Dropbox offers a simple way to exchange files between Macs, PCs and iPhones/iPads, store files in the cloud or back things up. BoxCryptor adds one great feature by offering you a secure, i.e. encrypted folder (well, volume actually) in your Dropbox. There’s a limited free application for Mac, PC and iOS if you use the service for private purposes only. BoxCryptor helps you to create a volume in your Dropbox (looks like a regular folder), set a password and then secures your files with an AES-256 encryption. That way only you can access the volume. This might be handy for storing private documents like a copy of your passport and other travel documents while circling the globe.
Many applications for OS X are available in different languages. You can change your system language, including all program languages via System Preferences –> Language & Text (requires a user log-out). Language Switcher, however, can change the language of any single application of your choice (if the software comes in different languages, of course). Simply select the program and choose from the available languages. Language Switcher will restart the app in the desired language and lets you specify a default setting too.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program (Gimp 2.8) is a free alternative to the likes of Photoshop and GraphicConverter. Finally Mac users can run this full-fledged photo editor as a NATIVE application under OS X. No need for the annoying X11 Window System anymore. Thx guys! Need more details? Dig right in!
Just in case you have been thinking about cultivating your DJ skills – Mixxx (not, it’s not porn) might be the right tool
for the right price. The (free) DJ software offers pretty much everything to start with: iTunes integration, BPM detection and syncing, support for various audio formats (MP3, M4A/AAC, OGG, FLAC), plus Mixx plays nice with more than 30 DJ controllers.
Always dreamed of being able to touch type? Tipp10 is a free software for Mac OS X to help you get your typing skills going. It is pretty straight forward and comes with lots of exercises and training sessions. Just download the damn thing and get to work!
The guys over at Automatic Duck are giving away their Import- and Export-Tools for Avid, Final Cut and Adobe After Effects for free! Pro Import AE imports timelines from Avid, FCP 7 into After Effects. Pro Export FCP exports AFF files from Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X to Avid. Pro Import FCP on the other hand imports OMF and AFFcompositions from Avid to Final Cut Pro 7. Well, check it out the details for yourself… Automatic Duck will stop supporting the tools, that’s why you can download them for free now.
Dude, whatever you download is your own business, but the best software to get the job done on a Mac is
probably Transmission. It’s a neat tool using little resources (CPU & memory), offering remote (web) access and full encryption. This BitTorrent client is an open source project and comes with most features you might need.
Did you know Mozilla offers 3 different Firefox versions? Release candidates, beta versions and a developer builds, called Aurora. If you’re not the adventurous type and frequent updates are a nuisance to you, download the release candidate. If you have the urge to try the latest, go with the beta channel. Aurora is for people who want to join the rocky developer front. You can check your Firefox version via “About Firefox” from the menu bar.
Not every Mac user loves the iPhone. If you happen to be the Adroid-kind-of-guy check out Winamp for Mac OS X. It imports all your iTunes contents and syncs them with many Android phones. It supports wireless syncing, SHOUTcast Radio and other things. There’s a paid version available without ads, FLAC support and other goodies.
Apple introduced simplified file sharing with Mac OS X Lion, calling the feature AirDrop. However, if you’re not into Lion or your Mac isn’t supported and you don’t want to fiddle around to activate it anyway, get DropCopy! It does more or less the same thing as AirDrop offering even more transfer options and settings. There’s a free version for up to 3 Macs on a local network and a paid version ($25) if you want to connect more machines.
Posted in Free Mac Software, Home, Mac OS
Tagged AirDrop, DropCopy, Freeware, LAN, Mac file exchange, Mac file transfer, Mac OS, quickly folders to multiple Macs, quickly send files to multiple Macs
Scroll Reverser gives you several options to adjust the direction of scrolling in Mac OS X Lion to your personal taste. You may opt for reverse horizontal or vertical scrolling and set different scrolling behaviour for your mouse, trackpad or tablet. Scroll Reverser is free of charge and rests in the menu bar for quick access (if you want it to).
Posted in Hardware, Home, Lion Tips & Tricks, Mac OS
Tagged customise scrolling behaviour Lion, customise scrolling behaviour mac, Freeware, Lion Tips & Tricks, Mac OS X, reverse horizontal scrolling mac, reverse vertical scrolling mac, Scroll Reverser
Plain and simple colour picker (and free). You may need “Colors” to pull colours from images or websites in order to “extract” that colour and its colour value –> #rrggbb; rgba; r, g, b; hex; hsl. Of course you can also put in a css colour declaration directly to see the respective colour or simlpy chose your favourite colour to find out the right colour code. Download here!
Posted in Home, Mac OS
Tagged color chooser, color picker, color snatcher, Colors, colour picker, colour snatcher, Freeware, mac color value, mac colour value, Mac OS
Digital cameras make it easy to turn even a short holiday trip into a photo frenzy, resulting in hundreds of pictures on your hard drive. After a few years thousands of pictures and duplicates are living all over the place… On backup disks, in apps like iPhoto and other places. Well, dupeGuru is there to put an end to the mess, sorting through folders and matching EXIF data to find all the duplicates. In the end you are left with cleaned up and much smaller folders and can finally start enjoying your pics again by actually looking at them. dupeGuru is freeware and there are different version for general files or photos. It’s not the most polished interface but a great tool!
Sometimes it is necessary to look for hidden files and folders or to hide a file or folder. Houdini will do it for you. While you could also use the search function in Finder to locate hidden files, Houdini does a better job and shows hidden files the Finder sometimes would not. Freeware.
There are plenty of codecs QuickTime doesn’t understand naturally. So in order to use the great functions QuickTime provides you might want to pimp that tool yourself. Start with Perian, followed by Flip4Mac and head over to Apple’s own suggestions. Finally add Avid support by installing their codecs.
Posted in Free Mac Software, Home, Mac OS
Tagged Avid, Codec, Flip4Mac, Free Mac Software, Freeware, Mac OS, Perian, QuickTime, QuickTime Black Screen, RED, WMV
With the help of the AJA System Test (direct download) you can determine the write and read speed of your hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD), external drive and USB stick. Just so you know where you are in terms of disk performance or if you feel the need to boost the HDD bottle neck. The tool is provided free of charge by AJA Video Systems.
Posted in Hardware, Home, Mac OS, Misc.
Tagged AJA System Test, Freeware, Hard Drive, Mac OS, Performance, Solid State Drive, Speed Test, SSD
Useful piece of donationware to watch German public television on your Mac. Mediathek lets you stream or download recent shows via the Internet and notifies you of newly added documentaries and other TV formats of your choice. It’s all in German obviously.
Sometimes you come across PDF forms which won’t let you fill-out anything. You would have to print them out and do the job manually. This is where FormulatePro comes in. The open source tool lets you fill out PDF forms on your Mac without any hassle. You can position the cursor to your liking, adjust font size, style et cetera and save the document as a pdf file afterwards.
Sure, there are many ways of renaming multiple files on your Mac. But for those who don’t feel like messing around in the Terminal or fiddling with Automator, NameChanger is a handy solution. You have many options to rename photos in different ways and the image browser gives you an overview of selected pictures. The tool is donation ware.
Mac useres unhappy with Apple’s meagre system preferences for the Magic Mouse, MacBook Trackpad (glass Trackpad only) or the Magic Trackpad may now turn to MagicPrefs for a solution. The gratis preference pane offers plenty of options to configure the input devices to your liking. Among different taps, clicks and gestures you can choose to invert scrolling, enable capslock notifications and speed up the tracking speed.
This piece of code gives you the option to soft playthru audio from external devices on your Mac via line in. This is useful if you’re into mixing and recording sound using external sound sources. LineIn is free of charge and the download only a click away.
Here’s a freebie which lets you change your Mac’s audio input and output devices quickly. SoundCheck lodges in the menu bar and sets your settings with one click. It also gives you the option to adjust the volume for output, input and system sounds. Thanks Rogue Amoeba! Direct download.
Here is a smart little helper to sync any folder on your Mac you wish through Dropbox. The free tool is called MacDropAny and creates a symbolic link, without actually moving files and folders. Setup is as easy as it can get. Start your download here. To stop syncing a folder, delete the folder inside your Dropbox folder on your Mac.
Probably the easiest solution to remotely (i.e. via the world wide web) check and manage your Mac while sitting on another Mac or PC. TeamViewer is easy to set up (just install the thing on the two machines you want to connect) and it gives you a unique user ID plus password. Now you’re good to go. For private use the tool is even free!
Wondering where all the space on your hard drive went? Well, search no further because OmniDiskSweeper will do it for you! The utility ain’t pretty, but it gets the job done and costs you nothing. You can start deleting files and folders right away…
Bring your different instant messenger accounts and social platforms together with Adium. It supports ICQ, AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Bonjour (iChat), Facebook Chat, MySpaceIM, MobileMe and IBM Lotus Sametime among others. Since Adium is Open Source it costs you nothing.
Feature rich application to plan and manage your workout routes, hiking trips and bicycle tours. You can import GPS data (GPX, TCX, KML) from your iPhone and other devices or your workout routes from the Nike+ Sportband. Create routes on your Mac and export them to your iPhone. TrailRunner supports services like Google Earth, openStreetMap and sites such as GPSies.com and EveryTrail.com. It also handles GPX and Polar HMR data and keeps track of your workout schedule. TrailRunner is Freeware.
Posted in Mac OS, Misc.
Tagged Fitness, Freeware, GPS, GPX, KML, Misc, Nike+, Polar HMR, TCX, TrailRunner
This piece of software lets you create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles on one or several iPhones. Administrators can install provisioning profiles and authorized applications. iPhone Configuration Utility is also useful to edit settings for VPN, Wi-Fi, APN and change parameters for Exchange accounts, mail settings, and certificates. Licence: Freeware
Records audio on your Mac and helps you to edit it. Useful open source utility when the time comes. You might not need Audacity often, but when you need it, it’s there. Deals with AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg, FLAC, WMA and other data.
Riding the retro wave? Pola is a small tool for Mac OS X (OK, Windows and Linux too) which turns your recent pictures into good old retro-looking Polaroids. It’s simple drag-and-drop-action and the application comes free.
Mac users have several free backup solutions to choose from. Synkron gives you another option by simply keeping two or multiple folders synchronised. It’s easy to set up, free to use and might just do it for you.
Posted in Mac OS
Tagged Backup, Carbon Copy Cloner, CCC, Folder, Freeware, iBackup, Security, Silver Keeper, Synchronise, Synchronize, Synkron