Keep your Mac up-to-date with AppFresh


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If you’re anything like me, you like to try and keep all of your Mac’s software up-to-date. Until recently, your only options were Software Update and following software sites like MacUpdate. The newly created App Store has certainly made this easier but, like with Software Update, you’re limited to software available in the App Store […]

VersionTracker.com officially ‘absorbed’ by CNET


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Have you been to VersionTracker.com lately? If you try today, you’ll be redirected to the CNET site, where you’ll get a brief explanation that the venerable VersionTracker site is now a branded part of the CNET empire.

VersionTracker Pro, a paid feature, will be discontinued after the current subscriptions run out. The VersionTracker newsletters will continue, but they will be rebranded as CNET products. CNET has put up a page explaining the changes.

This process actually began in 2007, when CNET acquired VersionTracker, MacFixIt, and iPhone Atlas. VersionTracker goes back to 1995, when it was a Mac only site. Over time, the content expanded to include Windows software. The familiar layout of VersionTracker has been changed, and it may startle a few users. I don’t think MacFixIt was improved any by the CNET takeover, and I don’t have high hopes for VersionTracker, either, but I’m going to keep an open mind.

CNET was acquired by CBS two years ago. Other than the irritating and frequent plugs for CBS TV, the site is still useful and continues to aggressively cover all things related to tech.

If you need an alternative to VersionTracker, MacUpdate is still around, and AppFresh (based on i use this) and Logiciel are worth a look. There is also a Dashboard Widget called App Update that will check for software updates.

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NetShade 4.0 – Conceal your IP address on the web.


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NetShade is an Internet security tool which conceals your IP address on the web.

NetShade will route your web connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or NetShade’s own dedicated anonymous proxy. (The latter option is available only to registered users.) This has the effect of masking your IP address as you browse the web. Anonymous proxies are becoming very popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides a very effective and straightforward interface for this.

Vitamin-R 1.28 – Concentrate fully on one task a time and keep distractions at bay.


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Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques designed to overcome the biggest productivity challenges facing today’s new caste of creative professionals: managing attention and maintaining motivation. It complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers, by forcing you to keep attention on a single task. Vitamin-R smooths the creative process by rejecting the dusty business book notion of self discipline and fully embracing the way our brains are truly wired. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short “time slices” of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting started which allows you to break through the resistance of procrastination and creates a positive feedback loop of small achievements that get you closer to your ultimate aims. This greatly reduces the stress caused by looming deadlines and a lack of a clear direction, thus enabling you to enjoy guilt-free breaks in which you can pursue other interests. Vitamin-R provides you with the “Now & Later Board”, complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. While Vitamin-R assists you in getting on with your work, it also keeps a customizable record of your progress that can help you detect positive, as well as negative work patterns thus allowing you find the way that suits you best.

MixVibes Cross 1.4.0 – Bring more efficiency and simplicity to the mix.


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CROSS is a digital vinyl and MIDI DJ software for Windows and MAC platforms. MixVibes drew from its experience in audio engine and vinyl control design to deliver a new pro-DJ product. CROSS delivers the best of MixVibes’ know how in DJ software in a solid and back to basics package! This software will satisfy the expectations of professional DJs who need a powerful and reliable DJ tool.

Studiometry 8.0 – Oversee your business projects from start to finish.


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Store information about clients, contacts, projects, to do’s, payments, timers, invoices, reports, employees and more! Features networking, multiple employee support (with permissions and hour tracking), simultaneous search of all data, multiple currencies (with automatic exchange rate updating), multiple contacts per client, project and client statuses and categories and modifiable taxes.

Nottingham 0.98 – Take the notes and synchronize them with iPhone easily.


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In the spirit of Notational Velocity, Nottingham an elegant notepad for Mac OS X. Designed to be lightweight and easy to use, it’s a breath of fresh air perfect for storing whatever is on your mind. Best of all, it keeps your data safe by syncing to your iPhone via Simplenote.

ShareTool 2.1.1 – Access Bonjour services on home or office networks from anywhere securely.


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ShareTool: Extend Bonjour across the Internet securely. ShareTool is a fast, extremely secure, and magical way to remain connected to all your home or office networks no matter where you are physically. While connected with ShareTool, many shared (Bonjour-enabled) services on your remote home or office network automatically appear in your Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and tons of other applications (just as they would if you were physically located at that network). For example, let’s assume you’re away for business or on vacation somewhere. With ShareTool, you would be able to:

  • encrypt all of your web traffic and route it through your home network.
  • listen to your entire home iTunes music library,
  • control the screen of any of your home computers,
  • grab that important file you forgot to bring with you,
  • connect to your FileMaker Pro database,
  • connect to your complete home iPhoto library,
  • print on your home computer,
  • and a whole lot more.

In addition, ShareTool 2 now supports connecting to multiple networks at the same time. There no longer is a limit to the number of networks you can be connected to simultaneously. Who uses ShareTool? ShareTool was designed and developed for all Mac users and many have come to rely on it’s performance and dependability. There is almost no technical know-how required and 99% of all ShareTool setups are completed with just one mouse click.

Many businesses and I.T. administrators depend on ShareTool to provide reliable and secure remote support at all times.

Lot of individuals also rely on ShareTool for assisting friends / family members and for having complete access to their own network quickly and easily. Any Mac user looking for a secure and dependable way to have complete access to their network anytime and anywhere can be a ShareTool user. The ShareTool experience is so transparent and magical, it’s almost as if you never left your own network. Being in more than one place at the same time is certainly possible when using ShareTool 2. Wherever you go, there are your Macs.

TimeBoxed 1.3 – Timer with light user interface & notifications when time is up.


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TimeBoxed is a timer to get things done!

Very light user interface that doesn’t disturb you while you work.

You can choose from a variety of alerts to notify you when time is up: sound, speech alert, visual animations, Growl messages…

It supports Applescript: you can write your own scripts to automate TimeBoxed.

SpiderOak Mac 3.7.97 – Upload media from any number of devices to your SpiderOak network.


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SpiderOak is a cross-platform, multi-computer online backup, centralization, and sharing system coded in Python and C. Capabilities include comprehensive “zero knowledge” encryption, space efficient preservation of historical versions of files, and access to files across all computers from any device. Backed up folders may be include in web “Share Rooms” for easy sharing/collaboration. Great emphasis is made towards triviality of installation and operation.

Safari Cookies 1.5.1 – Create a whitelist of your favorite cookies & more.


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Safari Cookies is the only cookie manager built for Mac OS X 10.5+ to integrate directly into Safari, for minimum disruption to your browsing experience.

Main Features

  • Automatically manage your cookies – only keep cookies from sites which are in your BookMarks, TopSites, or History
  • Save favorite cookies to a whitelist
  • Automatically remove non favorite cookies when quitting Safari
  • Remove all Flash cookies
  • Remove all Google Analytics cookies
  • Export/Import favorite domains
  • Search cookies
  • Localized for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

PaperCut NG 10.5.11681 – Perform the quota & monitoring of your print.


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PaperCut NG for Mac is a print quota, charging, logging and monitoring tool designed for print management on multi-user networks. The software has been in use to manage printing in Windows environments since 1999 and this is PaperCut Software’s first Mac release. The software works by integrating via CUPS and supports advanced feature such as popup client, share accounts, print job filtering based on document attributes, LDAP integration, and release station for secure printing. The Mac version has all the same features as the successful Windows and Linux versions.

OnyX 2.1.8b1 – Optimize and personalize your system.


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OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X. It allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock and of some of Apple’s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome and more.