EarthDesk, Little Snitch, Hazel

updated 10:51 am EDT, Wed June 19, 2013 | Posted in Apps

EarthDesk 6.2 ($25) - With EarthDesk users can replace their static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage. Version 6.2 includes updated NASA photography and better support for ISS tracking with some network configurations. Minor logging and performance changes are also included. [Download - 35.7MB]

Little Snitch 3.1.1 ($35) - Little Snitch is an internet traffic monitoring and management utility. The software informs a user when a program attempts to establish an outgoing internet connection and provides options for allowing or denying the connection. The default selection of hostname in connection alerts has been improved in this release. Additionally, an issue which cased the connection alert to display IP addresses in sated of hostnames under some VPN configurations has also been fixed. [Download - 13.9MB]

Hazel 3.1 ($28) - Hazel monitors a designated set of folders and automatically organizes files according to user created rules. The v3.1 update adds a new upload action for uploading files via FTP, SFTP or WebDAV, a well as a custom date token type. Users can also now use patterns to match against and extract a file's contents. [Download - 7.9MB]

PhotoMarks 1.0 ($30) - Photomarks is a watermarking app that allows users to protect their copyrighted images with a personal watermark. The software offers batch photo processing with support for multi-core processors, and can be used to apply customized text and logo watermarks. Photomarks can also be used to edit images with various grunge and vintage photo effects. [Download - 33.9MB]

BackupLoupe 2.3.6 ($5) - BackupLoupe allows users to browse Time Machine backups and find frequently copied items. The software shows users how many versions of a specific item are available within the backups, along with the date that each was created. A rare crash that could occur when mounting a new volume while the software initializes has been fixed. Endless indexing will also now be avoided when encountering directories with zero-length names. [Download - 2.7MB]

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