Fantastical, Thunderbird, Firetask

updated 11:25 am EDT, Thu March 29, 2012 | Posted in Apps

Fantastical 1.2.3 ($20) - Fanastical is a calendar utility that sits in a users menu bar and can be accessed through a customizable keyboard shortcut. To add new events users can type a natural phrase and the software will automatically pull out relevant time and date information. The v1.2.3 update restores iCloud syncing and addresses a number of minor bugs. [Download - 8.8MB]

Thunderbird 11.0.1 (free) - Thunderbird is an open source e-mail and news client that can be personalized with various skins and add-ons. An issue that caused the software to hang when handling IMAP mail has been addressed with this release, along with a problem that resulted in filters being erroneously changed. [Download - 35.8MB]

Firetask 2.2 ($40) - Firetask helps users organize and prioritize all of their daily tasks. Version 2.2 introduces SSL-based secure communication for cloud-syncing and improves languages support for Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. The global hotkey has also been reimplemented to work on French keyboards and the quick-entry panel design will now load correctly on OS X 10.7.3. [Download - 2.9MB]

Piezo 1.1.5 ($10) - Piezo is a simple audio recoding tool that can capture audio from almost any Mac app. The software requires almost no configuration beyond selecting the audio source, however, options for setting the recording name and audio format have been included. The latest release has addressed a bug where high CPU usage could cause problems with Piezo. [Download - 2.9MB]

Screenium 2.0.2 ($30) - Screenium is a tool for capturing video footage of a Mac OS X desktop. The software records everything that appears on a screen including applications, the mouse pointer and live content streamed over the Internet. In v2.0.2 the export menu has become better at filtering inappropriate codecs and a bug that could lead to crashes when exporting movies has been fixed. Custom hotkeys will also now work under all circumstances and the documentation for localizations has been repaired. [Download - 30.4MB]

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