Posts tagged ‘Utility’

SSD Health Check for macOS Now Available

B-Eng today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of SSD Health Check 1.0, the company’s new hard drive utility for Mac OS X. As the name implies, SSD Health check is able to alert the user when their solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits. SSD Health Check reports data such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses and power cycles as well as the number of uncorrectable errors and wear level count or parameters such as erase fail count.

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“A lot of people are not aware that an SSD fails over time as well, even if are mechanically more stable than a conventional hard disk,” According to Christian Schaffner, General Manager of B-Eng. “While a conventional hard disk may break due to mechanical impact and general wear of the mechanical components, a solid state disk has a limited life time due to the repeated write cycles. Power losses, high operating temperature and excessive writing/erasing for example are shortening the life span of an SSD even more. While SSD Health Check doesn’t increase the life span of a solid state disk, it may deliver critical information that allows the user to replace their SSD before it becomes unreliable or even dies.”

 

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.7 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 3.0 MB

 

SSD Health Check 1.0 is only $0.99 and available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Introducing ZipTite – A New Way to Zip, Share and Protect Your Files

SpriTec Software, the makers of SuperTab, today is proud to announce the release of ZipTite, a new Mac utility App that brings a new way of creating and sharing Zip Archives to the Mac. ZipTite is something different:

 

* It lives in the Menu Bar
* It is always available
* It uses the simplicity of drag-and-drop to create Zip Archives
* It can password-protect Zip Archives
* It intelligently names Zip Archives

 

And yet, creating Archives is just the start of what ZipTite does: after creation, it can automatically place Archives in any folder or share them via Email, Air Drop, Dropbox, iCloud, Text Message and FTP. When ZipTite is installed and run, it places a new ZipTite icon in the Menu Bar. This provides users with two key benefits:

 

* Users create Archives by simply selecting files and dragging them to the ZipTite Menu Bar icon
* Since ZipTite lives in the Menu Bar, it is immediately available 100% of the time – There is no need to ever launch it again

 

These benefits make creating Zip Archives easy, intuitive, convenient and instant. In addition to its unique ease-of-use, ZipTite also boasts features not found in other products. And these features make ZipTite more than just “another App that can zip files.”

 

* ZipTite can create password-protected Zip Archives
* ZipTite intelligently names Archives based on the files being archived
* ZipTite can automatically send Archives to various types of Destinations

 

It is this ability to send Zip Archives to various Destinations that really sets ZipTite apart from both the Finder and from other Zip-making Apps. As part of the Archive creation process, users choose a Destination. This is either a place where ZipTite will put the Archive or a way by which the users can share the Archive.

 

Here is a full list of Destinations:
* The Desktop
* Alongside the files being archived
* Into a new “Backups” folder
* Into any folder on their Mac
* Into their Dropbox
* Up to their iCloud Drive
* Attached to a new Email
* Shared via Apple’s Messages App
* Shared via Air Drop
* Uploaded to any FTP Server

 

Users no longer have to do all the heavy lifting of creating an archive, waiting for it to finish, re-naming it, then moving it here or uploading it there. Not to mention trying to use the Terminal’s command-line to try to password-protect it. Instead, users can just use ZipTite and let it do all the work in one shot. More impressive is that choosing a Destination is all part of the drag-and-drop process of creating a Zip Archive. Users simply:

 

1) Drag the files they want to archive onto the ZipTite icon in the Menu Bar.
2) Pause briefly until the list of Destinations appears.
3) Drop the files onto the desired Destination.

 

That’s it! ZipTite then creates the Zip Archive, names it, potentially applies a password, and then routes the Archive to the selected Destination.

 

Configurability:
Even though ZipTite is simple to use, it doesn’t mean users have to give up fine-grained control. Users have full control over the various ways ZipTite automatically names Archives and what password it automatically applies, if any. This means there are no additional steps to creating Zip Archives. It is literally a drag-and-drop-and-you’re-done process. The zip is created, named, protected (if desired) and then sent to the chosen Destination.

 

At the same time, if users wants to create a Zip Archive with a one-off name or password they can achieve this too. They simply drag the files to archive and drop them directly onto the ZipTite Menu Bar icon. This brings up a window where users can provide the name and password they want as well as choose a Destination. ZipTite then creates the Zip Archive, names it, applies the password, and then routes the Archive to the chosen Destination.

 

This combination of approaches means that creating Zip Archives with ZipTite most of the time is truly just a drag-and-drop process while also giving users full on-the-fly control when they need it.

 

Flexibility:
Users can customize ZipTite to suit their own workflow by configuring existing Destinations or creating new ones.

 

Dropbox example:
When users use the Dropbox Destination to create a Zip Archive, ZipTite places the Archive into their Dropbox as they’d expect. However, they can configure the Dropbox Destination to also copy a Dropbox Share Link of the Archive onto their Mac’s Clipboard.

 

Nice:
Even better, they can configure the Destination to also create a new Email or Text Message pre-populated with the Dropbox Share Link, complete with a suitable subject and body. This makes it quite easy to share links to their documents by way of Dropbox.

 

Email Example:
Say a user often sends documents to a co-worker. In this case, they can create a new Email Destination and configure it with their co-worker’s email address. Then, they simply drag the files to send to their co-worker onto the ZipTite icon and drop them on this new Email Destination. ZipTite then zips up the files and attaches the Archive to a newly created email that is already pre-addressed to their co-worker. All they need to do is send the email. It’s that simple!

 

Unexpected Benefits:
ZipTite is being used to do more than just create Archives; it is becoming a powerful file-sharing tool. “Our initial goal was to make it easy to create password-protected Zip Archives,” explains Ando Sonenblick, CEO of SpriTec Software. “And we did that. What we didn’t expect is that ZipTite is changing how users share their files: They used to manually attach files to emails. But not any more. Now they are sharing Zip Archives of the files. Why? Because ZipTite makes it easier! It’s simply easier to drag files onto ZipTite and drop them onto an Email Destination to send them. It’s easier to drop the files onto the Air Drop Destination to share them with someone nearby. It’s easier to drop the files onto the Dropbox Destination and in one fell swoop upload it to Dropbox, create a Dropbox Share Link, and attach the link to a new Text Message or Email. Plus, our users are now able to share larger files because ZipTite compresses them. It’s turned out to be a double-win for everyone.”

 

ZipTite 1.0 is free to download and comes with a 15-day free trial. Users can purchase ZipTite for $4.99 (USD) during its 50%-Off Introductory sale, which runs until March 1, 2017. Also included with the purchase are Free Upgrades to all 1.x Versions of ZipTite and Lifetime Technical Support.

Cocktail 10.1.4 (Sierra Edition) Released

Maintain today is proud to announce the release of Cocktail 10.1.4 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Sierra Edition).

 

What’s New:
* Improvements on the “Delete localization files” procedure
* Fixed compatibility issues with Logic Pro X audio units plug-ins
* Fixed a bug in which network optimization for Fiber connection type could not be applied
* Fixed a bug in which some items in /private/tmp folder were not deleted during clearing of the temporary files
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may unexpectedly quit while rebuilding XPC helper agent caches
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may report problems with srm utility
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail don’t work properly if the System Events process is not running
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail could not force empty the Trash, error -362 (The Trash contains more than 2000 items)
* Addresses an issue in which Pilot scheduler could not be enabled, error -114 (Home directory not found in the /Users folder)
* Overall performance improvements

 

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 Gatekeeper
* 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

 

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.

Unmarked Software Offers Holiday Discount on TextSoap

Unmarked Software today announced Holiday Special 35% Discount on TextSoap 8, their award winning macOS productivity tool created to help users automate tedious text processing. TextSoap effortlessly cleans text documents, skipping past the repetitive work of manually fixing up various text issues with a simple click.

 

“TextSoap appeals to professionals and hobbyists alike, making it a great gift for yourself or that power user in your life,” said Mark Munz, founder and CEO of Unmarked Software, Inc.

 

TextSoap 8, the company’s award-winning flagship product, is the premier text processing tool for macOS, providing a range of features to clean up garbled or mis-formatted text, while maintaining character styles. Users no longer have to compromise their text fonts or styles to use automated text manipulations. TextSoap also supports Unicode, making it easy for work with international text.

 

The latest update, TextSoap 8.2.1, includes improved support for macOS Sierra, several new features to help create more advanced regular expressions and introduced new online help documentation and tutorials. All this and more makes it easier for customers to create custom solutions as well as learn more about many of the key features of the product.

 

TextSoap 8 is available at a Holiday Special price of $29.24 USD (35% off regularly price $45) for individual licenses and $42.24 (35% off regularly price $65) for family packs through December 31, 2016. Family packs are intended for same household use and not businesses. This offer is only available on licenses purchased directly from Unmarked Software’s online store. Any registered owner of TextSoap can upgrade at discounted pricing, starting at $24 (USD). Educational discounts are also available.

 

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Maintain Releases Cocktail 10.1.2 (Sierra Edition)

Maintain today announced the release of Cocktail 10.1.2 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Sierra Edition).

Maintain Releases Cocktail 10.1.2 (Sierra Edition)

What’s New:
* Added ability to customize the layout – change the number of rows and columns of icons – of Launchpad (Interface – Misc)
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to display Time Machine log (System – Time Machine)
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to delete items from encrypted disk images (System – Trash)
* Resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release
* 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.

 

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 Gatekeeper
* 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

 

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.

MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3 – Uninstalls Anything

Independent software developer, Reggie Ashworth has announced the release and immediate availability of MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X available via the Mac App Store. With a simple Drag & Drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

 

MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3 - Uninstalls Anything

 

You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later date. The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will not be removed from your computer until you empty them from your trash. Note: items requiring an administrator password must be deleted manually to comply with App Store guidelines, but this can be done quickly by clicking the reveal button in the AppDelete Lite Info panel, revealing in Finder, and moving them to the trash.

 

Version 4.0 has been 100% redesigned and updated and just one look will show you that this is an entirely new AppDelete Lite. AppDelete Lite Version 4.3 will run on Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, and macOS Sierra, and here are a few of the new features included:

 

New in Version 4.3:
* Now optimized for macOS Sierra
* Runs on Lion up to Sierra
* Bumped version number to equal AppDelete
* New icon and graphics
* New App Reset tool
* New Clear Logs tool
* Improved search algorithm
* Improved window design
* Numerous visual tweaks
* Localization updates
* Optimizations, bug-fixes, and improvements throughout…

 

Feature Highlights:
* Optimized for Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan/macOS Sierra
* Helps delete Apps, Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins, Screensavers, or anything that can be uninstalled and their associated items
* Fifteen included languages (English, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, and Swedish)
* 64-bit performance
* Finds associated items that are visible, invisible, or hidden automatically
* Quick panels with filtering in the menu (Name, Size, Kind, Creation Date, Last Used Date)
* Pathnames in AppDelete Lite Info panel are clickable and will Reveal in Finder
* Icons in AppDelete Lite Info panel are clickable and will show Finder Get Info panel
* Quick panels have a search field to find items fast
* Can drop folders onto AppDelete Lite to find items inside for deletion
* Detects Apps and other items placed in trash
* Archive feature for safekeeping and transferring items to another Mac
* Log to record all activity
* Preference to protect Default apps
* And more…

 

AppDelete Lite 4.3 is only $3.99 (USD) for purchase via the Mac App Store. It is also possible for AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99 (USD) but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website. And users running OS 10.6.6 – 10.7.2 will still receive AppDelete Lite Version 3.2.10 from the App Store.

Command-Tab Plus for OS X is The Keyboard-Centric Application Switcher

Note-Ify Apps has released Command-Tab Plus 1.0 for macOS. Command-Tab Plus their alternative for the Mac’s built-in Command-Tab app switcher.

 

Command-Tab Plus for OS X is The Keyboard-Centric Application Switcher

 

When working with a lot of apps that run simultaneously, switching between them becomes a problem, because it is often time-consuming. Command-Tab Plus is designed to let you switch between apps in a faster and more convenient way.

 

* Quick switch between applications:
Use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. This will significantly save you time.

 

* Isolated workspaces:
When using Command-Tab Plus, it displays only the icons of the apps running on the current display or space. Thus, it isolates the apps in one space, and the apps in other spaces. Of course, you can disable this function in the app’s settings.

 

* Hide the apps you’re not using:
By default, Command-tab Plus hides the icons of all inactive (hidden) apps. This function allows you to quickly switch between the apps you are using at the moment, so you will not be distracted by the other apps. The Command-Tab Plus settings let you enable the hidden apps to be shown, thus, the inactive apps icons will be marked (semitransparent) and displayed at the end of the list.

 

* Configure the shortcuts:
The Command-Tab Plus settings allow setting up a keyboard shortcut, press it and you will see a switcher window. Besides, you can configure Command-Tab Plus to be shown up instead of a “regular” window to switch between applications. Or you can setup another shortcut to use simultaneously with the regular app switcher. Command-Tab Plus works similarly to the “regular” switcher. It helps to organize the work with spaces and external displays in a better and more rational way.

 

* Customizing the appearance:
The Command-Tab Plus settings allow setting a theme colour, a highlighted element colour, a window frame colour and icon sizes. Basically, you can customize it.

 

Command-Tab Plus is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 7 days. After 7 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. Users can take advantage of an introductory registration price of only $7.95 (USD), which is good through November of 2016.

Cocktail 10.1.1 Offers Support for macOS Sierra

Maintain today is pleased to announce the release of Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra 10.12. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Sierra Edition).

 

Cocktail 10.1.1 Offers Support for macOS Sierra

 

What’s New:
* Added ability to disable Gatekeeper

 

Gatekeeper is a feature in macOS designed to help protect your Mac from malware and misbehaving apps downloaded from the Internet. Though most Mac users will want to keep Gatekeeper enabled for security purposes, some advanced users find that Gatekeeper is overly zealous in preventing third party apps from being used in macOS.

 

The Gatekeeper settings can be found in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Gatekeeper offers two settings of increasing security: “App Store” and “App Store and identified developers”. The first choice limits users to running apps obtained from the App Store only, the second choice allows users to run apps from the App Store as well as from software developers who have registered with Apple and securely sign their applications. By disabling Gatekeeper you can add third “Anywhere” option that allows users to launch applications from any source.

 

* Fixed compatibility issues with System Integrity Protection and EtreCheck
* Addresses an issue in which Cocktail could unexpectedly quit when run on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Developer Beta 2

 

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 Gatekeeper
* 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

 

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.