RawDigger, FastRawViewer

RawDigger is a cross-platform app from LibRaw LLC, billed as “a microscope of sorts that lets you drill down into raw data” recorded by digital cameras. Features include “the real raw histogram of the raw data, which greatly differs from the in-camera histogram, as well as histograms presented by most of the raw converters”, plus under/over-exposure stats, and statistical calculations by channel or for arbitrary rectangular selections.

RawDigger 1.4.0 is priced from $19.99 to $89.99, depending on features, for macOS 10.12 and up with a demo download available. The latest version includes support for the Nikon Z60, D780, Canon EOS M200, and more.

FastRawViewer 1.5.5.1597 is another app from the company, priced at $19.99 – it is designed for “extremely fast culling and pre-processing of RAW images: i.e. display, visual and technical analysis, applying basic corrections, sorting and setting aside or directly transferring the selected ones for further processing.”

PhotosRevive

PhotosRevive is software for macOS and iOS from NeededApps (Jeremy Vizzini) that promises to automatically colorize old black-and-white photos using “a revolutionary artificial intelligence that will add colors in an ultra-realistic way.”

We know that the colors chosen by the engine may differ from those of your memories. That’s why the app lets you add indications of colors. So you can help the artificial intelligence ​​and change the rendering as you please.

PhotosRevive 1.2.0 is priced at $17.99 for macOS 10.13 and up from the Mac App Store with a download available at the company’s website.

PhotosRevive 1.1.1 is a free download for iOS 12 and up but requires in-app purchase of “credits.”

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 20.12.17 is a free, open-source download for OS X 10.10 and up, Linux, and Windows. The latest release brings low-resolution previews, an audio pitch filter, and other improvements, while low-resolution proxies are planned for the months ahead.

Please remember that today there is still a processing cost to scale down the source video to the preview resolution. So, this is still not a silver-bullet, magical cure-all for performance issues. This feature will be more beneficial when low resolution proxies are used, which is planned for version 20.04 in April.

Valentina Studio

Valentina is a cross-platform (Qt-based) database management system from Paradigma Software Inc. that can create, edit, query, import and administer Valentina DB, MySQL, Postgre and SQLite databases. Many tools are available in the free version including Schema Editor, Data Editor, Import/Export, SQL Editor and Builder, Server Administrator and Utilities, while the Pro version adds data transfer between databases, a report editor and query builder and other capabilities.

Valentina Studio 10.0.0 is available in a free download for macOS 10.12 and later, as well as Linux and Windows. The new version includes the following updates:

 • Synchronization of server bookmarks and SQL snippets via Cloud Storage (Dropbox, GoogleDrive). Prefs Panel lets you can specify the folder on an HDD where Valentina Studio will generate these two files.
 • SQL Snippets now can be linked to specific database(s) you are working on. Select snippets using a contextual menu based on the database.

Valentina Studio Pro, with its extra features, is priced at $159.99 for a single platform or $319.99 for a Universal version that works on macOS, Linux or Windows (but just one at a time).

Valentina Server combines a server “based on ultra-fast, object-relational columnar technology”, a reports server that “turns data into highly formatted reports as rich media web pages, text, images, PDFs, and an SQLite database server “with full multi-access, industry-standard server features.” Valentina Server is a free download for non-profit and internal evaluation uses, while the commercial version starts at $1499.95.

iSubtitle, Submarine, Submerge

iSubtitle is a Mac app from Bitfield AB for injecting “soft” subtitles, chapter markers and metadata into video content. Features include iTunes/TV.app integration, support for various subtitle formats (e.g. .srt, .ass/.ssa, .stl, .vtt), FFmpeg export, automatic metadata searching, and batch exporting. iSubtitle 3.3.1 is priced at $19.99 for macOS 10.12 and later with a demo available.

Submarine is a Mac app from the same company for automatically finding and downloading subtitles, using opensubtitles.org. Submarine 2.1.2 is available without charge for macOS 10.12 and later in return for supplying an email address.

Submerge is a Mac app for adding “hardcoded” subtitles to video content  files:

The subtitled movie will play on almost anything, like your computer, smartphone, portable device or game console. Submerge supports many text-based subtitle formats as input and you can export the subtitled movie for the most common devices in just one click. Now with a batch exporting feature as well.

Submerge 3.6 is priced at $19.99 for macOS 10.12 and later with a demo available..

Mountain Duck

Mountain Duck is a cross-platform utility from David Kocher (Iterate GmbH) that “lets you mount any remote FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 and OpenStack Swift server storage as a local disk in the Finder. Open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume. Transfer files using Finder to remote servers, fast.” Among many MountainDuck features is support for Cryptomator interoperable secure vaults (like cross-platform, cloud-friendly versions of Apple’s FileVault-encrypted Mac disk images).

Mountain Duck 3.3.5 is priced at $39 for OS X 10.11 and later with a trial version available for downloading (and also is available for Windows). The latest release brings support for TLS 1.3 networking and support for Cryptomator Version 7 vaults. Version 3 brought a smart synchronization feature to add offline support:

Like Dropbox for any cloud storage with smart synchronization. Files are synchronized to your local disk when opened to allow offline usage and changes are uploaded in the background as soon as a connection is available. You can also explicitly select files and folders available for offline use.

AmorphousDiskMark/MemoryMark

AmorphousDiskMark is a Mac storage benchmarking app from Katsura Shareware with a user interface like that of the Windows app, CrystalDiskMark. Benchmark tests provide MB/s and IOPS results for a chosen target volume with controls over queue depth, test size, iterations and test intervals, as well as data choices (random or zero-fill), while tests include sequential 128KB and 1MB read/write, and random 4KB read/write. AmorphousDiskMark 2.5.2 is a free download for OS X 10.8 and later.

AmorphousMemoryMark is a Mac memory performance tester from Katsura Shareware with an interface similar to AmorphousDiskMark’s. Tests include sequential and random reads/writes at various sizes with various memory instructions, intervals, etc. Results are given in GB/s, and the app also provides details about the installed memory. AmorphousMemoryMark 1.0.2 is a free download for OS X 10.8 and later.

Subler

Subler is a Mac app from Damiano Galassi that can combine (“mux“) media types within MP4 files. The software handles subtitles (“compatible with all Apple’s devices – iPod, AppleTV, iPhone, QuickTime”), audio, video, chapters and closed captions, plus metadata editing and support for TMDb, TVDB and the iTunes Store. (File format support includes mov, mp4 and mkv; h264; AAC, AC3; Scenarist and VobSub.)

Subler 1.6.2 is an open-source, donationware download for OS X 10.11 and up. (Older versions support earlier Mac systems.) The latest releases bring various tweaks and improvements.

DiskCatalogMaker

DiskCatalogMaker is a Mac app from Fujiwara Software for keeping track of files and folders that are offline on archive or backup volumes. Features include batch catalogging, fast searching (with boolean expressions), catalog compression, QuickLook previews, network support, multi-processor optimization, and support for archive formats (Zip, StuffIt, RAR, 7-Zip, tar, gzip, bzip2, CompactPro and LHA, plus CD-TEXT support), international/Unicode support, and more.

DiskCatalogMaker 8.0.1 is priced starting at $29.99 for OS X 10.7 and up with a 30-day evaluation period. (Older downloads support earlier Mac systems, back to Mac OS X 10.4.) The latest releases improve APFS performance and other macOS Catalina issues.

LosslessCut

LosslessCut is a cross-platform program from Mikael Finstad for losslessly trimming/cutting video and audio files. (It’s based on FFmpeg, Chromium, and Electron). Other features include:

  • Lossless re-merge of selected segments (for cutting out commercials etc.)
  • Lossless merge of arbitrary files (with identical codecs)
  • Lossless extracting of all data streams from a file (explode video, audio, subtitle and other streams of a file into separate files)
  • Take full-resolution snapshots from videos in JPEG/PNG format
  • Manual input range of cutpoints
  • Can include primary streams (audio/video), or all streams
  • Can remove audio track
  • Apply a timecode offset
  • Remux into different output format
  • Change rotation/orientation metadata in videos. Great for rotating phone videos that come out the wrong way without actually re-encoding the video.

LosslessCut 2.7.1 is freely downloadable open-source software for OS X 10.10 and later, Linux, and Windows.

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is Apple’s iPad game for learning how to write software code in the company’s Swift programming language. Apple says,

You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let you explore many unique coding experiences.

See “A Swift Tour“, Swift Playgrounds documentation, and Swift resources for more details.

Swift Playgrounds 3.2 is a free download for iPads running iOS 11 and later.

Swift Playgrounds 3.2 has just been released for macOS, but only for macOS 10.15 Catalina, as it apparently depends on Apple’s Mac Catalyst iPad software conversion subsystem.

TenFourFox

TenFourFox is a Firefox-based web browser, reprogrammed for PowerPC-based Macs with separate downloads optimized for G3, G4 and G5 processors. Providing up-to-date security to the older Mac platform, it offers “the latest bug fixes, security improvements and all the powerful technology underlying Mozilla Firefox”, along with “AltiVec JPEG, HTML and WebM decoding acceleration for G4 and G5 Macintoshes” and JavaScript performance based on a “best-in-class, just-in-time PowerPC script compiler.

TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 19 is free and open-source software for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. Release 19 brings security fixes and updates.

Microsoft Excel security patches

Microsoft has issued February updates for its Office applications and patched the latest vulnerabilities in supported versions of Excel.

CVE-2020-0759 | Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Excel … an attacker could take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights…