Notable apps and app updates for March 14, 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

Graphic Node has introduced Bundle for Google Docs 1.0 for OS X, a new suite of templates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. 

It provides 50 templates for Google Docs, 25 for Google Sheets, and 25 for Google Slides. The app also offers support for those who want to create content on cloud-based productivity tools

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offer a possibility to access and edit documents from any location as long as you have an Internet connection. Although the designs are marketed for the Google productivity tools, Sheets and Slides, they come in the standard Office formats and are therefore fully compatible with Microsoft Office. 

Google Docs, Sheets and Slide require Mac OS X 10.8 or later and costs $9.99. The app is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Econ Technologies has updated its entire product line; ChronoSync, ChronoSync Express, ChronoAgent, ChronoMonitor, and InterConneX. These releases focus on security, performance, and stability with stronger encryption of data transferred between all of the apps. 

ChronoSync — the $49.99 Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app — has been revved to version 4.6.6 with over 35 enhancements and fixes, including improved security, performance, and stability. ChronoAgent — an $14.99 “undercover” app that runs in the background of the destination Mac providing a direct connection to ChronoSync running on the source Mac — is now up to version 1.6. 

ChronoSync Express, the $29.99, entry level version of ChronoSync, is updated to version 1.1.2 with over 25 enhancements and fixes. 

ChronoMonitor — a $3.99 iPhone app that allows you to instantly receive notice of ChronoSync backups and synchronizations and monitor the operational status of any networked Macs running ChronoAgent — has been upgraded to version 1.1.2, fixing compatibility issues with the new ChronoAgent update. 

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.9, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The utility allows you to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages. 

 

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application; time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces features such as full El Capitan compatibility, a new search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies, a new “view by duplicate group,” a new Quick "Auto-check" feature, and new Smart Search methods.

Tidy Up 4 requires OS X 10.8.0 or later and costs $29.99. Users of version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Products may be purchased online. More information on Tidy Up and download available at Hyperbolic Software online.

Jumsoft has launched Toolbox for MS Office 2.2.4, an update of its design app for Microsoft Office for Mac OS X.

It provides thousands of templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from posters and business cards to slideshows and infographics. The in-app capability allows users to purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. Version 2.2.4 includes hundreds of new templates and illustrations for Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Toolbox for MS Office requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free (with in-app purchases) and is available at the Mac App Store  in the Graphics & Design category.

GeekSuit has given us Client Folder Maker 4.5, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X. 

It’s a folder creation and management tool designed for web developers, graphic designers, app developers, desktop publishers, and prepress operators. Version 4.5 introduces drag-and-drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and more.

Client Folder Maker requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Eltima Software has revved SyncMate, their synchronization tool for OS X, to version 6.3. 

The app allows syncing Mac computers with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTP devices, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and other Windows Services, including Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. The latest version of SyncMate offers expanded functionality and customizable settings.

SyncMate 6.3 is compatible with OS X 10.8.5 and later. This update is free for all SyncMate 6 users. Registered users of previous versions of SyncMate can upgrade with a 50% discount. Pricing for new users starts at $39.95. A demo is available for download at the product website.

Gravity Clock for Mac OS X has ticked to version 3.0. The app combines a physics simulator with a minimalist clock design to create the 21st century successor of an hour glass. It not only shows the current time, but also visualizes the passage of time in a tangible way by the permanent destruction and reconstruction of the clock face. Every second the hand breaks numbers out of the dial and lets them drop to the floor.

Gravity Clock for Mac 3.0 requires mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Linguisoft has released Grammarian Pro2 X2.0.11, an update to its grammar, spelling, AutoType, AutoCorrect, proof reading application for the Mac. 

The new version offers fixes and new features for Mac OS 10.11, global menus, Clipboard checking, Interactive Checking, Dock menu, dictionaries, updated grammar and spelling dictionaries, grammar/spelling issues, version control, and more. Grammarian Pro2 X costs $49.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

OS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

NikSan Tech has introduced Aim Dots 1.0. The free app is designed for players looking to improve their concentration and timing. You just aim and fire at enemy dot. Players try to hit as many enemies as they can, and take the lead on the worldwide leaderboard. Players can also unlock themes to fit their preferences.

Pablo Epscopo, Williams Olivera and Sebastian Martnez have teamed up for Recordify 1.0. The free app allows Slack users to send instant voice messages via Slack on iOS devices.

David Zobrist has debuted Finger Dungeon 1.0. It’s a free, one-touch game in which your job is to hold your finger on the screen as long as you can and make your way through the currently 14 levels of the finger labyrinth. Triggering levers, turning off traps and collecting coins.

 

Lance Ulmer has announced Ultimate Tag 2.0.1 for the iPad. In the game — available in a free and a $1.99 “premium” version — you guide your player away from your friends and family all while dodging obstacles in the level. Ultimate Tag supports up to four multiple players on one device.