Thursday, July 24, 2014

Radiologik DJ

Excellent tool set to make your Mac become a radio station and you the disc jockey. Good for disco D.J. operation, full automation, multiple players, online streaming. It features 3 main players and one library player, all with selectable individual audio outputs, detailed time calculations, a lot of fast and smooth iTunes integration, and Nicecast … Read More »

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Get One-Click Access To The News From The Mac’s Menubar

If you slave over your Mac’s keyboard most of the day there’s a chance you’re missing out on the latest news. Sure, you could bookmark a few news websites and check on each one during the day, but that interrupts your work flow. Hourly News does not. What’s Hourly News? As the title of the … 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 »

Little Snitch

The new Little Snitch is loaded with additional features including a built-in firewall. If you’re concerned about Mac security, Little Snitch does what your Mac’s firewall cannot. It protects and alerts you whenever a Mac application tries to communicate from your Mac to wherever. You would be surprised to know how many Mac apps and … Read More »

Cyberduck

Latest version of open source (free) FTP utility by David Kocher. Not as fast as Yummy or as simple as Transmit but worthy and priced right. FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 browser… with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, … 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, July 22, 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 »

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 »

Monday, July 21, 2014

There’s A Pro Level Image Editor That Works Like Photoshop But Costs Much Less

To be fair about it, competing with Photoshop is a fool’s errand. Adobe’s flagship application is the standard of the professional graphics and design industry and priced accordingly. There’s little Photoshop cannot do except save you money. Today’s Photoshop is a rent-by-the-month proposition, so casual designers on a budget need not apply. Can you get … 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 »

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 »

OnyX

Free utility to run OS X system maintenance, configure hidden features, muck around and customize your Mac. A more detailed review. Configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Exposé, Safari, Login window and of some of Apple’s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files. 9WR –

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free For Friday: Edit Text With WordService

Apple builds plenty of handy dandy technologies into OS X that few Mac users know much about, let alone use. Automator. AppleScript. Services. The latter is a favorite but only when you can find a utility that gives Services something to do. Here’s a good one and it’s free. This installable utility is called WordService … Read More »

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NeoOffice

Major update for the popular Microsoft Office for the rest of us. If you must have an office suite on your Mac and cannot afford Microsoft’s Office or Apple’s iWork, this is the one to get. Big, kinda klunky, often compatible, somewhat slow, very loaded with features, not quite free, but effective competition for Office … Read More »

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Drag And Drop To Copy, Move, Transfer, Open And Install App That OS X Needs

How do you copy or move files from your Mac to somewhere else? You need an app that does that, right? How about installing new apps? The Finder doesn’t do it. You need an installer. In fact, most file operations require multiple steps, and many require a third party application. What we Mac users need … Read More »

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Perfect Mac Tool For Digital Hoarders

Humans are interesting creatures. We love to collect but not always organize. We share, but we hoard. We track what we own but lose track of what we have. If only there was an affordable Mac app that would help those of us in need (those who suffer from OCD, and those of us who … 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, July 11, 2014

The Free Maintenance Utility Every Mac Needs

For most Mac users, the Mac maintains itself with little effort from the user. For awhile. Over time a number of things happen to OS X which may require a little user intervention. You know, maintenance. Mac websites have plenty of advertisements for utility apps which claim to clean your Mac so it performs better. … Read More »

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 »

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Circus Ponies Notebook

Inspired update of the excellent notebook metaphor outliner organizer. Manages clippings, tasks, projects, notes, media, photos, links, schedules, all in a notebook metaphor using a simple outline structure. Not easy to master but worthwhile to try, even better when accomplished. Now with diagramming, sketching, PDF annotation, and more. Circus Ponies NoteBook helps you keep track … Read More »