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macOS – Cocktail 10.0

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Product Announcement – Maintain of Ekero, Sweden has released Cocktail 10.0 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.

Disk:

  • Automatically check S.M.A.R.T. status of disks
  • Enable or disable journaling
  • Set disk sleep (spindown) time
  • Modify standby delay
  • Change other disk sleep settings
  • Force eject CD/DVD

System

  • Run periodic maintenance scripts
  • Purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage
  • Manage Spotlight indexing
  • Erase Spotlight indexes
  • Modify Time Machine settings
  • Rebuild Launch Services and Help databases
  • Rebuild Mail’s Envelope Index
  • Update locate and whatis databases
  • Force empty the Trash
  • Change startup mode or set startup delay
  • Disable startup sound
  • Disable Notification Center and App Nap

Files

  • Clear system caches
  • Clear user caches
  • Clear font caches
  •  Clear virtual memory swap files
  • Clear temporary files
  • Clear Internet caches
  • Clear cookies, download lists, form values and history files
  •  Clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies
  • Clear applications caches
  • Search for corrupted preference files
  • Delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files
  • Clear and manage (view, print and save) log files
  • Delete invisible DS Store files
  • Delete locked or inaccessible items

Network

  • Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards
  • Easily optimize network settings for common connection types
  • Modify IP configuration parameters
  • Configure File Sharing settings

Interface

  • Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, login window and other system services
  • Modify hidden settings of Safari, iTunes and Launchpad

What’s New:

  • Added compatibility with macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and enhancements
  • Updated Automator actions
  •  Updated Help files

System Requirements:
Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail is $19.00 (USD) for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

macOS – RailModeler Pro 5.2

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Product Announcement – Isle of the Kakapo of Munich, Germany has released RailModeller Pro 5.2, their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for macOS. The app offers sophisticated tools that enable hobbyists to quickly design model train and slot car track layouts via drag & drop, features libraries for more than 200 track systems, and offers customizable views of track layouts in both two and three dimensions. The second major update of RailModeller Pro in 2016 features:

  • Image Import: Use original plans, Google or Apple Maps, aerial photography, or hand drawn sketches as a template for building model train layouts. Complex room shapes or even a bird’s-eye view of a park or garden are easily integrated to be used as a basis for planning layouts. A variety of image file formats is supported, including PNG, JPEG, PSD, GIF, TIFF, and PDF.
  •  Customizable key bindings: Hot keys for all menu commands can be changed to adjust the app to personal preferences, providing a great way for both casual and power users to work even more effectively with the app.

Additional improvements in this update include improved performance as well as bug fixes and updates to libraries in the bundled catalog of 200 track libraries.

RailModeller Pro’s easy-to-use interface allows track designers to create layouts of up to 10km x 10km organized in up to 99 layers. The app includes all components to complete a train or slot car track layout, including flex tracks, buildings, symbols, and other items in scales from T (1:450) up to G or IIm (1:22.5). Track elements can be dropped onto the layout, rotated, and positioned where desired, users can simply click to append one or more track elements in the layout, create tunnel sections, add graphical shapes, arrows, dimensions, and more.

RailModeller Pro automatically generates a shopping list, (including prices), as the layout is created, making for an easy reference when it comes time to purchase required components for the layout. An integrated stock management maintains the inventory of tracks already purchased, displaying the number of tracks remaining in stock when working on a specific layout or filtering the shopping list to show only missing tracks that need to be purchased to complete the layout.

Features:

  • A library catalog featuring libraries for more than 200 track systems for most vendors of track material
  • Covers model scales from T (1:450) up to G or IIm (1:22.5)
  • A clean and intuitive, Mac like user experience
  • An automatically adapting drawing canvas never running out of space
  • Sophisticated, yet easy to use tools to quickly build awesome model train layouts
  • Assistants that allow placing tracks at arbitrary heights, creating track grades, insert parallel tracks or close gaps
  • Clean-up wizards for complex layouts
  • Customizable viewing modes for visualizing the track layout in two and three dimensions
  • Automatically generates shopping lists as the design is laid out
  • The built-in stock tracking feature keeps track of items already owned
  • Print layouts in any scale from a single sheet of paper to full-sized 1:1 scale
  • Image import in various formats (PNG, JPEG, PSD, GIF, TIFF, PDF, and others)
  • Export track layouts in numerous image file formats at any resolution
  • An integrated Online-Manual

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 64-bit Processor

RailModeller Pro 5.2 is available for only $39.99 USD (or an equivalent amount on other currencies) worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express – which is suitable for small layouts with a limited number of tracks and layout dimensions of up to 0.5km – is also available through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category.

macOS – Deframe 2.0.1

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Product Announcement – einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina has released Deframe 2.0.1, a video post-production utility that gives you an easy way to extract and repurpose the images and segments within your video assets. The 2.0.1 Update is a major update that introduces a new user interface, new data types and a new workflow.

Deframe 2.0.1 includes the following key features:

  • Multiple Extraction Types
    Extract parts of your movie as either an image or a video clip; or organized as extractions on a contact sheet or as a segment summary.
  • Interoperability
    Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Deframe to your application.
  • Summaries
    Create a single picture that captures the range of images within a movie segment.
  • Contact Sheets
    Make a PDF document with a collection of images from your movie’s timeline.
  • Exporting
    Create new movie clips in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations.
  • Printing
    High-resolution source material may be printed as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices.
  • Slide Shows
    Create an interactive presentation from your movies using images, contact sheets and summaries.
  • Sharing
    Share images, segments, contact sheets and summaries using Vimeo, Facebook and other popular internet services

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • 64-bit processor
  • 0.6 MB

Deframe 2.0.1 is available for $19.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Video category.

macOS – AirBeamTV

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Product Announcement – AirBeamTV of Bussum, Netherlands has released the Mirror for LG TV application in the Mac App Store. This unique application provides the only way to mirror you mac screen to your LG TV without cables or additional hardware.

Wireless mirroring used to be only available to Mac users with an AppleTV connected to their TV. Now, with the introduction of Mirror for LG TV by AirBeamTV, it’s available to all Mac users, without the need of any cables or boxes. Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 is the latest in a family of popular screen mirroring apps from AirBeamTV.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 2.7 MB

Mirror for LG TV 1.0.0 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. Users who would like to test Mirror for LG TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a free 2-minute trial version. The company is currently working on support for additional TV brands as well.

macOS – TouchCopy

Product Announcement – Wide Angle Software of Stafford, United Kingdom has released a major new update to TouchCopy – version 16 of the software which features many enhancements and product improvements. Primarily, the software is now fully compatible with iOS 10 and the upcoming iPhone 7. TouchCopy 16 software interface now has a new and modern look and feel and device detection and backup have been greatly speeded up.

Regularly connecting your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to your computer and making a backup with iTunes is a first step in keeping your iOS device data safe. It should be noted, however, that backups created by iTunes do not contain any content synced to your device by iTunes, such as music, playlist, photos added by iTunes and PDFs downloaded directly to iBooks. This content will need to be backed up using software like TouchCopy.

TouchCopy will backup all iPod, iPhone and iPad content to your PC or Mac, thus ensuring all iOS content stays safe including music, playlists, videos, photos, messages, contacts, calendars, iBooks and more.

Key TouchCopy features are:

  • Allows easy backup of music and playlists from your iPhone, iPod, and iPad to your Mac or PC. All song data, such as ratings, play counts and album art are preserved in the backup.
  • Backup of all iOS device photos to computer, including photos added to the device using iTunes as well as photos and videos shot using the iPod, iPhone and iPad camera.
  • TouchCopy will backup iPhone SMS, WhatsApp and iMessages to your computer, as well as save any images or videos that are part of the conversations. The software also allows you to save your messages as PDFs and print them off on your home printer.
  • Backup of books downloaded using the iBooks app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is also supported.
  •  The software will also export and save your iPhone calendars, contacts, notes, call logs and internet browsing history to your PC or Mac.

TouchCopy 16 comes with a thirty day money back guarantee, free customer support and is also available for download as a free trial. It works with all iPhones, iPods, and iPads and is available for both Windows and Mac OSX. Full version of the software is available to purchase on the web site, with a 12-month software licence retailing at $29.95, while a lifetime licence for 2 Computers, is offered at $39.95 (USD).

macOS -A Better Finder Attributes 6.0

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Product Announcement – publicspace.net of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg has released A  Better Finder Attributes 6.0. The new version for the first time allows JPEG EXIF meta-data, such as exposure, camera & lens, as well as copyright information to be edited. It also features a new preview pane, which presents document & image previews along with all the meta-data attributes that the tool can manipulate.

A Better Finder Attributes has long been known to post-production and digital media producers for its ability to change Finder attributes, such as file creation and modification dates, hidden flags, labels and legacy creator and type codes. Its ability of visualizing and removing hidden files has also been much appreciated by practitioners in those domains.

Recent releases have brought it to a larger audience of digital photography amateurs and professionals by adding the ability to batch adjust the Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) time and date that JPEG pictures were shot to compensate for time zone errors or incorrectly set camera clocks.

Digital photographers also frequently leverage its ability to set the creation and modification dates of digital photo files to their actual shooting date to obtain proper chronological sorting in the Finder. Furthermore, professional photographers who use multiple cameras to cover the same event use A Better Finder Attributes to compensate for discrepancies in the internal clocks of their cameras.

A Better Finder Attributes can be used as a stand-alone application or straight from the Finder using either the contextual menu or a hot key. It can be integrated into existing workflows by creating droplets which automatically apply their stored settings. A Better Finder Attributes supports reading time stamps from a wide range of RAW camera formats (including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, DNG and many others) and can write EXIF timestamps in JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF, RAF, SR2, CRW & CIFF image files.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later

A Better Finder Attributes remains priced at $14.95 (USD) and can be downloaded from the Publicspace web site. Family, Business and Enterprise Licensing is available.

macOS KeyCue 8.2

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Product Announcement – Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria has released KeyCue 8.2, a new version of the company’s highly acclaimed keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. KeyCue 8 introduced a new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be used to perform different actions, taking KeyCue to a whole new level. Based on this technique, KeyCue 8.2 now closely integrates with PopChar X, the company’s award-winning tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. The integration allows PopChar users to quickly show recently used and favorite characters from PopChar in KeyCue’s head-up display and insert them with a click.

The new version also contains performance improvements; it launches faster and significantly reduces the space occupied by KeyCue’s internal cache. Furthermore, KeyCue 8.2 includes some functional improvements and maintenance fixes to user-reported issues. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

The productivity paradox of keyboard shortcuts is that shortcuts were designed to increase productivity. However, productivity actually decreases when applications provide large numbers of shortcuts, in particular when the shortcuts are defined inconsistently across applications. KeyCue’s elegantly simple solution is to display an instant overview of currently available keyboard shortcuts – application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Over time, KeyCue users will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.

KeyCue has already received many awards, including a 4.5-Mice award from MacWorld magazine.

System Requirements:

  • KeyCue 8.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer and is fully compatible with OS X El Capitan (10.11)
  • Integration of KeyCue and PopChar X requires KeyCue 8.2 or newer and PopChar 7.5 or newer

The upgrade to KeyCue 8.2 is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 8 or purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1st 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. KeyCue is available from the Ergonis web site for 19.99 Euros.

macOS Image Smith 2.3

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Product Announcement – 128bit Technologies of San Francisco, California has released Image Smith 2.3, a handy batch processing app for images that can quickly process a single image, or a huge number of images. This saves a massive amount of time when working on large image projects!

Process a ton of images all at once! Tired of wasting countless hours converting and editing your pictures? Editing a large number of images is a time consuming, mind numbing repetitive process if you don’t have an application like Image Smith to do it for you – in a fraction of the time!

Batch format and convert images:
Use Image Smith as a powerful batch image processing tool. With a variety of features you can easily scale, re-orient, re-colorize, convert, and flatten images. Image Smith can open most picture file types, and output in common industry standard formats like JPEG, GIF, PSD, TIFF, PNG, BMP, and more.

Create smaller, web-friendly copies:
Use the pre-defined presets in Image Smith to scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, creating backups, and more! This is ideal for taking large photos from your camera (which are typically greater than five megabytes each these days!) and scaling and converting them down to a manageable size of only a few hundred kilobytes for easy image management.

Professional image manipulation:
Many power-user features are also included: changing the color levels, applying a sepia effect, inverting, changing the contrast, auto-leveling, extracting image masks, and rotating by angle. You can also instantly preview the effect of each setting before processing the entire set.

Image Smith Features:

  • Over 30 image size presets
  • Scale image widths and/or heights
  • Stretch image widths and/or heights
  • Output as JPEG, PNG, GIF, PSD, TIFF, and a variety of other formats
  • Preserve GIF animation
  • Change JPEG output quality
  • Rotate by 360 degrees
  • Flip image horizontally
  • Flip image vertically
  • Invert image
  • Change image hue, saturation, and brightness levels
  • Modify image contrast
  • Apply a Sepia effect
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Preview effect settings before processing
  • Strip or keep image transparency
  • Export image without mask
  • Export mask only

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 15.6 MB

Image Smith 2.3 is now available on the Mac App Store, or on the MacAppware website for only $14.99 (USD).

macOS – Disk Clean Pro

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Product Announcement – Systweak Software of Jaipur, India has released Disk Clean Pro 1.8 for macOS. The app is a performance boosting app for Mac that has been developed by Systweak Software. It is now the top selling app on the Mac App Store. A comparatively new entrant in the utility apps category, Disk Clean Pro has received consistent reviews from users ever since its launch late last year.

Disk Clean Pro is a multi-pronged app that helps in improving Mac speed and overall performance. There are 4 essential cleaning features viz. cache files, log files, trash files, and partly downloaded files. The app automatically spots such files and clears them out to free up storage space. In addition, it also has a memory optimization feature.

What’s New in Version 1.8:

  • macOS Sierra support added with improved scan engine
  • Enhanced Memory Optimizer Module

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • 3.3 MB

Disk Clean Pro 1.8 is just $0.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies), and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

This may be one of the Apps you choose to begin your Mac TuneUp efforts.