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These days, many people may do freelance work and regular contracting or business that requires invoicing. Getting paid is undeniably one of the most important parts of any business and invoicing is a key component of that process. Long gone are the days of handwriting invoices and mailing them. Now we have awesome ways to invoice through email and on the computer. Totals is an easy and elegant way to create invoices on your Mac.

Totals is elegant and simple. It also includes easy ways to manage your clients and create reports. If you are a company who keeps inventory, you will be happy to know that Totals helps track that too! Read on as we discover all of the ins and outs of Totals.

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This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on April 28th, 2011.

We’re all familiar with the Finder, but what if we could have access to our most used documents and personal folders at the ‘flick of a wrist’? Enter Sidefolders, an application that aims to give you quick and easy access to your recent, and regularly used, files and folders.

It’s a great concept, and one that has a lot of potential. But how well does SideFolders execute the idea? Read on for more information, along with a quick screencast overview of the app.

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With a stable Internet connection, we need not be physically present in order to control a computer, access its files and run applications. By making use of VNC (or Virtual Network Computing) technology, it’s possible to remote control not just other OS X machines with your Mac but other platforms too, such as Windows or Linux. However, VNC has never been the most seamless or intuitive software for non-geeks to get started with and perhaps this is has held it back from being adopted by the average user – which is where iTeleport comes in.

Having already garnered a strong reputation with a superb iOS app, users were clamouring for iTeleport to make a proper Mac app and thankfully the iTeleport team stepped up, bringing many of the user-friendly innovations from iOS to OS X. Let’s take a look at the resulting application.

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I’ve been a gamer for a long time. I’v always been interested in heavy duty PC gaming and console gaming. However, the more time I spend on my Mac and various iOS devices, the more I find that my gaming focus is shifting to lighter weight games that require less of a time investment, both long term and on a ‘per sitting’ basis.

The perfect example of what I mean by this is Cubemen, a tower defense/real time strategy hybrid from 3Sprockets. Cubemen is a real time game played on a board of square spaces between you and another player or computer, and the object is to overwhelm your opponents forces. Read on to find out more about how Cubemen works.

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As a writer about Mac, iPhone and iPad applications you sometimes think you’ve seen it all, apps being very similar, especially when they perform basically the same tasks. I should know better – it’s the details that can make all the difference and I tried to highlight that fact in an article I wrote a couple of weeks ago in which I compared five outlining apps for Mac.

They all had their strengths and weaknesses, but all of them will suit a different set of needs. Being only human, it seems I overlooked a rather popular choice: Scribe. Today, I want to remedy that faux pas and take a closer look at an outliner that comes with a lot of features and is quite simple to use.

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If you are a fan of Last.fm’s scrobbling service, like me, you’ve probably not been quite satisfied with the official app that has been around for quite some time now. Instead, you might have tried your luck with plugins or third party apps like Bowtie that allow you to scrobble without having to deal with the official app.

All that’s (hopefully) about to change with the new Audioscrobbler for Mac, which is in beta right now. Want to check it out? Let’s take a look!

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Everyone wants to be rich. That’s a great goal to have, but it usually takes a multitude of consistent steps over an extended period of time to actually get there. One half of the equation is to earn more than what you are making right now, and fast. From freelancing to running a business fulltime, there are so many options to explore when it comes to creating a new revenue stream.

Another half of the equation is taking control of your fund outflow by managing expenses. It might be a cliche, but a penny saved is indeed equivalent to a penny earned. Either way, you will have to keep track of both the income and expenses diligently. Squirrel helps you track and plan your finances on your Mac, let’s check it out.

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Online streaming, subscription based music delivery services are making an attempt to become the golden ticket solution for music lovers everywhere. Having access to a gigantic library of music is well worth the subscription fee for a lot of people and as the music libraries of these services grow they continue to gather steam.

The two big competitors in this field right now are Rdio and Spotify. Rdio released a major interface update recently that is a big step forward to separate itself from Spotify (only paid subscribers get a sneak peek). The interface changed substantially for the better with new features added and others more prominently placed. Not only is the update quite beautiful, it makes discovering new music an even more social experience. Let’s take a spin through the new Rdio.

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Video editing programs are big and bulky and take a lot of resources to run. I regularly use Adobe After Effects and Premiere, but my computer isn’t always happy about that. It doesn’t make sense to use Premiere or After Effects for the little tasks, but I don’t particularly care for iMovie so I often find myself having to open up Premiere just to do a simple conversion or little edit, which doesn’t make a great deal of sense. I’ve been looking for a light-weight program to take care of the little edits and Shave Video is definitely one I like.

Shave Video is a simple and quick program that’s great for basic cutting, chopping, splicing and conversions. Shave Video is useful no matter your skill level. Novice users can complete simple edits like cutting a scene from a phone-video. Professional editors will appreciate the simplicity of the software for use in prep work or batch conversion. Read on to find out how the program works as well as what I really thought of it.

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This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. This post was originally published on April 23rd, 2011.

Time management is be a daunting task for many of us. I excel in writing down my appointments and time blocks into iCal, but if I don’t assign an alarm to them, I miss them. More than that, knowing that I have a lot crammed into a day discourages me to even open iCal – which doesn’t really improve the situation!

With Blotter, you can display your iCal content on your desktop and so keep an eye on your important stuff much easier – and surprisingly enough, find that there just might be time to do everything properly.

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