The only people affected are the ones who use it
There is a slim chance that you've never run nor heard of Apple's Disk Utility application. That chance decreases the longer you've had a Mac as this little app is the answer to so many issues. It's where you format new hard drives, create disk images, and where you used to be able to repair permissions if you needed to. If your Mac is doing something odd, you could run Disk Utility and have it poke about your hard drive, looking for possible problems, and often fixing them too. If you have many hard drives, such as in a RAID backup system, you lived in Disk Utility -- or you used to. Apple has radically remodelled Disk Utility in OS X El Capitan and that's got people steaming.
A vitamin pill for the average sluggish Mac
If you have the most powerful Mac Pro that can be made today, if you routinely go through the Apple Store clicking all the upgrade options, laughing like a crazy person, spending someone else's money, then we hate you -- and we want to come round your place to see it. However, invite us soon -- because even that Mac is going to slow down to a crawl, and you wouldn't like us when we giggle. The reason for that is because there are basic elements that determine whether any Mac is going to sing or sink, and these are all things that CleanMyMac 3 is designed to fix. Specifically, it's there to fix them so that you don't have to: it helps stop you running out of space, it helps make sure your RAM isn't used up, and it keeps an eye on the health of key components.
Software Restore Solutions claims Apple copying
Software Restore Solutions late Wednesday sued Apple (below) over claims Mac OS X copied its technology. According to the complaint, "at least" the Disk Utility feature in every version of Mac OS X from the 2001 original through to Snow Leopard copies one claim in a workgroup network manager patent from 1998. Apple supposedly knows the automated repair features could infringe on the patent but has shown "deliberate indifference" towards the consequences.
New version can scan, defrag unmounted media
Macware has released DiskTools Pro 3.6.0, updating the disk utility software for the Mac. The utility defragments drives, runs back-ups and repairs bad sectors. It does its work, including sector repair and defragmentation, on the active Mac OS volume without requiring booting from an external volume or disk.
CyberDuck 3.2.1 (free) is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licensed under the GPL. The application features integration with external editors, as well as support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain, and AppleScript. Features added to the new release include: the ability to create placeholder objects, the option to enable Bucket Access Logging and CloudFront Access Logging, an updated Info window, and more. The update also features several bug fixes including one related to failed MobileMe iDisk upload failures. [Download - 12.7MB]
iPod Converter 2.7 ($30) is a tool for converting video files to the mp4 format for use on an iPod. The software can covert most common video files including AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, ASF, and DivX. Within iPod converter users can crop video area, the bit rate, frame rate and video resolution. The latest update includes a new style interface and has fixed several smaller bugs. [Download - 10.5MB]
SOHO Labels image kit
In brief: Several companies have announced that they will be celebrating the 25th birthday of the Macintosh computer by offering discounts on its software. nova media is offering its launch2net software at a reduction of over 60% while Coriolis Systems is offering all of its software at a 25% price reduction. Chronos has also offered a deal for its customers but it is focused on thanking them for their business. Users can download a free image pack to be used with SOHO Labels 4 that is focused on a winter theme.
Mac Data Recovery
Disk Doctor Labs has announced its new Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery software. Compatible with Mac OS X Leopard and Tiger, the stand-alone software solution supports both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs and provides recovery from hard drives, camera/flash cards, FireWire drives, and USB drives. The software features a user interface that the company claims allows even a novice to handle complex recovery, support for both HFS+ and HFSX file systems, and an advance volume scanning option that helps in variety of unique situations, including recovering formatted volumes, volumes when not getting mounted, volumes having damaged partition map, volumes having corrupt catalog file or any kind of corruption in B-Tree.
Data Rescue II for Leopard
Prosoft Engineering today announced that the latest version of its Data Rescue II software offers full support for Mac OS X Leopard. The previous revision was only compatible with a Leopard-based Mac when booted from the optical drive, according to the company, and the update achieves Leopard compatibility without the need to boot from a CD or DVD disk. Data Rescue II helps users recover files from problematic hard drives or files that were previously deleted. The software is priced at $100 and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.