Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Browse Photos On A Mac’s Screen (no borders, no buttons, no nonsense)

When it comes to viewing photos and images on my Mac, less is more, small is beautiful, and simple is better. That’s what Highbrow does. It’s a Mac photo and image viewer and browser with a built-in movie player with a single claim to fame. Simplicity. No buttons. No borders around photos. Just the photos. … Read More »

RapidWeaver

Major update of the superb web page, web site building application. RapidWeaver builds sites and web pages using point and click themes and add-on utilities. A next-generation web design application to help you easily create professional looking web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that … Read More »

NeoOffice

Another update for the popular Microsoft Office for the rest of us. If you must have an office suite on your Mac and cannot afford Microsoft’s Office or Apple’s iWork, this is the one to get. Big, kinda klunky, often compatible, somewhat slow, very loaded with features, not quite free, but effective competition for Office … Read More »

OmniFocus

Highly regarded professional grade personal task management utility. If you’re sincere about managing tasks and projects, and you’re disciplined, OmniFocus is a top choice. Good for pros and small business. OmniFocus works great as a ‘Getting Things Done’ trusted system but can also be used to fit other task management styles. You can add or … Read More »

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alarm Clock Pro

Not just another alarm clock. More of an alarm clock system that does a little of everything whenever you want. Sends text messages and email, plays iTunes music, and does about 127 other things. Speak or display favorite inspirational quotes randomly throughout the day, or even send them as text messages to your cell phone! … Read More »

ScreenFlick

Elegant utility captures your Mac’s screen and saves as a movie. Records audio and exports movies at different sizes and quality. Not as feature heavy as my favorite, iShowU, but easier to use than the popular SnapzProX. Nicely done. For software screencasters and software trainers, Screenflick offers the ability to display keyboard commands, and highlights … Read More »

Monday, June 29, 2015

PhotoDesk Is (mostly) Instagram On A Mac

One of the more popular apps for smartphones is Instagram, a simple, elegant way to share photos and snapshots with friends. The problem with Instagram is that it only works from smartphones, not from your Mac or PC. However, the PhotoDesk app brings some of Instagram’s functionality right to your Mac. Almost anything you can … Read More »

Freeway Pro and Freeway Express

Another update to very popular web site creation applications loaded with tools. Creates XHTML and CSS using a page layout system (Pro). With Freeway, you can quickly and effortlessly lay out your website, embed images and content, then publish your work as clean, standards-compliant HTML, and upload to your server, to .Mac, or to a … Read More »

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Mac Backup Plan: Will Any Backup Do?

If you’re not backing up your Mac, iPhone, or iPad regularly then one day you could be the victim of this situation. Your turn on your Mac one morning and nothing happens. Something died. Hard disk drive, system board, power supply. Your Mac is as good as dead. If it was the disk drive or … Read More »

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Short List Of Problems With Apple

My relationship with Apple goes all the way back to the Apple IIe with a CP/M card and VisiCalc. I was one of the early Mac buyers, circa March 1984, and through the years I’ve purchased dozens of Mac models, from the lowly PowerBook 100 to mighty Mac Pros and pretty much everything in between. … Read More »

Cocktail

Another update to the popular general purpose maintenance utility. Checks disks, runs system maintenance, clears caches, optimizes network, clears logs, keeps things tidy under the hood. A scrumptious mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks, all accessible via a comprehensive graphical interface. Most of Cocktail’s major features are arranged in five basic categories. In addition, … Read More »

Monday, June 22, 2015

Managing A Mac Clipboard Manager

Way back in the day I jumped on a few trends that made their way to the Mac. One was SuperDuper!, an excellent way for Mac users to clone their hard drive to create a bootable backup. That’s invaluable. Also promoted early on, here and on Mac360, were RSS readers which enabled Mac users to … Read More »

VueScan

Latest of the many (and frequent; every couple of weeks) updates to Hamrick’s popular scanner tool which works on just under a gazillion scanners, give or take a few. A must-have if you scan. VueScan is a powerful, easy to use program that works with 1,600 flatbed and film scanners, on Mac OS X, Windows, … Read More »

MacCleanse

Excellent tool for obsessive compulsive cleaning of Mac OS X caches and other files. Works on Mac utilities and applications, too, from Adium to iChat, Firefox to QuickTime and a few torrent utilities, too. Cover your tracks. In only seconds, it can perform over fifty tasks which would take nearly an hour to perform manually. … Read More »

MacPilot

Because you can never have enough tools to tinker on your Mac, there’s MacPilot, with a huge list of utility functions, features, fun tweaks for the Mac geek hiding inside you. Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click … Read More »

MacFamilyTree

A big update to the nifty app which creates your family’s tree on a Mac. Reports, graphs, graphics, photos, and GEDCOM compatible. Well done, loaded with features, easy to use. These folks think highly of their own software, so check your credit card balance: A stunning, configurable user interface, animated charts, editable reports and powerful … Read More »

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Coolest Way Ever To Remove Noise From Photos On Your Mac

Every now and then I run into a new Mac app which evokes a simple response. No, not ‘ugh.’ But ‘wow!‘ My Mac is graced with a dozen or two photo enhancement utilities that do what you can do in Photoshop but with just a few clicks, no learning curve, and no monthly subscription fee. … Read More »

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Free: A Digital Light Table And Darkroom For Mac Photographers

Is there really any excuse for not taking great photos these days? Smartphone cameras top many point and shoots and take photos that compare favorably with SLRs of the past (I’m from the Kodachrome era, back when film and processing was expensive, and composing a shot was important to keep per-photo costs down). Today, my … Read More »

Parallels Desktop

Another update to the pricey but popular way to run Windows or Linux within Mac OS X. Share files between Windows and Mac. Support for OS X Mountain Lion. Run Windows, Linux, and more side-by-side with Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac, without rebooting. Run Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. … Read More »

Mellel

If you’re serious about writing then Mellel should be on top of your list of Mac tools. For many writers the fact that Mellel is not Word makes it better. Good blend of tools from full screen mode to notes. The outliner is odd and weak compared to stand-alone outliners. Mellel is an advanced word … Read More »

Mactracker

Mactracker does what your memory cannot. Everything you wanted to know about every Mac model from the original 128k in 1984 to the latest MacBooks. Handy, detailed, fun, and free. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS … Read More »

Acorn

Substantial update to the little image editor that does more than expected. Affordable, fast, easy to learn, many image editing tools and options, from gradients filters to layers. Nicely done. Now with a cool brush designer, and improved performance via your Mac’s GPU. Don’t let Acorn’s size fool you; it’s a powerful little guy. Fancy … Read More »

Together

Our favorite information manager. Highly intuitive and easier to use than Yojimbo. Love the shelf. Organize files however you like. Holds almost everything. Now with auto tagging, nested groups, editing. Together lets you keep everything in one place. Text, documents, images, movies, sounds, web pages and bookmarks can all be dragged to Together for safe … Read More »