Notable apps and app updates for May 10, 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

MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….

The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.

The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.

The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary retakes of the same picture or different formats of the same song.

Version 2 applies Smart Selection algorithm and becomes self-learning from a user. Smart Selection algorithm remembers rules for files removal, learns and applies the experience to next sessions. 

Gemini 2 accurately selects duplicates for removal and if it has any doubts, it leaves the decision to a user. 

The new version restores the previous session; a user can retrieve the previous scanning session and get back to it without starting a new scan session.

Gemini 2 is available for $19.95.. The Mac App Store version of Gemini 2 costs $19.99. All current Gemini users can upgrade to Gemini 2 with a lifetime 50% off discount. Users who would like to try the application before making a purchase can download the trial version here.

Mapdiva has updated Artboard, its drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.

The software allows you to create vector drawings. Version 2 sports a tabbed interface, a Select tool for editing objects, smart drawing tools, a more powerful styles editor, enhanced workflows, editable clip art & styles, and more. 

To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% off ($29.99 compared to $49.99). A demo version isis available for download at the product website.

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

Stonelight Pictures has introduced Battery Share 1.0.3. The $0.99 utility gives you a “final opportunity to contact your friends or loved ones before their phone dies.” By getting notifications when your friend's battery is low, you can make last contact before their phone runs out of power. 


watchOS Apps/Updates for the Apple Watch

Blingz Technology has launched Blingz Style 1.1. The free app brings live personal expressions to the Apple Watch. Blingz Style changes the face of the Apple Watch from plain black to a canvas for dynamic expression. Anyone can choose a style for their Apple Watch that fits their current mood from a large library.