Monday, April 21, 2014

Synckr: A Simplr, Coolr Way To Sync Photos To Flickr

One thing the internet has done in the past couple of decades is to suck dry the number of website domain names available. How else do you explain Tumblr and Flickr and other websites with a definite allergy to vowels? Here’s a useful Mac app which fits in the same vein as other names with … Read More »

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yet Another Notes App, Todo App, Lists App For Mac, iPhone, And iPad

What does it take for an app to succeed in the already overcrowded notes, todo, and list app category? My experience tells me that to unseat a frontrunner in any app category, the newcomer must have a better user experience, usually with more features, and at the same price or less than the top seller. … Read More »

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mac App You’re Not Going To Use, Might Need It, And If You Had It You Would Love It

Of all the people I know who are Mac users, only a handful have a webcam at home or office. Webcam? Yes. A camera connected to your Mac that captures photos every so many seconds or minutes, or takes a snapshot when there’s movement (like a motion detector). Most Mac users have a Mac with … 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 »

Monday, April 14, 2014

SimpleKeys: The Utility For Mac Users Who Think Small Is Beautiful And Less Is More

That we lead ever more complicated lives is well understood, though we don’t always stop to figure out why, even if we stop to smell the roses. We have Macs, PCs, iPhones and iPads and they all take time away from each other. Is there any way to speed up what we do on our … Read More »

TrailRunner

Update of the rather clever utility for people on the move. Literally. Plans routes with maps, graphs, locations, and calculates distance. Check the ancient Mac360 review. Watch runner and hiker routes in Google Earth. Includes diary, and MobileMe export. TrailRunner is a route planning software for all kinds of long distance sports like running, biking, … 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 »

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Few Words On The Problems Of Managing Passwords On A Mac (and a solution)

There’s not a week that goes by these days without more headlines of computers being hacked, email addresses and credit card information being stolen, or yet another security breach of what were once secure systems. That brings up a growing problem that needs a simple solution. Login IDs, passwords, credit card information and anything else … Read More »

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Say Goodbye To The World’s Worst Font, Now Replaced For Free

What’s the worst font in the world? While it’s probably the font that’s being used and it’s so bad you can’t actually read and understand the words, let’s all take a shortcut to the point and call it what it is. Comic Sans. If there’s a font that is almost universally hated, it’s Comic Sans, … Read More »

PCalc

If you like calculators, you’ll like PCalc. It’s everything that Mac OS X’s calculator is not. A fully featured scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. 9WR – PCalc: Scientific calculator; RPN, programmable, hex, octal, binary … Read More »

Microsoft Office

The latest bug fix of Microsoft’s aging, somewhat buggy but popular Office suite of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Entourage. Welcome relief for many Mac users, certainly. Office 2008 and Office 2011 are both available. Whether you’re looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for … Read More »

Delivery Status

One of my favorite non-Apple Widgets. Tracks delivery status of packages from Apple, Amazon, DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS, and many others. A must have. Don’t waste your time checking the site constantly, just open this all-in-one delivery tracker and enter your order number or tracking number. The status will update automatically for you, and even … Read More »

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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 »

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Mac Calculator You Probably Don’t Have, Don’t Need, But If You Do, You Want It Now

My Mac is graced with more than my fair share of certain kinds of apps and utilities. Yes, I have a couple of desktop publishing apps. And calculators. But there’s only one calculator in my collection that does what others do not. This one is called DTP Multicalc. The ‘DTP’ in the name probably refers … Read More »

Friday, April 4, 2014

Something Your Mac Already Does To Video Clips This App Does Better, Faster, Easier

The road less traveled is often less traveled for very good reasons. Not everyone is going to want to do this, but I’ve had the urge more than a few times, tried it a few less times, and the end result, though what I wanted, wasn’t worth all the effort. I’m talking about tossing in … Read More »

Disco XT

So you want to be a disco DJ? Been there. Done that. Use iTunes and your iPod and Disco XT gets you halfway to DJ stardom. After that, it’s luck and talent. Includes dual audio deck with user definable EQs and spectrum, looping, filters, effects, cueing, pitch-lock, waveform views and automatic BPM detection. Includes Hit … 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 »

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 »

JAlbum

Major 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. None better at this price. Free. Make website albums of your digital photographs. With JAlbum, no extra software is needed to view the … Read More »

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Outlinely For Mac: It’s Part Word Processor, Part Outliner, And Always Useful

Every Mac user has a word processor stored somewhere, often used, sometimes useful. TextEdit and Pages are included with every Mac these days, and there are dozens of word processors available from free and simple to Microsoft Word. Nearer the bottom of the app food chain are the apps which blend features from multiple categories … Read More »