Thursday, February 29, 2024

Notable apps and updates: May 21

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they’re popular and deserve mention. Here are today’s picks.


Bombich Software has released version 6 of Carbon Copy Cloner, an update of its backup program and Time Machine alternative. 

It offers the ability to make bootable backups on both Intel and M1 Macs. Other new features include: a rebuilt filer copier, faster backup; a redesigned interface with Dark Mode; a snapshot navigator; CCC Dashboard (a new menubar app); task preview; and more. 

Carbon Copy Cloner costs US$39.99 for a personal and household license, or a commercial, single computer license. CCC 5 users get a 50% discount off that price, while CCC 4 users are being offered a 25% discount. CCC 5 owners who purchased the app after Feb. 18, 2021, are eligible for a free upgrade. A 30-day trial of the software is also available on the Bombich website.

Markzware has released PDFMarkz, a stand-alone macOS application that processes PDF files, by converting them to IDML for opening in Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress and Affinity Publisher. 

The software also allows you to extract the text out of a PDF and save it as RTF, TXT or HTML. Additionally, users can export individual pages or the entire document to a PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and other image formats. Users can even share parts of a PDF via various platforms, including email or social media platforms.

PDFMarkz requires macOS 10.12 or later. It can be purchased through the PDFMarkz page on Markzware online or through authorized resellers. Pricing is $199 for a 12-month subscription and $299 for a perpetual license.


Pok Pok Playroom is a new digital toybox collection of handcrafted toys designed to “spark creativity and learning through open-ended play.”

Its designed for ages 2-6. It offers hand-drawn animations and soft sounds that Pok Pok says sets the tone for peaceful playtime without over-stimulation.

Pok Pok Playroom is available on the App Store with subscription-based pricing at $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year for unlimited access to every toy and future update. A two-week free demo is available.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.