There are plenty of ways to open and switch apps. There are app launchers, the dock, Spotlight, Mission Control, the Launchpad, and the Cmd+Tab app switcher. We all use a different method, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. For the most part, I simply use the dock, but one thing that I’ve never liked about it is that it’s very difficult to organize.
What if the dock could get some sort of feature that would make it more organized? Say, something like tabs that divide your apps into categories? Well, today we’re reviewing an app called Tab Launcher that does just that. Let’s take a look.
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 creating and managing bibliographies, keeping track of your finances and setting up advanced alarm actions. Read on for some awesome tips and tools to make your Mac experience even better.
Great news! We’ve selected our five Fanurio winners. Here are the names that came up in our random drawing:
Huge thanks to everyone who entered and shared the giveaway. Check back soon for more great giveaways. In the mean time, why not check out one of our awesome app roundups?
Fanurio is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. Whether you need to round time, use multiple currencies or create invoices with your own layout, Fanurio has the right tools to help you get paid.
We’re super excited to announce that we have a whopping 5 Fanurio licenses to give away this week!
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We’ll announce the winners one week from today on Thursday, September 1st. Good luck to everyone who enters and thanks for reading Mac.AppStorm!
Shortly after stepping down as CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. Today we honor our favorite turtleneck wearing tech guru with a brief look back at his amazing career and five industries that will never be the same.
There are a few new features in Lion that you might not have heard about or used yet: Versions, Autosave and Resume. Versions aims to bring the functionality of Time Machine to your documents. This means that you can view several versions of your documents with the changes that happen over time even if you have deleted or added new things to the document.
Autosave is a feature that makes certain apps save your documents automatically after a certain period of time, to avoid losing important changes that you may have made after your previous save. Additionally, Resume, is a feature that allows you to open apps and find them to be in the state that they were in before you closed them. Want to learn more about them?
When Dashboard widgets first debuted in OS X Tiger, I was immediately hooked. It was a lot like the precursor to iPhone app addiction. There were all these cool little utilities that performed tons of useful and entertaining functions. In no time at all I had a Dashboard full of widgets. I even went so far as to learn to break into certain widgets so I could customize the interface, add different sounds and perform other tomfoolery.
My fascination was fairly short lived. The “out of sight, out of mind” theory kicked in quickly and I soon began going entire weeks and months without so much as a glance at any of my widgets. Before long I closed them all down to save on memory.
These days I leave a few widgets open: weather, iStat and Google Analytics, but I rarely remember to check on them. However, the new Dashboard swipe gesture in Lion has reminded me to check on my old friend Dashboard more frequently.
It seems though that most developers have lost interest in the feature, even Apple doesn’t go out of their way to showcase widgets like they used to. In practice, Dashboard seems like an abandoned project but one that Apple is cautious about removing altogether. How long before Apple kills Dashboard completely or gives it a refresh good enough to bring it back into the spotlight? Perhaps a widget section of the Mac App Store could breathe new life into an old feature?
I’d like to know what you think of Dashboard. Cast your vote in the poll and let us know whether or not you even use it anymore. After that, leave a comment below with your opinions about what should be done with Dashboard. Is it fine the way it is? Should Apple abandon it? Should there be an App Store for widgets?
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, NetUse Traffic Monitor.
NetUse provides the best way to monitor your network traffic on the Mac. Utilizing the SNMP feature of any modern Internet router or gateway, NetUse monitors and collects real-time Internet usage statistics for all the computers in your home or office that share an Internet connection. Many ISPs have started to cap your Internet usage and NetUse is here to provide network usage statistics in a simple and elegant way.
Reasons to love NetUse
Simple and Easy to Understand Statistics
NetUse Traffic Monitor provides a simple and easy to understand real-time Internet usage monitoring not only for your personal computer but the whole your network.
Tracks Your Internet Usage and Saves Your Money
Skip the surprises at the end of the month with huge bills and calls to ISPs to find out that Internet usage exceeded your current monthly usage allowance. Monitor your usage and surf the Internet at your own pace.
Easy to Use and Feature Rich
NetUse is a powerhouse under the hood, yet it’s easy to setup and use. The configuration assistant illuminates complicated configurations and in most network setups, NetUse just auto-configures itself!
Huge Supported Hardware List
NetUse works great with Apple’s routers as well as any SNMP enabled hardware either consumer or enterprise level. NetUse features full SNMP support including version 1, 2c and 3.
Free Hardware Compatibility Test
Check out the free SNMP test utility to test your network setup ensuring NetUse will work before you buy the app.
Go Get It!
NetUse has recently released an amazing update with full MacOS Lion support, greatly enhanced hardware support, an redesigned configuration wizard and an improved user interface.
Check out NetUse on the Mac App Store and start tracking your Internet usage to save your money.
Kickoff certainly had a bumpy launch a few weeks ago. The app got so many downloads that their server broke within a few hours of launching, and, as a result, many users where seeing problems with the app, such as crashing or no syncing between accounts. Then they got some unfortunate news that no developer would ever want to hear: Apple rejected the app when they tried to update it. The reason? It was a subscription service and was therefore not allowed in the App Store, despite being approved twice before.
This was surely an unfortunate time for Kickoff. Still, those guys wouldn’t take no for an answer. They have taken it all on the chin, as seen on their blog, and they now offer it as a direct download from their site.
So, has the team learned from their mistakes? Have they made the app more solid and robust to handle all of their traffic? Most importantly, should you invest your well earned money into their service? Read on after the break to find out.