The windows that pop up when you choose to open or save something on your Mac are perfectly good at what they do. But you can improve them a lot by installing and setting up Default Folder X. This is a little add-on app that costs $34.95, but you can try it for free for 30 days to see if you like it. It does a number of things and we’re going to show you its key features and how to make the most of them.
With the launch of the Mac App Store, a swarm of new apps have become available for our favorite computing platform, and you can get 'em all with a single click. Then again, with more than 6,500 available, it can be a little difficult to find what exactly you’re looking for. So we did a little digging and found these 10 uber-handy utilities -- all under $10 each.
Love it or hate it, the Mac OS X Dock makes it easy for us to keep favorite applications a click away at all times. But what if you want several docks for different tasks, or the ability to customize them in ways that Apple might frown upon? That’s where a handy shareware application called Dock-It comes in.
One of little known utilities in Mac OS X is Grab. This application can do what most of the other “professional” screenshot applications charge for, including selection, window, screen, and timed screenshots. With a few mouse clicks, you will be able to capture and export a screenshot to anywhere on your Mac. The advantage to using Grab over the built-in screen capture shortcuts in OS X is that you won’t clutter up your Desktop with images. Instead, Grab will open up a preview window where you can decide whether or not you want to save the image.
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.
In an ideal world, our Macs would be impeccably organized, not stuffed
with old versions of Word docs and umpteen copies of the Beastie Boys’
“Hey Ladies.” Hyperbolic’s Tidy Up offers powerful tools for
identifying (and dispatching) duplicate files, helping us get closer to
that ideal Mac by sorting and disposing of unneeded bytes.
Queen’s ubiquitous “We Will Rock You” is a tune that will always rock
the sixth-inning rally, but when it’s on repeat for 25 minutes because
of duplicate copies in your iTunes library, it’s time to do some spring
cleaning. iTunes Dupes Barrier helps you quickly seek out and destroy
duplicate tracks, and it’s a bit more flexible than iTunes’ built-in
iTunes 9’s Home Sharing lets you drag-and-drop content between up to
five computers on your home network after you tie each to your iTunes
Store account. SuperSync obliterates Home Sharing’s limitations,
letting you sync and share music and videos between as many machines as
you like, either over the local network or the wide-open Internet.
As any Web maven knows, content is king. But it’s not always in the fancy graphics, photos, or video. Most of the work we do on our Macs calls for manipulating text, that is, typing words. We present eight text-savvy Mac apps that make your time at the keyboard more productive--enjoyable even.