Notable apps and app updates for April 12, 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

OWC Holdings has updated SoftRAID for Mac OS X (10.6.8 and higher) to version 5.5. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

SoftRAID is a disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X El Capitan. With version 5.5, users can convert their existing AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a way for existing AppleRAID users to start using the features of SoftRAID.

For $49, users can purchase SoftRAID Lite and convert their AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID. Not only will they be able to start using the highly optimized SoftRAID driver which has been shipping since 2003, but they can also take advantage of all of SoftRAID's disk health monitoring and logging features.

Users who purchase the normal version of SoftRAID can not only convert their AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) volumes to SoftRAID but can also convert those volumes to RAID 1+0. A stripe (RAID 0) volume becomes unusable if a single disk fails whereas a RAID 1+0 volume will continue to function after a disk fails. (RAID 1+0 volumes are a stripe volume where each stripe unit consists of a pair of disks, if one disk in the pair fails, the other continues work as part of the volume.)

With SoftRAID 5.5, the application and SoftRAID Monitor now support four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. The upgrade also includes an entirely new error logging mechanism and detects problems with Thunderbolt ports.

A 30-day demo version of SoftRAID 5.5 is available. Registration is $179 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. SoftRAID Lite is available for just $49 for the electronic download version. Users of SoftRAID version 4 can purchase an upgrade to version 5.5 for $89.

Eltima Software has announced USB Network Gate 4.0 for Mac OS X. The utility Network Gate lets you work with remote USB devices from your local computer over Internet/LAN/WAN as if those devices were plugged directly into your machine. 

Version 4.0 adds support for OS X El Capitan. It also includes several stability and interface improvements.

USB Network Gate runs on Mac OS X 10.9 and later and costs $89.95 for sharing one USB device. It’s licensed according to the number of shared USB devices. Every server computer (where the device will be shared) requires a separate license. The client module of USB Network Gate is free and unlimited in quantities used.

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

Codium Labs has introduced Offline Kiosk 1.0 for the iPad. The $29.99 app lets you convert an existing website into a completely self-contained package, offering all of the features and content of the online version, with no Internet connection needed. The resulting "kiosk" site resides completely on the iPad, including all pages, graphics, audio, video, and other content, making it perfect for any road warrior's customer service toolkit.

SLiCK Concepts has launched 1.1. The $3.99 contact management and org chart app for sales professionals “re-imagines” the creation of org charts. You don't have to create the org chart; does it for you automatically. You simply organize your contacts into the company hierarchy and the org chart is created.

Intelligent Apps has rolled out Cubes 1.0. It’s a puzzle game that allows players to merge cubes to create a new and more colorful cubes. Swipe to move all tiles. When two similar cubes touch, they merge into one. Join the cubes and get to the Rainbow Cube. Cubes is free, but does tout in-app purchases.