Mac utility apps come and go but most have one thing in common. They do something that Apple’s built-in OS X apps do not. Here’s a quick look at two new utilities which I’ve added to my stable of a dozen dozen apps; both inexpensive, both easy to use, both do what OS X does not, and both are affordable (but not free).
Nice Generator – Password generators are a dime a dozen. There’s even one built-in to Safari so why bother to pay a few bucks when a dozen are free? Nice Generator is handy and lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s barely a click away.
There’s also a Today View widget for Notification Center so another click gets you another view. Creating a password is easy. Select Uppercase, Lowercase, Digits, or special characters and the number of characters to use. Done.
There’s also an iPhone version which also has a Watch app.
Precise Screenshot – Second on my list of Friday utilities to try is a screenshot app with a single feature that makes it worth the few bucks to use. It’s called Precise Screenshot and as the name implies, it captures screenshots with specific dimensions.
Most Mac screenshot apps work the same way. Capture the Mac’s whole screen. Capture a single app window. Or capture a section of the screen. It’s the latter that’s most difficult because few screenshot apps let you set the dimensions of the section to be captured.
That’s not the only feature, though. Precise Screenshot lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s easy to use. Fullscreen mode is obvious, but the Desk Frame mode lets you select any portion of the Mac’s screen and you can set the pixel dimensions for width and height.
There’s a built-in timer, and option to save the captured image to the Mac’s clipboard, or save to disk as a JPG, PNG, or TIFF file. This one is nicely done, lots of useful features, and affordable.