Porthole, ImageLobe, BatchPhoto

updated 09:58 am EDT, Tue May 14, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Porthole 1.3.1 ($18) - Porthole allows users to stream audio from their favorite music source to an AirPort Express or Apple TV. Version 1.3.1 introduces support for password protected AirPLay speakers, as well as improved sparker icons for the menubar. The consistency and ellipses on buttons and menu items has also been improved. [Download - 2.7MB]

ImageLobe 5.3 ($20) - ImageLobe allows users to apply a number of visual effects to digital images. More than 40 customizable image effects are included, such as Comic Book, Monochrome, Pinch, and Thermal Camera. The update adds an extra validation check she loading the effects-browser thumbnails. [Download - 1.5MB]

BatchPhoto 3.7 ($35) - BatchPhoto is an image manipulation tool that can be used to apply a series of modifications to images in a batch process. New features in v3.7, include an Enterprise edition featuring a new Monitor component, along with improved speed for the annotate filters, an updated user interface, and some minor improvements and fixes. [Download - 45.5MB]

SerialMailer 7.6 ($30) - SerialMailer is a tool for companies and individuals who wish to communicate with a large group of contacts without having to rewrite e-mails for each person. The latest release offers an improved user interface and support for nested lists in formatted messages. [Download - 8MB]

rubiTrack 3.1.3 ($39) - rubiTrack is a physical-activity monitoring and tracking program that supports outdoor activities such as running and bike riding. A problem with syncing with the Suunto Ambit due to a change in the device's file format has been fixed in this release. Map selection popups can also now be dragged away to remove the selection, and support for deleting multiple entries in the athlete log has been added. [Download - 9.1MB]

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