Globally Record Whatever Audio Your Mac Is Playing Without A Mic

Have you ever needed a quick audio extraction tool? Something that will allow you to extract sound from a documentary and maybe use it in a presentation? If you’re using a Mac and aren’t in the mood to pay up for an expensive app, give WavTap a try. It is the simplest of Menu Bar utilities that allows you to record the audio output of your Mac. You can start and stop recordings with a simple keyboard shortcut and cut down the length of the recording to save only the last few seconds of it. As far as recording apps go, WavTap is ridiculously simple to use but also low on features. It does not make use of the mic on your Mac, which is why you won’t have to worry about any external noise in the recording. Read More

Remove Photobombers & Unwanted Items From Your Photos [Mac]

Before everyone started taking and sharing pictures from their smartphones and digital cameras, there used to be film based photography where your pictures were printed out on high quality 4x6 cards that made it impossible to cut out photo bombers or that one cousin no one really likes from the family picture. With digital photography, if you have the right software, the required skills and a few hours of time to kill, removing unwanted objects from a photograph is possible. For photographs with many subjects, you might need a very feature app to do the trick and considerable image editing skills on your part but for ordinary images (like ones you might have snapped on vacation), you can use a simple app like Intelligent Scissors to get the job done. Intelligent Scissors is a Mac app worth $3.99 in the Mac App Store that allows you to identify and remove unwanted items from a picture. The app is easy to use and gives you a live preview of the changes you make. Output is saved in JPG format. Read More

How To Hide The Dock Icon For Any Mac App While It Is Running

The Dock is what you would consider prime real estate as far as icons for active apps on a Mac are concerned. It’s a place where you house not just your active apps but some of your frequently used ones, alongside your favorite folders. The point is, the Dock is where apps compete for space and whether you like it or not, most apps that you have running will add a Dock icon even when it is not necessary. While some developers will have the foresight to recognize that the icon is useless and will provide a way of removing it, they are admittedly a very rare breed of developers. If you’ve got quite a few apps that you prefer didn’t have a Dock icon, a little editing of the Info.plist file for the respective app should sweep it under the rug for you. Read More

Add Events To OS X Calendar Directly From Conversation In Messages App

OS X is a very smart operating system and you don’t really realize that unless you start paying attention to the minor details and minute functionalities it has at the system level. One of the intelligent functions you might have observed if you use the stock Mail app is that it detects date and time. It creates a connection between the Mail and the Calendar app and allows you to record an event on the said date directly from the Mail app. This same functionality exists in the Messages app; should you find yourself talking to friends and family deciding dinner, a co-worker discussion a meeting time, or just someone reminding you to take your dog to the vet, if the date and time of the "event’ is mentioned in the conversation, you can create a Calendar event from it within Messages. Read More

Enable HiDPI On Non-Retina Mac With Lower Resolutions For Sharper Image

QuickRes is a free app for easier resolution management on Mac. Switching between resolutions on a Mac isn’t that big a deal, but if you add Retina displays to the mix, you’ll find this app quite useful. QuickRes allows you to change resolutions on your Retina MacBook from the Menu Bar, and on non-Retina MacBooks, the app lets you enable HiDPI, and experience output closer to that of a Retina display without an actual Retina display. The app adds a display screen icon to the Menu Bar which allows you to select any one of the supported resolutions and quickly switch to it. From the app’s preferences, you can then enable HiDPI mode which will give you better display output than you previously had on lower resolution. Granted that the output will always be better on a Retina MacBook, you will still find your non-Retina is better to read on with this app. Read More

Windows 8 vs OS X Mountain Lion: A Battle Of Features

Three years after Windows 7, Microsoft has released the next version of Windows dubbed Windows 8. If you've been following any of the pre-launch buzz surrounding this release or have tried your hand at either the consumer or developer preview, you will know that it’s the largest interface overhaul that Microsoft has ever made to its operating system. It’s also something of a hybrid that’s meant for both desktop PCs and tablets, specifically the Surface. Windows 8 is mostly being compared to its predecessor and how easy or difficult it will be to adapt to for users running Windows 7. In what follows, we will take a look at some of the salient features of Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and see how they are implemented in their respective OS. Read More

Evernote 5 Beta Released; Interface Overhaul And Location Tracking

Evernote is a popular note syncing service and its presence on so many platforms is just one of the many things that makes it great. Oddly enough, as great a service as Evernote is, its Mac app is just as unflattering. This is about to change though and hopefully very soon. Evernote has released the Beta version of Evernote 5 for Mac and in addition to new features the interface has been overhauled completely. Not only are there significant cosmetic changes, but the flow of the app and how you view items has been changed for the better. The new version features several different ways for viewing the notes you’ve added in your notebooks. Navigation has been improved as has been the note editor and an Atlas has been introduced that lets you see the geographical distribution of where you added your notes. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts have been introduced. Read More

Run Multiple Instances Of Any App On Your Mac With An AppleScript

Two heads are better than one and perhaps, so are two apps. The only thing that’s better than a good app is perhaps two good apps. Given that you already have a really great app for a specific function, and you would like to run multiple instances of it, you might have your work cut out for you if the app doesn’t support it and you’re on a Mac. Running multiple instances of any app on a Mac may sound difficult but it’s surprisingly easy. You need only use a simple script and you can run as many instance of an app as you like. The multiple instances run in isolation of each other and each one is represented by the app’s respective icon in the Dock. Read More

Bring Back Display Resolution Menu Bar Item In Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion’s new features are great - so great, that they tend to let you ignore the little things that Apple took away from the OS. Among the casualties of the upgrade, was the battery notification in the Menu Bar that told you how much charge time you had left, the RSS in Safari, adding an external display to your MacBook and using it even when the lid is not closed, and the ability to adjust the display resolution from the Menu Bar. Mountain Lion doesn’t really tease you when it comes to working with multiple displays, but taking away this little functionality was a step backward. Like with the battery time issue that eventually found a solution in the form of third-party apps, you can bring back display resolution management to the menu bar with Display Menu. Read More

Enable AirDrop Over Ethernet On Unsupported Macs [Tip]

AirDrop is OS X’s native utility for sharing files between Macs over Wi-Fi. You can find a lot of apps that add this same functionality, but the default utility does it best (and for free). Unfortunately, not all Macs support AirDrop (the earliest Mac models that support it are Late 2008 MacBooks, Late 2012 MacBook Airs, early 2009 iMacs and Mid 2010 Mac Minis). MacBook Airs and Mac Mini’s that are more than two or three years old do not support it. However, since apps you download from the Mac App Store allow you to do somewhat the same thing, there is a workaround for some of the unsupported Mac models. With the slight limitation of being connected with an Ethernet wire, you can enable AirDrop on an old Mac by running a simple Terminal command. Read More

Official Pocket App For Mac Released; Allows Clutter-Free Offline Reading Of Bookmarked Articles

Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, is an immensely successful web service that allows you to mark online content for reading later. In addition to its web service, it also has web browser extensions and apps for Android, iOS and Kindle, and now, for OS X as well. The Pocket app for Mac is basically a desktop reader for articles you bookmark while surfing the web on any of the mentioned platforms. It allows you to download items in your list for offline reading, and can also be used to save items directly to your Pocket account from the clipboard. The app shows you the number of unread items in the Dock and lets you sort the content by type, same as it does on its web interface. It syncs automatically and has full screen support for clutter-free reading. Bookmarked items can be emailed and/or shared via Facebook, Twitter, Evernote or Buffer. Read More

Group Different Files On Each Desktop Space In Mac With iDesktop

Desktop Spaces are a great and unique way to manage apps, especially if you’re working with them in full screen, and want to switch between them easily. With Desktop Spaces, you can have a different space for each app or for a number of apps, which allows you to group apps relevant to a particular task in one space. The trouble with the default feature is that it's only for managing app windows, and it doesn't allow you to have different icon arrangements on each Desktop Space. Basically, you get the same files, folders and apps on each space and any changes you make to it are reflected across all of them. In a nutshell, where the spaces allow you to group apps separately, they do not allow the same for files. If you do want to sort files and folders differently for each desktop, you will need  iDesktop, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that adds a different set of desktop spaces to your Mac and allows you to change which files you see on each one. You can keep personal files on one desktop and office files on the other. Unlike the default Desktop Spaces, however, you can’t assign an app to a particular space. Read More

Add Contacts From Mac Clipboard & Easily Manage Groups With Guenon Contacts

The stock address book app in Mac OS X, Contacts, is great in terms of both functionality and design. Managing contacts with it is pretty easy in itself, especially if you’re just looking to move a single or multiple contacts to a group, but as far as an overview of an individual contact is concerned, the number of groups associated with it is left out. Guenon Contacts is an extremely lightweight contact manager, which lets you create groups and add contacts to them from the clipboard. The app can be minimized to a thin bar and activated by a keyboard shortcut. If you think managing groups in Contacts is easy, you will be surprised at how much easier it gets with this app. Read More

Nitro Is A Simple OS X To-Do List App That Syncs To Dropbox & Ubuntu One

Task management, at times, gets so complex that you need a better way to keep track of the things you have to get done, other than just taking a mental note of them. Not doubting the use of a stack of Post-it notes, but you might want to use a more sophisticated method for creating  lengthier to-do lists or reminders. Nitro is a free Mac app that lets you do just that. Besides an aesthetically pleasing interface, the app is very well written in terms of functionality. Tasks can be grouped into lists, you can set a due date for a task and add tags and notes to it. It supports keyboard shortcuts, allows you to control how the week and date are laid out, comes loaded with five UI skins to chose from and last but not the least, syncs with Dropbox and Ubuntu One. Read More

‘Should I Sleep’ Keeps Mac Display Awake While You’re In Front Of The Webcam

Dimming displays and password-protected screensavers are one of the many ways a Mac computer saves energy and keeps your desktop safe from prying eyes. Many users set a very short time interval for the screensaver, so that in case they forget to manually lock their Mac, the screensaver acts as a safety net. The dimming display, however, is harder to manage. You can’t really fix a value for screen time-out. At times you’re sitting in front of it looking at lines of code or a document and the screen and you don't want to be interrupted, while other times, you go for a cup of coffee and don't want the display to be awake the entire time you're away from it. Should I Sleep is a free Mac app that helps solve this problem by removing the element of time from the equation. The app works on a very simple principle; it uses your webcam to detect if you’re really at your desk or not, and should it detect movement, it keeps your display from going to sleep. Read More

Any Send: Share Files Between Macs Over WiFi From The Menu Bar

Macs, the newer ones and a fair number of older ones, support a feature called AirDrop, a Wi-Fi ad-hoc file sharing service that allows users to transfer files to other Macs on the same network. AirDrop is slightly problematic to set up at times, but once you set it up properly, it works without any issues. It is accessible from the Finder menu or from its respective folder, while files are sent by selecting AirDrop from the menu option or by dropping them over one of the Mac icons displayed in the AirDrop folder. If you’ve had trouble setting it up and are looking for a significantly simpler solution that requires close to no settings to configure, you should try Any Send. It's a free Mac app that runs in the menu bar and supports custom keyboard shortcuts. You can send a single or multiple files at once by selecting and copying them the conventional way. The Mac you want to send the files to can be selected from the app’s menu bar icon. Read More

Functional: Log Out, Sleep, Shutdown & Restart OS X From The Dock

The menus on the left in the OS X Menu Bar change when different app windows are selected but the Apple menu doesn’t go anywhere. That little menu gives you access to the System Preferences, Dock preferences, Network Preferences, the App Store, and options to sleep, restart, shut down or log out of the system. There is an alternative way to access most of these functions. The System Preferences, the App Store and the Dock preferences can all be accessed from the Dock itself or, by extension, from the System Preferences. However, there are no native shortcuts for the frequently used power and log out options. That is where Functional comes in. This free Mac app is a combo of four others. It is added to the Dock as a Stack that, when clicked, shows separate buttons for Restart, Log out, Sleep and Shut Down (the four apps in Functional). Clicking each button executes the corresponding action. Read More

Use Keyboard Shortcuts To Tweet, Update Facebook & Send Messages In OS X

The major difference felt when updating from OS X Lion to OS X Mountain Lion is the obvious iOS-ification of the system. In addition to integrating several features that were previously iOS-exclusive, Mountain Lion adds greater convenience for social media enthusiasts with Twitter and Facebook integration, making it easier to share links, images or updates with your network. At the same time, you can consolidate your Contacts to include emails and phone numbers from Facebook friends and Twitter followers. The integration is seen throughout all stock apps and in the Notification Center, but what’s been left out are keyboard shortcuts. Mountain Lion lets you tweet or update Facebook regardless of which app or folder you’re working in, but for some reason, you have to always access the two using their respective widgets in the omnipresent Notification Center. Introducing Eggy, a free OS X app that lets you define keyboard shortcuts for posting to Facebook and Twitter, and sending an iMessage through the Messages app. It runs silently in the background without so much as adding an icon to the Menu Bar. Read More

App Switch Moves The Mouse To The Appropriate Display When Switching Apps In OS X

OS X does a lot of things really well, and even desktop users who prefer Windows over Mac appreciate the genius behind some of its features. What it doesn’t do as well as it should is the way it manages multiple displays. You can simply plug in a second display and it will work, but there are some inconveniences that are still there; for instance, the Dock does not appear on the second screen and if you view an app in full screen on one display, the other display is rendered useless with the grey linen background. Perhaps, the most peculiar behavior that’s observed with multiple displays is when you switch to an app open in the other display; although it activates the window, the cursor remains where it is and does not move to the second screen. App Switch is a menu bar app for Mac OS X that fixes this behavior by moving the mouse pointer to the exact center of the screen that you selected. Read More

Desktop Groups Is A Fences-Like Desktop Organizer For Mac OS X

The best desktop to work on is the one with the least clutter. With the Dock, Launchpad, and Spotlight on Mac OS X, you certainly don’t need shortcuts for an app on your desktop so it’s mostly just your files that are there. Objectively speaking, the number of files you need to have on your desktop varies from person to person, but the one thing most users want is a clean and organized desktop. Desktop Groups Lite is a free Mac app that not only helps you organize files on your desktop, but also keeps it clean. It lets you create frames on your desktop that confine files dragged & dropped within their boundaries, much like Fences, a popular desktop organizer for Windows. You can add as many files as you like to a frame and resize it according to your requirements. A scroll bar allows you to see the files in a particular frame when they exceed the number that can be visible with the current size. The Lite version is a stripped down variant of Desktop Group (priced at $5.99) and allows adding only up to five frames. Read More