Friday, November 21, 2014

How Your Mac Can Do Automatically What You Once Used To Do Manually

If modern personal computers are so smart, then why don’t they really know what I want to do before I tell the computer to do it? The Mac is a smart personal computer, but it’s also an obedient device, so it usually does just what we tell it to do. We just need to be … Read More »

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here’s A Temporary, Affordable Solution For Macs That Are Running Out Of Storage Space

Way back in the day, back before Mac OS X, back when hard disk drives were expensive, loud, and not as large as today’s models, we Mac users had to scrimp and save on disk space, otherwise, we’d end up with more files than the Mac had space to store. Then came the glory years … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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, November 18, 2014

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 »

EagleFiler

Remarkably useful and elegant personal information manager. Stores and retrieves almost anything; email, snippets, URLs, photos, images, documents, files, whatever. Simple design, highly flexible organization. EagleFiler makes managing your information easy. It lets you archive and search mail, Web pages, PDF files, word processing documents, images, and more. Use it to collect information from a … Read More »

Mavericks Cache Cleaner

Major update to the popular but poorly named Mac maintenance utility, now for OS X Yosemite, too. Does far more than clean your Mac’s caches, including creation of bootable Emergency Disks, and built-in ClamAV antivirus system, opens many hidden settings. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance … Read More »

Monday, November 17, 2014

Free: What Every Mac User Needs To Browse The Web Faster, Easier, Funner

Most of us who’ve been browsing the web for a few years have favorite sites to visit. Whether we use Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or some other browser, many sites means many browser bookmarks and that means a string of clicking to find articles, news, and entertainment pieces to view or read. Is there … Read More »

iCab

Yes, Virgina, there are other browsers besides Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Safari. Here’s the latest not-very-popular but competent and attractive browser from Alexander Clauss. I like the error protocol which identifies sites with crummy HTML. Nagware at its best. Certainly, iCab has much more features than you can examine in one day. Try it once, … 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 »

Friday, November 14, 2014

Selfies Come To Your Mac

When a made up word makes it into the Oxford dictionary, you know it means something. Not sure what. But it probably does. Selfie. That’s the word, the action, not the cancelled TV series. Selfie A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social … Read More »

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free: How To View All Your iCloud Drive Files And Folders On Your iPhone Or iPad

Apple did the unthinkable and made iCloud Drive files and folders visible within the Mac’s Finder. That makes it easy to view and open files and folders on a Mac, but not so easy on the iPhone or iPad, which doesn’t have a Finder app. If you want to view every file on your iCloud … Read More »

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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 »

Adobe AIR

Think of AIR as a container to create and run mini applications in their own private windows, combining Flash, HTML, Javascript, and other so-called Web 2.0 tools. Like Java but without the power. Bascially, Adobe is creating their own private little space on your desktop. Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that allows web … Read More »

Monday, November 10, 2014

If You Need Notebooks For Mac, iPhone, And iPad, Then You Need Notebooks

An unfortunate side effect of using and reviewing different Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps is the need to choose which ones to use among many good choices. Note taking apps are a perfect example. There are many, and the good ones are cross platform, which means they run on Mac, iPhone, and iPad and sync … Read More »

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 »

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 »

SiteSucker

Indispensable utility to download web sites from the internet. Downloads web pages, photos, images, backgrounds to a local folder on your Mac. Automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by copying the site’s Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource … Read More »