App Roundup: Skype 8, Roxio Toast 17, Uber, KeyCue 9, more!

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in General Discussion edited July 2018
New apps and updates to existing software are pushed to the App Store and other online marketplaces all the time, and there are simply too many of them to keep track of all changes. AppleInsider collects together some macOS and iOS app highlights from the last week that you should know about.




This week's app changes and additions worth knowing about include Skype's enabling of 24-user video chats, more communication options for Uber, and multi-cam editing in Roxio Toast 17.

Suitcase Fusion & Suitcase TeamSync

Suitcase Fusion


Both font management apps have gained a MyFonts.com toolbar button. After being downloaded through Skyfonts, compatible items should appear automatically.

Fusion is Extesis' core font software, making it easier to find and enable fonts from multiple sources. TeamSync is built to support organizations, allowing upload and access by multiple designers.

Get it for macOS: $119.95 per user/$96 per user, per year.

Roxio Toast 17

roxio-toast17


Roxio's capture, conversion, and disc-burning media software is now 64-bit, and supports multi-cam editing, making it easier to produce video using clips from multiple cameras. Options include not just switching between camera views but picture-in-picture effects.

Two versions of Toast are availalble, Titanium and Pro. The former is limited to two captured streams, while Pro supports four, and has a variety of other included tools such as a Blu-ray plugin. New to Pro in Toast 17 are WinZip Mac 6.5 and Painter Essentials 6.

Get it for macOS: $99.99/$149.99. Requires macOS 10.11 or later.

KeyCue 9

KeyCue 9


KeyCue makes it easier to learn and remember keyboard shortcuts for Mac apps by creating quick overviews of all the options available. The latest version can display a table of every available emoji character, and insert them at will. To make icons easier to find, users can choose from a list of recently-used items or enter search terms.

Also new is a folder view which displays the contents of a folder and can rapidly open any stored items, including both apps and documents. The software can also strike frequently-used shortcuts from its guide tables, gradually shrinking them to only show the ones you can't remember.

Get it for macOS: 19.99 euros. Requires macOS 10.7 or later.

Skype 8 for Mac

Skype


Skype 8 enables video calls and screensharing with up to 24 people, as well as mentions, reactions, and media galleries in chat. Filesharing supports anything up to 300 megabytes in size.

Other features include a notification panel and customizable themes. Microsoft is planning to add a number of improvements in later updates, such as call recording, group links for starting conservations, and private communications with end-to-end encryption.

Skype 7.x is still available as Skype Classic, but the software will stop working on Sept. 1. Some Skype 8 features should also be rolling out on the iPad beginning today.

Get it for macOS: Free.

Uber




The popular ride-hailing app is rolling out a few new additions to help users get to their rides. The first, Spotlight, can be used to help drivers identify their specific passenger, by making the user's smartphone light up in a specific color. The driver is advised what color to look for, so as to find the right person on a crowded street if multiple users have requested rides.

Users can also schedule for a ride in advance, such as for an early flight or a meeting, making sure their Uber is ready and waiting for them. There is also an on-time guarantee offered, providing an Uber credit for the next ride if they do not arrive during the selected time period.

Pickup Messages aims to help users provide extra assistance to the driver, by sending simple messages like "I'm wearing a red jacket" or a pre-made update. The messages are short to minimize distraction to the driver, and are also read aloud so they can continue driving without taking their eyes off the road.

Get it for iOS: Free. Requires iOS 9.0 or later.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Autopromoter is not available in the U.S. App Store...
    Vermelho
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Just lost ten minutes of my life trying to get autoprompter on my iPad.  Would be extremely useful as described (I'm a video professional.
    Editors: Please note availability!  
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,347administrator
    Vermelho said:
    Just lost ten minutes of my life trying to get autoprompter on my iPad.  Would be extremely useful as described (I'm a video professional.
    Editors: Please note availability!  
    We work ahead sometimes, given the nature of the business. I'll find out what's going on.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    It's time to retire Toast. It's expensive, bloated, confusing and I don't know anyone that uses it anymore.
    edited July 2018 mwhite
  • Reply 5 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,812member
    It's time to retire Toast. It's expensive, bloated, confusing and I don't know anyone that uses it anymore.
    Why retire it if Roxio can still make money off of it? There are plenty of people stuck in the tech world's Cretaceous Period of burning CDs and DVDs. Lots of ancient Macs and PCs with ancient CD and DVD drives.
    edited July 2018
  • Reply 6 of 11
    visualzonevisualzone Posts: 269member
    lkrupp said:
    It's time to retire Toast. It's expensive, bloated, confusing and I don't know anyone that uses it anymore.
    Why retire it if Roxio can still make money off of it? There are plenty of people stuck in the tech world's Cretaceous Period of burning CDs and DVDs. Lots of ancient Macs and PCs with ancient CD and DVD drives.
    Or vehicles with CD drives and home entertainment systems wth DVD, Blu ray and the newer 4K drives. Also, how about portable DVD drives some people still carry around. I know of people that use one or more of these players. Not everyone believes newer is better. Some like a physical copy of songs, movies, documentaries, etc. I might be more into digital media but there’s still a place for physical copies. See the link below. There’s some nice packaging around for these different media forms. Yes, I still use Toast, although it might be time to upgrade as my last version is Toast Titinium 14. Might be old but it does what it needs to do for now. I do both audio and video recordings for family and friends. I have a Canon printer(Pixma 922) that prints to disk that I can do some nice picture copies. One last thing, there’s more to burning disks if you care to look at its features. Take a link below and tell me you wouldn’t like one of these.

    https://www.amazon.ca/Planet-Earth-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B005C9YZKU
  • Reply 7 of 11
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,252member
    Oh... Toast? People still use that?
    williamlondon
  • Reply 8 of 11
    "Autopromoter is not available in the U.S. App Store" It clearly used to be. I've found data indicating that it was posted to the US iOS App Store July 17th and an update was posted on the 18th. Since then, it has been pulled.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,347administrator
    So, as it turns out, the app was briefly available on the 17th through 20th, but pulled world-wide after a court order regarding infringed rights. There are more hearings about it later in the week, and we'll keep you appraised.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    marc gmarc g Posts: 12member
    So, as it turns out, the app was briefly available on the 17th through 20th, but pulled world-wide after a court order regarding infringed rights. There are more hearings about it later in the week, and we'll keep you appraised.
    Mike I think perhaps you mean apprised. 
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,347administrator
    marc g said:
    So, as it turns out, the app was briefly available on the 17th through 20th, but pulled world-wide after a court order regarding infringed rights. There are more hearings about it later in the week, and we'll keep you appraised.
    Mike I think perhaps you mean apprised. 
    I do. DYAC.
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