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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.

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macOS

Protecting / encrypting your Agenda notes: a workaround

The popular Agenda app for macOS and iOS devices lacks a privacy protection system. Browsing through Agenda’s user forum, I found quite a large number of people who want to use the app but refrain from doing so because of the lack of protection.

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iOS

Prizmo 5 iOS scanning app; the first really usable one?

Creaceed, an iOS and macOS developer from my native country, Belgium, has released its newest scan software for iOS, Prizmo 5. Now, there’s a lot of that for the iPhone and iPad, so I was very curious to see what Prizmo 5 has in store for its users.

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macOS

Klokki time tracker Review

Klokki is the third time tracker for the Mac that I review this year and it’s one of the best. It promises rule-based automatic tracking and it delivers on that promise. Klokki lives in your menubar and after you have set it up for a specific app or job category, it will work on its own. Unlike Timing, Klokki is meant to focus on work, not necessarily on how you spend your day, as Timing is. And unlike Timeular, it isn’t subscription-based and works always. Klokki doesn’t auto-track time that you don’t spend working on your Mac, though.

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macOS

Hook, your captain of file associations on the Mac

In Scrivener, you can cross-reference from one document within a project to another. That’s very useful for all kinds of publications, but those cross-references only exist within the Scrivener document, so you’re stuck at a level that you can’t apply this concept on task management or project workflows. Hook is a background app that enables this kind of cross-referencing for all types of workflow you can imagine.