TouchDraw, MacPilot, Alarm Clock Pro

updated 09:42 am EST, Thu December 27, 2012 | Posted in Apps

TouchDraw 1.4 ($20) - TouchDraw is a vector drawing app that can be used to create structured 2D vector graphics. The ability to export each layer of a project individually has been added in this release, along with options for encoding embedded images in Vsio files using JPEG to reduce file size. An issue with rendering imported SVG files that had invalid gradient definitions has also been resolved. [Download - 10.6MB]

MacPilot 5.0.4 ($20) - MacPilot is a tool that can enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair a system, and perform different routine maintenance operations. Version 5.0.4 addresses two known bugs. The first fix is for a crash that occurred when populating the text field in the logger, while the second is related to the rebuild options feature found in the Maintenance tab. [Download - 12.1MB]

Alarm Clock Pro 9.5.1 ($20) - Alarm Clock Pro is a time management application that displays reminders and performs automated tasks. The software can display inspirational quotes randomly throughout the day, send them as text messages to a cell phone, and send reminders or birthday cards to contacts. The Retina version of the menu extra icon has been updated within this release, and an issue with updating the time in the menu extra has been fixed. [Download - 14.2MB]

Imposition Wizard 1.9 ($300) - Imposition Wizard is a Mac OS X utility that is capable of reading PDF files, applying transformations to pages, and saving results as a new file. The application does not require any third party software, and supports all main imposition schemes, such as Booklet, N-Up, and Cut Stack. The v1.9 update improves support for OS X Mountain Lion and resolves an issue with overlapping bleeds. [Download - 3.4MB]

VueScan 9.1.21 ($40) - VueScan is a scanning utility that includes support for most flatbed and film scanners. The software uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration to ensure accurate colors, and features a number of advanced features for tweaking scans. An issue that prevented users from copying text with the global keyboard shortcut has been fixed with the update. Support has also been added for seven Epson scanners, including the L355, L550, and M200. [Download - 7.2MB]

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