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Carbon Copy Cloner 4: from peace to mind to enjoyable backups

Carbon Copy Cloner 4

Backing up your Mac isn’t something you do for pleasure. It’s a necessity and necessities are seldom fun. But when the day comes your hard disk or Mac gives up, you’ll be happy to have a backup you can start from. That is: if you can start up from your backed up volume in seconds. Chances are that, if you are using Carbon Copy Cloner, you can.

Crystal-clear & perfectly manageable: Audirvana Plus 2 music player

Audrivana Plus 2.0.1

A year or so ago I reviewed Audirvana Plus. I found it one of the best music players around. Amarra was just a tiny little bit better, in my opinion. Then came Amarra 3.0, which sounded the same as the previous version, but had more capabilities. Now, Audirvana Plus 2.0.1 has been released, and I am starting to see the light. Audirvana Plus 2 outperforms evrything else and if you’ll give me a couple of minutes, I’ll explain why.

1Password 5 for iOS 8 is here

1Password for iOS 8

1Password 5 for iOS 8 has Touch ID, direct Safari integration (finally!), App Extensions for your favorite apps, Wi-Fi Sync with attachments, freemium pricing, and so much more! Best of all, it’s a free upgrade for existing v4 customers.

Power Manager 4.3.0 Released

Power Manager 4.3 introduces support for remote management of Macs running Power Manager. This release also improves support for Apple’s forthcoming OS X 10.10, Yosemite.

Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2 with driver v3 on OS X

ShuttlePro v2 black edition

I know Contour Design for as long as I write about Mac products, which is well over two decades. I have always been fascinated by their ergonomic shuttle device, the ShuttlePRO. Over the years, Contour Design released a ShuttleXpress and the ShuttlePRO v2. With the introduction of the new driver (v3), I finally got the opportunity to review the ShuttlePRO v2. I was prepared for a device that I could use in NLEs and a few photo editors only, but I found that one of the reasons why the ShuttlePRO v2 (and ShuttleXpress too, for that matter) is such an interesting device is its impressive application support.

PopClip, a smart clipboard aide

PopClip clipboard enhancer

I’m not a huge fan of applications that seemingly make your life easier. In many cases, they only take up memory space and make your life more miserable as a result of your Mac choking on them. But there are exceptions. PopClip is one of those.

Pacifist, file extraction and system forensics tool

Pacifist

When I reviewed Pacifist for the first time, now some five or six years ago, it was pretty much a one-trick app. No more. Pacifist is a must-have for extracting files from installers and zip files, as well as for system forensics/troubleshooting. In that area, Pacifist is just as indispensable as DiskWarrior.