Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac Preview

Although there are a lot of popular choices for word processing and spreadsheets these days — ranging from Apple’s own Pages and Numbers to the ubiquitous Google Docs and Sheets web apps — if you’re collaborating with anybody in the traditional business world, Microsoft’s Office is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room that you simply can’t ignore. Fortunately, however, Microsoft continues to offer solid support for Mac users, and in fact has just announced the Office 2019 for Mac Preview, bundling the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for those who aren’t perpetual Microsoft subscribers.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet

Let’s face it, if you’ve got one of the recent MacBook Pro models, you’ve probably already found that the included USB-C ports just don’t entirely cut it, and while there are many solutions available, Satechi has stepped up to the plate to offer some of the most Mac-like port expanders we’ve seen, and the company just continues to offer something for everyone with its new Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet. A variation on the company’s prior Type-C Pro Hub, this latest model includes an integrated Gigabit Ethernet port so that you’re ready to plug in when you don’t have Wi-Fi connectivity available.

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Free
Apps

Handbrake Open Source Video Transcoder

The popular open source video conversion app Handbrake has gotten another major update — its first in two years — in the form of Handbrake 1.1. The latest version adds some significant polish to the user interface, and brings new presets for encoding 4K video for playback on Apple’s latest Apple TV, along with other 4K-capable devices, of course.

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Free
Apps

Vimeo for macOS

Vimeo has released a free macOS app targeted at professional film makers and power users of the popular video sharing service. More than just a simple uploader, Vimeo for macOS also provides seamless integration with Final Cut Pro so you can export ProRes videos, manage uploads, and share videos right from within your post-production workflow.

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$300
April 9

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.4.1

Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1, an update that’s slightly more significant than its minor version number would suggest. Following on the heels of a 10.4 update released in December which added 360 VR editing, advanced color grading, and HDR support, the new version 10.4.1 adds a significant new video format, ProRes RAW, along with advanced closed captioning tools.

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$400
Apps

IK Multimedia Syntronik Deluxe

IK Multimedia has released Syntronik Deluxe, an expanded version of last year’s Syntronik synth powerhouse for Mac users, adding five new legendary synths along with 500 new instrument presents, 18 GB of new sounds, and more than 22,000 new samples, bringing the total to 22 synths, 2,600 instrument presents, 80 GB of sound content, and more than 120,000 samples.

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$40 / $2/month
Apps

AgileBits 1Password 7 Beta

AgileBits has released a public beta version of 1Password 7, previewing the latest update in the company’s award-winning password management solution. 1Password 7 gets a fresh coat of paint that significantly modernizes its look, with a dark-theme sidebar that shows all of a user’s vaults and allows for easy drag-and-drop between vaults, and even between different accounts. The update also provides tighter integration for users of 1Password’s cloud service, so you’ll be able to do a lot more in the app without the need to make a trip to your web browser. Vaults can now be managed directly from the sidebar, for instance, allowing the name, description and avatar to be edited from within the app or a vault to be directly shared with another user.

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Satechi Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Let’s face it, as nice as it sounds in theory when we look at Apple’s newest MacBooks, most of us are just not quite ready yet for a USB-C-only world. Fortunately, Satechi has us covered; the company makes some of the nicest USB-C hubs we’ve seen for Mac users, matching the design aesthetic of modern MacBooks perfectly. Satech’s latest offering is its Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter, which provides two card slots and a total of seven ports — including USB-C Power Delivery output — that should give most MacBook users just about everything they need.

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$4
Apps

Charles Aroutiounian Hue Menu 3

Apple still hasn’t brought HomeKit support to the Mac, but if you’re a user of Philips’ Hue system, you have other options available. Charles Aroutiounian first brought his app for controlling Hue devices to the Mac five years ago, and now with Hue Menu 3 the app has undergone a major overhaul under the hood, and most significantly added TouchBar support for users of the newest MacBooks.

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$60

Twelve South BookArc möd for MacBook

For many Mac users, the aesthetic of a MacBook Pro is just as important as what’s under the hood, and we’ve always admired Twelve South’s approach to creating accessories that blend right in, such as its venerable BookArc — a vertical MacBook stand with a design that matches the MacBook’s brushed aluminum look perfectly. Now comes BookArc möd, a new version of the stand that concedes that not everybody is into the metallic look, and sports a design more in tune with wood-focused desktops.

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$20
Apps

Coriolis Systems Aura

It’s a little-known feature of most Macs that the 3.5 mm headphone port actually doubles as a optical S/PDIF port, which means that given the right cable, you can get a high-quality PCM audio stream right into the optical input on your stereo receiver. Unfortunately, since macOS lacks native support for advanced codecs like Dolby Digital AC-3, you’ll be limited to two-channel audio unless you’re using an app like DVD Player. This is where Coriolis Systems’ new Aura comes in — it’s a little $20 utility from the developer known for iDefrag and iPartition, which runs in the background to encode multi-channel audio from your Mac into a Dolby Digital AC-3 stream that can then be handled by any compatible receiver.

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$200
Apps

Apple Logic Pro X 10.4

Apple has unveiled another big update to its Logic Pro X ($200) recording app, with version 10.4 adding new temp detection technology and a range of new effect plug-ins. The new Smart Tempo feature now automatically manages tempo across all of the content in a project so that users can record tracks more naturally without having to use a metronome or click track to stay in sync with other content in the same project. Similarly, recordings of varying tempos can be merged together and synced up in tempo from different sources.

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$70 / year
Apps

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

Although Apple’s own iWork suite provides a decent set of productivity tools for personal use, it’s pretty hard to argue that Microsoft’s Office suite remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to features and compatibility for exchanging documents with others. Even though Microsoft tends to lag a bit behind in their Mac versions, they provide reasonably good support for the Mac platform, making it easier for users to work on files from their own computers, or even to use their Macs at work. With the latest update to Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft has finally brought real-time collaboration and cloud-based autosave to the Mac apps, bringing them closer to their Windows brethren, and more importantly allowing Mac users into the collaborative playground of their Windows-using colleagues.

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$29, $151
Apps
$4,999 and up
Macs

Apple iMac Pro

After years of speculation and months of hype, Apple has released the iMac Pro, its most impressive desktop computer to date. The iMac Pro features options for 8, 10, 14 or 18-core Xeon processors — with a notable price jump for every higher level — up to 128GB of RAM and up to 4TB of internal flash hard drive storage. The 8 and 10-core models are available now, with 14 and 18-core models expected to be available at some point next year. Radeon Pro Vega graphics provide up to 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory — twice as fast as any previous iMac GPU — providing higher framerates for VR applications and real-time 3D rendering for more lifelike special effects and smoother gameplay at maximum resolution.

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