MacInTouch Community discussions include these topics (among others):
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 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 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.)
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.
Microsoft has issued security updates for its Office software, patching vulnerabilities in Excel.
CVE-2020-0650 | Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
CVE-2020-0651 | Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Excel software when the software fails to properly handle objects in memory. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could run arbitrary code…
Adobe Inc. has issued its latest product security patches, including critical patches for the Windows platform:
APSB20-01: Adobe Experience Manager
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Experience Manager (AEM). These updates resolve multiple vulnerabilities in AEM versions 6.5 and below rated Important and Moderate. Successful exploitation could result in sensitive information disclosure.
APSB20-03: Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe has released updates for Adobe Illustrator CC for Windows. This update resolves critical vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution…
MacInTouch Community discussions touch on the following topics (among others):
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.
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 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 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.)
Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro rack-mount model is now available for ordering, starting at $6,499 plus tax in the barest, stripped-down configuration:
3.5GHz 8‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
256GB SSD storage
Rack mounting rails, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Delivery time for this entry-level model is listed as 3-4 weeks. Upgrades, storage, display, etc. can push the price well above $50,000 and create additional delays, depending on the item(s).