Monday, May 25, 2015

Check Out The Simplest, Easiest Free Mac App You’ve Never Used

Application collecting started out as a hobby, a Mac pastime, many years ago and has blossomed into, well, something of a professional hobby. I collect applications, review apps, share apps. My criteria remains simple. Apps I use myself or would use, apps I recommend to family, friends, co-workers (with the implied support issues). Sometimes applications … Read More »

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get The Internet To Come To You With This Blast From The Past Mac App For News

Way back in the day, back before I could spell RSS, NetNewsWire was the Mac’s go-to app to gather news and articles from dozens to hundreds of websites. For whatever the reasons, and they appear to be numerous, NetNewsWire fell upon the rocky shoals of competition, multiple owners, neglect, and the dangerous feature creep disease. … Read More »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How To Keep Track Of Your Package Deliveries On Mac, iPhone, and iPad

One of my all-time favorite Mac, iPhone, and iPad applications has the perfect name. It’s called Deliveries. Unlike Safari, Mail, or Calendar, Deliveries doesn’t get used every day, but when you’re expecting a package to be delivered, Deliveries delivers the status information. For any Apple customer who orders products online, this is the utility that … Read More »

NetNewsWire

Once the Mac’s most popular, most feature laden RSS reader, now with a price tag, a new version, and a few bugs to work out. NetNewsWire has a familiar three-paned interface and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs. 9WR – NetNewsWire: RSS newsreader, tabbed browser, three-pane interface, HTML archive, … Read More »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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 »

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Few Words On Mac Text Editors And Code Snippet Managers

My love affair with coding began back in the last century and continues at about the same pace today. While I’m not a programmer in the traditional sense and won’t bother to learn Apple’s new Swift language and create my own applications, I know my way around PHP, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, Unix shell scripts, and … Read More »

Smart Scroll

Marc Moini’s one trick pony with extra tricks to enhance scrolling on your Mac. Makes scroll wheel or trackpad smoother, faster. Goes in reverse and uses keyboard, too. Nice. Smart Scroll offers smooth and easy iPhone-like scrolling… Other features include Universal Scroll Keys that let you scroll from the keyboard, FileMaker Pro and AppleWorks enhancements, … Read More »

OmniPlan

Extensive product management application features multiple projects, tasks, resource allocation, scheduling, filtering, timelines, and critical paths. It’s not Microsoft Project, but very good and easy to use. Create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and … Read More »

Friday, May 15, 2015

Free: How To Use Your Mac To Count Stuff

Counting is a time-honored human pastime. People count everything. Money, calories, steps, time. You name it. We can count it. iPhone users have access to a number of counting apps, a couple of which I find useful, but what about Mac users? Take a look at the cleverly named Counter app for OS X. It’s … Read More »

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Firefox

Another crazy point update to the most recent update of the last update of the popular and frequently updated Mozilla browser. Slimmed and trip with very fast page rendering. Worthy competitor to MSIE on Windows and Safari on the Mac, not as fast as Google Chrome or Safari, more add ons than corrupt government politicians … Read More »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About Mac Folder Sizes Cataloged In One App

Most Mac users know and understand folders. It’s where we– and Mac OS X– keep files. The folders we pay attention to the most include Documents (a convenient folder to store personal files), Music, Pictures, and Movies. For each user there’s also a Downloads folder, and the Mac’s Desktop actually is a folder, too. The … 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 »

iPhoto Library Manager

Yes, you can create and manage multiple iPhoto libraries by holding the Option key and starting iPhoto, but iPhoto Library Manager is waaaay cooler. Multiple libraries, quick view, sharing, sync with iPod, copy photos between libraries, split libraries, merge libraries. iPhoto Library Manager adds an additional level of control over your iPhoto collection by allowing … Read More »

Friday, May 8, 2015

If I Were An Artist, #27: Draw And Paint Digital Pastels On Your Mac

As an artist or designer, I’m a pretty good shortstop; good range, strong arm, double play ready. But not much of an artist. Whatever gene that makes the eye see and the hand move to create artistic renderings was missing when I tried out for the team. Still, I have a growing collection of Mac … Read More »

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Note-C And The Never-ending Search For The Mac’s Perfect Word Processor App

Way, way back in the day, Apple turned the word processing industry inside out with MacWrite. Sure, WordPerfect dominated back then, but the handwriting was on the wall beginning with Apple’s quirky little WYSIWYG word processor. Not long afterwords the first perfect word processor debuted on the Mac. It was called WriteNow; fast and elegant … Read More »

Monday, May 4, 2015

How To Get Free Music And Audio From SoundCloud

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And SoundCloud didn’t become popular overnight. But it has become a hotspot Mecca of sorts for artists, musicians, and Podcasters to upload, record, promote, and share their original audio works to nearly 200-million SoundCloud listeners around the world. While it’s easy to listen to music or audio programs on … Read More »

OmniOutliner

This is not your father’s outliner. It’s more of an organizational tool. Outlines? Yes. It also collects and organizes data, manages tasks, tracks expenses, plans events, even handles multiple columns. And, there’s an OmniOutliner iPad version. Use OmniOutliner’s document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which … Read More »