Friday, August 1, 2014

Free: Unlock Your Mac By Knocking On Your iPhone

The old adage “the road less traveled is often less traveled for a reason” applies to software, too. Just because something can be done in software, doesn’t mean it needs to be done. Here’s one of those clever little Mac apps that does one thing, does it well, but not in a way you expect … Read More »

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For Developers Only: Browse The Web With A Dual-Paned Browser For The Mac

Most Mac users have a go-to browser; whether Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google’s Chrome. Website developers have slightly different requirements, especially with the rapid growth of so-called Responsive Web Design, a new technique which alters a website’s display depending upon which device is being used to view the site. Website developers want to see how … Read More »

Freeway Pro and Freeway Express

Major 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 »

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 »

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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 »

Monday, July 28, 2014

Free: Unlock Hidden Features In OS X

Who wouldn’t like a free utility that gives you extra functions already built-in to your Mac’s OS X but hidden by Apple? That’s what TinkerTool does. It unlocks a laundry list of additional preference settings in OS X, and settings for a number of OS X apps. TinkerTool gives you access to hidden preferences in … Read More »

iShowU – HD

Our favorite Mac screen-capture-to-movie utilities now with more power. iShowU HD Pro makes capturing your Mac onscreen actions a breeze. Save your captures as QuickTime movies using one of many presets, as does iShow U (regular) but with fewer features. Both powerful, easy to use. iShowU allows you to capture and record anything you can … 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 »

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nothing But More Numbers Coming From Apple’s Crazy Product Lineup

Numbers are important in business but don’t always tell the entire story of a company’s well being. Take marketshare. In every product, Apple owns a small market share– Mac, iPhone, iPad. Yet, in each market, Apple owns the more important profit share, topping all other manufacturers. The iPhone heralded the arrival of a truly smartphone … Read More »

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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, July 23, 2014

How To Get One-Click Access To The News From The Mac’s Menubar

If you slave over your Mac’s keyboard most of the day there’s a chance you’re missing out on the latest news. Sure, you could bookmark a few news websites and check on each one during the day, but that interrupts your work flow. Hourly News does not. What’s Hourly News? As the title of the … Read More »

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 »

Little Snitch

The new Little Snitch is loaded with additional features including a built-in firewall. If you’re concerned about Mac security, Little Snitch does what your Mac’s firewall cannot. It protects and alerts you whenever a Mac application tries to communicate from your Mac to wherever. You would be surprised to know how many Mac apps and … 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 »

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 »

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yummy FTP

Perhaps the fastest FTP utility on the Mac. Intuitive, two panel browser interface, utilizes Quick Look, compares before sync. Nearly as easy to use as Transmit, notably faster to upload, download files. Yummy FTP is an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client, very fast, very flexible and completely reliable file transfer utility for Mac OS … Read More »

A Better Finder Rename

Poor name, weak official description of an indispensable Mac utility. One of our ‘must haves’ for years. Elegant solution to renaming multiple files. Lots of multiple files. Many features. Needs to rename itself. A Better Finder Rename allows users to quickly rename multiple files. This powerful, yet easy-to-use utility transforms the often tedious and time-consuming … Read More »

Monday, July 21, 2014

There’s A Pro Level Image Editor That Works Like Photoshop But Costs Much Less

To be fair about it, competing with Photoshop is a fool’s errand. Adobe’s flagship application is the standard of the professional graphics and design industry and priced accordingly. There’s little Photoshop cannot do except save you money. Today’s Photoshop is a rent-by-the-month proposition, so casual designers on a budget need not apply. Can you get … 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 »