AirFoil, Sandvox, CaliBrate

updated 11:22 am EDT, Tue July 31, 2012 | Posted in Apps

AirFoil 4.7.2 ($25) - Airfoil is a software utility that can send audio files to AirPort Express units and Apple TVs, as well as other Macs and PCs. With the latest release, audio capture of Safari, QuickTime, FaceTime, and Messages is now possible on Mountain Lion without requiring the Instant On component. Several issues related to the Retina MacBook Pro have also been fixed, and apps are now prevented from incorrectly appearing twice in the Source list. [Download - 9.6MB]

Sandvox 2.6.4 ($77) - Sandvox is a website creation tool that features a drag and drop based interface. The v2.6.4 update includes an improved iWeb site extractor, as well as numerous general improvements. Additionally, compatibility with OS X 10.8 has been improved. [Download - 29.8MB]

CaliBrate 1.8.2 ($8) - CaliBrate allows users to create and batch process iCal events. Other features include the ability to find and remove duplicates, to move or archive events to new calendars, to add or clear alarms, and more. Version 1.8.2 adds a new feature to the "shift event in time" action that allows users to set an absolute year, month, or day. [Download - 0.78MB]

Snowtape 2.1 ($33) - Snowtape allows users to listen to their favorite internet radio stations and record the stream at any point. The application can store thousands of stations and allows users to filter by categories, such as genre or bandwidth. The v2.1 release is a 64-bit only app and has been code-signed for use on OS X Mountain Lion. The update has also removed support for Growl and replaced it with support for Notification Center. [Download - 9MB]

A Better Finder Rename 9.10 ($20) - A Better Finder Rename is a tool that can be used to rename multiple files simultaneously with specified parameters. An Instant Preview feature is included, allowing users to see exactly how filenames will look after they are changed. The latest release has resolved a startup issue. [Download - 5.8MB]

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