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Is Your Mac Ready for macOS Catalina?

go64-mac-icon-100801664-large(See my other Tech Tips posts) – Every time a new version of macOS is released we have to consider “Is my Mac ready for the update?”.

Before you begin your upgrade make sure you have a full backup. Run Timemachine to capture any recent changes in your system. If you have the extra disk (and you really should do this), make a clone of your boot drive with an App like Carbon Copy Cloner. These steps will make it far easier to revert back to your current version of macOS if you run into problems after upgrading to Catalina.

This would also be a good time to ‘Tune-Up‘ up your Mac before you perform the upgrade. In particular, remove unneeded Apps and files.

This year there are two factors to consider. The first is whether or not your Mac hardware is capable of running Catalina. Generally speaking the 2012 or newer Macs are compatible. To find out for sure if your Mac can be upgraded refer to “macOS Catalina is compatible with these computers” from Apple.

The second thing to check is if all of your Apps are 64-bit. With Catalina the older 32-bit Apps will no longer run.

You can check your Apps two ways.

  1. The first way is to check in About My Mac. I wrote about how to do this in April of 2018 in “ARE YOUR MAC APPS ALL 64-BIT?“. I will let you check out that article for the details, but the essence is to go to “Overview:System Report:Software: Applications”. A column there indicates whether each App is or is not 64-bit compatible.
  2. A somewhat easier way to check your system is by using the Go64 App. This App is free (though donations are accepted) and can be downloaded from the vendor’s website. This App is recommended by:
    1. Macworld
    2. MacSparky (David Sparks of Mac Power Users podcast
    3. The Mac Observer
    4. Christian Boyce (Christian will be the featured speaker at the October 8th CapMac meeting in Austin)

Screen Shot 2019-10-05 at 3.28.35 PM.pngIf you download the App, then run it. You will get a report (see example above) of all Apps you currently have installed that are not 64-bit. Clicking on those software packages will provide further information. Links are also supplied for the vendors to facilitate getting the latest version of the software. As you can see I still have several 32-bit Apps on my Mac.

Once you have a list of your non-64-bit Apps you have a few choices:

  1. upgrade all the Apps you regularly use to a 64-bit version
  2. find 64-bit Apps that will replace your current 32-bit Apps
  3. delay migrating to Catalina until you do 1 or 2 above

See my other Mac posts


Revised FREE iOS Software List for 09/2019


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 every month and I think this directory will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to lookup Mac software. The macOS Software directory can be found here.

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.

September 2019

  1. Game – Teeterbird, an indie game startup, has recently released a unique mobile game which combines spelling with RPG elements that will appeal to users of all age groups. Founded by Dan Wahl, a professional software engineer with over 10 years of game development experience, the game integrates a highly engaging interface with interesting RPG elements, ensuring a fun experience for plyers. Spell Caster 1.0.4 is available for free for Android and iOS users with [in-app purchases under the Games category.] Download from the App store
  2. Productivity – Wildwood Resources is proud to announce the release of CREATEit, and CREATEit Pro 3.0, an important update to their presentation creation app for the iPad. CREATEit provides everything you need to distribute instructional material that your audience can absorb at their own pace. CREATEit Pro 3.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.  Download CREATEit from the App Store
  3. Finance – Tekton Technologies, today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Swift Miles 1.4.7, an important update to their popular mileage tracker app for business users. Swift Miles automatically detects and tracks every mile a user drives. The app allows business users to review those miles using accurate routes of their trips and categorize them as Business, Charity, Medical and Personal. Users can further sub-classify them based on names, so its easier to search on classification to maintain accurate records. Swift Miles also features single tap PDF report generation that can be sent via email to accountants for tax calculations.  Swift Miles – Mileage Tracker 1.4.7 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to enable unlimited automatic mileage tracking, $39.99 per year for annual subscriptions or $4.99 per month for monthly subscriptions. Download from the App Store
  4. Travel – Independent developer, Michael Hitzker today is thrilled to announce the release of spotfindr 6.0.0 (Ferdinand), an important update to his popular local drone spot and event finder for iOS and Android devices. With spotfindr, drone pilots can share their favorite spots to fly at and help other pilots discover their next favorite spot. Moreover, users can create an own profile where their submissions are visible. Another crucial factor in favor of spotfindr is the ability to add information about flight restrictions near that spot. The modern and clean User interface already drew dozens of pilots towards the app who now prefer to use spotfindr over any other spot finding app. spotfindr 6.0.0 is Free, ad supported (users can also donate directly to the creator). and available in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and some other countries through the App Store in the Travel category.  Download from the App Store
  5. Game – Spiel Studios Pvt. Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Man Vs. Missiles: Combat, their latest addictive and challenging game for iOS and Android devices. In this casual, fun, simple yet challenging game, players will test their piloting skills by flying their plane for as long as they can, while avoiding and destroying incoming enemy jets which are continuously trying to bring them down. Man Vs. Missiles: Combat v1.0 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  6. Music – Indie developer, Tomoyoshi Natsui today is proud to announce the release of Everlisten, a music listening app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Are you making the best of your music files? Using Everlisten, you can listen to the main portion of a song track, one after another. Everlisten is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from App Store
  7. Game – Hristo Zhelev announces the release of a new game called, Ballz Maze 3D. It’s fun, addicting hyper-casual puzzle game. The game is based on current trends on the App Store: like Balls Rotate, Split Balls 3D, and other top Maze Games out there.. This is our own twist. We made it look/feel like those top games, but we also merged different gameplay styles, so basically there’s no other game like this on the App Store. We created something that people will love, something unique.  Ballz Maze 3D 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Ballz Maze 3D 1.0.1
  8. Education – Renowned social language learning mobile app developer, HelloTalk, Inc., announced its iOS and Android language learning app, HelloTalk, has surpassed 15 million registered global users. The HelloTalk app is like no other language learning solution currently available; HelloTalk provides a natural, intuitive experience where users teach each other their respective native languages across their iOS or Android devices. Moreover, HelloTalk provides a unique environment where users engage in real-time language practice with native speakers of that language. It’s a teaching system that has proven extremely easy for language learners, providing a much more natural learning experience than other language learning solutions. HelloTalk 3.5.1 is Free USD (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Education category.  Download from the App Store
  9. Health & fitness – Independent app developer Johannes Erschbamer is proud to announce Thirstic, the first smart water drink reminder that automatically adapts to the users’s activity and the weather conditions. Human water needs depend heavily on the daily activity and the environment conditions. Therefore, Thirstic adapts the user’s water intake goal to the current conditions and helps staying hydrated, even on very active or hot days. Thirstic is exclusively available on the App Store as a free download. All basic features can be used without any fees. More advanced features (like access to weather data) require an in-app subscription or an one-time purchase with no expiry. Thirstic is not a medical app. It is intended for informational and reminder purposes only and cannot be used for medical or nutrition advice. Download from the App Store
  10. Game – Independent developer, CDO Apps is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Silly Memory 2.3, an important update to their entertaining “match pair” memory game for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. The game puts a new spin on the familiar “match pair” memory games enjoyed by players of all ages. Silly Memory 2.3 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases unlock game upgrades. Silly Memory on the App Store
  11. Games – Biosoftworld Game Studios is proud to announce the release of Time Squad: Alpha Strike! 1.0.1, the company’s new space shooting game developed exclusively for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Offering unique gameplay, players must fight aliens in the solar system, the earth’s orbit and even on theground. They will have to save occupied Earth and defeat alien ground forces. Time Squad: Alpha Strike! 1.0.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.  Download from the App Store
  12. Lifestyle – LittleQuest LLC announces Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 for iOS and Android devices. Heralded as a “revolutionary dating app” by its users, Fairytrail is a dating app for remote workers, digital nomads, and people passionate about travel. With 8 levels of safety, it provides a dating platform for single people to match with one another, then match on recommended tours. It allows people to date while on the road using video chat and provides a bridge to safely meeting in person. Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from App Store
  13. Photography – touchbyte today is proud to announce the release of PhotoSync 4.0 for iOS, a major upgrade to the most versatile and powerful app to transfer, backup and share photos & videos to computer, NAS and cloud. PhotoSync 4.0 for iOS is a free download available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.  Download from the App Store
  14. Games – Newly formed EdTech start-up KalamTech has just announced the launch of its latest title Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Fresh off his first outing in Human Heroes Einstein on Time (endorsed by Stephen Fry himself!) the creator of relativity Albert Einstein is back on the stage” only this time he’s equipped with a ton of different clocks to help young children learn how to tell the time. Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. Download From App Store
  15. Reference – Inverse Metric LLC software company has announced the release of a new app for instant translation in Augmented Reality mode. AR Translator uses a proprietary technology of optical character recognition (OCR) based on AI algorithms, and therefore can recognize text without any connection to external servers. The app supports over 100 languages. AR Translator requires iOS 11.3 or later. The free version offers limited functionality with a fixed number of instant translations, text recognition is unlimited. During the 7-day trial period the user is granted free access to all paid functions. Upon expiration of the trial period the subscription fee is $6.99/month. AR Translator: Scan+ Translate 1.10
  16. Sports – 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will begin September 20th and freelance iOS developer Antoine Barrault is glad to introduce Rugby world 2019 in Japan 1.11 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It is a free iOS 13 compatible app with dark mode support for following the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Rugby world 2019 in Japan 1.11 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category. Download from App Store
  17. Lifestyle – Heralded as a “revolutionary dating app” by its users, Fairytrail is a dating app for remote workers, digital nomads, and people passionate about travel. With 8 levels of safety, it provides a dating platform for single people to match with one another, then match on recommended tours. It allows people to date while on the road using video chat and provides a bridge to safely meeting in person. Fairytrail – Adventure Dates 2.1.1 is free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.  Download from App Store
  18. Reference – Jordan Hipwell today released UniChar 7, a major update to the powerful Unicode app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update introduces several new capabilities only available in iOS 13. UniChar 7 is available to download for free from the App Store in the Reference category. A $4.99 in-app purchase is available to unlock all categories of symbols. Download From App Store
  19. Utility – MeisterApps just launched their first app ‘ControlMeister for Samsung Smart TV’ on the iTunes App Store. The app is available for both iPhone and iPad. Compared with the factory remote control, this new app takes watching your Samsung TV to a whole new level. ControlMeister Remote Control for Samsung TV is a free app which can be downloaded on the iTunes App Store. The free app supports lifetime updates and full functionality without third party ads. ControlMeister is a MeisterApps BV brand. Download from the App Store
  20. Utility – Independent development team, Swamp Dog, LLC is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of WhoDo iPad 1.0, their new app for Apple’s iPad. WhoDo iPad automatically creates new contract records directly from raw text. There are no forms to fill out or text fields to map, users can generate the source text by entering it from the iPad keyboard, clipboard, or the device’s microphone. WhoDo iPad 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utility category. Convenient in-app purchases are available to enable licenses for each repository or all repositories, either as a one time purchase, or as a 3-month subscription, as described above. Download From the App Store

For macOS Apps, check out my macOS Software Directory. It has been expanded and now contains 65 titles. 

Revised and Expanded FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS Software List for 08/2019

I have been publishing a list of free software for iOS, tvOS and OS X each month for some time. Starting with the June 2019 list I have expanded the coverage to include many more titles for macOS. This month I have decided to change the format again.

Moving forward, I will continue to post free iOS software, but macOS software will be compiled in a large, cumulative table. Many titles were appearing every month and I think this will both take less time for me and provide users with a better way to lookup Mac software. The table with the first 22 entries can be found on the macOS Software page.

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

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.

August 2019

  1. macOS/Browser – SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source Web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes. Free from the developer website
  2. macOS/Browser – Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Free from the developer website
  3. macOS/Browser – Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want. Free from the developer website
  4. macOS/Browser – Chromium-based release of Microsoft Edge for macOS platform. This is a Microsoft’s take in Open-Source browser wars. It supports Chrome extensions and brings Microsoft’s special sauce in a form of Privacy Controls, IE Mode that uses rendering engine of Internet Explorer that will allow businesses to load old sites, Collections feature for collecting images, text, and general notes from the web, Reading view, Sync with mobile devices, built-in translator, Dark Mode and more. Free from the developer website
  5. macOS/Browser – OmniWeb is designed to provide you with the best user experience you’ll find in a Web browser. Free from the developer website
  6. macOS/Browser – Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. Free from the developer website
  7. macOS/Photography – Mylio keeps all your photos organized and at your fingertips, bringing the million moments of your life back together again in a Life Calendar. Free from the developer website
  8. macOS/Games – SMasterMind is a game in which you have a certain number of guesses to figure out the color-pattern combination of four colored pins by the process of elimination. The game is in French and English. Free from the developer website
  9. macOS/Utility – iTerm is a fork of the older iTerm project. iTerm is a Terminal replacement and the successor of iTerm. It focuses on speed, internationalization, and building new features to improve your life. Free from the developer website
  10. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Free from the developer website
  11. macOS/Communications – Signal is fast, simple, secure messaging for the desktop. It now runs independently of your browser, so, if you’re a Firefox or Safari user, you don’t need to install Chrome to send and receive Signal messages on your computer anymore; if you’re a Chrome user, having your browser open will no longer be synonymous with having Signal Desktop open. Free from the developer website
  12. macOS/Run Android Apps – BlueStacks App Player lets you run your Android apps fast and fullscreen on your Mac. Free from the developer website
  13. macOS/Music – Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website 
  14. macOS/Web Server – This is a PHP module for the Apache Web server included in OS X. PHP is a server-side, cross-platform scripting language. PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Free from the developer website
  15. macOS/Graphics, Photography – SVG Converter – A simple tool designed to convert SVG files to PDF, PNG, JPEG or TIFF. Free from the developer website
  16. macOS/Web Server – Bitnami Phabricator creates a self-contained Phabricator installation that is fully configured, together with all the necessary dependencies (Apache, MySQL, PHP, and phpMyAdmin). Free from the developer website
  17. macOS/Graphics – Krita is a free, Open-Source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike. Free from the developer website
  18. macOS/Utility – Scheduler is a utility that allows you to schedule reminders, application and AppleScript applet launches, and the automatic download of Web pages or files using your favorite Web browser. Free from the developer website
  19. macOS/Productivity – QOwnNotes is the open source (GPL) plain-text file markdown note taking application for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows by Patrizio Bekerle (pbek on GitHub and IRC), that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud or Nextcloud. Free from the developer website
  20. macOS/Productivity – Itsycal is a tiny calendar for your menu bar. If you want, it will display your appointments and serve as a companion to the Mac Calendar app. You can move Itsycal in the menu bar just like the built-in Apple menu extras by holding down the Command key and dragging. Free from the developer website
  21. macOS/Utility – FontForge allows you to create and edit fonts in many formats: OpenType, TrueType, AAT, PostScript, Multiple Master, CID-Keyed, SVG, and various bitmap formats. It isn’t a regular Mac application. It has been in development since 2001 as a UNIX application, so don’t expect it to look and behave like a normal Mac application. It runs on Macs thanks to a UNIX-compatibility layer called X11. Free from the developer website
  22. macOS/Productivity – Any.do lets you capture thoughts, break big projects to small tasks, and share lists with the people around you. From planning an awesome vacation, to organizing a big project at work, or sharing a shopping list with a loved one – Any.do makes it easy to keep your life organized in one place. It seamlessly syncs between your mobile, desktop, web, and tablet so you, and everyone around you, can access it from anywhere. Free from the developer website
  23. macOS/Miscellaneous – Dispatch is a powerful, feature-rich booking management tool for the chauffeur service, limousine hire, and private hire industry. Free on the Mac App Store
  24. macOS/Games – Warspear Online lets you create a hero and battle monsters in a classic 2D MMORPG that has gained popularity with millions of players worldwide! In Arinar, a fantasy world concealed with challenges, your Hero will fight to win skillfully crafted weapons, armor, magic artifacts, and vast fortunes of gold. Free from the developer website
  25. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – FreeChat for WhatsApp lets you access WhatsApp conveniently. You’ll never miss a message! Free from the Mac App Store
  26. macOS/Finance – Budget Planning is a smart budgeting instrument to control and save personal finances for better profit. 
  27. macOS/Communications – Babelnet is a secure messaging enterprise strength platform for end-to-end encrypted communication via instant data messaging. It lets you attach and send documents and files securely — and all cross-platform. Available in free personal Babelnet as well as paid enterprise Babelnet Pro versions, Babelnet is a must-have for anyone wanting peace of mind when it comes to the security of their communication, and who needs to keep their communication safe and “off the radar” from outside threats — from simple eavesdropping to industrial espionage. Free from the developer website
  28. macOS/Astronomy – SkyORB 3D is a 3D planetarium, including star-gazing and epheremis, based from V3X.net engine. It features a modern 3D interface, search engine, a large catalog of stars, planets, moons and updatable comets and asteroids database, and lets you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth or from any planet from the solar system. Free on the Mac App Store
  29. macOS/Utility – With WinOnX 64 you can run your Windows applications on OS X without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. Just download WinOnX and you are ready to go within 2 minutes. Free from the Mac App Store
  30. macOS/Utility, Photography – GeoTag is a free OS X application that allows you to update image metadata with geolocation tags by panning and zooming in a map window and then clicking on the location where a photo was taken. It is a good way to add location information to photos or fine tune existing location information. Free from the developer website
  31. macOS/Developer – Figma is an interface design tool with real-time collaboration. Free from the developer website
  32. macOS/Productivity – SUNRISE Contacts 2019 is an organising tool for all things related to contacts (e.g., names and addresses) and general information (URLs, video files, documents etc.). Do you also have a business to run? This tool will cater to business users with built-in invoice maker or send direct to PayPal and QuickBooks, as well as a free currency converter (relying on the data supplied by the European Central Bank). And if you send direct to QuickBooks, you have access to the full Chart of Accounts. Free from the developer website
  33. macOS/Web development – Drupal is one of the most versatile open source content management systems on the market. Over a thousand developers contributed to the code in the most recent version. Drupal is built for high performance and is scalable to many servers, has easy integration via REST, JSON, SOAP and other formats, and features a whopping 15,000 plugins to extend and customize the application for just about any type of website. You won’t feel alone if you use Drupal; the hundreds of thousands of Drupal users around the world have built a very robust community with local meetups and global user conferences. Free from the developer website
  34. macOS/Web development – Integrity checks the links and images on your site. Feed Integrity your homepage URL and it will follow internal links to find all of your pages, checking each link and reporting the server response code for each. Free from the developer website
  35. macOS/Software development – Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool – supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows – in the Visual Studio family. Free from the developer website
  36. macOS/Programming – Visual Studio is a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS to build apps for mobile, Web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity. Use Visual Studio to develop apps for Android, macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Web, and cloud. Code fast, debug, and diagnose with ease, test often, and release with confidence. Use version control, be agile, and collaborate efficiently with this new release. Free from the developer website
  37. macOS/Software development – Racket is a popular variant of the Scheme programming language. Free from the developer website
  38. macOS/FTP client – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.years] [I have used this App for several years] Free from the developer website
  39. macOS/Education – Jmol is a free, open source molecule viewer for students, educators, and researchers in chemistry and biochemistry. Free from the developer website
  40. macOS/Communication, Collaboration – Rocket.Chat is a Web chat server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor full-stack framework. It is a great solution for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service or for developers looking forward to build and evolve their own chat platforms. With Rocket.Chat, you can send group message, send 1:1 message, share files, integrate with your favorite products, and more! Free from the developer website
  41. macOS/Utility – Dejal Systems, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Time Out 2.6, an important update to their popular break reminder app for macOS. This free app sits in the background tracking the last time the user took a break. At regular intervals, it reminds users to take a short respite from their current tasks. Users can take the time to stand, stretch, and move around a bit, in order to refresh themselves. They can also schedule both long and short breaks, offering flexibility for the user’s own personal preferences. Time Out 2.6 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations.  Download from the Mac App Store
  42. macOS/Music – MidiPipe is freeware and comes with no warranties. MidiPipe can be useful in a music studio or live on stage to route, map, filter, convert, display, input and output MIDI messages in real-time. Free from the developer website
  43. macOS/Media – Luxriot EVO Thin Client is a free OS X application that allows you to access Luxriot EVO Servers’ live and recorded video streams. This easy to use application allows simultaneous multiple camera monitoring. You are always in control of the situation with Luxriot EVO Thin Client. Free from the developer website 
  44. macOS/Media Server – Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use. Free from the developer website
  45. macOS/Games – Toribash is a turn-based fighting game. Create your own martial arts movies in single player sandbox mode, or join the competition in the multi player modes. Free from the developer website
  46. macOS/Music  Amazon Music is an app that allows users to shop, play, manage, and download music. The new app provides Mac users with a seamless way to manage their entire music library — whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs. Free from the developer website
  47. macOS/Games – The Battle.net desktop app from Blizzard is your gateway to all things Blizzard. Free from the developer website
  48. macOS/Communications, Collaboration – KakaoTalk is an easy, no-cost messenger that transcends standard chat. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. Free from the developer website
  49. macOS/Utility – Apowersoft Mac Screenshot enables you to take screenshot of anything displayed on your screen in PNG, JPG, BMP, etc. You can use it to capture the full screen, menus, application windows, webpages, etc. Apart from taking screenshot, you can also annotate the screenshot with lines, texts, arrows to mark up some important parts or use the blur tool to cover private information on the screenshot. In addition, the function of making annotation while recording is also added to this program. With it, you can insert arrows, highlight, text, lines to the screencast to make your recording more vivid. Free from the developer website
  50. macOS/Maps – Router allows you to view .GPX, .TCX, .KML, and .FIT route files. Free from the developer website
  51. macOS/Games – Nestopia is a Nintendo NES emulator for Mac OS X. Nestopia is by far the most compatible of any NES emulator for Mac OS X. Using cycle-exact emulation, it is able to run titles that rely on precise timing, and which therefore break under other emulators. It supports five extra sound chips and an astonishing 143 mappers. This accurate emulation comes at a cost; Nestopia requires an 800MHz machine for full speed; but if you have one, this the best available NES emulation for Mac.  Nestopia was initially developed for Windows by Martin Freij. The original sources may be downloaded from the Nestopia home page. Free from the developer website
  52. macOS/Education – Eigenmath is a symbolic math program for people who need to compute with symbols as well as numbers. What you get is a toolbox of basic functions that can be put together to solve problems involving polynomials, calculus, and linear algebra. Eigenmath is easy to use. Everything is explained in ten help pages. If you are a student or someone who needs to solve math problems regularly, Eigenmath may turn out to be an app that you use every day. Free from the developer website
  53. macOS/Utility – Turn your monitor into a realistic space shuttle window! Our planet looks exactly as it’s seen by astronauts. You see the blackness of outer space with sparks of stars on it. You are flying around the Earth, a colorful ball with a veil of atmosphere. Free on the Mac App Store
  54. macOS/Network – WiFi Explorer Lite is a wireless network discovery tool that can help you identify channel conflicts and basic configuration problems that may be affecting the connectivity or performance of your home or office Wi-Fi network. Free from the developer website
  55. macOS/Productivity – MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mind mapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life – and iCloud sharing means you always have your mind maps with you. MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird’s-eye view of your project. The clutter-free interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated your project gets, MindNode can keep up. Free on the Mac App Store
  56. macOS/Web Server – XAMPP for Mac OS X is the simplest, most practical and most complete webserver solution for Mac OS X. The distribution includes an Apache 2 Web server, integrated with the latest builds of MySQL, PHP (both 4 and 5) and Perl. It comes as a Mac OS X Installer package which contains all the necessary files and requires no dependencies. Free from the developer website
  57. macOS/Network – Angry IP Scanner is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports as well as has many other features. It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere. Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. Free from the developer website
  58. macOS/Facebook – Caprine is an elegant, unofficial Facebook-Messenger app with many useful features. Free from the developer website
  59. macOS/FTP – FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Free from the developer website
  60. macOS/Games – Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more! Free from the developer website
  61. macOS/Mail – Postman allows you to securely share, sync and collaborate on your APIs with Postman Cloud for teams. Free from the developer website
  62. macOS/Mail – Missive brings a sleek and more streamlined email collaboration process. With native notifications, unseen Dock badges, and a clean UI, you can now close that browser tab and ditch your old email app for good (psst, make sure to set Missive as your default email client in the settings). Free from the developer website
  63. macOS/Mail – MailPluginFix will help you to fix any incompatible Mail.app plugin after an update of OS X. It patches all broken plugins with the current UIDs and also enables them again. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  64. macOS/Video – MKVtoolnix is a set of tools to create, alter, and inspect Matroska files under OS X, Linux and other Unices, and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some. Free from the developer website
  65. macOS/Photography – Achroma SX helps professional and amateur photographers remove colors from their images using either a simplified preset color selection mode or an advanced mode that allows total control of the selected color ranges. The software features a simple user interface, gesture-based tray management, and options for sharing your output movie with other applications or various photo-centric internet services. Achroma. Free from the developer website
  66. macOS/Photography – Solarize SX lets users add the Sabattier Effect to an image without altering the original. Along with multiple solarization tone curves, the software provides functions for printing, exporting, and sharing output images with other applications or photo-centric internet services. Free from the developer website
  67. macOS/Video – Summarize SX creates a contact sheet that summarizes all or part of your movies. Users can interactively examine the contact sheet, display individual frames, create a slide show, print, images and share contact sheets with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  68. macOS/Photography – One Color SX remaps the colors in your image so they all fall within the shades of a single color. The software also provides batch processing functions for printing, exporting, creating slide shows, and sharing output images with other applications and internet services. Free from the developer website
  69. macOS/Git – GitKraken is a cross-platform Git client with efficiency, elegance, and reliability at its core. It was made for devs, by devs. GitKraken makes Git commands and processes easy, fast, and intuitive. Enjoy a visually appealing experience that requires fewer interactions, allows for more fluid workflows, and provides total functionality. Free from the developer website
  70. macOS/Utility – ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other online video sites. It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step. Free from the developer website
  71. macOS/PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you’ve probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web, you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window.  Free from the developer website
  72. macOS/Business – Manager is accounting software for small business. Free from the developer website
  73. macOS/Backup – IDrive is a user-friendly, secure, and reliable application that performs automated online backup of your files and folders. Free from the developer website
  74. macOS/PDF – FoneDog PDF Compressor is a free tool to compress PDF to reduce your file size. It is easy to use. Drag and drop your file, wait a few seconds while it shrinks, and download it with a single click. The process is quick and secure. it is an offline desktop version so no one has access to your files and privacy is 100% guaranteed. Reduce your scanned PDF files to the best dpi which is perfect for uploading files to the web and through email. Use FoneDog PDF Compressor to Keep Perfect Quality, Less File Size for your PDF files. Free from the developer website
  75. macOS/Editor – Atom is a desktop text editor application based on web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. Open the dev tools, however, and Atom’s web-based core shines through. Whether you’re tweaking the look of Atom’s interface with CSS or adding major features with HTML and JavaScript, it’s never been easier to take control of your editor. Free from the developer website
  76. macOS/Utility – Whether you’re remodeling, renovating, or designing your dream home, Planner 5D has you covered! Create detailed 2D & 3D floor plans, browse a 3000+ item catalog, and create photo-realistic images of your projects. Free from the Mac App Store
  77. macOS/Network, Communications – Keybase helps you perform cryptographically-secure operations with people you know on the Internet: chatting, file sharing, even publishing public documents. It’s all easier and safer with Keybase. Just download the app, create an account, and connect to one or more of your social identities. Free from the developer website
  78. macOS/Mail – Mailbutler is your personal assistant for efficient and productive work with Apple Mail. With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes, and streamlines working with emails in your daily life. Use it for business or private purposes — Mailbutler will become an indispensable, reliable servant once you start using it. Free from the developer website
  79. macOS/Utility – Clock mini is an elegant clock utility in the dock. Free from the Mac App Store
  80. iOS/File Sharing – Econ Technologies today releases InterConneX 2.0, an update to its popular file storage, management, and sharing app for iPad and iPhone.. InterConneX 2.0 introduces direct cloud support for Backblaze B2, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and SFTP Servers. The reinvented App offers an Adaptive Interface on iPad for full multi-tasking support to create a robust file management experience on iOS. Since InterConneX can share documents with your Apps, you can open Pages or Numbers Documents right on your ChronoAgent Mac, make changes and save them back. Then share them to your Backblaze B2 Bucket all linked via InterConneX. InterConneX is the file storage, file management, and file sharing app for the iPhone, iPad, and cloud. InterConneX is a free app for all your iOS devices. Download from the App Store
  81. iOS/Games – Long View Labs Limited today is proud to announce the release of Proverbidioms 2.0.0 for IOS and Android. Proverbidioms is based on the famous ‘Proverbidioms’ series of paintings by American artist T. E. Breitenbach that illustrate hundreds of everyday English idioms painted literally such as “break the ice”, “ants in the pants” and “butterflies in the stomach.” The aim of the game is for players to find as many idioms as they can using a built-in guided list. Proverbidioms 2.0.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. The app contains in-app purchases to let players unlock more idioms and paintings. Download from the App Store
  82. iOS/Games – Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneur Huda Al Enezi is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. The mobile game doesn’t just entertain but also enhances the player’s shopping experience. The game combines the famous color matching gaming model with exciting shopping opportunities that help the players save money big-time. 20Levels – Match Puzzles & Win 1.0.10 is free and is available world wide through the App Store.  Download from the App Store
  83. macOS/Programming – Logtalk is an Open-Source, object-oriented logic programming language that extends and leverages the Prolog language with a feature set suitable for programming in-the-large. Free from the developer website
  84. macOS/Programming – Thonny is a Python IDE meant for learning programming. Free from the developer website
  85. macOS/File Sharing – Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keeps them up-to-date between systems. Free from the developer website
  86. macOS/VPN – IPSecuritas is an IPSec client with graphical user interface that allows easy setup of secure VPN connections over the internet. IPSec is an official standard of the Internet Engineering Task Force and has been widely adopted by router and firewall manufacturers. Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. Free from the developer website
  87. macOS/PDF – PDFLight – leveraging Dalim Software’s award-winning cross-media workflow, TWIST–brings intuitive, high-end PDF optimisation to every desktop! Whether it is a multi-page business report, sophisticated corporate presentation, or your resume, the size savings achieved through PDFLight and the ultra-fast, high-quality display of graphics and text–even on tablets and smart phones–are equally impressive. By reducing PDF file sizes to an absolute minimum while maintaining exceptional display performance, the very intuitive PDFLight is one of our many contributions to a greener future! Free from the developer website
  88. macOS/Passwords – Dashlane is an award-winning service that revolutionizes the online experience by replacing the drudgery of everyday transactional processes with convenient, automated simplicity – in other words, letting you get to the good stuff faster. Free from the developer website
  89. macOS/Passwords – RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security. Free from the developer website
  90. macOS/Virtualization – WineBottler allows users to bottle Windows applications as Mac apps. Free from the developer website
  91. macOS/Games – Letterpress is a beautifully designed word game with crisp, intuitive play. Free on the Mac App Store
  92. macOS/Productivity – Meet Focus, the time manager that helps you beat procrastination and get your stuff done. It is an excellent tool for helping students, professionals, and creatives to be more productive while working on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and the Mac. The useful productivity timer will win you over with its comprehensive set of features, attractive design and ease of use. Free on the Mac App Store
  93. macOS/Git – GitHub Desktop allows developers to synchronize branches, clone repositories, and more. Pull requests, merge button, fork queue, issues, pages, wiki: all awesome features that make sharing easier. But those things are only great after you’ve pushed your code to GitHub. Free from the developer website
  94. macOS/Backup – FreeFileSync is a free backup app that helps you compare and synchronize files and folders on Windows, Linux, and OS X. It is designed to save time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way. Free from the developer website
  95. macOS/Flight – Safelog can be used by student and recreational pilots through senior airline captains and military pilots worldwide. Safelog is also institutionally in use at hundreds of flight schools, airlines, corporate and helicopter operators, and more. It’s an easy to use, feature-rich, powerful system. Stay current, organized, and legal! It’s a powerful, proven, integrated, and easy to use system in use by tens of thousands of pilots worldwide from Cessna 150s and Robinson R22s through Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Free from the developer website
  96. macOS/Maintenance – DisplayCAL is a graphical user interface developed by Florian Höch for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS, an open source color management system developed by Graeme Gill. Free from the developer website
  97. macOS/Mail – Shift eliminates all that switching between Gmail accounts. Shift into a higher gear with the email client that makes navigating between Mail, Calendar, and Drive accounts fast, easy, and beautiful. Free from the developer website
  98. macOS/Productivity – Notenik is a simple-but-powerful system for taking, collecting, and referencing notes. Each note is stored as a plain text file. Notes can contain multiple fields. A link field and tags are included by default. Free from the developer website
  99. macOS/System – iBoostUp is a system optimizer that monitors and corrects system performance problems. It tunes up and optimizes your Mac by purging unneeded files, fixing your hard disk, giving you performance recommendations, protecting your privacy by removing cookies, displaying system information and much more! Free from the developer website
  100. iOS/Music – [Indie developer, Tomoyoshi Natsui today is proud to announce the release of Everlisten, a music listening app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Are you making the best of your music files? Using Everlisten, you can listen to the main portion of a song track, one after another. Everlisten is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Convenient in-app purchases are available. Download from App Store

macOS New app Release – fmEZcharts


Product Announcements – The Proof Group and NorthEast DataBase Solutions of Jacksonville, FL have released the first community edition version of fmEZcharts, a chart and dashboard tool for Claris FileMaker. fmEZcharts allows for the quick and easy creation of JavaScript and HTML chart components, even if users don’t know anything about JavaScript or HTML.

Over a year in the making, the newest version of fmEZcharts offers a tighter, cleaner look and feel, with improved functionality and usability. It includes new features like the ability to pick themes, colors, and data sets, as well as a larger selection of ready-to-go charts. With the newest version of fmEZcharts, it’s even easier to use and create amazing charts in FileMaker!

Ernest Koe, CEO of The Proof Group, writes, “It has been fun working with Brian Ouimette of NorthEast DataBase Solutions on this exciting new tool. Brian has done quite a lot of work to improve the functionality and usability of fmEZcharts. The community edition looks phenomenal and feels like a solid first release.”

The community edition of fmEZcharts is available to download for free. It comes with a locked copy of fmEZCharts, pre-configured chart examples, a demo video to get you started, and community forum support. Users are invited to give it a try and let us know what they think!

macOS New App Release – fmRESTor

Product Announcements 24U Software of Prague, Czech Republic has released a new version of the popular open-source PHP library designed for PHP developers to easily integrate their code with the RESTful FileMaker Data API without having to learn the FileMaker Data API itself.

The new version brings support for all new features added to the FileMaker Data API with the recent release of FileMaker Server 18, while maintaining full compatibility with the FileMaker Server 17 Data API as well.

fmRESTor is now also available via Composer, a popular application-level package manager for the PHP programming language that provides a standard format for managing dependencies of PHP software and required libraries. Using Composer makes it even easier for PHP developers to maintain future compatibility of their code depending on fmRESTor.

Features of fmRESTor:
* One object class conveniently handles everything
* Automatically generates authentication token
* Re-uses existing token to avoid unnecessary additional connections
* Automatically re-generates expired token
* Handles exceptions and provides meaningful error results
* Can handle raw form data for easier container uploads
* Provides customizable debug logging

Features added in the new version:
* Simple way to run a script and wait for its result with FileMaker Server 18
* Methods for gathering information about FileMaker Server 18 and the accessed database
* Support for easily gathering value lists, i.e. for populating selects
* Added to Composer to make it easier for developers to maintain dependencies

fmRESTor requires PHP 5.6 or newer, including PHP 7, with support for cURL, and a FileMaker Server 17 or 18 to connect to.

Availability and Pricing:
fmRESTor is available free of charge as open-source, licensed under the “GNU LGPLv3” License. 24U greatly appreciates any feedback and contributions, but cannot provide free support for the tool. Developers may hire 24U to help them with their projects, either by purchasing paid support or by utilizing 24U’s custom development services. fmRESTor can be downloaded from the website.

macOS New app Release – Notebooks for Mac 2.0


Product Announcements – Alfons Schmid of Salzburg, Austria has released ‘Notebooks for Mac 2.0′, a major upgrade of his productivity application which has a strong focus on text processing and also allows users to manage task lists and organize files and documents in nested structures. This unique combination ensures an uninterrupted flow of ideas while collecting notes, creating documents, consulting supportive documentation or gathering ideas and breaking them down into tasks.

Notebooks for Mac 2.0 has been rebuilt from ground up to address the shortcomings of previous versions: it has become a native Mac application which perfectly integrates with the macOS system, and it matches the functional scope of its successful iOS counterpart. Notebooks 2.0 supports smart books, contexts tags and advanced document processing tools which are well known from “Notebooks for iPad and iPhone”, but it also adds additional features which are not yet available in Notebooks on iOS. This makes Notebooks for Mac 2.0 a more than equal sibling.

Notebooks for Mac 2.0 takes full advantage of being a desktop application and presents its contents in a familiar three-pane document browser with outline, document list and document view. It allows users to selectively hide the browser’s columns or open documents in separate windows and tabs. Windows provide an optional breadcrumbing navigation bar along the top which makes it easy to navigate to other documents without consulting the document browser. Support for history buttons, dark theme or distraction free modes are a given. – “Notebooks for Mac 2.0 is finally the application it should have been from the start. If feels like a Mac application, it is light weight despite its capabilities, and it supports the writer’s workflow in a very unobtrusive way” Alfons Schmid comments.

Notebooks, originally designed to do away with paper notes, has evolved into a powerful text processor. Users can create formatted documents with styles, attachments, tables, and checklists using WYSIWYG style editing, but they can also create formatted document from plain text using Markdown (Notebooks includes two Markdown flavors) or Fountain, a markup format for screen writers. For those who prefer working with plain text, Notebooks offers numerous assistive tools: indent and align lists, automatically insert closing characters for matched punctuation marks, emphasize the currently edited line and keep it centered on screen, display line numbers or highlight Markdown syntax are a few examples. They can be selectively disabled like many other features in Notebooks. – “A tool should support the writer as best as possible, but it should get out of the way, and ideally, the writer should not even be aware of it. This is what we try to achieve with Notebooks” the developer adds.

Writing aside, Notebooks is also meant as a place to store and organize documents and files of any type: email, PDF documents, web snippets, or any other reference material. Notebooks supports unlimited nested structures (books) to arrange documents by topic, subject, project or any personal preferences. This makes it easy to separate private notes from business documents, client data from journal entries, or a novel’s chapters from each other. – “Notebooks stores all its documents as regular files on the Mac’s file system. No complex import or export procedures are necessary, the user always remains in control and can access the documents even without Notebooks. This is in strong contrast to the numerous apps that lock the user’s documents away in databases”, Alfons Schmid remarks.

Task management is another one of Notebooks’ integrated building blocks. Any book in Notebooks can display its contents as a regular list of documents or as a list of tasks. With the flick of a switch a collection of notes or documents turns into a task list with options to assign due dates and alert times. Tasks can be marked as “in progress” and ticked off when completed. Like regular books, task lists may be nested, so users can split complex projects into smaller packages which are easy to manage. – “Note taking often goes hand in hand with task management: a quick note sparks off an idea, generates a handful of todos, and it is just natural to handle them directly in Notebooks rather than switching to another app.” the developer says.

With this unique combination, Notebooks has the potential to replace multiple separate apps:

* Word Processor for WYSIWYG editing
* Text Editor for processing plain text
* Markdown and Fountain composer (including an HTML to Markdown converter)
* Task Manager for managing simple or complex projects
* File Organizer for any type of documents
* PDF Converter
* eBook Creator
* Document Archive

So whether users want to draft or outline a business presentation, collect ideas for a novel or type a chapter of a short-story, save web pages for reading later, write an entry in a diary or journal, tick off tasks, or just capture notes and ideas on the go, Notebooks is the all-inclusive application that will effortlessly handle it all.

Notebook for Mac is available for $35.99 on the Mac App Store.

macOS New App Release – Toolbox for iWork

Jumsoft of Vilnius, Lithuania has released an update to their popular productivity assistant Toolbox for iWork. The update brings some of the most anticipated features just in time for the new academic year. The most notable change is that Toolbox for iWork becomes truly cross-platform and allows using purchased items on any macOS or iOS device with a single purchase.

“Toolbox for iWork is by far our largest and most comprehensive collection of templates designed for the Apple iWork suite. It offers items for Apple Pages, Keynote, and Numbers – all in one place. It is truly an unmatched product in terms of quality, quantity, and price in the market” – said Algirdas Unguvaitis, CEO of Jumsoft. “We always wanted to give our users a truly integrated experience with our products across any number of devices. The update brings our users something they were eagerly waiting for quite a while – seamless cross-platform activation. It means that Toolbox for iWork users will now be free to use the app on any macOS or iOS device, regardless of where they purchased the app originally!”

The technical changes required to implement cross-platform purchase activation meant that the app had to transition to a free download with in-app purchases business model. This allows handling activations via iCloud instead of requiring users to sign up to additional, completely unnecessary accounts. As a side-effect, this also enables users to download the app, browse its content and try out some items before having to commit to a purchase. Users of previous versions of the app are automatically granted the “Lifetime” activation, which can always be re-activated by using the “Restore Purchases” option.

Toolbox for iWork is the largest productivity templates collection available on the Mac and iOS App Stores. It currently contains over 40,000 original, hand-crafted and quality-checked items. Jumsoft update content regularly: 700 new items have already been added to date in 2019 alone! The range contains everything from comprehensive and professional presentation layouts and themes for Keynote, a plethora of infographics templates, to an expansive collection of print templates for Pages – it is a perfect choice for any student, educator, business-owner, and anyone in between. The updated Toolbox for iWork is available worldwide on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store.

macOS New App Release – Typinator 8.1


Product Announcements Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria has released Typinator 8.1, an improved version of their highly acclaimed text expander. Just about a month after the release of the major new version 8.0 of Typinator, Ergonis did more work on their widely used text expander, refining the newly introduced features adding support for the built-in Accessibility Keyboard of macOS.

Typinator 8 introduced a new statistics mode, where you can see the usage counts for abbreviations and sets, and how long ago an abbreviation has been used most recently. You can also sort your snippets by these values, to see which abbreviations you are using frequently and which ones you may have forgotten about.

Another great new feature of Typinator 8 are Magic Keys. You can now use the modifier keys Shift, Control, Option, and Command in abbreviations as if they were real characters. This allows you to use them as special trigger characters and offers a simple way to avoid conflicts in abbreviations.

A very slick user interface enhancement is the new “mini menu bar” right above the expansion field, where you can find all markers and editing functions in one central place. A nice side effect of this improvement is that the expansion field is now wider and you have more space to enter your expansions.

Typinator 8.1 contains a number of fixes and improvements that make Typinator 8 run smoother. It furthermore now works with text entered via the built-in Accessibility Keyboard. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

Typinator is a powerful, yet elegantly simple solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Across all applications, it detects specific sequences of typed characters and automatically replaces them with text snippets, graphics, URLs, dates and special characters.

System Requirements:
* Requires OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or newer
* Recommended for macOS Mojave (10.14)

Availability and Ordering:
Typinator can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 8.1 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after January 1st, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.

macOS New app release – NeoFinder 7.4.1

NeoFinder Mac

Product Announcements  – Norbert M. Doerner of New York, NY & Bonn, Germany has released NeoFinder 7.4.1, a smaller update for the Digital Asset Manager NeoFinder Mac 7.x. The new version adds more image file support (Canon compressed .cr3, Phase One EIP, Sigma X3F, Clip Studio “.clip”) , and nine more data columns for the List View. Also included are numerous improvements, also for macOS 10.14.

All new features and enhancements of NeoFinder 7.4.1:
* NeoFinder can now catalog thumbnails of Canon compressed RAW “.cr3” files
* NeoFinder can now catalog thumbnails SVG files
* NeoFinder now has nine new columns in List View: Camera Maker, Lens Name, IPTC Persons, ISRC, XMP Caption Writer, XMP Byline, Audio Channels, Audio Sample rate, and Audio Bitrate
* NeoFinder can now catalog Clip Studio “.clip” files
* NeoFinder can now catalog RAW files of Sigma .X3F format
* Preliminary support to catalog thumbnails of Phase One Capture One “.eip” RAW files
* You can now search for EXIF camera name, lens name, and maker name in the Find Editor and of course using the Label menu in the Inspector
* You can now also search for “has no XMP” and “has ISRC” in the Find Editor
* The improved Multi-Editor is now also available for Finder Tags and XMP People fields
* More Label menus in the Inspector for ISRC, FileCheck, EXIF values, XMP Keywords
* NeoFinder now catalogs the iTunes Producer description files “metadata.xml”
* NeoFinder now catalogs EXIF data contained in XMP records, in case the original file has none, or these cannot be processed
* Improved Export as Text and XML by having separate Height, Width, and Duration fields for Media-Info. That is helpful for Stock Photographers
* NeoFinder will now remember the sort order along with the sort type in the Sort menu for Icon View and others
* You can now prevent NeoFinder from sorting keywords alphabetically when displaying and saving them
* The contextual menu for one catalog is much better organised now
* Catalogs now save the date and time they were last Updated (not just modified!)
* Can now properly sort the List View by Path
* The “NoChangePlease” hidden settings is now honoured by the Wikipedia Inspector and the Map
* Fixes a problem with some Find Editor settings
* Fixes a problem with incorrect badge number displays for Album Groups in macOS 10.14
* Fixes a problem with Album and Smart Folders names containing a “.” in their name
* Fixes a problem reading certain audio files larger than 4 GB
* Fixes a problem cataloging certain JPG files created by a scanner (containing empty ISO arrays in their EXIF section)
* Fixes more visual problems in macOS 10.14
* Fixes a problem writing Finder Comments when leaving the text field in the Inspector with the Tab key
* Fixes a memory problem when cataloging very large numbers of compressed Fuji RAW files (.RAF)
* Fixes a problem with the CDFinder 2.x Importer
* Many small fixes and improvements

* NeoFinder 7.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later

* NeoFinder 7.4.1 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users

* NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at 19 Euros

* New licenses start at 29 Euros for a NeoFinder Private License

NeoFinder Highlights:
* Cataloging – NeoFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, fonts, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos. NeoFinder also edits Adobe XMP data, including keywords, persons, and ratings. All these are arranged clearly in the user interface, and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, fonts, text files, and even audio files, NeoFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.

* Managing Metadata – The built-in XMP metadata editor with presets can edit and add keywords, ratings, persons, descriptions, copyright information, and more to photos and videos.

* Networking – Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product abeMeda (was CDWinder for Windows) even from Microsoft Windows.

* Mobile – Keep your NeoFinder database with you on your iPhone or iPad with the separate NeoFinder for iOS app.

* Integration – Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Roxio Toast, FileMaker Pro, Apples Spotlight and Finder, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, NeoFinder can support many workflow scenarios. The AppleScript support in NeoFinder allows custom integrations of all kinds.

* Geotagging – Only NeoFinder offers the integrated GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. NeoFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed. And only NeoFinder displays important facts about any geolocation in the truly unique Wikipedia Inspector.

Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1996, more than 88,000 customers in 102 countries around the world are using CDFinder and now NeoFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, Oracle, and Warner Bros.
Language Support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X v10.8 – macOS 10.14. Previous CDFinder and NeoFinder versions for older Mac OS versions are still available.
* Separate app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) is available

Pricing and Availability:
The price for new users starts at 29,00 (EUR). Multiple user packs are available for network users. NewFinder can be purchased through the website. Cross-grades for users of similar applications (Cinematica, DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, Extensis Portfolio, and others) are available. A free NeoFinder demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website.

macOS New App Release – BatchOutput XLS 2.5.9


Product Announcements Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON), Canada has released BatchOutput XLS 2.5.9, a security update to the company’s output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on macOS. The only batch processing tool for Excel on the Mac market, the software helps users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and professional PDF output.

With the new version, BatchOutput XLS was updated to satisfy new security requirements on macOS 10.15 and has now received the seal of approval issued by the Apple notary service. According to Apple, notarization gives users more confidence that the Developer ID-signed software developers distribute has been checked by Apple for malicious components. These claims have not been independently verified yet. Beginning in the forthcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina, notarization is required by default for all Mac software.

“I have enjoyed BatchOutput XLS for years now,” says Steve Nelson Martin of New Hope Foundation in Beijing, China. “It has really been a huge help for me to process hundreds of Excel documents into various PDF reports.”

In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput XLS allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Excel, thus bringing advanced PDF creation options right to the user’s fingertips:

* Batch print and export Excel documents to PDF.
* Split Excel workbooks into single PDF worksheets
* Reduce PDF file size and optimize documents for web, print, and mobile devices
* Variable PDF file names based on user name, date, batch number and other values
* Encrypt and password-protect PDF from unauthorized copying, printing, and viewing
* Change PDF color tone, brightness, and other qualities

Pricing and Availability
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $19.95 (USD) from Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A trial is also available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires macOS 10.7-10.14 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011, 2016 or 2019.