SEO RANK MATH review

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

 

ABOUT SEO RANK MATH

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

 

SEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

( source wikipedia )

WHY USE SEO RANK MATH rather then YOAST SEO

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

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

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

SETUP VIDEO link

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

Username: rmdemo
Password: rmdemo

 

 

 

FEATURES SEO overview and additional pages views :

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTED SETTINGS COMPARED

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

 

 

GOOGLE ANALYTICS INTEGRATED

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

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

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

 

VERDICT

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

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

 

 

VIDEODUKE review

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

 

ABOUT ELTIMA

 

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and Folx are some fine examples of their applications. Their latest video downloader VideoDuke application  ( version1.0 ) is a neat and practical application which we will discuss in this review.

 

VIDEODUKE 


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

INTERFACE


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

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

 

ADVANCED INTERFACE

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

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

 

DOWNLOAD CAPABILITIES

 

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

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

 

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

 

PREFERENCES

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

WHAT COULD BE ADDED !

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

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

 

VERDICT

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

 

 

LOGOIST 3 review

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

 

ABOUT SYNIUM

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

 

ABOUT LOGOIST 3

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

 

INTERFACE

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

 

 

LOGOIST 3 FEATURES

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

 

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

GENERATORS

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

 

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

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

 

VERDICT

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

 

 

TUNESKIT IPHONE DATA RECOVERY review

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


ABOUT

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

 

INSTALLATION

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

 

TUNESKIT FEATURES

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

Now what’s special ;

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

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

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

RECOVER LOST DATA FROM:

PRACTICE

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

Step One: Connect iOS device to PC

Step Two: Scan and Preview

Step Three: Select and Recover

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

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

The list below will show you any recovery method available:


VERDICT

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

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

 

 

 

PDF ELEMENT EXPRESS MAC 0.6 review

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

 

ABOUT WONDERSHARE

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

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

WHAT IS PDF

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

Why do we use or should we use PFD ?

1. PDF software is universal

2. PDF software offers security

3. PDF files are searchable

4. PDF files are accessible

5. PDF files are interactive

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

 

PDFElement EXPRESS

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

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

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

Edit PDFs Effortlessly

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

Manage PDF Pages Seamlessly

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

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

PDFelement VERSIONS COMPARED

 

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

Coupon Code: WOND-YSRT-JJML   ( 40% discount ! )

VERDICT

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

 

PARAGON HARD DISK MANAGER 1.2 review

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Version 1.2.241 (1.2.241)
Developer Paragon
Website https://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-mac/

 

ABOUT PARAGON

The company was established by a group of MIPT students in 1994. A separate mobile division, called the Mobility Division, was formed in 1995. The German office opened in 1998, the Swiss office in 2000. In 2004, the company started working with Fujitsu-Siemens on its handheld PCs Russian localization.[2] Next year, the company expanded the product line of office and gaming applications for Symbian OS and received the “Developer of the Year” award in the Handango Champion Awards 2005.[3]

In 2011, PCMag recognized the company’s flagship solution Paragon Hard Disk Manager as the best hard drive management program. Paragon Software Group also won Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award 2011 for their mobile solution.[4]

All-round solution to protect, maintain and manage your Mac drives.

  • Snapshot-driven backup & powerful recovery features
  • Resizing partitions and redistributing unused space
  • Recovering lost or accidentally deleted partitions
  • Disk copying and secure data wiping
  • NEW APFS container resizing
  • NEW macOS 10.13 High Sierra support  ( No official MOJAVE support yet )

WHY USE PARAGON HARD DISK MANAGER

The macOS built-in Disk Utility is all many users will ever need. Apple’s software handles formatting HFS+, FAT32, and exFAT volumes and partitions. The macOS Disk Utility also supports verification and repair of native OS X disks. However, there still are plenty of reasons for wanting to do more with your drives. A few examples are optimising OS X, partitioning drives, or backing up and restore data faster then Time Machine. Paragon HDM also supports the latest APFS file system but not for backing up (still in process)! Additional features are recovery of accidental deleted partitions and SIP support.

 

INSTALLATION

Installation of Paragon HDM is not difficult, but additional files need to be installed during the proces. System Preferences need to allow the additional files to install. A small mounter utility is installed during installation needed for full high-speed access to virtual drives. PARAGON VMDK MOUNTER is installed in your Mac’s applications folder.

PARAGON VMDK Mounter for Mac OS X. ( Legacy product )

The first solution with full high-speed access to virtual disks under OS X
  • Very easy to use – mount a virtual container by double clicking or using Finder’s “Open With…” context submenu
  • Powerful Command Line Interface utility allows you to create and mount a virtual container
  • High performance – high access speed to virtual disk content and high-speed data exchange between host and guest OS
  • The first and only solution with full read/write access to virtual disks (even larger than 2TB) on OS X

(Caution: SIP should only be disabled by advanced users who know what they’re doing and understand the risks associated with modifying system-level files.

PREFERENCES

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DISKS & PARTITIONS

Like Disk Utility, Hard Disk Manager’s interface displays a list of all mounted volumes. HDM provides more detailed disk maps, color-coded partitions and logical disks and the file system in use: HFS+, FAT16/32, NTFS, exFAT, ExtFS, and free space. This is a definite better way to show relevant disk information. Hard Disk Manager also displays partition information as a list at the bottom of the window.

HDM can perform; format, partition, and work with non-native NTFS or ExFS volumes. You do need Paragon’s replacement drivers installed to access files. HDM works equally well with solid-state storage (SSD), USB flash drives, and Apple’s hybrid Fusion Drives as with traditional platter-based disks.

BACKUP & RESTORE

One of Paragon’s Features is Snapshot technology, which allows users to create an exact sector-level copy of the operating system and all disk data. Paragon states an improved performance in time between Time Machine and other Mac-backup solutions. The Snapshot feature, offers improved performance with system recovery times. Hows that for improvement.

The Backup and Restore function is simple, as the Create New Archive wizard detects all mounted OS X disks automatically, or you can manually select partitions from the disk map. Every backup needs to be initiated by the user as scheduled backups are not part of the Backup feature. Hard Disk Manager saves archives as Paragon Virtual Hard Drive (PVHD) images by default, which also supports incremental imaging. Incremental Imaging minimises time and storage space required for backups of the same volume(s).

VERDICT

Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager is a must for every user who needs to manage their disk in a more professional way than use of the basic macOS Disk Utility. HDM provides faster backup and restore tools than Time Machine ( see image above). The (re)sizing abilities and the recovery option takes it a step further than most applications. Full Mojave support is not available at this moment (APFS backup functionality). So if you’re already running Mojave you might wait for the update, or if APFS is not your external disks format, buy this good utility saving you time and efford.

 

 

GIHOSOFT iPhone Data Recovery review

 

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Version 4.0.1
Developer Gihosoft
Website https://www.gihosoft.com/iphone-data-recovery-free.html

 

ABOUT GIHOSOFT

They have a  > 30 staff including software development team, technical support team, marketing team, software UI and website designer team. The staff is sophisticated, responsible and enterprising. They strive for more professional programs and better technical support for global customers.

INSTALLATION & SETUP

This is the easy part of GihoSoft’s application. Just drag the icon to your applications map and you’re set and done. There is no preferences needed nor available in this application. So you’re ready to go !

USING GIHOSOFT iPHONE DATA RECOVERY

My first remark is you should always have/do a valid Backup of your device with iTunes. Always better be safe then sorry. Just nodding your head agreeing to this is not enough, DO IT ! This also applies to any computer-data you’ve got. BackUp your Mac, your photo’s and documents. Just about anything you can’t do without in times of trouble. I get asked by friends many times ” can you fix my computer problem”, and YES anything can be fixed but sometimes not without loss of data. So save your stuff as memory sticks or external harddrives are cheap nowadays.
In this case we lack a backup from iTunes, as the application warns about the missing backup !  No worries, you may stil recover your lost files straight from your iPhone. Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery will start scanning your device which can prove time consuming when your found backup on iTunes is encrypted which is recommended. My iPhone took 1 hour to finalise scanning,

FEATURES & OPTIONS

Free & Pro iPhone Data Recovery Software for Windows/Mac

  • Recover up to 12+ types of files, including contacts, SMS, photos, WhatsApp, Viber, notes, etc.
  • Restore lost data from iOS devices directly or from iTunes and iCloud backup
  • Recover iPhone data lost due to iOS upgrade/jailbreak, accidental deletion, device lost or broken
  • Support all the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Both Free and Pro version. Why Pro >>

Support All iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Models

 

  • iPhone: iPhone 7/7 Plus, SE, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPhone 4S/4, iPhone 3GS
  • iPad: iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 4/3/2, the New iPad, iPad/iPad 2/3/4
  • iPod Touch: iPod touch 6/5/4

 

Recover Up to 12+ Types of Data from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

  • Photos & Videos: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, App Photos & Videos
  • Messages & Call Log: Messages, Message Attachments, Contacts, Call History, Voice mail, WhatsApp/Viber messages & attachments
  • Memos & Others: Notes, Calendar, Reminders, Safari Bookmark, Voice Memos

SCANNING YOUR IPHONE

Appearance of the layout is somewhat mixed feelings. Its not like the modern iMyFone application, but works well. All information is displayed as this is a ‘one trick pony utility’, scanning and presenting the preview of found files and leaves you to hit “NEXT’ and wait for the recovery.
The one thing that worries me is the absence of choice in doing a recovery from your iTunes Backup or skip this and go to your iPhone directly and scan for your missing data. Now to software always takes you to your iTunes backup wether is is Old or New. An older backup might not have your desired data available, and without skipping ( well I can’t undo the selection mark ! ) take you to your iPhone straight away. I may be wrong but will ask for tech. info from Gihosoft.
Choosing only ‘messages’ from the first selection page takes me straight to my iPhone, but again scanning takes 59 minutes ( only 16Gb used on iPhone ). Why when selecting all it takes me to iTunes backup, and when selecting just messages it goes straight to the iPhone puzzels me.

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DjMIXER PRO review

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Version  3.6.9
Developer  DjMixersoft
Website   http://www.djmixersoft.com

 

ABOUT DjMIXER

DJMixerSoft is one of the world’s leading providers of DJ software. At DJMixerSoft.com we create technology rich solutions that enable our customers to maximize their professional performance. All DJMixerSoft products have been developed by video/audio software engineers, in collaboration with professional DJs around the world.

 

INSTALLATION

Installation of the software is dead easy. Drag the application to your applications folder and you’re set. Now it will at first run in demo-mode, and you need to enter the serial to get full control over the software. At first I was checking where to
enter the serial but there is no menu addition for this? As the interface itself is very busy, I noticed very small red typing in the middle of the interface, where I was supposed to enter the serial. Funny place to validate a Mac application, and this should be set somewhere in the menu. Still this is how it is set right now. In the background many new folders are created for storing music creations etc.

INTERFACE

Wow, its an explosion of information to handle. Well for non dj’s like me then. Though I love music and am familiar to many of the used controls it still is a lot to swallow to be honest. it is LOADED !! Just check the features below to give you an idea of its capabilities. The image can be made active / enlarged,  in order to checkout all keys, knobs, controls, sliders etc.

FEATURES

  • Mixing your audio, music, video and karaoke.
  • Instant beat-matching and sync between the 4 DJ decks with one-click.
  • 2 or 4 DJ decks with professional grade mixer and playlists.
  • Waveform display with beats, cue and loops markers and zoom.
  • Precise playback control: play, pause, position, speed (pitch), pitch bend.
  • Mix your favorate video clips (AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4…) together with audios to have a professional mixing output.
  • Fully compatible with iTunes playlists, Mix your music from iTunes.
  • Vinyl simulation (scratch, reverse play, brake, spin, fine tune cue points) using the interactive waveform display
  • High-quality time stretching and pitch scaling for harmonic, key mixing
  • Seamless beat-aware looping (including snap to beat and loop resizing)
  • Precise automatic BPM counter on the fly (for all genres between 70-155BPM).
  • KeyLock (master-tempo).
  • Time-coded vinyl/CD support and Analog input.
  • +/-4%, 8%, 16%, 24%, 32% pitch control with slow reset
  • Cueing (1 instant cue point)
  • Supports MP3, OGG, WAV, CDA, AIFF, FLAC, AU, WMA*, M4A**, MP4**, MOV, WMV, MKV, AVI, MPEG format.
  • External effects (VST/AU support) that you can add on decks / master / microphone
  • Automatic key detection (perfect for harmonic mixing).
  • Support for Karaoke CDG files (mp3 + cdg files).
  • Crossfader curve
  • VU-meters for decks and master output
  • 3-bands equalizer and gain
  • 8 distinct effects (Reverse, Brake, AutoPan, Flanger, Phaser, Reverb, Echo, Delay)
  • Audio/Video/Karaoke filters
  • Sweep filter (cut frequencies gradually – LowPass & HighPass filter)
  • AutoMix mode (mixes automatically the playlist – with beat-match option)
  • Perceptual automatic-gain
  • Audio limiter for high quality audio even at high volume levels
  • ASIO/CoreAudio with low-latency support
  • High-quality time-stretching
  • Fully Unicode
  • TAG editing
  • Song database with fast search function
  • Ease of use. Simple and intuitive design.
  • Automatic marking of loaded songs in current session
  • Support for distinct audio outputs for speakers and headphones (pfl-mix monitoring and pre-listening) using multi-channel audio cards or SPLIT mode for simple stereo soundcards
  • Browsing system with unlimited lists, disk explorer and database.
  • Wide range of pre-mapped MIDI controllers and the ability to custom.
  • External mixer support
  • Advanced loop controls.
  • Ability to use a microphone (TalkOver + OnAir).
  • Record your mixes to burn them on CDs (WAV/AIFF, MP3 formats)
  • Over 90 DJ controllers supported natively (zero-configure).
  • Support video in Full-screen.
  • Support display your video mixes to an external monitor, TV or projector.
  • Audio CD support (intelligent cd detection/loading).
  • Separate headphones output and song pre-listening.
  • Load the whole song in RAM memory for instant access
  • Fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra and Windows 10.
  • Fully compatible with the latest version of iTunes 12.7.4.


DjMIXER PRO TEST

Now bear in mind that I am not a Dj, and have never worked with anything like this. So I started as a definite knob head using this software and was interested in how quickly one could master an application like this. Well its not easy to be fair.
I guess one needs to start with songs that share the same beat or bass rhythm. Then you need to known your songs and their most interesting parts for use.

I have to be fair and need to mention that I haven’t mastered all possible settings and loops, just played around with the AutoMix / MixNext and Cue loops. I am pleasantly surprised by the workmanship of this product, as it is an application for
beginners and professionals who earn their money entertaining people with their performance.

As many of us have their occasional party’s this DjMIXER Pro can make a huge difference in the level of entertainment of your guests. You can create some great personal mixes and show off your new skills. Beside the main interface an integrated
video playback is a bonus that could just make the difference.
It seems to have unlimited mixing capabilities and your karaoke night might become the best ever. The individual adjustments with the controls is simply done by point to the control en then swipe left or right to adjust the controls . You should not try to
move the controls by dragging round having our mouse pressed, as this will not work or be productive with the small controls in the interface.

Mix audio, video & karaoke

Gives you the ability to mix not only audio tracks, but also video and karaoke, and make song transitions with ease. Video mixing also including reverse, pitch, break, scratch video.

 

Powerful Mixing Engine

DJ Mixer Pro has a cutting-edge mixing engine including support for various audio and video formats, advanced input/output routing, adjustable EQ, timecode vinyl control, gain control, crossfader, KeyLock, and more.

Loops and Cue Points

Advanced looping features let you sets real-time cues, loop in/out points and change loop length. Seamless beat loop and cue functions let you easily remix tracks on the fly.

Interactive Waveform

The Waveform Displays show each track’s frequency band in real-time; displaying each beat & break in advance. and visually align the beats of the tracks with vertical waveforms.

Automated Beat-Matching

Always stay in perfect beat with one-click tempo and beat-matching technology. Load your audio, video or Karaoke tracks, and the DJ Software will change the tempo of your track for pin-point synchronization.

Automatic Harmonic Mixing

For musically perfect mixes the key can be changed or locked to achieve not only beat-matched but also key-matched mixes. It even detects the key of an audio/video to considerably simplify harmonic mixing.

Full iTunes integration

Seamlessly integrates with your iTunes library and makes it easy for you to mix your favorite music from iTunes. Your iTunes library and playlists are right there on the DJ Mixer Pro interface.

Audio Effects

There are many built-in audio effects and filters can be applied to change the sound of the track, and offers support for third party VST plug-ins (effects), AudioUnits, EQs and filters for each deck, microphone or master signal.

Powerful Samplers:

8 individual samplers for looping or jingles where you can load files with beats or jingles, or you can send a loop from any deck to any of the sampler’s 8 banks. The loops will also be in-sync with the other decks.

External display

Support preview the video when you are mixing videos, and display your video mixes to an external monitor, TV or projector. This DJ software has the ability to quickly display or hide your audience video screen with one click.

Hardware integration

Gives you comprehensive hardware control for your DJ mixes. 90+ MIDI controllers supported with Zero configuration. Create your own custom mapping or use one of the many presets for your specific controller.

Powerful Media Library

Sort your video/music the way you want. Powered by a high-performance database, useful realtime song search, Audio/Video/Karaoke filter, Color marker, accessing and organizing your music is easy and intuitive.

 

PREFERENCES

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VERDICT

DjMixer Pro is a full loaded one man band stand. Its a professional application for those who earn their money being a Dj as to the enthousiast aiming for a great karaoke night or pool party. Its one of the most versatile applications providing
NextMix, AutoMix and all BPM settings needed. Once you’ve mastered this application your life will be a continuous Loop. So check out the demo, and see if you’re up for it !

 

M4P to MP3 CONVERTER review

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Version: 2.9.14
Developer: ?
Website: http://www.m4p-to-mp3-converter.com

 

REQUIREMENTS

Mac OS X 10.8 or above system. Fully support macOS High Sierra 10.13  Apple iTunes 10 or later.  To output the highest audio quality, the program now only supports converting M4P at 1X speed under macOS 10.13 High Sierra. M4P to MP3 is able to do 16 speed conversions on lower Mac OS systems. Read on to see why and how to change the High Sierra 10.13 System Integrity Protection (SIP).

 

Want to remove DRM from iTunes M4P, M4B, M4A, M4V, protected AAC, Audible AA and AAX files? Well, look no further as this utility will be your best friend from now on.
MP4 to MP3 Converter is your ‘one trick pony’, to safely convert your iTunes codecs into a desired codec. Initially iTunes have NO DRM codec, but when you download an Apple Music track for offline listening, you get a DRM-protected version. This is where converters come to use.

 

WHAT IS DRM

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems provide you with the ability to control how people can consume your content. Usually content owners and producers, like all the major Hollywood Studios and TV Stations, force content distributors to use specific DRM systems to protect each piece of content. Depending on the copyright requirements, Hollywood grade DRM protection is not always needed and sometimes it’s enough to provide basic protection through token based secure authentication or simple AES encryption of the video without sophisticated license exchange and policy management. Apple’s iTunes uses this protection in a similar way.

 

INSTALLATION

You might be in for a little surprise as M4P toMP3 Converter is I think the only converter-program needing a separate/additional tool to do the job. The program uses and installs ‘Audiojingle’ a virtual audio driver. The program needs this driver to record iTunes audio tracks in the background.
So what? You may think. Well, it installs itself in your Audio Preferences, and you need to be aware of this! As it is impossible to ‘delete’ or ‘uninstall’ this virtual driver with all known Uninstaller’s.

To perform a real uninstall you need to perform these steps:

1. /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/

Audiojingle.driver folder

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2. ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

com.audiojinglex.soundtree.agent file

Delete that folder and file along with it and reboot (as well as the app itself; I suggest using CleanMyMac or AppDelete) your Mac.  Only now you will be able to loose the Audiojingle driver.

Of course you only need to perform these steps if you ever decide to change the converter for something else.

 

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To output the highest audio quality, the program now only supports converting M4P at 1X speed under macOS 10.13 High Sierra. This is as stated earlier due to the used Mac OS system SIP.

WORKING WITH M4P to MP3 CONVERTER

So, we’ve covered the technical side of M4P to MP3 Converter and now move on to the use and performance of this utility.  The presented interface is easy and provides all necessary information for the user.
One small critic from me as reviewer are the outdated icons used on the top bar. The visual aspect is just something I focus on, next to allround performance. Its a bit Windows like and being not a big fan of Windows, I truly love the mostly modern looks of Mac apps. The interface does however provide all information  one might need and even more. The status column shows realtime converting status. The overall Output settings and folder are nicely presented.

All in all I absolutely loved working with M4P to MP3 Converter. Alongside I tried programs like Sidify Apple Music and the latter seems to have some difficulties converting some tracks whereas M4P to MP3 never missed a track !!
Converting time was overall the same compared to 2 other utilities, so no dealbreaker here. The converting SPEED from the Preferences mentions 1 to 16, but the latest HighSierra versions will not allow for higher speeds than 1.

As you know that when System Integrity Protection is active, and MacOS 10.13 has introduced new security measures, M4P to MP3 Converter can only convert audio files with 1X conversion speed on Mac 10.13.x.

In order to convert in 16x speed, MacOS 10.13.x users need to turn SIP off. You can follow the next guide to know how to turn SIP off.

Please note that, your machine may be less secure if you do. It is entirely your decision.

METHOD to turn SIP off !!

Step 1: Shut down the Mac.

Step 2: Turn it on but hold down the “Command + R” keys on the keyboard as soon as you hear the startup chime. You can leave the keys when you see Apple logo.

The system will boot into Recovery Mode.

Step 3: When the macOS Utilities menu appears, left-click the “Utilities” and then click the “Terminal”.

Recovery Mac Utilities

Step 4: In the window that opens, type “csrutil enable –without kext” and press return.

csrutil enable --without kext

This turns off the part of SIP that iTunes Converter needs to run, and OS X complains that it is an unsupported configuration.

Step 5: Now write “reboot” to restart your Mac computer.  ( Source www.macsome.com )

 

VERDICT

So time for a final verdict. Did we enjoy working with M4P to MP3 ? Well, there is no question about its performance and lack of converting problems. It never missed a single song-conversion, where the competition is not as perfect. The maximum conversion speed of 1x under the latest MacOs High Sierra 10.13+ is something all conversion programs have to deal with as Apple has a strict SIP program. You may if needed follow our instructions for change in SIP. We feel it’s no big deal and better be safe then sorry.
M4P to MP3 converter delivers high end conversions with all information needed when doing its job. Its versatile in supporting most used codecs,  options and informative interface. Any cons found in this utility? Not really, only change the used ‘Windows like’ icons in the main-bar and you’ve got one of the best converters and I tried them all, so if you’re in for a converter don’t miss out on M4P to MP3 Converter.

 

 

 

 

MACUPDATER 1.2.0 review

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Version 1.2.0
Developer: CoreCode io
Website: https://www.corecode.io/macupdater/

 

ABOUT CORECODE

CoreCode specializes in software development for macOS and iOS. CoreCode sells commercial software alongside offering free applications. CoreCode provides more than a dozen commercial apps as well as over two dozen open-source apps for the Mac and strongly believes in contributing back the community.

PREFERENCES

Preferences are very good for a basic program like this. It offers you ‘Keep Safety Backups”, which could prove useful incase of incompatibility after updating. Notifications and Scan-planning ( daily is minimum ) are also part of preferences.
All obvious and simple.

NO REGISTRATION   Total Privacy

In contrast to competing services, you don’t need to register to use MacUpdater. Just launch it, scan & update. Even more important, everything in MacUpdater is designed with your privacy in mind. They don’t track you and they don’t sell your data – because they don’t even have it. In fact they have an industry-leading Privacy Policy that should keep you all warm & snug. ( This is their claim! )

THE APPLICATION

This is just a small but useful application tracing any available updates for your applications in use. There is not too much to write about it as it’s an small but handy app. After installation ( Free version, allowing 10 updates ), you may choose to buy.


The program initially does a full scan of your applications folder ( fast and secure) and checks their version numbers. We have a very positive experience with the suggested updates which the application will install by itself.

After successful update a popup will appear. The program knows wether an application is only updatable by the App Store or straight from developer.

VERDICT

It is not often we write about small programs as the review might not be very interesting to read. This time however we feel we make an exception and want to share the even existence of this fine utility. I know nearly all programs have a ‘Check for Updates’ option. Macupdater 1.2.0 will check this for you and inform you of updates available. It’s no rocket-science but keeps your Application Folder always up to date. Its handy and cheap, as the lifetime license will keep you from paying again and again for updates.