Adobe posted critical patches for more security flaws in its products today, urgently deployed outside its normal security update schedule:
Adobe Media Encoder | APSB20-10
This update resolves a critical out-of-bounds write vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution … CVE-2020-3764
Adobe After Effects | APSB20-09
This update resolves a critical out-of-bounds write vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution … CVE-2020-3765
Updated discussions include the following topics:
- Databases – FileMaker compatibility, open-source alternatives
- Printing – wireless print problems with Catalina: tips/configuration/etc.
- Thunderbolt – cable confusions
Opal is an outliner application for Macs from A Sharp LLC (David Dunham), just updated for the latest Macs but derived from the wonderful original Acta outliner created for Macs way back in 1986. Features include multiple selection, topic filtering, smart checkboxes, multiple undo, spell-checking, OPML support, Word export, HTML output, Acta import, high-quality documentation, and more.
Opal 1.3 is a new 64-bit version available as a free download for macOS 10.14 and later. (Older, 32-bit Opal versions are available to download for earlier Macs, and the classic Acta is still available as a free, unsupported download for classic Mac systems.)
Opal 1.3 is a 64-bit app that requires macOS 10.14 or later. We’ve made this version free, in thanks for your support over the years. You will need to right-click and use the Open menu item the first time you launch it.
DaisyDisk is a Mac app from Software Ambience Corp. that scans hard disk contents and displays them as an interactive sunburst map that provides a color-coded overview of disk usage and can be navigated to preview deeper levels and locate large files that can be deleted to save space.
DaisyDisk 4.9 is priced at $9.99 for OS X 10.10 and up. The latest release added support for FUSE-mounted drives, “notably improved discovery of the hidden space” and a few other improvements.
SteerMouse is Mac software from Plentycom Systems that provides customization and support for a variety of USB and Bluetooth mice, including Apple’s Mighty Mouse and Kensington’s Expert Mouse trackball (but not Apple’s Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad). Features include adjustable horizontal and vertical scrolling, invocation of multiple shortcut keys (in sequence), application switching and file opening, plus custom acceleration and sensitivity settings, system controls (for Siri, Spotlight, Notification Center, Launchpad, Screen Zoom etc.), music controls, URL opening and more.
SteerMouse 5.4.4 is priced at $19.99 for macOS 10.12 and up, with a free 30-day trial period. (Older versions are available for earlier Mac systems.) The latest versions include macOS Catalina support.
Recent discussions touch on PDF issues (compatibility and software quality problems), Thunderbolt docks, and also databases (FileMaker compatibility/conversion) among other topics.
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 184.108.40.2067 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 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 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.
Apple has issued new versions of its watchOS software to patch undisclosed security flaws, along with a bug affecting users in Iceland.
Updated discussions include the following topics:
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.
Yate is a Mac app from 2ManyRobots designed for people “who are serious about tagging and organizing their audio files.” Features include reading and writing of ID3 tags; support for mp3, m4a, flac, aiff, wav, ogg and dsf files; scripting; import and export of metadata; lyric downloads; integration with AcousticBrainz, AcousticID, Beatport, Discogs, iTunes, MusicBrainz and The Movie Database (TMDb); various artwork features; creation, viewing and editing of album databases (stored in CSV files with a sidecar file); validation; change tracking; playlist mode; iTunes track addition and removal, plus link repair; batch processing and MusicBrainz wizards; backup; Growl support; and more.
Yate 220.127.116.11 is priced at $20 for OS X 10.9 and up with a free 14-day trial available. The latest release continues to make changes to accomodate macOS Catalina.
- Added Extreme Update Apple Apps actions to assist with Catalina bugs where Music does not update the artwork of refreshed files.
- Added Generic Find Filter, an action which can perform case sensitive filtering, matching on word boundaries on multiple fields.
- Added Preview Sample, an action which allows you to change ratings while previewing songs.
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..