CrossOver, Capo, Dash

updated 10:33 am EST, Thu January 24, 2013 | Posted in Apps

CrossOver 12.1 ($60) - CrossOver can be used to run many popular Windows programs on a Mac. Windows software can be installed using the CrossTie feature, and will then run without the need to open any additional virtual machine software. Version 12.1 fixes a bug that resulted in some users receiving an error claiming their bottle had expired and could not be used, despite the user having a valid license. CrossOver will also now automatically update CrossTie files if the user has permitted auto-updates via Sparkle. [Download - 75.7MB]

Capo 2.1.9 ($50) - Capo is a tool for slowing down audio tracks, which can help musicians learn how to play difficult parts of songs. A built-in tab editor is featured, allowing users to place transcriptions right beside the spectrogram. A graphics performance issue introduced in the previous release has been patched in the v2.1.9 update. Note entires can also no longer be dragged outside the spectrogram range, and the playhead will not play scrubbing sounds on the first click. [Download - 7.4MB]

Dash 1.7.7 ($10) - Dash is a code snippet manager and Cocoa documentation browser that can help store commonly used coding. In the latest release the syntax highlighting selection menu will now show the languages that have been used previously at the top of the list. A new PrototypeJS Docset has also been added, and a bug that prevented navigation via two finger swipes has been fixed. [Download - 9.8MB]

Magician 1.4 (free) - Magician includes a number of tools for cleaning and optimizing a Mac system. A new Optimizer has been added in the v1.4 update to manage startup items, set default programs, and optimized settings. In addition, the mini window from previous releases has now become a separate Monitor to help reduce CPU and memory usage. [Download - 15.7MB]

Totals 2.1.12 ($40) - Totals is an invoice creation utility that combines all of the necessary tools into a single window. Version 2.1.12 fixes a major issue related to OS X 10.6, along with a bug that prevented addresses from being automatically assigned to new invoices. [Download - 7.3MB]

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