MacUpdater review

Version 1.2.0Developer: CoreCode io



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 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.


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! )



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.


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.


$ 9.99


iBoysoft Drive Manager review

Version 2.8.6Developer iBoysoft



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



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

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





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

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


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


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

$ 29.95



DesignEvo Logo Maker review

Version:  Online versionDeveloper: PearlMountain



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



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








4000+ Pre-made Logo Templates

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




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




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

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





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




Amoyshare Anymusic review

Version. 5.0.0Developer Amoyshare



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

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

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

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

Free Online Music & Video Service

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AnyMusic up to 10 features

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

Official download links for software

Win 64:

Win 32:


Trial version is available for you to test.
For AnyMusic, trial version has all the features of the full featured registered version for a 14- day  period that allows for up to 10 music downloads per day.



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


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





Mac DVDripper Pro review

Table DVDSuki Software Inc



ABOUT DVDSuki Software Inc.

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

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


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


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

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



Backup your DVDs

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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





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






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

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



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

$ 24.95



Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Platinum review

Version Stellar Information Technology Ltd.




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

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



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

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

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Platinum

RECOVER your Mac DATA and REPAIR Corrupt Volumes

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

  • Restores lost and deleted data from Mac System
  • Restores inaccessible data from a bad hard drive
  • Deep scans a drive to bring back deleted data from the blocks
  • Creates bootable USB to repair Mac boot volume
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13 
  • Recovers data from Time Machine and Encrypted drives
  • Recovers data from USB, SSD, SD, CF, HDD etc.
  • Repairs variety of logical hard drive errors
  • Repair corrupt Mac volumes
  • Rebuilds damaged directory structure of the hard drive


So the preferences are quite extensive and choosing your desired recovery formats, save scanning time and accuracy. Saving your scans is also possible in the menu, good if you lateron wish to proceed with stored scan results.
Deep scanning is of course taking much more time to perform a full scan.

QUICK SCAN and DEEP SCAN on Data Recovery

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

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



QUICK SCAN took 2 minutes

DEEP SCAN took 79 minutes







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

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





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

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

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


Time Machine Backup Drive Recovery

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

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

Encrypted Disk Recovery

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



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

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

Restores Around 120 File Types from any Media




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

Restore Mac Data from HDD, SSD, External-HDD

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


Correcting Disk Permissions & Consistency

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

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



Scanning the ( OK Disk ) shows no errors.

Retrieve deleted data from a TRIM enabled SSD.

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



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

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


$ 129.00


Mindnode Mac review

Version 5.0.1Developer   IdeasOnCanvas




IdeasOnCanvas is an independent software company based in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Markus Müller-Simhofer in 2008 and specializes on designing intuitive and consumer friendly software for the iOS and Mac platform. Its flagship application is MindNode, an easy to use mind mapping application for Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.[1] It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

MindNode is one of the first mind mapping apps for Mac and iOS, and this version 5 is a huge update: a streamlined, more intuitive user interface, and the drag and drop support. There’s a lot more to this update as it has been rethought all the way and now may boast on being the leading mind-mapping application for Mac and IOS.


    Adopted a more traditional app layout to improve discoverability.
    Important actions are now in the toolbar and no longer hidden away in the sidebar.
    Customize the toolbar to better suit your needs.
    A new left sidebar hosts the outline and the new theme picker.
    Many aspects of the user interface were updated to give the app a fresh new look and feel.
    All UI icons and stickers were updated in an all new style.
    Grow your mind map from top to bottom, or bottom to top. Mix and match layouts on the same canvas.
    Change line type from rounded to orthogonal to give them a more edgy look and feel.
    Create as many personal themes as you like, sync them to all your devices, and share them with other.
    New built-in themes make your mind maps even more beautiful.


  • Keep outline and inspector open at the same time
  • Show notes inline
  • Improved display of main nodes without subnodes
  • Always show the entire node title, also when searching content
  • Highlight all found results in the same node during search
  • Resolves flickering text issue when entering text of a node that is shown in a search result



Ever been confused with an application you felt being not properly designed? Well the new MindNode 5 will bring a fresh and clean interface having all buttons and menu’s placed in a logical way. No need to search for a wanted action through all possible buttons. No, this is where MinNode 5 excels. Like all applications it needs getting used too, but it is self-explaining really. Just try and see what happens or check the introduction video to see what is capable of. Even active links can be implemented to take you to a stored webpage or document.

Check the Preset Themes and pick your layout. And to add some visual enhancement to your mind map, icons are provided and images are simply added. Its fully Drag&Drop manageable.

The team at IdeasOnCanvas did a splendid job with their work on MindNode 5, because design-wise it feels like a whole new app. Creating a new mind map, use for opening Quick Entry mode. The Quick Entry option is a new feature: it lets you put your thoughts down in outline form, then when you’re done, it is automatically converted into a new mind map. Depending on what type of project or issue, this option is really helpful.

I would like to have clickable (active) places to expand a tree and go back again, when using for presentation. This would change it from static to full dynamic use at some point. It may be there, but I haven’t found it. This also applies to linked PDF files which could be opened and closed to make this more useful outside the basic idea.


Checkout the difference in the overall interface between version 4 and this latest version 5.
( picture )




This part is not so easy to discuss as working with an application like this workable on a iPad but certainly not on a iPhone ! Well not for me anyway. This video is self-explaining and shows all possibilities on an iPad, which work fine in daily life. Then again I can’t even imagine working on anything lees then 27 “, how things change in life I wonder.



The new MindNode 5 is dynamically build. Drag & Drop is one of the easy things its capable off. Choose your image by drag & drop OR choose it from the menubar. The ability to drag content from other apps and drop it into your mind map works fine. A mind map is a an endless canvas, and now that canvas doubles as a landing place for content from other apps. Insert the image for the project you’ve been mapping, just by dropping it in. Have some notes you want to keep close at hand? No problem. MindNode offers support for dropping images, text, and reminders. You can also drop an URL( link ), but only in text fields. A full support support to include the option to drop a URL anywhere, and add common files like PDFs would be a good improvement for future versions.





MindNode 5 has Export options available ( picture below ) which are sufficient



MindNode 5 is beautiful designed and is truly a wonderful mind mapping application. MindNode 5, has got plenty to show for. Dynamic behavior and full drag & drop. Quick Entry helps you start your personal mind map with increased flexibility. The export options are
fine but lacks the ability to save for ( steps ) presentations. This application is performing really well overall. It takes care of your creative skills, you only need to drag the nodes or branches to any spot you like. Bob’s your uncle…as they say. Visualization of your thoughts is what it does in a great way. If your looking for a mind map application try MindNode 5 and see if it fits your needs.

MindNode 5 is available on the iOS App Store as a free download, with a one-time In-App Purchase to unlock editing capabilities. The In-App Purchase is $14.99 for new users, or $9.99 for owners of MindNode 4. On the Mac, MindNode 5 is also a free download, and its In-App Purchase is $39.99 for new users, and $14.99 for owners of MindNode 2.



Globaldelight Boom3D review

Version 1.0.1Developer Global Delight



Founded in 2008 and a head Office in Udupi, Karnataka, India

GLobal Delight is developer of Photography, iOS, Apps, Software, Video, Mobile applications. Their latest application Boom 3D will be reviewed below.



On installing, Boom 3D self-calibrates according to the type of Mac to offer the best sound experience to the users. After self-calibration, the application is ready to use. A Boom3D Helper-menu is located at the top bar at the right, ready for choosing some basic actions.



Boom 2 is for some time one of the best audio enhancers on the market. Boom 2 acts as a system wide volume booster and equalizer. I personally use it default for my iMac. Boom3D is not a replacement for Boom2 but an addition to Boom2 having 3D sound options which are not available in Boom2. So Boom3D is most likely to suit anybody looking for 3D sound experience. The interface of Boom3D is even slightly nicer then Boom2, which is great too. The in Boom2  ‘locked’ settings for Spatial, Night Mode and Pitch are all available in Boom3D. So no need to buy these unlock codes from Global Delight.

Your Mac sounds good or great depending on your personal taste and needs. Who wanted better sound had some options. Use a full external sound set or/and opt for an application taking your sound experience to another level. Your Macs iTunes offers you an equalizer and many pre-settings, but iTunes wont present a True new listening experience. Boom 3D does bring new sound and spatial acoustics made available to your Mac.

Switching Boom 3D on and off presents the difference in sound quality and experience one did not expect. Boom 3D is powered by Global Delight’s patent-pending Boom audio engine that presents 3D Surround Sound offering a true virtual surround audio experience on any headphones. In addition to the 3D headphone sound, the application also reveals that your Mac is capable of higher and better sound output then in its basic performance setup

Volume boosting is just one of Booms 3D qualities. It also offers full Control over your personal sound settings.
Boom 3D has 4 sound presets:

  • Spatial
    Night mode


  • Pitch option is not a setting used by most users I guess. Cant see any real value in it for me personal.

The best way to show the full functionality of Boom 3D is this .mp4 file:





I can write as long as I want, but I can’t make you hear the difference in sound. The only option available is to Download and enjoy Boom 3D. Just try it out and decide for yourself if its up to your standards or maybe even better.

Of course your best experience is with a headphone, I never wear headphones and for me the overall boost in audio quality of my iMac is most important. To judge Boom3D I of course used a headset for the ultimate sound experience. And although all music sounds best with a headset, the 3D setting absolutely opens a new sound dimension. Its far more refined then the basic ‘spatial’ or ‘ambience’ setting. The well balanced open sound makes it easier to place instruments and opens up depth and vocals. One other feature of Boom3D is to have your existing music library or single file imported in Boom3D and play without iTunes. Boom2 is able to record your music files overhauled with Boom’s sound setting, I can’t find that option anymore in Boom3D. Music was converted like this 
01 2-01 Long Road Out of Eden_boosted.mp3



Simple answer to this question. YES it is good and YES it is worth buying. Your Mac is great, but will sound even better.



If you want to get the best or a better sound and music experience from your Mac, this application will do the trick ! Nothing is perfect in life, and our Mac’s are great but Boom3D makes it even better in day to day life. Wether you stream your audio, use headphones or simply use your Mac, your Mac sounds like it never did before. How does that sound for you? Try Download and enjoy Boom 3D. This is my recommendation to you all, but you decide if it fits your needs.


€ 14.99



PDF Element Pro review

Version Wondershare Software Ltd.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.
Use pre-defined and custom stamps such as ‘Reviewed’, ‘Approved’ and ‘Confidential’.
Apply bookmarks and hyperlinks to PDF documents to save time .



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.
















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.




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 !!






Meet All New PDFelement 6 YouTube play



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.


$ 59.95



Photosweeper Mac review

Version 3.0Developer  Overmacs




PhotoSweeper helps organizing your photo collections and photo-library, by finding and grouping duplicate or similar photos. It works with photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and Capture One* libraries, as well as photos from your (external)hard drives.


We all save photo’s to our Mac’s Photo-Library and may also store photo’s on external discs for safekeeping or backup. Photo’s need to be taken care off always. When you are a more experienced user of photo-editing applications, you change and edit photo’s frequently and store them in different formats or editing styles. In the end we end up with a huge library file containing many duplicate photo’s making your library cluttered and contain duplicate picture folders. Scanning my own Photo-Library containing 20.000 pictures came up with 1000 duplicate picture-files.

PhotoSweeper uses picture search preference-settings to find the real duplicate or changed pictures.( Top-slides )



The interface is simple and provides all needed information. Marking photo’s for deletion is easy and can be done manually and automatic. Scanning is fast ! Scanning 20.000 pictures and compare them to another folder only took a few minutes.
Scanning may need permission from your Mac-Sierra system.





Auto Mark

PhotoSweeper has intuitive adjustable rules which determine what photo should be kept in each group of duplicate photos.

Similar Photos

Fast groups similar photos and lets you delete unwanted photos in a few clicks. You determine similarity between photos.

Series of Shots

Determine a time gap between photos, and the app will find series of shots, help you keep the best photos and get rid of others.

Auto Lock

Keep safe already sorted photos. Locked photos are used for comparison but can‘t be marked for removal.


Compares video files as well. You can add video files not only from your Mac, but also from Photos, iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom.

Edited Pictures

Finds duplicates with different image dimensions, color saturation, and even edited with applications, such as Photoshop, Pixelmator etc.

Great Browser

The up-to-date browser with such great features like EXIF Info Panel, Movie Preview, Quick Look, Path Bar, Image Ratings, Color Labels etc.

Batch Rename

You can bulk rename files while copying or moving them to another folder. It helps you better import photos on your Mac.

Safe Removal

PhotoSweeper never deletes files from a disk or media library directly. If something is wrong, you can restore photos from Trash.

Image Formats

Supports all the popular image formats including RAW ones. Exclusive support of PDF, DNG and WebP formats.

Viewing Results

3 comfortable modes for reviewing results: “One by One”, ”Face-to-Face” and “All in One“. Marking a photo with just a click.

Flexible Settings

Powerful multi-settings to easily find duplicates, similar photos, series of shots. You can adjust matching level in the results on-the-fly.


Well-optimized, with 64-bits and multi-core processors support, PhotoSweeper reveals the real power of your Mac. Enjoy fast browsing, comparison, and removal.

macOS Sierra

PhotoSweeper takes full advantage of the latest features and looks magnificent on macOS Sierra. Also runs great on El Capitan and Yosemite.

Other Improvements

PhotoSweeper comes with a list of various other enhancements and modernizations throughout the whole app. Learn more about what’s new.



If you’ve got a Mac and lots of photo’s, you need PhotoSweeper. Not only is it one of the best duplicate photo detection apps in this price range, but its also one of the fastest and most accurate. If you’re a photographer or normal user, and wish to cleanup your libraries on your Mac or external harddisks PhotoSweeper is a good buy providing accurate and cheap solution.


$ 9.99