Often apps that perform many different tasks ultimately perform none brilliantly. Once in a while, though, there comes along a developer who has a vision, creates and sells an app, listens to its users and succeeds in making that app a powerhouse without losing focus.
My favourite text expander Typinator has reached version 8 and except for its Regex capabilities, its assistant for creating forms to enter variable data in an expansion, its calculation features and its ability to set your cursor where you need it after an expansion, Typinator 8 now also offers usage statistics, literal support for inclusion of the Mac’s modifier keys in abbreviations, and time zone support.
Starting with Affinity Photo and Designer, these two apps have been updated to version 1.7 as you undoubtedly know by now. The updates have a lot in common and bring a much improved and certainly faster RAW processing engine. On my iMac 5K Retina mid-2017, they load my Sony Alpha 700 images much faster than before. The update also comes with a new demosaicing algorithm that is a bit more accurate in rendering the colours and sharpness of my old camera’s files. It should also be more effective at reducing noise and hot pixel removal, but I haven’t tested that yet. Another new feature is that you now get access to a wider colour space in Affinity Photo (great for HDR). The brush engine was rewritten as well and all-new multi-brushes were added. My personal favourite is the new symmetry mode that works with up to 32 “divisions”. Batch processing has been improved, a new assets panel is available for quick drag and drop of commonly used elements, and the layers panel has had a …
DEVONthink Pro 3 comes with a re-designed system-wide extension that lets you grab entire web pages in various formats from any web browser. When you combine it with DEVONthink’s content capabilities you’ll have an extremely powerful research annex information collection tool at your fingertips – much better than Bear app, which I am using now.
What is better? An external desk accessory that communicates with your Mac to track the time you spend on tasks and pleasure? Or an app that requires you to start and stop timers, or even an app that captures your activities, catalogues them per your instructions and – when everything’s been set up to your satisfaction — does away with having to start/stop anything yourself?
Timing is the brain child of an ex-Google developer. It’s a rare app that’s been made in Europe (Austria) to make it to the hit charts. And it does so for a reason. Timing delivers on its promise to track your activities over time automatically.
If you have OmniFocus 3 for the Mac, I’m sure you’ll have the iOS version as well. If you don’t, here are a couple of reasons why you should.
More or less out of the blue, DEVONtechnologies released its first beta of DEVONthink 3. DEVONthink is what we used to call a “freeform database manager”, which basically means its records can be anything from images to text snippets and complete documents.
New Zealand developer Swiftpoint has released its ProPoint mouse, an updated and improved version of the ergonomic SwiftPoint GT. ProPoint still has the same design that keeps RSI at bay but comes with a lot of new functionality that will especially appeal to those of us who want to work with three buttons and assign shortcuts to them.
MindManager for Mac has always been the lesser of the MindManager family. That’s been changed since Corel took over and the Mac version now is very close to the Windows version, with almost identical features, except the interchangeability with Microsoft Project and the lack of an Enterprise version.