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macOS Photography Video

ioSafe Duo review

The ioSafe Duo unit is a hard drive / SSD drive unit for two disks that you can set up in RAID 0, 1, JBOD or Span. As with all ioSafe digital storage equipment, the unit is fireproof, waterproof and theft-proof.

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Photography Video

The fastest external NVMe SSD drive: OWC ThunderBlade

With a price of $1379 for my test unit, I don’t need to be clairvoyant to assume you’ll be one of the not so many who process large files on a high-end workstation like the iMac Pro or Mac Pro. Such an assumption could be wrong, though, because the throughput figures — as impressive as they are — don’t tell the whole story.

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macOS

Path Finder 9 review

With Path Finder 9, Cocoatech brings back the collapsible module shelves from version 7. The new version is also fully Catalina compatible and still is the best replacement for the Finder. Even if you keep on using the Finder, it offers superior functionality in areas such as compression, file renaming, folder comparison, etc.

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Musings

Benefits and disadvantages of cloud backup and the alternatives

While backup strategists will tell you that a good strategy requires you to have a backup off-site, there is an alternative for freelancers and small office owners. It involves storing your backup in a different room, on location, in a safe enclosure. This is a feasible strategy for freelance photographers, filmmakers and audio producers.

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macOS

Keep It review

Do you need a database to collect and manage information and content snippets or is a notes app that uses a database and is entirely based on Markdown perhaps better? Or do you perhaps need something that doesn’t use a database at all? Reinvented Software seems to think the latter and offers a solution that fits the description: Keep It

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News

Plugable adds small, portable, and extremely fast NVMe Thunderbolt 3 drive to its portfolio

Plugable, a developer of USB, Thunderbolt, Bluetooth and power-related devices, islaunching the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External SSD, a solid state drive that offers creators up to 1 TB or 2TB of storage and speeds of up to 2800 MB/sec read and 1800 MB/sec write, all without the need for an external power connection. The 1TB model will be yours for $299 and the 2TB model for $499, the company says.

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Editor's Choice 2019 macOS

BBEdit turns 13 and makes Grep a whole lot easier

In human years, BBEdit turns well over 30 and with that age comes wisdom. Lots of it. Besides having become better at following Apple’s luminance schemes, the venerable text editor now offers a vastly simpler way to create Grep patterns, a Grep cheat sheet and the ability to create rectangular selections in documents with Soft Wrap Text set to active.

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Editor's Choice 2019 macOS

CalDigit Tuff Nano, the smallest, toughest mobile NVMe SSD on the market

CalDigit released what must be the smallest mobile NVMe SSD currently available. The 74 grammes CalDigit Tuff Nano has a capacity of 512GB (soon also available in a 1TB version). The Tuff Nano is slightly bigger than two CompactFlash cards laid next to each other and slightly thicker than two of them stapled on top of each other. It comes with two cables in a sturdy plastic storage box.

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iOS

SanDisk iXPand Flash Drive gives your iOS device instantly available extra space

With iPads and iPhones now capable of accessing data on external devices, I reckoned it was time to try out that new feature, so I got myself a test unit of a SanDisk iXPand Flash Drive, a USB memory stick with a somewhat flexible Lightning connector at the opposite end.

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macOS

Run DriveDx and find out how healthy your hard drive or SSD is

From the day I owned a computer, I’ve always wanted to check my disk drives’ health on a regular basis and a few decades ago that became possible thanks to S.M.A.R.T., a self-monitoring system built into all hard disks and SSDs that is supposed to enable an app like Disk Utility on a Mac to warn you when a drive is near-dead. That’s where Drive Dx comes in.