for files by dates in a given month or year
  • Enhanced Grid View: See pertinent file info right next to icon or thumbnail
  • Regular Expressions: Filter search results by name, path, parent folders, etc.
  • Faster File Tagging: Custom keyboard shortcuts, favorite and recent tags
  • Compact Mode: Shrink the HoudahSpot window. Make room for easy drag-and-drop to other applications
  • Vertical Layout: See details and previews below search results
  • Fewer Windows: Start over with a new search in the current window
  • Finder Extension: Summon HoudahSpot from the Finder toolbar
  • Quick Action: Open HoudahSpot from the context menu on folders in Finder
  • Dark Mode: HoudahSpot also looks good in black
  • Touch Bar: Access common functions from the comfort of your keyboard

HoudahSpot offers extensions to integrate with macOS Finder as well as third-party applications including PopClip, Alfred, and LaunchBar. HoudahSpot works with the file browsers ForkLift and Path Finder.

HoudahSpot 5.0 works with Default Folder X, St. Clair Software’s award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs. HoudahSpot can send selected search results to waiting file dialogs and thus get the files right where these are needed.

Customer Voices

“Loving the new HoudahSpot 5.0. It consistently finds things that no other search app can find” – @phmullins via Twitter

“I love HoudahSpot – way, way better than Spotlight as a search app for @Apple Mac computer.” – @sinabhfuil via Twitter

“HoudahSpot may be the most helpful application I own.” – H. E. Jr., Edmond, OK

“There’s nothing else like it [HoudahSpot] for Mac users by a long margin.” – Adrain Stevenson

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra or newer
  • Some features require macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Spotlight enabled
  • 23 MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 5.0 is priced at USD $34 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $42. Upgrades are priced $19 and $29 respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after October 1, 2018 qualify for a free upgrade. A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrades are available upon loading a previous license. HoudahSpot is offered in English, German, and French language versions.

macOS New App Release – WidsMob PhotoVault

 

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Product Announcements WidsMob of Hongkong, China has released WidsMob PhotoVault, their photo vault program for Mac. WidsMob PhotoVault has different security levels to encrypt and hide photos. All photos are locked up and protected with password protection. It custom slideshows with loop and duration automatically.

Users can group photos with Favorites and different albums with ease. Furthermore, it is supported to export hidden photos to Email and save those encrypted photos to a computer. Moreover, WidsMob PhotoVault has more editing features to make the whole process easy.

All the sensitive photos can be well encrypted and organized by WidsMob PhotoVault. There is no extra technology background or storage space required. The encrypted photos will be moved into the private database. Others will not find encrypted photos in the original destination folder. None third-party application could find those photos either. What’s more, the image encryption software supports to decrypt and export any hidden photo without restrictions.

Here are some useful features about the photo vault software:

  • Double security protection for the password and photos.
  • Encrypted photo data.
  • Quick screen lock.
  • Batch import photos/folders at lightning spend.
  • Remove original photos after importing.
  • Add photos to Favorites.
  • Import photos into album directly.
  • Order by name, date, type, and size.
  • Create Albums right in the App.
  • Add photos to an album.
  • Batch export photos.
  • Email photos.
  • Support nearly all image formats.
  • Fast photo viewing experience with in-app photo viewer.
  • Support JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF and over 50 RAW image formats.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob PhotoVault is just $12.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available from the Widsmob website. A free trial version is available for download.

macOS New App Release – Health Informatics Solution

– CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has released its newest addition to ConceptDraw Solutions. Health Informatics Solution provides the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with new capabilities in a field of medical workflow tasks management and healthcare information documenting.

The Health Informatics Solution allows one to quickly assemble any medical process, build medical instructional documents, enhance the medical education experience, and explain complex medical information in a straightforward manner. A large percentage of the medical professionals is involved in the process of issuing medical statistics, reports and other documents. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with its new health solution makes quick work of visually communicating medical information to any audience.

The Health Informatics Solution is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 and is available for download via STORE.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is well-known for its ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio – the de facto standard in business graphics documents. It can open and save documents that can be used by Visio (VSD, VDX and VSDX documents) users. It retails for only US$199 per end user license.

The dynamic suite of three products found in ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool. It is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics and retails for US$499 per end user license. The combination of powerful products, no charge dynamic support, and ongoing development make ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 a good choice to support the activities that move businesses ahead.

Operating Systems Supported

  • macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14
  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 (64-bit certified)

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FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 03/2019

I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month.  You may find some of these programs of interest. I have also attempted to mark which Apple OS the title is targeted at (iOS, macOS, tvOS) as well as the category of the App.

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.

March 2019

  1. iOS/Games – Wannabe kingpins and criminal barons around the world can celebrate today as game publisher and developer TORN LTD. announced that its long-running MMORPG TORN has launched on iOS mobiles and tablets. Beginning life as a 16-year-old college dropouts’ bedroom project, the game boasts over 27,000 daily active users (up 35% from 2018) and has enjoyed an incredible 14-year success on desktop as players indulge their deepest desires to become rulers of this gritty virtual underworld. TORN is completely free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. The TORN app is available as a cross-platform title, meaning players can move seamlessly between the mobile and desktop versions. Download from the App Store
  2. iOS/Games – Funpax is pleased to announce that Ancient Creed for iOS is released and available on iOS! Adventure is at every corner of this magical continent with over 50 legendary heroes to recruit from and form your party of 5. Join millions of players worldwide and reminisce your favourite past time playing WC in the world of Azeross! With nearly 100 maps and different game modes, there is always something to do in Ancient Creed! Ancient Creed is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Ancient Creed 1.0
  3. iOS/Games – Independent developer Smartphone Pliable is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of iPliable 1.0, their entertaining new arcade game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Players must aim and release their magnetic ball, in an effort to clear the board of the dazzling gems before the board fills to the top. iPliable 1.0 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download from App Store
  4. iOS, tvOS/Business – Numerics 6, the latest version of the realtime business dashboard app, integrates deeply with Siri to deliver a handsfree experience of tracking business performance metrics. Customers can ask Siri questions about metrics tracked in their Numerics dashboards to hear Siri respond with a spoken brief for that KPI. Each visualization has a carefully designed spoken description that provides deeper insight into the metric via Siri, without opening the app. This makes Numerics usable in a handsfree, voice only mode and hence compatible with HomePods and AirPods. So users can ask Siri about a metric on their dashboard using any Siri device and be instantly updated with the latest numbers. Numerics 6 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. Download from App Store
  5. iOS/Utilities – HooliApps, a publisher of utilities and mobile games, today announced that version 6 of iziTime for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices is now synced with Dropbox. The update has been published in the App Store. iziTime : Work Planning 6.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Subscriptions are available as convenient in-app purchases. iziTime : Work Planning 6.0 
  6. iOS/Games – Baccarat is not a game that’s commonly played by casino goers in general, but it is gaining speed in popularity. Once played hidden behind closed doors by the elite, it has slowly made its way into the foreground by being featured in movies and in online gaming platforms. If you are a Baccarat fan and are looking for a new gaming experience to enjoy it, consider downloading Dragon Ace Casino. Download for free from the App Store

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Which Format Should You Choose For An External Drive?

Tech Tips– Most of us use some sort of external USB attached storage on a regular basis. It is important to keep in mind that media can be formatted in many different ways. Which filesystem you format an external drive with depends on the system(s) you plan to use it with. That said, there are many different filesystems to choose from

Linux

For Linux systems, the most common format is ext3 or ext4. But neither of those formats of disks can be natively read by your Mac. You can, with the use of the third party software such as “FUSE for Mac” or “extFS for Mac by Paragon Software“, read ext3 or ext4 disks. 

macOS

Our current Macs use disks with either the “Mac OS Extended” (HFS+) or the more modern “Apple File System” (APFS) filesystem.

You may be able to mount and read an HFS+ disk on your Linux system without additional software. Or maybe you will need to install some additional software. That depends on what was included in the installation. The same is true for APFS formatted disks – install apfs-fuse to read these. There is also a Paragon product for Linux that allows Apple disks to be mounted.

If you want to read either HFS+ or APFS disks on a Windows systems there is third party software you can get to do that. For HFS+ disks, install HFSExplorer, Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows, or Mediafour’s MacDrive. For APFS disks you can buy “APFS for Windows by Paragon Software“. The MacDrive package can also be purchased to read your macOS drives on a Windows system. The article “How to Read a Mac Formatted Drive in Windows: 6 Methods” covers these and more.

Windows

There are four different filesystems common to Windows – FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. The exFAT filesystem was created in 2006 for use with USB flash drives and SD cards, so it is not directly associated with a version of Windows.

Reading a drive formatted in any of these filesystems is easy on your Mac. Just plug the drive into your Mac and it will mount it. If the drive is formatted with FAT16, FAT32 or exFAT data can be read as well as written to the drive. If the drive is NTFS, data can only be read. If you want to write to an NTFS disk, then purchase either “Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software” or “Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Tuxera“.

Making it easy

Usually, we know in advance where we are going to want to use an external drive. The simplest thing to do is to format the drive for use across as many systems as is possible. That means that for cross-platform compatibility, the best filesystem to use is FAT16, FAT32 or exFAT. Both FAT16 and FAT32 are readable on Windows, Mac, and Linux without any additional software needed.

The exFAT filesystem can be accessed by the Mac without additional software. Linux systems will need exfat-fuse, but that is easily installed.

Most Thumb drives or external disks come pre-formatted with FAT32. That makes them useable anywhere out of the box. The only reason you would want to go to exFAT is if the data you wanted to store on the media was larger than 4 GB. FAT32 has a limit of 4 GB on files. With exFAT, files can be up to 16 EB in length. That is 16 Exabytes or 1018 bytes (see “What Do Those Terms of Storage Mean?” for more on data storage) – sufficient large for any storage need.

Formatting Media on Your Mac

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External media can easily be formatted (these examples are on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6) on your Mac. Connect the drive to your Mac and open Disk Utility (Finder ==> Go ==> Utilities ==> Disk Utility). On the left side you will see all the connected external drives listed (red arrow in image above). Choose the one you want to format and then click on the Erase button (orange arrow in the image). NOTE: Formatting a disk permanently erases all data on the disk!

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This will drop down a window that allows you to give the drive a new name and pick the format you want used on the drive.

Screen Shot 2019-03-28 at 3.51.53 PMIf you click on the Format window, a drop down menu will appear giving you a list of the format options available to you. While the Mac lists MS-DOS (FAT) this is really FAT32. You also have the option of formatting a drive as exFAT.

 

Disk Filesystem Summary

Filesystem Native to Journaled[1] Max File Size When Introduced
ext3 Linux Yes 16 gigabytes 2001
ext4 Linux Yes 16 tebibytes 2008
FAT16B (BigFAT) DOS 3.1 of later No 4 gigabytes 1987
FAT32 Windows 95 or later No 4 gigabytes 1996
NTFS Windows NT or later Yes 16 exabytes 1993
exFAT Windows CE 6.0 No 16 exabytes 2006
HFS+ macOS 8.1 or later Yes (as of 2002) 8 exabytes 1998
APFS macOS High Sierra (10.13) or later No, more modern methods 8 exabytes 2017

 

References

  1. A journaling file system is a file system that keeps track of changes not yet committed to the file system’s main part by recording the intentions of such changes in a data structure known as a “journal”, which is usually a circular log. In the event of a system crash or power failure, such file systems can be brought back online more quickly with a lower likelihood of becoming corrupted.