TextExpander, FingerPrint, ForkLift

updated 10:44 am EDT, Tue August 7, 2012 | Posted in Apps

TextExpander 4.0.1 ($35) - TextExpander lets users define abbreviations for frequently used text strings and images, allowing them to save time by quickly typing full words and phrases with a few letters. The update restores transparency to the menu bar icon, and makes the checkbox label clickable for optional section fill-ins. The Japanese and Italian Help files have also been updated, among other enhancements and fixes. [Download - 8.5MB]

FingerPrint 2.1 ($20) - FingerPrint is capable of finding both wired and wireless printers and making them available to iOS devices. The software runs quietly in the background and also allows users to create virtual printers that integrated with third party software, such as Evernote and Dropbox. Version 2.1 adds support for printing from iOS 6 and runs on Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.8. [Download - 2.9MB]

ForkLift 2.5.2 ($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. The update has been signed with a Developer ID for use on OS X 10.8, and includes fixes for a number of minor issues. Volumes with the nobrowse flag will no longer appear under devices and gesture support has been improved. [Download - 12.9MB]

Watchmac 1.7 ($20) - Watchmac is a security utility that monitors a Mac for any possible security threats. The software records all threats, such as when an incorrect login password is entered, and can even capture a picture using a connected webcam. Growl support has been updated for improved performance on OS X 10.7 and later, and a few errors in the German localization have been corrected. [Download - 3.3MB]

HoudahSpot 3.5.7 ($30) - 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 v3.5.7 release restores the Text Preview feature when running under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. [Download - 3MB]

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