Your iPhone, with its music, GPS, and myriad fitness apps, is a great workout partner, once you solve the problem of where to keep it while you're working up a sweat. Griffin's Trainer armband (also available for iPhone 4/4S, iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod classic) fits the bill for under $20.
We just gave a glowing review to Bluelounge's Milo stand, an elegantly curved stand for an iPhone or iPod touch. Satechi's brightly colored iFit-1 speaker isn't quite as elegant, but it's only $1 more -- and it's a stand as well as a rechargeable speaker.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
True Mac wizards keep their hands on the keys, and Apptivate can help, letting you assign hotkeys to open an application, file, folder, Automator script -- anything executable or openable. The menu bar app even blocks you if you're trying to use an established system-wide shortcut, like Command-C.
Remember when most Twitter clients are free? The official one still is, and "lite" versions are still easy to come by -- so why would you want to pay $13.99 for a Twitter client that doesn't even support multiple accounts? Simple: because it lets you be choosy about not only whom you follow, but also which of their tweets get through.
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.
Making art in Artboard is easy. Instead of focusing on layers and attributes and all the little 1’s and 0’s that make professional art programs such a drag, Artboard encourages a smorgasbord of shapes piled on shapes. After slathering the forms together, you can group them, recolor them, adjust their sizes, and all that good stuff.
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.
Sure, your DSLR takes awesome high-res photos. But those awesome high-res photos also take up tons of storage space. They’re great for making prints and other photo projects, but when you just need a lightweight, portable version of your snaps to show friends, family, or clients, exporting from iPhoto is a huge hassle. And if you’re toting around a MacBook Air, conserving space is a necessity. iSlimPhoto does exactly what its name implies. Tell the utility what device you want display your photos on, and it will create a custom library tailored to that specific resolution. You’ll maximize your display’s capabilities, and save a ton of space at the same time.