We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Raskin.
There are very few Mac applications that one can label as truly unique, Raskin is one of them. It represents an entirely new way of interacting with and managing your open applications and windows. It makes finding, organizing, previewing, and opening documents a fast and remarkably seamless process.
Take a Step Back
Raskin allows you to use intuitive gestures to zoom out and view all of your content on a single, zoomable surface. The idea is an extreme one and it makes for a wonderfully simple window management process. By maintaining Finder’s built-in file and folder structure, it helps you stay effortlessly organized.
An Awesome Way to View Your Files
Quickly review and organize your visual files – photos, graphics, presentations, and artwork on the Raskin Surface with seamless zooming of all file types. No importing necessary. And Raskin’s “Bird’s Eye Windows” shortcut let’s you zoom-in on and get details of all open application windows.
New In Raskin 1.5
Raskin 1.5 is an awesome update that brings tons of new features. Here are just a few of the awesome additions:
- Light Table View: Use Raskin’s New Light Table View (from the View menu or ⌘L) for ad hoc presentations or as a dedicated review space
- Autofocus while dragging items (moving and re-organizing made easier). This behaves similar than Finder’s “Spring-Loaded Folders”, drag objects on a folder and wait for Raskin to move it into focus. Delay can be adjusted in Preferences.
- Auto-open (eg. Drag and Drop pictures and text straight into your layout document). Similar to Autofocus, documents now are “Spring-Loaded” as well.
- New “Focus” menu and shortcut menu for a better navigation experience.
- Hide objects: New keyboard shortcut to hide selected objects (^⌘H)
- And much more!
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Though my initial knee-jerk reaction to the news that Apple were making Mac OS X Lion available only through the Mac App Store was one of disapproval, upon reflection the decision makes sense from an environmental standpoint at least. There will be trees saved without those retail boxes needing to be made, in addition to fuel and emissions saved from the various vehicles which would have been needed to transport those boxes to their destinations – not to mention a digital distribution method fits in with Apple’s minimalist ethos and their slow but steady march to a complete rejection of physical media.
That’s great and all, but there are situations in which a physical copy of OS X is very useful, such as if the user desires a completely fresh install, or to upgrade several Macs at once, or those wishing to skip Snow Leopard altogether and move from Leopard straight to Lion. If you have any of these needs or just want a physical copy as a means of insurance, read on after the break because we’ve got you covered…
In addition to the long-awaited launch of OS X Lion, Apple gave us another surprise this week in the form of an update to the MacBook Air. New processors and a Thunderbolt port are just two of the exciting features in the newest models.
However, there are still plenty of doubts to be had about the overall direction Apple has taken for their line of MacBooks. Is the MacBook Air an acceptable replacement for the plain old MacBook? Have the risk-takers at Apple stripped off too much or have they created the best MacBook ever?
It’s been a long two years since the release of Snow Leopard, and with all the fanfare surrounding Apple’s mobile devices recently, many Mac users, myself included, are feeling a little left out. Lion’s much-anticipated release follows Apple’s promise to bring focus “back to the Mac” by integrating advancements from iPhone and iPad development into the Mac platform. In its attempt to bring the best of iOS to the next generation of OSX, Apple has some people worried that Lion will turn their Macs into giant iPads, or introduce iOS-like restrictions to the Mac. Now that this cat is finally out of its cage, let’s dive right in and see what Lion has to offer!
Unlike Snow Leopard, which featured mostly behind-the-scenes improvements and few obvious changes, Lion is a feature-packed major update that will noticeably change the way you use your Mac. Lion comes packed with over 250 new features, so let’s take a look at some of its biggest selling points (in no particular order).
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, OS X Lion is finally available for public download in the Mac App Store.
Apple tossed in a few surprises for the day as well with some welcome hardware updates. Let’s very briefly take a look at what’s going on just to keep you up to date around the Mac user water cooler.
Services like Instapaper and Read It Later are a really great way to store a selection of articles that you’d really like to read but don’t necessarily have time for when you discover them. However, as just about everyone who uses these services knows, it’s far too easy to throw articles in your queue while promising yourself that you’ll read them only to completely forget they exist.
The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” is quite appropriate with these particular web services. ReadNow seeks to change that by giving you a native way to manage and read your saved articles. Who knows? If they’re always in your menu bar, you just might read some of those articles!
Choosing between a default Mac utility and a more powerful third party client is always difficult. Tighter system integration and the “free” aspect are on your side with the built-in tool, but there’s often a shortage of the kind of powerful features that a freestanding application offers.
Font management is a perfect example of this. Font Book is a decent way to manage your fonts, but creative professionals and anyone else who deals with fonts daily might find it fairly lacking.
Today we want to know how you manage your font library. Do you use third party software or have you stuck with the tools that Apple has provided? Cast your vote above, then leave a comment letting us know which font management apps you’ve tried and which you like the best.
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Postbox.
Postbox is one of the most powerful alternatives to Mail.app that you’ll find anywhere and is a simply incredible email client. In addition to your favorite standard Postbox features like tabs and beautiful reply formatting, Postbox 2.5 sports several brand new features that make it even more irresistible.
The Postbox interface is now simpler and more intuitive, plus there’s a fresh new theme for the Mac by Benjamin De Cock, and a new icon set by Kenichi Yoshida.
On the Mac, Postbox 2.5 is now running in 64-bit mode, so it can take advantage of all the computing power your Mac has to offer.
Postbox now supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays.
For those of you from the U.K. and other fortunate regions that have been enjoying Spotify for years, this is a non-event. However, for any readers from the U.S., this is huge news. Get ready to completely neglect Grooveshark, Pandora, Last.fm and any other Internet radio you listen to. Spotify is that good.
What is Spotify? How does it work? How do you get it? Keep reading, we’ve got the answers.
It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.
Today I’ll be offering some advice about apps for taking student notes, concentrating, dimming your screen and managing your contacts. Read on for some awesome tips and tools to make your Mac experience even better.