PopClip, OmniOutliner, Clarify

updated 10:06 am EDT, Thu August 7, 2014 | Posted in Apps

PopClip 1.5 ($5) - PopClip adds a new popover menu to OS X that displays whenever text is selected on a Mac. From the popover users can cut, copy, and paste text, as well as perform a web search based on selected text, get dictionary definitions, and more. Version 1.5 forgoes the iOS6-style gloss, and replaces the design with a cleaner, flatter appearance. The update is also now ready for OS X Yosemite, and includes fixes for a number of reported bugs. [Download - 2.2MB]

OmniOutliner 4.1.2 ($50) - OmniOutliner is a tool for collecting, creating, and organizing information. The v4.1 update introduces new colored toolbar icons, as well as the ability to create links to rows for quickly navigating between sections. The latest release includes some stability improvements that resolve crashing issues, as well as a fix for a bug with storing dates under certain region settings. [Download - 48.7MB]

Clarify 2.0.2 ($30) - Clarify allows users to quickly turn screenshots into editable documents. In v2.0.2, the software will now pass up the step anchor to clarify-it.com. The handling of errors in the image exporter has also been improved, and a bug where deleting an entire line of code would not remove the code metadata tag from the line has been fixed. [Download - 26MB]

Capo 3.0.3 ($30) - Capo is a tool for slowing down audio tracks, which can help musicians learn how to play difficult parts of songs. A built-in tab editor is featured, allowing users to place transcriptions right beside the spectrogram. Version 3.1.2 will no longer skew results when dealing with certain audio sample rates, and should now always display spectrogram results. Some issues with duplicate beat numbers in the timeline have also been resolved with this update. [Download - 8.3MB]

Dragon Dictate 4.0.4 ($199) - With Dragon Dictate users can input text by speaking into a microphone. The software works with a host of popular Mac applications, such as Mail, iChat, and iCal, and also includes the ability to trigger events with voice commands. The latest update addresses an issue with upgrading profiles with large vocabularies. [Download - 24.8MB]

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