PDFpen, Tidy Up, Beamer

updated 08:49 am EDT, Fri March 29, 2013 | Posted in Apps

PDFpen 6.0.1 ($60) - PDFPen provides users with tools for adding text, images, and signatures to PDF files. The software can also be used to replace original text with editable text blocks, as well as move, resize, and delete images. The update enables Microsoft Word export when running on OS X 10.7 Lion, and includes several essential fixes to PDFpen 6.0. [Download - 52MB]

Tidy Up 3.0.6 ($30) - Tidy Up! enables users to search for duplicate files and packages while utilizing various filters. The v3.0.6 update includes fixes for a number of bugs that caused the software to crash. In addition, several other small bug fixes and and general enhancements are also included. [Download - 55.8MB]

Beamer 1.6.2 ($15) - Beamer is a tool for wirelessly streaming movie files to an Apple TV. Support is offered for most major video formats, such as AVI, MOV and MKV, but subtitle support is still in the works. An issue where audio would occasionally be muted for the duration of a video has been addressed in this release, along with a problem where subtitles could be incorrectly parsed. Additional support for MPL2 subtitles and audio-only movie files is also included. [Download - 7.1MB]

TweetDeck 2.7.1 (free) - TweetDeck is a desktop Twitter client that allows users to organize their feed into specified panes. Version 2.7.1 introduces new column filters, which allow users to filter tweets by content and usernames. Several new advanced search features are also included, along with support for infinite scrolling in temporary columns. [Download - 1.5MB]

MacDropAny 2.09 (free) - MacDropAny is a tool for synchronizing any folder on a Mac computer with various cloud storage services. Support is currently included for Dropbox, Box.com, Google Drive, iClouDrive, and SkyDrive. The latest release offers an improved French localization. [Download - 0.14MB]

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Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks

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Audio  1d

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