Apple’s Trackpad allows you to swipe and pinch on your Mac. With an iPad or iPhone these fine, small motions feel more or less natural, mostly because you can move the device. However, a Trackpad is another matter. Just like a traditional or Apple’s mouse you’re bound to run into painful problems at some point in time. Our shoulders and arm muscles are simply not made to make micro-movements with your hand in an awkwardly rotated position. To avoid the occasional pain from becoming a permanent agony you’ll need an ergonomic mouse. Until now, I personally used a Swiftpoint mouse, but an even better one seems to be the “DXT Wireless Mouse 2 (light click)” by City Ergonomics.
Elgato Eve gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy consumption and more. I received Eve Room and Eve Weather to try it out. Unique about Eve Room is its sensor for air quality, which works very accurately, as I was to discover soon. Eve is also unique in that it manages to comply with Apple’s stringent security requirements. As far as I know, it’s the only HomeKit accessory range that pulls off this trick over Bluetooth.
Extensis’ Suitcase Fusion 6 is a powerful font manager, but that’s not the only reason why you want to use this application instead of others. The killer feature that makes Suitcase Fusion 6 better than anything else is its designers’ support.
Home improvement and health monitoring — wellness for short — are the most exciting new markets for technology to tap into currently. Apple has its kits. Elgato has Avea, which is a combination of an iOS app and a LED lamp that can be switched on and off on command — a mood light.
With the release of version 6.6, Ergonis Software celebrates the tenth anniversary of Typinator, their text expander — my personal favourite. Along with the new version, Ergonis Software published two new Typinator sets for easy access to Apple’s Color Emoji font symbols introduced in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. To celebrate Typinator’s tenth anniversary, Ergonis Software is offering a 25% discount on new purchases before July 15th, 2015. The offer is good for all Ergonis products, including PopChar and KeyCue.
FileMaker 14 is a database platform made up of desktop based development and browsing apps, and web browser and mobile clients. The back end has the same power and capability as previous versions, but the front end has once again been improved considerably. FileMaker Pro Advanced was the version I tested.
It’s been a few years since I reviewed Merlin 2, the project management app for OS X. Merlin Project is its successor and it’s been improved in several areas, making it even more suitable for complex projects. Except for a new, beautifully designed interface, Merlin Project has new views, better reports, earned value analysis, powerful search and filter features and impressive export options. Merlin Project suits every type of project, whether it be the construction of a building, the making of a video documentary or the development of a new web site.
You don’t have to be paranoid anymore to be wary of your Mac’s built-in microphone and camera. Hackers have been known to have been using these built-in devices to make identity theft easier for them. And since we all know what the name Snowden stands for, we should be on our guard for governments and — why not — corporates as well. It’s easy to cover up an iMac’s camera with a piece of paper (although you also cover up its ambient light measuring sensor that way), but it’s a lot harder to really turn off the microphone and rest assured nobody will turn it on without you even be aware. The developer of Little Snitch just made that harder, though. Micro Snitch is a menu app that constantly monitors your cam and mic and alerts you when it gets turned on.
With QuarkXPress 10 came dramatic improvements in image rendering speed and some other nice feature updates. QuarkXpress 2015 may become one of the more important milestones in the history of this venerable layout design application.
Fantastical was the natural-language calendar replacement for the Mac. It used to be an unobtrusive, little calendar app that lived in your menu bar. The new version of this venerable calendar app is now a full-blown calendar with a mini edition included. It resembles the iPad version well but has a couple of neat extra tricks up its sleeve.