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

PDF Expert 2 - Edit, Annotate and Sign PDFs vimeo play

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.

 

 

PDF EXPERT 2.1.1 review

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Version 2.1.1
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]

INSTALL & 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.

USING PDF EXPERT 2

Readdle PDF Expert 2 has strong competitors like Adobe Acrobat DC or Wondershare PDFElement. 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.

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

PDF Expert supports all basic tools and some more like the stamp tool enabling you to add presets to your document.

PDF EXPERT 2 VIDEO

READDLE PDF EXPERT 2 YouTube play

 

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 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 really works fast, but lacks character recognition like PDFElement. But not all users need this function, so if you can do without PDF Expert 2 will work 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:

 

 

PDF EXPERT PREFERENCES

  • 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

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

VERDICT

PDF Expert 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 makes it a pleasure to work with. If Readdle changes the 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 is a great buy.

 

CISDEM OCRWIZARD 4 review

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Version 4.0.0
Developer Cisdem Inc.
Website https://www.cisdem.com/ocr-wizard-mac.html

CISDEM INC.

Cisdem Inc.is a dynamic group of people that are passionate about their business.. The mission is to develop Mac software that is innovative, easy-to-use and budget friendly.

Cisdem, creates innovative and high-efficient software in the fields of PDF Tools, Utility Tools, Mobile 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.

CISDEM OCRWIZARD

We all use pdf files in one way or another, because a pdf is more secure and non-editable. However some times we need to capture and change the actual pdf content, which is where a tool like OCRWizard comes handy.
Handy makes it sound simple and does not do justice to the complex coding needed to read the actual pdf. OCRWizard is simple and easy in use, with a plain mac-like interface. Cisdem to me really show they know their stuff and
produce clean interfaces on all software.

 Create editable and searchable PDFs

 Correct and convert scanned images

 Recognize the picture of Business Cards and share

 Export documents to almost any Format

 

WHAT IS OCR ( Optical Character Recognition ) and HOW DOES IT WORK

www.explainthatstuff.com source

As you read these words on your computer screen, your eyes and brain are carrying out optical character recognition without you even noticing! Your eyes are recognizing the patterns of light and dark that make up the characters (letters, numbers, and things like punctuation marks) printed on the screen and your brain is using those to figure out what I’m trying to say (sometimes by reading individual characters but mostly by scanning entire words and whole groups of words at once).

Computers can do this too, but it’s really hard work for them. The first problem is that a computer has no eyes, so if you want it to read something like the page of an old book, you have to present it with an image of that page generated with an optical scanner or a digital camera. The page you create this way is a graphic file (often in the form of a JPG) and, as far as a computer’s concerned, there’s no difference between it and a photograph of the Taj Mahal or any other graphic: it’s a completely meaningless pattern of pixels (the colored dots or squares that make up any computer graphic image). In other words, the computer has a pictureof the page rather than the text itself—it can’t read the words on the page like we can, just like that. OCR is the process of turning a picture of text into text itself—in other words, producing something like a TXT or DOC file from a scanned JPG of a printed or handwritten page.

USING OCRWIZARD

Installation is straightforward without reboot. Register and start using the software. Just hit the + button and choose your pdf file for scanning.
Now first choose the desired document scanning language from the menu ! Make your choice for ‘Document’ or ‘Business Card’  screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-13-55-53

 

The interface shows all pages of multi-page documents and preview selected pages. The large preview area makes marking text-, table-, and images possible with high accuracy. This is important to maintain the professional look of the original document.

OCRWizard not only scans your PDF for export, it also offers the user the possibility to edit or correct content. The application has integrated tools for corrections on image distortions and allows adding/removing of regions, or adjust their size. It takes OCR scanning to the next level of document handling, making it a all in one application rather then using multiple applications.

LANGUAGES AVAILABLE

Cisdem OCRWizard has the ability to scan and recognize text in over 49 languages. The drop-down menu shows far more languages and dialects and is quite comprehensive.

  • Cisdem OCRWizard will automatically analyze the content and mark
    Texts (Marked in green),
    Images (Marked in red) and Tables (Marked in purple)

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Watch the full language listing:

video-play-3-xxl   capture-languages

 

EXPORT OPTIONS

Save your OCRscan to a desired location. Cisdem OCRWizard can save in almost any filetype/format even the odd ones, making it suitable to any user. Well done Cisdem.
Some additional features when saving are:

  • image compression
  • PDF tagging
  • make PDF/A compatible

 

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run-512OCRscanning takes just about 3 seconds. Scanning is fast and as stated character recognition is a fantastic 99.8% The YouTube link below will demonstrate how Cisdem OCRscanning is working in practice.

 



VERDICT

Cisdem OCRWizard is a powerful OCR application providing extreme OCR scanning accuracy. The export options are numerous as are the supported languages for OCR scanning. A clean interface and simple and easy use of the software make this OCR software a very good choice if you’re looking for this kind of software application. Quality doesn’t come cheap. Cisdem OCRWizard deserves a 5 star rating, but a better price would make it an even better deal.

5 STARs

 

ANYTRANS 5.4.0 & VIDEO DOWNLOAD review

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ANYTRANS 5.4.0 ( latest version )
Developer: iMobie
Website: https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/

iMOBIE

iMobie was established on 2011, located at Tianfu Software Park, Chengdu, China. The company’s name is inspired by I’M Optimistic, Brave, Independent & Efficient, which represents the main characters of this young, passionate and promising team. iMOBIE not only focusses on phone repair, but also builds cleaning apps for phone, mac and tablet. Positive exposure is what new companies need to establish themselves in a fierce market. This review will reveal the potential of the new version Anytrans 5.4.0 with full content access, video download and the comprehensive organizing capabilities.

INSTALLATION

Installation of the new Anytrans 5.4.0 application is simple and without system reboot or extra additions. Just ‘ drag&drop ‘ the application in your systems main application list and you’re set. The intro shows information about use of buttons and basic explanation.

FEATURES

Anytrans 5.4.0 has all the features needed for organizing and managing your iPhone and/or iPad.

  • Two way iTunes Sync
  • iCloud to MyCloud
  • Data migration
  • File transfer
  • Manage Photo’s and Albums
  • File explore
  • Video download from Internet to iPhone***
  • Backup
  • Content to iTunes
  • Content to Mac
  • Clone device

The newest feature of AnyTrans is the ability to download video from the web and transfer to your iPhones video folder !! This works remarkable easy and effortless. Just watch the video below and see how its done.
I think this is a real bonus for this upgrade which makes this application even better and complete. Downloading a video from most common channels is a breeze. Just drop the webadres in the interface and the software will start checking connection and availability, when ok the download starts. The downloaded file is stored on your harddisk in the Downloads directory with folder: AnyTrans_Video_Download

The ‘Send To’ button ( see movie ), sends it straight to your connected iPhone and stores it in the Video map. Hows that for easy downloading ! Truly nice feature.

 

MANAGE YOUR DEVICE

See what AnyTrans will do for you !

 

 

PREFERENCES

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THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO iTUNES

Of course iTunes is the basic application to manage your iPhone, but it is limited and has no support for ‘video download from the web’. An average user needs no more then the tools provided by AnyTrans 5.4.0.
You may want to backup content and manage music, files and photo’s or video’s. I can’t think of anything more really. The question is , how to…… easily perform any of these tasks. It is important that the software guides you in order to
perform these tasks. Will it work for anybody? Sofar, everything works like a dream for me working on the iPhone 6Plus. No problems whatsoever but I do always believe in tryout first with a Free Download before spending money, just
to see if it performs as promised.

The new version also has a few different ‘looks’ for the appearance of the application itself. You may prefer the ‘dark’ version to the ‘light’, but thats all personal taste.

 

Blazing FastSync 100 songs or 10 complete albums in only 24 seconds.

No Sync LimitFreely transfer music in two ways between iTunes Library and iPhone/ iPad.

No Data LossNot lose a single music note off your device during sync.

Flexible TransferSelect any specific song to sync as your wish.

Easy ExportExport music from iTunes library and iPhone to desktop or other device.

Reserve Music MetadataPerfectly reserve your music artwork, play counts, ratings and more while sharing music between iTunes Library and iPhone/ iPad.

1:1 CLONE CONTENT FROM YOUR OLD iPHONE TO A NEW ONE

The tedious set-up comes with a new iPhone. But AnyTrans Phone Clone spares you such hassle. Upon just a simple click, everything from your old device will be uploaded to the new one. The game-level you just conquered, the photos you took yesterday, the note you plan for shopping and the music you favors will be all there ready for you.

See what file types are supported by Phone Clone >

 

FROM ANY iDEVICE TO ANY iOS VERSION

Phone Clone not only works between iPhones or iPads. You can also migrate content from your classic iPad mini, which is running iOS 7, to your brand-new iPhone 7 now carrying the latest iOS 10. Whenever you buy a new iPhone or iPad, you can install all your data back into it in an eye-blink.

Also see how AnyTrans migrate your iPhone files to computer >

COMBINE  CONTENTS OF TWO DEVICES INTO A COMPLETE STREAM

When you have multiple iDevices, Phone Merge works to integrate information dispersed between them. You can consolidate their contents, including music, contact, books, apps notes and more, into your daily use iPhone without removing any original data, and prevent duplicates at the same time.

See what file types are supported by Phone Merge >

MIGRATE YOUR APP DATA FROM ONE iPHONE TO THE OTHER

AnyTrans is the only solution that supports to transfer associated data within apps. As long as you have the same app installed on your target device, it makes it possible to migrate your app data, game saves and personal settings from one iDevice to the other.

EXTRACT YOUR PERSONAL INFO FROM iCLOUD

AnyTrans helps you download and access to your files stored in iCloud, including notes, mails, contacts, and more. You can export messages and contacts to desktop, and retrieve your bookmarks from iPhone Safari. Or Surf on your iPhone and pick up histories where you just left off on your Desktop.

See AnyTrans backs up your personal info on your iPhone >

UPLOAD ANYTHING TO iCLOUD 

To let you take full control of your iCloud, AnyTrans reforms it to be more natural and flexible now. Beyond just downloading and exporting files, now you can upload whatever you want onto it as well. No more wondering whether it has your files yet, you know it for sure now.

EXPORT FILES FROM iCLOUD DRIVE

AnyTrans integrates the full access to your iCloud Drive. Where it can quickly sync the latest version of your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document easily to your desktop.

PRACTICE AND SPEED

So more then enough features available to make AnyTrans 5.4.0 your default iTunes gearbox. iTunes by default supports many basic features in a great interface. However AnyTrans 5.4.0 provides full control of your IOS based hardware. NO NEED for extra video converters as AnyTrans 5.4.0 provides it all and optimizes the audio quality as well.
It is fast and absolutely easy in use as the interface has a icon-activation layout making it impossible to miss out or make wrong choices.

All options work well under the latest OSX Sierra software by Apple. Its fast in transfers and cloud connections.

VERDICT

Using AnyTrans 5.4.0 is a real pleasure managing my iPhone and other IOS devices. Its fast, has a great interface and offers all the features one needs. It works fine under OSX Sierra so iMobie covered this upgrade really well. This is a fantastic alternative to Apple’s iTunes. The software has an inbuilt video converter which makes life a lot easier when dealing with Mac/OSX incompatible video formats. A nice interface and speedy performance make this application a great buy. The latest update making video downloads to iPhone a breeze is the icing on the cake. AnyTrans 5.4.0 is your swiss army knife when it comes down to tools managing your iPhone.
AnyTrans 5.4.0 deserves a full 5 stars award.

5 STARs

[Total: 10    Average: 3.4/5]

 

SYNCMATE EXPERT 6 review

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Version 6.5.329
Developer Eltima
Website http://mac.eltima.com/sync-mac.html

 

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 Pro are some fine examples of their applications. This time we will review their SyncMate Expert application and see how it performs.

WHY USE ELTIMA SYNCMATE EXPERT

The SyncMate Expert edition is an ideal backup manager. It syncs everything in your phone like Messages, Images, Music, Documents, Reminders and Call History.
One of the nice features is the expert edition also allowing you to manage your phone from your Mac. Just use your Mac for typing and sending messages, a useful and neat feature I think.
The ability to mount your cloud storage data as a local disk is a nice extra bonus to a full backup and sync utility.

SyncMate Sync Service

SyncMate features own Sync Service which lets you sync locally avoiding any cloud mediums in OS X 10.8.5 and later. In this way the sync process is secure and safe, and you totally control your data.

INSTALLATION

Eltima SyncMate installation is straightforward, just drag the application to your Mac applications and you’re set. Now its time to make your choices in items you wish to sync with your other devices.
Your Apple OSX itself sync’s trough iCloud with your other Apple devices, but Android for instance is not achievable without any third party software. SyncMate Expert will give you the possibility to sync with your ‘cloud’ storage like Google Drive and Dropbox. Just hit the button of your choice and fill the credentials and approve of the access to your cloud-account.
Syncmate will provide a popup asking for access to your contacts.

OSX Fuse installation is necessary for mounting cloud storage. ( If you experience any ‘file permission issues’ install SSHFS to resolve any connection or permission errors )

SYNCMATE EXPERT Preferences

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Pay attention to the default marked anonymous app usage statistics sending to Eltima. If you feel you want to keep your data private uncheck the box !

AUTOSYNC option

With SyncMate you can sync data between Mac and other device automatically. Configure all the settings for the first round and they will be used in further sync. If you wish to add more sync
options to an account or connection type, just add by choosing the ➕ sign.

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The Autosync option provides a kind of scheduler which is really basic. I would like to see a full scheduler integrated in the utility which makes it far more useful.

 

SYNC OPTIONS ( Free and Expert )

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All possible sync options proof this application to be not your ‘pandora box’ , but your ‘panacea box’ your swiss knife for syncing your data with your devices.

MOUNT DISK

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Mounting cloud storage as a local disk, is easy to setup. A disk will be shown on your desktop. Check the box MOUNT and ADD new pair, choose sync direction and setup the desired sync folders or files. Now you may set the period for required sync. You will be notified after every synchronization. A log file is created and visible also during sync.
OSX Fuse installation is necessary for mounting cloud storage.

COMPARE FREE vs EXPERT

OPTIONS FREE EXPERT
Connect multiple devices ✔️ ✔️
Contacts sync ✔️ ✔️
Calendar synchronization ✔️ ✔️
Background sync ✔️ ✔️
Activity log ✔️ ✔️
Read SMS ✔️ ✔️
iPhoto gallery sync ✔️
Sync videos in iPhoto ✔️
iTunes media sync ✔️
Folders synchronization ✔️
Send SMS from Mac ✔️
Export SMS backup ✔️
Call history ✔️
Safari bookmarks ✔️
To-Do and Reminders sync ✔️
Sync multiple devices ✔️
Autosync ✔️
Mount your device as additional disk ✔️
Convert media files to the popular formats ✔️

DEVICES COMPATIBLE with AUTOSYNC

Device DEVICE TO MAC MAC to DEVICE BOTH directions
Android Device
Android OS 3.x-6.x Phone/tablet ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iOS Device
iOS 5.x-10.x iPhone iPad and iPod Touch ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Another Mac
OS X 10.8.5 or later ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Dropbox
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Mounted Device
USB FireWire and more ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Google Account
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
iCloud
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
MTP Device
Any device with MTP mode ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Outlook account
Support of multiple accounts ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Office 365 Home
OneDrive & multiple accounts support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Office 365 Business
OneDrive & multiple accounts support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

 

VERDICT

Eltima SyncMate takes its job very serious by syncing all your devices like Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. Its the ‘ yin – yang’ solution for keeping your stuff synchronized. With its clean and clear interface, it makes life a little easier providing you the ability to use your data on any of your devices. Just use your Mac for typing your messages and send it from your phone. The mounting feature of your cloud storage places complete a great utility. The scheduler / auto sync time feature needs some upgrading but still this is a great sync utility a full 5 star recommendation.

5 STARs

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
 

DASHLANE PREMIUM for MAC review

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Version 4.5.1
Developer Dashlane, Inc
Website https://www.dashlane.com

 

DASHLANE

Dashlane was co-founded in 2011 by former Business Objects CEO Bernard Liautaud,[4] Jean Guillou, Guillaume Maron, and Alexis Fogel. The company is headquartered in New York and has received $30 million in venture funding from FirstMark CapitalRho VenturesBessemer Venture Partners, and Bernard Liautaud.[5][6][7] Dashlane protects passwords by storing them locally using AES-256 encryption, and users can only access their account information by using a single master password that is never recorded or transmitted.[8] The app has a fully featured digital wallet that can aggregate credit cards, bank accounts, IDs and other personal information, as well as automatically fill that information for users during online experiences like check-out.[8] Other security features offered within Dashlane include automatic password generation, a security dashboard and security breach alerts.

 

SETUP DASHLANE

Setting up Dashlane is a simple job if it is your first time use of a Password Manager application. Normally your passwords are stored in the Mac key-chain which has great integration with Safari. Other third party browsers however are not supported by Mac’s key-chain. A true Password Manager application stores your paswords in a vault protected with a choosen master-password by the user. ONLY YOU know the master password, it is not stored anywhere else in a cloud or on servers of Dashlane. So don’t forget it and keep it in a safe place if you don’t trust your brain.The complete setup is guided with clear and easy to understand sheets explaining every step in the proces. Those who already used other third party applications like 1Password or LastPass have the ability to import their stored passwords  straight into Dashlane, 1Password users need to export their stored passwords in a .pif file which can be imported in Dashlane. It all works flawless and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist  in order to make it all work as it should.

PREFERENCES

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Dashlane offers a Free and a Premium version which both have an equal basic functionality but the Premium version has a full sync with all your other devices like iPhone and iPad. Web access to your passwords and a secure backup make up the difference in price tag.

FEATURES

Dashlane

  • Reliable auto-login and password auto-save
  • Comprehensive security breach alerts
  • Security Dashboard with actionable tips
  • Pay one price for unlimited backup and devices
  • No ugly toolbars or unintuitive actions
  • Fully functional mobile apps

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The Others*

  • Spotty auto-save and auto-login
  • Partial alerts, or none at all
  • Scores & assessments that don’t mean much
  • Buy a separate app on every device
  • Bring your toolbar, hand-guide and debugger
  • Limited functionality or read-only access

 

Dashlane
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WORKS ON ALL PLATFORMS 
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SECURE ACCOUNT BACKUP 
 ❌  ✔️
SYNC ACROSS ALL YOUR DEVICES 
 ❌  ✔️
Share up to 5 items
Unlimited
WEB ACCESS TO YOUR PASSWORDS 
 ❌  ✔️
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HOW DOES IT WORK

Browsing the internet will make you need to log in at some sites, this is where the Mac Key-chain helps ( Safari only ) or in case of Chrome your stored passwords in your Google-account. If you want to be on the safe side a Password Manager is a better option. When visiting a known website Dashlane will popup a login suggestion and do a full auto login. In case you visit a website for the first time and need to make a registration Dashlane has its own password generator giving you options for your password, and strength. The chosen password is stored automatically .

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With Dashlane, you can securely share access to protected sites. This is useful if you want someone else to make use of a service, for example, but you want to keep your banking information and other passwords private. The person you share with will get an email with a link that expires after a short time.

Dashlane can store credit card information so it can fill in your card information when you pay online. A Dashlane window pops up with tiles of your cards to choose from. It can also save a screenshot of your digital receipts, hows thats for convenience.

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PLATFORMS

  • Dashlane synchronizes your logins and passwords with PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices.Supported browsers :
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

VERDICT

DASHLANE Premium offers a great Password Manager, stores your crecitcard credentials and provides a solid password generator in a complete package. It integrates in OSX and replaces the Mac Key-Chain in a smooth and clear performance. Your data is encrypted with the strongest algorithm there is, and is reachable with the Master Password only known by the user. Dashlane Premium will sync your passwords and logins with your other devices. VIP support is fair, response time approx. 6 hours. The modern interface and OSX integration makes it the best Password Manager at this moment.

 

5 STARs

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
 

FOLX PRO 5 review

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Version 5.0
Developer Eltima Software
Website  http://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html

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 CloudMounter are some fine examples of their applications. Folx Pro 5, Internet download Manager is the latest version upgrade, a neat and practical utility which we will discuss in this review.

FOLX PRO 

Eltima’s FOLX PRO is an ‘ Internet Download Manager ‘ in optima forma. We all occasionally download stuff from the internet for personal use. Latest products updates, new applications or large files from torrents, they all need some kind of downloader. Safari, Chrome they all have their native implemented downloader taking care of your downloads. However you have no control whatsoever over speed, auto resume if link is broken etcetera.
So you just stick with your basic integrated downloader which works fine on its own merits, or you invest a little money in a program helping you out getting more done in a shorter time.
If it was just a time-saver I wouldn’t bather with spending money, but this little beauty does a lot more for the money.

Increase speed by splitting a download up in threads, schedule a download or search for a torrent which is your best option if looking for large files. Just think of it, instead of spending time searching for the right download sites, you now enter the desired title and all sites are scanned in one go.
Ever been frustrated when you were on 80% of your large download and link was broken making you start all over again? FOLX PRO supports Auto-Resume picking up where it left as soon as a connection is stable again.
Its no rocket science this little utility, but it is great to have it working as your default downloader. Just read the supported features below and see if you are convinced.

FEATURES

Compare FREE and PRO versions

# Features Free PRO
1 Splitting of downloads in up to ten threads  ❌  ✔️
2 Scheduling the downloads  ❌  ✔️
3 Integration with iTunes  ❌  ✔️
4 Speed control  ❌  ✔️
5 Search for torrents directly from the application  ❌  ✔️
6 YouTube Video Download  ❌  ✔️
7 Save any number of passwords for FTP and HTTP websites  ❌ ✔️
8 High-speed downloading  ✔️  ✔️
9 Split the downloads in two threads  ✔️  ✔️
10 Auto-resuming of downloads  ✔️  ✔️
11 Automatic catching of downloads  ✔️  ✔️
12 Torrent client with magnet links support  ✔️  ✔️
13 Spotlight integration  ✔️  ✔️
14 Plugin for catching downloads in popular Mac OS browsers  ✔️  ✔️
15 Quick Look integration  ✔️  ✔️
16 Add-ons with special context menu for Folx for all browsers  ✔️  ✔️
17 Support for Apple’s Retina displays  ✔️  ✔️
18 Various ways of adding downloads to Folx  ✔️  ✔️
SETUP
Installation and setting up is done without reboot and only takes a minut. Check the Preferences and adjust to your liking. Make sure you install the extensions supporting your browser.
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PREFERENCES

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VERDICT

FOLX PRO 5 is a versatile downloader. Its clean interface and features make it into a must have download application if you are looking for one. It’s helping you out if you are a regular downloader and definitely speeds up downloads when you set the right options. I will use it as my default downloader, as it makes life a little easier for me. Eltima again produces a neat application, worth every penny.

5 STARs

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

 

 

CLOUDMOUNTER review

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Version 1.0
Developer Eltima Software
Website http://mac.eltima.com/mount-cloud-drive.html

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 1.0 ) which is a neat and practical utility which we will discuss in this review.

CLOUDMOUNTER INSTALL

CloudMounter installs like any other application, no reboot required. First time opening, lets you fill the serial/license number and after verification you’re ready for setting up your cloud connections. CloudMounter will integrate in your OSX system and places an icon-menu in your top-menubar.

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FEATURES

CloudMounter is a system utility allowing you to mount different cloud storages and web servers to your Mac which will appear as local disks.
Connections can be made to:

  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • FTP and WebDAV servers in Finder

SETUP CONNECTIONS

Most Mac users will have one or more accounts on Google Drive ( which provides largest Free space ) and Dropbox. Nowadays many users also have their own website which makes FTP client connections with CloudMounter a welcome feature.

If you only have one cloud account you obviously don’t need this application, however if you have two or more Google Drive accounts only ONE will show in your Finder. You will have to use the
web version of Google Drive to handle your files. 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 as 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. Just choose your desired cloud connection and fill your login credentials. Google/Dropbox  accounts will ask your confirmation to give access to your files.
Now you’re nearly done, just name your cloud connection and choose ‘MOUNT”.

Great, a new harddisk icon is placed on your desktop ready for work. It needs to sync first, but from now one you may use it as a normal harddisk. This makes life a lot easier if you have multiple cloud accounts.       Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 12.19.38 PM

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All your FTP/WebDav passwords will be saved in the OSX keychain. ( install will ask you for ‘allow keychain access’ ), and sent directly to the SSL-encrypted server channels. This is the first application which really works, unlike some other competitors applications.

VERDICT

CloudMounter is a great and reliable application which makes your web based cloud connections like Google Drive and Dropbox behave like a normal local harddisk. If you have multiple cloud accounts, this is the utility to go for. Wether you are company or a private user, this application will make life easier for you and save time and effort.
A full 5 star recommendation, without any hesitation. Well done Eltima.

 

5 STARs

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
 

CISDEM DOCUMENTREADER review

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Version 2.1.0
Developer Cisdem Inc.
Website https://www.cisdem.com/document-reader-mac.html

CISDEM

Cisdem DocumentReader is the easiest way to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and print and save them into PDF document for sharing. What does it really do, you may ask yourself. To put it simply, Cisdem DocumentReader allows the Mac user to open and view the odd and older file formats not designed for Mac but Windows mostly.
It has a number of practical features to make sure that you not only will get the best reading experience possible, but also can save, share or work on them.

SUPPORTED FILE TYPES

WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF being;

  • WPD:  The text file format WPD was created in 1980 for the Corel WordPerfect word processing software
  • WPS;  Most files with the WPS file extension are likely Microsoft Works Document files
  • XPS;   The oxps file extension is mainly related to latest OpenXPS (Open XML Paper Specification) file format used exclusively in Windows
  • VISIO; Part of older Microsoft Office software used for design, files not straight compatible with Mac
  • PDF;   Portable Document Format (PDF) modern and widely used for publication and sharing documents

HOW DOES IT WORK

Is this the only way to handle these file formats? No, it is possible to work,import or convert these file format on the internet, but you do need to know what to do and search for relevant websites.
How nice and convenient that software like Cisdem DocumentReader will do the job for you without any hassle. Just load your file into the program and it will be converted into a readable file.
What makes it even better is the option to save the converted file in a widely used PDF file ready for use.

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TOOLBAR

The toolbar is adjustable by choice. Add more icons ( options ) to the toolbar is just simply drag&drop the icon. This will provide enough tools to edit the document.

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SUPPORT OTHER FILE FORMATS

Trying to open different file formats like a simple .docx file will result in an error popup, stating it is not supported by the program. Of course the essential idea behind this program is handle odd and old file formats, but it would cool to see it handle the ordinary as well to make it into one default application for file handling. Still future versions might do this.

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SAVE TO PDF

After opening and making adjustments to your document you can save in PDF format. It will be so much better if options like save to .doc/docx/txt etcera will be implemented in future versions.
Of course we can import PDF in almost any other word processor, but sometimes changes the layout of the original document. A common behavior of PDF format change and something to avoid if change is made once or if chosen kept in the default file conversion PDF.

VERDICT

Its not a extensive program so reviewing is to what it basically does, read/convert and save odd and old file formats. If you are stuck with these odd and older file formats and wish there would be a utility helping you out in a uncomplicated and fast way Cisdem DocumentReader is your choice. Its interface and layout is common to other (pdf) file readers.
Cisdem DocumentReader does a wonderful job in converting with speed and accuracy and saves you time and effort searching the internet for conversion websites.

5 STARs

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]