4K Video Downloader Mac App Review

My in-flight entertainment usually involves movies or TV shows downloaded from iTunes. But then I thought, why not get more value out of that time and watch some programs with a little more educational value?

YouTube is loaded with videos that I have wanted to watch including TED Talks, speeches, business lectures and how-to demonstrations. But streaming those videos would require an Internet connection and my flight didn’t offer that amenity.

The solution was a program called 4K Video Downloader (https://www.4kdownload.com/). It’s a handy utility that lets you capture and download video clips from online streaming sources on the web. As the name indicates, it will download the super-resolution 4K content that is starting to appear online, but it will also handle video in other formats and resolution levels.

I downloaded the app from the 4K Video Downloader website and installed it on my Mac. When launched, the program puts a small window on your desktop to manage the downloads and it requires no technical knowledge to operate. All you have to know is how to copy the URL of of the video you want to capture from the location window in your browser.

For my first download, I selected a video that I’ve wanted to watch for, oh, maybe 10 years. It’s the commencement address that Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. When I found the video on YouTube, I highlighted the URL, which put the address in my Mac clipboard, then clicked the “Paste Link” button at the top of the 4K Video Downloader window.

The next step is to choose the the format you want for the downloaded version — MP4, M4K, MKV, among others – and the level of resolution. You can stick with the original quality or choose a reduced level if you want to reduce the file size to save space. Other options let you includes subtitles, if they’re available, and designate where you want the file to land. By default, downloads are stored in the same folder where the app resides.

Next, I clicked the “Download” button and the process began. the the copying starts. In this case, a video of 111 megabytes with a 22-minute running time took a little under one minute to download. I launched the new file in QuickTime and, to my eyes, it looked exactly like the streamed version. The new MP4 file can be loaded into iTunes where you can access it from Apple TV or copy it to an iPhone or iPad.

While I only tested the program with a single YouTube video, the 4K Video Downloader website says it will also work with other online video sources such as Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr and Facebook. The app is free but users can purchase an upgrade version that lets you download everything that’s tagged to a playlist or published on a channel.

See our video app review here:

You can download the app at the below website url:

https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

 

Spritzr Dating App Review

If you are or have ever been in the dating game, you’ve probably encountered the big blind date. That’s when someone who thinks they know you well decides to pair you with someone else. The matchmaker might be a friend, someone at work, or even a family member like your sweet Aunt Mable.

Matchmaking is borne or good intentions, but it’s also a forced mashup that can be awkward and possibly even unpleasant for the people involved. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An app called Spritzr (https://spritzr.com/) has found a way to take much of the friction out of the matchmaking process.

Check out our Video App Review of Spritzr where we delve into the features and how it differs from other dating apps:


If you’re a dater, you can browse profiles of other singles and make an overture, just as you would with Tinder, Match, Date or one of the other dating apps. But Spritzer also has a matchmaking component that lets anyone participate, even if they’re already in a relationship or even married.

When you register with Spritzr, you tell the app if you’re available or if you want to be a matchmaker. You can join alone, or, even better, with a group of friends.

If you’re interested in finding dates, you fill out a profile that asks about your age, location and height and interests. It wants to know you eduction level and politics, whether you have any children and if you are open to having children in the future.

Spritzr also wants to know what gets you excited. Are you a fitness freak or a bookworm? A wine lover or craft beed connoisseur? Artist, adventurer or home body?
When you’re finished, the app links to your Facebook profile and drops you into the dating pool.

If you want to be a matchmaker, the app lets you browse through your Facebook friends, find the singles, and point them to someone you think they might enjoy meeting.
You’re like the host of a party who makes a point of introducing two people that you think would like to get to know each other.

Once you’ve made a link between two singles, the rest is up to them. They can review the profiles of a suggested partner and decide if they want to pursue the suggestion or swipe it into oblivion. If there’s no spark, there’s no drama. If there is interest, they can start chatting and perhaps plan date or a casual encounter. It’s all on their terms, with no one looking over their shoulders.

Except that there is. When two people make a positive response, the matchmaker gets informed and earns karma points. Like an online game, Spritzr keeps score and posts a leaderboard.

In addition to helping their friends connect, Matchmakers can also try their skills in the wider Spritzr community by reading profiles and suggesting matches to strangers. That might sounds a little sketchy at first, but it’s like handicapping a horse race or the stock market. A disinterested party who analyzes available data – the dater profiles – could easily strike romantic gold. Even Aunt Mable could give it a shot.

The app is called Spritzer (without an e) and its available in the iTunes App store,  you can download the app by clicking below link:

The app is also available on the Google Play store, you can download it by clicking on the below link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spritzr

Weatherbug Weather App

I don’t remember all of the apps that I put on my first smartphone, but I know a weather app was among them. It may have been pre-installed like the one that comes with new iPhones. It displays the current temperature and offers a snapshot of predicted conditions over the next several hours and days.

But for many people, snapshots aren’t enough. They want to see a radar map and be able to drill deep to find details such as the pollen count, wind speed, humidity ratings, and whether they need to wear sunscreen to protect again ultraviolet sunlight. Those are the people that Weather Bug was designed for.

This is an app that not only tells you the hour that thunderstorm will arrive in your area, it can also tell you how close you are to the nearest lightning strike and help you fine-tune a smart heating and cooling system in this area of the Internet of Things.

Check out our video review of the app going over all the useful features of this weather app:

Like most weather apps, WeatherBug puts the high-value details first. The home screen displays the current temperature and a summary of current conditions in large type that you can read at a glance of you iPhone or an Apple Watch.

Just below the basic report is a pair of widgets (three on an iPad) that can be customized to show different reports. Options include a radar map, a live camera, the current day’s forecast and a wind speed meter.

I like having a radar view close at hand. WeatherBug’s radar starts with a regional view of your current location. You can pinch, zoom, scroll and swipe to smoothly change the view. You can scroll the map all the way to Japan, but the radar only covers the US. And while the radar doesn’t show storms patterns at the same level of detail as some other weather radar apps, it’s sufficient show current storms and their movement.

WeatherBug lets you add build a long list of locations anywhere in the world where you might want to check the weather. The reporting network that WeatherBug lets you choose a specific reporting station – usually a school or government building – to represent a metro area. To get a report from a small town, you might have to accept a station that’s 10 or 15 miles away.

Each location on your list gets a red pin on WeatherBug’s global map. Tap the pin on your phone or tablet screen and you get the current weather conditions from that locations. As I write this it’s 82 degrees and clear in Destin, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. To prove it, I can scroll through 18 different area webcams. For most larger US cities, a collection of highway traffic cams are also available.

WeatherBug also packages its meteorological data into a set of lifestyle tips arranged along the bottom of the home page. The idea here is to suggest days that might be best suited for different activities such as gardening, boating, golfing or mowing the lawn.

Other pages on the WestherBug offer hourly and 10-day forecasts. For the hourly view, you get predictions for the temperature, sky conditions and the potential for rain or snow. And the predictions go well into the future. For example, you could check the app on Monday to see the forecast for an 8 a.m. tee time on Saturday. The 10-day forecast starts with the basics – high and low temps and sky conditions – but presents a more detailed estimate when you tap on a day.

Although WeatherBug lacks the precision to tell you exactly when a rain shower will arrive in or exit your neighborhood, it’s still the best weather app I’ve seen for lots of data and detail. It may be overkill for some people but if you’re not intimidated by deep data, this is the weather app for you.

You can learn more about WeatherBug and the Earth Networks service that supports it at the WeatherBug website: http://weather.weatherbug.com/

The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherbug-weather-forecasts/id281940292

WeatherBug is also available in versions for Android, Mac and Windows desktops and Google’s Chrome browser:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android
The app is free with an option to remove advertising by purchasing an annual subscription.

 

Our rating(out of 5 stars):

★★★★

 

CrazyTalk7

 

CrazyTalk7 is a great facial animation application. It allows you to take images of people, creatures, objects and make them talk. Not just with a voice over, but actual movements and muscle reflexes. Also the best part is how easy it is to get going, you can select a few sample characters and then add your own voice overs either by typing your text or just speaking it, then the software automatically adjusts the animation to go with its new script.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/crazytalk7/id551903255?mt=12

WordsWorth

WordsWorth

HotMacApps Review:

WordsWorth is a word game for your Mac which incorporates the new Game Center features. You can view online high scores and play against friends. There are three types of game play, Classic, Timed and Tumble. Classic is a more relaxed mode, and the game only end when the tile with the timer explodes. Timed is more fast paced with the game finishing when the timer runs out. Tumble can be thought of Tetris in a way, tiles fall down and you have to try and create words from them, if the screen fills up with tiles, its game over.

Download it here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordsworth/id378788544?mt=8