On the surface, Quicksilver is a simple application launcher. Type a quick shortcut to launch the main window followed by the first few letters of an application’s name and you’re off launching apps at will from the keyboard like some sort of OS X wizard. This is all fine and dandy, but the real power of Quicksilver lies in a broad and robust range of features.

However, faced with a formidable learning curve, many users fail to dig deeper to discover how to use Quicksilver beyond simply launching apps. This article will provide a brief overview of how to setup Quicksilver and begin using a number of its most useful features. Later we’ll have another article that delves into some more advanced features, techniques and tricks.

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Managing your personal finances is often somewhat of a pain, particularly if you’re suffering from a lack of funds to manage! Fortunately a variety of different applications are available for assisting with the process. Whether you’re trying to save a few extra dollars each month or have an enormous investment portfolio, there’s something for you.

These apps will assist with tracking your spending, paying bills on time, planning a simple budget, displaying detailed reports, and (in some cases) entering transactions on-the-go from your iPhone.

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With the availability of all-in-one development apps such as Coda and Espresso, a dedicated FTP program is beginning to seem like a fairly archaic way to access remote data. ExpanDrive offers a modern solution to FTP access by integrating seamlessly with the OS X Finder. Once connected, you can modify files from any application as if using a local USB drive.

After using ExpanDrive for a few weeks I can safely say that I won’t be returning to any other system. It works completely as advertised and performance is impressive. This review will take a look at how ExpanDrive works, and suggest a few changes you may need to make before migrating to it fully.

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With a wonderful form factor, design, and functionality, the iPhone is a fantastic gadget for web designers and developers alike. You’ll be pleased to know that a huge range of software is available to make the iPhone (or iPod touch) a perfect companion.

We’ve hand-picked a selection of 50 fantastic applications. To give you a taste, the software covered will allow you to choose a color scheme, detect a font, update your website, manage a database, plan your to-do list, track time, bill a client, write a blog post, or view website statistics.

You’ll be amazed at what an iPhone is capable of!

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Thanks for all the entertaining entries to the Prizmo giveaway. I have great fun reading through a bunch of the crazy plans you had in store for the app!

It was difficult, but I’ve chosen three comments which stood out from the rest:

  • John Davis – Because your first experience with a Mac does indeed need to be priceless.
  • Pieter – Because scanners really shouldn’t eat people’s fingers…
  • Turtle – Because you outlined an epic blockbuster movie, complete with a closing montage!

Congratulations! You should find a license code sitting in your inbox. A big thank you goes out to Prizmo for sponsoring the competition.

For those who missed out, I do have some form of consolation. Next week we shall be giving away not one, not five, but ten copies of a popular Mac FTP app (a total value of $400!). Get subscribed via Twitter or RSS to ensure you don’t miss out.

For many Mac users, taking screenshots is activity performed several times per day. Having the right tool for the job is vital and can save an enormous amount of time. Today we’ll be taking a look at 8 excellent examples of screenshot software for OS X ranging from simple utilities, through to fully-blown applications for organizing and sharing a vast library of images.

Much of the software on offer is not only great at capturing screenshots, but also at allowing you to quickly and easily share them online. We have previously covered a range of different screen recording applications, so please feel free to delve into the archives if you’re looking for a video solution.

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How annoying is it when all of your friends use different types of instant messaging networks? Some use AIM, some MSN, Yahoo! – the list goes on. It can be a real nuisance to have multiple applications and windows open just to keep up the communication.

There are of course applications such as Adium to allow multiple accounts, however many Mac users prefer iChat’s simplistic interface (myself included). In this tutorial I will show you how to set up iChat so that you can keep all of your contacts in one simple window – whether they’re on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, or any other network.

Whilst this isn’t the simplest of tasks, once completed you should never have to worry about it again.

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We’re fairly fortunate as Mac users to run an operating system which clean up after itself. I have never needed to re-format an OS X installation for a speed boost, but that doesn’t mean that we’re free from unnecessary files and caches taking up drive space.

CleanMyMac is an OS X utility that helps to keep your Mac clean and healthy. It’s capable of freeing up space through slimming Universal Binaries, removing unnecessary language files, deleting old caches and logs, and various other miscellaneous files. This review will put CleanMyMac through it’s paces and assess whether it offers a good spring cleaning solution.

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