Easter is approaching quickly and the spirit of spring is in the air. What better time to re-think the way you work with your Mac, and take on board a few time saving tips and shortcuts? We won’t be covering the basics, and assume you’re already familiar with using the keyboard to copy, paste and save!
There’s something for everyone, whether you’d like to show Expose in slow motion, quickly empty your Trash, automatically save text to a sticky note or zoom in and out of your screen.
Winner of the Apple Design Award 2008, ScreenFlow is a full featured screencasting application. It’s provides the full start-to-finish process for making professional quality screencasts. Having previously covered a roundup of different screencasting applications, today we’re focusing upon one.
This how to will provide an overview of ScreenFlow, and explain how easy it is to get started using the app. From hitting “Record” to exporting a finished screencast – we’ll take you through the process.
All of us deal with bills in one way or another, whether through running a house, car, family, education, or expensive software obsession. It’s easy to lose track of what needs to be paid, and at what time. Rather than having an elaborate system of sticky notes, Chronicle aims to provide a central resource for storing all your bills and recording payments.
The application is still young with a number of areas for improvement. That said, I’m a fan of the concept, iCal integration, handy reminders, and quirky, original interface.
If you’re a Mac user and operate a website or blog, you owe it to yourself to check out MarsEdit. The app offers a simple way to manage a blog from your desktop, with a range of features including excellent media handling and system-wide bookmarklet support.
Red Sweater have kindly donated three copies to give away, worth $29.95 each. There are two ways to enter:
- Via Comment – Tell us why you’d like a copy! The more convincing the better – two comments will be chosen at random for a free license.
- Via Twitter – Simply follow AppStorm on Twitter. We’ll choose one follower at random to win a copy (plus you’ll be kept up to date with all the latest Mac app news!)
The competition will run for one week, with winners announced on Tuesday 14th April 2009. As with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato.
Good luck! I’m excited to read your (always entertaining) entries. If you just can’t wait, you can download MarsEdit to experience a fully featured 30 day trial.
Anyone who has owned or operated a computer for any period of time knows the importance of a password. We have them for everything; your OS X account password, online banking, email, shopping sites and the rest. The result can often be a big mess of difficult-to-remember passwords, especially as sites often require the inclusion of numbers and special characters in your password.
If you have this problem, I suggest you check out these password management applications. They allow for the storage and retrieval of these passwords in an easy and secure environment, and can go a long way towards preventing a security induced headache.
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Thank you to everyone (nearly 200 of you!) that took part in the Pixelmator contest. It’s a fantastic application, and definitely worth finding out more about if you’re looking for a Photoshop alternative.
Without further ado, the three winning comments are:
- David Lackovic: i posted it on twitter: https://twitter.com/dlackovic/status/1402912925
- Alvaro Costa Neto: Posted on Twitter. http://twitter.com/nepheus/status/1403639695 Gonna post it on my website also: http://www.cosmobloco.com. Both are in portuguese from Brazil. Good luck everyone!
- Craig Paterson: Tweeted – http://twitter.com/cpfusion/status/1419798424
Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy using the app. Sorry if you missed out this time, but I do have one more copy of Pixelmator that I’ll be giving away at some point via Twitter. Feel free to follow AppStorm so you don’t miss out!
Using a computer is often all about events and communication. Changes are always occurring, data is being received, tracks are changing, and news is pushed to you. All of these events occur in a bunch of different applications, and each has a specific way of letting you know that something has happened. It could be a Dock badge, a popup window, or even an audible alert.
The problem with this setup is that, as a user, you’re constantly bombarded with notifications from different areas of your screen, grabbing your attention in different ways. Growl aims to solve this by providing a central system for managing events. It integrates with a huge range of apps to provide a single, simplified way to receive notifications.
Whether you enjoy cooking or not, it’s a task which most people usually partake in to some degree. I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, and have built up a fairly extensive (and space consuming!) collection of recipe books. Nowadays I find the internet to be the best resource for finding recipe inspiration. Sites such as BBC Food, and the extensive All Recipes seem to offer a never-ending collection of ideas.
However, until downloading SousChef I lacked a central resource for storing the wide variety of meal ideas collected via the Internet. SousChef is a kitchen companion for your Mac, offering an extensive database of online recipes, powerful storage and search tools, the ability to create grocery lists, and a few entertaining tools to make cooking easier.