Presto, NetShade, Voila

updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed July 20, 2011 | Posted in Apps

Presto 1.2 ($250) - Presto uses head tracking and image-matching technology to help simply the process of creating and editing videos. After importing a video and presentation slides into Final Cut Pro, the utility automatically creates a timed slide track that is displayed beside the presenter in the video. A free update for all existing customers, Presto 1.2 offers four new layout templates, better animated transitions between layouts, smoother presenter tracking, and an option for rounded slide corners. [Download - 10.4MB]

NetShade 4.4 ($30) - NetShade is a tool for routing an Internet connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or through NetShades own dedicated proxy. This allows users to mask their IP address and improve security while browsing the web. Version 4.4 has added a Czech proxy server, as well as moved all of the existing proxies to a server for download. A performance issue that could cause delays when launching the application has also been addressed. [Download - 2MB]

Voila 3.1 ($30) - Voila is a screen capture utility that includes more advanced options than offered by default in Mac OS X. With this utility users can designate the area they wish to capture using circular, polygon, or freehand tools. Support for OS X Lion has been added with the v3.1 release, along with a full screen mode and JPEG and H.264 compression. In addition, the option to export web pages from the Voila browser as PDFs has been added. [Download - 21.4MB]

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4 ($15) - Carbon Copy Cloner is a backup utility that can preserve HFS+ compression data during backups. The v3.4 update adds support for backing up to and from network volume, while preserving as much filesystem data as possible. Users can also now select specific folders as the source and destination for backups, as well as restore directly to the startup disk. [Download - 5.7MB]

LittleSnapper 1.8 ($40) - Little Snapper is a tool for taking and organizing screenshots. As images are captured they are automatically organized into a library with options for tagging, rating and commenting. The latest release adds OS X Lion compatibility, and fixes an issue that caused the Snap File QuickLook importer to break QuickLook support for other file types. A number of other small tweaks and enhancements have also been included. [Download - 5.3MB]

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