Notable apps and app updates for April 6, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has updated Cronette, a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7. 

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7 offers improved opening of URLs using web secure protocol, enhanced management of task runnable automatically at document opening only for a limited number of times per day, and interface tweaks.

Cronette costs $10 for a single user license, though version 1.7 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download.

AKVIS has released AKVIS Neon 2.0 for Mac OS X (106 and higher) and Windows. The new version introduces interface changes, support for Ultra HD resolution, an improved glow effect with new settings and tools, new decoration effects and frames, and more.

AKVIS Neon creates glowing lines effects. The software transforms a photo into a sparkling image that looks like it’s drawn with light or luminescent ink.

A 10-day trial of AKVIS Neon 2.0. For new users the cost is $39. Version 2 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users, whose license isn’t valid for the new version, can get Neon 2.0 with the new features and tools for $14.95.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Conceptis has introduced Conceptis Cross-a-Pix 1.0. It’s a puzzle game that lets you reveal hidden pixel-art pictures by logic deduction. Cross-a-Pix features a fingertip cursor designed to enable playing large puzzle grids with ease and precision. The game offers 50 free puzzles to get you started and an extra free puzzle each week. Concepts Cross-a-Pix is free, but does tout in-app purchases.


FutureTap has rolled out Streets 3 - The Street View App, the all-new version of their street level viewing app. The $0.99 (for a limited time) tool offers a panoramic, street-level look at any location covered by Google Street View. New features include support for the iPad Pro, Split View, Slide Over, iOS 9 Spotlight support, and a new Apple Watch app offering the ability to view 360-degree panoramas directly on a user's wrist.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new feature to its free smartphone app that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to remind them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters. The reminder feature allows users to receive pre-scheduled safety and preparedness tips, including testing smoking alarms, practicing a fire escape plan, updating emergency kits and replacing smoke alarm batteries.