Wednesday, March 4, 2015

If You Do Graphic Design On A Mac, This Is The ‘Must Have’ Onscreen Tool

Every Mac user who dabbles in or lives in the graphic design world has a number of add on tools or utilities that do something special. Here’s one of my all time favorites; a must have for the Mac designer, developer, or graphics pro or wannabe. It’s called xScope and it’s really a Swiss Army … Read More »

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


One of my all time favorite, and highly used, web development tools. xScope measures, aligns, inspects graphics and layouts on your Mac’s screen. If you design or develop on a Mac, this is a must-have tool. A powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, aligning and inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts… available via … Read More »


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, March 2, 2015

Why Every Mac User Needs Another Clock

If time is money then knowing the current time, or, knowing how much time we have left to accomplish something, or, knowing how much time before we need to be somewhere are important considerations. I just conducted a brief survey and found that our home has 9 clocks and 12 watches, not to mention the … Read More »


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 »


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, February 27, 2015

How To Use Your Mac To Create A List Of Files From Inside A Folder

Way back in the days of Mac OS Classic we could open a folder full of files and print out a list of the folder’s contents. For whatever reason, Apple didn’t think printing a folder’s contents was worth writing about. Here are a three ways to grab a folder and print or view a list … Read More »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Free And Automatic Way To Remove Text Formatting From The Mac’s Clipboard

One of the annoying issues in the Mac’s clipboard is that, for the most part, what you cut or copy stays that way when you paste text back into a document. In most text copying and pasting whatever the format is in the original also gets pasted back with formatting intact. It only takes a … 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 »

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Mind mapping on your Mac. Expands beyond the canvas (for bigger brains?). Works with QuickLook, Spotlight, and iChat Theater (Intel Macs only). MindNode Pro adds Reconnecting, Folding, Link Support, and other goodies. MindNode is a free and very easy to use mindmapping application. It was created with the user in mind and features a very … Read More »

Monday, February 23, 2015

OS X Voices: It’s What To Use On A Mac To Add Multiple Character Voices To A Story Or Play

Here’s a quick look at a couple of Mac apps that do what you won’t find easily done in other Mac apps. Multiple voice narration. The first app is called, not surprisingly, Narrator, and what it does is remarkable for writers. It uses the built-in voices in OS X to read character lines in stories … Read More »


The latest update to the remarkably attractive, useful, and very capable task manager with expanded project management capability. Reduces complex project and task management to a simple, enjoyable process. Highly recommended. Syncs with iPhone version and now to the cloud Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. You’ll get started in no … Read More »

Elmedia Player

A free standalone player for Flash movies and animation. Create and manage Flash playlists, zoom in on movie. Pro version adds other features such as full-screen viewing. The only stand-alone application for Mac OS that is able to playback SWF and FLV files with plenty of bonus features. It provides handy movie controls, that let … Read More »


Highly regarded professional grade personal task management utility. If you’re sincere about managing tasks and projects, and you’re disciplined, OmniFocus is a top choice. Good for pros and small business. OmniFocus works great as a ‘Getting Things Done’ trusted system but can also be used to fit other task management styles. You can add or … Read More »

Navicat for MySQL

Popular utility to create and manage MySQL databases, remotely, locally, on Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X. Loaded with features for the DB professional, though still a little buggy after all these years. Check out the free Lite version. It works with any MySQL version from 3.21 or above and supports most of the latest … Read More »

Friday, February 20, 2015

Swimbi And The Sorry State Of Developing And Editing CSS On A Mac

It’s true. I hate CSS. Cascading style sheets were all the rage 15 years ago, and most websites today use the convoluted mess of CSS code to create and manage the look and format of a webpage. Most developers and designers who live and breathe in CSS each day have a variety of tools to … Read More »

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Making The Case For An Email Backup

It’s unfortunate for 21st century humankind that email has remained as form of communication. If there was ever a killer app for the internet, it’s email. It’s the app that kills by reducing the time we have to live, raising blood pressure and anxiety, and quietly putting people into a negative mood for which returning … Read More »

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Mactracker does what your memory cannot. Everything you wanted to know about every Mac model from the original 128k in 1984 to the latest MacBooks. Handy, detailed, fun, and free. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh computer ever made, including items such as processor speed, memory, optical drives, graphic cards, supported Mac OS … Read More »


Another update to the popular image editing utility. It take your digital photos, stuffs them into attractive templates, prints through the iPhoto Kodak photo print service. Like iPhoto’s print services but with more options and a price tag. Posterino creates stunning life-posters, photo frames, and postcards… choose a template, an iPhoto album and hit a … Read More »


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 »