LaunchBar is essentially “Spotlight Pro,” enabling you to search your Mac and perform actions on found objects. This update sees a larger, more readable default theme aesthetically matching rival Alfred, and the OS X Yosemite Spotlight revamp. But the strengths aren’t only skin-deep.
Once upon a time, Apple’s 5GB free iCloud storage was considered quite generous. Three years later, the same offer looks Scrooge-like in an age where multiple devices on the same account are now capable of holding 64GB or even 128GB of data. Enter iDrive, a service once focused on Mac and PC backup, now with a renewed focus on mobile (currently iOS, Android, and Windows Phone).
Beamer is a utility that aims to make sharing video from your Mac to an Apple TV easy. Of course, screen sharing from a Mac to an Apple TV is already an option in Mac OS X, but Beamer makes it easier and enables full HD quality, with support for 5.1 surround sound.
What might look like a simple preset-based image editor turns out to have a lot more depth, as MacPhun’s Intensify Pro opens up into a layer-based editing system with plenty of scope for manual adjustments.
Since 2009, foodies have coveted Foursquare as the best way to find and share favorite haunts. But earlier this year the company boldly evicted the second half of that equation, putting rival Yelp squarely on notice in the process.
Photoshop CC caused a storm when it was launched in 2013. From that point on, you couldn’t buy Photoshop with a perpetual licence, you had to rent it via an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This still causes dismay amongst some users, but there are upsides — free updates and an increasing range of Creative Cloud services. And since its rocky launch, Adobe has dropped the price and increased the value.
There are many good reasons to run alternate operating systems on a Mac, but this year Apple gave us the best one yet, courtesy of the OS X Yosemite public beta — and the latest version of Parallels Desktop not only delivers the necessary 10.10 compatibility and guest virtual machine support, but provides bits of the shiny new desktop OS to Windows too.
Productivity apps tend to be too rigid about scheduling events — a problem Timeful deftly manages to overcome. In addition to events and to-do items, this free iPhone app also encourages good habits, gently helping users find time for personal goals like exercise. The app does this by proactively protecting pockets of time in your day, even on shared calendars.
A rendezvous in Paris. A pause in Bucharest. An incident in Astrakhan. 80 Days challenges you to beat the famous record set by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days. The difference here, however, is that this is a steampunk alternate historical setting, and one that mixes strategy and adventure to create one of the most fascinating experiences on iOS.
Typinator is the cut-and-paste tool you can only live without until you’ve used it for about five minutes. It’s an auto-corrector that handles more than simple typos, and a way to keep text, pictures, or HTML snippets just a couple of keystrokes away.