Progress makes today’s labor-saver tomorrow’s drudgery, so maybe it’s a matter of time before even dropping files from one window into another feels like work. That seems to be the logic behind Drops, a barely there FTP client that’s so streamlined it hardly exists on your Desktop at all. We’re big fans of simplicity, and while this app does its job, that job is pretty limited.
Priced at $2.99, Color Lava lands between the convenience of Nav and the questionable utility of Eazel. Essentially, it turns your iPad into a digital paint palette capable of mixing your own colors and accessing them immediately in Photoshop CS5.
Do you use your laptop as much as you should? Considering the amount of money you paid for it, it’s surely worth putting your mobile Mac to work even when you’re at your desk. With Air Display for Mac, you can harness its screen as a second display for your desktop computer.
How many times have you pressed Command-C, only to realize that you forgot to paste the last thing you copied? And now it’s been copied over, so it’s no longer in your clipboard, and if you still want to paste it somewhere, you gotta go find it and re-copy it first. Sure, it’s a simple mistake, but the consequences can range from annoying to disastrous, depending on what you’re working on at the time. But what if your clipboard had the same DeLorean-like time-traveling capabilities of Apple’s Time Machine?
Watching movies and TV shows on your Mac is cool, but no matter what you’re watching, we guarantee it’s much cooler on a 52-inch HDTV than a 13-inch MacBook. We’ve all figured out how to get video, music and movies on our Macs, but getting those zeros and ones from our Macs to our TVs has always been more challenging. That’s where Playback comes in handy, simplifying what was once a complicated process by essentially acting as a software version of Apple TV. As long as you have some compatible hardware, you’ll be streaming all your photos, music, and more in a matter of minutes.
iTunes has come a long way over ten versions—that is, unless your aim is to sync music and videos between multiple computers. Apple introduced Home Sharing in an effort to resolve this problem, but that approach doesn’t do much good when a song you want to play is stored on a computer that’s powered down.
What do you do with your iPhone or iPad when it’s sitting next to your Mac? Air Display connects your iOS device and your Mac over Wi-Fi, allowing you to use the additional screen space as part of your Desktop -- and also interact via the touch display. The possibilities are numerous; designating a display to your Twitter and IM clients or grouping your Photoshop palettes and brushes on to one screen are just a couple of examples.
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.