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

PassLook Is A Light, Portable Password Vault For Windows & Mac OS X

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Password managers first started to grab my attention when I began using LastPass – a staggeringly useful utility that keeps all my credentials securely in one place. I don’t have to remember my passwords anymore, as LastPass perfectly handles this job. However, LastPass isn’t the only app that offers this amazing service; you can find a plethora of other similar tools that provide a virtual vault for storing your login information pertaining to emails, applications and other confidential stuff. Meet PassLook – a very simple and minimalistic Windows and Mac OS X app that allows you to maintain a secure, encrypted database of all your passwords. While PassLook comes nowhere near LastPass in terms of design and features, it can prove useful for those looking for a lightweight and more importantly, portable password manager. Read More

YoWindow 3S Is An Amazing Weather App & Virtual Landscape For Windows & Mac

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Whether you live in the dusty winds of Sahara or the sunny beaches of Miami, it’s always a good idea to stay up to date with information about the weather in your vicinity, or the world for that matter if you frequently travel around. Moreover, keeping an eye on the daily forecast isn’t like it was back in the 90s anymore; you have a myriad of weather apps at your disposal for every mobile and desktop platform for free. If you are on Windows or Mac OS X, turn to YoWindow 3S and you might enjoy looking more at your screen than outside the window. We reviewed this free app quite a while back and by now, it has been spiced up with some great new features in the latest version 3 to make it even better! Let's find out more after the jump. Read More

Leaf Is A Sleek, Compact Google Reader Client For Mac OS X

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Leaf is a brand new RSS reader app for Mac available in the Mac App Store for $3.99. It can connect with your Google account and import all your RSS feeds from Google Reader. The feeds can be viewed in a tiny window, and the news item can be opened in your browser or shared using one of the many sharing options supported by Mountain Lion. On the surface, Leaf boasts a beautiful UI for reading your RSS feeds while under the hood, it’s a reasonably good way to manage them as well. While it wouldn’t let you create new folders, it will import the ones you’ve created in Google Reader and allow you to move feeds between them. You can add additional feeds from within Leaf, and the app also gives you the option to set it as the default RSS reader. Read More

How To Change Default Font Size In Mac OS X Notes App

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Notes is a simple OS X app that allows you to create notes, organize them into folders, search for them, and sync them with the Notes app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over iCloud. The app offers a reasonable number features that any ordinary note-taking app would have, and a few customization options that allow you to change the color and type of the font in a particular note. What it doesn’t have is a way for you to change the default font size for all notes. The app has no settings that you can change, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything about it at all. All it takes to change the default font size, is a little change in the app’s DefaultFonts.plist file. The file can be edited using any text editor of your choice. The change is easily reversible, and does not require running any complicated commands. Read More

Dump Truck Offers 5GB Free Cloud Storage On PC, Mac, Android, iOS & Web

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Even though the names Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive etc. have become synonymous with cloud storage, this doesn’t stop new entrants from jumping onto the bandwagon. After being left impressed by the feature set of Maxxo, the unlimited space options of Bitcasa, and the ease in setting up your own cloud offered by Syncbox, we came across Dump Truck – an intuitive and user-friendly cloud storage service that offers up to 500GB worth of space! It is the brainchild of Golden Frog - a major IT firm with an already large online presence in internet services and applications solutions like VyprVPN. Dump Truck offers free as well as paid cloud subscriptions starting at as low as $4.99/month for 50GB, while free accounts get 5GB of space to start with. Read More

MacLoc Displays The ‘Switch User’ Screen Whenever You Lock Your Mac

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OS X allows multiple accounts to be logged in on a single Mac at the same time. You can lock a user's account, switch to another one, and come back to the first one to find all your apps and windows untouched. The functionality is all there, but it takes an unnecessary number of clicks to get to it. Unless you have an app that triggers it, OS X can’t be locked with a keyboard shortcut; the easiest way to access the ‘Lock Screen’ option is by enabling Keychain's icon to appear in the Menu Bar. In that case, it takes two clicks to lock your screen. If you want the Switch User screen to appear instead of your own user profile already selected and ready to log in, you have to click the ‘Switch User’ option at the bottom of your lock screen. For something so simple and frequently used, this is a lot of clicks. MacLoc is a free Mac App that makes it slightly easier; it locks your screen and switches to the ‘Switch User’ option for you so that you don't have to do it yourself. Read More

Host Your Own Cloud Service On PC, Mac, Android Or iOS With SelfCloud

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While iCloud is great for keeping your data synced across all your Apple devices, it isn’t really useful if you want to share files from your iPhone to an Android device or a Windows PC. In addition to that, people shy away from iCloud due to all of its complexities. SelfCloud on the other hand, is really easy to understand and offers top-level security for your personal files. Services like SkyDrive and Dropbox are quite reliable, but they upload all your data to their own servers. There have often been reports of Microsoft deleting content from SkyDrive accounts without the consent of users. SelfCloud tackles all these troubles by letting you host files on your iPhone, Android, PC or Mac, effectively creating your own cloud service. You can then share the link to this personal cloud with anyone, even with those who aren’t using SelfCloud. Read More

Taskboard Adds An iOS-Like App Switcher Tray To Mac OS X

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Launchpad in OS X is what Springboard is to iOS with one small difference; it does not let you quit apps.You can launch apps and organize them in folders, but to exit them, you need to use their Dock or Menu Bar icons. If you think Springboard has a better, more convenient way of quitting apps, TaskBoard is a free Mac App that does it for you. It adds a replica of the Springboard app switcher bar in iOS to your OS X desktop, to easily switch between apps and quit them. Your desktop slides up to reveal the app switcher, and the Dock disappears to accommodate it. You can click and hold an icon to put it in wiggling mode similar to iOS, where the quit badges appear. TaskBoard can be triggered by moving your mouse to the bottom of your screen, or by using a customizable keyboard shortcut. Read More

Access Recently Closed Mac Apps From Above The Menu Bar With AppsBar

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AppsBar is an app launcher for your recently used Mac apps. It may not sound impressive at first, but this $0.99 app takes a very unique approach to displaying your recently used apps. Unlike the usual apps that you access from the Menu Bar, the Dock, or from a floating window, AppsBar mimics the slide-out behavior of the Notification Center, positioning itself at the top of the screen so that your desktop slides down when you reveal it. As you quit apps, they are automatically added to AppsBar bar and can be launched again from there with ease. Read More

RedditTab Is A Simple Reddit Browser That Lives In The Mac Menu Bar

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RedditTab is a Mac app available for free in the Mac App Store that runs in the Menu Bar and lets you browse Reddit. You can upvote/downvote submissions if you’re signed in, browse the front page or any of the subreddits, search Reddit, and email any of the posted links to anyone via the Mail app. As far as Reddit apps go, RedditTab is quite basic when it comes to the features it offers, but it’s great for quickly checking the website without having to open it in your browser or any conventional Reddit app (and getting caught by your boss while not working). It works with Mountain Lion’s Notification Center and will alert you when you have a new message. RedditTab does not have its own browser, so links all open in your default web browser. Read More

Schedule ‘Do Not Disturb’ In OS X Mountain Lion With Automator

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"Do Not Disturb" is a feature in Mountain Lion borrowed from iOS 6 to mute notifications from Notification Center. Unlike iOS, OS X does not allow you to schedule when the feature will be enabled or disabled. It needs to be toggled manually when required. It is programmed to enable itself at midnight each day, and there is no way to stop it from doing so. Though if you are interested in scheduling the Do Not Disturb feature by date and time of your choice, you can do so with the help of a simple AppleScript and Calendar. You will need to create Automator workflows for enabling and disabling Notification Center. The process is detailed below. Read More

Quicksand For OS X Auto Syncs Recent Files To A Local Folder Or The Cloud

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Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive all let you sync files across different devices, but they leave it up to you to manually choose the files to sync by adding them to the service's folder, or uploading it directly. If you usually work with files in another folders and remove to move them to the synced folder, you’re left without options in case you need to access them later from another device. Quicksand is a free Mac app currently in beta that takes over the task of moving your files to the correct folder. It detects which files were recently accessed on your Mac and syncs them to any folder that you specify. This could be your Dropbox or Google Drive folder too, effectively syncing recent files to the cloud. Additionally, you can specify any folder that the app will watch and sync over your preferred cloud service. You can choose to sync or exclude particular file types. Read More

Organize Apps, Files & Folders Into Dock-Like Menus On OS X Desktop With DockMenus

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The Dock in OS X is where your favorite apps and folders go, providing quick access to apps and files that you need frequently. Though apart from being limited in capacity, it also wouldn't let you group apps together unless you put them into a folder, and doing so means losing quick, one-click access to them. DockMenus is a Mac app worth $2.99 in the Mac App Store that gives you extra docks. You can create any number of Dock-like menus and add apps, files or folders to them. The menus can be named, set to stay on top of all windows, and snapped to the side where they disappear much like the default Dock’s auto hide feature. The menus can also be ‘pinned’ so that their position isn’t accidentally changed. You can also add Trash to a menu, and dragging & dropping a file its icon will send it to Trash. The opacity of a menu and its background can be changed from one of the presets available in the menu’s settings. Read More

Copy & Save Email Content From Mail In OS X With Mail Clips

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Like any other form of communication, its not just an email's content that's important, but also the other information they contain, including email addresses and names, subject, headers, and other metadata. This information can come useful in many circumstances, but most email apps hide it in order to keep everything simple and clutter-free. Mail Clips is a free Mac app available in the Mac App Store that lets you copy this information from a selected message in Mail. You can copy the complete text in a message, its subject, the sender and recipients’ email addresses, their names, the header message and ID, the date and time it was sent on, and the HTML source of an email. It can also save a message in PDF and RTF format, and add the sender and recipients to your address book. While you can do all of this from the Mail app by opening an email, selecting the information and then copying it manually, Mail Clips offers you the short way around. Read More

Design Your Own Fonts With BirdFont For Windows, Mac & Linux

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The right way to market a product or service is to choose a captivating logo for your brand, and when it comes to designing such a logo or other material related to your brand identity, using the right font play a pivotal role. Using a poor typeface in your branding can result in a bad impression on your potential customer base, as it makes your brand look unprofessional. If you’re looking for a way to create your own fonts, give BirdFont a shot. It’s an open-source tool that lets you create various font characters from scratch by drawing vector outlines for them. The application also allows exporting and importing fonts in TTF, EOT and SVG formats. Read More

Airmail: OS X Mail Client With Dropbox Support, Easy Filtering & A Great UI [Review]

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Mail and Sparrow are two of the most popular email clients for the OS X platform. Being the default email client, Mail enjoys a larger user base, while Sparrow is usually preferred by those who have used its iOS variant. Both these clients are quite good in themselves but there will always be room for improvement, new features and better apps. Airmail is a great new option. It is a Mac email client for Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and iCloud that syncs attachments to your Dropbox account, supports multiple accounts, and has an excellent email filtering feature. Let's learn more about this app after the jump. Read More

How To Select & Copy Text From A File In OS X Quicklook

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OS X comes equipped with everything a regular user might need to complete everyday tasks. You will, of course, need to install apps to serve your specific needs, but even in their absence, OS X ensures you can manage the basics like opening/creating documents, viewing pictures, chatting, and sending & receiving emails without the need for third-party software. For viewing documents, OS X has Preview - a feature rich app that opens a large number of file formats, allows you to fill PDF forms, and open old versions of a file. In addition to Preview, OS X also offers the Quicklook feature that, as its name implies, gives you a quick view of a file. It’s the go-to app if you want to see what’s in a document without actually opening it even in Preview. The only problem with it is it won’t let you select text when you open a text or PDF file. That’s not to say it can’t be done; the feature is very much there and can be enabled with a Terminal command detailed after the break. Read More

Screenhero For OS X: Screen Sharing With IM & Multi-User Collaboration

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Screen sharing apps can be really handy for getting remote assistance by letting someone else control your computer remotely, or simply showing others something you're doing on your computer while staying in control yourself. Screenhero is a Mac app (with a Windows client still under development) that allows you to share your screen with anyone who has a Screenhero account, while adding a handy feature to the mix. You retain control of your Mac while the person you share your screen with can also control your system if you choose. It might sound confusing to work with, as you will have two cursors moving around on your screen, but Screenhero makes it easy to distinguish the two by adding the name of the user to their cursor. The app allows you to share your entire screen or just a single app’s window. It also features a built-in chat client and you can switch to sharing an app's window during a live session. Read More