SYNCMATE EXPERT 6 review

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

 

ELTIMA

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and Folx Pro are some fine examples of their applications. This time we will review their SyncMate Expert application and see how it performs.

WHY USE ELTIMA SYNCMATE EXPERT

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

SyncMate Sync Service

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

INSTALLATION

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

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

SYNCMATE EXPERT Preferences

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

AUTOSYNC option

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

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

 

SYNC OPTIONS ( Free and Expert )

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

MOUNT DISK

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

COMPARE FREE vs EXPERT

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

DEVICES COMPATIBLE with AUTOSYNC

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

 

VERDICT

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

5 STARs

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FOLX PRO 5 review

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

ELTIMA

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and CloudMounter are some fine examples of their applications. Folx Pro 5, Internet download Manager is the latest version upgrade, a neat and practical utility which we will discuss in this review.

FOLX PRO 

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

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

FEATURES

Compare FREE and PRO versions

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

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TORRENTSEARCH

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VERDICT

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

5 STARs

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ESET CYBER SECURITY PRO review

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Version 6.2.6.0
Developer ESET USA
Website http://www.eset.com

ESET Cyber Security Pro

The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the United States, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic.[6]

ESET nowadays is one of the leading security software companies in the world. It has a strong reputation and is well known for its outstanding internet security software applications for Windows and Mac.

INSTALLATION

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Installation is easy. Just follow the steps and choose your personal settings while  you are guided through the necessary setup screens. After installation and setup an Eset navigation menu is present in the menubar enabling most actions.

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PREFERENCES

The preferences layout is clean and provides an extensive overview of possible settings. This shows ESET is NOT your average free or basic antivirus application. It takes security not for granted and provides a full range of options.

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FEATURES

  • Block viruses and hackers
  • Anti-Phishing protects your identity by preventing fake websites from stealing sensitive information. Protect your identity
  • Social media scanner blocks malicious content and lets you manage your personal info on social media. Protect social networks
  • Free, U.S.-based email and phone support keeps you running smoothly. Enjoy free support
  • Automatic banking protection opens a special secured browser for online shopping/banking. Shop safely online
  • Personal firewall blocks Wi-Fi hackers trying to steal your account details and other sensitive data.Stay safe on Wi-Fi®
  • Parental Control lets you filter websites by age group or content to keep kids safe online. Protect your family

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FIREWALL

ESET Cyber Security comes with a Firewall protection utility. Default is set on Automatic, but I feel its better to take control over in and outgoing communication. Never rely on auto settings when security is concerned. Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 4.54.46 PM

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PERFORMANCE and SYSTEM load

Computer Scan gives you the option of two scans:
– Smart Scan (scans your whole local drive)
– Custom Scan (choose the files and folder you want to scan).
– Real-Time protection

You also have the option to run a Deep Scan, Removable Media Scan and Perform Last Scan as well as access the scan scheduler. On the background unnotised Eset keeps track of your virusdatabase and checks (comparing known virus signatures plus using heuristics to anticipate new ones ) in real-time.

ESET THREAT CENTER

ESET LiveGrid®, used in all our antivirus products, protects you 24/7 by predicting trouble before it happens. Using our unique ThreatSense.net® advanced early warning system, ESET LiveGrid collects data submitted by ESET users worldwide and sends it to our malware research labs for analysis.
ThreatSense® is the anti-threat engine that powers all ESET products and results in fast reactions to emerging threats.

Sample submissions from customers, distributors and partners are an important source of new malware. Other sources of samples include sample exchange or active “honey pots” (computer systems specifically set up to invite attacks and provide info on how systems are attacked and where they are vulnerable).

Part of ESET’s online Threat Center, the Threat Encyclopedia features an A-Z guide of selected viruses, spyware, and other threats, sorted alphabetically.
Updated frequently, it includes definitions of hundreds of viruses and how they behave.

Impact on system performance while scanning is present, as it is with all antivirus applications. However we feel that in practice it is unnoticeable while working on your Mac machine.

Older Mac machines with less powerful CPU and equipped with 8Gb basic memory may notice impact, but CPU consumption is an average 2% which is very good.

  fast-scan-speed  Scanning performance and speed is best !:  READ  ” BEST ANTIVIRUS MAC 2016

 

MALWARE DETECTION

 

cert_consumer_2016_06_macAV-Test from July 2015 states its verdict:

We feel that ESET Cyber Security Pro retains all the plus points of previous versions, namely a clear and well-laid out interface, easily accessible features, along with good alerts and outstanding help facilities. Protection against both Mac and Windows malware in our test was perfect.

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VERDICT

ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac is a complete and powerful internet security application. It offers 100% malware detection and file scanning is fast with little CPU system load.
Again Eset proves to be a top player in security and protection applications. Malware detection 100%, System load impact 2%, Scan speed 1st place, ESET has a security application to be proud of.

ESET Cyber Security Pro is our true ‘ BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 ‘ winner. In this case the winner takes it all, a full 5+ star.

5 STARs

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INTEGO MAC PREMIUM BUNDLE X9 review

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Version 10.9.2 (543)
Developer Intego USA
Website https://www.intego.com

 

INTEGO

Is your Mac vulnerable for any security problems you may ask yourself. Unfortunately Mac users are also faced with ever growing internet related security problems. Apple products are used by millions of people thus make it interesting to internet crime. Intego founded in 1997 is a mayor player in todays Mac and Apple security products and offer a full range Apple products.
Being involved in Mac security from the beginning, Intego gained a solid knowledge of security problems Mac users face these days. Malware, phishing and viruses tracing your personal information are security risks Mac users face too.

What once only threatened Windows users now also applies to Mac users. Intego now offers a latest and again improved security product named Intego Mac Premium bundle X9.
A full package with an all-in one feature set. Intego provides Mac users with full protection from all the dangers of the Internet.

INSTALLATION

Simple and straightforward. ( * The software can be uninstalled by re-running the setup program and selecting Uninstall Software.)

A restart is required after installation. After this, the product has to be activated or the trial version selected.
The program asks the user to define a protection level (we used the default Standard):

 

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Operating system integration

The Mac menu bar now shows menus for VirusBarrier, NetUpdate,ContentBarrier,NetBarrier,Personal Backup and Washing Machine. There is a System Tray icon, which displays sub-menus for the different components:

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INTEGO MAC PREMIUM BUNDLE X9

Into Mac Premium bundle X9 offers a full featured bundle containing all needed security apps and extra’s like Washing Machine, Backup software.

Features
  • Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware  ( VirusBarrier )
  • Firewall network protection for home and on the go ( NetBarrier )
  • Parental controls with website and application blocking ( Content Barrier )
  • Protects sensitive personal information
  • Mac Cleaner speeds up and organizes your Mac ( Washing Machine and Mac Cleaner )
  • Personal Backup software for quick and easy recovery in case of a crash ( Personal Backup software )

 

VIRUSBARRIER and PREFERENCES
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VirusBarrier X9 has a X8 continued interface and provides a pleasant and clean interface with relevant information. Basic features like Real-time scanning, Safe browsing and scheduled scans
are set easily and provide real-time security.
VirusBarrier is like its name suggests used for scanning your computer and external connected disks for known viruses, which definitions are updated automatically. VirusBarrier is judged by its ability to find, detect and clean viruses. Malware and phishing detection and cleaning is also part of its security abilities.

Comparing VirusBarrier X9 to the competition in terms of detection rates of accuracy is at this moment not possible because AV-Test has not performed an in-depth report including this Intego version X9. We can only relate to scores related to X8. However we feel that a new version like X9 should equal the past results or even out perform earlier results by X8.

AV-Test from 2014 reveals :

VirusBarrier X8 protected against 100% of the Mac malware in the test.

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EICAR TEST

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INTEGO NETBARRIER

 

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Intego NetBarrier blocks unsolicited visitors in their tracks, keeping the bad guys out of your Mac. It provides an extra firewall and home network security.
Making the NetBarrier work, it will ask the user for permission for every program started the first time and requiring outgoing internet connection. Incoming internet connections are blocked by default. So to get the protection level wanted, its up to the user to provide the right settings for internat access in or out !

So read the popups and do not just hit ‘ yes’ , because you don’t want to see popups appearing. Its where security starts, always with the user ! YOU decide and make choices.

Once all present programs have been used ( first time ), no more popups will appear. You’re all set now and have extra security within your network.

 

INTEGO PERSONAL BACKUP

 

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Back up essential files automatically.
Intego Personal Backup makes copies of your files for quick and easy recovery in case of theft, data corruption, or natural disasters. Run manual backups or create an automated schedule that backs up your information for you. Whether you want control of your backups or prefer to set it and forget it, Intego Personal Backup’s got you covered.
Create your own Backup schedule, normal or bootable backup and Restore if needed. This backup software provides most used, basic backup options. Also backup to external servers, and provides standard backup presets for documents, pictures etc.
Works really easy, and does the job ! Again I say most users will be happy with the provided options, if you need more extensive features you need to get yourself a third party software app.

 

INTEGO WASHING MACHINE

 

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Mac Washing Machine is a Mac cleaner that makes it easy to get rid of junk files that slow down your Mac—duplicate files and programs you never use. It also helps you automatically organize things, so both you and your Mac operate more efficiently.
Useful if you have a lot of clutter on your disk or duplicate files. Nice interface, presets for Cashes, Downloads, Languages, Logs and Trash. Scan area’s are pre-defined so scanning time is reduced. Nice extra feature in this fully packed bundle.

 

CONTENT BARRIER
Parental Controls keep your children is wanted on allowed sites.
Gambling sites and especially pornography are no place for children. Intego ContentBarrier can block out entire categories of websites, so your children aren’t exposed to objectionable content. You can also set up a specific list of approved websites, so your kids can access them without accidentally running into a filter.
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 fast-scan-speedIntego Mac Premium bundle X9 performs well but scan speed is average
READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016

 

VERDICT
Our verdict is based on the full Intego X9 bundle and its ability to detect and clean viruses, malware and phishing elements. A great interface , fully packed with all features one could possibly ask for and fair scan speed and detection complete a trustworthy Antivirus application .
Malware is detected with a high rate of accuracy. It saves you from phishing attempts. Computer performance is not heavily influenced and it looks and works as a true Mac application. Its features are extensive. It provides a lot more then most other Mac security software applications: a backup utility, parental controls. Washing Machine and scan connected  iOS devices. Intego Mac Premium bundle X9 is one of the best internet security products for Mac. If you are serious about your internet and computer protection, this is a great security bundle.
5 STARs

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ADGUARD for MAC review

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Version 1.3.0
Developer: ADGUARD
Website: https://adguard.com

 

ADGUARD for MAC

Browsing the web nowadays is not without showing unwanted advertisements and being tracked by advertisers. We all like to earn money but we should be able to have control over the things we want and the things we don’t want to see. Unubstructive browsing is what I call it. This is where tools like ADGUARD come in. ADGUARD protects from trackers ( tracking is knowing all your searches and visits on the web ) and later confront you with advertisements in areas you might be interested in. We do not want such behavior and applications like ADGUARD keep us a little in control.

All free adblockers are implemented in your browser by adding extensions. Only one developer ( ADGUARD ) has a paid stand alone application available. ADGUARD is not only a simple
adblocker but adds ‘privacy and browsing security‘ as well. It works with all known browsers and also provides automatic internet traffic filters in addition to your firewall.

ADGUARD is perfectly working with Safari and makes your internet browsing safer and provides extra pleasure without advertisements and pop ups.
Mind you, some websites NEED pop ups to function, but that is for the user to find out and whitelist the related website.

ADGUARD FEATURES

—  Ad Blocker. Subtle filtering of all incoming traffic, and what is more, ads are blocked before they load to the page.

—  Browsing Security. Adguard checks every page for any malicious content using our databases, and blocks requests from potentially dangerous ones.

—  Privacy Protection. Any counters and tracking instruments will be blocked by powerful Spyware filter. With Adguard you can stop worrying for the privacy of your actions on the Internet.

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HOW DOES IT WORK

Introduction

One of the main functions of Adguard is filtering ads on websites. In this article, we will describe in details how exactly Adguard filters online advertising.

Adguard’s work is based on the use of various advertising filters that define rules, based on which the program removes ads. Adguard may use a variety of different ad filters. We create some of them ourselves (you can learn more about it on this page), some of the filters are created by enthusiasts.

Ad filtering

Ad filtering mechanism depends on what product you use. Browser extensions rely on the capabilities that browsers provide them with. Adguard for Windows, Mac and Android works independently of your browser, using a completely different filtering algorithm. Below we describe all the stages of ad filtering that Adguard uses.

Page code filtering

Before a page is loaded into browser, Adguard processes its code removing elements according to the ad filtering rules. Thus browser does not recognize that there were actually those elements on this page and will not try to load them.

Adguard: Page code filtering

Page code filtering technology is used only in Adguard for Windows, Mac or Android (if high quality filtering is enabled). That is because of the fact that capabilities of browser extensions are limited, and they can not change the page code before the browser processed it.

Request blocking

Browser loads all the necessary elements on a page, defined by the page code. Based on filtering rules, Adguard can block the load of advertising elements, such as banners ads or Flash objects.

Adguard: Blocking of queries

CSS Injection and Javascript

Not all advertising can be blocked within the first two steps. For instance, there is such a kind of advertising that is embedded in the page dynamically with the help of Javascript, and does not require loading of additional items that we could block.

CSS is a special language used for web pages design. Display style of elements on a web page can be set by rules. By style we mean color, font, location, and even the visibility of the element. And that is of interest to us, because we want to hide the banner from you. Javascript is also a special language that allows you to dynamically change any element on the page.

Post-processing of pages

This is an approach for browser extensions only. It is necessary, because the first step of processing (page code filtering) is unavailable to them. During post-processing, the browser extension removes all the elements, loading of which was blocked, from a web page. If we didn’t remove them, you would see not fully loaded elements, such as “broken” graphic.

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 ADGUARD in ACTION

 

ADGUARD unlike all other ad-blockers is NOT an extension in the web browser but a standalone application, with its preferences located in the menubar. ADGUARD used to have some impact on your processor, but this latest version 1.3.0 has no or little processor use.

 

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ADGUARD blocks adds and pop-ups unobstructive. There is no impact on speed browsing the web. ADGUARD provides Privacy and Browser Protection from most of malicious, phishing and scam websites. These features are a real bonus and justify the paid app compared to free alternatives.

Another great feature of ADGUARD is the ‘ automatic filter of all internet traffic ‘ using the traffic interception module. This is a great addition to the standard firewall. Secure ( https ) connections are also filtered if selected.

ADGUARD uses Web of Trust ( WOT ) information in order to make decisions wether a website is to trust or not. This information is updated regularly to maintain the level of protection.

ADGUARD has the ability to add your own user filter, along with the other preset (spyware ) filters. The whitelist can be edited if needed, to grant a known website access. All in all, it works without any obstruction.

Browsing the internet, ADGUARD automatically comes to action, Safe websites get a small Green sign in the right bottom corner telling you its safe to proceed. Entering an unsafe or possible unsafe website triggers a WARNING, but gives you the option to proceed anyway. Trying out the warning action interception on different websites shows that

 

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 VERDICT

ADGUARD is not your average adblocker. This application has a mind of its own and sorts out he good from the bad.
ADGUARD does provide safety and relaxed internet use. No more obstructive advertisements and pop ups, just plain and simple internet browsing .
A pleasure to have it doing its job without any hassle. I recommend ADGUARD fully, if relaxed and safer browsing is your thing the price should be no deal breaker.

 5 STARs

 

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EASY DUPLICATE FINDER review

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Version 4.11.7.760
Developer WebMinds Inc
Website  http://www.easyduplicatefinder.com

 

 

EASY DUPLICATE FINDER

WebMinds, Inc. is a company specializing in desktop application development, and Internet services.  WebMinds is active on the Mac and PC market with their applications and services.
One of their applications is Easy Duplicate Finder which we will review and compare to the competition. A utility like this is as are many utilities meaningful for most Mac users. You will in time
create lots of duplicate files just by editing your pictures, use your music in applications and create your video’s.  As a true photograph adept I ended up with approx. 40% of duplicate files ( most pictures ), this doesn’t mean that they are all waste, but kept in different places for use. Like all Duplicate Finders the app uses CRC32 Checksum + File-size and search algorithms in order to determine which is duplicate or not.

 

SETUP

Installation and setup is easy and effortless. Preferences offers an unequalled number of options. Really impressive, most options i’ve come across for now. Selection of folders to be scanned is done with drag&drop or Finder selection. Select which folders to leave out of the process ( last pref. page ) and you’re ready to scan.

PREF SETTINGS

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FEATURES

  • special scan modes for photos, music, emails, contacts, Mac Photos, iTunes, Google Drive and Dropbox
  • advanced file management options that allow to delete, move, rename or replace the duplicate with a link to the original file
  • a folder comparison mode where files in a source folder are marked as originals and files in other folders are checked against the files in the source folder
  • Wizard & Assistant for quick and easy duplicate management
  • Email scan
  • iPhoto library, iTunes library scan
  • Contacts scan
  • Google Drive scan
  • Dropbox scan
  • Compare Music tags
  • Folder Comparison scan mode, which allows you to select a source and target folders, and compares files in target folders against the files in the source folder. This option is great for comparing external drives with folders on the Mac, checking backups against originals, etc.

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PERFORMANCE

EDF works really well. There is however a delay in the ‘progress’ animation when scanning. This is just an animation of the scan progress, and has no impact on the performance or results.
It is fast especially if you perform more scans. I guess it is using internal logging of some kind, storing information. The full scan results are compatible with other third party applications. EDF however does offer the ability to scan only preset filetypes. This is a feature not common found in other applications.

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SCAN iPHOTO LIBRARY

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These figures show, that different scan approaches show different results. EDF has preset scans in its ‘menu’. Using PHOTOS scan has different results to the basic drag&drop library in its interface.

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REMOVE DUPLICATES

This is a tricky part of every duplicate finder application. It FINDS duplicates, which doesn’t mean you want to get rid off them all. You may have created duplicates because you want to use the
selected files or folder for other purposes. So don’t just hit the button and clear out your harddisk.! This is the part when a great user interface comes in. The scan results need to be sorted in file types which makes them easier to select, ignore. EDF sorts out all found duplicates and shows them in the interface ( below ).

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VERDICT

Easy Duplicate Finder is performing really well and has outstanding options. The interface is Mac unlike but typically shows a Windows background. Scan results are par with the best Mac applications available. Good speed, good results and great options makes Easy Duplicate Finder a true contender.  More expensive then its competitors but If you want the best options and settings nothing beats EDF.

 

 

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CAPTO 1.0 review

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CAPTO 

Version 1.0
Developer Global Delight Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Website http://www.globaldelight.com

 

CAPTO 1.0

So what is CAPTO exactly ? A simple screen capture tool ( like Voila was really, which works great by the way ), or is this new CAPTO build a transformation of something old to new !
Capto delivers a complete set of editing tools not found inside any other screen capture tool combined. Most of us first captured a screen area or video, exported the captured image to whichever next editing tool for inserting arrows, cut out personal information adding text etc. Then again export the edited image to something like a photo-editing tool for further adjustment.

It kept you busy creating the desired edited image. THIS TOOL has a lot combined into one multipurpose screen capture and editing tool. It is fun to work with and proofs a major upgrade over VOILA or other developers tools.

A single editing timeline along with the ability to add details like arrows, spotlight, text, blur, and more makes Capto the go-to capture app. Capto also allows users to crop, trim, cut, and import outside clips, making it the easiest video editing experience for daily users.

Screen capturing and video-editing for Mac to make quick, detailed, and informative videos and images using onscreen content. Capto offers HD screen recording, versatile image and webpage capturing, in-app video-editing tools, smart file management, and convenient sharing options.

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INSTALLATION

Capto is programmed in an intuitive way. During installation it detects earlier savings from VOILA and imports into Capto. The interface is dark and has no option for light.
The menubar gets an additional preferences menu, which is truly great. Pictures of all settings are below!

 

FEATURES

– Fullscreen and Region Recording |Audio Recording | Timed Recording
– Video Editing | Annotations
– Fullscreen and Selection Capture | Webpage Capture
– Image Editing | Annotations
– Smart Collection Folder | File information
– Online Platform Sharing | Server Sharing

 

PREFERENCES SETTINGS

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CAPTO AT WORK

The dark interface is well designed. Tools are located in both sidebars. The provided tools are enough to make most users happy I think. Well I am anyway. The good thing about Capto is the ability to
edit images as well as recorded video. No struggle for the novice users so anyone can do it. Adding text balloons to video is almost TOO easy.  But the results are great. The Erase function works brilliant as does the Spotlight Tool which sets selected areas in Focus and the background out of focus.

Capto preferences offers the ability to create your own export to desired software programs. This is a nice feature which most programs should have in my opinion.
I have Capto set to export to any Macphun photo editing tool, this makes life easier. Video quality can be preset in export quality, again good options.

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VERDICT

Capto is the best Screen capture tool for any Mac user. It has all the necessarry tools you could wish for and makes difficult image editing a breeze. Extensive options and preferences complete a great software app.
This will be my personal screen capture and editing tool for now. Students get a nice discount so check out the trial and see if this app is for you.

5 STARs


 

MACPHUN AURORA HDR Pro review

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Version 1.2.1
Developer Macphun USA
Website  Aurora HDR + Bonuses

AURORA HDR Pro

Aurora HDR Pro is another outstanding photo editing tool for Mac. HDR is another tool to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.

HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. Pictures are taken in series or one and are processed and combined to one by adjusting the contrast ratios.

An HDR image is commonly made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. The result is a bright, medium, and dark photo, based on the amount of light that got through the lens.
A software process then combines all the photos to bring details to the shadows and highlights both. The result of this magic are stunning pictures with vivid colouring and lighting.

INSTALLATION

Installation is straightforward and Aurora HDR Pro will automatically search for supported software to install plugins. Now just click on ‘Done’, and setup is finished.

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FEATURES

AURORA HDR Pro offers a wide range of features, allowing the user to unlimited adjustments and create stunning pictures.

  • Dozens of smart color controls
  • Best-in-class tone mapping algorithm
  • High-quality presets for all HDR styles
  • Multiple layers with blend modes
  • Powerful detail, clarity and structure controls
  • High-quality, fast RAW processor
  • Custom textures & Luminosity masking
  • Plug-in support: Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom
  • Pixel perfect HDR noise reduction
  • +68 Other powerful, yet simple tools

AURORA HDR PRO INTERFACE

The interface is like all other Macphun apps and this approach makes it easier on the user to get familiar with the layout and options. On the right sidebar all presets and adjustable controls are situated in a clean
and professional look.
AURORA HDR Pro has Presets available for different situations or requirements of the photographer. Within these Presets all adjustments are possible.

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WORKING WITH AURORA HDR PRO
Importing a picture in AURORA HDR Pro is a little different from what we used to. Just choose ‘open’ and pick your photo. Now a import screen appears with option for Chromatic Aberration Reduction. Tick the box
and choose CREATE HDR.

What is Chromatic Aberration Reduction:

Chromatic Aberration, also known as “color fringing” or “purple fringing”, is a common optical problem that occurs when a lens is either unable to bring all wavelengths of color to the same focal plane, and/or when wavelengths of color are focused at different positions in the focal plane. Chromatic aberration is caused by lens dispersion, with different colors of light travelling at different speeds while passing through a lens. As a result, the image can look blurred or noticeable colored edges (red, green, blue, yellow, purple, magenta) can appear around objects, especially in high-contrast situations.

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IMPORTING PHOTO TO HDR

 

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Right now the fun part starts, changing you from an average painter into a real REMBRANDT.
Just go through all Presets available and see what is already made for use. 

See how colouring is changing to vivid showing all details. This is the way to create your own masterpiece.

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Once you are happy with the end result, its time to export your photo. Finally Macphun created a nice export function with available presets.

 

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VERDICT

AURORA HDR Pro is a masterpiece for HDR editing. Working with this app is a real pleasure and provides full creative settings to turn you in a Pro.
I can only say ” I think I am in love ” again. Fantastic piece of photo-editing, this makes my day. To make it even better Macphun provided a price drop and added a bonus.
Right now its even cheaper then the normal standalone app, so get your wallet out and order. You won’t regret it. Who doesn’t want to be in love !

 

5 STARs

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DOWNIE 2.3.2 review

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Version 2.3.2
Developer  Charlie Monroe Software
Website   http://software.charliemonroe.net/downie.php

DOWNIE

Ever wished you could save a video from the Internet? Search no more, Downie is what you’re looking for. Easily download videos from thousands of different sites.
It supports a huge list of 953 websites.
The developer is adding more websites rapidly. Ofcourse the main websites are already supported. A nice Drag & Drop interface completes the software utility.

FEATURES

  • Supports many sites – currently supports over 1,000 different sites (including YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and the number is rapidly growing.
    4K video YouTube support – unlike many other YouTube downloaders, Downie supports HD video on YouTube, up to 4K.
    Postprocessing – need your video in MP4 for iTunes? Or want just the audio track? No problem, Downie can handle this for you automatically!

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PREFERENCES

Search engines are pre configured ! Download resume is now supported. The preconfigured search engines are all film and sound oriented.
There is NO normal Google or Bing search !

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there’s a blue button right in the toolbar of the main window that shows the top 25 popular videos.

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USER TIPS

  • To start, you can drag a link from any browser either on Downie‘s window, or the icon in the Dock.
  • If you have more links, or links within some text, just drop the whole thing onto Downie – it will scan the text for links.
  • You can use copy and paste as well – just press Command-O in Downie and you can insert all the links in the world!

VERDICT

Are you in for soundtracks or movies and looking for a straightforward drag & drop utility ? Look no further, this little gem works well and fast. It even supports 4k material.

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REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGER review

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Version  3.5.2.0
Developer  Devolutions. Inc
Website http://remotedesktopmanager.com

REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGER

New version 3.5.2.0 for Mac.  Remote Desktop Manager lets you centralize all your remote connections, passwords and credentials into a unique platform.
There is a Free and Enterprise edition available.  Full option Remote connections for the private or company administrator.

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INSTALLATION & SETUP

REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGER for Mac is a real sophisticated piece of software. The interface ( windows like ) is clean, so is the menubar.
This app is loaded with all possible connection features, not only for home users but most of all for business administrators.
Installing the software is easy and lets you register for the Devolutions cloud web-based service.
The web account presents your credentials like: registered name, serial provided, invoices & quotes ,with clean layout and interface.

The web account presents your management : Online-Drive – BackUps – Custom installer – Online Database

ACCOUNT SUPPORT

Remote Connections
  • Connect any session type, such as: RDP, SSH, Web, VNC, Telnet, Apple Remote Desktop, TeamViewer, LogMeIn and many more
  • Increase productivity and efficiency with all the integrated applications
  • Securely connect to more than multiple VPN types

 

Password Management
  • Save and manage all your passwords
  • Input credentials and automatically login everywhere
  • Import or integrate existing password managers, such as 1Password and many more

Documents & Information
  • Protect sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, serial numbers and bank accounts
  • Store, share and link documents and contacts
  • Create templates to simplify management

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Team Solution
  • Share and centralize all of your connections and passwords within the organization
  • Access your data when offline
  • Manage and restrict user access
  • View connection logs and track all remote access details

Security
  • Secure the organization via the best encryption algorithm
  • Generate strong passwords and identify weak passwords
  • U.S. federal government approved encryption

User Interface & Organization
  • Intuitive interface for all types of users
  • Easy to deploy and use in an Enterprise environment
  • No extensive training required

 

  • REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGER has so many options and features, they can’t all be mentioned and discussed in this review.
    The software is divided in different sessions:
    – Remote Connections
    – Virtual sessions
    – Cloud
    – Web

The common Remote connections are endless and well presented in the interface.

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Create VPN:SSH:Gateway

 

All protocols are supported, even the odd ones.

VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Again Remote Desktop Manager supports lots of connections like: Virtual Server , VM Ware , vSphere, Oracle etc etc. The list goes on and on.

CLOUD SESSIONS

You may also connect to various cloud based drives like OneDrive , Dropbox  , Azure

PASSWORD MANAGEMENT

The capabilities of Remote Desktop Manager are great. It also supports most other password managers for integrating in RDM. It can work with different authentication methods and can even stop revealing administrators passwords to admins. RDM boosts a great security level all the way.

VERDICT

REMOTE DESKTOP MANAGER for MAC is the Swiss Army knife for company admins dealing with remote connections without restrictions.
The best ever remote connections manager i’ve come across for a great price. My personal number one choice, if opting for a tool that does it all.

5 STARs

 

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