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Find Which Applications Phone Home with VirusBarrier X6

Worried about rogue applications or spyware "phoning home" with your private data? Turn on VirusBarrier's Anti-Spyware feature, and it will alert you to applications that attempt to connect to remote servers. Once you know which apps are phoning home, you can block or allow each individually, and you can even block or allow specific ports for each application, to ensure that your private data stays private.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.4

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Only a month after the last update, Smile has released new versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, their PDF manipulation software. Version 5.4 adds the capability to extract and edit files from PDF portfolios (collections of PDF files bundled together), fixes post-OCR selection in certain situations, and provides other minor fixes and changes. Also notable in PDFpenPro only is the significantly improved interface for creating tables of contents (what Acrobat calls bookmarks; the navigational aids that appear in Preview’s sidebar). New commands enable the creation of “child” and “aunt” entries, and keyboard shortcuts help users make entries much more quickly. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

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Smile's PDFpen 5 offers many of the features of Adobe Acrobat Pro at a fraction of the price. With this 132-page ebook, written in collaboration with Smile, you will learn the best ways to use PDFpen to fill out and sign PDF forms, comment on shared PDFs, edit text and graphics, and even scan documents to editable PDFs.

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
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