Flashcard Hero 1.9 - Elegant yet versatile study aid. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 21:10

Flashcard Hero is a study app that lets you make your own flash cards and take the pressure out of test preparation. It keeps track of what facts you already know so you can focus on what you don't know, saving a lot of time.

Beyond your average vocabulary app: Flashcard Hero is for those of you who want to fit more than a few words on each card. You can add lists and use text formatting to structure your content. Cards even expand as you add more text, so you can take notes during class and turn them into study cards later.

More features:

  • Topics allow grouping cards by text book chapters
  • Lists and formatting on cards
  • Many deck cover styles
  • Difficulty level for each card
  • Detailed summary of each study session

Version 1.9:
  • Millions of ready-made flashcards at your fingertips: import cards directly from Cram.com and Quizlet.com (File -> Import)
  • Compatibility with OS X 10.10
  • Keyboard shortcut Cmd-Ctrl-S to study a deck (along with a File menu entry)
  • Spellchecker suggestions are now shown right at the top of the card context menu (Control-click on a misspelled word)
  • Solved problem with "special characters" copied from a PDF file preventing a deck from opening
  • Improved TSV file export

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Parallels Desktop 10.1 - Run Windows apps without rebooting. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 21:06

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence.

Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop.

Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.

Version 10.1:

Note: Parallels Desktop 10 is a $49.99 paid upgrade for owners of version 7 or later; it is a free upgrade for version 9 customers who purchased their copy after August 1, 2014. The full product will be available starting August 26, 2014.
  • Resolves an issue with Parallels Desktop canceling Mac shutdown
  • Resolves issues with missing shortcuts to virtual disks on the Mac desktop.
  • Resolves a number of issues with visual artifacts in Coherence
  • Resolves issues with application window focus in Coherence
  • Resolves an issue with Metro apps not launching on Windows
  • Resolves an issue with an error splitting a virtual hard disk
  • Resolves an issue with Ubuntu 12.04 crashing on restart after Parallels Tools installation
  • Resolves an issue with the NumLock key not staying ON
  • Resolves an issue with EFI boot enabled virtual machines not starting
  • Resolves an issue with the Parallels Tools prl_tg driver failing to install
  • Resolves an issue with high CPU usage when connecting a USB device to a virtual machine
  • Resolves an issue with the Solid Edge program crashing in a virtual machine

  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 15GB of available disk space for Windows.
  • Full System Requirements and supported OSes

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Hider 2.1.2 - Hide, encrypt, and password-protect your data. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:59

Hider is an app that lets you hide, encrypt, and password-protect private data on your Mac. Just launch Hider, enter your password, and select a file to add to the Hider vault. Once added, you can toggle between hidden and visible with just a click of a switch; no one can see or find your files with Finder or Spotlight when hidden in Hider. And upon hiding your file, Hider automatically AES-256 encrypts it, too. It makes your data incredibly secure!

Hider has an array of organizational features that make keeping track of your hidden data a piece of cake. It has:

  • Finder tags compatibility;
  • the ability to hide entire folders;
  • the ability for users to create custom groups;
  • and in-app note-taking called Secure Notes.
The app also has several nifty accessibility features, like
  • global shortcut keys;
  • a menu bar icon;
  • a quick-look preview mode;
  • and Finder integration.
Users can also hide and encrypt their data onto an external drive if they wish. This external drive support allows for a complete disconnection of data, giving the user an added extra layer of security. With Hider, you needn't worry about someone uncovering private data on your Mac. It makes it so that your private data stays private, and yet accessible to you and you alone.

Hider is safe, secure, and incredibly easy to use. Download it now and never again worry about your private data going public.

Version 2.2 (2.1.2):

Note: The demo version is currently at 2.1.2. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 2.2.
  • Completely redesigned and optimised for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • All known issues addressed.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Airmail 2 - Powerful, minimal email client. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:47
Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.

Version 2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Tunnelblick 3.4.1 - GUI for OpenVPN. (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:40

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections.

It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.

Version 3.4.1:

  • OS X 10.4 or later

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Call Recorder for Skype 2.5.11 - Record Skype audio and video calls. (Shareware)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:31

Call Recorder for Skype is an add-on for Skype which automatically transforms your audio and video calls into recordings. It's great for lessons, interviews, podcasts, or just having fun.


  • Manually start/stop/pause, or record automatically.
  • Control file size and quality.
  • Widescreen HD video format.
  • State-of-the-art H.264 and AAC file formats save space.
  • Convert your calls to MP3 format.
  • Uncompressed option for highest quality.
  • Add time-indexed notes to recordings.
  • Try before you buy.

Version 2.5.11:
  • Now requires OS X 10.8 or later (Legacy versions for older OS's are available on the Customer Center page upon purchasing.)
  • Fixes for Skype 7 compatibility

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Skype 6.15 or later

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Totals 3.0.2 - Create stylish invoices and more. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:26

Totals is a full-featured invoice application for SOHO or business users. Designed from scratch for the power and beauty of the Mac OS, it makes life easy for its users.

Totals is a combination of powerful features and a simple user interface. Every single step, every single process is well thought-out. One window for each database--create invoices, estimates, catalogs, and items; add clients and suppliers; even design layouts--all in one window.

Version 3.0.2:

Note: Users who purchased Totals 2 after 31 May 2014 are eligible for a free upgrade. All other users can still enjoy the discounted price of $74.
  • Define your own credit and debit document types.
  • Separate taxable and non-taxable clients.
  • Enter quantities as multiplication like cm x cm = cm2.
  • Setup price rules for items to serve different client conditions automatically.
  • Attach external files to your documents, projects, clients, and inventory items.
  • Create smart folders with filters, to focus instantly on the relevant.
  • Maintain customer relations, now - better - by setting up smart folders for clients.
  • Generate descriptive reports: it's as easy as listing the content of smart folders.
  • Take full control of your payments by distinguishing between incoming and outgoing payments.
  • Code your own layout with Totals' new Javascript engine.
  • Merge multiple documents into one document.
  • Create templates for frequently used line item combinations.
  • Use placeholders in headers and footers also, now: make your workflow more dynamic.
  • Display specific payment condition texts based on the invoice's preferred payment type.
  • Customize line items by using custom fields.
  • Experience the overall improvements in the user interface.
  • Configure Totals more easily through the new settings view.
  • Link related documents with each other and follow up the history of your entries.
  • Browse through your records faster by using the new built-in navigation.
  • Calculate more precisely by controlling price rounding thresholds.
  • Design layouts in place without leaving the current context and opening the layout designer.
  • Handle down-payments and overdue payments easier in the improved client payments section.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Magic Number 2.5.0 - A better calculator. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:05
Magic Number is a better calculator in every way.
  • A better view of your calculation.
  • More intuitive to enter and edit.
  • Easier for everyday use.
  • More capable for advanced problems.
Seeing is everything:
  • Your calculation is beautifully and mathematically formatted. Everything is easier to understand.
  • You see the whole expression. You are less likely to make mistakes.
  • To see it bigger, just resize the window.
  • You also have extensive viewing options.
Enter naturally and quickly:
  • Enter the way you see it. For example: 2 sin 9 + 3 On a typical calculator, you enter: 2 x 9 sin + 3 On others, you enter: 2 * sin(9) + 3 On Magic Number: 2 sin 9 + 3
  • Lots of easy and convenient shortcuts.
  • Yes, you can press X to multiply.
Edit without thinking:
  • It's faster and easier than any editor!
  • Made a mistake? Just click and type over it.
  • You can navigate with just the left or right arrow keys.
Calculate intelligently:
  • You can work with any type of numbers:
    fractions, percentages, and even complex numbers.
  • Magic Number can solve linear algebraic equations.
    Enter: 100 - ? = 55. Result: ? = 45
    Enter: 240 - ? % = 192. Result: ? = 20
  • With 'History', you can reuse previous calculations.
  • Use 'Data' to add a list of numbers quickly.
Lots of useful features:
  • Over 100 functions
  • 25 digits accuracy
  • 10 memories (variables)
  • 4 customizable tax rates
  • Over 50 scientific constants
  • Statistics (via 'Data')
  • Linear regression (via '2D-data')
  • Matrix (Inverse, determinant, linear equations via Gauss-Jordan Elimination)

Version 2.5.0:
  • Refinements for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Another Apple event, still no new black MacBook

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 20:00
I want a black MacBook, you want a black MacBook, we all want black MacBooks, so where is our black MacBook? We got a lot of cool things at yesterday's special event, including an über iMac, a more powerful yet less expensive Mac mini, and of...
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Slashdot: Apple - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 19:32
theodp writes "Good artists copy, great artists steal," Steve Jobs used to say. Having launched a perfectly-timed attack against Samsung and phablets with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Leonid Bershidsky suggests that the next big thing from Apple will be a tablet-laptop a la Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. "Before yesterday's Apple [iPad] event," writes Bershidsky, "rumors were strong of an upcoming giant iPad, to be called iPad Pro or iPad Plus. There were even leaked pictures of a device with a 12.9-inch screen, bigger than the Surface Pro's 12-inch one. It didn't come this time, but it will. I've been expecting a touch-screen Apple laptop for a few years now, and keep being wrong.

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Feeder 2.5.5 - Create, edit, and publish RSS feeds. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 17:51

Feeder is a full-featured application for creating, editing, and publishing RSS and iTunes podcast feeds. Here are just some of its many features:
  • Create, download, and import RSS 2.0 and iTunes podcast feeds.
  • Full support for the iTunes RSS podcasting extensions.
  • Drag and drop enclosure files to create new items.
  • Automatically tag audio and video files with artwork, artist, etc., in all popular podcast formats including MP3s, M4As, M4Vs, and QuickTime movies.
  • Quick and easy feed editing with auto-complete, templates, HTML tags, and previews.
  • Customizable interface easily adapts to the task at hand.
  • Upload artwork and enclosure files when publishing.
  • Publish to FTP, FTP-SSL, SFTP, WebDAV, or Amazon S3 servers.
  • Post to a weblog when publishing.
  • Share new content on Twitter and Facebook.

Version 2.5.5:
  • Updated iTunes Store podcast preview for iTunes 12 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fixed a problem where feeds uploaded via SFTP could be truncated at 128 MB.
  • Fixed a problem validating a feed online.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Droool 1.2 - Browse thousands pictures from your social network. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 17:48
Droool is a place you could browse thousands of visual inspirations and hot pictures across all social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Dribbble, Tumblr, RSS feeder, etc.
  • Browse latest pictures from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Dribbble, etc.
  • Discover cool pictures with #tags or Author names.
  • Update pictures from RSS feeders.
  • Index pictures from local folders like iPhoto library, iCloud folders, Dropbox folders, etc.
  • One Click to download pictures from social networks.
  • Advanced tagging and stack organising features.
  • Easily share pictures through email, AirDrop, Message, Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, etc.

Version 1.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Caturday: Douglas is very possessive of his Apple products

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 16:00
You can't blame a cat for hogging all of the computer equipment in a house. After all, you probably pay more attention to the electronics than you do to your cat (or at least the cat will think so...), so he's going to try to do his best to grab all...
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Mobile This Week: iPads upgraded; Nexus 6 and 9 launched

theAppleBlog - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 15:12
A busy week in mobile devices pitted Google and Apple against each other: Both introduced new hardware. Apple's iPads got upgrades, although one wasn't compelling, while Google is spotlighting Android 5.0…
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Sixty Vocab: unfathomably slow way to learn a new language

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 14:30
Sixty Vocab is a tool for learning foreign languages that incorporates a mixture of study sessions and games to help train your brain. Its purpose is not to learn the entire language, but rather just the most common vocabulary words so it's easy to...
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Full video from Vanity Fair Jony Ive interview on design, Steve Jobs, and more now available

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 04:16

Last week Jony Ive took part in an interview during Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit where he discussed topics such as his views on product design, development of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs, and more. Today the magazine made the full 25-minute video from the interview available for viewing.

In the interview, Ive calls the fact that some other companies copy Apple’s product design style “theft” and gives more insight into the process behind why (and how) the first iPhone featured a large touchscreen display when other phones of the day were getting smaller and smaller. He also discusses his first experience with an Apple product and how to led to his current career in design.

You can watch the full video below:

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PSA: You can still upgrade the RAM in the Retina iMac, save hundreds over Apple’s price

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 03:01

Yesterday Apple released a new version of the Mac Mini that no longer features user-servicable RAM, but thankfully the new iMac with Retina 5K display still allows users to upgrade memory through an access door on the back, just like previous models. The new machine houses four memory slots.

Apple’s BTO Prices

If you want to upgrade your memory, you can get 16 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM for $136.50 (about $30 off) at Amazon (below). The kit comes with two 8 GB modules, meaning you can grab two of these kits for a total of 32 GB for around $270. Not a bad deal at all, given that some outlets are charging just under $400 for the same memory—never mind the comical $600 Apple is asking. (Comical in that the 1st 2x8GB kit costs $200 and the second one costs $400 more :/)

The Crucial RAM at Amazon (or other upgrade kitss that are around) will also give you 2 extra 4GB Sims which you can sell or keep in case of emergency.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: Mac Mini, memory, RAM, Retina iMac, Upgrade

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iFixit tears down the new Retina iMac, finds it largely unchanged over previous versions

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 02:33

via iFixit

The folks over at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of Apple’s new 27″ Retina iMacs, and, as they are wont to do, immediately opened it up to find out what makes these things tick. Inside they found that most of the internal components are actually somewhat familiar.

The SSD inside the new iMac is the same unit found inside the latest-generation MacBook Pro, while the logic board, Bluetooth controller, and more are identical to that of previous iMacs. In fact, in the case of the logic board, iFixit didn’t even document the dissection, instead referring back to the previous year’s teardown.

Obviously there are new components in play here, especially the processor, GPU, and display hardware. The custom timing controller Apple boasted about during the keynote was present, and iFixit notes that this appears to be a modified version of a Parade Technologies DP665 controller. The display panel itself was built by LG.

You can find more photos along with more specifics like model numbers for every component on iFixit.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: iFixit, Retina iMac, teardown

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LetterPop gets an "A" for awesome

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 00:30
In LetterPop players compete against other players in turn-based matches to create the longest words from a random assortment of 15 letters. There are three rounds lasting 90 seconds each, that players compete to get the highest score from before the...
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American Express publishes new web page explaining Apple Pay setup and purchases

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 00:26

American Express has published a new web page explaining the benefits of Apple Pay to cardholders and providing directions on how to setup the payment system, which won’t actually be available until next week. The page also points out that American Express cardholders will be able to get the same rewards and other perks that usually come with a credit card when using the card through Apple Pay.

The page says that customers will have a “seamless connection” to the American Express app and lists a few stores where NFC payments will be accepted. The page was emailed to cardholders today in preparation for the release of the software update on Monday.

iOS 8.1 will include other enhancements to the system software, including the return of the Camera Roll, the ability to use Handoff with Macs running Yosemite, and SMS Relay for reading and sending “green bubble” messages from your Mac or iPad.

Filed under: iOS Tagged: American Express, Apple pay

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