Notable apps and app updates for November 30, 2015

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, iOS, and tvOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

ZoomingCube Interactive has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock. 

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP (System Integrity Protection) in order to function.

Appocto has introduced Censorate for Mac OS X. It allows you to pixelate, blur or hide sensitive or unwanted areas in images. 

Censorate is designed for users who who frequently post on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Censorate is compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It sells for $4.99 and is available from Appocto online.

Times for Fun has upgraded fgrab, its screen recorder for the Mac, to version 1.5. It’s been partially rewritten for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan.

With fgrab, capture any action on your screen and save it as a screen movie. After recording you can immediately play it back without an export procedure. fgrab is available from Times for Fun for approximately $20.

Zevrix Solutions has unveiled Instant Backup 1.8, a compatibility update to its solution to manually back up selected data to FTP and locally. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Instant Backup can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $9.95. A demo is available for download. Instant Backup requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

Whetstone Apps has introduced DayMap 2.1.1 an update to visually oriented organizer app. It offers a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

In version 2.1.1, each occurrence of a recurring task can be sorted in the the Calendar view independently. A graying out scheduled icon appears when a task is completed. And the Hide Completed slider now affects the Calendar view as well as the Outline view.

DayMap 2.1.1 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs and can be purchased at the Mac App Store under the Productivity category.

iOS Apps/Updates

Absolutist has announced Hidden Objects: Twilight Town 1.4.31, a mystery adventure quest. The game combines hidden object, puzzle and strategy gameplay. Twilight Town is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Gamelarious has released Videocraft 4.0, an update to their complete multi-track video editor, photo story and movie maker app. The $1.99 tool includes features to combine video clips and photos with songs, sound effects, voice recordings, images, and text. Version 4.0 brings 1080p HD support, Ken Burns effects, stop motion video support, and more.

Aditon has floated out Bubble Struggle: Adventures 1.55, an update to their bubble-popping game. In the game, you pop bubbles in over 70 levels. Version 1.55 introduces new levels, as well as a new “staying alive” mode and more. Bubble Struggle is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

tvOS Apps/Updates

Apimac has announced Timer TV, a free timer app that lets you set a — as you might guess from the name — timer on the Apple TV.  You can choose from three pre-set themes: Steel, a professional theme for the workplace and education; Energy, a theme for physical activity; and Snow, a theme for contemporary contexts.