Instacast, Sketch, MacProxy

updated 11:46 am EST, Mon November 25, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Instacast 1.1 ($20) - Insacast is a podcast management app that allows users to keep track of all their favorite podcasts. Version 1.1 adds the ability to import podcast media files from iTunes. This can be done by dragging podcast items directly from iTunes to the Instacast dock icon. The ability to export downloaded media files has also been added, along with support for AppleScript and Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil. [Download - 7.3MB]

Sketch 2.4.1 ($70) - Sketch is a vector drawing tool that features a minimalistic design. The latest release resolves numerous bugs, including a crash that could occur when undoing vector edits. A bug where the hex field wouldn’t accept valid hex colors has also been fixed, along wit with an error that caused the inspector to get stuck. [Download - 7.7MB]

MacProxy 3.0.3 ($40) - MacProxy provides system-wide network proxy support for the Mac. All network traffic from applications that don’t support proxies can be forwarded through the app, giving users extra security for all of their internet browsing. The v3.0.3 update improves SSH tunnel performance and includes fixes for UDP and kernel panic related bugs. [Download - 2MB]

Bookends 12.0.7 ($50) - Bookends is a tool that can help users organize reference information and create bibliographies. In v12.0.7 the UI overhaul has been completed and Pages 5 documents can now be scanned by using Biblio -> Scan Open Apple Pages Document. Small cap handling in bibliographies has also been improved and placing a comma at the end of the Date field will cause Bookends to output without parsing. [Download - 35.6MB]

PDF Studio 8.3.2 ($89) - PDF Studio includes a variety of features that enable users to view documents, modify pages, and add attachments to PDF files. An issue that cased the Add Blank Page menu option to occasionally add the new page at the end of the document instead of after the selected page has been fixed with this update. Improvements have also been made to the registration processes. [Download - 34.7MB]

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August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships

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Accessories  17h

Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service

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Audio  20h

EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion

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