HandBrake is an open-source, cross-platform app for converting (transcoding) a wide variety of video sources into other formats for different devices or applications. Features include built-in presets for many common formats (plus the ability to create custom presets), control over quality levels, previewing results, a queue for multiple encodes, the ability to transcode a “point to point” selection from the source video, subtitles and chapter marker control, audio dynamic range compression, filters, and more.

HandBrake 1.3.2 is a free download for OS X 10.11 and up, as well as Windows and Linux. The most recent release fixes a number of glitches, following a substantial 1.3.0 update with various macOS changes.


GraphicConverter is a popular and well-supported graphics utility from Thorsten Lemke (Lemke Software GmbH) that can view, convert, filter and manipulate images, with import and export of many formats, batch conversion, slideshows, GPS/geotagging, face detection, Apple Live Photo conversion to animated GIF, support for Finder tags, and AppleScript support among its many features. (See GraphicConverter manual for full details.)

GraphicConverter 11.1.3 is priced at $39.95 for OS X 10.9 and up with a free trial available for downloading. Upgrade, family and volume licenses also are available, and Older versions support earlier Macs.

Version 11 version was a major update, while the latest release adds a few more features, updates, and bug fixes.

New features

  • convert & modify: function rasterize PDF
  • preferences convert/export IPTC
  • preferences open/dds
  • native 64 bit PCD import without usage of a helper application
  • copy video dates to matching videos in destination folder
  • batch action: add/remove margin with percentage
  • browser: export of summary as CSV
  • menu edit / copy / copy GPS as plus code
  • menu file / new / items to create a new image from Exif preview, FLIR data and depth data (if that data exists)

FmPro Migrator

FmPro Migrator is software from “.com Solutions Inc.” that migrates and converts databases back and forth among FileMaker and other database software: Microsoft Access, various SQL/PHP (Web) systems, LiveCode stacks, Servoy apps, .Net apps, Visual FoxPro, Basic and more.

FmPro Migrator 8.87 is priced starting at $199 for Mac and Windows systems (see compatibility/support) for a limited “Developer Edition”; more capabilities are built into the “Platinum Edition”, priced at $599. The latest version includes updates for macOS Catalina.

FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application (developed with LiveCode) which quickly and accurately migrates FileMaker Pro, Access, VFP databases to MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and more.


Permute is a drag-and-drop video converter from Charlie Monroe Software with presets for common destinations, such as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Xbox. It includes support for custom presets, the ability to “stitch” multiple audio/video files together, a Cue Cutter to split files based on .cue data, support for iPhone ringtones, WebP and SVG, scheduling, individual track export, fixes for certain troublesome files, hardware acceleration, built-in help, keyboard shortcuts,  conversion of .dvdmedia and VIDEO_TS folders to ISO files and more.

Permute 3.4.3 is priced at $14.99 for OS X 10.11 and up with a free 7-day trial download available.


Emailchemy is a cross-platform app from Weird Kid Software LLC for converting email files from most popular email applications (including AOL, Apple Mail, Entourage, Eudora, Outlook and more) to standard, portable formats, including RFC-822 mailboxes, Thunderbird folders, Entourage archives, Apple’s Mail.app and more, for conversion and archiving. Features include a built-in IMAP server, de-duplication, and “utilities for splitting, sorting and merging email archives, and harvesting email addresses from email archives.”

Emailchemy 14.3.12 is priced starting at $29.95 (single license) for OS X 10.7 and up, Linux, and Windows. Updates require a renewal purchase after one year. A demo version lets you try the conversion process before purchase. The latest versions has full compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina.

IDMarkz converts InDesign files

IDMarkz is a Mac utility from Markzware for converting InDesign files (to the IDML interchange file format, annotatable PDFs and other formats) for use in Affinity Publisher (1.8+), QuarkXPress, older Adobe InDesign versions and more, without requiring the Adobe subscription software itself. Other features include the ability to preview InDesign documents, automatic conversion and opening in your chosen app, AppleScript support, and an inspector to show document details.

IDMarkz is priced at $199 for macOS 10.12 and later. Coupon code IDMarkzLaunch provides a 50% discount through the end of the year. (A Preview app, free in return for providing an email address, allows viewing InDesign files but not exporting them.)