Sensei

Sensei is a new utility app  from Cindori AB that adds to the capabilities of the company’s previous Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei Mac apps but only runs on macOS Catalina. Features include SSD Trim support, SMART reporting, performance testing, fan control, detailed Mac information and monitoring (temperature, CPU, GPU, battery, drives), an app uninstaller, disk “cleaning” and more.

Sensei 1.0.0, whiich is compatible only with macOS 10.15 Catalina, is priced at $59 for a permanent license or $29/year as a subscription. Upgrade discounts are available for owners of Trim Enabler and Disk Sensei.

ChronoSync

ChronoSync is a Mac app from Econ Technologies, Inc. that can synchronize and backup to almost any storage connected to a Mac, including local files (folder to folder sync), other Macs or PCs, external drives, and cloud services. You can schedule tasks, customize rules/filters, define scripts that can run multiple syncs simultaneously, automatically archive deleted or replaced files, use NFS file servers and more.

ChronoSync 4.9.8 is priced at $49.99 for OS X 10.11 and up with a 15-day trial available. (Older versions are available for earlier Macs.) The latest release addresses several more macOS Catalina issues, among other updates.

ChronoAgent 1.9.6, priced starting at $14.99 per license, “is an invisible application that runs silently in the background on a Mac and provides ChronoSync or InterConneX a direct connection to a remote Mac”, protected by a login and optional encryption. ChronoSync can be used as a backup server, pushing or pulling data as required.

InterConneX 2.0 is a free file management app for iOS 9 and later that can consolidate mobile files in a “sharespace” container and synchronize files with Macs running ChronoSync. Version 2.0 improved robustness (in conjuction with a ChronoSync update) and brought a new “adaptive interface which allows multitasking and support for drag and drop.”

ChronoMonitor is a $3.99 app for iOS 7 and up “that monitors Macs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent.”

Paprika

Paprika is a cross-platform recipe manager from Hindsight Labs LLC that features cloud sync; interactive recipes (tap to check off each completed step, etc.); timers; automatic scaling; switching among multiple recipes; smart grocery lists (sorting ingredients by aisle); meal planning; web recipe browsing and downloading; support for adding multiple photos, and also for hyperlinks, metric/English conversion, inventory, natural language processing “that can automatically recognize any recipe written in plain English on any website”, import/export, sharing, printing and more. (See the Paprika user guide for more details.)

Paprika Recipe Manager 3.4.1 is priced at $29.99 for macOS 10.12 and up.
Paprika 3.4.4 is priced at $4.99 for iOS 9 and up.
Paprika is also available for Windows and Android.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is a web browser from Microsoft Corp. that is now based on Google’s cross-platform Chromium foundation.  Features include extensions support, InPrivate mode, anti-tracking options, and various other privacy and security options.

Microsoft Edge 79.0.309.65 is a free installer download for OS X 10 and later that also installs a Microsoft AutoUpdate program.

Microsoft Edge 44.11.11 runs on iOS 10 and later, and Edge is also available for Windows 7 and later, as well as Android.

Shotcut

Shotcut is a cross-platform video editing app from Meltytech LLC (Dan Dennedy) that offers a rich set of features, including native editing support for “oodles” of audio, video and image formats (including ProRes); native multitrack and multiformat timeline editing (no import required) with trimming, thumbnails and waveforms (cached); resolution support to 4K; audio mixing and video compositing across all tracks; append, insert, overwrite, lift, and delete (ripple) editing on the timeline; color correction and audio filters; the ability to create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML playlists; encode/transcode, capture, streaming and batch encoding with job control; and much more.

Shotcut 19.18.31 is a free, open-source download for OS X 10.10 and up, Linux, and Windows. The latest release allows “moving multiple clips on the Timeline”, among other improvements.

Gramps

Gramps (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System) is a free, cross-platform genealogical app from Donald N. Allingham and the Gramps Team that “helps you track your family tree” – people, relationships, places, events, sources, citations, repositories, media, notes, calendars, bookmarks, filters, image metadata, and more. Other features include tools for database checking, duplicate detection, merging, “soundex” analysis, and support for GEDCOM import/export, as well as Web Family Tree export. (See Gramps Wiki for more details.)

Gramps 5.1.2 is a free Python app download for Mac OS X 10.5 and later and for various versions of Linux, or Windows.

Gramps attempts to provide all of the common capabilities of other genealogical programs, but, more importantly, to provide an additional capability of integration not common to these programs. This is the ability to input any bits and pieces of information directly into Gramps and rearrange/manipulate any/all data events in the entire data base (in any order or sequence) to assist the user in doing research, analysis and correlation with the potential of filling relationship gaps.

GrandPerspective

GrandPerspective is a Mac app from Erwin Bonsma that graphically maps disk usage to show what’s taking up storage space, displaying larger files as larger rectangles with coloring to identify attributes. (This can be especially helpful when migrating to a new Mac that may have limited storage.) Filenames are shown at the bottom of the display as you hover over a rectangle, and you can reveal the file in the Finder, open it or delete it.

Other features include customizable coloring (by file type, modification date, folder, filename, etc.), customizable filters (to exclude certain files from the view), the ability to view package contents, Quick Look previews, navigation among folders and hard-link support to accomodate Time Machine’s backup structure.

GrandPerspective 2.4.0 is free, open-source donationware for OS X 10.9 and up, with older versions compatible back to Mac OS X 10.5. The latest release revises the user interface and “includes a fix for an issue that could cause crashes when scanning data volumes.” (For convenience, the app is also available in Apple’s Mac App Store at $1.99 but wasn’t up to date when checked.)

Amadeus Pro

Amadeus Pro is an excellent, multi-track audio editing, recording and processing program from Martin Hairer (HairerSoft). Features include denoising and repair functions, CD burning, conversion and broad support of many formats (including Mp3, MPEG-4 AAC, AIFF, WAVE, WMA, CAF, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, etc.), analysis tools (including sonograms, spectrum displays and waveform statistics), “smart editing” (for smooth cut/paste), iTunes support, batch operations, and a full array of audio effects and processors, supporting both Audio Unit and VST audio plug-ins, plus built-in effects (multiband graphic equalizers, volume normalization, fade in/out, echo, speed and pitch change, etc.), scheduled recordings and more,

Amadeus Pro 2.7 is priced at $59.99 for OS X 10.8 and up. An Amadeus Lite version at $24.99 has fewer features. (Older versions are also available for download, supporting Mac OS X 10.4 and up.)

Amadeus’s latest release brings more macOS 10.15 compatibility, plus features and fixes:

Full support of macOS Catalina security features
Performance improvements
Advanced preference allowing to lower resolution for increased display speed
Uses latest versions of Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Opus libraries
Added Brown noise generator
Support for AIFF files of up to 4GB in size
Bug fixes

SilentKnight, LockRattler, SysHist

SilentKnight is a Mac app from Howard Oakley (The Eclectic Light Co.) that fills a big gap in Apple’s Mac software, checking and displaying the status of Apple’s silent security updates — MRT, Gatekeeper, XProtect, TCC, the KEXT blocker, EFI firmware and System Integrity Protection (SIP) status.

LockRattler is an earlier app from the same developer with a less streamlined, more manual interface that may be preferable in certain cases, for example, if you don’t want to update all back-level versions of these Apple security components at once. Another related app, SystHist, offers a list of these security updates and versions that have been installed over time.

SilentKnight, LockRattler and SystHist are free downloads for OS X 10.11 and later.

To check your Mac, simply open [SilentKnight]. It then runs a series of automatic checks:
• whether your EFI firmware is current, against a list which I maintain for each model;
• settings of key security systems such as System Integrity Protection (SIP);
• security data files for MRT, Gatekeeper, XProtect, TCC, and the KEXT blocker, testing whether they are up to date;
• whether there are any security updates available from Apple.
If the answer to the last is that there are updates available, it provides a single button which will download and install them immediately.

… SilentKnight isn’t intended as a complete replacement for LockRattler, which offers similar coverage but without automatic comparison against expected results. LockRattler remains the preferred option when you need more flexibility, perhaps running deliberately with older EFI firmware, or only wanting to download and install certain named updates.

… SystHist is a clean and simple app which tells you all the OS X/macOS system and security updates which have been installed on that Mac. Now probes deep into protected territory to find even silent silent updates, and gives details of all the files updated.

SilentKnight 1.6 takes Apple’s abandonment of macOS 10.12 into consideration.

T2M2 (The Time Machine Mechanic)

T2M2 (The Time Machine Mechanic) is a Mac utility app from Howard Oakley (The Eclectic Light Co.) that helps check on the integrity of Apple’s Time Machine backup system, analyzing your Mac’s system logs to check for anomalies and errors and reporting on backup volumes, file counts, space usage, deletions, scheduling, errors, intervals, deep scans, compaction, and more. The app includes detailed built-in help and a “Back up Now” button.

T2M2 1.12 is a free download for macOS 10.12 and later.

Much of the time, Time Machine backups work fine. Every hour or so, your Mac automatically makes a new backup, and when you need to retrieve something from those backups, it’s there, ready for you. But Time Machine can and does go wrong, and often does not warn you that it has stopped making backups regularly, has stopped working altogether, or that errors have occurred. You may only discover this when you go to use your backup; it is then too late. The Time Machine Mechanic, T2M2 for short, is an easy-to-use tool which checks that your backups are being made correctly. It tells you details such as how much has been backed up, and when. It reports any errors which have occurred, and keeps you fully informed about what has been going on with Time Machine.

Macs Fan Control

Macs Fan Control is a free app from CrystalIdea Software Inc. for better control over Mac cooling fans, letting you set individual fans to a constant speed or control them in relation to a specific temperature sensor, from built-in Apple sensors to third-party hard drive and SSD SMART data. You can set minimum and maximum thresholds, display thermal sensor data, display a temperature and fan speed in the Mac menubar, and even use it with Windows running in Boot Camp.

Macs Fan Control 1.5.4 is a free download for macOS 10.12 and up with earlier versions available for Mac OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.11. A $14.95 “Pro” version brings custom fan presets, plus “priority customer support and confidence in future updates and improvements.” The latest release now works in Windows 10 also on modern computers that have the T2 security chip.

Ubiquiti AmpliFi

AmpliFi is a set of Wi-Fi mesh networking products from Ubiquiti Networks Inc. that can replace Apple’s abandoned AirPort products with better-than-Apple design and details. Features include an elegant iOS app for management, stylish design, streamlined setup, and a high-performance mesh architecture that integrates a base router with peripheral “MeshPoint” extenders to effectively cover a greater area than a single router can alone with maximum performance and reliability.

AmpliFi Alien is a brand-new router featuring Wi-Fi 6 technology with 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 radios, promising double the coverage and far greater capacity vs. the company’s previous model. Other features include a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and switch for four LAN ports, a 274×1268 color touchscreen with haptics, internal power supply, a “high-performance custom antenna array” and “MU-MIMO and OFDMA for communication across twelve Wi-Fi 6 spatial streams”, plus easy setup and management via iOS or Android apps. Multiple AmpliFi Alien devices can be combined in a mesh for added range and capacity.

AmpliFi HD, an earlier model, includes a base router with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a Gigabit WAN Ethernet port, plus two MeshPoint devices that plug into 3-prong A/C jacks with an adjustable magnetic mount attaching an antenna unit with signal strength/status metering (but no Ethernet port). Alternatively, you can purchase the router alone, or multiple routers that you combine wirelessly or via Ethernet “back-haul.” (See AmpliFi documentation for many more details.)

AmpliFi Instant is a compact, lower-priced package with just one Ethernet LAN port (plus the WAN port) on the main router, while an Ethernet port has been added to its AirPort Express-like MeshPoint extender.

AmpliFi Alien is priced at $379, or at $699 in a bundle with an AmpliFi Alien MashPoint.

AmpliFi HD [Amazon] is list-priced at $340 for the router with two MeshPoint extenders.

AmpliFi Instant [Amazon] is priced at $179 for the base router and a single MeshPoint extender.

AmpliFi WiFi 1.12.4 is a free wireless system management app for iOS 9 and later (and it’s also available for Android).

AmpliFi Teleport 1.1.0 is a free app for iOS 12 and later that lets you make a remote secure connection to your home network (like a VPN) with a Google, Facebook, or Ubiquiti login account.

Ubiquiti WiFiman 0.7.1 is a free app for iOS 10 and up that can scan your local network for device and port details, as well as doing a network speed test.