Things, Butler, Simplify

updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed May 14, 2014 | Posted in Apps

Things 2.2.6 ($50) - Things is a task management tool that can help users organize all of the chores that they need to finish. The software also features several collaboration features that can be used to delegate tasks to different members of a team. The v2.2.6 update fixes a bug that could cause logged projects to become unlogged when re-downloading a database. [Download - 17.9MB]

Butler 4.1.17 ($20) - Butler can be configured to help users perform a wide variety of recurring tasks. Version 4.1.17 now requires OS X 10.7 or later and includes fixes for several reported bugs. In addition, Keystrokes Smart Items now allow the current pasteboard to be used via Cmd-v keystroke, provided that a sufficiently long delay is added in front of the keystroke. [Download - 2.2MB]

Simplify 3.0.3 ($5) - Simplify is a small utility for controlling music playback from Spotify, Rdio, and iTunes. A new option to always show the detached mini-player on the desktop has been added in this update. A problem with jackers mouse events handling has also been resolved, along with minor performance issues with mini-player drawing. [Download - 3.4MB]

Timings 2.0 ($40) - Timings is a tool for keeping track of time spent working for various clients. All of the tracked data can also be exported to GrandTotal, as well as other software, for quickly creating invoices and tracking payments. Version 2.0 introduces a brand new graphical calendar with a single window interface. The latest release also now requires OS X 10.9 or later. [Download - 3.2MB]

Vitamin-R 2.13 ($30) - Vitamin-R is a collection of productivity tools that can help users break up larger projects into smaller tasks. A "now and later" feature is also included, which allows users to jot down ideas to work on later. This release introduces preliminary support for OS X Reminders. While the update lets users set Reminders, it does not currently allow users to make them as complete when a time slice is completed. [Download - 17.2MB]

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