Cryptocat Brings Its Private, Encrypted Group Chat To Mac

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Two of the most important things the internet gave us are anonymity and cat pictures. While you do have the choice and many methods to remain anonymous on the internet, being so doesn't necessarily mean you’re entirely untraceable. Cryptocat is a web service that works via its browser extensions to provide you with a way to have truly secure and private conversations, and the service has just released its first desktop app for the Mac platform. Cryptocat is a free app available on the Mac App Store that lets you initiate a secure private conversation, join one initiated by someone else, or chat with many people in a public lobby. Read More

ClawMenu Is A Combined Mac Finder & Launchpad Alternative

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Developers and designers often create variations of how or what the next version of iOS could/should look like, but you don’t see as many conceptualizations and renderings for OS X. ClawMenu is a Mac app that dares to re-imagine how Finder and Launchpad could work together, providing you with a single place to browse files in Finder and launch apps. It’s worth $7.99 in the Mac App Store and has a demo version that you can use for seven days, no strings attached. It allows you to add folder locations, preview and open files, launch apps, and add folder shortcuts. The app can be brought to front by moving your mouse cursor to a screen edge of your choice. Read More

Glui For Mac Is A Simple Alternative To Skitch With Dropbox Support

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If you’re looking for a Mac app that takes screenshots, lets you annotate them, uploads them to the cloud directly, and does it all for free, Skitch is probably the first app that'll come to your mind, and what most people would recommend. Skitch has more than just the few features listed above; in fact, as far as screenshot apps for Mac go, it is possibly the most feature-rich free app of its category that we've come across. Though you might really like it for all its features that could save you a lot of time, or you might really hate it for all the features you'll probably never use and the controls that aren't very easy to figure out. For a simpler solution albeit one with a price tag of $2.99, Glui is a great alternative. It’s an app available in the Mac App Store that lets you take screenshots (of a particular area, the whole screen, or just one window), annotate them, draw on them with a pen tool, add some basic arrows or rectangular shapes to them, and upload them to your Dropbox account, without having to use separate apps for the purpose, or use a heavyweight app like Skitch that offers many features you don't require. Read More

Take Periodic, Automated Backups Of Multiple USB Drives On Mac

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Flash Drive Backup is a $4.99 Mac app that lets you automatically backup a USB drive’s content to a folder on your Mac. Think of it as Time Machine on Mac except the backup path is reversed. You save documents to a USB flash drive, and they documents are constantly updated on your Mac. In the event that you forget to save a backup of those files on your Mac and your USB drive gets lost, stolen, corrupted or infected with a virus, you'll have a recent backup of the files and won't lose any data. The app makes sure your Mac isn't cluttered with backups; it regularly monitors the flash drive and backs up the data every 10 minutes, but will delete any backups in excess of three, once they get seven days old. Read More

How To Record Audio From Skype Calls In High Quality On Mac

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If you’ve ever held interviews, conference calls or just any important calls over Skype that you later needed the transcript for, you might have wished there was a way to record a Skype call. Windows’ users have it easy when it comes to recording Skype calls, but there aren't many free solutions if you’re using a Mac. This little guide details all the information you'll need to record a Skype call on your Mac. You will be working with free apps entirely, and there will be no Terminal commands to complicate things. The overall process to set everything up shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. Read More

Hexels Is A Mac Drawing Tool That Crafts Unique, Polygonal Artwork

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Mac OS X does not come with a built-in drawing tool like MS Paint in Windows. There are quote a few third-party apps, both free and paid, available for OS X that mimic MS Paint, so your basic drawing needs are easily taken care of. Hexels is a a drawing tool with an edge. Well, six of them to be precise, as you'll shortly see. The app has the usual tools you find in a drawing app, but its brushes are entirely different; instead of the usual rounded or slanted brush, you get one shaped likes a hexagon. There are additional shapes available too and should you choose to upgrade to Hexels Pro, you will be able to create your own shapes as well. Apart from the unique brush shape, the brush itself paints with a glow effect that you can tweak. There is also a built-in grid that makes it easier for you to paint. Read More

Kiwi Is A Compact App.net Client For Mac With Twitter Support

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App.net has recently announced free accounts and if you’re on good terms with someone who has a premium account (they only get two invites per account), you might have gotten lucky enough to get an invite to one. So far as the look and functionality of the service is concerned, App.net is similar to Twitter and if you’re looking for a nice desktop client to read and manage your App.net feed, Kiwi is a good option. It’s a Mac app worth $3.99 (users with App.net accounts can get it for free) that looks very much like a standard Twitter client. It is meant for your App.net account with the added feature to post simultaneously to App.net and Twitter. You must be running Mountain Lion and have an App.net account to use Kiwi. Your Twitter account should be connected in System Preferences>Mail, Contacts & Calendars if you want to post to Twitter. Read More

How To Change The Notification Center Alert Sound In OS X

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The Notification Center is one of the highlights of Mountain Lion, and we've written about a few handy Notification Center tips to help you make the best of it, including one on changing the Notification Center background. It is still a relatively new feature of the OS, and some might go so far as to call it rough around the edges for the simple reason that customizing it is difficult. Even something as basic as changing the sound alert for the Notification Center isn't supported, at least not in the stock System Preferences. It is still possible to do so, and we've got the instructions for you. Read More

Evernote For Mac Gets New Menu Bar Helper; Adds Drag & Drop Clipper

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Evernote for Mac underwent a major design overhaul a short while ago and the difference between the old and new version’s interface isn't just monumental; it’s amazing! Evernote 5 looks like a real Mac app now - beautiful and well designed. While the app's UI was overhauled significantly, Evernote didn't do much about its Menu Bar options until now. The Evernote Mac app has just been bumped to version 5.0.6 now, and this latest update features a Menu Bar popup that actually goes with the look of the rest of the app. The functionality is pretty much the same as before, but the new interface is easier to use and allows you to add files by dragging & dropping them on the popup. Read More

Actotracker Auto-Records A History Of All Activity On Your Mac

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If you’ve ever come to work on a Monday and wondered what were you doing on Friday, you’re not alone. You might also have suddenly drawn a blank while working on multiple tasks, and completely forgotten what it was that you were doing. Worst still, you might have spent a considerable amount of time looking for a file or folder, only to discover that you've lost it again because you forgetfully closed everything. Actotracker is a free Mac app that built for keeping a record of all your activity on your Mac. It tracks wherever you go, whatever app you use, and which URLs you visit. It can also takes screenshots of apps' states. Furthermore, you can add notes and also manually specify apps or places that Actotracker should mark. Your history is searchable and can be filtered by day, week, month, or app. Read More

Prevent OS X From Sleeping Indefinitely Or While Running Certain Apps

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When Mountain Lion debuted, one annoyance that surfaced with the OS was that it kept going to sleep when idle. Disabling this feature didn't seem to work, and we had to resort to Terminal commands and apps to keep it from sleeping. What both these methods do is prevent sleep based on a time preset. Though what if you want Mountain Lion to sleep only after a certain app has finished working and quit? In other words, what if you want to prevent sleep mode as long as a particular app is running? Wimoweh is a free Mac app that lets you do just that. It prevents OS X from sleeping indefinitely, or if a particular app is running, and you can define the app(s) that will keep it awake. Wimoweh also tells you which apps are preventing your OS from going to sleep; they might be apps that you have enabled to prevent sleep via Wimoweh, or other apps that require your system to stay awake while they are working. In the latter case, Wimoweh makes it easier for you to find out which app is keeping your system awake. Read More

Take Full Or Cropped Screenshots Of Web Pages On Mac With Paparazzi!

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If you want to take a screenshot of your desktop, a portion of your desktop, or any window, you can easily find countless apps to do so. If you want to take a screenshot of a web page though, that is a different story. For the most part, you will have to rely on a browser extension, and most of those don't offer a lot of options. Mac users now have another option for this in Paparazzi!. It is a free Mac app that lets you take full page or cropped screenshots of any website. Paparazzi! scales images so that they look the right way for different screen sizes. It lets you define a size when saving the file so that you don’t have to resize the image later. You can also take time-delayed screenshots of the web page. Paparazzi! can remember your last 10 (or more) searches and import your bookmarks from any of the browsers installed on your Mac. It supports Notification Center alerts, image compression, saving to PDF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF formats, customizing the output file's name based on a predefined syntax, and adding presets for the cropping and minimum screenshot size. There are no watermarks on the output image and the app acts like a browser itself to allow you to view web pages for taking their screenshots. Read More

Transfer Clipboard Content & Song Playback Position Between iPhone & Mac With BeamApp

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We’ve covered about a dozen different apps that let you send files from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa; some free, some paid; some gorgeous, and others ugly. What they all have in common is that they work over Wi-Fi. The apps are useful if you don’t want to connect your phone to your Mac with a cable, or if you don’t have your cable at hand. BeamApp is a free Mac app available in the Mac App Store with an iOS companion app that allows you to send and receive items from your clipboard to your Mac over the internet regardless of whether they are on the same Wi-Fi network or not. The content you can bean could be email addresses, navigation directions, phone numbers, or a URL. When a website URL is sent from your iPhone to a Mac, BeamApp for Mac opens it in your default browser. In addition to sending and receiving content from your clipboard, you can also send the current song playing in the iPod app on your iPhone to your Mac. Read More

xCloud Syncs Files Between PC, Mac, Android & iOS Over Cloud & WiFi

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Dropbox was once considered the cutting edge of cloud services, but now it seems every other company in the tech industry is hopping on the cloud computing bandwagon. The latest entrant in this field xCloud. No, it's not another cloud storage solution with unlimited storage, but rather a files synchronization app that lets you sync your files between a desktop PC and an Android or iOS mobile device. Though, what's special about the service is that you can perform syncing over your local Wi-Fi network as well, bypassing the need to upload files to the cloud first. So basically your PC itself works as a cloud storage for you, letting you access the stored content from anywhere you find internet connectivity. In addition, you can send Wake On LAN commands through the mobile device to access the storage remotely if your PC is in sleep mode, provided your motherboard supports this option. It’s dead simple to configure and even simpler to use. Read More

SlimBoat Is A Fast, Cross-Platform Web Browser With Several Built-In Tools

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Firefox and Chrome have apparently become everyone’s favorite web browsers, thanks to their extensive add-ons/extensions support, excellent UI and countless features. Microsoft has also improved its browser in Internet Explorer 10 that was first shipped with Windows 8 and got released for Windows 7 as a stable build today. Though there are many other web browsers out there as well that are simply overlooked by most of us due our usual hesitation of making a switch to a different one. If you want to try out something different for a change, give SlimBoat a shot. It’s a free web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux that comes packed with plenty of features out of the box. Read More

Quickfire Is A Unique Mac Video Player For Reviewing & Annotating Videos

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Most video players are built just to let you watch movies, offering features to help you adjust sound and video playback settings, load chapters or episodes, create playlists, and manage the size of the video frame. Quickfire on the other hand, is a different kind of video player built with a focus on reviewing videos, rather than merely watching them. Available for free in the Mac App Store, Quickfire sports the normal functions of an ordinary video player and adds several reviewing features on top of that to let you manage the color grades for a video and apply it to other videos in the same playlist, adjust where a movie begins playback i.e. add video handles, take snapshots of a frame anytime during playback, flag videos, mask the player, mirror the image, export a video’s audio, link an audio file to a movie, add notes, and draw over a frame with a freehand drawing tool. The changes are all saved in Quickfire’s own format (QFS). Read More

RemindMeAgain For OS X Nags You With Repeated Reminders To Complete A Task

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Reminders in Mountain Lion is a feature-rich app that saves your reminders to iCloud and syncs them to your iOS device. Though what if you just want to be reminded about a single thing time and time again on a recurring basis? RemindMeAgain is a free app available on the Mac App Store that does just that. You can set a reminder, which will then popup at regular intervals defined by you. When dismissed, the timer is reset and the app reminds you again after your pre-defined interval has passed. Reminders in Mountain Lion is perfectly equipped to give you repeating reminders but RemindMeAgain isn’t meant to replace Reminders; it’s meant to give you that constant nagging on your Mac that about something important, without giving you alerts on your iOS devices. Read More

How To Set Your iCloud Photo Stream As Screensaver On Mac OS X

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The iPad lets you see a slideshow of your camera roll or Photo Stream images on your lock screen. It’s a nice feature that gives you something better than the default wallpaper to look at when you pick up your iPad. If you’ve got iPhoto or Aperture installed and iCloud set up on your Mac, you can use the images in your Photo stream as a screensaver on your Mac as well. You will not even need any additional app for the purpose other than the ones just mentioned, and it’s likely that iPhoto came pre-installed with your Mac already if it’s a recent purchase. You will be able to set your entire Photo Stream or just one of the recent streams as your screensaver. Read More

PixelPumper Is An OS X Live Writer Alternative For WordPress Blogging

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I have a little confession to make: although I review a lot of Mac apps, I write about them on a PC - a Windows PC! My preferred program to write posts in is Windows Live Writer, which I prefer over the clutter of WordPress's own editor. I've never been able to write a single review on a Mac until today, thanks to Pixel Pumper. It's a Mac app available for free in the Mac App Store but it will soon carry a larger price tag (it's free until they iron out all the bugs). Pixel Pumper is the closet alternative to Windows Live Writer that you can find on Mac. It connects with your WordPress-powered website and allows you to save a local draft of the post, or publish one directly. You can retrieve old posts to edit them, insert images & hyperlinks, add tags, set categories, and choose a featured image for your post. Read More