Almost Instagram On A Mac

Grids for Instagram

There are few ways better than Instagram to share photos with friends, family, or loved ones than Instagram. Email works. Messaging, too. So does Flickr. But Instagram can be an instant way to broadcast a photo with little more than a few touches to the iPhone or iPad screen (yes, Instagram for iPhone also works … Continue Reading »

Free: A Very Good Word Processor

Growly Write

Ever since my favorite word processor Bean died (rather, was placed into an assisted living home; it’s still available, not quite on life support, but doesn’t get out much) I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Bean was almost magical, an artistic blend of features and speed; easy to setup and use, comfortable, quick … Continue Reading »

How To Add A Unit Converter To A Mac’s Notification Center


How many ways can you convert something from this value to that value by using your Mac? The list of free to nearly free apps that convert is almost endless. OS X comes with a unit converter as a Dashboard Widget. Use Google in Safari’s search field and you can convert almost anything from anything … Continue Reading »

Yes, Kids, Here’s Yet Another Mac Notes App (free)


I love apps that take notes. Word is too complicated. Pages is too cluttered. TextEdit is too spartan. Evernote has grown complex. Even OS X’s built-in Notes app just isn’t enough to keep all my notes. Here’s another Mac notes app which is decent as free notes apps go, and it comes with one feature … Continue Reading »

Create A Color Palette From A Photo

Color Palette

As a bona fide, red-white-and-blue American wannabe graphic designer, I have more than my share of clever utilities which do one thing, don’t cost much, don’t take time to learn, but do that one thing very well. If you have a Mac, a graphic gene or two, and a few designer apps to help you … Continue Reading »

A New Way To Look At Photo Management On Your Mac


How many ways can you view photos on your Mac? The traditional way is through iPhoto (or, for more advanced photographers, Adobe Lightroom or Apple’s lame duck Aperture). You can’t beat free but iPhoto has shortcomings if you’re a Mac user with many tens of thousands of photos to sort through and manage, and hundreds … Continue Reading »

Free: Customize The Mac’s Dock


Who started the personal computer revolution? Apple says Apple started it all way back in the day. So, how is it that the Mac (and iPhone and iPad) is the least customizable personal computer you can buy (admittedly, there’s only Windows PCs, Linux PCs, and now Chromebooks vying for attention these days)? Apple’s idea of … Continue Reading »

First, Fruit Roll-ups And Now Windows Roll-ups For Macs


One casualty of the golden age of applications for the Mac is screen clutter. App windows are everywhere because we use so many different apps these days. Despite the advent of Retina displays with umpteen gazillion pixels on the display, screen real estate remains a valuable commodity which we clutter up with app after app … Continue Reading »

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