Friday, October 31, 2014

You, Your Mac, Monotony, Or Insanity

Repetition is a good thing. Sometimes. But not always. They say repetition is the mother of skill, yet some say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a definition of insanity. Here’s a good way to use Monotony to prevent insanity, save time, learn more, and not … Read More »

ChronoSync

Synchronize, back up, mirror, archive, clone. All from the most dependable, stable Mac utility I’ve ever used. Simple for back up and cloning, yet loaded with features including auto mounting, auto scheduling, and file filtering. ChronoSync is the complete data management utility that allows you to efficiently synchronize or backup files and folders from one … Read More »

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skype

Massive update for our favorite free non-FaceTime audio, video, and chat utility. Good for VoIP phone calls, decent video and audio, good chat sessions. Live and talk dangerously with the new, Micirosoft-owned Skype; for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and other nameless devices. Talk to friends, family and co-workers across the internet without long distance telephone … Read More »

VMware Fusion

Your Mac runs Windows using Boot Camp. VMware Fusion safely runs Windows inside Mac OS X as if Windows applications were a part of your Mac. VMware Fusion is the easiest, most “Mac-friendly” way to run Windows on the Mac. A Mac-first user interface ensures that users get the features they expect, like customizable tool … 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 »

Cocktail

Major update to the popular general purpose maintenance utility. Checks disks, runs system maintenance, clears caches, optimizes network, clears logs, keeps things tidy under the hood. A scrumptious mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks, all accessible via a comprehensive graphical interface. Most of Cocktail’s major features are arranged in five basic categories. In addition, … Read More »

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free And Easy: Yet Another Way To View Email From The Mac’s Menubar

Here’s another example of another way whereby humans love to hate. I hate Mail. I hate email. Both are necessary evils of modern technology. Email is a time waster, but since everyone uses it, email sticks around. Worse, Apple’s OS X Yosemite Mail upgrade is dead dog slow on my aging email Mac (an original … 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 »

Path Finder

Powerful, feature laden Finder replacement for Mac power users. If you like to customize Finder features, Path Finder is your heaven. Mostly stable, very fast, with so many features your eyes will hurt. Want to move sidebar items such as the Shelf, Volumes list, or Preview pane to any location in the file browser window? … Read More »

MacFamilyTree

A big update to the nifty app which creates your family’s tree on a Mac. Reports, graphs, graphics, photos, and GEDCOM compatible. Well done, loaded with features, easy to use. These folks think highly of their own software, so check your credit card balance: A stunning, configurable user interface, animated charts, editable reports and powerful … Read More »

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mac Stats For The Mac’s Notification Center

A few months ago I extolled the virtues of system statistics. I’m something of a sucker for digital eye candy and found plenty of visual OS X p-o-r-n in iStat Menus for the Mac; a Menubar utility which displays OS X and Mac system details with a click. With iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10 … Read More »

Parallels Desktop

Another update to the pricey but popular way to run Windows or Linux within Mac OS X. Share files between Windows and Mac. Support for OS X Mountain Lion. Run Windows, Linux, and more side-by-side with Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac, without rebooting. Run Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. … 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, October 24, 2014

How To Retrieve Trashed Files On A Mac After The Trash Has Been Emptied

Would you believe me if I said I’ve never lost a file on a Mac after using Macs since March, 1984? Don’t believe it. Despite a comprehensive backup scheme, multiple cloned drives, and Time Machine, occasionally I delete a file by emptying the Trash only to realize moments later that I shouldn’t have done that. … Read More »

Delicious Library

A great utility to manage your books, movies, music CDs, video games in the perfect library metaphor. It’s complete with shelves, search, cart-catalog, bar code entry, all downloaded from the internet. Run your very own library from your home or office using our impossibly simple interface. Delicious Library’s digital shelves act as a visual card-catalog … 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 »

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Art Text

The best text manipulation tool for Mac users. Think of it as TypeStyler for the 21st century. Point and click simplicity creates stuffing graphic designs from text and simple elements. A must-have for designers. Create high quality headings, web site graphics, buttons, logos and icons. Multi layer support turns Art Text into flexible tool to … 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 »

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Have Fun On Your Mac With Automated Folder Watching

Every bona fide, card carrying, certified Mac geek has more than one utility app that does the same thing as another. For example, I love Panic’s Transmit file transfer app, but also use similar apps from Yummy. One utility from the latter developer that I particularly like has the clever name Automated Folder-Watching FTP. The … Read More »

Tuesday, October 21, 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 »