Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Since OS X Tiger, Spotlight has been a feature that OS X users have become accustomed to. It was revolutionary for its time, but many users have no need for the space that Spotlight takes up in the menu bar of OS X. If you're a user of Launchbar, Alfred, or another application that has a similar set of features, then you may not have a need for Spotlight at all. Fortunately, with a little Terminal trick, you can have Spotlight hidden from your sight in the OS X menubar. Continue reading, and we'll show you how it's done.
The folks at AgileBits are popping the cork on any number of champagne bottles this morning as the biggest version of its 1Password for Mac application finally shifts out of beta and onto the hard drives of users everywhere.
It's the weekend again, people. Which means you finally have a chance to catch up with all the news that broke this week, to check out some sweet reviews, to take our app advice, and to find some of the best how-tos and Mac help this side of the Genius Bar. It's the top stories from the news you missed.
Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
iTunes wants to be your be-all, end-all media player, handling videos, podcasts, music, and even Internet radio. But it's overkill—using iTunes to play an Internet radio stream is like using a bazooka to kill a mosquito, and it's of almost no help in searching for new streams, either. Radium 3 is a cool music utility that lives in your menu bar and offers quick access to thousands of streaming radio stations and services.
Bartender is one of those apps that should be a feature of OS X itself. Once you allow software to populate the menu bar with icons, there should be decent means of management, beyond Command-clicking to drag the icons around. Once you get more than 10 or so apps running up there, your menu bar starts to look crowded, and that's when you signal for the Bartender.
The Menu Bar may seem like the most static of OS X's features, but it's actually got a few tricks up its sleeve that most users aren't aware of. For one, there are a few hidden features that you can activate to help you track your computer's status at a glance, and you can rearrange the Menu Bar items in any order you please. Read on to find out how.
The Mac OS X Finder is the first thing anyone sees when you boot a Mac, and that’s one thing that hasn’t changed since 1984. One thing that has changed, however, is all of the ways we interact with the seemingly simple user interface -- especially after the introduction of Snow Leopard 10.6.