Posts tagged ‘macOS’

River SRL’s Sparkle 2.5.3 Visual Web Designer for macOS Gets Update

Independent development team, River SRL today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Sparkle 2.5.3, an important update to their visual web designer for macOS systems. Sparkle allows anyone to easily build beautiful, custom websites, without being constrained by canned templates or web-based website interfaces.



Sparkle offers users a fully freeform canvas, making it easy for visual thinkers to design their customer websites without the need to be versed in HTML, CSS, or browser compatibility and web performance details. The app produces fully optimized code, including responsive images, CSS shapes, and other cutting-edge features.


Sparkle offers a freeform canvas interface, making it easy to build any website. The interface is designed to be more like a graphic designer app than a webpage layout app. While the app is easy-to-use, it produces fully-optimized code, making use of modern web features and implementing best practices under the hood.



Features Include:
* Fully freeform canvas – Perfect for visual thinkers
* Drop in images, videos, MP3 music, downloadable files, and more
* Access to hundreds of web fonts
* Visual contact form creator
* Built-in Google Maps generator
* Ability to design for desktop, tablet, and smartphone screens
* Live preview of the site on computers and mobile devices
* Integrates with ecommerce tools such as Shopify, PayPal, and many more
* Advanced SEO
* Analytics and Tag Manager
* Twitter and Facebook sharing
* Site verification, robots.txt, and sitemap.xml all built-in
* Produces fully optimized code
* Built-in incremental FTP capabilities
* Native macOS interface
* Close integration with other Mac apps
* Much more


Sparkle allows anyone to create landing pages in just a few minutes. The app is the perfect way to test ideas, focusing fully on content and layout without worrying about arcane HTML and CSS layout code. Sparkle’s freeform layout means anyone can create a website, without being constrained by a template, or worrying about the results looking just like everyone else’s WordPress template-based website.


Users love Sparkle:

“We used to create comps in Photoshop for developers. With Sparkle we have our sites up and running in hours rather than weeks.” – Hossein Farmani, Founder and Curator, The Lucie Awards, IPA – International Photography Awards


“We use Sparkle to create hundreds of quick landing pages to test our marketing strategies, Sparkle has saved us many hours of development time.” – David Tera, Director of Marketing, IDA – Int’l Design Awards.


“I have tried out many different tools to create websites, but none of them can top Sparkle.” – Philip Amour, Product Designer


What’s New in 2.5.3:
* Added text wrapping around images
* Significantly improved text layout precision and accuracy
* Added advanced text settings and text shadows
* Added image color filters
* Added per-image links and labels on image galleries
* Added Google Tag Manager support
* Added local business metadata editor
* Added HTML id customization
* Improved file format to reduce system resource usage
* Improved video player compatibility
* Improved publishing compatibility with many web hosts


Sparkle Free is a full-featured app, and allows users to publish a single site, consisting of 3 pages, with “Made with Sparkle” branding on the pages. Sparkle One allows publishing of a single site with no page limit or branding. Sparkle Pro allows publishing unlimited sites, the ability to export site to disk with no page limit and no branding. Sparkle One is available as a one-time $44.99 USD purchase. Sparkle Pro is available as a one-time $89.99 USD purchase. Multi-User licenses are also available.


System Requirements:
* macOS 10.9 Mavericks or later
* Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
* 30.7 MB


Pricing and Availability:
Sparkle 2.5.3 is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. The app is also available from the Sparkle website. Expanded capabilities are available as one-time purchases. Redeem codes are available to journalists upon request. [GET IT HERE]

Obvious Matter Releases Fossils for macOS

Obvious Matter has released Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS. Fossils helps you clean up old and unused files from your computer. Quickly browse through your old stuff and preview the file’s contents. Decide if you want to archive or delete using easy to use keyboard shortcuts.


Obvious Matter Releases Fossils for macOS


* Take back control of your Documents folder – Is your computer’s storage getting full but you don’t know what to delete anymore? Now you can find old files you don’t need anymore.

* Find, delete or archive your old files – Browse your documents and decide if you want to delete or archive the document. Conveniently, you can choose to archive certain files. These are then stored in a separate folder. This can be useful, for example, for family photos or files that you are not quite sure if you still need them. You can then choose at a later time to further clean these files.

* Quickly preview your files before deleting or archiving them – Fossils uses QuickLook to preview your files. This means that you can also preview files from third-party apps that support QuickLook from within Fossils. We’ve included a QuickLook plugin for zip files that also works in Finder.


Fossils supports previewing a large number of file types: image, movies, documents (PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, Keynote, and more), zip files, and more.


Pricing and Availability:
Fossils 1.1.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Dejal Time Out 2.4 Adds Statistics and More Options

Dejal Systems, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Time Out 2.4, 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.


Dejal Time Out 2.4 Adds Statistics and More Options


Time Out offers two types of breaks by default. A “Normal” break by default will occur every hour, lasting for 10 minutes each time. This allows users to get up, move about, stretch, and even take a quick restroom break. “Micro” breaks occur every 15 minutes, lasting for a short 15 second period. This gives users the opportunity to adjust their posture, look away from the screen, and relax their focus. Both types of breaks are adjustable, and can be delayed, disabled, or deleted by the user at any time. Users can also add their own custom breaks, of any delay and length, and at any specific time. This feature is handy for reminders about fixed breaks such as lunch, or mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.


When a break is due, Time Out slowly dims the screen, and displays a customizable break theme. During the break, the app’s progress bar displays the remaining break time, and also offers optional buttons to allow a break to be postponed or skipped, if needed. Once the break is over, the break screen then fades, allowing the user to return to work. Time Out then begins marking off the time until the next scheduled break.


“It’s very easy for users to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. People strive to complete their tasks on time, pushing themselves to the limit,” says Time Out developer David Sinclair. “The human body just isn’t built to sit in one spot for hours at a time, staring at a monitor and typing at a keyboard. That’s why I created Time Out. It offers a gentle and customizable way to remind users to take much needed breaks, reducing stress and increasing their productivity.”


Time Out has an option to show the time until the next break in the menu bar. By clicking the timer, users can access the app’s preferences, allowing them to make quick adjustments to the app’s settings if needed.


Version 2.4 further extends the enhancements to the postpone and skip options introduced in version 2.3, including a new option to disable those buttons for a few seconds at the start of each break. You may find this helpful if you are habitually clicking the Postpone or Skip buttons, without taking a moment to decide if you really need to defer the break. It’s common to see the start of the break as an unwelcome interruption… but you installed the app in the first place because you recognized that you need to take regular breaks for your health and wellbeing. You can activate this option to give you a few seconds to make a more mindful decision.


Another much-requested change in this release is the ability to customize the time to detect natural breaks, i.e. how long the computer is idle.


Something that might help in deciding how you’re doing in taking breaks is a new Statistics feature. This is within the Activity section, and includes the number of times you’ve postponed, skipped, or done breaks, and the total time spent in breaks. These amounts will start being calculated in version 2.4, so take a look after a few days. It also includes a fascinating line chart, for a graphical representation (see below).


Plus a number of other enhancements and fixes.


The app offers several break themes, which use web standards such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, so users can customize the themes as they like. Themes can also make use of local web pages, or even pages from sites on the internet, so the amount of customization available is almost unlimited.


Customization doesn’t end with appearance; Time Out can also be set to perform various actions before, during, or after a break. The app can display a notification, speak text, play a sound, or even run an Automator or AppleScript action. All actions can be chained, allowing users to set as many, or as few actions as they prefer. What’s more, these actions can be set to execute at any time, be it just before a break, after a break starts, just before a break ends, or after it’s over. A number of useful scripts are included with the app, and custom scripts created by Time Out users are also available for download from the Time Out website.


The Preferences window allows users to view the breaks and their options, and it includes buttons along the top to quickly add a break, pause all breaks, postpone or skip the upcoming break, or get help. Users can also post about the app on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visit the Dejal social media pages.


Color-coded labels can be applied to any break to visually indicate which type of break is due next. Users can also view when the break is next due, how long ago the last break was, and also use hover buttons to start, postpone, disable, skip, or delete a break. Users can also apply and edit a global keyboard shortcut to immediately start a specific break. Other options include scheduling features that set the length of a break, how often it occurs, what time of day it occurs, and even the next date and time it is due to occur.


One customization option that will be especially useful for corporate users is the ability to add any app to an Exclusions list that tells Time Out to not allow break reminders when any app included in the list is open, or is the frontmost app. This option is particularly handy when users are performing such tasks as FaceTime calls, viewing videos, or making presentations.


Time Out keeps users at their best. It reminds them to make better use of their time by taking regular breaks in order to remain mentally sharp, productive, and healthy. Version 2.4’s new features make creating, scheduling, and controlling regular breaks an easy-to-include part of any workday.


System Requirements:
* macOS Yosemite (10.10) or later; ready for High Sierra (10.13)
* 64-bit Processor
* 13.8 MB


Pricing and Availability:
Time Out 2.4 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.

Tidy Up 5 is a Full-Featured Duplicates Finder

Hyperbolic Software today is proud to announce the release of Tidy Up 5.0.2, the new generation of duplicate finding and disk tidiness app, developed exclusively for macOS. Tidy Up is a utility for Mac owners seeking to reclaim disk space taken up by duplicate files and folders. Tidy Up 5 is fully-featured and more powerful than ever, designed for pro users that need a modern and efficient tool.


Tidy Up 5 is a Full-Featured Duplicates Finder


Tidy Up 5 is completely re-engineered, and was developed focusing on efficiency. It employs a completely customizable, fast and accurate search algorithm that scans any mounted drive volume (hard drives, optical discs and portable drives) without writing an index. Tidy Up also has the capability to scan the databases of popular applications such as Lightroom, Photos, iTunes, Mail, iPhoto and Aperture.


Some of the new key features are:
* Modern and efficient interface
* Search in Lightroom
* Search for Hard Links
* Result organized by file kinds
* Result organized based on path of files (if search was performed in multiple locations)
* Automatic mark for removal
* Removal at administrator level
* Completely customizable criteria
* Search for duplicate folders
* Restore the removed (or moved) items if a mistake was made
* Report missing files for the supported apps
* Report empty folders
* Save the result to continue the cleaning job later
* Export the result to consult it in a spreadsheet app
* Plus many more


Version 5.0.2 of Tidy Up includes minor bug fixes.


Tidy Up 5 can be purchased starting from $28.99 (USD). Currently, Tidy Up 5 is available on the Company website. NFR licenses are available to members of the press. For more information, please contact Giuseppe Giunto.

Search Google Scholar for Case Law and More With DEVONagent 3.10

DEVONtechnologies today updates all editions of its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plugin for searching Google Scholar for case law and supports DuckDuckGo Bangs in its integrated web browser. It also adds more formats for sending results to DEVONthink. Extended plugin and AppleScript API enhance the options for automation. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free and recommended for all users.


Search Google Scholar for Case Law and More With DEVONagent 3.10


DEVONagent is DEVONtechnologies’ web research solution for the Mac. It finds information searching multiple sources in one go and applying powerful filters to the retrieved data. The presented results can be further processed and saved to the internal archive or handed over to other applications, e.g. DEVONthink. DEVONagent also offers a range of automating options to run searches unattended. It adds found data to the user’s archive or send reports by email.


Sophisticated research tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest result sets, and a high degree of integration and automation make DEVONagent the #1 web research tool on the Mac for scientists, lawyers, engineers, and educators.


* Get pre-filtered, organized results from many sources
* View and analyze the results the way you want
* Create reports in many formats
* Save searches so you can continue later
* Run searches unattended to stay up-to-date on important subjects


New in DEVONagent 3.10:
Version 3.10 adds a new plugin for searching Google Scholar for case law. Google Scholar indexes scholarly books, articles, abstracts, and court opinions. The update also brings new versions of plugins for searching Google Patent Search, the British Library, BBC News, Reuters, RocketNews, FindLaw, and the publications of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


For quick queries, DEVONagent Pro now supports DuckDuckgo Bangs in the internal browser. These keywords, beginning with an exclamation mark, make it easy to search a specific website. Found search results can be archived to DEVONthink now also as Markdown or HTML-based formatted note. A decluttering option removes unnecessary text and images.


Other improvements in DEVONagent Pro 3.10 include enhanced plugin and AppleScript APIs for writing new search plugins as well as for automating post-processing search results. The updated plugin editor makes it easier to create a custom plugin from code published on the DEVONtechnologies user forum. Finally, webcam and video scanner plugins recognize live streams now, too. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free for existings users and highly recommended.


System requirements:
* OS X Yosemite or later


Pricing and Availability:
All editions can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. The applications are also available in the App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be purchased in bundles with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop.


* DEVONagent Pro: US $49.95 (App Store: $49.99)
* DEVONagent Express: US $4.95 (App Store: $4.99)
* DEVONagent Lite: free

Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition) Now Available

Maintain has released Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS High Sierra 10.13.


Cocktail 11.2.1 (High Sierra Edition) Now Available


What’s New:

  • Added ability to clear boot caches
  • Added ability to clear Twitter caches
  • Added compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13.3
  • Improvements on the “Clear Internet caches” procedure
  • Improvements on the “Clear system caches” procedure
  • Improvements on the “Perform essential system maintenance” procedure
  • Improvements on the “Purge inactive memory” procedure
  • Improvements on the “Clear the hibernate (sleepimage) file” procedure
  • Improvements on the “Clear Apple system logs and diagnostic messages” procedure
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to detect Mac OS Extended (HFS+) partitions
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may disable Safari extensions
  • Addresses an issue in which VoiceOver stopped working after clearing audio components cache
  • Fixed compatibility issues with Boom 3D and McAfee Endpoint Security
  • Fixed compatibility issues with NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers
  • Fixed a bug in which Google Chrome bookmarks have been reverted to an outdated version during clearing of the Internet caches
  • “Disable support for page icons” (Interface > Safari) setting is now working properly
  • Resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release
  • Minor interface improvements
  • Updated Automator actions
  • Updated Help files


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.


Cocktail (High Sierra Edition) requires macOS High Sierra 10.13 to run. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) for macOS 10.12, Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10 and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 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.

Quit Idle Apps, Improve Control of CPU Usage with App Tamer for macOS

St. Clair Software has released a free update to its App Tamer utility for macOS. App Tamer 2.3.4 features a new option to quit idle applications and improves its control of applications’ CPU usage.


 Quit Idle Apps, Improve Control of CPU Usage with App Tamer for macOS


New features include:

  • App Tamer can now be set to quit applications after they’ve been idle in the background for a certain amount of time
  • Improved management of CPU usage for apps that have multiple sub-processes, like web browsers and Spotlight
  • When you turn on Time Machine Acceleration, App Tamer warns you if you have settings that are at cross purposes
  • App Tamer’s own CPU usage has been reduced


App Tamer’s unique AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, restarting them when you return to the app, freeing your CPU, reducing power consumption.


App Tamer will operate on any Mac running macOS 10.8 or higher, and is free to try for 15 days. A license is available for $14.95. The update is free for users who purchased App Tamer 2.x or bought App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013. For those that purchased a license before that date, the upgrade is $7.95 (USD).

CyberByte Mac Antivirus – Comprehensive Security for macOS

Independent development team CyberByte today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1, an important update to their antivirus and internet security application for macOS computers. The comprehensive security app provides protection against threats by scanning for and removing viruses, malware, and adware. The utility also scans any local network for all connected devices, allowing users to ensure that no unknown devices are connected to their network.


CyberByte Mac Antivirus - Comprehensive Security for macOS


CyberByte’s malware research team personnel are certified in malware analysis and incident response. The team updates the app’s malware patterns daily, based on currently developing malware campaigns. In addition, the app monitors the Mac Download folder, and alerts users if a downloaded file contains potential malware.


“While the Mac is generally considered to be safe and secure, there are still plenty of viruses, malware, adware and other threats lurking on the internet, ready to attack a user’s Mac,” says CyberByte CEO Calin Popescu. “My team at CyberByte has observed a 120 percent increase in Mac malware over the last year, which is why we developed CyberByte Antivirus for the Mac.”


CyberByte Antivirus is designed to be as easy as possible to use by home users, even if they don’t have much experience with computers. The app runs quietly in the background, monitoring for viruses, malware and other threats by constantly monitoring the Mac Downloads folder, ready to identify any malware that attempts to sneak its way onto the machine.


In addition to real-time monitoring for viruses and other threats, CyberByte Antivirus also offers the ability to manually scan any Mac for malware threats. Scanning for viruses by some apps can eat up large amounts of precious computing resources, slowing the computer and taking long periods of time to scan for threats. This can cause busy users to be reluctant to manually scan for threats. CyberByte’s solution quickly scans the Mac’s hard drive for possible threats, while the user can continue to work on projects and tasks, as usual.


Manual malware scans can be made in the form of a “Quick Scan,” which quickly checks critical locations on the Mac for any signs of a threat. A “Full Scan” indexes and searches the computer’s entire hard drive for malware. Meanwhile, the app’s “Adware Scan” function searches for any adware threats that could affect the macOS operating system and browsers.


Free Version Features Include:
* Virus Scan
* Adware Scan
* Network Scan
* Update Malware Patterns


Premium Version Features Include:
* Remove Virus
* Remove Adware
* Active Live Protection
* Premium Customer Support


An exclusive feature not seen in other antivirus tools is CyberBytes Antivirus’ ability to scan a local network, mapping the entire network and all of its connected devices. This ensures a hacker hasn’t taken advantage of recently discovered vulnerabilities in wireless network that allow the bad guys to hijack a network, stealing a user’s personal and business information, which can include passwords, banking and credit card information, and much more.


The “Network Scan” feature scans the network and reports back how many devices are connected to the network, returning information about the connections, including IP addresses and MAC addresses. By viewing the information, informed users can detect if an unknown device or computer has logged into their wireless network. For example, if a user knows they only have 3 devices attached to their network, (say, a Mac, 1 iPhone, and an Apple TV), they’ll be able to tell at a glance that a rogue network connection has been made.


“We here at CyberByte know you’ll find the new version of CyberByte Antivirus a valuable addition to your Mac’s protection arsenal,” continues Calin. “Our company provides security consultancy to large companies around the globe, and we give the same personal attention to our small business and home users. We look forward to receiving feedback about CyberBytes Antivirus, as we continually work to improve the app’s malware protection capabilities.”


CyberByte Antivirus will receive the OPSWAT certification of genuine antivirus solution later this month. The certification signifies the app has met all of the criteria designated for OPSWAT-certified desktop security applications.


CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively from the CyberByte website. A premium version of the app, which offers additional features is also available for $24.00.