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Being productive is all about being efficient, and restarting your computer is always a process that steals precious minutes from your life. If only there was a way to have a fine level of control over this frustrating task…

That’s the concept behind Startupizer, a new app available at the Mac App Store. If you’re anything like me, you have a few different extensions that all load up prior to the machine actually being usable.

Startupizer lets you tweak your startup settings so that you decide what opens when, making boot times substantially faster. As usual, there’s more to it, so let’s take a moment  and delve into Startupizer and what it does after the break.


The market for billing and payment apps is crowded with heavy, complex and hard to understand apps. It’s impressive how difficult app developers can make something as easy as reminding you of your due payments!

Don’t worry, though. If you are looking for an app that is lighter, faster and simpler, and still does a great job at keeping up with your bills, we have a great option for you.

It’s called Chronicle Mini and is created by the same people behind the excellent Chronicle. Read on to find out more!


As Mac users, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to Twitter clients. With so many choices, and so many good choices, I’ve had to try almost all of them and I still haven’t settled on just one!

Twitterrific has always been a main contender in the native-app arena, with a slick interface, lots of features and constant development. With a multitude of free options coming available recently (notably Twitter for Mac), Twitterrific has had to step up their game with recent 4.0 release, and they haven’t disappointed.


Today we’ll be reviewing quite an unusual app. Unlike most software that we review, this application is made for people who don’t have much contact with Mac apps – or even Macs at all. It’s a simple video tutorial app that can show you how to use a Mac in just a few hours through short informative and interactive videos.

Called Learn The Switch To Mac, it’s available on the App Store for just $1 at the time of writing. Are you a recent Mac switcher? Are you having problems getting around in your new computer? This app will show you the way. Keep on reading to find out more about it.


I’ve been a Gmail user for better than five years now. Throughout that time period I’ve been in search of an email application for my desktop, and have continually been disappointed. As my frustration grew, and the Gmail interface improved, I all but conceeded that I would just use the web interface forever.

Then, the Sparrow beta was released. I was intrigued. It looked like something very different and it was geared towards Gmail users. The buzz around the Web sucked me in, so I decided to give it a try and really enjoyed the experience. There were a few bugs, but overall it was a refreshing way to manage email.

Their first official release – Sparrow 1.0 – popped up on the App Store recently, and I decided to give it a go. I was excited to see the final product of something I thought had a ton of promise, but could it become my new email application?


At some point, most people have a moment when they want to transfer video from a computer to a portable device like an iPod or phone. Well, if you’ve been in this situation, then you know that some devices can only play a selection of video formats, and that you usually need a video converter to transfer your video files across to a different format.

Most video converter apps are not free, in fact, they tend to be on the expensive side. But today we are presenting to you a free app from this category.

It’s called Miro Video Converter, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts along with drawing comparisons to a very similar app, Permute!


Trillian from Cerulean Studios may be familiar to Windows users, as it has a history dating right back to year 2000. Originally a client for IRC (Internet Relay Chat), over the years it added support for a range of instant messaging service including AIM, Yahoo!, MSN and ICQ to the point where Cerulean claim “Trillian connects to everything.”

In this review, we’ll look at how well it has made the transition with a recently launched Mac OS version, and how it stands up against the strong competition!


OmniDazzle takes a step away from the usual affair of serious, stylish Mac software to solve a unique an interesting problem. It’s different to say the least!

When you think of The Omni Group, serious productivity tools come to mind – often OmniFocus, or one of their diagramming/graphing apps. You don’t necessarily think of software for spicing up your mouse pointer…

OmniDazzle does just that, offering a way to easily add some jazz to your daily pointing. It’s great fun, and has plenty of serious uses after you’ve finished playing around with magical pointer-pixie dust!


For most people, the idea of having a simple, clear budget is appealing. We all want to know how much money we have to spend, and we’d all love to end up with more cash left over at the end of the month. But for people looking for a great app to help them track and manage their finances, the choices have been slim.

Thankfully, MoneyWell has come along, providing a financial management app that is easy to learn, easy to use, and full of features to get you in control of your money. Head past the break to learn more about this app, and maybe start the path to financial peace!


The end of 2010 saw the release of the new Skype 5 Beta for Mac. While a lot of the functionality has already been available in the PC version for a while now, it’s the Mac version that matters to us, right?

The initial beta wasn’t unanimously well-received on account of the unusually spaced interface and clunky changes, but it’s improved significantly between the original beta and the full version now available.

I got my hands dirty with the build for about a month, testing the pros and cons, and I have to say, Skype’s now-out-of-beta release has a pretty strong ‘pros’ list.


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