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myTracks Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Dirk Stichling announces the 10th anniversary of myTracks, his easy-to-use photo geotagging app for macOS. In celebration of the anniversary, the app is now priced at 50% off for a limited time.

 

 

myTracks is the swiss-army knife macOS app for GPS tracks. GPS tracks can be downloaded from various hardware GPS loggers and organize the tracks into a library. The tracks can be displayed on a map, using various map types. myTracks’ geo-tagging feature allows it to write GPS information into photo files (both jpg and raw).

 

“Ten years ago, I created myTracks to be the do-it-all utility for organizing your GPS tracks. They can be loaded from a broad range of devices, and the app organizes them into an easily accessibly library,” says the developers of the myTracks app, Dirk Stichling. “The app has become extremely popular in the Mac App Store, earning a rating of 4.8 of 5 stars in the German Mac App Store and 4.6 stars in the U.S. Mac App Store.”

 

myTracks can be used with the macOS “Photos” app, as well as numerous other photo organizing applications, including Adobe Lightroom, GraphicConverter, or even the macOS Finder. myTracks handles the JPEG and RAW photos formats. GPS tracks can be exported in the GPX, KML or KMZ file formats, and can be used with Google Earth.

 

Features Include:

  • Works great with the macOS “Photos” app
  • Search, bookmark, and organize using the Track Library
  • 1-click, drag-and-drop geotagging of JPEG and RAW photo files
  • Logger Assistant offers more than 50 presets for downloading GPS tracks
  • Import, export, and edit tracks in GPX and KML formats. Export in KMZ formats
  • Ability to display tracks on a variety of maps, both online and offline
  •  iCloud support
  • Free iOS app to track recording and sync with macOS app

 

“I’m so pleased at how well the app has been accepted by Mac users over the last 10 years, and I’m proud of the rating it has earned in the Mac App Store,” continues Dirk. “I look forward to the next 10 years of development and improvements to the app.”

 

myTracks 3.4.8 is now $7.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) to celebrate the app’s 10th anniversary (it is usually $17.99 USD), and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Travel category. “myTracks – The GPS-Logger” for iOS is also available for free through the App Store.

 

Railroad Logistics Challenge for Multiple Platforms

Magnin & Associates announces the release of Railroad Logistics Challenge 1.0, their new game for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Windows PC and Xbox where you can try your hand at railroad logistics.

 

 

Daily job cards tell you where to go, which car to pickup, what to load it with, and where to deliver it. Job cards can be sorted in any order to help you prioritize the tasks. There are variety of railroad cars including box cars, flat beds, gondola cars, and tankers. You simply back your train into the car you want to pickup and it couples automatically. Then when you deliver it to the right spot you click on the decouple symbol.

 

The game was produced by Ed Magnin, designed and programmed by Willie Johnson, Jr, 3d models by Ryan Thomas, playtested by game dev interns from Dallas ISD, Conrad H-TECH at Richland College – David Hayes, Amber Roberson, Carlos Davila, and Gabriela Hernandez-Gasca. Matt Campana created the music and audio effects. According to Ed Magnin, “This was our chance to simulate the responsibility for picking up, loading, and delivering a variety of railroad cars to their proper locations to keep our economy moving.”

 

Railroad Logistics Challenge 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. An Android version is available worldwide from both Google Play and Amazon AppStore. A Windows 10 PC and Xbox version is available from the Windows Store.

 

ArtOptimizer Update for Adobe Illustrator Supports macOS Catalina

Zevrix Solutions announces ArtOptimizer 3.0.5 for Adobe Illustrator, an upgrade to image workflow automation solution. ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of Illustrator picture links and performs essential image adjustments. The software helps users save disk space as well as cut production time and reduce operational costs through automation of complex image manipulation tasks.

 

 

This version adds the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina, and is offered free of charge to licensed users of ArtOptimizer 3. The update also addresses an issue in which Illustrator files could not be open in Creative Cloud 2020. In addition, the new version introduces several UI fixes and improves the action of the Reveal in Finder command.

 

ArtOptimizer is a powerful automation solution for users in the print, prepress, and web design industries.

For example, with just a click of a button users can:

  • Process multiple Illustrator files
  • Scale images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator
  • Change image resolution to 300 dpi
  •  Convert RGB images to CMYK profile
  • Resave JPEG files as PSD
  • Merge layers and delete unused ones

 

In the end of processing ArtOptimizer reimports images to Illustrator at 100% in their precise position. As a result users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually. In addition, ArtOptimizer helps users accelerate document printing and exporting to PDF, speed up file transfer to service providers, reduce job turnaround, and cut costs through faster processing.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix web site for $120 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange.  Trial is also available for download. ArtOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS6-2020.

 

TappyTaps Introduces Barkio for Pet Owners to Monitor Their Dogs

TappyTaps introduces Barkio 1.0, a multiplatform dog monitoring app for phones, tablets, and computers. Barkio allows anyone to watch, listen and interact with their dog remotely, without the need for special hardware. The app was especially prepared with a focus to solve dog’s separation anxiety. With live audio and video, dog owners can see and hear everything that their pets are doing, and interact with them remotely. Barkio turns any two phones, tablets, or laptops into a smart dog monitor and proves to be a helpful tool when dealing with dog separation anxiety.

 

 

HD video monitoring – With live video feed, pet owners can check what their dogs are up to. The video transmission works on any network, including WiFi and cellular data.

 

Sound monitoring – Barkio is triggered every time a noise is captured. The app offers five different levels of microphone sensitivity to make sure the pet owner never misses a single bark.

 

Remote interaction – Thanks to Barkio, the pet owners have a chance to communicate with their dogs remotely. They can talk to the dog directly through the microphone feature or by pre-recording short voice messages and playing them to the dog when needed. Talking to the dog helps to calm it down when the dog is nervous, anxious, or disobeying.

 

Custom commands – Record custom voice messages such as Stop, Sit, or Stay and send them to your dog remotely whenever you need. Commands come in handy when the pet owner needs to calm the dog, but can’t talk at the moment.

 

Two-way video – When talking to the dog, pet parents may use the “Face” feature to stream a video of themselves to the dog. Some dogs proved to react better when hearing and seeing their owners at the same time.

 

Multiplatform app – Barkio is available for multiplatform usage among iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Linux. Covering all these platforms, we hope to offer unlimited monitoring options to pet parents all around the world.

 

All family members can join monitoring – Barkio is tied to a Family Account, which means multiple family members can use Barkio and join the monitoring of their dogs.

 

Activity log – Pet owners will never miss a single bark with a timestamp from all monitorings. Activity log records all noises so the pet owner can check at any time to find out what’s been going on. The activity log helps to understand dog behavior patterns and discover any problems.

 

Smart notifications – Barkio keeps the customers notified in every situation. The app will send notifications when the dog is noisy or resting, with recorded noise for the pet owner to listen to.

 

Power saving background mode – When using the app on the background, Barkio switches to a power-saving mode which informs the pet owners about their dogs through notifications. The audio and video are not transmitted, which saves the battery and lets the pet owners enjoy other apps.

 

A helpful tool for separation anxiety – Separation anxiety affects dogs of all breeds and ages. Barkio helps to detect separation anxiety as it allows the pet owners to see how the dog behaves when it’s alone. Barkio also helps with solitude training to help the dog feel comfortable when being alone.

 

iOS and Android versions are available worldwide exclusively through the App Store and Google Play. Mac, Windows and Linux versions are available to download directly from Barkio online. Barkio costs $19.99 (USD) / year or $2.99 / month for up to 10 devices.

 

DriveDx will Protect You from Data Loss and Downtime

 

BinaryFruit releases DriveDx 1.9.0, its award-winning 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.

 

 

DriveDx received Macworld Editors’ Choice Award, receiving the maximum possible 5 stars. 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 allows configuring the delivery of customized drive status and free space reports by email 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 1.9.0:

  • All diagnostic algorithms have updated and improved based on real-life feedback analysis from thousands of users over the past few years. Thousands of real disk failures and their degradation history were analyzed,
  • Supported 60 new SSD models,
  • MBR volumes/partitions detection for disk free space monitoring,
  • Many stability improvements
  • Many cosmetics tweaks and fixes

 

DriveDx 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

 

DriveDx 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 $49.99
  • IT-Consultant License – starting from $49.99

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

 

 

Enterprise File Fabric now supports macOS Catalina

Storage Made Easy announces its Enterprise File Fabric macOS software is now compatible macOS Catalina. Users can now collaborate in real time with their colleagues using the Enterprise File Fabric Drive bringing the Cloud directly into their Mac desktop.

 

 

On the last update, the macOS app suite developed user experience improvements, giving users the ultimate editing and browsing facilities, whether that’s using the Enterprise File Fabric’s ‘Virtual’ OSX Drive in Finder, Cloud Files browser from the Mac menu bar, Desktop Syncronization, or editing directly from a browser through the File Fabric’s CloudEdit functionality.

 

The SME macOS App suite consists of:

  • Cloud Drive: Adds a mapped Cloud Drive that appears directly in Finder
  • Finder integration: Integrated into Finder actions for sharing or locking a file
  • Desktop Sync: In addition to the drive nominate local or cloud folders for sync
  • Mail Integration: Integrates directly into Mac Mail for secure file sharing
  • Search integration: Accessible directly from the toolbar
  • Unified Coud File Access: Access files from all your public/private Clouds

 

Key features:

  • Branded versions available for On-Premises or OEM customers
  • A Cloud Drive right in Mac Finder
  • Extends Finder with right click actions
  • Supports 60 public / private Clouds
  • F older Sync to map desktop to cloud folders
  • Search Toolbar integration for remote cloud files
  • Edit files directly by simply double clicking
  • Easy to use and setup
  • The updated SME macOS App for Catalina is available now

 

James Norman, Storage Made Easy Engineering Manager, said: “A substantial amount of effort has been put into getting the Catalina release shipped and we are very pleased to now make this available to customers.”

Focusplan for Mac – A powerful Mind Mapping app

Focusplan Team announces Focusplan 1.0, a powerful mind mapping and brainstorming visual thinking tool wrapped within an easy-to-use interface. Built around an innovative visual canvas editor, Focusplan lets users to capture, develop, and share ideas, turning them into stunning mind maps.

 

 

Focusplan is a beautiful, powerful, and easy to use mind mapping and brainstorming app. Featuring an elegant and streamlined document-window interface, it puts all the focus on the mind map you create. And with a sleek design that is completely integrated with your Mac, it feels immediately familiar from the moment you first open the app. So mind mapping becomes more straightforward and more enjoyable than ever.

 

Focusplan includes a powerful and flexible visual canvas editor that lets users create, move, arrange, attach, and detach topics. Allows users to adjust color themes, configure topics, branches, and layouts is a very intuitive way.

 

Features:

  • Unique and powerful free-layout canvas
  • Supports multiple mind maps on a single page
  • Add images, stickers, colors, and styles to your mind maps
  • Add and edit notes, links, and attachments on topics
  • Includes 250 colorful, and creative stickers with adjustable colors
  • Contains 6 stunning and configurable themes
  • Full text-search topics on the whole mind map
  • Organize and restructure using drag & drop, re-arrange, and reconnect topics
  • Select, delete, or move multiple topics at the same time
  • Fold and unfold branches to make your mind map clear
  • Share mind maps directly from your Mac
  • Export mind maps in plain text, and image format
  • Seamless synchronization through iCloud Drive
  • Dark mode helps you to create mind maps at night
  • Continuity camera Take a photo using your iOS device and have it instantly appear in your mind map

 

Focusplan 1.0 requires a subscription, which will unlock the app on all devices, gets future updates, including major ones, automatically and support further development. The subscription has two options, you can subscribe either on a monthly or a yearly basis. $1.99 monthly, which offers 3 days free trial or $19.99 yearly, which offers a one-week free trial (save 18%). Prices may vary based on your region due to local tax laws and conversion rates from U.S. dollars. Focusplan 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Vectoshaper  Create Graphics on the Mac

Apso MB announces the release and immediate availability of Vectoshaper 1.2, an update to their popular vector drawing application for macOS. Vectoshaper allows Mac users to create precise objects in any shape, faster and easier than ever before. The app provides an all new vector-based approach to creating logos, icons, comics, and any other type of graphic project.

 

 

Vectoshaper brings outstanding resizing possibilities to any graphics project. Designers can draw and save the same object, whether it will grace a smartwatch screen, a business card, or a giant billboard. All objects can be scaled up and down with no loss of resolution or detail. The results always look polished and perfect.

 

“Vector drawing programs have always been so difficult to use, requiring tedious placement of points and connection points,” says Apso MB General Manager, Vytautas Jankevicius. “Vectoshaper makes vector drawing simple, fast, bringing back the joy of creating on the Mac.”

 

Features include:

  • Create shapes and text with a single click
  • All tools are visible to the user
  • Resize, rotate, position, and adjust the perspective of shapes
  • Adjust the fill and opacity of shapes
  • Adjust stroke width, color, opacity, and type of stroke
  • Adjust the font, size, style and opacity of text
  • Convert text into a shape with a single click
  • Adjust inner and outer shadow of objects
  • Adjust the reflection and opacity of objects
  • Create any size canvas
  • Save in vector format, export as PDF, JPEG, or PNG
  • Share as a note, an iMessage, via AirDrop and more…

 

The app allows lightning-fast vector drawing with ease, allowing the user to concentrate on the design of the object they’re working on, not on how to use that they’re working with. Users can draw straight lines, curves and other shapes, connecting the to the shapes of any of their forms. Every shape that’s created is on a different layer, allowing users to rotate, make perspectives and mix them all up until they’ve created their desired result.

 

What’s New in version 1.2:

  • Drawing experience, alignment, mouse cursor and other improvements.
  • Adding dots with guides functionality implemented.
  • Stability and other minor bug fixes.

 

“The app was created to brings simplicity for everyone to vector drawing. The primary function of the app is vector drawing, so the main tools are straight in front of you,” continues Vytautas. “Save time and concentrate on your work instantly. It is a really great instrument for creating logos and icons or making websites, presentations, social media and other projects.”

 

Vectoshaper allows users to scale up and scale down any object they’ve drawn, and it will always look polished and perfect. The app makes graphic design a snap, no matter what the scale.

Vectoshaper 1.2 is only $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies), which is 33% off the regular price of $14.99 until December 01. The app is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category.