Little Snitch, AppDelete, EvoCam

updated 11:40 am EDT, Mon May 12, 2014 | Posted in Apps

Little Snitch 3.3.1 ($35) - Little Snitch is an internet traffic monitoring and management utility. The software informs a user when a program attempts to establish an outgoing internet connection and provides options for allowing or denying the connection. Version 3.3.1 is now better at dealign with a large number of silent mode suggestions, and includes an improved Configuration sidebar. In addition, an issue where the Network Monitor would disappear when dragged onto another screen under OS X 10.9 has been fixed. [Download - 23MB]

AppDelete 4.1.3 ($8) - AppDelete is an uninstaller for Macs that allows users to remove applications and all of their associated files. Support is also included for deleting widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, and screensavers. A bug in the updater that would cause the software to ask for a password by mistake has been fixed with this update, along with an issue where preference files might be cached after deleting in Mavericks. [Download - 5MB]

EvoCam 4.2.3 ($30) - EvoCam is a webcam utility that allows users to publish a webcam with streaming video. The update adds support for a number of new cameras including the Cisco 7030, Logitech Alert 750n, Ubiquiti AirCam, and AvioSys 9060-O. Retina display support is also featured in this update, as well as a fix for an issue that caused audio dropouts on some configurations. [Download - 2.1MB]

Arq 4.2.2 ($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. The v4.2.2 update addresses an issue which caused a "must be S3 or S3Glacier" crash during validation. An issue where an enforcement error rents a “null” message instead of the proper message has also been fixed. [Download - 15.5MB]

Alfred 2.3 (free) - Alfred is a quick launch utility that can help users search their computer and the internet. A new ‘external trigger’ workflow object for running workflows from outside of Alfred using AppleScript has been added with this update. In addition, the workflow Script XML example has been updated to include new Alfred 2.3 attributes and various bugs have been fixed. [Download - 3.1MB]

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