Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 10, 2017

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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Keybol Games has debuted Overtake King 1.0. In the free game, your goal is to claim the road as the “Overtake King” by passing as many vehicles as you can. The game has a set of unlockable bikes and more.

Banshee Apps has introduces Can you Stump the Trump? In the free app, you test your wits against President Donald Trump and have access to a collection of his best memes and sound bytes.

Le Chick Productions has introduced ShoppingMate 1.0. The free app allows shoppers all over the globe to “find like-minded company to do, chat or obsess about shopping together.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Noble Master Games has released Demise of Nations 1.0.37, a “simultaneously executed turn-based grand strategy wargame" for the Mac.


The game covers the rise of Rome till the fall of modern civilization. Featuring over 50 unique troop types, Demise of Nations is described a mix between Civilization and Unity of Command featuring deep game-play including diplomacy, research, building, trading and resource management. The game also includes modding support with an integrated map editor.

Demise of Nations 1.0.37 can be downloaded directly from the official website or via Steam. It comes with two maps provided for free. Additional maps can be downloaded for $3.99 a piece or $19.99 for all. 

Multiplayer games are free to join. However, to cover server costs, there’s a fee for custom online game setup or custom avatars. Demise of Nations is not pay-2-win.

Quark Software Inc. has updated itsQuark Content Automation Platform. The new release, adds enhancements to content management and web-based content review, including the ability to assemble and manage PowerPoint slides at a component level.

Quark’s content automation platform enables business users and editorial teams to collaborate effectively throughout the multi-channel content life cycle – from creation and management to publishing and delivery. By creating and reusing content components – rather than traditional static documents and files – teams can share, search, track, and reuse content.

The Quark Content Automation Platform consists of modules that enable the creation, management, publishing and delivery of multi-channel content. The modules affected in the newest release include Quark Publishing Platform, QuarkXPress Server, Quark Author Web Edition, and Quark XML Author.

callas software has rolled out version 9.3 of pdfToolbox, which allows you to integrate PDF processing. The upgrade uses the latest version of the Adobe PDF Library and provides bug fixes in the areas of rendering and transparency flatting and improves stability and performance of the application.

A new Switchboard action allows for converting pages containing CMYK (and optionally spot colors) into pre-separated pages (without rasterization). A one page CMYK PDF file is converted into a four-page pre-separated PDF file. Pre-separated pages have metadata to allow compatible equipment to recognize them as such.

The pdfToolbox check for the size of a page box such as the trim box has been extended. Now it’s also possible to check that a page has either a given size or a multiple of that size. This allows for checking whether a page can be proportionally scaled to the required size.

The update to pdfToolbox 9.3 — which requires macOS 10.7 or later — is free of charge for pdfToolbox 9 users (you can keep your pdfToolbox 9 keys for this update). pdfToolbox Desktop for manual processing as a plug-in within Adobe Acrobat or standalone, starts at $499. A demo is available for download.