You know how the song goes: I get by with a little help from my apps. Your apps can help guide you through the levels of a difficult console game, learn to play an instrument, and keep time, just like your human friends would. Well, except for that last part -- especially if you're trying to make it home by curfew. That never works out, so stop trying.
You may not know this, but iTunes can show you the BPM (beats per minute) of your songs. You can even create smart playlists based upon the BPM. This is helpful when you’re working out and you want a constant rhythm for running or Tai Bo, or if you’re planning a party playlist and don’t want slow songs to bring down the dancing frenzy. But while iTunes can store and display this information, it can’t discern the actual BPMs from your tracks. But Cadence BPM Analyzer Pro can.
Paradox Interactive announced today that its mass transportation simulator, Cities in Motion, will be released for Mac today. If you've got a burning desire to design mass transit systems to get millions of people to work (or if you're just frustrated with your own city's transit system and want to show them how it's done) this ultra-nerdy simulation may be for you.
While Apple hasn’t blessed its own Mac OS X web browser with as many hidden talents as competitors such as Firefox, there is still plenty of functionality in Safari 5 that’s not quite obvious to the casual user. Find out for yourself by journeying within!
If you have a Mac that is shared by multiple users, you may want to hide certain files, like those incomplete TPS reports, scans of your signed first-print Batman comics, and those photos from last week's ugly sweater party. On the Mac, it's easy to do by simply launching Terminal and typing in a command.
Are you ready for Apple’s entry into the cloud-based music business? Now that Amazon and Google have shown their hand, it appears they may have only done Apple a favor as the big music labels line up behind their savior once again.
One of the little-known features of iCal is the ability to schedule future alarms along with an AppleScript action. AppleScript is Apple’s consumer-based programming language that allows you to write simple scripts that will automate repetitive tasks on your Mac. AppleScript lets you do simple things from opening applications and favorite websites to more advance tasks that can even change the behavior of your Mac.
The Terminal is the single most powerful thing on your Mac, its command-line interface. But if you type in the wrong command, either nothing will happen or you could wreak real havoc on your system. Let MacPilot drive, and it won't steer you wrong. The well-organized, friendly interface includes hundreds of ways to tweak features on your Mac, run maintenance routines, back up files -- everything the Terminal can do. But you just click. It's super-complete, easy to use…quite brilliant, really.
If the various applications Apple built into Mac OS X are the spokes of the big wheel that makes up our computers, then the System Preferences window would have to be the hub that connects them. But how much do you really know about what goes on in that window?