Monday, December 22, 2014

Try The Free Photo App Every Mac User Needs (this year, maybe not next year)

Which app do most Mac users use to store and manage photos? Without a scientific survey, I’m comfortable saying that iPhoto is tops on the list. Even with tens of thousands of photos it’s fast, simple to use, and has enough bells and whistles for most users. What’s missing is a good way to manage … Read More »

Friday, December 19, 2014

Yes, There’s A List Of Mail Add-on’s For Mail Junkies

If Mail is the Mac app we love to hate, and email is the Devil’s way of punishing mankind for not always submitting to his will, then we Mac users have three choices. Dispense with email altogether (somewhat impractical these days). Muddle along as always. Or, tack on some add-on utilities which make Mail and … Read More »

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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 »

BBEdit

Another worthy update to the Mac text editor I love to hate. BBEdit has been around forever, does nearly everything and now sports an updated, 21st century interface. And a new, lower price. It’s the one text editor I cannot throw away despite both opportunity and attempts. As BareBones Software puts it, “It doesn’t suck.” … 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 »

ExpanDrive

Significant update to the very clever utility which builds SFTP/FTP/SSH into your Mac’s Finder. Your remote computer shows up as a mounted hard drive on your desktop. Unique, easy to use, a little slow, but well done. New version is notably faster and connects to Amazon S3. ExpanDrive gives you perfectly transparent access to open, … Read More »

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Few Words About Building Websites The Not-So-Old-Fashioned Way

One of my favorite Mac-based website building tools was upgraded recently, and I hesitated to pay for the new version because I use it less and less and wanted to try it out for awhile before making a decision. Way back in the day I bought RapidWeaver, a Mac app that builds mostly static websites … Read More »

Pixelmator

Another update to a premier Photoshop wannabe with attractive interface, buckets of tools, filters, effects, including advanced color correction tools. Well done. If you can’t afford Photoshop or handle Photoshop complexity, this is the one. Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections… allows you … Read More »

Graphic Converter

The Swiss Army Knife of graphic utilities. Something of a poor man’s Photoshop but the claim to fame is batch conversion of file formats and a tool for everything. Even the latest version is a bit cumbersome with a cluttered interface but it works. GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image editing program that can import 200 … Read More »

MacGourmet

To cooks what iPhoto is to photographs or iTunes is to your music. Not just a recipe collector. Does nutritional analysis, manages recipe clippings, plans meals. Look for updates to the MacGourmet Cookbook, Mealplan, and Nutrition modules, too. MacGourmet Deluxe is even more feature laden. MacGourmet helps you create and edit your recipes, wine notes … 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 »

OmniGraffle

The latest Pro and standard versions of the premier diagramming and design application for the Mac. Many tools to create and modify diagrams, export to different formats. Pro version has Vizio support. OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs, … Read More »

Monday, December 15, 2014

Upload Photos Everywhere: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The number of apps we use to handle photos and videos seems to have grown since the iPhone and iPad came on the scene. Most Mac users still use iPhoto to handle the mass of a photo collection, but increasingly there’s Adobe’s Lightroom, and Apple folk are in eager anticipation of the upcoming Photos app. … Read More »

Friday, December 12, 2014

Finally, Something Good Comes To Email

Other than turning into the misinformation superhighway, if ever there was a scourge we could attribute to the internet, it’s email, the app we love to hate regardless of which app we’re using at the time. Despite technology advancements that put the power of a desktop computer from just a few years ago into a … 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 »

Default Folder X

One of my favorite always on utilities. Default Folder adds tools to the Open and Save dialog boxes in OS X, and remembers where to save files based on which application is used at the time. Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS … Read More »

JAlbum

Another update to the best value for web site or CD photo album creation. Clumsy Java interface, but point and click simplicity, loaded with options. Many different and sometimes attractive ‘skins’ available. Not so free anymore. Make website albums of your digital photographs. With JAlbum, no extra software is needed to view the albums, just … 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 »

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How To Make Your Own Spam On A Mac

First off, I’m not advocating email spam. Most Mac and Windows PC users get enough of that scourge already (I’m up to about 300 unsolicited email messages a day; made bearable thanks to Spam Sieve). Second, I have to acknowledge that there are legitimate uses for mass email for businesses, friends and family, and civic … 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 »