CISDEM DATA RECOVERY 5.6.0 review

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Version 5.6.0
Developer Cisdem Inc.
Website https://www.cisdem.com/data-recovery-mac.html

 

ABOUT CISDEM

Cisdem, is a dynamic group of people that are passionate about what they do. Their mission is to develop Mac software that is innovative, easy-to-use and budget friendly.

Cisdem, create’s innovative and high-efficient software in the fields of PDF ToolsUtility ToolsMobile Tools, and Multimedia Tools. Cisdem Apps, known for their simple and user-oriented design, have been used by individual and business users in more than 100 countries. They hope that their apps saved you time, money and efforts – be it recovering your lost data, signing an agreement, converting and editing PDF files, DVD burning, downloading videos, managing Mac Contacts, removing duplicate files, or cleaning junk files for mobile device. Ultimately, their goal continues to be, providing flexible, cost effective tools that make life easier and processes simpler.

 

DATA RECOVER TOOLS

Ever deleted an important file or lost data due to a deletion or formatting mistake? I guess we all at some point wish our tricky finger wasn’t hitting the delete button so quick. It happened before you could even think,’ delete or not’?
Problem of accidental deletion is, that your data is gone but recoverable thanks to Recover tools like Cisdem Data Recovery and its competitors iBoysoft, Remo, Stellar. They all claim the same and yes they all do the same trick in order to recover your lost data. All they differ in, is their scan speed and recovered files numbers.

 

HOW DOES DATA RECOVERY WORK

Instead of going into the low level detail, let me give you a short, high-level understanding of the basics behind the working of any recovery software. I am keeping it extremely simple, so as to make it easy to comprehend!

Let us use the analogy that your hard disk is a book, and the blocks of the hard disk are the the pages of the book.
Naturally, your data would be the text contained in the pages of the book.
Now consider a flag – 0 or 1, indicating whether a page of the book is empty or is occupied by some text. The net ‘free capacity‘ of your hard drive is empty is the sum of the block sizes of the pages which are marked as 0 (empty). Makes sense, right?

Firstly, let us understand what happens when you delete a file. Does it vanish in thin air?

The answer is NO. The file never gets deleted, but what happens is that the pages of the book which contain the data of the file are now marked with a 0, thus designating the space that the file is using as being available for future use when needed. It is no longer ‘accessible’.

N.B. The deleted data is still there, but you have indicated that you are not concerned about it, since you have deleted it. In course of time, the data in this space can be overwritten by other files, and thus compromising the original file that you had you deleted and intend to recover.

So now, how does the recovery software work?

In layman’s term, data recovery software scours the hard drive to look for the pages marked with 0s to locate any recoverable data, piecing it back together and providing it in a salvageable format. While deleted files are inaccessible and are in danger of being overwritten, they can often be recovered with professional data recovery tools.

N.B. No data recovery software is perfect; if a file has been partially overwritten or otherwise compromised, the chances of any usable recovery are low, even with the best recovery software. But if it hasn’t been too long since you deleted the file, the chances of complete recovery are pretty good!

(source:https://www.quora.com/How-exactly-does-data-recovery-software-work)

 


INSTALLATION & INTERFACE

The installation of Cisdem Data Recovery is like all other applications for Mac easy and done by dragging your application to the systems Applications folder and you’re set and done. Every time you start the application, Mac systems security needs you to allow the application to run, as it wants to change files on your disk. The interface is absolutely fantastic compared to the competition. Its good to see Cisdem is using this kind of layout to each application developed.
It’s clean and so easy to use for any user. I feel this layout/interface is the best I’ve come around, and I’ve seen lots of data recover applications, good and bad.

Just hoover over the squares and a blue underlaying skin pops up explaining this sections use. It’ s a joy to any user, if an interface makes things so much easier instead of digging around in a busy interface. Well done Cisdem!


CISDEM DATA RECOVERY in USE

Before using a recover tool it’s best to check if your lost data (file format ) is covered by the recovery application. Cisdem Data Recovery supports file types listed below (click the image to enlarge).
It’s also Mojave ready which is important after the recent OS change.

 

 

 

A few important aspects of a data recovery tool are: Speed , Found files , Preview of Files and File types supported.

Cisdem Data Recovery is top in any criteria set. It’s easy in use and blazing fast compared to competition and to top it off its also the cheapest on the market ! Again top marks for Cisdem.
Just check the scan speed and found files with competitors REMO and iBOYSOFT:

 

 

Cisdem Data Recovery  manual:Download

 

CISDEM FOUND FILES & PREVIEW

Well sofar I am impressed with Cisdem’s performance but are there no missing features or such ? Well to be honest, I do notice a bug or fail in this application ! Preferences cannot be entered ?? The menu keeps preferences hidden in
every action selected.

I guess there would be options for selecting file types to recover in order to cut down on processing time. These options are available in REMO or IBoySoft applications, so I wonder why the option in CISDEM remains grated out !

PREVIEW

VERDICT

Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac is a true perfect partner in crime. It will help you recover your lost data/files in the best processing-time found. Its beautiful interface will help you make your choices for any recovery needed. Options or preferences are not available ( or needed ), but the smooth process is a true recovery process. We like Cisdem Data Recovery a lot, and make it our default application. Even their pricing is great, which makes it the application to beat for any competitor in this area.

We feel Cisdem Data Recovery deserves a full 5 stars reward. So, are you in trouble, get this beauty and solve your problems.

REMO RECOVER PRO review

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Version
Developer Remo Software
Website https://www.remorecover.com/

 

ABOUT REMO

Remo Software develops apps that helps you protect not just your devices & its data, but also your loved ones & their smart devices. It has an unrivalled portfolio of 30+ quality apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS users. With over 10+ million downloads, Remo has consumers in over 106 countries around the world.

Founded in 2011, Remo Software is an India-based privately held company focused on creating applications which solves challenges that comes with technology, thus making digital life easy for home users. It has gained a quick and sustained global recognition for its work surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) and solving interoperability issues across various devices used in this connected world.

 

DO WE NEED DATA RECOVERY TOOLS

Remo Recover for Mac is a player in a crowded market and facing some stiff competition, price wise and usability wise. We have reviewed some competitors so we know what to expect and how others perform. Question; Do we need a Data Recovery tool ? Well, we may hope not, but in case you do lose your precious data due to a deletion mistake you find yourself lucky that there is a way to recover your data loss. Mind you, using any Data Recover toll will take some time to do the trick, but in the end you find yourself in relieved state of mind; Great, all is recovered…

 

REMO RECOVERY in ACTION

The complete recover process is in terms of interface and necessary clicks is not very exiting and should guide you through the steps. Important are available recoverable file formats, detection of (external)storage and speed. This is where I encountered my first problem with Remo Recover, as it didn’t detect my external source (WD Duo drives) formatted with HFS Plus ( Apple format ):

Changing the Recover process from the main interface from; VOLUMES RECOVERY to FORMATTED/REFORMATTED RECOVERY made the external drives visible ?

Doing the exact same process with iBoySoft Recover software, was a better experience as all drives/volumes are detected straight away. So point of critic here !

For testing we choose a DEEP SCAN detection process to find maximum number of recoverable files. Our volume is 298 Gb data and deep scan takes 4 hours with both applications. For a final recovery it would take another 12 hours performing the deep scan recovery!
So time consuming process in order to recover your lost files.

Remo Recover for Mac comes in different packages:

SUPPORTED FILES/FORMAT’S

I guess there’s not much more to wish for, as I feel all file-formats/type are supported. ( Click to enlarge image ! )

 

SPEED & FOUND FILES

In this case I tried Remo Recover and Cisdem Data Recovery to compare speed and found files. Well the results are astonishing! I am surprised about the difference in found files and have no explanation why these massive result
differences appear.

I used an external drive partition of about 300 Gb fixed data and 800 Gb drive size. Ran both applications in Deep Scan in order to find as much data possible. The results below speak for themselves I think;

 

 

To cut a long story short, Cisdem Data Recovery takes half the time for a full Deep Scan and finds twice the amount of files present. iBoySoft also takes about 4 hours for a Deep Scan. It  makes me wonder if I do things right, as this is a huge difference in performance.

PRICING COMPARED

 

VERDICT

 

I feel Remo Pro Recovery is not beating the competition, by pricing, speed , files recovered. Its interface and recover choices and steps are good, but not as good as Cisdem Data Recovery, but better than iBoySoft. Given its price and speed, we cannot advice on this application. The competition is better in many ways. The software was unable to recognise the external disks at some recover choices, which is bad as this is a basic procedure. Cisdem and iBoySoft recognised the disk on every recover choice. Given the fact that Cisdem was reporting double files numbers for recovery, I am stuck with a negative review of this application.

 

SEO RANK MATH review

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Version 0.10.1
Developer  MyThemeShop
Website  https://mythemeshop.com/plugins/wordpress-seo/

 

ABOUT SEO RANK MATH

SEO Rank Math is a next generation SEO application. SEO or search engine optimization is the process of earning free or organic traffic from search engines. MyThemeShop developers were unhappy with the present SEO applications which need some ( to experts ) expertise in order to create a well setup and organised website for Google’s search engines. SEO Rank Math handles everything related to on-page SEO whether it is adding meta information, creating sitemaps, adding redirections, or adding Schema.

 

SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine‘s unpaid results—often referred to as “natural”, “organic“, or “earned” results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a website appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users; these visitors can then be converted into customers.[1] SEO may target different kinds of search, including image searchvideo searchacademic search,[2] news search, and industry-specific vertical search engines. SEO differs from local search engine optimization in that the latter is focused on optimizing a business’ online presence so that its web pages will be displayed by search engines when a user enters a local search for its products or services. The former instead is more focused on national or international searches.

As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, the computer programmed algorithms which dictate search engine behavior, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines, and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content, adding content, doing HTML, and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic. By May 2015, mobile search had surpassed desktop search.[3] In 2015, it was reported that Google is developing and promoting mobile search as a key feature within future products. In response, many brands are beginning to take a different approach to their Internet marketing strategies.[4]

Search engines use complex mathematical algorithms to guess which websites a user seeks. In this diagram, if each bubble represents a website, programs sometimes called spiders examine which sites link to which other sites, with arrows representing these links. Websites getting more inbound links, or stronger links, are presumed to be more important and what the user is searching for. In this example, since website B is the recipient of numerous inbound links, it ranks more highly in a web search. And the links “carry through”, such that website C, even though it only has one inbound link, has an inbound link from a highly popular site (B) while site E does not. Note: Percentages are rounded.

The leading search engines, such as GoogleBing and Yahoo!, use crawlers to find pages for their algorithmic search results. Pages that are linked from other search engine indexed pages do not need to be submitted because they are found automatically. The Yahoo! Directory and DMOZ, two major directories which closed in 2014 and 2017 respectively, both required manual submission and human editorial review.[39] Google offers Google Search Console, for which an XML Sitemap feed can be created and submitted for free to ensure that all pages are found, especially pages that are not discoverable by automatically following links[40] in addition to their URL submission console.[41] Yahoo! formerly operated a paid submission service that guaranteed crawling for a cost per click;[42] however, this practice was discontinued in 2009.

Search engine crawlers may look at a number of different factors when crawling a site. Not every page is indexed by the search engines. Distance of pages from the root directory of a site may also be a factor in whether or not pages get crawled.[43]

Today, most people are searching on Google using a mobile device.[44] In November 2016, Google announced a major change to the way crawling websites and started to make their index mobile-first, which means the mobile version of your website becomes the starting point for what Google includes in their index.[45]

( source wikipedia )

WHY USE SEO RANK MATH rather then YOAST SEO

To be fair I was a bit sceptic in the beginning whit just another SEO plugin for WordPress as there are some pretty good SEO plugins doing the job too. First we need to state that any SEO plugin is needed for any website to create traffic.
MyThemeShop developers started to create a more modern and definitly more intuitive plugin for WordPress, doing all necessary setup jobs automatic for you. The list of available settings is endless compared to the competition. This is not just some new plugin, this is I think the best SEO when it comes down to possible settings. Having so many settings available also creates the need for understanding any of these new settings. Well rest assured that every setting has its ‘comment box’ available (?).

Check the video link below to get a view of the initial setup and layout of SEO Rank Math. Being a new player in SEO, all site owners already run some SEO plugin like Yoast which is most used. Now you think, great I have a website running with over 500 pages or posts, how do I transfer all this already set SEO info to a new SEO plugin? Well Rank Match makes things simple as it imports all former ( and compatible !) information automatically for you.

Check out if their 3 years labour and development lead to a kind of game-changer for you. Its impressive, but might need some tweaks as do all new developed applications.

SETUP VIDEO link

https://demo.mythemeshop.com/rank-math/wp-login.php

Username: rmdemo
Password: rmdemo

 

 

 

FEATURES SEO overview and additional pages views :

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTED SETTINGS COMPARED

Now checkout this huge list of available settings in SEO Rank Math. I just copied this from their website as it is a lot of typing with no further use. It will show you the advantages of SEO Rank Math compared to Yoast being the mayor player in this area.

 

 

GOOGLE ANALYTICS INTEGRATED

Now having all set and done, we are anxious about the actual performance progress of our website after closing for Rank Math. I guess every administrator has Google Analytics integrated in their website in order to track views, errors and the XML files integration. Normally we need a separate plugin for his performance tracking, but Rank Math is a full featured plugin and has it already integrated. It allows you to have a full view of all tracking, errors and performance in this great tool.

Just check this overview of my WordPress and see how the search engine performs and how it informs of errors etc !  Well done developers of MyThemeShop !

Again I need to state that other less featured plugins needs payment as Rank Math is your Free and better alternative.

 

VERDICT

I need to close this review as going through every available setting would make this review a book for SEO integration. We just stick to the fact that a new player is entering this segment of SEO plugins, but not for any reason less than smashing the competition. It is a truly well designed feature rich SEO plugin for WordPress ready to import your present SEO ( Yoast or such ) and make life a little easier for you. The very best thing of Rank Math is that it beats any competition but is Free and downloadable from WordPress for anybody. The SEO setup will check if your website and plugins are compatible with Rank Math before importing and further setup of features. It’s just a 1-Click operation and you’re basically set and done.

Just checkout the video’s and online example and if you’re convinced this is your missing plugin, just download and run it. MyThemeShop’s three years development deserves a true 5 stars reward form us. Well done MyThemeShop.

 

 

VIDEODUKE review

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Version 1.0
Developer Eltima
Website https://mac.eltima.com/video-downloader.html

 

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 latest video downloader VideoDuke application  ( version1.0 ) is a neat and practical application which we will discuss in this review.

 

VIDEODUKE 


VideoDuke being a simple and straightforward media downloader has a truly easy Safari like interface taking you directly to; Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion. VideoDuke faces some stiff competition as there are loads of media-downloaders available. So Eltima takes a gamble in introducing yet another downloader which needs to be different and better than others. This small review will discover if Eltima launched a winner or just another downloader to choose from.

INTERFACE


VideoDuke’s interface changes from Simple to Advanced depending on the initial start for a download. The basic ( Safari like ) interface is more then absolutely minimalistic, as it only shows the 3 basic media sources available from start.
When you ‘ paste’ a for instance YouTube link in the search bar, the application connects (finds) the location and displays the source. The interface now presents the source and the option for choice of download quality, then press download and you’re done!

The quality options are:  which are a good variety to choose from!

 

ADVANCED INTERFACE

The ‘advanced’ interface provides some extra download fields as it shows all available downloadable media on the given location. This makes it easier when you wish to choose your downloads instead of having just the one link ready for download. The images below show the same single link but visible as the main source ( mp4 in this case ) and in the advanced mode showing all separate items available for download like the scripts, images, music etc.

So it just depends on what and how you wish to download from the location. It works really well and I found no strange behaviour in any way downloading any source. So well done Eltima.

 

DOWNLOAD CAPABILITIES

 

Full YouTube Playlists and Channels
With VideoDuke you’ll be able to save complete channels and playlists off YouTube. Just as with separate videos, you can select quality for each video: 1440p, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, or 180p.

MP3 Downloader
VideoDuke will also download YouTube videos as audio files. No conversion needed – you will simply get a soundtrack instead of the original YouTube clip. The app keeps the audio track title and album art and can save files as WebM, MP3 or other available formats.

 

Main characteristics of VideoDuke are:
  • VideoDuke  – version 1.0 offers the fastest and the highest quality online video/audio downloads. It’s an easy tool for those who want to save the YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and other online media.
  • VideoDuke has a minimalistic and friendly interface. It’s main window gives you fast access to the most popular video hosting services – YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. Choose any and search for videos hosted there directly from VideoDuke interface.
  • Doesn’t matter if your video is a live stream, a YouTube playlist or channel, a soundtrack from your favorite online movie or Flash animation or subtitles related to the video, you can download it. With VideoDuke you can save your downloads in various formats (WebM, MP4, 3GP, MP3, M4A) and resolutions (1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, 180p).
  • VideoDuke operates in two modes: simple and advanced. When you paste a direct link to your video, you can choose file format and resolution and click Download. Advanced mode will offer you extended info on whatever is locate at the link you pasted with the possibility to download various external resources used by the video and filter content by the type – video, audio, or Flash.

 

PREFERENCES

Setting ‘preferences’ is limited to some basic choices, like where to store your downloads but leaves nothing to be desired yet I think.

WHAT COULD BE ADDED !

VideoDuke performs great and is so easy in use, and supports an extension located in your browsers bookmarks!  To get this extra bookmark, you need to drag the extension to your bookmarks bar and you’re set. Browsing any media-site and wish to download, just hit this extension and VideoDuke will open and set the location automatically for you.
A small improvement would be:  ‘ when hovering on any media and using the right-mouseclick a popup appearing like; Send link to VideoDuke (MP4, Audio or Permute )’.

The bookmark is  basically doing a similar job as the popup, but being a nerd this extra integration would be nice.

 

VERDICT

VideoDuke is a truly minimalistic media download application performing really well and supporting most formats. It’s nearly perfect being a downloader, but could benefit from an even deeper integration with your personal browser. As a standalone application it’s all honours to the developers, but with an even better system integration it would be perfect. Well that’s my opinion anyway.
VideoDuke impressed with solid performance and immaculate interface. No thrills but just doing a great job. If you are looking for a media-downloader I suggest you try VideoDuke and see if it suits your needs. I for one am delighted with a
great working application for a small price.

 

 

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INPIXIO PHOTO CLIP MAC review

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Version Photo Cutter 1.4.61 and Photo Eraser 0.1.1.6
Developer InPixio
Website https://www.inpixio.com/photo-clip-mac/

 

ABOUT INPIXIO

Based in Paris with additional development resources worlwide, InPixio is a brand of Softcity and the Avanquest Group. InPixio is positioned on the key segment of photography and “Mobile to Print”.  Their drive is reflected by a direct presence in all market channels: Apple App Store, Apple Mac App Store, Google Play, Windows Stores etc. Also, by forging close relationships with a network of prestigious partners (Intel, Microsoft, Samsung etc.), InPixio has met the expectations of a public that is ever more attracted to downloaded software and mobile applications.

 

INSTALLATION & SETUP

Just Drag & Drop the application to your applications folder and you’re done really. InPixio Photo Clip for Mac consists of two individual applications: Photo Cutter and Photo Eraser.

INPIXIO PHOTO CUTTER

 

INTERFACE INPIXIO PHOTO CUTTER

  • First of the applications ( Photo Cutter and Photo Eraser ), Photo Cutter is a handy and easy to use application. Its interface is simple and preferences options are not available nor are extended export functions. The interface is a three stage editing section: Crop , Cut-Out and Photomontage. Inpixio makes editing so easy and fun really! Removing /keeping areas is piece of cake for anybody.
    Load your picture/image
    Choose Crop now or at later stage
    Set brush size for Remove and Keep
    Set quality ( where I feel the Faster method works best ?)
    Select area
    Wait for computer editing
    Check result ( adjust Edge blur to your liking )
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  • Now the fun part of InPixio Photo Cutter

Photomontage section provides some starting images to work with, but you can add any image to this section by using the + sign. Below I just show you some steps and a final composition just for show.
It’s all about showing you the easy steps in creating your composition.

EXPORT OPTIONS

When I earlier mentioned limited export options, I really mean limited!  There is no other format available as JPEG, which is a shame really. All we get is a simple Save and option for Folder location, which is unsatisfying and a missed chance for a nice product like Photo Cutter. Export options should provide uploads to ‘social media’ and different of saving formats (png, tiff etc).

 

FEATURES

  • Remove Image Backgrounds
    Cutout Defined Objects Easily
    Compose Photo Montages
    Clone Image Sections To Fill Space
    Save Multiple Projects
    Precision Selection With Lasso Tool
    Use Paint Brush For Large Objects
  • Zoom/Navigate Large Images
    Drag & Drop For Optimal Control

INPIXIO PHOTO ERASER

INPIXIO PHOTO ERASER

Well next application InPixio Photo Eraser is again easy to use, but in order to obtain some result you need to fiddle around some time. Erasing objects is in most reviews shown with people in the sea or stuff like that. Anyway, images with large area’s of same colouring and objects like water, field of grass etc. These larger erea’s makes it much easier on the software to calculate replacement pixels. However removing a person in a busy city, is another level all together.
The software is confronted with many different objects, colouring and intensities which makes it a hard job to perform well. No matter how hard you try, enlarging an image will always show its been tempered with.

Small objects can easily be removed, but a large object in a complex composition is almost impossible to remove. The Cloning feature helps out, replacing an area with a similar (colour ) chosen spot creates a fairly good result. Just check the two images below where a person was removed and the pavement and surroundings have been ‘Stamped and Cloned’. The end result is okay, considering it took me 10 minutes to do the job.

If the result is satisfying is up to you….

This is about the best one can achieve with non professional tools in complex compositions. Erasing technique is complex, and I guess Photoshop will do a better job with this same image, but Photoshop is not for dummies and this is where Inpixio excels : usability at beginners level and those who are happy with a straightforward approach towards photo editing.

Still I feel Inpixio is doing a great job, and editing is fast and accurate. It does have its limitations but will help the enthusiast in editing their image.

VERDICT

Whenever you need to touch up your images a bit, change or delete background, InPixio Photo Clip for Mac gives you professional-looking results with easy use. Both applications have easy interfaces to work with and anybody should be able to the job in no time. All provided tools are handy and the Cut-Out feature works really well. Photomontage adds some nice artistic creativity and when done properly results in good compositions. InPixio is Mojave ready and works stable and fast. There is a little critic on the provided export/save function in both applications as they have Save As format change available which is a shame. An export to social media would also be a bonus for future versions. Still even without this little critic, InPixio Photo Clip for Mac really is a great tool for anyone to use and deserves our 5 star rating.

 

 

LOGOIST 3 review

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Version 3.2
Developer Synium Software
Website https://www.syniumsoftware.com/logoist

 

ABOUT SYNIUM

A 20-person team based in Mainz, Germany, is passionate about developing software for Mac, iPhone, and iPad to offer our customers the best apps out there. They started developing for Mac OS 8 in 1998 and have been creating Mac software ever since. In 2005 the company was named “Synium Software GmbH “. Their first product, genealogy software MacFamilyTree, was followed by numerous other apps. They refrain from ported Windows applications and cross-platform development because they firmly believe that software will only feel great to use if it has been developed for a specific platform, and is therefore able to take advantage of the latest technologies.

 

ABOUT LOGOIST 3

Design your logos or create an impressive image in a simple way with vector graphics in Logoist 3.  To make things simple Logoist 3 provides a wide range of templates for beginners and offers powerful tools for professionals to create beautiful designs.
Logoist 3 is all about graphic skills and creations for beginners and professionals. Create images to make your website stand out or design a beautiful company logo, its all possible with this great feature rich design tool.

 

INTERFACE

Logoist 3 has a beautiful interface and all features are easily found. Tons of clipart is available, though they all are in black. However any clipart image can be changed to any color needed to match your creation.
The Style panel provides all tools to refine them by adding color, color gradients, effects or ornaments and embellishments such as fire, snow, grass, jags, cracks, and many more.

 

 

LOGOIST 3 FEATURES

  • Combine vector artwork with pixel artwork – for example, for shiny surfaces, depth-of-field and bokeh effects
  • Non-destructive boolean operations: create great designs by combining simple shapes
  • Innovative grouping feature to structure larger projects
  • Edit gradients, patterns, text letter configurations and paths directly on the canvas for perfect accuracy
  • Generators: Add stitches, branches, grass, spikes, cracks to shapes and paths with a single click
  • 1-2-3 Logo! A few clicks… and dozens of versatile Logo suggestions appear you can work with
  • Huge clipart library included: Logoist includes over 3.000 clipart images
  • Preset styles: Over 100 configurable style presets at your fingertips
  • Export many vector and bitmap formats: PDF, SVG, EPS, PNG, HEIF, JPEG, Photoshop PSD
  • Import SVG, PDF, PNG, JPEG, HEIF images in your designs
  • Batch export: Export images and vector graphics in different configurations with a single click, ideal for web design or app development

 

One new feature is the 1-2-3 logo creation which creates a nice togo in three easy steps. After entering the name and sub-title a full list is created with automatically created designs.  The other presets presented in the interface are Card, Photo, Business Card and the Showcase. The templates available are a bit limited really. Of course any of these presets can be adapted to your wishes, still I wish the listing was longer.

GENERATORS

With Logoist it takes just a few easy clicks to add soft snowfall, grass, tree branches, flames or other elements to your design. Refine your art with jags, cracks, tears, rubber stamp effects and many more – it’s never been easier to create high-quality images in a matter of seconds. Just check the image below, and see the great created image.

 

Working with Logoist 3 is about moving objects around, not real creative vector drawing. Vector points editing is not possible. Export options for your work is versatile as it provides EPS, PDF, or SVG formats and others.

New opened files or images are set basic to 500×500 pixels, the Canvas button at the bottom of the interface gives you opportunity to change and set a wanted size.
Export setting is set to a density at 72dpi –though this will keep the created images file size small, it is insufficient for printing.
You can set the pixel density to any value for export however for export.

 

VERDICT

If you are looking for an easy to use logo creation tool, Logoist is your number one pick. Its versatile and offers a great interface and styles ready to be adjusted to your liking. No real skills needed, just click, add and adjust to finish your image for export. I like playing with Logoist as it sets no borders to your creative input apart from not being a draw tool which is better for most users really. If there is a minor point to mention it is the minimal number of presets available.
You can use the basic idea of the preset and start from there for your personal touch. Its snappy, and stable as does it support macOS Mojave right now in version 3. Have a go at the tryout version before you make up your mind, I like it!

 

 

TUNESKIT IPHONE DATA RECOVERY review

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Version 1.0.1
Developer Tuneskit
Website. https://www.tuneskit.com


ABOUT

TunesKit is a world-leading software developer dedicated to providing ultimate iTunes DRM removal solutions to customers all over the world with advanced technology and high-quality customer support.
At present, TunesKit is proud to be equipped with a professional R&D team, rigorous testing process and prompt online help system. In the future, TunesKit will spare no effort to improve the product performance as well as customer service.

 

INSTALLATION

Install the TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery software and connect the iOS device with your PC. Tap “Trust” button from the pop-up window on iOS device so that TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery can have access to the data on your device.

 

TUNESKIT FEATURES

Our personal data is beside on our computers also stored on iPhones, iPad’s and such. Like our computers, our iPhone also faces the same issues of accidental deletion of data being photo’s or messages. This is where tools like TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery comes in handy. There are many similar tools around and they all work well. What sets them apart is ease of use and fast scanning/recovery. TunesKit is both really, being easy and fast.

Now what’s special ;

The reason for making TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery distinguish from all iOS data recovery solutions is that it is the fastest data recovery tool to recover lost and deleted files on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Besides, there also exist some other flashpoints in this product.

  •       1. Easy interface
    This data recovery application is totally user-friendly, the file restoring process has been streamlined to just 3 simple steps. There’s no need to worry even if you are not skilled in computer.
    Firstly, connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to the computer with USB cable. Secondly, scan and preview loss data. Thirdly, select and recover deleted files.
  •       2. Highest success rate
    Based on advanced technologies and thousands of times we tested before application insurance, you are most likely to succeed in recovering all loss data with TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery.
  •       3. Free lifetime update
    Purchasing this software is definitely cost-effective on account of the service it provides – free lifetime updating. Even though Apple’s products are updated frequently, the software we provide can adapt to your needs perfectly.
  •       4. 100% safe retrieval
    Data recovered after retrieval does not overwrite existing files, as a consequence, your files will be 100% safe.

  •       1. Recover deleted iOS data
    Many facts result in data loss on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery prevent all those kind of occurrence from your data loss, for instance, you delete data mistakenly, device or screen broken, fail to upgrade iOS, forget password, operate improperly, lost iPhone, device attacked by virus, factory reset, etc.
  •       2. Maximize restore of all data kinds on iDevice
    This iOS data recovery software of high efficiency is able to retrieve about 20 kinds of lost data which covers contact lists, SMS, iMessages, photos, videos, notes, calls, WhatApp/Kik/Viber messages, voice memos, Safari bookmarks, reminders, calendars, and so on.
  •       3. Rescue deleted iOS data from iPhone/iTunes/iCloud backups
    Benefit from the state-of-the-art data recovery technology applied in TunesKit, you can easily find back all deleted data in three smart recovery modes basing on different loss situation. As for accidental erasure, just restore loss data from iPhone directly; as for device damaged, you can restore form iTunes or iCloud Back-up with ease.

RECOVER LOST DATA FROM:

PRACTICE

So all data above is just information from the developer. More important is my personal experience using this application. The interface needs some updating really as the typeface is not very prominent, this is a personal remark of course.
The selection and information provided on the screen is accurate and useful. Scanning of your iPhone is fast, really fast…. no doubt about it. After scanning an overview of found data is presented in a segmented listing.

Step One: Connect iOS device to PC

Step Two: Scan and Preview

Step Three: Select and Recover

After hitting the Recover button, the selected data is recovered really fast and also stored in your Documents Folder. One nice extra feature of TunesKit is its ability to convert Apple’s HEIC formatted images to JPG on recovery.
This setting is available in its preferences.

Note: Update your iTunes to the latest version to prevent any trouble. Also, never launch iTunes while Tuneskit is running. In case it would sync automatically, the best way is to turn off the automatic syncing in iTunes:
Go to Preferences >> Devices >> Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

The list below will show you any recovery method available:


VERDICT

TunesKit iPhone Data Recovery is a time and money saver. The application comes to rescue your precious data incase of accidental deletion. It works fast and easy without any hiccups and places recovered data in a preset folder.

Its interface is providing all necessary information and even opts for a HEIC format change to JPG on recovery. Is it better or worse than the competition? I can’t tell for sure, but its scanning and recovery is blazing fast. The safe retrieval claim by the developer should set your worries aside. Just have a go at the trial version and find out yourself.

 

 

 

PATH FINDER 8 review

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Version 8.2.4
Developer Cocoatech
Website https://cocoatech.com/#/

 

ABOUT PATH FINDER 8

Path Finder 8 is the latest version of Cocoatech’s macOS Finder replacement. Finder being the integrated file handler in macOS and really improved in Mojave OS, does come with limitations. Path Finder 8 is along with Forklift the best replacement for the basic Finder. The most important change in version 8 is ‘ Modules ‘, and the way they are organised and used.

Path Finder 7, had bottom and right shelves and a sidebar, and each of them could accommodate four modules. Path Finder 8 however changed the static modules(shelves) in flexible modules. You now may add as many modules in a single window as you need. You can arrange, dismiss or drag them away if you don’t need them any longer in the interface. ( check the video’s below )

Path Finder 8 is absolutely loaded with features. It isn’t easy to find a meaningful action which is doesn’t provide.

PREFERENCES

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INTERFACE

The interface is fully customisable and with its dual pane option a joy to use for data handling. The menu bar is customisable as is the total interface including the new modules. Pat Finder 8 is a step forward but sadly also a step backwards in terms of functionality.

As I was trying to drag a fielder to Path Finders sidebar, I noticed it would show the inserting image ( line) but not actually granting access to the sidebar. This should be fixed asap, as it is one of the used features of a customisable interface.

If anyone really misses the ability to drag your most used folders to the sidebar, as was done in Pathfinder 7 but doesn’t work in Pathfinder 8, you can downgrade. Here’s the link to PathFinder 7 should you decide to downgrade: https://get.cocoatech.com/PF7.zip

Collect files with Drop Stack, then copy or move them in a single step. View and manipulate hidden files, is also one of its tricks to help you out.

 

 

 

MOJAVE DARK MODE
Dark Mode being a matter of taste, I still feel it add’s no real advantage other than when editing images. The full dark-mode of Mojave makes me search for icons and relevant interface features. Some areas read well ( good contrast ) but
most menu’s are harder to read due to lack of contrast. I understand business and selling points, but I feel Apple has overstepped itself with dark-mode. A good thing preferences allow us to choose and pick the mode we like and feel comfortable with. Path Finder 8 is in dark-mode or basic not without faults yet. Just check the Drop Stack area ( Left top ), and try to read any header. I can’t, maybe due to age but this is no good. Even in plain mode ( basic mode), there is
a image distortion. ( check the small image below ). This happens when you click your mouse in a screen area next to the opened Path Finder 8 interface. Suddenly lines darken en add thickness ? This shows Path Finder is still in development I guess. Its no big issue, but simply needs to be tackled in future releases(updates).

 

 

VERDICT
Path Finder 8 is the best replacement for your Mac’s Finder. It provides a full options interface and ease of use. The addition of Modules is a bonus but not something you can’t do without. However its interface is showing all customisable information or setup possible. The dual-pane and cover-flow are features you can’t do without. The dark-mode is not really my cup of tea, but may suit others. Dragging folders to the sidebar is a feature that needs to be implemented in next updates as it is one of the crucial aspects of file handling. Still I feel Path Finder to be a great improvement over macOS Finder. Path Finder will always remain our default file handler with or without modules implemented. Once you experienced the pleasure working with Path Finder, you never want to part.

PDF ELEMENT EXPRESS MAC 0.6 review

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Version 0.6.2
Developer Wondershare
Website https://pdf.wondershare.com/pdfelement-express-mac.html

 

ABOUT WONDERSHARE

Wondershare Technology is a key member of the National Planning Software Enterprises of China and a global leader in application software development. We have users in over 150 countries. Wondershare is committed to providing software that brings simplicity to people’s lives.

This commitment has made us an industry leader. We have research and development centers in ShenZhen and Tokyo, and marketing branches in Tokyo and Vancouver. Respected institutions such as Sino-Wisdom and IDG are among our investors. We have supported our rapid growth through dedication to our customers and are proud to offer multi-language Live Support.

WHAT IS PDF

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware, or operating system. Invented by Adobe, PDF is now an open standard maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). PDFs can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and business logic. They can also be signed electronically and are easily viewed using free Acrobat Reader DC software.

Why do we use or should we use PFD ?

1. PDF software is universal

2. PDF software offers security

3. PDF files are searchable

4. PDF files are accessible

5. PDF files are interactive

Most used standard of business text files is the mentioned PDF format. We all receive PDF files in our mailbox and save them for later use. An advantage of PDF files is that they are compact and good for mailing, however the disadvantage of PDF files is that they are difficult to edit with Word as they probably will loose their original layout. A PDF→WORD converter is needed to easily import into Word. This is why programs like Adobe Acrobat , Wondershare PDFelement Express for Mac comes in handy.

 

PDFElement EXPRESS

PDFelement Express is the basic new version of Wondershare’s PDF Element Pro 6 application. Its interface is similar to its more expensive partner, but the menu has been moved to the left of the interface instead of the most used menu top-bar. Its a matter of taste and getting used to, when working with this new version. I prefer a menu top-bar, but as said its just a matter of taste. Dark Mode for Mojave is not implemented yet.

Preferences are not available in this version, as is the lack of an export tool like PDFelements 6 Pro for Mac. Provided Save As is always as a PDF file, wether you send/share to mail or store on your disk.

When choosing a desired function a next vertical bar opens with detailed and related options for document creation or changes. Add annotations and comments to PDF documents in just a few simple clicks. Its snappy and works well.

Edit PDFs Effortlessly

  • Edit Text: add, delete, or edit text just as easily as you would in a Word document.
  • Edit Image: add, delete, extract, replace, and rotate images in PDF files.
  • Edit Link: remove or add hyperlinks to PDF pages in order to open a file or visit a web page.

Manage PDF Pages Seamlessly

  • Split Pages: split one PDF file into multiple documents.
  • Extract Pages: extract one or more pages from your PDF document to create seperate PDF files.
  • Insert Pages: insert blank pages or pages from other PDF documents. Plus, delete unwanted pages, or edit the page order.

As this is Wondershare’s basic PDF editing tool, it’s limited in functionality really. I do miss an export functionality which PDFelements 6 Pro for Mac has. However I guess most people will feel this Express versions brings them all the tools they need. What sets PDFelement Express apart from other PDF editors, is its clean interface where all the tools are present on the surface. Editing, reading, and managing PDFs is made easy for you.

PDFelement VERSIONS COMPARED

 

This table shows you the different options available for PDFelement. Its up to you to check which version suits your needs best.

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VERDICT

PDFelement Express for Mac is designed for simplifying the PDF editing procedure. Being a lite version of PDFElements 6  for Mac, it is limited in professional functions. The set of features are sufficient for simple editing operations and neatly arranged on the screen. Its fast, stable and easy to work with. You don’t have to dig deep in the software to get things done. So I suggest you try out the software and experience your personal goals with this great utility.