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KeyCue, Secret Spy Folder Fight the Good Fight
October 08, 2013
Keyboard shortcuts can be a way to accelerate productivity, but their number can be overwhelming. The average OS X app alone has from 40 to 80 menu shortcuts. That's a lot of memorization for one program, let alone the multitude of programs an average user runs on a Mac. Wouldn't it be nice if, with a single key press, all the shortcuts for a program would pop up on your screen?
Shadow Puppet Makes You the Narrator of Your Life
October 07, 2013
Despite the nonperfect and confusing name, Shadow Puppet is the best new app I've seen in weeks. Basically, Shadow Puppet lets you select photos from your iPhone or iPad and then record audio as you talk over them in a slideshow that Shadow Puppet turns into a shareable video. Along the way, you can tap to highlight certain areas of a photo and, better still, you can zoom in and move the photo around.
Text Extractor Yanks Aching PDF Problem
October 01, 2013
Nobody likes shuffling through paper documents to do research on anything. Even if you have a big desk, its surface can get cluttered quickly. That's why PDFs are so alluring. Adobe's cross-platform file format provides a convenient way to turn paper documents into more manageable digital ones. There's a hangup, however. Some PDFs are more like picture files than word processing documents.
If You're a Cinephile, You'll Love Mubi - if Not, It May Make You One
September 30, 2013
MUBI is an app for classic and independent movie lovers: Each day, the MUBI team hand picks an international, independent or classic film. MUBI subscribers can then view that film for up to 30 days, and effectively, this means that you can watch 30 or so movies each month for $4.99, or less per month if you sign up for six months or a year. The MUBI app is fantastic.
Mail for Yahoo: The Joy of Local Email Without the Client
September 25, 2013
Since Marissa Mayer took the helm of Yahoo, one of her top priorities has been to keep Yahoo Mail relevant to people's digital lifestyles. Yahoo has always been on the bleeding edge when comes to webmail interfaces -- steadily bringing desktop features to its online offering. What it needs is something to attract eyeballs and subsequently, new accounts to the service.
iOS 7: I Love It, I Hate It
September 23, 2013
I am simultaneously excited and saddened by iOS 7 on my iPhone 5. My first impression? All over the freaking map. iOS 7 is at once a fantastic and fresh update, while it's also full of maddeningly stupid icons, buttons and colors. It has better customization, a more intimate and lively feel -- and yet, you're stuck with a palette of soft-but-too-bright pastel-ish colors.
JixiPix Photo-Editing Apps Let You Indulge Your Creative Inner Dabbler
September 17, 2013
Anyone who's casually grappled with a full-featured image editing program -- like Adobe Photoshop, for example -- knows how taxing it can be to find the tools you want when you want them. What's more, full-featured programs come with full-featured prices. That can put a damper on the creative fire of shutterbugs interested in experimenting with some of the alluring features of those apps.
Bring On the Pineapple and Bone-In Ham
September 16, 2013
You've got to admire a person who knows how to wield a knife with confidence -- especially a chef's knife. If you're anything like me, you've stumbled upon some sort of food in the kitchen that needed to be cut up, and because you didn't know what you were doing, you just started hacking away. You probably used the wrong sort of knife, and the technique? Likely messy, even dangerous.
ReadKit Outdoes RSS for Good Mac Reading
September 10, 2013
With Google's axing of Reader, software makers rushed into the breach to meet the needs of users orphaned by Searchzilla. Judging by the response of those code warriors, it appears that RSS still has plenty of adherents. A number of good offerings have entered the picture, making it more challenging for any johnny-come-latelies. An app that's a little more than a reader, though, might have a shot.
Popboardz Takes the Snores Out of Presentations
September 09, 2013
A great presentation is usually linear, with a beginning, a middle, and an end -- but not always. Enter PopBoardz, an iPad-based presentation and project collaboration app. PopBoardz is designed more for ways to express projects than presentations, to share what's of most relevant interest in the room -- not a Keynote or PowerPoint slide that's simply the next item in a long line of slides.
US Open Tennis App Is a Smash
September 03, 2013
Second-screen or only screen, the official USTA US Open Tennis Championships for iPad app brings some of the greatest hardcourt tennis in the world into your hands, wherever you happen to be. Right there, the app starts off on a great footing for tennis fans. Fortunately, through nimble footwork and a lot of great serving, the app does a decent job of keeping you updated on all the action.
New Coat of Polish Heightens DevonNote's Shine
August 27, 2013
One of the best things about a computer is it gives you a single place to store scraps of information and research that used to be scattered in notebooks and paper notes across your office. One of the worst things about a computer is it gives you a single place to store scraps of information and research that used to be scattered in notebooks and paper notes across your office.
Vevo Brings Music to Life Through Video
August 26, 2013
If you've watched and listened to music videos posted on YouTube, you've likely seen quite a few major stars with official channels featuring their names with "Vevo" slapped on the end of it, like OneRepublicVevo or LukeBryanVevo. Outside of YouTube, Vevo is a Web-based music video service that also has an iOS app. Said app was just updated to provide AirPlay support, in fact.
A Twist of Timelime Makes Time Tracking More Fun
August 20, 2013
Let's face it. No one likes keeping track of time spent working. If you're a professional like an attorney, you may be able to pass the task off to someone else. Most of us, though, have to go through the grind of keeping tabs on our work hours ourselves. Some of that grind can be reduced -- maybe even become more enjoyable -- with Timelime.
Hey Buddy, Fix Your Face - Oh Wait, I Can Do It for You With Facetune
August 19, 2013
Longtime readers know I'm a fan of straightforward apps that do one core thing really well. Facetune lets you fancy up portrait photos of your friends -- or your selfies -- and it's fantastic. In fact, it's got the perfect blend of powerful tools with utter simplicity. Want to whiten your best man's yellowish teeth? No problem. Boom, white like Ryan Seacrest.
Arq Saves Your Data for a Rainy Day
August 13, 2013
There are lots of free places and free programs to back up data from your Mac so why would you want to pay $40 for software plus $0.095 a gigabyte monthly for storage? The answer to that question may be a no-brainer for you if you only have a few gigs of data that need backing up. For people with larger demands, though, the answer may not be so obvious.
Dialogue's Great if You Love the Sound of Your Own Voice
August 12, 2013
Dialogue is a new app in the Mac OS X App Store that lets you place and answer smartphone calls on your Mac. So why do you need to take calls on your Mac when an iPhone is already super portable? Sometimes your iPhone is stuck in a pocket or inside a backpack, bag or purse. I mean, not my purse -- I never put my iPhone in my purse. Still, the phone isn't always handy.
TotalFinder Adds Oomph to Apple's Adequate Native Navigator
August 06, 2013
Without a doubt, one of the most frequently used programs on a Mac is the Finder. That's because files remain the milk of personal computing interfaces, no matter how hard designers have tried to hide it. Finder performs basic navigation functions well. It will display files in several ways, let you move and copy files, compress files and archive them, and empty the trash.
Cool FPS Nav Doesn't Rescue The Drowning's Sinking Vision
August 05, 2013
The Drowning is an evolutionary new first-person shooter iOS game. It boasts a graphically rich post-apocalyptic world where an ecological disaster has turned millions of people into naked-but-genderless zombie-like monsters with bald skullish heads and claw hands. They try to kill you. You try to survive by shooting them or bludgeoning them when they get too close, and you have to reload.
iWork for iCloud Beta Gives a Tantalizing Hint of What's to Come
July 30, 2013
Google has Google Docs. Microsoft has Office 365. Now Apple has iOffice in iCloud -- almost. Apple has begun sending invitations to iCloud users to try out the new versions of the programs in its iWork productivity suite -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The editions of the iCloud programs are in beta, but you only have to work with them for a little while to get excited about their potential.
Come to the Ear Monsters Ball
July 29, 2013
When I stumble upon a fresh and creative app, particularly an app that pushes humanity forward in cold dark universe, I take a closer look. One such app is Ear Monsters: A 3D Audio Game. Monsters from a parallel dimension have created wormholes to invade our universe. They quickly become invisible in our world, but luckily for us, they don't realize we can still hear them.
Eternal Storms: A Little Flotsam and Jetsam With the Cool Stuff
July 23, 2013
Independent software makers are the backbone of any platform's ecosystem. They've made Apple's app stores exciting places. "There's an app for that," as Will Sonnett used to say, isn't brag -- just fact. One independent code warrior who recently caught our eye is Matthias Gansrigler, the principal of Eternal Storms Software. Gansrigler's apps for the Mac are narrowly focused but inventive.
Briefly Transforms Images of Your Life Into an Ecstatic Blur
July 22, 2013
Before now, it never even occurred to me to try to show 500 photos in under a minute -- or thousands of photos in just a few minutes. Briefly lets you do that. How? By quickly and easily converting gobs of photos into a "still motion video." Oh, and the per-photo slide duration is fast. Really fast. Sub-second fast. The feeling was all amped-up anticipation, but then boom, it was over.
You, Mixtab, Are No Google Reader
July 16, 2013
With Google Reader's demise, makers of software to subscribe to RSS feeds have hustled to fill the void. The biggest winner in the RSS sweepstakes so far has been Feedly, which attracted a large portion of Google Reader's orphans. Feedly has been so successful, in fact, that some RSS makers, like Reeder, are connecting to it, much as they plugged into Google Reader.

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