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Apps: TextSoap, AudioLobe, iSpeak It

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu August 27, 2009

WhatsOpen, Flickery

  • TextSoap 6.3 ($28 until Sept.9th, $40 reg.) is a text processing utility that uses find and replace commands not only to change words, but also copy formatting throughout a document. Along with a full features text editor, TextSoap also integrates with popular applications such as Apple Mail, TextEdit, MS Word, Coda and more. The new update includes support for Snow Leopard and also now uses the Automator framework, which should result in improved performance. A new scripting command has also been added which can convert clipboard contents to plain text. [Download - 5.0MB]

  • AudioLobe 4 ($20) allows users to alter the playback speed and pitch rate of audio files, which can be helpful when attempting to learn a difficult section of a song. AudioLobe allows users to save the altered files meaning users can keep copies of tracks for practicing along with. The new update allows the space bar to be used to toggle play modes and has also altered the duration, loop start and loop end columns in the table to display the times in a more friendly format. Other changes include new buttons above the speed slider for fast access to commonly-selected speeds, improved visibility of the Time Remaining field, tweaks to the audio processing algorithms, and various small bug fixes. [Download - 2.1MB]

  • iSpeak It 3.5 ($20) is a tool that can covert text files into an MP3 or AAC file. The software can load Word, PDF, Pages, RTF, AppleWorks, text and HTML documents and uses a Mac's text-to-speech engine to convert each file into an audio track. Finished tracks are automatically imported to iTunes and can be synced with an iPod or iPhone. The latest release now includes options for automatically downloading and converting Wikipedia articles and for automatically closing the transfer window after a transfer finishes. [Download - 0.69MB]

  • WhatsOpen 2.7 (free) is a small utility which allows users to find which application has an volume open. This can help users avoid trying to eject a volume when some of its contents are still in use. Version 2.7 now includes support for snow Leopard and adds visual queues to help new users become familiar with the software. [Download - 5.9MB]

  • Flickery 1.5 ($20) is a desktop Flickr client for Mac OS X. With the software users can upload their photos, mange their sets and favorites, view contacts photos and search for photos in the Flickr database. New to version 1.5 is the ability to playback, upload, and download videos. Other changes include support for Snow Leopard, improved tag management, improved loading speeds, and more. [Download - 3.9MB]

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    1. TheSnarkmeister

      Joined: Dec 1969


      Pick a side...

      60 percent of the apps listed in today's column are ones that will be mostly obsolete in about 24 hours, since the functionalities they provide will be built into Snow Leopard. It is curious that MacNN would chose today to promote them. Obvious the potential of future advertising dollars outweighs the immediate interests of consumers. So who is it that consumers should trust when they seek objective information and advice?

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