The family-history market has shifted in the two years since Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 was released. Major updates to both Reunion and MacFamilyTree have seen them close the gap considerably, although FTM does manage to stay on top — just by a smidge. This third iteration is a relatively low-key release, concentrating on making solid improvements.
Apple’s CarPlay is on the way, but what if buying a new car or installing an aftermarket upgrade isn’t possible for you in the next few years? As alternatives go, perhaps the Mobile Home Siri Remote will suffice. It’s cheap, simple to set up, and gives some access to iOS in the car.
AKVIS OilPaint is a surprisingly easy way to turn photos into mini-masterpieces and create stunning digital art without spending hours layering on light and tone. In some cases, the process only takes a few minutes. It’s available as a standalone app in four flavours, as well as a convenient plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Dark Energy is probably wondering when battery technology will keep up with everything else. Perhaps that’s why we have the Dark Energy Reservoir, an 8,000mAh battery pack barely bigger than an iPhone...
Ringer is all about making the process of creating a ringtone effortless. You can load any QuickTime-compatible file (including videos), and the app helpfully places your iTunes media in its sidebar. This is rapidly filtered, Spotlight-style, so you can easily access a particular song or snippet of audio saved from another app just by typing a couple of words.
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated music-related software of the past few years is Bitwig Studio, a full-featured DAW (digital audio workstation) designed by former employees of Ableton, the company that made the popular program Ableton Live. It bears more than a passing resemblance to that application, with a slew of additional enhancements and unique features to clearly differentiate it and make it a viable tool for live and studio work...
Mad Catz’s F.R.E.Q. M purports to be a gaming device — which the longtime peripheral maker is known for producing — but it’s actually a rather versatile all-purpose headset for iOS (or Mac) users. The foldable cans pump out great stereo sound with music and movies as well as they do with games, and the built-in mic means you can take calls with decently clear back-and-forth audio without having to shed the headset. But all of that functionality comes at a rather steep price — one that makes for a tougher sell than expected.
For all intents and purposes, there are but two names in the desktop-presentation app business: Keynote and PowerPoint. Deckset wants you to consider a third option. With a stripped-down interface that stays far out of the way as you work, Deckset puts a fresh spin on the standard formula that skips the fancy graphics and hypnotizing animations, and focuses on what really matters: what you want to say.
Anyone who lived through the ’80s will remember those ridiculously large “portable” boom boxes that were popular toward the latter half of that decade. If you’re still sore after years of carrying a briefcase-sized stereo on your shoulders, Logitech has a new wireless speaker so small and light that even your chiropractor would approve.