BackupLoupe, PreMinder, Bookends

updated 04:16 pm EST, Mon March 3, 2014 | Posted in Apps

BackupLoupe 2.5.4 ($5) - BackupLoupe allows users to browse Time Machine backups and find frequently copied items. The software shows users how many versions of a specific item are available within the backups, along with the date that each was created. The v2.5.4 update fixes a bug that caused some sizes to be displayed in MB instead of GB. Artifacts in the browser view she displaying files with long names have also been addressed. [Download - 2.7MB]

PreMinder 1.8.3 ($19) - PreMinder is a calendar program that lets users store styled text for reminders and events. It features highly customizable monthly, two monthly, weekly and yearly views, as well as support for syncing with iCal, iCloud, and Google Calendar. Version 1.8.3 will no longer prompt Mavericks users to allow PreMinder to access Calendar and Contacts each time the software is opened. Users will now only be prompted the first time they open a new version update of the software. [Download - 6.4MB]

Bookends 12.1.1 ($50) - Bookends is a tool that can help users organize reference information and create bibliographies. With the latest update, Bookends will now find many more PDF attachments for references in EndNote XML files exported from Sente. The Library of Congress and Google Scholar searches have also been updated to work around changes made by those services. [Download - 36.8MB]

Arq 4.0 ($40) - Arq is a backup utility that will make incremental backups to an online storage account. The software keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Version 4.0 makes it possible to back up to AWS, GreenQloud, DreamObjects, Google Cloud Storage, or any other S3-compatible target. Additionally, users can now back up to any SFTP server, as well as back up to multiple servers of different types with varying schedules and budgets. [Download - 15.4MB]

Airmail 1.3.2 ($2) - Airmail is a mail client that has been designed to provide a simple experience to all users. The v1.3.2 update brings a range of new features, including an Exchange engine, Omnifocus integration, Safe Link detection, and a new preference to customize data detectors. A host of bug fixes and other improvements are also included. [Download - 31.5MB]

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Upgrades/storage  1d

Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications

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Industry  1d

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Apple  2d

Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations

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Software  2d

Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum

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Industry  2d

CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman

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IPhone  2d

Macphun offers free Photos filters

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Software  2d