Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 22, 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

Playrix has launched Homescapes, a free, story-based, Match-3 adventure. It depicts a family adventure following the central character’s life in his ancestral mansion. Homescapes players help Austin the butler bring warmth and comfort back to his family’s mansion. Players can show their designer skills by furnishing and decorating the kitchen, the hall, the orangery, and other house areas, including the garage. 

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macOS Apps/Updates

Montibus has announced Suite for Pixelmator 2.0, an update to their add-on suite for the Pixelmator image editor for macOS.

It offers more than 1,800 brushes, shapes and gradients for use in the popular Pixelmator image editor. Version 2.0 brings 112 new brushes, 100 new shapes, 50 new gradients, and 10 new styles. The new additions allow users to apply high-quality effects to their images.

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Suite for Pixelmator 2.0 costs $9.99 and requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store. The Pixelmator app is necessary for using brushes, shapes, gradients and styles.

Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 5.2, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. 

LinkOptimizer can automatically resize InDesign links to their final dimensions at specific target resolution. The app can also assign colors profiles, perform image adjustments and convert file formats. The new version makes LinkOptimizer a 64-bit app and introduces support for the upcoming macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released a new edition of Paragon CampTune, a utility for redistribution of disk space between HFS+ or APFS (Apple File System) and NTFS partitions on macOS systems. 

With just one slider, dual-boot users can instantly allocate more disk space to either macOS or Windows operating systems. Paragon CampTune is the first Paragon macOS product to support Apple’s APFS. The update also offers a host of new features, including System Integrity Protection (SIP) management, which allows users to selectively disable individual parameters for this security option. P

Paragon CampTune is available for $19.95 by clicking here. Current Paragon Camptune X users can buy an upgrade to Paragon CampTune with a 50% discount.