Quickly Add Entries To Reminders App From Mac Menu Bar With Remind Me

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Reminder apps are very common for just about all platforms, and Mac as well as iOS come with one that syncs over iCloud. This app, called Reminder, is rather basic; it allows you to group reminders by list and lets you set the priority level for each of them. There are various more as well as less sophisticated reminder apps available for Mac but if you just want a quick way to add reminders to the stock Reminders app, try out Remind Me. It is a free app available in the Mac App Store that’s built to make the process of adding reminders to the stock Reminders app easier. If you’ve used Reminders, you know that you can click an empty line in the app’s interface and start typing. The text you enter is immediately added as a reminder, no questions asked. And that is, perhaps, where the problem lies. Once the reminder has been added, you have to click on its information button to view/edit is due date. Where Reminders is extremely simple, it’s also slightly confusing and liable to make you forget adding a due date to your reminder. Remind Me aims to be the extended 'Add reminder' dialog box that Reminder never had. Read More

Shred Unwanted Files On Mac To Prevent Recovery Using Incinerator

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If you have a hard copy of a document or form that you never want anyone to see, you can shred it, burn the bits, and scatter them to the four corners of the Earth in hopes that the CSI team never finds them. It’s effective enough for physical documents but when it comes to files on your computer, deleting a file from your hard disk and your trash sounds as if it should be enough to get rid of them. However, these files can still be recovered either by using file recovery apps, or employing people from CSI. We've covered a tip on permanently erasing files from OS X using the Terminal, and where it is sufficient if you seldom need to securely delete files, the method isn't all that convenient for frequent use or if a lot of files are involved. Incinerator is a free app available in the Mac App Store that provides a more effective way to delete your files. It’s a file shredder that gives you free rein to choose how many times a file is shredded. You can choose to keep a dummy copy of the shredded file, or have the app delete it automatically once it’s been shredded. Read More

Fotor & Its Suite Of Photo Styling Options Now Available For PC & Mac

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Fotor is a very well known name among iOS photo capturing and editing apps, and the developers have just released Windows & Mac versions of the app, and that too with a price tag of free. Like Fotor for iOS and Andriod and Fotor for Windows 8, Fotor offers lots of features on Mac as well, including the same effects as its iOS variant, a sophisticated crop feature, and an excellent tilt-shift effect. In addition, it has the usual rotate and color adjustment options that you can find in most photo editing apps, which are usually paid. The tilt-shift effect allows you to add both a radial and linear tilt-shift effect, and its intensity can be adjusted in terms of focal point. You can crop an image to a size that's customizable down to the pixel, straighten an image, add borders i.e. frames to it, and of course, apply color filters. The app can also read EXIF data for your images. Read More

Reeder Bids Google Reader Farewell, Mac & iPad Apps Go Free

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Although Google Reader still has a few months of life left in it, a mass exodus has already begun. People are switching to alternatives of the service, and have started discovering that the world won’t end on the 1st of July. If you are on iOS, apps like Rockmelt offer options that are certainly better than Reader itself in many ways, and it is nice to see that there are other conventional Reader alternatives available as well. Reeder is one of the most popular Google Reader clients available on iOS and Mac. Since it has, up till now, relied on Google Reader to function, its users feared the worst, and assumed that it will stop working as soon as Reader goes down. Fortunately, the Reeder team has refused to throw in the towel, and the service is expected to become independent of Google Reader before July 1. Not only that, the Mac and iPad clients of Reeder are now available for free! Read More

Secure Folders With Bluetooth, Remove Duplicates & Rarely Used Files With PC Manager

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Is your PC running out of memory? Time to get rid of some duplicate files that you've been pilling up for a while. Applications that get rid of duplicate files like Auslogics Duplicate File Finder, DeDupler, BitFinder and DoubleKiller are sure to be handy, but recently I came across PC Manager and found that it does a lot more than simply trashing clones. PC Manager is a Java-based application that not only lets you find and remove duplicate files, but also offers tools like rarely used files remover, files securer via Bluetooth, and password generator. Read More

Mac OS X Tips & Tricks That You Might Not Know About

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OS X has some really great features that Windows’ users might envy; There are the well documented and much talked about features like Mission Control, Desktop Spaces, and the Launchpad, but OS X is also stocked full of several smaller and less hyped about features and tricks that even some veteran Mac users are unaware of. Regardless of how long you've been using the platform, it's always nice to learn a new trick or two that your Mac can do, and we've complied whole list of them to help you use your Mac more efficiently. Read More

Screenbird Is A Java-Based Screen Recorder With On-The-Fly ‘Do Over’ & Online Sharing

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One good web app can often end the whole ‘which platform has better apps’ debate, and Screenbird is arguably one of those apps. It's a screencasting tool that runs entirely in your browser and allows you to record anything and everything on your screen. Unlike most browser-based screen recording tools, Screenbird is not restricted to recording inside the browser window. The recorded videos can be saved locally and uploaded for sharing as well. The service’s free version allows you to upload up to 150 minutes of videos to the cloud. That isn't Screenbird's best feature though; it has a 'do over' feature whereby you can select any point in a recording and re-record from that point onward. The portion of the video before that point remains intact, while the rest is overwritten. Read More

HyperSwitch Is A Windows-Like Preview-Focused App Switcher For Mac

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App & window switching in OS X is separated into two different shortcuts. For users who have migrated from a Windows PC, this is often hard to get used to. Mac users are less likely to have any problems with it but that’s not to say the feature can’t be improved. HyperSwitch is a free Mac app currently in beta that lets you get more out of app switching. At the core, it works like Mac’s default app and window switcher; both functions are still separated by keyboard shortcuts but unlike the default feature, it allows you to preview app windows as you move through them. Additionally, HyperSwitch lets you continue to use the default app switcher, and adds options for accessing functions like launching a new window or tab, and control iTunes. Read More

How To Easily Disable The Startup Sound In OS X

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OS X users can name a hundred features off the bat that they love about the operating system, but the startup chime isn't likely to be on that list. It’s hard to say just how many versions of OS X have gone by with consistent hate for its startup sound, but it remains a problem that many users try to solve. This isn't to say that the startup sound in Windows is very pleasant to hear but it can at least be quieted by muting your speakers or just plugging in a pair of head phones. OS X on the other hand is determined to audibly announce its successful startup, and methods for disabling it often fail or stop working when the OS receives an update. StartupSound.prefPane is a preference pane for Mac that silences your startup chime, and its two noteworthy features are that it gets the job done, and is absolutely free. Read More

Pling Is A Decent Push-To-Talk Based Voice Mail & Messaging App For Mac

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iMessages for Mac and iOS has no parallel when it comes to messaging over an internet connection and keeping messages on your phone synced with those on your desktop. Pling is a free app available in the Mac App Store that does what few messenger apps do; it allows you to send audio messages to your contacts in Pling, and receive those sent by others. The messages can be left any time, and listened to at your convenience. Pling isn't your regular messenger app; it's more like an answering machine that rests in your Menu Bar. Read More

Copy Offers File Sharing, Cloud Storage & Sync With 12GB+ Free Space

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File sharing has become immensely easy over the past few years, thanks to the fast internet availability in many parts of the world, and services like Jumpshare and Dropbox. The aforementioned file sharing solutions help users share files with much more ease than they could just a few years ago. In addition, such services also provides them with virtual cloud storage to back up their content as well as access it remotely over the internet. Copy is a great new file sharing and cloud storage service that I recently discovered and took for a spin. Available for desktop, mobile and web, the service makes file sharing as well as collaboration simple and intuitive. Read More

How To Hide App Icons From OS X Launchpad With A Script

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The Launchpad in OS X is great not just for launching apps, but also for keeping them organized. The folders you create in Launchpad aren't real folders created in the Application folder, and that allows you to keep apps you frequently use grouped differently from the list of installed apps. The only problem with app icons in Launchpad is that you can only move them to a folder, and not hide them completely. This is pretty much like sweeping dirt under the rug; the app icons are still there, though hidden in a folder and just out of sight. The good thing is that you can remove app icons from Launchpad with a simple little script, and not worry about the app being deleted from your system. Read More

Get A Faster, Less Intrusive App Switcher In OS X With Vecte

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App and window switching in OS X is - like everything else - different from the conventional method most people are used to (or how it’s done in Windows). Even if you've always used a Mac, it is entirely possible that you might not like the way it switches between apps. We’re not criticizing the shortcuts used to switch apps; Command+` and Command+Tab work just fine, but perhaps the execution isn't to your liking. Vecte is a free Mac app that lets you keep the default shortcuts you’re used to in OS X, but changes the behavior slightly. When switching between apps, the list of running apps appears below the Apple menu instead of taking up the center of your screen. The app also takes over switching between windows, quitting apps, and zooming in and out. Vecte does this pretty much the same way as OS X does natively, but it’s faster and more responsive. Read More

Bubble Browser Is A Visually Appealing Three-Pane Viewer For Evernote

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Evernote’s Mac app was recently revamped; the extensive interface overhaul gave us something much more beautiful to look at and use. This update was followed shortly by Evernote’s Menu Bar popup being redesigned. The app has come a long way interface wise but if you still don’t like it much and are looking for something different, Bubble Browser might be a worth trying out. Bubble Browser is a free app available in the Mac App Store that lets you visually browse your Evernote notes in an immersive, colorful interface. It’s not a full Evernote client, which means adding or deleting notes is not on the features list but as far as browsing notes goes, Bubble Browser has quite a unique approach. Read More

Get An Overview Of Mac Folder Sizes & Drive Space Usage With DiskSpace

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DiskSpace is a free app available in the Mac App Store that gives you a quick overview of spaced usage in the drives mounted in your Mac and the folders in the user's Home folder. Unlike DaisyDisk and DiskScanner - both of which give you details on space usage down to the last folder - DiskSpace gives you an overview of how space is consumed in your Home folder. DiskSpace is tied down to whichever user account you’re signed in to; even if you have Administrator privileges, it will not let you add the Home folder of any other user. Read More

Select Colors Within Mac Apps By Entering HEX, RGB Or HSB Codes

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Apps that allow you to customize their appearance, whether that of their interface, or of the content they deal with, use Mac’s default color chooser whenever they give the option to change colors. Mac’s color chooser is nothing like the ones you’re used to seeing on the web. The default color chooser has quite a few options for picking colors; a color disc, color sliders, palettes, a full color spectrum, and of course, the crayons. Though it is feature rich and supports RGB and CMYK color models, the color chooser won't just let you enter HEX codes to choose colors. You can try the web color palette, but if you’d like something a little more familiar, then you need Antetype Color Picker. It’s a color picker that lets you choose colors by entering an HSB, RGB, or HEX code. Read More

Capture Periodic Screenshots Of Multiple Displays On Mac With Click

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Like every modern OS, OS X has a built-in feature for taking screenshots, making it easy for anyone to capture them. Even if you aren't happy with the default screenshot feature, you have a large number of apps (both free and paid) to choose from for the purpose as well. Click is a free app for Mac that is essentially a screenshot tool but it does what ordinary screenshot tools don't - it takes periodic screenshots of your Mac in the background, and supports multiple displays. Each display is captured separately, and you can customize how often the screenshots are taken. If you've ever needed to take periodic screenshots while watching a video or playing a video game, Click is the tool to help you do just that. Read More

Best Free Google Reader Alternatives For Web, Windows & Mac

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Google Reader will be gone soon and the faster you start looking for ways to move on, the better. It isn't going to be easy though; scores of developers have created apps or services that integrate and sync with Google Reader. The feature itself was not merely important, but rather considered by many to be an integral part of any worthwhile RSS reader. Times have changed though and with Reader soon to be no longer available, it’s time to consider alternatives. Understandably, Google Reader users might be looking for either a web service or a desktop app to fill the void, and we've compiled a list of free options for each platform: web, Windows, and Mac. Our Emphasis was on two key features - the app or service must be free, and it should be able to import from XML files since that is what you get when you backup your Google Reader subscriptions. With only two exceptions in our list that only partially meet these requirements, we’re hopeful you will find something that’s just right for you. Read More

Get Email Alerts & Mac Menu Bar Shortcuts For Multiple Gmail Accounts

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Mac users who aren’t happy using the default Mail app have the choice to use other desktop email clients like Thunderbird or Sparrow. Many are satisfied with just using their email service’s web interface. If you’re a Gmail user and like to stick to its web interface but at the same time receive notifications for all your emails, Mail Ping is an app worth $1.99 in the Mac App Store that might interest you. The app works with Notification Center in Mountain Lion to give you alerts every time you receive a new email. The app supports multiple accounts, just like Gmail’s web interface, and allows you to open your inbox or the compose message page for any of the configured accounts from the Menu Bar. Read More

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