Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Soundness has announced SoundSoap 5.0, an update to their award-winning audio noise reduction software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows. The upgrade introduces new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. 

Other improvements include a graphical learn noise mode, better hum removal, improved media playback controls, FLAC and MP3 file support, high-resolution audio meters, and full bypass and reset commands. SoundSoap is a tool that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files.

SoundSoap 5 includes the standalone application and plug-in versions, and costs $149. It can be purchased and downloaded directly from the Soundness website. Previous owners of SoundSoap can upgrade to SoundSoap 5 for $49. Customers who purchased SoundSoap 4 on or after Oct. 1, 2015, will be provided a free upgrade to SoundSoap 5.

PipelineFX has launched released Qube! 6.8, an update to the render farm management software for visual effects. The new version expands the capabilities of ArtistView bringing job submissions, a simpler configuration process and tabbed navigation into a new user interface.

ArtistView was designed to streamline WranglerView, so artists only have to focus on creative elements like queue control, project updates, and render previews. Qube! 6.8 kickstarts that process by taking submission elements from WranglerView and presenting them in a way that speaks to the workflow needs of top studios. The update also adds: centralized preferences; OS X El Capitan support; Harmony 12 support; and VRED Sequencer support. 

Customers currently on maintenance and support can download version 6.8 immediately from the PipelineFX ftp site. Monthly subscription licenses are $15/mo. Dedicated licensing options like Qube! Designer (best for design and broadcast) and Qube! Unlimited (best for VFX and education) are also available.

iOS Apps/Updates

FatRedCouch has announced MoonDucky Musical Theatre 1.2.39. The $1.99 app allows children to cast, costume, and direct custom musical theater experiences. Kids will take the director's chair and bring a self-created production to life.

MK Art Technology has released Ghost Phone 1.1, an update to their social networking app. The free app offers instant text messaging, free VoiP voice calls, photo and video sharing. Version 1.1 sports a new graphical user interface.

SilverWiz has rolled out MileWiz 2.1, an update to their popular automatic mileage tracker for iPhone. Designed for people driving their personal car for business purposes, the generates “IRS-proof: mileage logs, and helps claim tax deductions after qualifying miles. MileWiz 2.1 is free and gives you 20 free drives per month. You can upgrade to unlimited drives for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.