Beamer, Vinoteka, NetShade

updated 12:17 pm EST, Fri December 13, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Beamer 1.7.7 ($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 that caused the Apple TV to show an incorrect movie duration in some circumstances has been fixed with this update. Several problems that could result in a crash have also been addressed. [Download - 6.8MB]

Vinoteka 3.3 ($50) - Vinoteka is a wine cellar management application that can be used to organize and manage bottles, as well as jot down tasting notes. The program is capable of creating virtual cellars resembling a user's own, and includes features for planning tasting sessions using various methods. Version 3.3 has been fully optimized for Mavericks and offers support for the latest iPhone and iPad devices. New varietals are also included in this release, along with improvements to syncing. [Download - 97.3MB]

NetShade 5.4.4 ($30) - NetShade is a tool for routing an Internet connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or through NetShades own dedicated proxy. This allows users to mask their IP address and improve security while browsing the web. A code-signing error in which some systems would complain of a damaged NetShade application has been fixed in this version. [Download - 13.8MB]

Cocktail 7.1 ($19) - Cocktail provides users access to some of the more advanced functions within the Unix Shell. The software features are organized into five categories, while the Pilot-mode will automatically scan a system and perform any necessary maintenance routines. The v7.1 update has added the option to clear App Store, Authorization Daemon, Book Store, and Notification Server logs. Automator actions have also been updated, and a number of other minor bugs have been fixed. [Download - 2.5MB]

CleanApp 4.0.6 ($15) - CleanApp is an uninstaller and system management tool that allows users to delete cache files, applications, and other items wasting drive space. In v4.0.6 date fields are now refreshed after maintenance scripts are executed, and languages and universal binaries will no longer cause a crash if dropped onto the Finder. Temporary files are also now recognized while searching for related files. [Download - 24.4MB]

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