Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This Cheap Mac App Fixes A Glaring Security And Archive Flaw On All Macs

Lets say you want to zip up a bunch of files and folders on your Mac and send them off to a co-worker. It’s easy, right? Select the files in the Finder, right-click and select Compress, and OS X creates a zipped up archive. What if you want to add a password to the archive … Read More »

Monday, September 15, 2014

Free: Automatic Song Lyric Search, Capture, And Save For iTunes On A Mac

One of the problems with maturing in life is the loss of memory. For example, song lyrics. It’s funny how some songs from a few decades ago are easily remembered without being heard for years, yet for others singing along isn’t an option because the lyrics are lost somewhere in the brain’s auditory cortex (I … 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 »

Boinx Fotomagico

The Mac slide show application for the 21st century. Storyboard your image shows with text, transitions, audio video tracks, and animations. Excellent, intuitive user controls for professional level results. I use it for quick video production. Boinx FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. … 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, September 12, 2014

A Few More Thoughts On Apple Watch

As a card carrying member of the local chapter of the Curiosity Club, I watched Apple’s keynote introduction of iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple watch. Twice. The first time didn’t count because the live streaming video wasn’t live and didn’t stream very well. Black eye, Apple. The first impression I had was aimed at … Read More »

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Skype

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 charges. It works … 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 »

TextSoap

Healthy update to the nearly perfect Mac utility for cleaning up messy text in documents. Think of TextSoap as a filter which scrubs text, keeps the good text attributes and formatting, and deletes the bad text. TextSoap is the only text cleaning utility that maintains formatting while it cleans up the text. 9WR – TextSoap: … Read More »

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What’s Clear About This Todo, List, And Task Manager For Mac And iPhone

One thing has become crystal clear about certain kinds of utility applications I use. As far as possible, I want the same functionality on my iPhone and iPad as I get on my Mac. Apple is ahead of the game with iCloud, Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders, and for the most part they work … 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 »

Monday, September 8, 2014

If Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor Used A Mac, He’d Use This Finder Replacement

For most Mac users the Finder in OS X is the go-to app to find files, organize folders, and even launch apps. The Finder has been much maligned through the years, and with good reason. It just didn’t get much love from Apple and was more a relic of the past than a modern utility … 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 »

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 »

DockStar

DockStar is a utility for the Mail icon in your Mac’s Dock. It tracks email in various accounts and displays a number in the icon (also does RSS, Notes, and To Do items, with badges in the Dashboard and Menubar). Nicely done. DockStar is the smart way to keep an eye on your Mail. Add … Read More »

Friday, September 5, 2014

Got A Cluttered Menubar On Your Mac? Control It With The Bartender App

Apple simply can’t control what Mac users do with their Macs. Nearly every Mac app uses the Menubar, with app menu selections to the left, and Apple’s OS X utility options and menus to the right. Here’s the problem. Mac developers have created hundreds of utilities, tools, and apps that reside in the right side … 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 »

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Free: Hide Files And Folders On Your Mac’s Desktop

There are fun Mac utilities and there are free Mac utilities. Desktop Pirate is both and it solves an age old problem Mac users have endured since the last century. A cluttered Desktop filled with files and photos and folders; the digital cruft from a busy day. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just … 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 »

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 »