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 In addition, the old Zambian kwacha (ZMK) has been replaced by the new Zambian kwacha (ZMW).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]

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