Notable apps and updates, June 24-29

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 this week’s picks.

macOS

Corel has debuted Painter 2020, the latest version of its digital painting software for macOS and Windows. 

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According to the folks at Corel, it accelerates performance across virtually any system, while delivering a streamlined workflow, all-new brushes, enhanced color selection, and more. Painter 2020 is available in English, French, German, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese for $429. Registered owners of any previous version can purchase for the upgrade price of $229.

Hyperbolic Software has launched Umbrella, a duplicate prevention utility for macOS. 

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Once a source is added, it monitors the folder content and reports any duplicates the moment they’re created. Duplicates are automatically marked for fast removal.

Umbrella requires macOS 10.14 or higher. It costs $19.99. A demo is available for download.

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.2.24, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign. 

LinkOptimizer lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, as well as convert image formats and colors, thus helping designers save disk space and reduce production costs. The new version fixes an error in which the option to merge visible layers in Photoshop wasn't executed under some rare conditions.

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. Version 5.2.24 is a free update for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.14 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2019.

Mellel has released Mellel 4.2, an update to its word processor. The new version introduces a completely re-written tables feature, enabling writers to make use of a series of advanced table features such as table styles, formulas, headers and footers, repeating headers, and more.

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Mellel 4.2 comes in versions for the Mac and iPad. It costs $49 and the license includes two years of free updates. A demo is available for download.

iOS

Wave Digital has launched Les Verbes, a free French conjugation verb app. Targeted at intermediate French language students, Les Verbes focuses on the 30 most common verbs and tenses necessary to converse fluently.

The app provides short daily quizzes to test your knowledge. According to the folks at Wave Digital, just two minutes per day is all it takes “to master the most commonly used verbs and improve the fluidity of your French conversations.”



Notable apps and updates, June 17-22

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 this week’s picks.

macOS

Serif has launched its Mac publishing software, Affinity Publisher with StudioLink technology, which  means owners of its vector design app Affinity Designer and image editor Affinity Photo can use them right there in an Affinity Publisher layout, simply by clicking the relevant product icon.

Affinity Publisher is available with a 20% discount (priced fat $39.99) for a limited period. As with all Affinity apps, it has no subscription.

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Serif has also updated the iPad versions of Affinity Designer and Photo to handle Affinity Publisher documents. While Publisher itself will come to iPad later, owners of Affinity Designer and Photo on iPad can now open, edit and export Publisher documents.

Ergonis Software has announced Typinator 9, a new version of their text expander for the Mac. It improves support for macOS.

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In particular, Typinator contains built-in helper applications that have now been updated to 64-bit, which is required on Mojave. Version 8.0 offers a new statistics mode, Magic Keys, a new graphical mini menu bar, and more. With PopChar 8.2 or newer installed, you can now use Typinator to search for and insert arbitrary Unicode characters by their name or Unicode number.

Typinator 8 requires macOS 10.8 or newer. It can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 8 is free for anyone who purchased a license on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.

Red Giant has released VFX Suite, a new suite of keying, tracking, cleanup and visual effects compositing tools, all right inside Adobe After Effects, part of Adobe Creative Cloud. 

Comprised of nine tools in total, Red Giant VFX Suite offers a toolkit for realistic VFX composites, automatic chroma-keying, accurate planar tracking, object replacement/removal, photo-realistic glow effects, prismatic displacement effects, and camera-inspired lens flares for visual effects and motion graphics. All are accessible right within Adobe After Effects, and all come with a GPU-accelerated engine.

VFX Suite costs $999 for a full license and $499 for an academic license. All tools work in Adobe After Effects CC 2018 and later. Knoll Light Factory, Primatte Keyer, Optical Glow and Chromatic Displacement also work in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 and later. And they all work on both macOS and Windows.

AirBeamTV has released Mirror for Sharp TV, a screen mirroring app exclusively developed for Macs.

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It allows you to mirror the screen of your Mac to any Sharp TV models from 2012 and onward. No wires or additional hardware are necessary. You can also stream individual video files from your Mac to your TV. The app works without the need for an Apple TV or Airplay. The app also works on Sharp Android TVs and Sharp Roku TVs.

Mirror for Sharp TV requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $9.99; a demo is available for download.

Quark Software says QuarkXPress, its graphic design software, is now available with monthly and yearly subscription pricing options through the Mac App Store. 

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Quark introduced QuarkXPress to the Mac App Store in 2018. The company says that the two subscription options were added along with purchasing choices in response to customer requests.

You can now purchase a monthly or yearly subscription to QuarkXPress exclusively in the Mac App Store. Or. you can purchase a lifetime license of QuarkXPress through the QuarkXPress Advantage program through a dedicated Quark sales rep, through the Quark eStore, or from an Authorized QuarkXPress Reseller.

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Mailbutler has introduced the free GIPHY extension for Apple Mail on macOS. It enables users to drop in GIFs — animated, looped video shorts — from the GIPHY library to emails without leaving their inbox. 

iOS

Sola K.K. has debuted Pocket Tokyo, a new interactive JRPG-like Tokyo city guide app built on a 3D map of Tokyo equipped with both GPS and Tap navigation modes. With the free app, users can explore Tokyo from any geographical location in the Tap mode. The GPS mode can be activated to track the user's movement. In both game modes all Tokyo landmarks are covered with an interactive guide.