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All things macOS that make creatives’ lives easier and more efficient, i.e. backup hardware, storage media, productivity software and more.

Bear app gets encryption

Bear app gains encryption

A slim note taker with markdown capabilities at its core, Bear by Shiny Frog has gained a considerable advantage over its competitors. Mac and iOS app Bear is well known for its bare (sounds like bear but no pun intended) interface that stays out of the way as you gather your thoughts, web pages, recipes, checklists and anything else you can jot down in wordy format — with or without images. The newest version has full encryption capabilities.

Klokki time tracker Review

Klokki is the third time tracker for the Mac that I review this year and it’s one of the best. It promises rule-based automatic tracking and it delivers on that promise. Klokki lives in your menubar and after you have set it up for a specific app or job category, it will work on its own. Unlike Timing, Klokki is meant to focus on work, not necessarily on how you spend your day, as Timing is. And unlike Timeular, it isn’t subscription-based and works always. Klokki doesn’t auto-track time that you don’t spend working on your Mac, though.

Hook, your captain of file associations on the Mac

In Scrivener, you can cross-reference from one document within a project to another. That’s very useful for all kinds of publications, but those cross-references only exist within the Scrivener document, so you’re stuck at a level that you can’t apply this concept on task management or project workflows. Hook is a background app that enables this kind of cross-referencing for all types of workflow you can imagine.

Best PDF editor with the most features: PDFpenPro 11

If you need a PDF editor, you’ll have the option of buying one of at least two popular apps for the Mac: PDF Expert or PDFpenPro. I always thought PDF Expert is more than sufficient for whatever it is you’d like to do with PDFs, but after trying out PDFpenPro 11 I’m convinced you’ll do better with the latter. It has more — useful — features and is more powerful overall. The only thing that I would like to see more of in this app is better support for shortcut keys.

Ulysses 17, new version of the text editor for Macs

Ulysses to reach version 17, adding new styles and improvements

Ulysses 17, the upcoming latest version of the text and markdown editor for Mac, iPad and iPhone receives new keyword management on the iOS platform, four new export styles, a revamped full-screen mode on the iPad and improved image caption support. The update is free for existing subscribers and we expect it for release on August 19, 2019.
 It will offer better management of large collections of sheets (think academic research) and better support of research that requires documents to have large numbers of images and be output to a specific output style. By the way: new customers will get 50% off on the first year of Ulysses. The offer applies to the yearly subscription and runs from today to August 15… Keyword management on iOS In spring, Ulysses (review here) for the Mac gained the ability to manage your keywords. This feature is now also coming to the iPhone and iPad. We will be able to can edit or delete keywords, customise their colours, as well as merge several keywords into one. We’ll also …

Review of the ToughTech Secure m3 encrypted external disk drive

CRU ToughTech Secure m3 Review

The ToughTech Secure m3 is an external, 2.5in drive enclosure for encrypted file storage. It comes with three hardware encryption keys. The company also offers to buy an encryption key creator tool for when you need to generate your own keys.