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.
It seems like there is a sector of Mac software that can bring out the hidden enthusiast in any of us. There are media player apps, productivity apps, finance apps, and even apps to organize and catalog all of your real-world belongings. Sometimes, however, the most interesting apps are the ones that take an activity that we often don’t think about, and do something completely different. Today, the app in question caters to our inner weather junkie.
Swackett touts itself as “a different kind of weather app,” a category into which it fits quite nicely. Checking the weather before heading out for the day can be quite a time consuming task. When you live in a place where the weather could change at a moments notice, a “Today’s High” isn’t enough to determine what outfit will be appropriate. Swackett aims to remedy the tedium of climate calculation by presenting the day’s weather to you in terms of your wardrobe, rather than simply in degrees.
A huge range of websites seem to offer weather information, though until now there has been a fairly limited range of integration with desktop apps (other than through Dashboard). The idea of integrating a weather forecast with iCal is one which seems obvious, but has only recently been introduced in the form of WeatherCal.
WeatherCal is a $10 System Preferences app which adds a five day weather forecast into iCal for cities of your choice. Forecasts appear as all day events, and are easy to sync with your iPhone or iPod Touch. This review will provide an overview of WeatherCal as well as a couple of solutions which provide very similar functionality for free.