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macOS New app Release – Mac Shutdown 4.1

Product Announcements – Tension Software of Milano, Italy has released Mac Shutdown 4.1, the modern macOS application to shutdown the Mac when unattended under different conditions.

Mac Shutdown is able to use ‘Soft Shutdown’ and ‘Hard Shutdown’ to shutdown your Mac. The ‘Soft Shutdown’ is issued at finder level and ask to all the running app to quit before shut down the Mac. The ‘Hard shutdown’ is issued at system level and offer a very low level of probability of having the shut down interrupted by an app refusing to quit.

The ‘Hard Shutdown’ feature from release 4 of Mac Shutdown, uses the latest Apple XPC technology (the recommended way now by Apple, secure and digitally signed, to escalate admin privileges) to provide admin right actions. It allows to shutdown your Mac in a secure way, just providing admin right one time only at installation.

From version 4 Mac Shutdown can now work also as a status menu only application, always available from the menu also when in background and without showing any window to just silently waiting in the background.

Mac Shutdown can provide what others tools can’t. Just an example: it can help a user start a download of big files over the net in the night and have the Mac automatically turned off when the download is finished.

Mac Shutdown is customizable using an easy to use setting setup panel (no coding or editing of script required). It’s small, fast, simple and reliable and now more stable then ever and fully complaint with the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite and is fully optimized for use with OS X 10.13 High Sierra.

Mac Shutdown is fully customizable. The user can choose to shutdown the Mac:

  • On a scheduled plan
  • On a specific date and time
  • When a generic file is removed or moved on your Hard Disk
  • When a download is finished: using Safari using Firefox or Camino or Netscape using Speed Download
  • At launch time to use it via Apple iCal
  • When a keyword is found inside a continuously checked web wage
  • Using the scheduled plan the user can set any repetitive interval, selecting a time and a day of the week or any day or any weekday and so on. With the ‘On date’ option the user can specify the preferred date and time.

The user can select to have the settings always enabled or to disable them after a shutdown … and more.

New in this release:

  • Improved management of the Status Menu only functionality
  • More commands in the status menu
  • Improved layout
  • Various optimization
  • Various bug fix

System Requirements:

  • macOS Version 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher
  • Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Pricing and Availability:
Mac Shutdown 4.1 is just $12.00 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively from the Tension Software website.

macOS New App Release – My IP 2.3

Product AnnouncementsTension Software of Milano, Italy has released My IP 2.3 for macOS, a utility app to see with which public IP address you are connected to the net (different from your IP address inside your LAN). It can work also in background and can optionally show the current IP in the menu bar.

The public IP is the IP address you use to connect to the global net, the address the rest of the world see you at. The public IP address sometimes can be static (always the same), sometimes dynamic (changed by the internet provider over time at any connection).

Obtaining the IP value of your connection could be not easy, particularly if you are behind a modem router. In the case you are using a modem router, using normal system utilities, your IP address will be indicated as equal to your LAN (Local Area Network) IP address, with is really just your address inside your local network, totally different from your true external public IP address on the internet.
Your internal IP address has no value outside your local area network.

My IP works instead indicating always your true internet IP address, the one the world can see you at, detecting the IP address your modem router uses to connect with the rest of the world, with is the address the rest of the world identify you and can use to connect to you.

Knowing your true public IP address is mandatory in many situations where you have to specify, especially for external use, at which address you are and can be reached by servers or desktops outside of your LAN.

My IP offers a simple and intuitive interface, a fast use and the option to work with 4 different servers to show your public IP address. It can optionally display the IP in the menu bar also when in the background and log the IP changes on disk. The log can be rewetted at any time.

Features:

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Useful to know your public IP address behind a modem router with a shared IP
  • Able to show your public IP where usually system utility fails showing just your LAN IP
  • Instant result available at launch
  • Can use 4 different servers to calculate your public IP
  • Can log the IP and its changes on a log on disk
  • Can optionally display in the menu bar the current Ip also when in background
  • Copy the IP from within other applications from the menu bar.
  • Includes embedded PDF User Guide
  • Has a similar native version for the iPhone , ‘My Public IP’ available on iTunes

New in this release:

  • Layout and Interface Update
  • Possibility to use a shorter check IP interval (from 5 seconds to 59:59)
  • Bug fixes
  • Various Optimization

System Requirements:

  • macOS
  • 1.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
My IP 2.3 is just $2.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

macOS New App Release – MacUpdater 1.2.7

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Product Announcements – Independent development team, CoreCode of St. Julians, Malta has released MacUpdater 1.2.7, their new app updating utility for macOS. MacUpdater scans any Mac’s Application folder, quickly identifying installed applications that have updates available. Apps can then be updated with just a few clicks of the mouse.

In addition to its speedy manual scanning abilities, MacUpdater can be set to run automatically at startup, placing itself in the Menu Bar, where it runs quietly in the background. The app periodically checks installed apps for any available updates, notifying users when a new update is available. A handy numbered icon indicator keeps a tally of how many apps need updating, and the update process can be started by clicking the Menu Bar icon.

“While the Mac App Store does a good job of updating apps that are purchased in the Mac App Store, there isn’t a reliable way to know when the apps you’ve downloaded and installed from other sources require an update,” says CoreCode marketing manager Brigitte Zmoelnig. “MacUpdater gets rid of the drudgery of manually checking your apps one-by-one for updates, making it convenient to let the app take care of things.”

MacUpdater not only checks for available app updates, in most cases the utility can also download and install the update for you. When MacUpdater can’t automatically update an app, it can launch the app’s updater for you. The app even detects when Mac App Store apps need an update. While MacUpdater can’t update those apps, it can open the Mac App Store, so users can update the app there.

Features include:

  • Automatically tracks the latest updates available for installed Mac apps
  • Finds the latest version that’s compatible with the installed macOS version
  • Apps with updates listed in red for easy detection
  • Provides one-click update for many apps, just click the “Update” button for any app
  • Loads at startup, runs quietly in the background
  • Low impact on system resources
  • Notifies users when updates are available
  • Filter Bar: Show all apps, or just apps that are not up-to-date
  • Menu Bar icon indicates how many app updates are available
  • Optionally makes backups of app before updating them
  • Use concurrently on up to 5 Macs
  • Free trial download allows updating 10 apps
  • Total Privacy: No registration needed
  • Pay just once, no subscription required

MacUpdater can detect available updates for over 30,000 apps, and the list is growing every day. The app can auto-update around 3,500 popular apps with the click of a button, and that list also continues to grow. While some application vendors, such as Microsoft and Adobe, don’t as yet allow updates outside of their closed systems, the CordCode team is working on it. The team is also working on the ability to queue multiple app updates, as well as the ability to view release notes for updates before updating.

“MacUpdater ensures your Mac’s installed apps stay up to date. Never again do Mac users have to miss out on important updates that bring new features and eliminate frustrating bugs,” says product manager Jamie Stevenson. “Our users tell us that they love the app, and they’ve been offering some terrific feedback that we’re using to make the app even better.”

Device Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11 or later
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra
  • 64-bit Processor
  • 10.8 MB

MacUpdater 1.2.7 is a free download and is available worldwide exclusively through the CoreCode website. Users can scan for updates for free and update up to 10 apps for free. Users can pay $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) to unlock the ability to update additional apps.

macOS New App Release – ActiveDock 1.1.1

Product AnnouncementMacPlus Software of Kiev, Ukraine has released ActiveDock 1.1.1 for macOS. ActiveDock is a replacement for standard Apple Dock. You can change theme, grouping application icons into folders, windows management and much more.

ActiveDock was developed specifically to make the work with your Mac more simple and comfortable, primarily due to the addition of features that are not in available in standard Apple Dock like themes, grouping application icons into folders). In the new version, we completely redesigned Window Preview Panel for more comfortable work with windows. Also, we added the ability to create folders and group apps into them. For each folder, you can add your own icon for better visualization.

Features:

  • Window Previews and Window Management
  • Customizable Appearance and Custom Icons for Apps and Folders
  • Groups and Folders
  • Start Menu – Application Launcher
  • Hiding and excluding Applications from the Dock
  • And much more

Users love ActiveDock:

  • I’ve used many application launchers (including DockShelf, and uBar 4), but none are as fast and flexible as ActiveDock. ActiveDock is the most adaptable and useable Dock replacement I’ve had the pleasure to use. And, each version just keeps getting better!
  • I’ve had uBar before, but that was too windows-y for me, ActiveDock really brings the functionality to the Mac interface. Good job!
  •  I used your app for about 5 minutes before deciding it is well worth paying for a lifetime license

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or later
  • 17.2 MB

You can try ActiveDock for free for 14 days with all the features available to you during that period. ActiveDock costs $19.99 (USD) for a Standard (1 Year) user license applicable for up to 2 user-owned computers, and $49.99 (USD) for a Lifetime license for up to 5 user-owned computers.

macOS New App Release – DriveDx 1.8.0

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Product AnnouncementBinaryFruit of San Francisco, California has released DriveDx 1.8.0, its latest solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. As macOS does not have a comprehensive drive health indicator, DriveDx fills a critical role in measuring the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get an advanced warning before their drives fail. This will allow them to take action to avert the failure and save themselves from resulting data loss and downtime.

Unlike many other drive health diagnostics utilities that simply check built-in S.M.A.R.T. status, DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends. This gives a user a comprehensive picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of sensitive data. Moreover, DriveDx shows this information on a user-friendly Mac-style interface in an easy-to-understand format.

“Here’s a DriveDx triumph. DriveDx showed my just out of AppleCare iMac with two pre-fail conditions for the hard drive. Made appointment and took it to Genius Bar yesterday. Tech looked at DriveDx and was very impressed. Even though out of warranty – they replaced the drive without question,” said Michael Sidoric, CapMac User Group Treasurer, ex-Vice President of CapMac.org. “God knows how many dollars and troubles DriveDx saved me since I had several vital FinalCut projects on it.”

DriveDx is a combined drive health analysis and forecasting tool. It monitors and analyzes changes to S.M.A.R.T. attributes in order to continuously evaluate drive health status and predict drive failures. In addition to “Failed” and “OK” drive statutes DriveDx supports “Warning” and “Failing” statuses indicating that a drive is in a pre-failure status and backup of sensitive data is highly recommended.

DriveDx performs both SSD and HDD health diagnostics. Moreover, it uses a separate set of indicators for SSD and HDD to monitor drive health status. This is particularly important as SSD works different from HDD, and requires a different algorithm to check its health status. Also, SSDs typically are more dependent on firmware than HDDs, and DriveDx has been programmed to support many versions of firmware (please see our website for a complete list of supported firmware).

DriveDx allows configuring the delivery of customized drive status and free space reports by e-mail and therefore does not require user presence to inform about drive status changes. In addition, DriveDx can launch built-in drive diagnostics self-tests. Drive self-tests will help to quickly identify if the drive is faulty.

DriveDx is the first utility of its kind to have a real user-friendly Mac-style interface. It is organized in a way that allows a user to view and understand drive status and its performance at a glance. User can switch between different view modes to drill up or down data related to drive health, including S.M.A.R.T. indicators and attributes, drive statistics and errors.

What’s New in DriveDx 1.8.0:

  • Added support of 110 new SSD models (from Apple, Samsung, Crucial/Micron, Toshiba, SanDisk, Intel, WD, SK Hynix, Plextor, Corsair, OCZ, Transcend, Kingston, ADATA, etc)
  • Improved SSD and HDD health diagnostic algorithms and heuristics
  • Improved drive temperature monitoring
  • Improved SSD and HDD health indicator descriptions
  • Improved support of Apple SSDs
  • Improved support of Seagate HDDs
  • Improved support of OWC SSDs,
  • Many stability improvements
  • Many cosmetics tweaks and fixes

DriveDx feature highlights:

  • Support of modern SSDs and HDDs
  • SSD lifetime left indicator
  • Different routines for SSD and HDD health evaluation and diagnostics
  • Real-time SSD & HDD health status monitoring
  • User-friendly and intuitive UI
  • Multi-tier warning system that will inform the user about deviations from the normal state of drive attributes
  • Diagnostic Knowledge Base online auto-updating
  • Drive overall health rating
  • Drive overall performance rating (if drive supports this subset of indicators)
  • Device statistics
  • I/O errors monitoring
  • Drive free space monitoring
  • Support of drive short and full (extended) self-tests
  • Sending a warning whenever a problem with a drive firmware exists
  • Saving detailed drive status reports to a file
  • Warning a user with pop-up notifications about errors and failures
  • Displaying drive status on a macOS status bar
  • Runs natively on macOS

System Requirements: macOS 10.6.8 or newer

Pricing and Availability – DriveDx 1.8.0 has 4 types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion:

  • Personal License – $19.99 (USD)
  • Family License – $39.99
  • Business License – starting from $99.99
  • IT-Consultant License – starting from $99.99

DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website. A fully functional 15-day trial version is available for download at our website.

macOS New App Release – Duplicate File Finder 5.3

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Product AnnouncementNektony of Odessa, Ukraine has released Duplicate File Finder version 5.3. The application is addressed to those who are looking for the simplest way to remove duplicate content on macOS. Apart from the main option, the app allows users to compare similar folders and merge them, to view duplicates’ removal history and even to select duplicates in bulk.

Usually, computer users may not even guess how many duplicate files exist on their disks and the significant space they take up on hard drives. Manual searching for duplicates is not so easy and takes up so much time. That’s why Duplicate File Finder was created and new useful features for quick organizing and removing duplicates were added. Here are some of them:

  • Select Duplicates in Folder – quickly select duplicates in bulk in particular folders
  • Merge Folders – find similar folders, compare duplicate and unique files in them and merge the content
  • View Duplicates’ Removal History – restore removed duplicates from Trash

All you need do to find duplicates is to add multiple folders or disks and click to start scanning them. In less than in a minute, the app will provide a visual report of all the duplicates found. Moreover, the app can find hidden duplicate files and similar folders. With a wide set of the app’s features, it’s super easy and quick to get rid of unneeded duplicates: cleanup hints, file sorting, file previews, smart autoselect, select/keep options and others.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 15.5 MB

Duplicate File Finder 5.3 is Free to download from the Mac App Store and allows the users to remove duplicates files. The Pro version is available with in-App purchase for $4.99 (USD) and allows the users to remove duplicate folders and merge folders.

macOS New App Release – Funter 4.0

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Product AnnouncementNektony of Odessa, Ukraine has released Funter 4.0. For users who prefer the convenience of getting apps through the App Store, this is the perfect time to download Funter – a freeware app addressed at those who are looking for the simplest way to show and find hidden files on Mac. Apps and web browsers on Mac create lots of unneeded files, which are hidden and might utilize significant disk space. Spotlight does not find such invisible and system files. But Funter allows you to find those hidden files, make them visible and easily operate them.

All you need do to find hidden files is just type the name of the file in the finder field. Funter allows you to choose a folder for search, show all/hidden/unhidden files, forward to file location in Finder, preview files from Funter, or copy, move or delete files using the appropriate buttons. Funter makes it possible to switch file visibility with just one click.

Funter is targeted at all Mac users who want to operate hidden files and folders. It makes it easy to find and clear user, system and browser caches.

Best strengths:

  • Search hidden files in hidden folders
  • Search files in system folders, bundles and packages
  • Switch hidden file visibility with one click
  • Operate hidden files

Funter implements an easy method of showing hidden files, and finding hidden and useless files in any location on Mac.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13
  • 64-bit processor
  • 5.2 MB

Funter 4.0 is Free to download and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.