It’s finally my turn to give you a small peak inside my treasure trove of apps. Keep in mind that this is in no way an exhaustive list, but rather a compendium of those most essential for a frictionless workday.

I’m a lot like Superman or Spiderman in the sense that I lead a double life. By day, I’m a quiet and bashful systems administrator, keeping the machines gears greased and the wheels turning. By night, I’m a fearless writer, reviewing perilous apps with total disregard for my own personal safety.

Ok, so maybe that was a little far fetched. After all who’s ever seen a bashful sysadmin… The point I’m trying to make, is that I have apps vital for each role in my life and then apps vital for both. So sit back, relax and enjoy the tour. (more…)

Despite the prevalence of services such as Dropbox, Flickr and Photo Stream, email is still the most popular way of sending photos to friends and family. It’s something we take for granted, yet many of us don’t tend to save the photos once we’ve seen them in our mail app.

Lost Photos is a rather unique utility that searches through every single email you’ve sent or received and extracts any photos it finds, ready for you to archive and preserve. Does it work? Read on to find out.

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Maybe you’re the kind of person who can’t leave well enough alone and are always customizing OS X. Or maybe you’re the opposite, maybe you want to have that same sort of devil may care attitude but are afraid of digging a hole so deep, even Spotlight can’t find you.

I’ve been in both camps, and while I definitely prefer to be in full control of the experience on my Mac, I don’t want to get myself into a bad situation either. MacUtil, a neat little OS X tweaking app, can help both groups: those who love to personalize their OS and those who don’t know where to start. (more…)

If you live in an apartment block or make a living in IT support, then you’ll know the pain and heartache that can happen when there are a number of neighboring WiFi networks all trying to compete with each other! It’s a common frustration shared by many and usually we just put up with it or, worse still, assume it’s either an internet connection issue or hardware fault.

WiFi Explorer, by Adrián Granados, aims to make the process of tweaking your wireless network as straightforward as possible by providing you with detailed information about all the wireless networks your Mac can detect. Does it succeed? Let’s find out.

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Every new app and service these days dangles the promise of nearly unlimited free “cloud” storage in front of us. It’s a tantalizing promise in a day when smaller SSDs are the norm. After all, when’s the last time, prior to the MacBook Air’s coming out, that you would have considered a computer with 64Gb of storage? Right, I thought so.

Cloud storage has failed us, though, if freeing up our hard drives was what it was supposed to do. Instead, every document you add to iCloud, Dropbox, or Evernote takes up extra space in your cloud storage and on your hard drive.

My Files is a new app that aims to fix this problem, giving you a way to easily store files online and find them again quickly, all without having to take up extra space on your Mac. Let’s see if it lives up to its lofty goal. (more…)

Looking for a way to keep your finances managed this year, perhaps to make next tax season a bit less frustrating? Then you need to check out Money by Jumsoft, our sponsor this week.

Money by Jumsoft presents a powerful, comprehensive, and intuitive system designed to help you keep control of your financial life. Oversee your account balances, track investments, keep budgets, and manage your bank accounts, credit cards, loans, investments, assets, and cash. And do it all in a straightforward and stylish interface.

Money’s key features include:

  • Convenient income and expense tracking
  • Easy budget planning
  • Scheduled transactions
  • Multiple options for reports
  • Investment tracking
  • Sync with Money for iPhone and iPad via Wi-Fi
  • Multiple data files
  • Password protection

Money was first released in 2003 and has won wide popularity among small businesses and home users of Macs since then. Fans of Money appreciate the combination of its high usability and the effectiveness of finance management that it provides.

Go Get It!

Ready to get your finances under control on your Mac? Then head over to the App Store and grab your own copy of Money for $38.99. Or, you can download a free trial of Money from Jumsoft’s site to make sure it works for you before buying a copy.

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The Cave was recently released by the same people who did Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion and some other people who did Psychonauts. That’s some pretty impressive video game chops, so it’s no surprise that adventure game-cum-platformer The Cave has been met with high expectations.

How does it perform on the Mac, and just what is the mystery of the Cave? We’ll try to find out! (more…)

You’ve got AirDrop, and that’s pretty cool, but what if you’re not a single OS household? You have a Mac, but your significant other has a PC. How is that ever going to work? What are you going to do, email files back and forth? Pshaw!

Well, you could do that, but it sure would create a lot of inbox clutter, or you could try Filedrop, a nifty little app that acts like AirDrop but works on Macs and PCs, allowing you to share files across platforms. There are even some forthcoming mobile apps to sweeten the deal. How reliable is sharing with Filedrop? Let’s find out! (more…)

Delineato is a beautiful new diagramming and mind mapping app, but in order to appreciate this app, you will need to forget what you know about apps in this genre. Forget the loaded toolbars, tons of options, and feature laden apps.

Delineato is the OmmWriter of brainstorming apps, complete with a track of Zen music to help keep you focused. In my recent comparison of several mind mapping apps, I divided the apps into two categories — minimalist and power user. But this app is in a category of its own.

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I need more cloud storage, but I have commitment issues. I always want to try something new, and I’m always looking for more gigabytes. New service Copy has my storage woes covered. Free users are sitting pretty and will do even better with a generous referral program.

We’ll take a look at the Copy app and see if it has the features to match up to all that space they’re tossing around. (more…)

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