iBOYSOFT MAC DATA RECOVERY review

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Version: 2.6 (8)
Developer: iBoysoft
Website: https://iboysoft.com

 

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.

 

ABOUT IBOYSOFT MAC DATA RECOVERY

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is one of a few data recovery software that fully supports APFS file system on macOS High Sierra. Technically, it goes beyond most of data recovery program which claim they can recover data from APFS drive. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the only one in the market which can recover data  from encryped APFS drive and recover deleted/lost APFS partition. Also, it can recover data from formatted, corrupted, unmountable, unreadable, inaccessible APFS drive. Besides, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery supports file systems HFSX, HFS, HFS+, exfat and FAT32. 

FEATURES

  • Recovers deleted files (even from the recycling bin)
  • Recovers data from formatted/reformatted drives
  • Recover data from RAW, inaccessible, corrupted or damaged partitions
  • Recover data from deleted or lost partitions
  • Recover data from APFS drive & encrypted APFS drive ( ONLY PRO VERSION )
  • Provide technical service to clients ( ONLY TECHNICAL VERSION )
  • SUPPORTED STORAGE DEVICES

    Hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, USB stick, flash drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, memory stick, micro card, digital camera & other storage device (RAID reconstruction is not supported by iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery)

COMPATIBILITY

  • Compatible with Mac OS X – 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan) and Mac OS – 10.12 (Sierra), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • Supported File Systems for Mac OS – HFSX, HFS, HFS+, exfat and FAT32, APFS

USING iBOYSOFT MAC DATA RECOVERY

After all technical blabla.. we come to the point where we actually start using the recovery utility. The initial setup was as usual, just drag and drop the application in your applications folder and you’re all set. Your Mac will prompt you every time for your system password as this utility wants to change your basic data. All done, we face an overview of all detected (storage) drives and we may choose which to examine for lost files.

First check the preferences for the correct settings!

In order to find as many lost files as possible we have the Deep Scan option available. This option however will take a longer scanning time which is obvious as it digs deeper in the lost data. The scan however is done fairly quick and it all makes sense to even a novice user. iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery has an easy interface (which could do with a visual update) and all steps are simple to follow. Once your lost file is found and located, you can choose ‘Recover’ and the file is set in its location.

Apple’s High Sierra 10.13 has some build in security settings, preventing ANY Data Recovery program to just simply scan/update the system startup drive !! If you want to look for lost files on your startup drive you need to perform some extra tricks in order to do so (below copied from iBoysoft website)

 

How to recover lost data from startup drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13

“System Integrity Protection” (SIP) is a security mechanism built into the operating system that prevents normal programs from reading the startup drive, so System Integrity Protection would prevent iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from scanning startup drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13. To recover lost data from startup drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13, we need to temporarily disable System Integrity Protection (SIP).

Step 1: Boot to Recovery OS by restarting your machine and pressing & holding down Command + R keys at startup.

Disble SIP step 1

Step 2: Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu, enter the command: csrutil disable and press Return.

Disble SIP step 2

Step 3: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, choose the startup drive and click “Next” to scan lost data.

Step 4: After the scan completes, preview all found files, choose the files we expect and click “Recover” to get data back.

Tips: If lost files are not found in quick scan mode, please check “File types” option in Preferences panel, check deep scan option and try again.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

iBoysoft have a support page setup  (https://iboysoft.com/support/) on their website which is explaining all how to’s and questions. Well done iBoysoft !

VERDICT

We found iBoysoft Data Recovery doing a very impressive job. Easy to use software that recovered our data with no hassles. There are more data recovery utilities on todays market but his is a pleasant and great working well adapted and explained application.
The only remark I personally can make is the plain interface which would be more attractive if somewhat coloured. However this is just personal taste and makes no difference in using the utility. I think it performs really well and fast. So if you’re looking for a Data Recovery tool check out this baby as it is surprisingly good.

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

 

 

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.

 

STELLAR PHOENIX MAC DATA RECOVERY 8 review

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Mac Data Recovery software restores your accidentally or otherwise deleted data, documents, emails and media files like Photo, Video, MP3 files, etc., from Mac storage devices.

  • Easily recovers data from iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro
  • Complete data recovery for macOS after logical disk errors
  • Simple Mac file recovery from unmounted Mac drives
  • Recovers deleted backup files from Time Machine hard drive
  • Improved user-friendly interface with scan customization
  • Recover lost Mac volumes and Encrypted file systems
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, OS X El and others

ALL RECOVERY OPTIONS:

  • Standard Data Recovery for Mac
  • Manage your Data Recovery
  • Recover Lost or Deleted Partitions
  • Scan and Deep Scan Options
  • Recover from Different File Systems
  • Recover from Encrypted Hard Drives
  • Customized Scanning
  • Recovers Completely Trashed Files
  • Time Machine Backup Recovery
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Create Hard Drive Images
  • macOS High Sierra Data Recovery

 

PREFERENCES / SETTINGS

 

     

 

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.

 

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Standard Data Recovery for Mac

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Manage your Data Recovery

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Recover Lost or Deleted Partitions

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Recovers Completely Trashed Files

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Time Machine Backup Recovery

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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 is scanning of a 750 Gb Time Machine backup 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 mistimes 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.

 

WANT A TRIAL VERSION:  

VERDICT

STELLAR MAC DATA RECOVERY 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.

 

 

DUPLICATE PHOTO CLEANER 4 review

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Version 4.10.1096
Developer WebMinds, Inc
Website  https://www.duplicatephotocleaner.com/

 

ABOUT WEBMINDS INC

About WebMinds: WebMinds, Inc. is a vertically integrated company specializing in desktop application development, information technology and Internet services. WebMinds publishes and manages websites that reach IT professionals, small and home based businesses, individual PC users and executives in all phases of the technology decision-making and purchase process.

We are a tightly-knit team of talented professionals who have one common goal – to help people get the maximum out of their computers. We deliver services, products and information to maximize the use of PCs and Macs for all users through our industry-leading websites and award-winning software.

 

DUPLICATE PHOTO CLEANER 4

This is one of those utilities nor really great to write about, but that being said, it is one of those we all need in the end. Taking pictures with our mobiles is compared to many years ago taking giant leaps in terms of quantity.
Instead of taking one shot, we now take many with subtle differences in angle and lateran choose which to add to your desired folder for keeping. If I only checkout my personal picture database I get to around 25.000 pictures. Guaranteed there will be duplicates
which are left in temporary folders. In order to check the speed and found duplicates I used my Photo’s library containing a variety of picture filetypes.

 

INTERFACE

The one thing I feel does make the application feel cheap is the interface. Its a bit bulky, not professional designed which is a shame as the application is really doing a splendid job. But this is the only remark I can make as using the software is easy and flawless.
The preferences give you all freedom in finding duplicates.

The export tool supports.                   Scan mode setting

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Photo’s selection menu;

 

 

PREFERENCES

 

 

DUPLICATE PHOTO CLEANER 4 in TEST

 

This is the part what really counts for software, its overall performance !  Accuracy, speed and duplicates handling.  To test and judge Duplicate Photo Cleaner 4 we compared it with GEMINI 2 which is a similar application.

Scan-time was fastest with Duplicate Photo Cleaner by about 25%. Gemini 2 however found some more duplicates. But both applications do a good job. Duplicate Photo Cleaner has more options to choose from then Gemini 2. Sorting options are also better.
Another benefit from Duplicate Photo Cleaner is the visual ‘similarity’ column showing the percentage of similarity. ( see picture above ) Cisdem Duplicatefinder also was tested, so we’ve got a nice couple of duplicate finders in this test.

Check the overall scores of all three applications !  The best duplicate finder is CISDEM, but the fastest is DUPLICATE PHOTO CLEANER 4 with basic setting of 75% similarity.

 

 

Another feature of Duplicate Photo Cleaner is that it can compare photos and other images by content. This boosts results accuracy and it detects similar images as well as duplicates. The default similarity level is set to 75%, which you can set to your liking.
Setting it to 100% will make the program detect only true duplicates.

Something to keep in mind !

All scans are arguably and debatable. All applications have somewhat different scanning settings. Duplicate Photo Cleaner has I feel best options, and Cisdem scans the lot by content ( and size if chosen ). Gemini 2 is somewhat between these two.
So its evident that depending on scanning settings, scan-time is influenced.

VERDICT

Duplicate Photo Cleaner is a great piece of software which at some point we all make use of. Its fast ( setting 75%), and accurate and has some nice preferences settings and sorting tools. The interface presentation is old school however. We feel confident this application will suit any user. The final verdict is mixed, as they all have some strong points. If time is an issue, Duplicate Photo Cleaner is best. If duplicate hits ( file content ) is your main wish, Cisdem is your best option.

Yes this application may well be my default scanner, as its the only application providing full filetype choice for scanning. If Webminds updates its interface, it may well be a winner.

 

 

STELLAR Phoenix Mac DATA Recovery 7.1 review

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Version 7.1
Developer Stellar Information Technology Pvt. Ltd
Website https://www.stellarinfo.com/data-recovery-mac.php

STELLAR MAC DATA RECOVERY

Stellar Phoenix Mac data recovery software to recovers lost, deleted and formatted files from Mac Laptop & Desktop. It recovers Mac Office files, PDF, INDD documents, audio, video and pictures files.
Do we need this on a Mac ? I guess you’ll find the answer once you’ve made a delete, partition error and you’re valuable data is gone. Even a failing harddisk is recoverable in most cases.
Just imagine you made a partition error and all is gone, you now wish you had something like Stellar Mac Data Recovery at hand.

It’s no magic, but it does perform real magic when you can’t fix the problem anymore.

INSTALLATION. Deleted File Recovery or Time Machine recovery

Nothing special to be honest, straight install and no extra restart of the system.
Initializing of the software takes a moment as it scans in the background for available storage.

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SOFTWARE FEATURES

Mac data recovery software to restore documents, photos, music or videos lost due to deletion from any HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS format based file system.

  • Perform Mac file recovery on iMac, MacBook Pro, Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro
  • Enables smooth data recovery from encrypted file systems  
  • Recovers all deleted files with their original file names
  • Supports RAW recovery on lost volumes
  • Supports Time Machine Backup drive recovery  
  • Compatible with the latest MacOS Sierra 10.12

Mac Data Recovery
Recover Mac Deleted Files
Recovery of Deleted Volumes
Raw Recovery
Mac Photo Recovery
System Startup Disc
Recover Data from NTFS Partitions on Mac
Create Image
Encrypted Disk Recovery
Resume Recovery
CD / DVD Recovery
Sophisticated Scanning Modes
Recover any external Mac hard drive
Time Machine Recovery

Enhanced Interface & User-Friendliness

CHOOSE RECOVERY OPTIONS

 

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Overall it is really easy to perform any kind of recovery. The sidebar in the main interface offers some guidelines and options are available. This help-functions make it a true life saver. Well data saver is probably a better discription.

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 is scanning of a 750 Gb Time Machine backup 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 mistimes 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, but it is slow !

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

VERDICT

STELLAR MAC DATA RECOVERY 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 fast and scores well, only the file-building of Time Machine takes some time
to present its folders.
The software’s additional data management features and extensive compatibility can help your most challenging recovery to be more successful.

 

IMAZING 2.3 & MINI review

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Version. 2.3
Developer DigiDNA Sàrl
Website https://imazing.com

 

ABOUT DigiDNA Sàrl

DigiDNA is an independent software developer incorporated in 2008 under the name of DigiDNA Sàrl in Geneva, Switzerland.

INSTALLATION

Installing iMazing 2.3 is simple and straightforward. Version2.3 makes use of the new Mini-Menu which is Free available for anyone. This small but usefull addition allows you to make backups of your iPhone or iPad. It is not often we get software like this for Free ! Welldone DigiDNA ?

ABOUT IMAZING 2.3

iMazing 2.3 ($40 single-user license) is an iOS device management utility designed as an alternative to iTunes. Available for Mac or PC (the license can be used on either platform), iMazing doesn’t sync files in the traditional sense, but rather acts as a conduit for transferring files between desktop computers and iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices. As most of us especially our readers will have an iPhone or iPad this utility will be a handy tool for your full file-management. iTunes is also capable of doing backups and restores but it lacks further refinement in all the other jobs iMazing presents.

iMazing can export iMessages data and your backups can be stored anywhere. One other nice aspect is the ability to view your created archive in a blink (see image below).

 

 

You will notice when you watch the small video that when opening a backup, it is done instantly, no need to search for the location and instant access to the archive. Now you may choose your desired operation; Restore, repair or else….

 

ALL PREFERENCES

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The preferences will give you a choice for Backup location. The rest is all basic and have no special settings really.
The options presented in the right-click menu’s are great and make every task available.

Export is fantastic.

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES & BACKUP

  • Automatic Backups: iMazing Mini

To make Automatic Backups possible, a light menu bar app is needed which runs in the background even when iMazing is not.

  • iMazing has your back(up)

Unlike iTunes and iCloud, iMazing never overwrites your iPhone and iPad backups. And doesn’t require paid cloud storage. Reliable and innovative, it’s the only software on the market to offer an automatic backup and archive solution, for free.

  • Wireless and private

Make secure, local backups via your WiFi network. iMazing can connect to your iPhone and back it up faster than iCloud. Your encrypted data goes through your private network directly to your computer.

 

As you can see the presented file management options and right-click menu are more then sufficient for any task wanted. Even your device-warranty can be checked with just one click.

 

  • – From an old iPhone to a new one
    – Safe backups on any Mac or PC
    – Simple message transfers
    – Easy access to music, photos and videos
    – A time machine for iPhone
    – Fresh look and feel
    – Full iOS 11 support
    – Advanced backup management
    – Battery health check

This is ordinary basic toolset! iMazing is a true Swiss Army knife when it comes to file management for iPhone or iPad.

iMazing 2.3 manages your apps, photos, music, videos, notes, call logs, and voice memos. iMazing 2.3 also transfers your ebooks and PDF documents to iBooks. Photos can be transferred from computer to iOS via drag-and-drop. How’s that for handling your files.

Certain data types including Messages, call history, voicemail, Contacts, and Notes can only be accessed from a backup, rather than the device itself. Scanning of your files, photo’s or iCloud stored photo’s all depends on the amount of files or images of course. So this experience may vary from person to person. I will just show you a small video on how it performs on my personal account.

 

 

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I fell confident this performance will be good for most users. And it all works beautiful without freezing or hick ups.

 

RESTORE & TRANSFER

One of iMazing’s best features is the ability to copy content between devices, which is for upgrading to a new iPhone or iPad. iTunes wants you to perform a lengthy iCloud backup, iMazing 2.3 only needs you to connect both devices, start the transfer and you’re done!

iMazing makes all restores possible trough its Restore wizard, and hassle with Apple’s assistant popups anymore. Its all done within iMazing software environment.  iMazing 2.3 detects when the current version is out of date and offers to update with a click. One special feature is to see if your iPhone or iPad is still under warranty. Just one click and your browser takes you to Apple’s site and checks your device. No need to fill any serial numbers or any other information.

VERDICT

I think there’s nothing really better on the market right now then iMazing 2.3. If you are looking for a great iPhone and iPad toolbox this is the application to get. iMazing provides full control over your devices IOS software, and makes all actions perform in a simple and easy way. Automatic backups is possible, with the need of a light menu bar app which runs in the background even when iMazing is not.  There’s nothing I can find that makes me think twice about its capabilities. So to sum it all up: Looking for a Swiss Army knife for IOS handling, then this is it.

 

 

IMYFONE UMATE PRO review

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Version 4.1.1
Developer Shenzhen iMyFone Technology. Co, Ltd
Website  http://www.imyfone.com

 

ABOUT SHENZHEN TECHNOLOGY CO

iMyfone Technology focuses on developing Windows and Mac software such as mobile data recovery, space saver, and data transfer. Founded May 18, 2015. So its a relative new company, based in Shenzhen, Guangdong China.

SETUP IMYFONE UMATE PRO

Installation of iMyFone Umate Pro is easy and straight forward. Just drag and drop the application to your Applications map and you’re done.

WHY USE IMYFONE UMATE PRO

There are now more than 700 million iPhones currently in use worldwide. Thats an impressive number and an impressive risk for personal data theft. Just imagine, all these phones changing owners and as many users are not aware of the data recovery possibilities one needs to make use of really good software to perform true cleaning and erase of all personal and safety risk data on your iPhone .

People may think that the basic erase function within your iPhones software/settings is doing the same job, are very wrong. Just a one sweep erase will make data ‘look’ disappeared but can easily be recovered with various applications. A simple factory reset is easy to undo for anyone interested in your identity or private data.

Now this is the part where iMyFone Umate PRO is needed:  iMyFone Umate Pro: Securely Wipe Your Personal Data From an iPhone/iPad/iPod 100% unrecoverable

INTERFACE

The Interface is well presented and truly simple to use for anyone. The layout presents the action tiles/buttons on the left side in blue, well marked with their functions.

 

 

 

ERASING IN PRACTICE using IMYFONE UMATE PRO

Using iMyFone UMATE Pro is no rocket science, its really self explained with popups when appropriate. Just follow the guides presented and you will successfully finish the job. Job Done !

☞ ‘ Please note, for the erasing process to be successful, you MUST disable the “Find my iPhone” feature.’
You can do this by going into your iPhone settings and navigating to iCloud–>Find My iPhone, then toggling it off. Also note that the erasing process will take some time, so start the process and go make a cup of coffee or something. It goes without saying that while the process is going on, you cannot use the phone. The size of your cup of coffee really depends on the amount to be erased and the Erase-method chosen.

If we take the last ( above image ) as our goal, so we want to erase the selected items, Contact – Safari History – Call History we press Erase Now ?

NOTE: If you’ve already set the Find My iPhone the first image below will NOT appear, but in our first try, we were told to do so by the popup as we were not aware of what to do first, nicely done by the developers to ensure perfect finish.

The actual erasing Method pops up when pressed Erase, it wants you to define the Level of Erasing:

  1. Low Level ( 1 Time )
  2. Medium Level ( 1 Time )
  3. High Level ( 3 Times )

The latest option number 3 is conform the Security standard US. DoD which is the highest level of erasing data, doing a 3-times erase process making sure all is really deleted. The other processes are fine for less important stuff on your iPhone.
Its obvious that the Highest Level will take longer to erase then the Lower Levels. So just sit back and let the application do its work.

 

 

The different Blue Erasing Tiles ( options ), have their specific working area’s like:
  • 1-Click Free Up space
  • The main screen shows you how much space you currently have left on the phone.  To see if you can free-up more space,  just press the “Quick Scan” button and it will show you the elements which can be deleted to free-up space.
  • Erase All Data
  • Selling your iPhone ? Then this option is an absolute must for anyone. Protect your privacy or identity theft ! Erase All Data !!
  • Erase Deleted Files
  • Use this feature to selectively delete certain files, Remember erasing means Gone is Gone.
  • Erase Private Data
  • This option will provide selection of specific information you want to erase.

After a successful erasing a final screen shows the relevant information of the chosen Action-Tile in this case 1-Click Free Up Space. I keep my phone clean all the time so the freed up space is different for any user. This application is working really well, it has never
crashed or hung during our tests. A well made application, thats for sure.

PREFERENCES of IMYFONE UMATE PRO

Most applications have some preferences available, like save settings as a kind of bookmark, store places etc. iMyFone is THAT EASY in use, that it needs No preferences at all besides a choice in language to use. How’s that for simplicity!

 

 

VERDICT

One thing is for sure iMyFone Umate Pro, is Not Erased from our memory ! Its a really good piece of software, well designed and easy in use. For the millions of iPhone users applications like this are a must as there will be point in time you really NEED software like this to make sure your data is erased and identity theft is secured.

We all use mobiles and we all sell or part from our phones. iMyFone Umate Pro provides an excellent tool to help us do the inevitable job : ERASE DATA. Its reliable, intuitive and stable. All aspects you want from a safety application and available for Mac and Windows.
Now its up to you, to see if you take your data just for granted or serious. iMyFone Umate Pro is a great buy if security is your middle name.

Special discount for iMyFone Umate Pro for Windows

Special discount for iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac

 

 

PDF ELEMENT 6 PRO review

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Version 6.1.0.2863
Developer Wondershare Software Ltd.
Website https://pdf.wondershare.com/pdfelement-mac/

 

ABOUT WONDERSHARE

Wondershare Software Ltd. Founded in 2003. Released the first product Wondershare Photo2VCD. Its latest “PDFelement 6 Pro” has taken PDF editing to an all-new-level.

WHAT IS PDF

History and standardization

PDF was developed in the early 1990s[3] as a way to share computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.[4] It was among a number of competing formats such as DjVuEnvoy, Common Ground Digital Paper, Farallon Replica and even Adobe‘s own PostScript format. In those early years before the rise of the World Wide Web and HTML documents, PDF was popular mainly in desktop publishing workflows.

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 Elements 6 Pro and Readdle’s PDF Expert come in handy.

VERSION 5 vs VERSION 6

 

So, how good is PDFelement 6 for Mac? Let’s find out!  PDF Element 6 has a complete new interface, clean and modern. The layout is well done and the graphical icons are great.  The new user-interface has made PDF editing more intuitive. Check this link to see the different options for Version 5 vs Version 6

INSTALLATION & SETUP

Installing Wondershare PDF Element 6 is easy and straightforward. Once installed it will at first opening prompt you with a pop-up for additional installation of the OCR scanning component.

FEATURES

The HOME-screen has active ‘boxes’ which are activated by hovering on them with your mouse. A simple explanation of the active box actions is explained.

 

 

 

Edit PDF text and images:
Just click and start typing to edit any text or image. Fully edit PDF text and images .
Merge and split:
Merge different file formats into a single PDF or split a single PDF into multiple PDFs.
Redact sensitive content:
Permanently remove (redact) sensitive content or private information . Replace the removed text or images with redaction marks that appear as colored boxes.
Compress PDF to a smaller size:
Compress PDF files without any loss of quality in just one click .
Mark and annotate:
Add comments as sticky notes, as text boxes or highlight important text.
Extract, rotate and cut PDF:
Add, delete, extract, rotate, reorganize and crop pages with ease. Or extract several PDF pages to create a new PDF.
Digi-Sign:
Use pre-defined and custom stamps such as ‘Reviewed’, ‘Approved’ and ‘Confidential’.
Bookmark:
Apply bookmarks and hyperlinks to PDF documents to save time .

 

USING WONDERSHARE PDF ELEMENT 6 PRO

PDF Element 6 Pro has strong competitors like Adobe Acrobat DC or Readdle’s PDF Expert and must have some features setting it apart from anything else.
First thing we notice is the clean Office 2016 like layout and a menubar showing the icons for pdf-actions.

The redesigned menubar information is great:

 

 

When opening a PDF, PDF Element 6 Pro marks all ‘links’ in the document when ‘links’ are chosen from the menu. Giving it a color would make it better visible in stead of light box indication.

Images are handled truly great in PDF Element 6, they can be rotated 360 degrees. using a super handy sidebar.

 

 

 

Changing/adding images works really well and fast.

PDF Element 6 makes a difference in this area compared to Readdle and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTOMATIC FORM RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

To us, “Automatic Form Recognition technology” is the biggest highlight of PDFelement 6. It instantly turns any non-fillable forms made in Word, Excel as well as other Office applications into editable and fillable PDF.

You can now edit any PDF files with consummate ease—very much like any Microsoft Word files. Ditto, you won’t lose any fonts and formatting. With a wide range of text editing tools, you will be able to bring your ideas to life and create sensational documents.

PDFelement 6 Pro Fillable Form

 

OCR SCANNING

Faster OCR performance with higher precision, and more efficient memory usage.

Optical character recognition (also optical character reader, OCR) is the mechanical or electronic conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text, whether from a scanned document, a photo of a document, a scene-photo (for example the text on signs and billboards in a landscape photo) or from subtitle text superimposed on an image (for example from a television broadcast).[1] It is widely used as a form of information entry from printed paper data records, whether passport documents, invoices, bank statements, computerised receipts, business cards, mail, printouts of static-data, or any suitable documentation. It is a common method of digitising printed texts so that they can be electronically edited, searched, stored more compactly, displayed on-line, and used in machine processes such as cognitive computing, machine translation, (extracted) text-to-speech, key data and text mining. OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and computer vision.

Wondershare PDF Element 6 Pro does a wonderful job with their integrated OCR scanning software. It scans flawless and fast. It support a huge list of supported languages which makes it useful for most. The scan result can be exported in a number of formats.

 

 

 

 

OCR scanning is done in a wink ! Dead easy and you can’t go wrong. Of course OCR scanning can only be done on earlier ‘scanned’ forms !!

 

EXPORT OPTIONS

 

 

SEE THE VIDEO

Meet All New PDFelement 6 YouTube play

 

VERDICT

Wondershare PDF Element 6 Pro is our latest PDF review and as technology moves forward it is the best at this moment. It supports most tools like Adobe Acrobat DC but at a much better price.The new Office 2016 like interface presents a clean and easy to use PDF application. All editing options are presented in a logical way, and work easy and fast. The images are handled well and can be rotated fully. The OCR scanning feature makes PDF Element 6 Pro offer the best full options application at a great price.

The all new Automatic Form Recognition technology presented by Wondershare PDF Element 6 Pro takes working with PDF software to a complete new level. Its this addition together with the new interface and image and OCR handling that makes it a hard to beat
in todays market. Going from version 5 to the latest 6.1 is a giant leap for mankind. Well lets say, its the best at this moment.

 

 

PDF EXPERT 2.2 (353) MAC review

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Version 2.2 (353)
Developer Readdle Ukraine
Website  https://pdfexpert.com

ABOUT READDLE

Readdle is a Ukrainian mobile application development company. The company research and development is based in Odessa, Ukraine. Readdle has originally focused on the creation of document-related productivity tools for consumer market, with a recent addition of business-oriented subscription-based model. The operation is mostly built around the App Store.,[2] cumulatively generating over 33 million downloads.[3] The most notable products are Scanner Pro, PDF Expert, Fluix, and Spark.[4]

WHAT IS PDF

History and standardization

PDF was developed in the early 1990s[3] as a way to share computer documents, including text formatting and inline images.[4] It was among a number of competing formats such as DjVuEnvoy, Common Ground Digital Paper, Farallon Replica and even Adobe‘s own PostScript format. In those early years before the rise of the World Wide Web and HTML documents, PDF was popular mainly in desktop publishing workflows.

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 and Readdle’s PDF Expert come in handy.

Readdle updated their version and now provides even better speed and search capabilities. To me it is important that programs are easy in use, layout and options should be logical rather then complicated. Readdle’s PDF Expert 2.2
is ticking all the boxes for me. Its fast, logical and provides some nice extra options.

NEW VERSION 2.2 vs VERSION 2.1

  • Major improvements to the search engine: it allows enabling indexing for speedy searching.
  • It is also possible to search all opened files and history which can save time.
  • The top toolbar layout has been redesigned to make UI more compact and save users from extra clicking.
  • Enhancements have been made to text editing: fonts are recognised better in the new version, along with improvements in stability and performance.

INSTALLATION & SETUP

PDF Expert 2 is installed by simply drag & drop into your applications folder. Now set it as your default PDF-reader instead of Apple’s Preview.

PREFERENCES

 

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  • Split View Mode – work with two PDFs simultaneously
  • Reduce PDF File Size – Compress and share a PDF
  • Thumbnails Mode – Add, delete and copy pages in one click
  • Annotations Export – Add notes to a PDF and export them
  • View Attachments and Portfolios – View your projects with attached media-files
  • Touch Bar Support – Focus on a content in a full screen mode

USING PDF EXPERT 2.2

Readdle PDF Expert 2 has strong competitors like Adobe Acrobat DC or Wondershare PDFElement. Readdle’s PDF Expert must have some features setting it apart from anything else or must be a close competitor prise wise.
First thing we notice is the clean layout and a menubar showing the icons for pdf-actions. The redesigned menubar is

When opening a PDF, PDF Expert 2.2 automatically marks all ‘links’ in the document. ( green ), which makes it easier to find and change. ( image below )

PDF Expert supports all basic tools and some more like the stamp tool enabling you to add presets to your document. The ‘stamp tool’ enables the user to add pre- or custom stamps to your document. Handy for those using PDF Expert for their business correspondence format. The custom stamp has some pre-settings, but also allows you to import your own.

Working with PDF Expert is easy and doesn’t take much getting used to. Wether you want to add links or redact text. PDF Expert 2.2 does it all. Changing/adding images works really well and fast.
Imported images can be rotated in 45 degree. steps, like most PDF editors. Readdle could make a difference if this was to be made showing the circular arrow enabling 360 degr. rotation.

PDF Expert 2.2 really works fast, but lacks character recognition (OCR) like Wondershare’s PDF-Element. But not all users need this function, so if you can do without OCR, PDF Expert 2.2 will work just fine for you.

Another useful tool is the ability to protect your pdf-document from the PDF menubar, as well as reducing the pdf-file size.

An overview of PDF Experts tools:

The key to effective reading is clear interface and modern annotation tools. This makes your reading more natural and comfortable — almost like working with a sheet of paper.

 

Highlight text and add notes.


Fill out tax forms, insertion orders with the smart, fast tools of PDF Expert.


Sign contracts and invoices in a few clicks.

PDF Expert revolutionizes PDF editing. Edit a contract by fixing that typo, update your CV or adjust an invoice stating the correct amount. Anything can be edited and fixed.


Edit whatever in your PDF documents. Fix typos in the text, change images or even add links.


Leave that hefty PDF document for a sleeker, slimmer file that can be easily shared by email.


Add text to fill out non-interactive PDF forms or to give feedback to your colleagues.

Merge files, add blank pages or delete existing ones to create unique documents. So when it’s time to update your presentation or run research, PDF Expert will take care of it.


PDF Expert can easily extract a few pages of your contract and send them out quickly for review.


Combine files from different sources and share your project’s materials.

TRANSFER PDF FILES

Export your PDF file as HTML , Text or Markdown is possible from the menubar. Sharing your PDF is with basic preset but can be extended by changing settings in your System-Preferences.

ADDING SIGNATURE

Adding a signature to your PDF is easy and can be done in different ways. Just use the signature tool and you have three options:

  1. Type your name and the typeface changes.
  2. Use the mouse
  3. Use an existing image

READDLE PROMOTION VIDEO

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VERDICT

PDF Expert 2.2 really feels up to the job. It supports most tools like Adobe Acrobat DC but at a much better price. The split view and fast changes make it a pleasure to work with. If Readdle changes the image-rotation feature into a
full 360 degr. arrow at their next update, they have a solid performing PDF tool ready for any competition. Adding an OCR scanning will make it the best available application for a fair price in todays market. So if you’re looking for a great PDF editor Readdle’s PDF Expert 2.2 is a great buy.