iBOYSOFT DRIVE MANAGER

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Version 2.8.6
Developer iBoysoft
Website https://iboysoft.com/mac-drive-manager

 

ABOUT iBOYSOFT

iBoysoft is a software company located in Chengdu, China. iBoysoft committes to research in the field of data security, has developed and released iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows, NTFS Assistant, iBoysoft Drive Manager and iBoysoft File Protector.

 

INSTALLATION & PURPOSE

Installation of this application is easy and needs no extra steps. iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy application for connecting/mounting and unmount your external drives. You can unmount drives through System-Preferences, but not everybody wants to mess with system settings. Drive Manager will make your wishes come true with just a simple click to mount or unmount etc. No need to pull physical connectors and the risk of corrupting your drives. This is just a reliable tool making your life easier. Your physical drives all appear like Folders in your Finders interface. ( see below ).

This application will make it easier and safer to work with any external connection. The Preferences section has some great options like activity depending on the computer status ( sleep or not i.e ), and notifications.

 

 

PREFERENCES

FEATURES

  • Manage an external and/or network drives from the menu bar.
  • Eject and unmount drives without the need of physically removing the connector from your mac.
  • Mount/unmount all external drives in one easy click.
  • Connect/disconnect all network drives in one easy click.
  • Configure automatic ejection and remount of drives dependent on the status of the computer.
  • Configure auto notifications of the status of your drives i.e. unplugged safely, mounted.
  • Mount NTFS drive as a regular drive in read-only mode.
  • Remount USB storages.
  • Map a file share (FTP, SFTP) server storage as a local disk in the Finder, open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume.
  • Supported storage devices-External hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, CF card, MicroSD, SDHC, memory card, memory stick, micro card ( Encrypted drive is not supported by iBoysoft Drive Manager).

  • System Requirements-Supported OS: macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.12 (Sierra‎) and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion)

 

For me there is one real issue with iBoysoft Drive Manager. It doesn’t store/save your external drives passwords. So when your drives are password protected, you will not be able to mount the drives !! Only the default Mac prompt will ask you to enter your password in order to unlock the drive. So at system start or reboot, you will always have to fill the password(s) yourself. When running your Mac, it works flawless mounting/unmounting. No probs at all.

VERDICT

We found this software easy to configure and use. The preferences section has some nice features for setting up the way we want our drives to be mounted depending on your computer status. A clean menu-bar add-on, adds to the feel and use of iBoysoft Drive Manager. Furthermore, being able to mount/connect or unmount/disconnect all drives in one mouse click is perfect. Check out the trial version if you are interested in this helpful utility. We like it, it works flawlessly.

 

DESIGNEVO LOGO MAKER review

 

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Version:  Online version
Developer: PearlMountain
Website:  https://www.designevo.com

 

ABOUT DESIGNEVO

PearlMountain, has focused on the research and development of graphic design software since 2006. They aim to make professional photo editing and graphic design capability accessible to everyone. Their most popular product, FotoJet, has millions of users spreading over 200 countries and areas. DesignEvo is a free online logo maker with 4000+ templates that anyone can use to bring to life a compelling, unique logo in minutes.

 

WHY USE DESIGNEVO

Starting a new business big or small? Well they all need a name and something to get recognised by like a great ‘logo’. A ‘logo’ is a kind of paper trademark to be used on your website, letters and promotions. You may of course get yourself a paid designer to create a unique logo for you. But do you really need a designer or is it possible to create your own logo? One of your options is to make use of DesignEvo, an excellent online logo maker for creating Free and Paid logo’s.

 

DESIGNEVO FEATURES

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES DESIGNEVO OFFER

4000+ Pre-made Logo Templates

DesignEvo offers an impressive selection of 4000 great designed logo templates, covering multiple categories. You will always find a template that suits you. You can browse through them for inspiration, or use them to recreate a new logo.
So this all sounds great for you, but is there a catch? Well No to be honest, you may use the templates ‘free’ or ‘paid’. The templates are the same as are the options for creating, only the final download differs in quality and aspects like
copyright ownership, transparent background and filetype output.

 

 

LOGO ICONS AND FONTS

DesignEvo has a built-in graphics search library, providing free access to millions of high-resolution logo icons. Enter some keywords in the search bar and the smart search engine will search for any related icon options. DesignEvo is also packed with 100+ logo fonts to use freely. There are two types of font styles available- classic and art. Also, all the icons and fonts are customizable which gives you full freedom to build your perfect logo.

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

DesignEvo provided a small video, explaining the works. The online workspace is really easy to work with and doesn’t take a learning curve. Its loaded with templates, Fonts and Art to give you ultimate power in creating your unique logo.
For a business its important you get Copyright and ownership over your design, so only you can use the logo. The use of DesignEvo doesn’t need you to register in order to make use of its templates.

DesignEvo supports various logo outputs – normal image formats like JPG and PGN, plus vector formats like PDF and SVG. Logo resolution depends on your own settings, but the maximum logo resolution is 5000 x 5000 pixels.

 

 

 

VERDICT

DesignEvo turns every user into a real designer. No special skills needed, its all magic. DesignEvo is available Free and Paid. Its easy and simple to use interface, makes it truly enjoying creating your own logo. Its versatile and when opted for a Plus subscription really worth every penny. Don’t want to spend money, no problem create your logo for Free ( with limitations).
Our verdict is easy, want to have your own logo? Look no further as this is a great deal Free or Paid.

 

NORTON SECURITY DELUXE 2018 review

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WE HAVE A NEW WINNER 2018

Version 7.6
Developer Symantec
Website https://www.norton.com.

 

ABOUT SYMANTEC

Symantec Corporation /sɪˈmænˌtɛk/ (commonly known as Symantec) is an American software company headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States. The company provides cybersecurity software and services. Symantec is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 stock-market index. The company also has development centers in Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru (India).

On October 9, 2014, Symantec declared it would split into two independent publicly traded companies by the end of 2015. One company would focus on security, the other on information management. On January 29, 2016, Symantec sold its information-management subsidiary, named Veritas Technologies (which Symantec had acquired in 2004)[4] to The Carlyle Group.[5]

 

INSTALLATION

Installation of Norton Security Deluxe proofed simple and straightforward. The basic installation needs a reboot for completing, nothing special as some other developers have an equal procedure. Make sure to uninstall any other antivirus on your Mac before adding Norton. Two similar programs can produce a lot of problems on your running Mac.
During installation the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool. After reboot, open Norton and make sure to run LiveUpdate.

Now the big question Why do we need Antivirus software for our computers ?

So do Macs get viruses? And do Macs need antivirus software? Answering both questions is simple Yes and Yes. Although a Mac is considered more safe to PC’s, they also face the same treats as PC’s do.
In the past Mac’s were not widely used on our planet so they were less interesting to people trying to pry in your computer software and look for any interesting data like your bankaccount and used passwords etcetera.
But in recent years, as the Mac’s popularity has grown, Macs have gained the attention of those looking to hijack data. We have a complete list of all the Mac viruses, malware and security flaws that have hit the operating system here.

Despite this interest, Macs have generally remained secure. Thanks to the fact that MacOS is based on Unix, a kind of default security is build-in.
Apple itself has included Gatekeeper and number of security measures that make attacking a Mac particularly challenging. Gatekeeper, blocks software that hasn’t been digitally approved by Apple from running on your Mac without your agreement.

Still plenty of risks left, and Macs haven’t managed to completely avoid being targeted. According to a report from Malwarebytes in August 2017, there was a 230 per cent increase in Mac malware in 2017. So YES your Mac needs protection!
Now there is a fast growing list of developers specialised in antivirus security all claiming to be best to buy. Of course if life was that simple, there would be only one software application available on the marker solving all our problems.

We ( Macsoftreview )are not able to simply setup a full known malware and virus database for checking the software’s capabilities in catching exploits and vulnerabilities. We just rely on AV-TEST which is the best known It-Security Institute from Germany. They are able to test in absolute equal conditions for every package, and measure system impact is most accurate on their systems. Updates are performed on a regular bases to check if later software-editions have evolved.
Below the latest independent test shows all scores. Symantec Norton Security Deluxe scores a full 100% detection rate ! So top marks for detection, but check the system impact performance of Norton Security Deluxe ! BEST of all tested packages.
Infact, its nearly as good as their reference system. PERFECT scores for Norton Security Deluxe.

 

 

 

PREFERENCES & INTERFACE

A well designed interface shows all information and adjustable settings. The firewall is not as strict as I would like it to be. As the connected network is ‘trusted’ automatically all installed apps seem to be trusted.

Symantec™ DeepSight

Symantec™ DeepSight Early Warning Services provides organizations with timely, relevant threat and vulnerability exposure intelligence delivered through an intuitive web-based portal as well as through real-time alerts. Organizations can use this valuable global visibility and intelligence to help ensure that they adapt their security and risk profile to keep pace with the rapidly changing threat landscape.

FEATURES of NORTON SECURITY DELUXE 2018

  • Automatic scans
    Scheduled scans
    Idle scans
  • Firewall
    Application blocking
    Connection blocking
    Vulnerability protection
    Location awareness
    Deepsight
  • Safe web
  • Activity log
  • Upto 5 PC’s/Mac’s/Tablets
  • Defends against ransomware

Activity is really well captured with Norton Deluxe. The build-in firewall is pretty impressive and a true bonus in this package. All outgoing communication is monitored and needs users-approval to communicate with outside world. Its a more basic version of Little Snitch application. Network activity is showing you all information about in-outgoing connections specified with IP’s, Ports, Remote ID’s, Traffic, etc.
An absolute bonus for every user and made available in a simple interface.

SCAN-TIME NORTON vs BITDEFENDER

Now we know that the protection level of Norton Deluxe is best and system impact is unbeaten, we move on to check Scan-Time performance. Our earlier best performing antivirus application was Bitdefender so its fair to pu these two in a simple test.
A created file of 43Gb was created with mixed data containing pictures, docs, dmg files and such.

Our test show a huge win of Norton over Bitdefender od approx. 38% faster scanning of the created Test-map. Well done Norton. !

PRICING

Bitdefender will set you back for approx $ 29 and Norton Security Deluxe costs $39.99. Mind you this price is a special 1-year offer. If Norton keeps their pricing at this level, they have a true Antivirus for Mac winner in store.

VERDICT

Norton Security Deluxe really surprised us with best detection rates, topped with best ever ‘system-impact’ levels putting Norton Security Deluxe on 1st place. Scan-Time was great beating Bitdefender by 38% when scanning mixed-data.
Norton added some great features as a Firewall and control of in – and outgoing communications making Norton the winner of best Antivirus application for Mac. Great network activity information is provided as well as internet protection.
Includes100% guarantee: From the moment you subscribe, a Norton expert will help keep your device(s) virus-free or give you a refund. Defends against ransomware to provide safety and piece of mind for the user.
Norton Security Deluxe provides installation up-to 5 Pc’s, Mac’s and or tablets. Want the best available Antivirus for Mac? Norton Security Deluxe is the best as of today Febr. 2018.

Norton Security Standard, Deluxe, and Premium

AMOYSHARE ANYMUSIC review

 

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Version. 5.0.0
Developer   Amoyshare
Website https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/

 

ABOUT AMOYSHARE

Established in 2014, AmoyShare is constructed with young people who want to share fresh ideas and as well have strong willing to make life better. A dedicated team with whole-heartedness, is looking forward to share the best products and services.

AmoyShare puts customers’ needs to the top priority, right now, they offer:

High-Quality and Easy-to-Use Software on Windows and Mac

  • All products provided aim to make you do more with less – more convenience with fewer clicks, easier operations with less confusion, and more functionality with less money…
    – Photo Collage Maker provide you with massive templates under various styles to easily create stunning photo collages.
    – AnyMusic is an all-in-one music solution for you to discover, download, transfer, play free MP3 anytime and anywhere.

Free Online Music & Video Service

  • The online music & video service is completely free, which includes Free MP3 Finder, Free Video to MP3, and Free Video Downloader.
    – Free MP3 Finder enables you to discover and stream unlimited free music online.
    – Free Video to MP3 empowers you to effortlessly convert video files to MP3 files for free.
    – Free Video Downloader helps you to download free videos from various video sharing sites.

 

ABOUT ANYMUSIC 

AnyMusic is a music & Video downloader for Mac and Windows. There is a number of downloaders available on the internet off which some lacks found resources or are limited. AnyMusic will enable you to find extensive resources for download.

Its so easy to use. Its brilliant really. Just enter the desired album or artist and AnyMusic will start searching in over 1000+ sources !! So you’re always likely to get a number of hits. Now just press Download and a nice layed out screen informs about the different quality downloads available. Pick your quality and the real download starts right away.

Great, your album is downloaded and stored on your local disc in probably the Music folder. AnyMusic is not ONLY a downloader for music or video . It can also convert your downloaded or private music collection. Just check the image below.

There’s number of File formats available like: MP3  –  M4A  –  FLAC. –  OGG. –  WAV. –  WEBM.  Set the Quality to your liking and Convert. Simple and straightforward interface. It works like a dream, it really does.
You may also notice the Start and End Time option in the interface above. This is a true bonus when downloading Full Albums. Many full albums are uploaded to the internet in not a .Zip file, but in a full .MP3 file like in this example.

The full MP3 is 1:17:50 long, so it contains numerous songs. Now if you are happy with this full album and have no songs you want to skip, you’re done. But I rarely like all songs on an album so I want to pick the ones I like.
This is where this ‘option’ comes as a truly nice feature as you will not find many free applications on the internet that can do this same trick so easy. ( I think there’s 3 older utilities available ).

Start play the album in the same interface and check the timer. At the end of the song, make notation of passed time and set this in the Start / End Time above. Now press ‘Start’, and AnyMusic will convert ONLY the selected song.

For Video downloads, there is the same procedure. Only difference is the available File Formats for Video. ( check image below )

AnyMusic up to 10 features

– Support multiple video and audio formats
– Playing before downloading
– No ads, no plugs-in
– Support more than 1000 sources, such as YouTube, Facebook, TED and so on .
– Easy to search music by song name, artist name and video url.
Convert your local media file to the format you need.
– Batch download YouTube playlist
– Easy to Manage Music Library

Official download links for software

Win 64: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-win.html

Win 32: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-win.html?v=32

Mac: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-mac.html

Trial version is available for you to test. https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-mac.html
For AnyMusic, trial version has all the features of the full featured registered version for a 14- day  period that allows for up to 10 music downloads per day.

 

LEGAL or NOT ?

This needs to be mentioned as laws in many countries forbid these downloads !!  Its up to you to decide, Macsoftreview is not responsible for any use or downloads.

VERDICT

This is a real simple and great working music and video downloader/converter. There is not much to tell besides the fact that I feel all reader should give it a go and try the Free version. If it’s up to your expectation and I guess it definitely will, you may decide to go all the way and buy AnyMusic. It has a great interface and you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what to do. So a well developed utility, worth every penny! Keep in mind that any use of free downloaders deprives artists of income and publicity. Use it for downloads or convert your local media, AnyMusic is your best friend.

 

NORDVPN review

 

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Version 3.3.10
Developer  NordVPN
Website. https://nordvpn.com

 

ABOUT VPN

virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.[1]

Virtual Private Networks may allow employees to securely access a corporate intranet while located outside the office. They are used to securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. Individual Internet users may secure their wireless transactions with a VPN, to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship, or to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location. However, some Internet sites block access to known VPN technology to prevent the circumvention of their geo-restrictions.

A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. A VPN available from the public Internet can provide some of the benefits of a wide area network (WAN). From a user perspective, the resources available within the private network can be accessed remotely.[2]

Traditional VPNs are characterized by a point-to-point topology, and they do not tend to support or connect broadcast domains, so services such as Microsoft Windows NetBIOS may not be fully supported or work as they would on a local area network (LAN). Designers have developed VPN variants, such as Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), and layer-2 tunneling protocols, to overcome this limitation.

WHY USE VPN

If you’re reading this review you’re I guess interested in a VPN solution and trying to figure out which to pick in an ongoing growing list of VPN providers. Its not easy to find the best among providers all claiming the same things like speed, safety and locations.
To make your search for the best a little easier I will try to sum up some issues related to normal internet use and explain their importance  in relation to your safety.
First of all you don’t need to be doing illegal stuff on the internet to make you want a VPN, as ordinary users have an even greater risk surfing the internet as they are not always aware of the tricks being used to steal information.
If you’re using Wi-Fi which you probably will, you’re more exposed to the outside world then when using cable-network. Reading a simple online-newspaper which shows you advertisements between the lines always establishes a connection with your IP-address just in order to show the images. Reading your emails which many times include images and links transfer your IP-adress to external servers filtering your behavior. To make it simple YOU’RE EXPOSED to the world. For all doing the wrong-illegal stuff on internet like downloading films and music there’s a simple warning. Stop doing what you do..or get fined …or get a VPN to make yourself invisible to the outside world.

Being invisible, is what all VPN providers claim, but are you really safe and protected ? No way…check :

Any VPN which has its base location in the USA is not fully safe proof. They have to deal with severe law regulations regarding logging of users and there internet use. So the first thing you need is a provider NOT LOGGING any IP or online activity! Simple and safe.

 

NORDVPN FEATURES

Easy VPN – Install and start protecting online activity with just a few clicks.
Mobile VPN – Protect privacy on the go with NordVPN mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Multiple devices – Connect up to 6 devices simultaneously with single NordVPN account.
Dedicated IP Address – Enjoy better connectivity and faster VPN experience with a personal IP.
Customer support – Experiencing any troubles with NordVPN? Contact their customer 24/7 service.

 

What is a Kill Switch and how does it work?

Kill switch is a technique that helps you prevent unprotected access to the internet, where your traffic doesn’t go through the VPN.

There are two key differences in the Kill Switch functionality in our NordVPN applications:

  • The PC version of the Kill Switch, found in our Windows and Mac (OpenVPN version)applications, terminates the applications you specify if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects, preventing those applications from sending unprotected traffic to the internet.
  • The Mobile version of the Kill Switch, used in our iOS application, as well as the IKEv2 version of the Mac app, disables system-wide internet access if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects – that way it protects all apps, without terminating them. It will also try to reconnect you to the last server you were connected to. ( I was unable to enable Kill Switch without choosing applications like the Windows version ??? )

 

NORDVPN SECURITY

Military-grade encryption – Secure Internet traffic with cutting-edge encryption technologies.
CyberSec – Shield from intrusive advertisements and malicious online threats.
Double VPN – Encrypt Internet traffic twice to create an extra layer of online privacy.
NordVPN uses the DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA encryption suite for its OpenVPN connections. This almost certainly means ordinary RSA-2048 key encryption and HMAC SHA1 authentication. Use of a Diffie-Hellman key exchange provides perfect forward secrecy.

 

Official NORDVPN Statement regarding their privacy commitment ( Below ). Being based in Panama we may rest assured this commitment is followed up.

Warrant Canary

We, NordVPN, confirm that we take full control of our infrastructure. It has never been compromised or suffered a data breach. We have not disclosed any private keys or any information of our users, and we have not been forced to modify our system to allow access or data leakage to a third party of any kind.

As of January 15th, 2018 we state the following:
  • We have NOT received any National Security letters;
  • We have NOT received any gag orders;
  • We have NOT received any warrants from any government organization.

!!   We are 100% committed to our zero-logs policy – we never log the activities of our users to ensure their ultimate privacy, security and anonymity. !!

 

NORDVPN PRIVACY

Protect your IP address – Send Internet traffic through a NordVPN server to change your real IP address.
Strict no logs policy !! – None of your private data is being tracked or monitored.
Automatic Kill Switch – Internet traffic will be protected, if VPN connection drops. ( only Apps !! )
DNS leak protection – DNS leak technology ensures that your private data is protected at all time.
Onion Over VPN – Combine the benefits of VPN with The Onion Router for maximum online security.
Browser Proxy Extensions – Secure browsing on Chrome and Firefox.

 

NORDVPN SETUP & USE

So having mentioned all known facts about NordVPN. we now come to setup and use NordVPN. After downloading the software and register your account, all we need to do is fill credentials for logging in. Connecting to their servers is fast. NordVPN will pick the best possible connection for you. Thats means best bandwidth and ping time.

There is little finetuning necessary with the application. Some options available are Cybersec (CyberSec – Shield from intrusive advertisements and malicious online threats ), Connection on start, Kill Switch, Obfuscated servers, Protocol and Custom DNS.
Enable the switches you want to use, but keep in mind the the Kill-Switch is not completely switching off all internet connection/traffic! This switch enables you to prevent chosen and added applications to connect to the internet. This is strange behaviour as I feel a Kill Switch needs to Kill all traffic.

Now all thats left really is push the ‘Connect’ button and you’re set and done. Check the weblink below to see if your connected server shows any leaks ! If so, pick another server which is safe and sound.
Ultimately you bought a VPN protection to be untraceable/invisible on the internet, so don’t take connections for granted.

NordVPN has a strict No Logging policy, which is most important for ANY VPN provider. This is where NordVPN beats many competitors, there absolute No Logging policy being a Panama based company and therefore not limited to US regulations or such.

 

NORDVPN  IP & DNS LEAK TESTING

 

IP Leaks: Using the testing site ipleak.net, makes it easy to identify leaks and problems, especially when you are connected to a VPN server outside your country.
“Note”, the WebRTC leak test will show local IP addresses (usually beginning with 10.xxx or 192.xxx or sometimes an alpha-numeric IPv6 address that is also local).

DNS leaks: Find a VPN that uses its own secured, encrypted DNS resolvers. Below are two VPNs that use only their own secure DNS resolvers and did not have any leaks:

NORDVPN SPEED TESTING

Big variations in speed all depending on choice of server. Servers performance is due to load of bandwidth. The different images show download performance between 13mb/s – 103mb/s !! all different servers. NordVpn has an inbuilt ping and bandwidth solution, providing the best connection possible at the specific time and place. You may of course choose and set your personal favourite location.

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VERDICT

NordVPN provides a great price with solid performance and stability. Their No-Logging policy is to me more important then some higher download speed. NordVPN Servers are in huge numbers, so there’s always one available with good bandwidth.
Speed is very different between locations, but the application automatically picks the best option for the user. So its not the best in speed, but its best in Privacy, Pricing and available servers. NordVPN ranks in our top 3 offering best value for money.
If you’ re looking for a good VPN provider and no logging policy, check their huge offers as discounts make them even more desirable.

 

CLOUDMOUNTER 3.1 review

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Version. 3.1
Developer Eltima Software ( https://cloudmounter.net/  )
Website spons. link:  https://cloudmounter.net

 

ABOUT ELTIMA

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and Folx are some fine examples of their applications. Their last marketed application is called CloudMounter ( version 3.0 ) which is a neat and practical utility which we will discuss in this review.

CloudMounteris an application for macOS developed by Eltima Software, released on July 12, 2016.[1]It has both standalone[2]and Mac App Store[3]editions, with several technical differences between the two.[4]

INSTALLATION & OPTIONS

Installing CloudMounter is simple and easy. Straightforward drag & drop in your applications folder and you’re set.

What’s newin CloudMounter for Mac v3.0:

– From now on you can mount Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive services for free;
– Encryption for aforementioned cloud accounts is also without charge;
– Box cloud storage is now supported;
– Backblaze cloud storage is now supported;
– Amazon S3-compatible storage solutions are also supported;
– “Shared with me” Google docs can be managed in Finder.

CloudMounter enables mounting accounts of cloud storage services and file servers onto a Mac machine as if they were removable drives. Their contents then can be accessed through Finder.[5][6]It supports the following services:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Amazon S3
  • WebDAV
  • FTP, SFTP and FTPS[5][7][8][9]

SETUP CONNECTIONS

Most Mac and Windows users will have one or more accounts on Google Drive and Dropbox, and any Cloud storage-server. Nowadays many users also have their own website which makes FTP client connections with CloudMounter a welcome feature.

For all of us running multiple Cloud accounts, CloudMounter can make your external account behave like a local drive, which is great for easy access and file-control. CloudMounter 3.0 supports a variety of connection options. The main window of the app is a connections manager, where each supported service is assigned to a button.[8]To mount a required drive, a user chooses the corresponding service, enters login credentials and adds a new connection to the list. Clicking “Mount” will display the new drive in Mac Finder.[9][10]

When verification has passed, a drive icon is placed on your desktop. You now can use the account as if it was a local disk, really great ! This is where CloudMounter excels providing you ( virtual ) local harddisks for each and every cloud connection.
No more web file handling/transfers, now you can transfer or open files like a normal harddisk. There is a little delay of course if you are transferring data over your wifi or home/business network to the cloud.

It will sync with your OSX system at system logon. It really works well, considering you’re dealing with a Virtual harddisk. Your private internet connection speed will probably have influence on your experience in behavior, but so does your private Google Drive on the web file handling.

INTERFACE

Interface has a nice and clean layout. CloudMounter 3.0 has nearly every type of online storage covered and connections are as stated simple to setup. For those using or trying to use WebDAV connections, make sure your path is set in the correct way. Most external WebDAV connections need an extra addition to your normal path, in my case;  remote.php/webdav/    check your provider for information if you run into problems.

PREFERENCES

Preferences are like earlier versions minimum. The first two options are set default for anyone I guess, and the third/fourth are optional for the user. You may want to use Encryption to keep your files safe and private.
Your cloud and remote server files are absolutely protected with CloudMounter encryption functionality. You can tune the data encryption and secure remote servers and cloud accounts, so that they can only be accessed from your instance of CloudMounter.

The encryption works that way that if someone somehow obtains the access to your storages from a different device, they will only see a confusing non-sense.

 

 

FINDER INTEGRATION

CloudMounter integrates in your Finder which makes it part of your local file-system. Handling files is now managed in the best way possible. Encryption is part of the Finders-menu and animated icons inform you about the file-status.

 

 

Unlike native clients of the storage services, CloudMounter does not perform synchronization and thus does not occupy hard drive space on Mac. The files are downloaded only when the user opens them.[11]The software allows adding any number of supported cloud accounts.[12][13][14]

CloudMounter does not store login credentials of the added connections. Passwords are kept in macOSKeychain. They are sent directly to the servers only when required. Logging into the cloud accounts is performed through their standard APIs.[14][15]

CLOUDMOUNTER & COMPETITION

CloudMounter is NOT the only application available of course. There is some stiff competition like Expandrive and Mountain Duck. After testing I can assure CloudMounter beats Expandrive in every aspect. Stability of an application is essential and Expandrive fails short . Mountain Duck has little more connection options available like Authentication.

CloudMounter 3.0 impressed with solid and stable performance !

 

FREE vs PAID VERSION

– Free version supports only for one Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive accounts with encryption.
– Paid version supports multiple connections of these services with encryption and additionally Amazon S3 and S3-compatible storages, FTP/SFTP/WebDAV services, OpenStack Swift, Box cloud and Backblaze B2.

 

VERDICT

Our verdict of CloudMounter 3 is easy to explain. Eltima launched an outstanding application ! Its easy to configure and options are plenty. Most external cloud-based servers are available and encryption is present for those wanting to safeguard their Files and Data.
The Finder integration makes it behave as a local drive which makes its usability effortless. I can recommend CloudMounter 3 fully as its a useful utility for everybody having multiple cloud accounts.
CloudMounter 3.0 will definitely make life easier for you. So get yourself the Free version or Buy the full version if you want all the options. Either way, you can’t go wrong with CloudMounter 3.0

 

 

BYTON CONCEPT EV review

 

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ABOUT BYTON

BYTON aspires to build premium intelligent electric vehicles for the future. Its crafted cars integrate advanced digital technologies to offer customers a smart, sage, comfortable and eco- friendly driving and mobility experience.

BYTON aims to create a premium brand rooted in China which has a global reach. Its global headquarters, intelligent manufacturing base and R&D center are located in Nanjing, China, while its N.A headquarters, devoted to intelligent car experience, autonomous driving, whole vehicle integration and other cutting-edge technologies, is based in the Silicon Valley. The company’s vehicle concept and design center is located in Munich. BYTON also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to handle external affairs, marketing, sales, design and investor relations.

BYTON’s core management team is made up of the world’s top experts from China, Europe and the U.S., all of whom have held senior management positions in such innovative companies as BMW, Tesla, Google and Apple. Their expertise covers automotive design, automotive engineering and manufacturing, electric powertrain, intelligent connectivity, autonomous driving, user interface and supply chain management among other industry sectors, the sum of which represents BYTON’s strengths in manufacturing premium automobiles that are equipped with high quality internet technologies.

As an innovation-driven start-up, BYTON has completed its series A financing. Current shareholders include BYTON’s founding team, Harmony Auto, Auto Investments, League Automotive Technologies, Legend Capital, and industrial investment fund in Jiangsu, China, and Chengdu Group among other investors.

 

ABOUT BYTON CONCEPT EV

Well, the above ‘ about Byton’ is a company statement pointing out their goals and company strategy. Now we will discuss the Concept EV as it was presented on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, U.S.A. on January 7, 2018.
TESLA being the leading exclusive full electric car company with their Model S, Model X and Model 3 now faces some new competition from BYTON EV.
Tesla is known for their great design and futuristic interior combined with proven quality. BYTON EV is however taking full electric cars to the next level when it comes to external and internal design and gadgets. To make it even more simple, BYTON is the car of the future. 

BYTON’s smart intuitive vehicle features an all-new design and innovative human- vehicle interaction. Key features include:

  • Shared Experience Display: BYTON is equipped with multiple display screens, with the traditional center console replaced by a Shared Experience Display enabling content shown to be shared with other passengers in the car.
  • Human-Vehicle Interaction: In addition to voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and necessary physical buttons, the car features proprietary Air Touch sensors, enabling front and rear passengers to control the Shared Experience Display with hand gestures.
  • BYTON Life Cloud Platform: This platform seamlessly connects a driver’s or passenger’s apps, data, and devices, allowing them to take full advantage of their travel time whether for work or entertainment. BYTON Life also provides personalized services and configurations that are automatically adjusted according to users’ preferences.
  • BYTON Intuitive Access: This advanced secure unlocking method (BYTON Intuitive Access) uses a facial recognition camera to recognize the driver or passenger to unlock the door.
  • Interior and Exterior Digital Design: Among other digital design features, unique BYTON Smart Surfaces composed of front and rear LED lights and a luminescent logo can switch to different display modes to suit different driving scenarios.

This is not a standard electric car anymore, its loaded with features only found in sci-fi magazines. If you enjoy the latest technology, you’ll find it all in this BYTON EV.

The new SUV will be manufactured at BYTON’s plant in Nanjing, China. Its price will start at USD $45,000. The car will be available in China towards the end of 2019, and in the U.S. and Europe in 2020.
Key features include:

  • Shared lounge experience for in-car communication, entertainment and work, with content and connection driven by the BYTON Life cloud platform
  • A single 125 x 25 cm (49 x 9.8 inch) Shared Experience Display center console, along with three additional display screens
  • Unique human-vehicle interaction incorporating voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and hand gesture control technology
  • Incorporation of Amazon Alexa for intelligent voice control, with additional Amazon collaboration on audio and video content
  • Maximum range of 520 km (323 miles) on a single charge
  • BYTON Concept is a mid-size premium smart electric SUV, measuring 4,850 mm (15.9 ft), with a wheelbase of 2,945mm (9.6 ft) and a wheel size of 22 inches

 

EXTERNAL LOOKS

 

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You may have noticed the absence of side mirrors ! Well they are replaced with camera’s, providing the view on the immense multifunctional screen replacing the standard dashboard. Its Star Trek time now once you sit in the BYTON. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, period. It makes TESLA look a bit dated really.

I do wonder however how these camera’s will do in winter periods as there will be snow and icing on the camera-lenses. Well time will tell if they are heated and will keep perfect view. Check the video’s for more and closer information. This car is loaded with electronic gadgets. Also wonder if all this electronic stuff will not influence the cars batteries.

The front and back of the car are absolutely beautiful designed, The lighting is gorgeous setup outside but the inside gets even better. You will be able to any color for the interoir lighting ! It just goes on and on this BYTON.

 

INTERNAL LOOKS

 

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BYTON TECHNOLOGY

 

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VIDEO’s of BYTON CONCEPT EV

 

 

 

 

The Info-Dashboard screen is huge! Indeed, it’s apparently more than a meter long, which is not something we realized we wanted from a car but, having seen it now, certainly looks fairly striking. There’s a second screen, an 8-inch tablet, which docks into the center of the steering wheel too. Surprising, then, that this isn’t some Level 4/5 autonomous tease, aiming to leave those inside to focus on their digital life and ignore the road around them.

Production planning:
Byton says that, while the production car it has in mind for 2019 – in China, at least, with a US launch coming the following year – won’t be exactly the same as this concept SUV, it will be close to it. That includes the full-width dashboard screen and the in-wheel tablet, too. Eventually there’ll be other models built on the same underlying platform, including a sedan, as well.

That platform is electric, with the option of single or dual motors.

  • BYTON’s production car will have two range options for endurance: a rear- wheel drive model with a 71 kwh battery pack and a driving range of 400 km, or a four-wheel drive model with a 95 kwh battery pack and driving range up to 520 km (323 miles).
  • In fast charge mode, 80% of the battery is recharged in just 30 minutes.
  • BYTON to include two power options: 200kW (400NM torque) single motor rear-wheel drive model and 350kW (710NM torque) dual motors four-wheel model.

So to sum it all up:

  • Good milage range
    Great looks
    Futuristic
    Fast charging
    Good pricing
    Great options

 

Now all we can do is wait for the first opportunity to get our hands on the BYTON and take it for a test drive.

 

MAC DVDRIPPER PRO review

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ABOUT DVDSuki Software Inc.

Company information of DVDSuki Software Inc. is limited on the internet. We did find it was established in 2009, and its founder is called Alex.  Well Alex certainly did a good job creating Mac DVDRipper Pro. The name is nearly the same as MacX DVDRipper Pro, but they are two different companies.

Back in 2009, Alex, founder of DVDSuki Software, was travelling through Europe. An experienced Mac developer, he started thinking about video processing software. During his trip he grew convinced that he could build a much simpler way to save a DVD on a Mac than existed at the time, and he got to work. By the end of his European holiday, Mac DVDRipper Pro 1 had been released.

MAC DVDRIPPER PRO

MAC DVDRipper Pro has been around for many years and is a real DVD Ripper tool intended for ripping a whole DVD or just main movies etcetera. The interface is I think the easiest of all DVD rippers. This is also because it doesn’t provide many or any further ripping or output choices.
This is your real WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get ) ripper. No frills just rip a DVD in 64-bit M4V format using H.264 video codec.

WHAT IS H.264

H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10, Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC) is a block-oriented motion-compensation-based video compression standard. As of 2014 it is one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content.[1]It supports resolutions up to 4096×2304, including 4K UHD.[2]

The intent of the H.264/AVC project was to create a standard capable of providing good video quality at substantially lower bit rates than previous standards (i.e., half or less the bit rate of MPEG-2, H.263, or MPEG-4 Part 2), without increasing the complexity of design so much that it would be impractical or excessively expensive to implement. An additional goal was to provide enough flexibility to allow the standard to be applied to a wide variety of applications on a wide variety of networks and systems, including low and high bit rates, low and high resolution video, broadcast, DVD storage, RTP/IP packet networks, and ITU-T multimedia telephony systems. The H.264 standard can be viewed as a “family of standards” composed of a number of different profiles. A specific decoder decodes at least one, but not necessarily all profiles. The decoder specification describes which profiles can be decoded. H.264 is typically used for lossy compression, although it is also possible to create truly lossless-coded regions within lossy-coded pictures or to support rare use cases for which the entire encoding is lossless.

 

FEATURES

Backup your DVDs
– DVDs can get scratched, broken, or lost. Create a DVD archive with MDRP.

Cut the Crud
– Rip just the movie. Ignore the trailers and ads.

Export to iTunes
– Our high quality M4V files can be dropped right into iTunes.

Soft Subtitles
– Subtitles can now be turned on and off using our next generation OCR engine!

Burn main-movie-only rips
– Make a backup of the main movie on a blank DVD, skipping the commercials

No BlueRay DVD’s
– BluRay’s and I guess the latest Disney DVD’s format are not supported !!

 

PREFERENCES

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HOW DOES IT PERFORM

As mentioned earlier Mac DVDRipper Pro is a basic ripping application. You will not find any different output formats as the integrated M4V format. This application is most suitable for those only interested in a plain ripping tool. No movie Trim or Crop settings. Chapter choices is present, and presented by numbers but it doesn’t show the chapter name or content, so making choices needs to be done with the integrated Player which works well.
Choosing chapters is made into a visual concept that works really well.

Somehow I am unable to capture the movie screen playing, either with Capto or Camtasia or Mac’s Screendump. So the example below is (in realtime ) showing exactly the movie chapter playing. If you want to proceed just hit the next-button as shown in this example.

 

 

 

 

MDRP is not supporting Blu-Rays according to their website. It is wise to contact the developer if you need MDRP for ripping the latest DVD formats like Disney DVD. So MDRP is defenitly not as versatile as MacX DVDRipper Pro.
Mac DVDRipper Pro does have the best subtitles ripping of all. Font is clear nicely merged into the movie.
However it needs another third party application to change the M4V output file, for use on more systems ( Windows ) or hardware needing different movie-format !! The M4V format is mainly a strictly Apple / Mac format.

 

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M4V FORMAT

The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. The primary difference is that M4V files may optionally be protected by DRM copy protection.

Apple uses M4V to encode video files in its iTunes Store. Unauthorized reproduction of M4V files may be prevented using Apple’s FairPlay copy protection. A FairPlay-protected M4V file can only be played on a computer authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. [1] In QuickTime, M4V videos using FairPlay DRM are identified as “AVC0 Media”.

 

VERDICT

So I have come up with some minor points for MDRP ( Mac DVDRipper Pro), but is it not good? If I would just want to use Mac’s and its M4V for a full ( or chapter ) DVD Rip, I would choose Mac DVDRipper Pro. Why you may ask? Because its the easiest ripper in this format and produces great output files with merged subtitles. Ripping speed is 100% slower then MacX DVDRipper Pro however, and its use is limited to just DVD format. Blu-Rays etc are not supported and this is where I feel MDRP is missing out compared to the competition. Blu-Ray is standard DVD format nowadays, so we need an application doing it all. Shame really as I feel MDRP is outstanding in use, video and subtitles quality.

MACX DVD RIPPER PRO review

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Version 5.7.0
Developer Digiarty Software Inc.
Website https://www.macxdvd.com

 

ABOUT DIGIARTY

Established in 2006, Digiarty is a software company specialized in multimedia software solutions. There product range is extensive and available for Mac as well as Windows users. MacXDVD Software offers a wide range of award-winning DVD backup, video converter, video downloader, iPhone manager tool etc for Mac users, including MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, MacX MediaTrans, MacX YouTube Downloader

 

MACX DVD RIPPER PRO

DVD ripper for Mac users to rip any format at fast speed (5 min only to rip a full DVD) and original quality. It supports all known DVDs (new DVD, 99-title DVD, damaged & unplayable DVD) and rip DVD’s / ISO images in all sorts of formats, including DVD to MP4, HEVC/H.265, H.264, MOV, FLV, MPEG4, AVI, QT, MP3, etc. With 350+ preset profiles, the DVD ripper makes it easy to convert DVDs for playback on iTunes, QuickTime, Apple iPhone iPad, Android, PS4, TV, etc.

You can also clone DVD to ISO image at 1:1 ratio and copy DVD title to MPEG2 and MKV with all videos, audios and subtitles.

INTERFACE

The interface of MacX DVD Ripper Pro is easy and well layed out.  But personally I feel it needs a more 2D look to match the Apple looks. Its just a personal vision, and has nothing to do with it being good or bad. One thing I would like to see different is that when ‘ripping’ is active, the ripping-overlay can not be moved to show the information beneath. You can’t check anymore wether you opted for the ‘ merge titles ‘  yes or no. Now you just have to wait for the end result instead of aborting the ripping and correct your choice made. Thats the only real thing I can think of design wise. It all covers every aspect of DVD Ripping and offers I think all possible options one might need. So happy with the interface layout, we checked the options in the menu.

Options only specify output Folders and language, so pretty basic one time settings.

 

 

WHAT CAN MACX DVD RIPPER PRO DO !     ALL OPTIONS !

 

This is just a full capture of the developers website statements about their MacX DVD Ripper Pro. So it seems to loaded with options available for a clean and fast job.

 

  • Convert DVD to iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV
    MacX DVD Ripper Pro lets you rip any DVD on Mac.
    Rip DVD to iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/5s/5, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad Mini 4/3/Mini with Retina display, iPad 4/3/2, iPad Pro, iPod touch 5/4, iPod classic, The new Apple TV, etc.
  • DVD to Android Mobile/Pad, Microsoft, Sony Devices
    Built in 350+ profiles and brand new core technology, this Mac DVD Ripper not only provides a perfect solution for Apple devices, but also covers almost all popular multimedia devices, like:
    Android Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S7 edge/S6 Edge/Edge +/S6/S5, Note 8/7/5/4/Note Edge, Galaxy Tab S,
    Nokia Lumia 2520,
    Google New Nexus 7,
    Asus MeMo Pad 7,
    Huawei Mate 10/Ascend P7,
    HTC One M9,
    Microsoft Surface Pro 4/3/2,
    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX8.9, Xperia XZ/Z5/C4/M4/X Compact, WP8, Xbox, Zune, PSP, PS3, PS4, PDA, MP3 player, etc.
  • Trim, Crop, Merge, Add External Subtitle
    Trim — Extract video clips/segments from DVD to cut off the trailers and ads.
    Crop — Crop frame size to edit out any unwanted borders, backdrops.
    Merge — Join and combine separate movie titles into a single video file.
    Add External Subtitle — Attach your preferred language subtitle to movie.
  • 1:1 Copy DVD to ISO Image, MKV, MPEG2
    The “Copy” feature lets you backup DVD with original video/audio quality in a few minutes. You can copy DVD on Mac based MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini and iMac 5K with lossless output quality and original 5.1 channels Dolby AC3/DTS audio.
    It will produce a single MPEG2 file so you can store it on your Mac or USB hard drive, play it with VLC or QuickTime Player. It also features cloning DVD to ISO image, backing up DVD to MKV on Mac OS X.
  • Upload DVD Videos to YouTube, Metacafe, Break
    MacX DVD ripping software, provides easy upload to popular video sharing site, like YouTube, Google, Facebook, Vimeo etc.
  • Adjustable Parameter Settings for Advanced Users
    For  ” Advanced ” users, MacX DVD Ripper gives you the choice to adjust the decoder/encoder parameters to suit a particular use.
    The output settings can be adjusted in terms of video codec, video bitrate, frame rate, aspect ratio, resolution, audio codec, audio channel, audio sample rate, bitrates, etc.
  • Extract Audio and Snapshot Images from DVD
    MacX DVD Ripper is capable of extracting picture from DVD movie. It also helps you rip MP3 music from the DVD.
  • Advanced Tech to Optimize the Ripping Process
    Supporting Hyper-Threading, batch conversion, and Multi-Core CPU processing on Mac, the advanced function “Run as Safe Mode” and “Advanced Deinterlacing Accelerator” will also smooth the conversion and improve the video effect.
  • World’s No.1 Fast Speed and High Quality
    With batch conversion, hyper-threading, multi-core CPU and the unique Intel QSV tech, you can make maximum use of CPU and GPU and get the utmost out of hardware acceleration to speed up DVD ripping.
    The “High Quality Engine” helps to make sure the output quality keeping the same as the original. This DVD ripper for Mac can rip a full DVD in 5 minutes only without any output quality loss.

 

DVD RIP TESTING

According to their website this is to be the worlds fastest DVD Ripper. Well we’re going to find out if that statement is true. The interface is easy to work with and shows all available configurations. The choices made for ripping may vary from person to person. Its a true ‘ all benefit ‘ application. It handles all DVD’s ( also the latest types ), and rips any encryption or protected DVD.

Rip encrypted or protected DVD
(Support DVDs with CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, etc.)

 

 

 

In order to test we use an original DVD:
The Trade video length 1:54:25 , full DVD , High Quality H264, Merging titles, slightly better sound output and use the High Quality Engine. So we set it up to some better quality instead of the basic settings.

MacX Full DVD Rip optimised settings:  Rip Time 58 min.    Aimersoft DVD Ripper : Rip Time  86 min.
Basic settings H264 / High Quality Engine off:    Rip Time 58 min.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro              Aimersoft DVD Ripper      Cisdem Video Converter

58 min.                                       86 min.                                75 min.

 

The ripping of the movie EDISON is even more surprising !   Check out the ripping time differences.

 

An astonishing difference in ripping performance ! It beats competition by approx. 29% and  50 % and  >100%  more speed!  Checking other reviews, they all show the same results as we’ve just produced.
So we can be confident this will reproduce in other tests. Now ripping time is one mayor aspect but the other is as important, which is the output quality produced. Besides great speed the output quality is exelent.

Okay, your ripping is done now its time for exporting. MacX DVD Ripper Pro supports upload to websites such as YouTube, Google, Metacafe, Facebook, etc.

Digiarty Inc. website claims a 5 min DVD Rip. Well though this application is fast and works great, the 5 minutes ripping is a bit of marketing talk. Contacting Digiarty Inc. about the findings and results, lead to the following explanation:
The 5 min for a full DVD rip, is performed with Sandbridge Intel CPU and bla bla… in the end I am unable to reproduce this ripping time or come even close !!
Great thats solved for me, but I don’t want buyers to think they can actually rip a full DVD in 5 minutes. There’s also one other aspect I noticed. The subtitles look somewhat better with for example MDRP.app ( Mac DVDRipper Pro) which produces better looking subtitels. Option wise, MacX has best solutions for any DVD.

 

TRIM , CROP , MERGE & ADD

A nice feature is the Trim & Crop option which is easily performed and has a well designed interface.

 

 

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VERDICT

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is one of the best DVD Rippers available now. It has all the options one needs for a clean and fast dvd-rip. In fact MacX DVD Ripper seems to be really fast, it beats competitors with 29% – 100% faster ripping. Great speed, and great output quality makes this application the one to buy. Its a fair price for an application thats this good. It rips any encryption or protected disc and also does 1:1 copies. The acclaimed 5 minutes DVD rip is marketing and not realistic. The Trim and Crop options work really well, as some competition lacks the ease of operation. MacX takes every DVD as others fail to load the main movie. Nothing is perfect in life, but MacX is best of its class if you want to have extensive control.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro is iPhoneX and 8 ready, so get your wallet out if you’re looking for a great DVD ripper.

 

 

STELLAR PHOENIX MAC DATA RECOVERY 8 PLATINUM review

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Version 8.0.0.1
Developer Stellar Information Technology Ltd.
Website https://www.stellarinfo.com/stellar-phoenix-mac-data-recovery-platinum

 

ABOUT STELLAR Ltd.

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery[1][2][3][4][5][6] is a data recovery utility for Mac computers developed by Stellar Data Recovery. This data recovery software is used to recover lost files, video, Photos, etc. from storage device, like internal or external hard drive, SD memory cards, Pen drives, Flash Drive etc.[7][8][9][10][11][12] This software supports HFS, HFS+, NTFS, FAT & ExFAT file systems. The software can recover files deleted from Time Machine (macOS) external storage media, BootCamp Partition and Encrypted hard drives.

Founded in 1993 . Three technocrats Sunil Chandna, Manoj Dhingra, and Kuljeet Singh founded Stellar Data Recovery in 1993. The company started its operation with a niche business operation, which was then not very common in the industry; however, thrived to be the leading name among customers and enterprises.

 

INSTALLATION & PREFERENCES

Installation is simple and straightforward. Just drag & Drop the application in your Mac’s Applications and you’re set. No reboot necessary to start using Stellars Data Recovery. For the High Sierra users an important TIP is further down the review, make sure you follow these steps. The new interface of version 8 has improved a lot when comparing version 7. This is the way to go Stellar, well done!  Now do we really NEED recovery software ? Well, you find out when you accidentally deleted or lost your precious files.
Don’t panic, we’ve got Stellar Data Recovery to help us out. Start the application, choose your settings, drive, folder or partition and first try basic scanning. Did it show up in the filelist? Then just click Recover and you’re done. Not in the filelist, then choose Deep Scan.

Deep Scan will take a lot longer to find any lost file or picture. Then again IF you want results, you need to have patience.

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Platinum

RECOVER your Mac DATA and REPAIR Corrupt Volumes

Restore Deleted Files, Photos, Videos, Documents etc. and Repairs Corrupt or Damaged Hard Drive Volumes

  • Restores lost and deleted data from Mac System
  • Restores inaccessible data from a bad hard drive
  • Deep scans a drive to bring back deleted data from the blocks
  • Creates bootable USB to repair Mac boot volume
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13 
  • Recovers data from Time Machine and Encrypted drives
  • Recovers data from USB, SSD, SD, CF, HDD etc.
  • Repairs variety of logical hard drive errors
  • Repair corrupt Mac volumes
  • Rebuilds damaged directory structure of the hard drive
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So the preferences are quite extensive and choosing your desired recovery formats, save scanning time and accuracy. Saving your scans is also possible in the menu, good if you lateron wish to proceed with stored scan results.
Deep scanning is of course taking much more time to perform a full scan.

QUICK SCAN and DEEP SCAN on Data Recovery

The presented interface is so simple and easy to use. Click /Select any customization for your scan and step to Next. You will now be presented all connected discs/volumes internal as external. Select your disk which needs scanning and select Scan.
IMPORTANT: This is also the page where the option for DEEP SCAN is located

 Deep Scan: ‘Deep Scan’ is a type of scan that possibly looks through each sector of the storage media to find traces of lost or deleted files.
This type of precision scanning always ends up yielding accurate results. Deep Scan usually runs slower than other scans, since scanning involves checking each sector rigorously.
 Search File: The ‘Search File’ option provides you a set of parameters based on which you can search for the desired files in your scan results. You can search files by name, signature.
            The feature is definite advantage for those who need to save time by recovering only some selected files.

 

SCANTIME QUICK scan vs DEEP scan

QUICK SCAN took 2 minutes

DEEP SCAN took 79 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

So scanning Quick vs Deep makes a huge difference in time. Scan-time QUICK Scan: 2 minutes vs Deep Scan: 79 minutes.
The scan-result also differs 5647 files – 7062 files found !

So just scan ‘quick mode’, first time and check if your wanted recovery files are found. If so, just select Recovery and you’re done. If however, your wanted recovery files are nor presented in the list opt for the ‘deep scan‘ at the bottom of the interface and wait for magic to happen.

 

 

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN USING HIGH SIERRA !!!!

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional software recovers deleted files from macOS High Sierra 10.13 startup disk. But to restore deleted files, you need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) first and then run the software.

 

 

After System Integrity Protection (SIP) is disabled, launch Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional to perform Mac data recovery on the startup disk. Once you have recovered your files, enable the System Integrity Protection (SIP) to protect your system files, processes and directories at the root level from being modified.

To enable System Integrity Protection (SIP) just type csrutil enable as mentioned in step-3.

 

Time Machine Backup Drive Recovery

Although a Time Machine Backup is supposed to house your critical data so that you can refer to it in emergencies, the drive on which you store the backup can get structurally damaged. If unfortunately, you’ve faced such a situation, don’t waste your precious time in looking for useless solutions. The software treats a Time Machine drive as a normal hard drive and presents the same user-friendly options to salvage all your crucial data. Alongside Time Machine data recovery, the software now supports Apple Time Capsule on sparse bundle disk images.

Indeed scanning of a 750 Gb Time Machine backup is piece of cake. It really doesn’t take a long time for Quick Recovery to do a full scan. Only a few minutes for the scan, the latter build of directory entries takes a lot longer then the initial scan itself. Still this is an important update of this program as your Time Machine will be your last resort when you’re in trouble. The ability to recover from this in our case external TM-Backups is a true benefit.

Encrypted Disk Recovery

If you have a password protected hard drive that has been damaged / corrupted / file deleted, don’t think you’ve lost the data on it forever. Recovering data from encrypted hard disks is super easy for this brilliant application. Just connect the drive to your Mac and launch the software. It will then ask you to enter the password to unlock the drive. Once you enter the password & unlock it, you can proceed to recover deleted, formatted and inaccessible files. But you should exercise caution to remember your drive password. If you fail to unlock the drive, you won’t be able to scan & recover deleted files from it.

 

RECOVERY PERFORMANCE

In the lost photo test, it recovered 100 percent of the photos. Don’t forget that 1% less recovery result amounts to 10Gb on a 1 TB harddisk, and this 10gb might just be your most precious photo’s or data.
It performs really well recovering lost data, basic scan is fast really fast ! Deep Scan takes a lot longer to complete.

If you’re recovering data on a 1TB HDD drive, the scan takes hours and the recovery as well. Then again, if THIS software will bring back your data, it is well worth spending time and effort in doing so.

Restores Around 120 File Types from any Media

 

STELLAR DISK VOLUME REPAIR

 

Disk repair offers some great repair tools in case your drive needs help.

Restore Mac Data from HDD, SSD, External-HDD

This Mac restoration software supports a wide range of compatible storage devices including internal or external hard drives, Solid-State-Drives, SD Cards, CF and other USB enabled devices.

 

Correcting Disk Permissions & Consistency

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Platinum provides an option to verify & repair corrupt disk drive permissions.

An intuitive Mac restoration software that facilitates to restore Mac hard drive by eliminating all the worry generating disk errors. If your Mac drive fails to boot or experiences logical disk errors such as ‘Invalid index key’, ‘Invalid key length’, or ‘Invalid leaf record count’ etc., then the Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Platinum will recreate the damaged directory leading to resolution of the reported disk issues.

 

 

Scanning the ( OK Disk ) shows no errors.

Retrieve deleted data from a TRIM enabled SSD.

The product has been designed in an innovative manner to restore your lost files from the toughest of data loss scenarios and that also includes Mac deleted file recovery SSD TRIM enabled.

 

VERDICT

STELLAR MAC DATA RECOVERY PLATINUM 8, is what it claims to be, a great data recovery tool which is easy to use and produces high recovery results between 95-100% depending on the format. It’s latest version 8 is really fast and scores well, only the file-building of Time Machine takes some time to present its folders. The overall interface and file management has improved a lot, and now is easy to use due to a guided interface. It is the best Mac Data Recovery application at this moment. Lots of ‘settings’ are available to the user in order to perform the recovery wanted. Even Encrypted volumes are no problem for Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery. All possible angles are covered with version 8.  The software’s additional data management features and extensive compatibility can help your most challenging recovery to be more successful. The latest High Sierra software needs to be prepared for recovery actions, as High Sierra’s System Integrity Protection (SIP) prevents for file access startup disk. We truly enjoyed working with this great application and recommend it to every Mac user. Stellar has taken a huge step in file-recovery solutions.

This version also has a full disk-repair build-in. All main disk errors can be handled from no booting disk to damaged directory or corrupt volumes. Repair and scanning for disk errors is easy and fast. These extra features prove a real bonus to an already great package. All in all, we can only ask you to try Stellar Data Recovery and Disk Repair and see if it fits your needs.