Tweetbot, MacPilot, TaskTime

updated 10:38 am EST, Tue December 31, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Tweetbot 1.4.1 ($20) - Tweetbot for Mac is a desktop Twitter client that offers support for multiple timelines, multiple windows and columns, Mountain Lion's Notification Center, and Retina displays. A bug where users could see an “x unread items” alert, but could not scroll up to see the new tweets has been resolved in this release. A problem where direct message images would not load when clicked has also been fixed. [Download - 5.3MB]

MacPilot 6.0 ($20) - MacPilot is a tool that can enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair a system, and perform different routine maintenance operations. Version 6.0 has been recoded from the ground up and includes a number of new features for Mavericks. Users can now select an animated desktop, flag files to be excluded from backups in the File Browser, disable virtual memory, and more. [Download - 15.9MB]

TaskTime 5.1.2 ($20) - TaskTime allows users to monitor how much time has been spent on various jobs and tasks. After logging time within the application users are also able to generate invoices that can be emailed, printed, or saved for later reference. The v5.1.2 update fixes a problem where checked items were excluded from invoices. The invoice window height is also now prevented from exceeding the screen height, and an option to summarize sessions by category has been added to the Invoice preferences. [Download - 15.7MB]

Pocket 1.5.2 (free) - Pocket is a tool for saving web content for offline viewing. The app automatically syncs across multiple devices, and displays content in an easy-to-read layout. An error that prevented some users from launching the app has been fixed. Improvements have also been made to the “Share to Evernote” feature and to Tweet Attribution. [Download - 5.3MB]

SnapMotion 2.3 ($4) - SnapMotion can be used to extract images from video files. The software supports all video formats that can be read natively by Quicktime, and provides options for both manual and automatic image extraction. The latest update fixes a number of Retina display issues and introduces a new batch processing window. Other new features include a watermark tool and the ability to define a custom output name. [Download - 3.4MB]

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