Annotation, cursor effects, blurs and more
Aimed at those who create screencasts, YouTube videos and other instructional material that involves screen capture, animation, annotation and editing, TechSmith's Camtasia has been updated to version 2.0, which brings a more intuitive editing interface to the program, along with higher quality output that is 40-60 percent faster to produce. The new version also introduces a blur effect to hide sensitive information.
100,000 beta testers helped shape native version
Snagit, a popular screen capture solution for Windows users, has now been designed from the ground up as a native Mac application, TechSmith announced today. The company is celebrating the release with a slew of tutorial videos, and a contest to spread the word about the Mac version -- prizes of which include a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and an iPod Touch. The Windows version of the software has more than seven million users, and over 100,000 people participated in the public beta program, which began 11 months ago. The $50 program's current version includes a license for both the Windows and Mac versions.
Software can annotate, share screen captures
TechSmith has launched a beta version of its screen capture tool, Snagit for Mac. The current version can capture screenshots from the desktop, a window, a region or a scrolling widow -- viewing beyond the screen borders, either horizontally or vertically. It offers button-click and hot-key captures and allows for timing delays as well. All captures are automatically saved for later recall.
macVCR, Window Cleaner
KavaMovies 1.3 ($35) is a movie database application that allows users to organize the movies they have seen, the ones they want to see and those that are a part of their collection. The application also connects to the internet to obtain extra information about each movie such as actors, directors, genres and more. Version 1.3 includes a new Awards section that lets users see which movies were nominated for any year's Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, etc. The update also features new settings that allow users to control which information is displayed in the browser. [Download - 4.3MB]
Floola 5.2 (free) is a utility that allows a user to manage their iPod or Motorola phone. Floola can copy, rename, delete music, videos and photos, add artwork and lyrics, manage playlists and keep podcasts up-to-date. It can also convert files like YouTube videos to a format that is compatible with the designated device. The new release includes a rewritten iPod notes manager and improved compatibility with iTunes 8.2. Several of the translations have also been updated including French, German, Italian, and Russian. [Download - 15.7MB]
DMG Wiz, CleanMyMac
EasyWMA 3.0 ($10) is a tool for converting wma, asf, flv/wmv audio, real media, and ogg vorbis files to aiff, mp3, m4a, or wav so that they can be used in iTunes. The application has a simple interface that feature drag-and-drop support and is also capable of performing batch conversions. The update has added support for the flac audio file format. [Download - 4MB]
rooSwitch 1.5 ($19) allows users to manage multiple profiles for almost any applications data by simpling dragging the application to the main window. It can be used to manage multiple versions of an applications preferences, settings and data files, and features the ability to switch between them. Version 1.5 includes a new option for locking a profile which will prevent any changes to the active profile from being saved when switching to a different profile. The update also includes a document preference to immediately switch to new profiles as they are created, and the ability to select multiple profiles at once for deletion. [Download - 1.1MB]
RSS DreamFeeder 2.5 ($50) is a Dreamweaver extension that can help users create and edit RSS feeds. The tool allows users of Adobe's Dreamweaver to publish RSS feeds without having to retype any of the content and without the need for prior XML or RSS knowledge. Version 2.5 is now compatible with with CS4 and features improved RSS and ATOM generation. The update has also added an automated entry removal feature that automatically removes a feed entry if the source is removed. [Download - 3.2MB]
iPod Converter 2.4 ($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 2.4 update includes a new style rangebar and displays the range of time that is currently displayed. [Download - 10.4MB]
iPrint 2.0 ($15) allows users to select data within an application that they would like to print. The selection of data can be done through the use of a keyboard shortcut or a popup Dock menu and allows users to print only the material they desire to print. A new Preferences window has been added which allows users to set a default option of always displaying both the Page Setup and Print dialog boxes, always bypassing both the Page Setup and Print dialog boxes, or displaying just the Print dialog box. The applications graphics have also been improved along with other small internal improvements. [Download - 1.5MB]
ScreenCap 2.0 ($40) allows users to capture videos, single screenshots or timed screenshot series from their Mac desktop. The software can be defined to capture the whole screen or only a specific location. ScreenCap can also capture all the audio from the computer or be set to just record through the computers microphone. The 2.0 release includes a new user guide and has fixed the cursor position for video capturing. [Download - 10.7MB]
NR Time, GlimmerBlocker
iWeb SEO Tool 1.1 (free) is a utility that can optimize a user's iWeb created website for search engines. iWeb SEO Tool allows users to add page title tags, meta tags and alternative image text without having to mess with the base HTML code. In the update the "Apply all" button allows users to apply saved optimizations to an entire iWeb website and several crashing bugs have been fixed. [Download - 9.4MB]
PDF Shrink, viJournal
SERank 1.9 ($60) can monitor search engine rankings for any number of keywords and display the changes of a sites rankings over time. Users can track search engine rankings in over 50 different search engines world time and can graph changes in their personal sites ranking over time. The application can also create customized PDF reports reports for clients. Version 1.9 can now export data to CSV or tab delimited files for use with Excel or Numbers and can also customize reports by setting table column widths. [Download - 14.4MB]
Mailings 1.9.45 ($25) is a batch emailing application that can send any web page or plain text document with attachments to several recipients. Mailings simplifies the task of bulk emailing and has features such as logging, progress monitoring, scheduling, error recovery and throttling. The update has addressed a bug that caused an aborted mailing to occasionally remain scheduled to send again. [Download - 4.8MB]
Transmission, Media Rage
Ghost 1.1 (free) provides users with a simple way to create or view hidden files. By dragging and dropping files or folders into the applications window then selecting either hide or unhide. The update now prevents users from hiding their hard drives, which cannot simply be unhidden. The application now quits when the last window is closed and other various bugs have been addressed. [Download - 0.67MB]
ScreenCap 1.8 released
MacVide has released ScreenCap 1.8, a screen capture utility for Mac OS X. The software is mainly intended to provide stills or video of a desktop for purposes like tutorials, and in the case of video, it can additionally supply audio from a microphone or similar sound source. The utility further serves as a monitoring tool, through the use of video or timed screenshots.
When something unusual or interesting appears on your screen, there are times you may want to show the image to someone else. If that person is physically nearby, they can, of course, peek at your screen. In many cases though the other person may be in another city, state or country, so that isn't an option. The only choice then is to do the next best thing, and capture that screen image using a program like Sequence 1.0.
Sequenc screen cap utility
App4mac has announced Sequence, a screenshot utility that uses multi-threaded code and 64-bit compression to capture DVD, audio and multi-media content. The developers says the software can be useful for developing training videos, because it can capture live video and audio from a webcam at the same time as their screen. Sequence was built for OSX Leopard and supports Core Animation, QuickLook, QTKit, Core Image and iChat Theater.
Vara ships ScreenFlow
Vara Software today began shipping its ScreenFlow screencasting software package for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The software features screen, camera, and audio capture systems alongside advanced timeline-based editing features. Users can mix down a screencast with effects like 3D or 2D zoom and pan, mouse callouts, foreground window callouts, picture-in-picture, reflection, drop shadow, and more. ScreenFlow is priced at $100 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Synium unveils Screenium
Synium recently unveiled a beta test for Screenium, its new motion screen-capture application, and also issued a beta for iFinance 2, an update to its personal financial management software. Screenium allows users to record their activities with full internal application and external source audio, enabling them to create video-based tutorials and "screencasts". Screenium captures all mouse movements, clicks, and drags, while also recording all application and operating system sounds. Users can also simultaneously record verbal instructions, so that they don't have to assemble everything in post production. Screenium is currently being offered as a preview version, but will be available for $20 when the app is finalized.