ForkLift, HoudahSpot, Webbla

updated 02:07 pm EDT, Mon August 25, 2014 | Posted in Apps

ForkLift 2.6.2 ($30) - ForkLift is a file manager for Mac OS X that connects to FTP or SFTP servers and manages Amazon S3 accounts or mobile devices over Bluetooth. A number of OS X Yosemite compatibility issues have been resolved with this update. [Download - 19.5MB]

HoudahSpot 3.9.2 ($29) - HoudahSpot allows users to create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they are searching for. Favorite queries can be saved for later access, and templates can be set up for frequently performed searches. The v3.9.2 update includes a few changes that will allow the software to remain compatible with the upcoming Gatekeeper changes. [Download - 3.7MB]

Webbla 1.6 ($23) - Webbla is a visual management system for bookmarks that creates thumbnails for each webpage. The software also includes support for Spotlight, Cover Flow and Quick Look, allowing users to find and preview bookmarks directly in the Finder. Version 1.6 includes a Gatekeeper update, as well as a fix for a bug with exporting all bookmarks with collections. Various other minor bugs have also been addressed. [Download - 2.8MB]

Tower 2.0.5 ($59) - Tower is a Git client for Mac OS X that allows users to access Git features without needing to remember all of the frameworks commands and parameters. In v2.0.5, the option for saving patch files is now available in the contextual menu of commits. “Beyond Compare” has also been added as a new diff/merge tool, and a problem with upstream remote connections has been fixed. [Download - 31.2MB]

VOX 2.1.1 (free) - VOX is a music-playback application that offers support for a wide range of audio formats. The latest update brings back the classic playlist view for those who don’t like Collections, and adds a new filter for iTunes Library that removes unneeded content, such as Audio Books and Videos. A crash that could occur when loading an iTunes Library has also been resolved with this release. [Download - 25.4MB]

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