Yojimbo, OmniGraffle, Alfred

updated 10:30 am EDT, Fri October 4, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Yojimbo 4.0.1 ($30) - Yojimbo is an organizational tool that can store several forms of data, including PDFs, images, web archives, rich text notes, bookmarks, passwords and serial numbers. Version 4.0.1 is strictly a maintenance release that fixes a number of reported issues. A bug that caused a number of errors when using the Duplicate command has been resolved, along with a crash that could occur when certain errors occurred during migration. [Download - 8.1MB]

OmniGraffle 6.0.1 ($100) - OmniGraffle is a tool for creating diagrams and organizational charts. The software includes numerous shapes and connectors for plotting out information in a visual manner. A bug where lines connecting to groups in Visio documents weren't properly connecting has been fixed in this release, and stencil searches now gives results based on object labels. A number of AppleScript performance improvements have also been made. [Download - 30.1MB]

Alfred 2.0.9 (free) - Alfred is a quick launch utility that can help users search their computer and the internet. Compatibility with 1Password 4 has been improved in this release, and the software will now respect the new 1Password clipboard metadata type. The full path to applications listed in the "Open With…" action list is also now displayed. [Download - 3MB]

World Clock Deluxe 4.11 ($19) - World Clock Deluxe can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the dock. The latest release includes updated daylight-saving time information for Morocco, Western Sahara, and the Brazilian State of Tocantins. Morocco and Western Sahara decided to extend daylight-saving time to October 27 and from next year will observe DST from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. Meanwhile, Tocantins canceled daylight-savings after a one year trial. [Download - 4MB]

Dropbox 2.4.1 (free) - Dropbox is a desktop utility that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs with an online web storage account. This can be used to backup files to the cloud, or to quickly synchronize files between multiple computers. In v2.4.1 the Move to Dropbox option has been placed below Move to Trash, and a rare issue in which screenshots were not working has been fixed. [Download - 32.1MB]

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