Currency Assistant, App Tamer, Bookends

updated 02:07 pm EST, Mon January 14, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Currency Assistant 3.1.8 ($9) - Currency Assistant allows users to convert values between 175 world currencies. The software automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy. In v3.1.8 the software has regained the ability to automatically update the Bank of Italy rates. In addition, the old Zambian kwacha (ZMK) has been replaced by the new Zambian kwacha (ZMW). [Download - 2.6MB]

App Tamer 1.3.2 ($15) - App tamer is a utility that can automatically free up the CPU by preventing applications from accessing the processor when they are not active. Version 1.3.2 includes support for Retina displays, and is now able to wake up applications for scroll wheel and gesture scrolling even when they are in the background. A number of errors that resulted in Console warning messages have also been resolved. [Download - 3.9MB]

Bookends 11.3.5 ($100) - Bookends is a tool that can help users organize reference information and create bibliographies. In the latest release selecting a folder in the groups pane will now show references fro the groups it contains, as well as any stored in subfolders. Users can also now import Zortero libraries with PDF attachments. [Download - 31.7MB]

Bean 3.2.4 (free) - Bean is a basic word processor that offers greater simplicity than larger programs, but more features than basic text editors. The software includes a live word count and an Inspector panel with various formatting options. A bug that prevented attachments with non-ASCII characters in their filenames to save correctly in .rtfd and .bean format files has been fixed in this release. The RTF image decoding code has also been altered to accommodate image hex data preceded by a newline. [Download - 3.1MB]

MacFamilyTree 6.3.4 ($60) - MacFamilyTree is a genealogy program that can help users discover and visualize their family history. The software also features a number of built in reports and charts, and allows users share genealogical data using the GEDCOM standard. A Date Parser issue has been fixed in the v6.3.4 update, along with an document scanning error. iPhoto and Aperture import functionality has also been improved. [Download - 107.3MB]

Now AAPL Stock: 100.35 ( -0.06 )

Trade-up program expands in Europe

Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD

IPhone  1d

NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV

NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea

Digital imaging  1d

Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com

Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM

Graphics/Web Design  1d

Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop

Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu

Digital imaging  1d

Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files

Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t

Graphics/Web Design  2d

PopChar X 7.5 arrives

Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]

Software  2d

Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives

Apple has released the latest, and fifth, version of its Safari Technology Preview. The latest version arrives two weeks after the Preview release 4. As with the previous releases, the STP does not replace the gold candidate release of Safari, but can reside alongside it, though it is primarily aimed at developers to utilize for testing purposes. The latest release brings fixes to JavaScript, CSS, Web APIs, Web Inspector, Media, Security, Networking, Accessibility, and bugs fixes for large animated GIFs and zooming in and out of PDF documents. Users running a previous version of the preview can update it via the Mac App Store. http://apple.co/1qLpSk8

Software  2d