Miscellaneous / Other
Do you need virus protection if you’re running OS X? It’s not a terrible idea. Do you need a firewall if you’re on a Mac? Absolutely. Mac Internet Security X8 from Intego provides both in a flexible package that makes security understandable, friendly, and flexible for mobile users. It keeps you safe without interfering with the work you need to do on the Internet.
MacDraft, the first CAD software for the Mac is still the easiest CAD there is, and this is a great update; it portends great directions for Microspot to build upon for future updates. The implementation of some of these features are certainly not perfect, but they are very welcome additions and show a strong promise of things to come.
MacPaw is as interested in digital security as you are, and they have developed a handy app to prove it. Hider 2 allows you to encrypt and render non-viewable any file you want to hide on your Mac. Just to be clear, yes, there are things you cannot hide with this app, such as other apps or file folders in your root directory. Otherwise, the folders on your Mac can be dropped into the hider app to protect everything within the folder.
As our computers get larger hard drives, their ability to hold more stuff increases. How bad all this unnecessary stuff is might be up for debate, but it’s probably not necessary. And if it’s not necessary, you may as well get rid of it. Shiny Soap from Shinysoft has distilled their software down to the nitty-gritty to provide as simple an interface as one could have. However, sometimes too simple is too much lost.
Okay, you’ve just loaded a day’s worth of images into Lightroom, and now, somewhat tired, you want to sit back on the couch or up in bed and go through your images. You need to play Keep & Toss, and perhaps try some presets on those images, as well as try some individual adjustments. Starting today, you can load the collection into your iPad and do the same ratings, same presets, and same adjustments you’d normally do on your computer.
Macworld / iWorld is like a shopping mall; a big, Apple-dominated shopping mall with no Hot Topic or Auntie Anne’s. The exhibitors want to tell you about their products, but more importantly, they want you to buy their products. And that means show floor deals, most of which extend well beyond the confines of Macworld / iWorld. Throughout the show, we’ll be posting them all here, beginning…
FileMaker Pro is the very powerful database application that lets you create new databases from scratch or use databases created by others. But why wait for someone else to create the database you need now. DevCon—FileMaker’s Developer’s Conference—will be held this year in San Antonio, Texas, July 28-31 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
OneNote for Mac is pretty nifty software that you can use to jot down your ideas, capture collections of web clippings and research, plan your trips and events, check to-dos and shopping lists, and share notes with friends and co-workers. Not bad for a free utility, right?
“Never” may actually be a strong word, but if you tend to lose your iPhone charge because you forget to plug it in and often find yourself with a depleted battery at a critical moment, Softorino has a possible solution for you. It’s an app for OS X and Windows that takes those 20% and 10% charge warnings from your iPhone and displays them to your computer so you’re notified even when your iPhone is hidden from sight.
FileMaker Pro—the database application that has a user base ranging from individuals through corporations—has released FMPro 13. While there are the expected improvements to the application, this new release provides a whole new level of opportunities. Part of that includes a new release of FileMaker Go for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad to work with the new features of FMPro 13.
To-do list and productivity apps are sprouting like mushrooms. There’s no excuse anymore for the procrastinators out there, as they can find hundreds of apps to keep them on task, just like Taskdeck for iPhone and Mac. Taskdeck allows you to create tasks and to-do lists instantly, and you can add tags, dates (for deadlines), links, and files with Dropbox and Cloud syncing.
After being tested since May this year, Google has finally made its Chrome Apps available for Mac. Google Chrome Apps was first introduced for Windows and Chromebook users in September. For its Mac iteration, Google Chrome Apps works like your usual native Mac apps. It also works offline, enabling the automatic updating and syncing of apps across any platforms where you use Google Chrome.