By now many or even most of you have gotten a chance to really dig into Apple’s latest operating system: OS X Lion. This update was a significant one and brought about tons of changes from both a visual and functional standpoint. With this in mind, we already can’t help but to look toward the next iteration and wonder what’s in store, not just from a new feature standpoint but regarding which existing features Apple will decide to refine.
Today we want to know what you would like Apple to take another run at designing. Whether it’s a brand new feature like Mission control or something that’s been there since the beginning like Finder, which piece of OS X are you really hoping will see a major facelift next time around?
Vote in the poll and then leave a comment below telling us what you would change and why.
Our featured sponsor this week is PopClip, an awesome utility that brings iOS style copy and paste functionality to your Mac.
On an iPhone or iPad, selecting text immediately brings up controls that allow you to perform functions on the selection such as copy, paste and define. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, PopClip brings this exact functionality to text selection on a Mac. It’s a great idea and the implementation is solid. I really love having these controls appear right in place and specifically find the define and spellcheck functions to be quite useful.
PopClip even goes beyond this functionality by providing search and link functionality. Clicking the magnifying glass will immediately search the selection on Google and clicking the link icon will open any links included in the selection in your default browser (or mail client if it’s an email address). Another feature that I really like is the ability to exclude PopClip from certain applications, so it’s only there when you want it to be.
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This is one utility that you can immediately appreciate the very first time you use it. To see for yourself, head over to the PopClip website to grab the free trial. Once you’re convinced, the full version can be purchased on the Mac App Store.
As a web designer, I spend a significant amount of time creating graphics and interfaces in Photoshop. Like other designers and artists, I love the power and limitless possibilities it offers, while at the same time, I grow increasingly frustrated with high prices, feature bloat, and the myriad little quirks that seem designed to drive us insane.
Photoshop’s lack of competition is partly due to the large scope and flexibility of the application – it is used by web, graphic, and interface designers, digital artists, photographers, and more. I doubt Photoshop’s reign as the king of multi-purpose graphics software will end any time soon, but developers have been chipping away at its supremacy in individual fields.
In the more artistic fields, Pixelmator has long been a popular Photoshop alternative, loved for its speed and simplicity. Despite these advantages, Pixelmator could never quite match Photoshop in terms of sheer power – until now. Pixelmator 2 was recently release with an impressive list of new features, find out if it can really compete after the jump!
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One of the features that people seemed most excited about getting their hands on in Lion was fullscreen apps. Plenty of apps jumped on this trend well before Apple built in support for doing so, but for the most part, having a distinctly fullscreen mode is a fairly new development to the Mac app world. Even with Lion’s release being months past, many developers are only just now starting to adopt this feature. Odds are most of your apps don’t yet possess a fullscreen mode.
Today we want to know if the reality lived up to the hype. Do you enjoy using apps in fullscreen mode? Vote in the poll and tell us how many you currently use this way, then leave a comment below and let us know which apps specifically you like to operate in fullscreen.
Our featured sponsor this week is Raven, an innovative new web browser that turns your favorite sites into apps.
Our full review of Raven outlines how much I thoroughly enjoy using this amazingly unique site-specific browser. The app’s Smart Bar allows you to effortlessly switch between your favorite websites and web apps in a way that makes them feel almost native. There’s even a dedicated AppStorm Raven App!
Although the new Raven web browser is only in beta, during the past four weeks they have introduced 50 new apps into their Web App Shop and are about to surpass 175,000 web apps installed into the Smart Bar. This means that a Web App is added to the Smart Bar by someone every 15 seconds!
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Raven is changing the way people interact with the web. With it, you’ll love using Facebook, Twitter and your other favorite sites in a whole new way. If you haven’t already, it’s time to jump on board and head over to the Raven Website to grab your copy of this awesome and completely free utility.
While we have all of this information and inspiration at our fingertips, it’s often a little difficult to pull quantitative data from what we’re seeing. Mac OS X has some built-in measuring abilities, but they’re fairly limited and stuck inside the screenshot function. Fortunately, there are some third party tools available in the form of browser plugins and stand alone applications that aide in acquiring some actual data that can be useful when working on your own project or just to quench your curiosity.
Many solutions are often a little odd to use or just not there when you need them. PixFit aims to remedy that situation. PixFit is a very quick and simple menubar application that lets you measure anything that is displayed on your screen.
Journals or diaries are a great way to look back on things that you’ve done. You probably think that you don’t need to write down what you experience because you will remember it in the future, but if you try to look back now on anything you’ve done, I can guarantee you there’ll be some spots where your memory will fail you.
That’s why taking pictures when you’re traveling and just keeping a daily journal is a great idea if you care about having it there for posteriority. There are quite a few apps for the Mac that seek to simplify and improve that process, and today we’ll be reviewing one of them called “Chronories”. Let’s take a look!
Steve Jobs has been nominated to be the 2011 Time Person of the Year. Join us as we take a brief look into why he’s being considered, who nominated him and the interesting history he has with this very title.
Great news! We’ve chosen the ten winners who will receive a free copy of SideWriter. The Twitter users listed below will be receiving emails shortly outlining how to claim their prize.
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