As snug--and smug--as OS X’s security may make us feel, your data’s safety is up to you. Smart practices and strong passwords help, but thanks to ubiquitous USB flash drives, cloud file storage, and ever-shrinking MacBooks, it’s easier than ever to share sensitive documents or misplace the drives and computers where they’re kept. That means more opportunities for bad guys to snoop through your important stuff. Knox is a utility that gives you an extra layer of protection from prying eyes by encrypting specific files, folders, or external drives on your Mac. While it’s suited for users who need easy encryption on a daily basis, Knox deserves a look from anyone seeking more flexibility in their daily security regimen.
Insanely great as Macs are, using them means losing some of your day to launching apps, hunting down files, and performing other routine iChores. Keyboard Maestro helps reclaim some of that time by letting you create custom macros--keyboard commands that automate lengthy or repetitive tasks and add new productivity tricks to your favorite applications. It’s a powerful package that can simplify any Mac user’s life, but if you’re not already comfortable with Macs, you may need to work a bit harder to get the most from the application.
If managing and expanding a kingdom sounds like a good time, perhaps you haven’t thought it all the way through. Governing an empire, as the real-time strategy game The Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom is eager to point out, is all about micromanaging. Wage wars on too many fronts, and you’re toast. Don’t research enough technology, you’re toast. Don’t cut down enough trees…well, you get the point.
Whether you’re just getting into iOS development, or you’re a seasoned pro coding away since 2008, sometimes you need a few resources to pull off a successful application. Otherwise, your apps could get lost in the dark corners of the App Store. To help you build the best app you can, we've gathered our ten favorite resources for iOS developers. These tools can help you throughout planning, developing, and managing your applications in the App Store.
With the Mac’s drag-and-drop interface, you’d think duplicating files would be a snap. And if all you’re doing is a simple, one-time copy job, it is. But OS X doesn’t offer much help if you want to regularly keep files in sync. Sure, Time Machine handles backups, but even that has its limits. You might want to work on your local machine for speed’s sake, but then regularly copy your work over to a network drive, for example. Or maybe you have a set of working files that needs to be dumped to a USB stick at the end of every work day. GoodSync can handle both of those situations easily--and it can be used in place of Time Machine if Apple’s simple backup doesn’t quite meet your needs.
Whether you're a seasoned Mac veteran or a brand new Mac user, chances are you use iPhoto to keep track of those precious memories. But regardless of your Mac user status, there's a good chance you're not using iPhoto to its full potential. We've gathered together 20 helpful tips and tricks to totally utilize iPhoto's features and become the ultimate power user. Your friends will never look at your photo albums the same way.
Microsoft is stepping closer to the launch of its Office 2011 product for the Mac. Today, the company began sending out beta testing invitations to users of Microsoft Connect (their bug and suggestion center). If you've been keeping up with the Office betas, then you may know that Microsoft updated to Office 2011 beta 3 earlier this year, adding new splash screens and user interfaces to the Office applications.
A new entry in Intuit’s venerable line of financial software, Quicken Essentials is all about keeping track of your cash. Load it with your bank accounts, credit cards, assets, and loans, and it’ll show you where the money is going.
If your work includes any explicit information collection, DEVONthink deserves your attention. The amount of information that needs managing grows on a daily basis, and DEVONthink’s latest update makes great strides in its ability to collect and search data. The core philosophy behind all three flavors of the app--Regular, Professional, and Pro Office versions are available--is the same: accumulate lots of information and then provide ways of making that information useful.
Mac users, maybe you've been thinking about going the way of the new Motorola Droid X available at Verizon. And if you think that it's impossible to have an Android phone with a Mac, well you're wrong! The Missing Sync has been updated to add support for Mac users and their Android phones. The software also works with the HTV EVO, Google's Nexus One and the Samsung Moment.