Monday, September 1, 2014

A Very Old Video Technology Is Born Again With This Clever Mac App

Way back in the day, back when the internet went public in the early 1990s, websites had two basic image file formats which complemented one another. One was JPEG, perfect for photos or images with many colors. The other was GIF, the graphic interchange format which created smaller images with fewer colors. GIF has largely … Read More »

Friday, August 29, 2014

Put A Clock On Your Mac’s Desktop Wallpaper

Just because software can do something doesn’t mean it should do something. Here’s one Mac app that fits in that category of apps that work but leave a user wondering ‘Why?’ Take a look at ClockDesk. The name is self explanatory. It’s a clock. It’s a clock on the Mac’s Desktop. It’s a clock on … 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 »

Radiologik DJ

Excellent tool set to make your Mac become a radio station and you the disc jockey. Good for disco D.J. operation, full automation, multiple players, online streaming. It features 3 main players and one library player, all with selectable individual audio outputs, detailed time calculations, a lot of fast and smooth iTunes integration, and Nicecast … Read More »

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

For Mac Users With Money To Burn On A Mac Notes, Drawing, Todo List, And Word Processor

Not many Mac mashup apps take best of breed honors. Mashup? A Mac app with features borrowed from other apps, but all mashed together so that none of the major features works as well as a standalone app. Think Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Apple could combine them all into a single, mashed up app, but … Read More »

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

VirtualHostX

Tyler Hall’s great utility to host multiple web sites on a Mac. If you design for the web and use MAMP, use VirtualHostX. Indispensable, though not as comprehensive as MAMP (free) or MAMP Pro. The perfect solution for web designers working on more than one project at a time… With VirtualHostX you can easily create … Read More »

Cyberduck

Latest version of open source (free) FTP utility by David Kocher. Not as fast as Yummy or as simple as Transmit but worthy and priced right. FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser… with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, … Read More »

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scroll Different On Your Mac: Why You Need A Smarter Scroll App

How much do you think about scrolling up and down app windows on your Mac? Probably not much. The scroll bar goes up. The scroll bar goes down. Click on the bar with a mouse or trackpad and it goes where? Up or down, respectively. Ditto for trackpad swiping. Scrolling is just scrolling, right? Actually, … Read More »

Navicat for MySQL

Popular utility to create and manage MySQL databases, remotely, locally, on Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X. Loaded with features for the DB professional, though still a little buggy after all these years. Check out the free Lite version. It works with any MySQL version from 3.21 or above and supports most of the latest … Read More »

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cheap: The Automatic Notepad For The Mac

When it comes to truly thinking different, I have a great appreciation for app developers who come up with a useful feature that both differentiates the app from competitors, and has benefit for the user. Enter Daily Jotter for the Mac. It’s a notes app; a quick and easy way to jot down a few … 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 »

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How To Broadcast Voice Announcements To Other Mac Users From Your Mac

You know what they say. ‘The road less traveled is often less traveled for a good reason.’ That doesn’t stop someone from creating a Mac app that’s more of a solution looking for a problem than something you’d use every day. Echoes for the Mac is a bit like that. If you want or need … 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 »

Tidy Up!

A handy utility to find duplicate files on your Mac. In the age of large hard drives we usually keep everything. You, know. Just to be sure. Really sure. With Tidy Up! you can search for duplicate files and packages; by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility … Read More »

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cheap: Design Address Labels On Your Mac

There are times when all you want to do is print a label. Many Mac word processors have an option for labels, and there are standalone applications which manage mailing lists and management, as well as custom label creation. Those apps are usually expensive and complex to use. What if all you need is to … Read More »

Dejal Simon

Our favorite Mac site monitoring tool. Solid, dependable, full of notifications when checking sites. Tracks sites, servers, forums posts, comments on blogs, even checks web mail. It checks servers for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, or other means. You can use it to track updated sites, and to alert … Read More »

EyeTV

Most popular television watching and recording software (requires EyeTV hardware) for the Mac. Try the iPhone version for a total gee whiz experience. Watch, pause, fast-forward and rewind live television on your Mac… record hours of television on your Mac, create subscriptions to TV series and topics of your choice, manage saved episodes, and organize … Read More »

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cheap: How To Monitor Your Network’s Traffic In Real Time From Your Mac

At one time or another, every Mac, iPhone, or iPad user is on a network. Got Wi-Fi at home or office? That’s a network. Connected to the internet via a phone company or cable company? That’s a network. How fast is your network? How much bandwidth does your network use? What can you do when … Read More »

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boinx Fotomagico

The Mac slide show application for the 21st century. Storyboard your image shows with text, transitions, audio video tracks, and animations. Excellent, intuitive user controls for professional level results. I use it for quick video production. Boinx FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. … Read More »

Adobe Flash Player

The latest in a string of regular updates of the web’s most popular animation and video player. Lots of new Flash capability to hog your CPU and slow down Safari, Firefox, et al. 11.x is a major improvement. Not one crash in weeks but Safari and Firefox still slow to a crawl with multiple open … Read More »