Camtasia, CM: Battle for Normandy, Sandvox

updated 03:04 pm EST, Tue December 11, 2012 | Posted in Apps

Camtasia 2.3 ($99) - Camtasia is a screen recording and production tool that allows users to record onscreen activity, Keynote slides, camera video and microphone or system audio. Version 2.3 includes new sketch motion animated callouts, the ability to capture hotkeys during recording, and an option for choosing 25 FPS as the recording frame rate. [Download - 65.5MB]

CM: Battle for Normandy 2.0 ($55) - Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy is a tactical game that attempts to recreate the land warfare in Western France during World War II. The v2.0 release introduces various gameplay interface improvements, such as moveable waypoints and hotkey unit groups, as well as several general interface updates. The in-game editor has also been updated with new tools and options. [Download - 861.9MB]

Sandvox 2.7.3 ($80) - Sandvox is a website creation tool that features a drag and drop based interface. The software requires no previous HTML coding knowledge, and includes features for creating blogs, photo galleries, and more. In v2.7.3 an enhanced test ensures that a sites URL is reachable from the rest of the Internet, and a simplified local hosting setup lets users publish to any location on their computer. FTPS support can also now be enabled from the preferences window. [Download - 32.9MB]

Deliver 2.4 ($20) - Deliver is an automated tool capable of sending files across the Internet and local networks. The software automatically processes files from watched hot folders and supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe, and other sharing services. The update includes support for Google Storage destinations, and fixes a problem that caused an error when transferring files to certain SFTP sites. Support for MobileMe has also been removed. [Download - 14.5MB]

Drive Genius 3.2.2 ($99) - Drive Genius is a storage management utility that features a number of tools for optimizing and repairing hard drives. With the latest release, purchasing the full version from within Drive Genius allows the software to automatically detect the purchase and register itself. Stability issues related to Defrag, Repair, and DriveSlim have also been resolved, along with issues with certain Mac Pro systems. [Download - 15.2MB]

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