Many Mac applications have an Open Recent command in the File menu, and with a simple Terminal command you can even add a Recent Applications stack to your Dock. But none of this is necessary if you install Blast Utility, which keeps any recent item just a click (or hotkey press) away in a handy window that pops down from your menu bar.
We all constantly face organizational challenges: Do I have enough ingredients at home for this cake recipe? Which mechanic worked on my car last year? What’s the status of Project X? Bento is here to help with all those tiny details. You enter basic information, and the Bento database software manages the details. Bento excels at digitizing and corralling real-world concepts, but the best part is how it manages to make the somewhat-scary concept of a database downright user-friendly. It’s been Bento’s trademark since version one was released in 2008, and this fourth iteration continues FileMaker’s tradition of a database for the rest of us.
Batch uploading via a web interface is often slow and agonizing, and while iPhoto is certainly a better alternative, it can be a slow-opening memory hog. Courier can solve this annoyance, with a bit of aesthetic flair.
We love the Graphical User Interface -- point-and-click beats typing in lines of commands all day. But application windows can quickly overrun our Desktop. Divvy takes control over your windows, allowing you to define screen zones, and size windows to fit those zones via keyboard shortcuts.
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.
Don’t know what’s going on under the hood? Space Gremlin will investigate for you and return a detailed report. The app scans your hard drive, then delivers an easily navigated tree-map grid of your file system that displays which applications are occupying the most space and which folders are suffering from extreme bloat, with overlays that provide essential feedback.
Everyone has secrets. Whether it’s your complete collection of Justin Bieber B-sides or some photos that are better off shared with a very select group (the visual record of our sophomore year of college comes to mind), there’s just some stuff that’s better off hidden. When we were teenagers, that kind of stuff went under the bed. ÜberMask is the digital equivalent of that space. It’s not exactly Fort Knox, but hey—out of sight, out of mind.
Bookpedia’s purpose is somewhat dubious. Sure, it sorts your book collection and lists information like publisher, genre, page count, and summary -- but if you own the book, it’s probably already sorted on your bookshelf and you probably don't need a synopsis.
I’m obsessed with collecting cameras from before my time. I’m by no means a pro photographer; I just like the look and feel of the photos from these nearly extinct shooters. It’s as if there’s more substance behind their faded colors than the picture-perfect, high-res digital images that my DSLR produces. But between film, processing, and the cameras themselves, shooting on vintage equipment can turn into quite an expensive hobby. Thankfully, desktop applications like Lo-Fi can at least emulate the look of these vintage cameras—though unsurprisingly, nothing is ever as good as the real thing.
Around the house, room by room, we break down some of the best apps to assist you in the kitchen, get you working in the garage, organizing the den, and even playing in the bedroom
Life on the road is better with an iPhone. Life on public transport improves exponentially with the powerful portable device and apps numbering in the bajillions (according to the latest audits). Your business life is probably faster and more efficient than ever before (as well as being more 24-hours-a-day, if you let it).