Firetask, HyperDock, Dropbox

updated 10:16 am EST, Fri January 31, 2014 | Posted in Apps

Firetask 3.5.4 ($40) - Firetask helps users organize and prioritize all of their daily tasks. The v3.5.4 update introduces an Italian translation, as well as the ability to inline-edit @assignments directly within task lists. Numerous bugs have also been resolved. [Download - 17.8MB]

HyperDock 1.4.1 ($10) - HyperDock adds a number of new features to the Mac OS X dock. Users can preview and select windows and tabs by hovering the mouse over a dock time, as well as use shortcuts to quickly open new windows. A problem that caused the software to hang on unresponsive apps has been fixed in this release. Latency when using ultra low activation delays has also been reduced, and users can now switch between window modifier move/resize modes without releasing the mouse button. [Download - 4.8MB]

Dropbox 2.6.6 (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. When the DfB team admin disables desktop multi account linking in v2.6.6, the change will take effect immediately. [Download - 35.3MB]

Delicious Library 3.1.5 ($25) - Delicious Library is a cataloging tool that allows users to create a database of all their belongings. Items can be entered manually or via the built-in bar code scanner. The v3.1.5 update fixes a bug where the covers view freezes on machines where scrollbars are always on. [Download - 81.1MB]

HoudahGeo 3.6.3 ($30) - HoudahGeo enables users to link photos to the location where they were taken. Photos can be pinned to their respective locations, removing the need for a digital camera with built-in GPS capabilities. In this release Altitude lookup now relies on the MapQuest Open Elevation service. Additionally, a bug that occasionally caused EXIF exports to fail to preserve file modification dates has been fixed. [Download - 18.9MB]

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