You would've undoubtedly heard or read about the million or so apps that allow you to control iTunes from the Mac Menu Bar, and the hundreds of apps that exist for services like Pandora and Spotify. Grooveshark Control Center
is a free Mac app that lets you control Grooveshark from the Menu Bar. The app is meant to let you control the online music service if Chrome is your default browser, and you use Growl. Seeing as how Chrome just surpassed Internet Explorer to become the No.1 browser worldwide, it might just be an excellent time to install this app if you regularly use Grooveshark. The app negates the need to have a similar extension installed in your browser, and makes more sense, since Chrome isn’t the only application you use when working.
If you use iTunes, you are likely to have an app that lets you control iTunes from the menu bar. Either that, or, at some point, you may have tried using one to make using iTunes more convenient. For whatever reason you didn’t stick with the utility you tried, Skip Tunes
is a Mac app worth $0.99 in the Mac app store that lets you control music in your default music player. This means it can work for either iTunes, or any other app that you use as your default music player. The app adds play/pause and forward controls to the menu bar, but expands to reveal a complete media player with a seek bar, a shuffle button and a backward and forward button. Skip Tunes itself present a neat interface that Mac lovers like to see in apps.
iTunes controllers that sit in your system menu bar aren’t hard to find; you can find both paid and free utilities that will do nothing more than adding media controls and perhaps the song name to the menu bar. The point of these apps is to provide easy access without having to switch back to the iTunes app window, since it can be slow. You Control
is a similar Mac app with two great qualities; it is feature rich, and is free. It gives you the usual media controls and song name displayed in the system menu bar, but the menu bar controls give you access to pretty much your entire media collection in iTunes. From the menu bar, you can access favorites, albums, artists, recent tracks and playlists. Controls like play/pause, stop, Next Track, Previous Track, Volume and shuffle can also be used.
We recently covered Mobile Mouse
, a Mac app with an iOS client that allowed you to turn your iOS device into a mouse for your Mac. The feature rich app allows you to use your device as either a mouse, a keyboard or a track pad. While the Mac app itself is free, the iOS device carried a trivial price tag of $1.99. If you find this price isn’t something you want to pay, and that you don’t need as feature rich an app as Mobile Mouse, you can try Retato Receiver
. This free Mac app is accompanied by a free iOS client app that allows you to control any six functions that you define yourself. It makes use of the accelerometer and gyroscope in the iPhone, and allows you to send commands to your Mac by rotating and flipping it. While not likely to replace your mouse, it can control any number of Macs at once, and can be useful when running or testing special apps that need to be controlled simultaneously.
Cross browser sync is a feature available in both Chrome and Firefox that allows you to sync your extensions, bookmarks and passwords on different systems. For those of you who have used it, you know that it is a great way to ensure all your important links are always available no matter what system you’re using. REM-I-CON
is a Chrome extension that works in conjunction with its web service Secure Bucket and lets you remotely control multiple Chrome browsers from a single system. Using the browser extension, the service sends and implements commands to which ever browser you send it to. The commands that can be executed remotely are; closing all tabs and opening a new tab, deleting cookies, history, bookmarks and uninstalling extensions and apps.
Do you want an image viewer that can be fully controlled via a keyboard? Most Image Viewers allow keyboard functionality but they soon get cluttered up with various other features. If you have a large photo collection that you want to browse in fullscreen mode and also want to control everything through a keyboard, then there is still luck.
Everyone knows that iTunes can’t be controlled with keyboard. There are many apps that add keyboard control functionality but they suffer from poor interface. iControl is a free, simple, and easy-to-use remote control for Apple’s iTunes that uses Global keyboard shortcuts to control it. It is still under development and the version available for download is Beta.
Surprisingly it worked very well on my system running Windows Vista. Just run iControl.exe and it will load iTunes instantly. Once iTunes is loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F12 to bring iControl settings window. Read More