It seems like there’s been an influx of RSS reader reviews here on AppStorm recently. With great new (and sometimes novel) readers like Pulp or Reeder, we can’t help but get excited about them. However, every now and then an RSS app comes out that doesn’t dabble with novel formats or unique interfaces. They set out to achieve the simple goal of utility, and do it well.
MobileRSS is a Google Reader client that has long been popular on iOS devices, and now comes to Mac. How does the desktop version hold up?
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Timing.
Timing is the best way to keep track of the time you spend with your Mac. It automatically tracks which documents you are editing, applications you use, and the domains of the websites you visit. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to start or stop a timer again!
After tracking, just drag and drop activities into projects. Sophisticated graphs show you how you spent your time each day and which projects consumed most of your time.
Reasons to Love Timing
Timing mercilessly shows you which activities are hogging your time, like browsing the web and playing games.
Properly Track Work Time
Don’t worry about forgetting to start or stop a timer for billing your clients. With Timing, all the tracking happens automatically.
Timing tracks the path of every document you view or edit.
Safari and Chrome Support
Domains of websites you visit are also tracked.
Watch your productivity plummet during the holidays.
Drag your activities into projects to categorize the time you spent.
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Only this week, Timing is available at a 30% discount off the regular price of $19.99. Get it from the Mac App Store today!
The popularity of online bill paying simplifies our lives in many ways (not to mention the tree savings), but without a solid piece of mail arriving at the door, it can be tough to remember the due dates for the many bills we pay each month. While you could set up repeating reminders in iCal, and keep track of what you’ve paid on spread sheets, the developers of Chronicle promise an easier way to keep track of bills for the memory-and-math-challenged.
Unlike many other finance apps, which try to do everything from creating budgets to tracking transactions, Chronicle is dedicated solely to helping you pay the bills. Find out if this simplified approach can prevent bill-related anxiety in today’s review!
If you scan the features page on the Adobe Photoshop CS5 website, you’ll find descriptions for almost 70 different features, everything from “Automatic lens correction” to “Fluid canvas rotation” to “Puppet warp.” But anyone who’s ever used Photoshop knows that 70 features is just the tip of the iceberg, and when you start to add the various options for each of those features, you’re talking about such a beastly bit of software that it sinks the hopes of any amateur who dares open it.
That’s where the Mac App Store comes in. With the Mac App Store’s democratization of the Mac software market, image-editing amateurs like me have access to a whole new range of “one trick ponies,” niche software that will do the one thing you’re looking for, and not a darn thing else.
Colorize is one such one-trick pony.
rooSwitch is now the new SwitchUp from Irradated Software. It’s mostly the same as in our review here, but now with menu options. Our article still refers to it as rooSwitch, but if you want to try it out, SwitchUp is essentially the same app, just updated and with a new name.
Do you ever wish you could set up an app’s preferences, then create another profile with a completely different set of preferences?
rooSwitch is a unique app that does exactly that. Read on to see how you can put this incredibly useful app to work.
These days we have so much information that needs safe keeping. With so many reports regarding identity theft breaking on a daily basis, security of digital items is as important as your physical goods. Alleyways across the Internet are at times darker than the real world, and all it takes is a tiny malware in your computer to transfer all your digital data to a basement dwelling hacker.
SecretBox allows you to store all sorts of information – Credit Card details, SSN numbers, Software Licenses, account login credentials, and much more. Let’s check it out.
Since the dawn of home computing, those in the know have measured a machine’s worth with a look at the system’s specifications: A Sinclair Spectrum ZX which sported 128K of RAM was better than the 48K version and, likewise, a 500MHz iBook G3 was naturally superior to its clamshell ancestor, which housed a 300MHz processor. Once you understand the terms and the math, it’s simple. Or it was, anyway.
In more recent years, the picture has become a little muddled – is a 2.2GHz AMD CPU superior to its Intel rival? Throw in multiple cores and a choice of video card and a confused mess becomes positively Byzantine. Then there’s Apple, who as usual do things their own way.
The Mac App Store has brought about a whole mess of new utilities that make your Mac more functional than ever.
Today we’re going to dive and find thirty particularly useful utilities that you’ll definitely want to check out and consider downloading.
In Lion, the Spaces feature has been replaced by Mission Control, one central location with some major window management capabilities (Exposé shortcuts are still available).
We recently published an article on Making the Most of Mission Control and would love to know how you’re getting along with the new system.
I think the best way to judge your acceptance of Mission Control is by noting how much you actually use it on a day to day basis. Is it a novelty feature that you forget exists (Dashboard anyone?) or is it something that you use constantly and couldn’t live without?
Cast your vote in the poll and then leave a comment below about why you love or hate it and if you miss any functionality from Snow Leopard.
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, CheckUp.
CheckUp is an awesome utility designed to help you monitor the behavior and health of your Mac in real time. Like the dashboard of a car, CheckUp gives you a quick reference for important information about your Mac. It monitors and detects hardware issues, keeps an eye on your processor and network performance, gives you stats about your files and storage, shows you a history of recent crashes and a whole lot more.
The application itself is gorgeous and conveniently sits on the side of the screen in a dock until you need it. You’re never more than a click away from all of your important information.
Here are some more reasons to love CheckUp:
- Optimized and build for recent Macs
- New core completely rewritten for Snow Leopard and Lion
- More than 100 new features planned for version 3.1 in September
- Available in 5 languages
- All updates always free for life