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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

View The Latest World News From The Mac Menu Bar & Notification Center With News Loop

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You’ve probably got a favorite RSS feed reader on your Mac that you, for one reason or the other, prefer over others. Some of you might still read feeds in your browser using Google Reader or other online feed reader, subscribing to and keeping up with each feed of interest one by one. For those who aren't interested in a particular niche not thoroughly covered by mainstream news sources usually prefer to skip the entire ordeal of looking for, subscribing to and manually checking each news source for updates. Such users have a bunch of solutions available for them in the market, one of which is News Loop for Mac, a free app that sits in the menu bar and displays updates from major news websites, such as Daily News, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, USA Today and Washington Post. You can, of course, choose which of these sources appear in the updates displayed by the app. You can even have the app keep you apprised of new updates through Notification Center alerts. Read More

Cream: OS X RSS Reader With Instapaper, Pocket & Readability Support

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RSS readers for Mac come in a lot of different shapes. Everything from your desktop background, to the Menu Bar or Notification Center in Mountain Lion can be used to monitor RSS feeds. If you still prefer to read feeds in a window, Cream is a Mac app, worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that is worth a try. At the core, Cream is a regular feed reader, but it comes with an extra filter that sorts items by your personal preference. As you read different items in your feed, Cream learns what you like and uses the stats to find other similar news items. Soon, the creaminess filter will be able to sort your feed to display items you are most likely to be interested in. Apart from this intelligent filter, the app has one of the best interfaces you will see on an RSS reader. Like many other RSS readers, it comes packed with a few sample feeds, but lets you choose whether you want to include them too or simply want to import feeds from your Google account, Safari or a file. Read More

PDFzen: Annotate & Share PDF Documents From Web, Windows, Mac & iOS

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PDF editors come in all shapes and sizes, but not all of them (in fact, hardly any) allow you to easily annotate PDF documents and share them with others for collaboration. PDFzen from Docudesk will set you on a course that makes PDF manipulation a tad easier. It’s an HTML5 based web app (with Windows, Mac and iOS companion clients) that lets you perform basic editing and annotation on PDF documents before sharing them with friends or colleagues. You can share the annotated documents on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and Reddit, or copy their source URLs. The service is fairly easy to use, and doesn’t require you to go through the hassle of configuring editing tasks and access permissions. Read More

Obscurity For OS X: Hide Your Files In An App Disguised As A Folder

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The days of sharing a single computer with the entire family are almost over, and most people have a separate computer system for each family member. This means you have your very own system to do whatever you want. It’s entirely up to you what your desktop looks like, how you keep files organized and which apps are installed. While you get all this freedom with your personal computer, there still isn’t any guarantee that you will never have to share or lend it to someone. The number one concern you have with someone else accessing your system is privacy. Obscurity is a free Mac app that provides you the simplest way to hide your files. Unlike marking them as hidden files or adding them to an encrypted drive, the app itself acts as a cover for your files. It creates a a mock folder that looks like a normal one, but will not open when double clicked. To be able to open it, you need to right-click the folder and select the Show Package Contents option. Read More

Shortcat Lets You Interact With Apps & Buttons Using Only Your Keyboard [Mac]

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Desktop computers need two essential input devices; a mouse and a keyboard. If you use a desktop computer, you’ve subconsciously developed a system that tells you when to switch between a mouse and keyboard. You hardly think twice about which input device you’re going to use, and unless you’re using complex software, you will never have to rethink how you interact with your system. Generally speaking, the mouse is used to scroll and click buttons i.e. perform GUI actions and the keyboard is used to mainly input text and occasionally execute certain commands. Shortcat is an app that aims to end or minimize your usage of the mouse by making your keyboard smarter. It is activated via a keyboard shortcut and works with any selected app. The app lets you hit buttons without having to switch to the mouse; you just need to type in the action text on a button and hit enter. Read More

AudioSwitcher: Quickly Switch Between Audio Devices & Set Input/Output Volume [Mac]

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Switching between audio input and output devices on Mac isn’t that hard. If you plug in a pair of headphones, it automatically detects and sets it as the default output device. If you have multiple devices connected to your Mac, you can hold down the Option key, click the volume icon in the Menu Bar and switch to another source. Strictly speaking, this is probably as much as the average user needs. For users with slightly more complex needs, including frequently switching to different audio input or output devices, you might even find holding down the Option key a bit inconvenient. AudioSwitcher is a small utility for OS X that allows you to quickly switch between audio input and output devices connected to your Mac. Not only that, it also allows you to control the volume for input and output separately without having to visit System Preferences. Read More

Set Follow-Up Reminders For Important Emails With RSVP For OS X

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Going through every unread email in your inbox everyday is how many people start the day, but going through new mail isn’t enough. Often emails from the previous day need to be followed up on, and it takes time to go through the old ones too to check which ones you were expecting a reply for. Even if you overlook the time you spend going through these emails, you can’t brush off the consequences of overlooking important emails, which is why you need a smarter way to keep track of them. RSVP is a Mac app, worth $1.99 on the Mac App Store, that lets you keep track of emails you haven’t received a reply for yet, so that you may send a follow-up mail to check on your recipient. The app beats out general reminder apps as it works with the Mail app and doesn’t ask you to copy a message to it first. It links to the original email so you don’t have to search for it when a reminder pops up. Reminders can be deactivated or snoozed. Read More

Batch Find & Replace Text In TXT And RTF Files With Replacr For OS X

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The Find and Replace option that you will find in text editors is a great and super easy way to make corrections in a document and to ensure that you don’t miss out any of the words you meant to correct. Some of the less feature-rich editors might not have the replace function, but  they still have the Find function. Now, imagine you have a bunch of documents, each with the same recurring mistake. While it sounds unlikely, it can actually happen when templates are used to create documents. This could include mistakes in address, phone number or email that might have been part of the footer or header text. In situations like this, you have little choice other than to correct each document one by one. Replacr is a Mac app worth $4.99 that allows you to find and replace text in multiple files. Files do not have to be opened individually and the text to be replaced is also only entered once. For now, the app supports only text files and not PDFs or DOC/DOCX files. Read More

Poptagram Shows Specific Tagged Instagram Photos At Regular Intervals [Mac]

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Instagram is a more-than-familiar name for most amateur photographers, and its user-base has definitely grown with the app being launched for Android OS and the company’s acquisition by Facebook. All this means more pictures are being uploaded. There’s quite a few Instagram browsers available for desktop platforms, but since there isn’t an official app, you will find a host of unofficial ones. Poptagram is yet another free Instagram app for OS X that allows you to search Instagram using a single hashtag. The app then regularly checks for new images that have the same tag, and shows them in the top-right corner of your screen. It's like a bulletin for the latest tagged Instagram images. Read More

FlyingWindows Keeps Only One Mac App Window In Focus To Help You Concentrate Better

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Working without distractions isn't easy unless you make a deliberate effort to minimize them in the first place. As far as distractions created by people around you are concerned, you could perhaps hang a Do Not Disturb sign outside your room or office, but that still won’t stop the distractions that appear on your Mac’s screen in the form of emails, instant messages or even your web browser. FlyingWindows is a free Mac app that helps you stay focused in an unconventional way. Most apps that help you stay focused do so by restricting access to certain unnecessary apps or blocking websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. What FlyingWindows does is that it keeps only a single app’s window to in focus, and minimizes all the rest. This ensures that while you're working, all other apps are kept out of sight. You can choose to either minimize apps or hide them. Now, you might need more than a single app to work with, and would prefer if they were not minimized or hidden, which is why you have the option to whitelist certain apps to keep them from being minimized. Read More

Organize iTunes Library & Connect To Last.fm With Tune Instructor

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As a Mac user, you never really see an end to the iTunes apps that run in the Menu Bar and you probably have one installed too because it offers easy control. The question is, what does you iTunes controlling app do for you? If you’re really only interested in playing/pausing songs, a simple app with a bunch of buttons is really all you need. If you want more, you’ll never really get tired of trying a new app and Tune Instructor is worth a try at the very least. It is a free Mac app that offers extensive organizing and renaming functions for songs in your iTunes library, connects with your Last.fm account,  extensively supports keyboard shortcuts and allows you to customize them all, search iTunes artwork and lyrics, remove dead entries and/or correct them, and add songs to your iTunes library. Read More

Share, Group & Sync Documents Across Multiple Platforms With Twindocs

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Nowadays, there are lots of services available on the internet that allow you to upload large amounts of data for either sharing with others, or accessing it from a secondary device. Services such as Dropbox, Box.net, Google Drive and SkyDrive all provide users with the ability to store their documents online and sync them with multiple devices. Most of these services let you upload files and manage them by using a combination of both Windows services and web portals. For instance, Dropbox enables you to easily upload files by copying or moving them to a specified folder. Any files that you place within the folder will be uploaded to the online storage in real time. Today, we have a service called Twindocs that allows you to send and receive multiple documents at a time using a desktop tool or web portal. Supporting all widely used operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS, it lets you easily upload, manage and sync documents with all configured devices. Read More