Over the last week, my work experience has been a much happier place. I’ve listened to my favorite artists and discovered new favorites. The secret to this happiness is Muse, a fantastic little $5 app that does one job—stream Pandora radio stations—extremely well.
Although Spotlight lets you find apps and files with ease, it doesn’t let you do a great deal with them. Additionally, it’s a closed system that you can’t extend and can barely customize. By contrast, Quicksilver can put your entire Mac at your fingertips, through a pane-oriented command system utilizing an object/action/argument structure.
We’d have a hard time getting through the day without Google Drive. Part Dropbox, part office suite, it keeps our files in sync across Macs, with easy access via the menu bar applet and all of our browsers. But RocketDocs thinks it can do one better, by taking Google Drive out of the browser.
There’s a point where an add-on becomes almost intrinsically linked to an operating system; you even get a little itchy when that add-on isn’t running. That’s pretty much how Alfred makes us feel whenever we restart a Mac and a little bowler hat isn’t present in the menu bar.
Mint.com is such an amazingly helpful resource that it’s almost unbelievable to think that it’s free. We can input all of our various financial accounts—checking and saving, credit cards, loans, investments, and more—and track them all in real time from the sleek web portal or the iOS app, which is much handier than juggling logins for each institution’s website. And now, thanks to the excellent and free Mint QuickView app, you can keep an eye on your finances with a single click on your Mac.
For the price of a happy-hour pint, SimpliBudget can cover the basics of financial planning and budgeting (including earmarking some funds for happy hour). The program features password protection, and iCloud syncing to other Macs or the $1.99 universal iPhone/iPad app. Support for QFX, QIF, and OFX file formats allows you to download and import your bank statements. And the simple interface makes it easy to tell where the lion’s share of your dough is going.
Though the reviews of Snow Leopard have been generally positive, it has
been the “seriously guys, it’s 30 bucks, don’t be cheap” type of
positive, rather than the “OMG BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD” type of
The upcoming release of Snow Leopard with Boot Camp 3.0, ushers in a
new age of running Windows on your Mac. Apple seems to be truly
committed to providing an integrated solution for running Windows on
Annndddd, it’s time for the “who can comment PHOTOSHOPPED fastest” part
of our daily news coverage. MacRumors has received a set of pictures
that are purportedly the official boxing for OS X Snow Leopard, or at
least the Portuguese version.