May 23, 2007
The folks at Audio Ease are working on a new Mac utility called Snapper. It basically makes it easier to access and manipulate sound files from Finder.
Every time you click on an audio file, a little window opens up, docked to the bottom of Finder. You can play files, or set Snapper to autoplay files when you click on them. You can also perform rough edits, like saving a selection of the audio as a new clip.
You can also convert files to mp3 with a click of the button, email a file or a selection from that file as an mp3, or import a file into Pro Tools for editing.
It’s not exactly a full fledged audio editing tool on its own. If you’re thinking about setting up a podcast or starting a career in radio, you’ll need more than Snapper. But it looks like a really nice add-on for Pro tools. It’ll be interesting to see if Audio Ease adds support for other programs like Audacity.
May 23, 2007
Spanning Sync will make your Google Calendars and Apple iCal play nicely together with devices.
iCal and Google Calendars are great applications for different sets of reasons, one is online with sharing capabilities, one is desktop driven with great notifications and offline capabilities. Get ready to get excited Mac users, Spanning Sync syncs all of these features together and lets Mac users choose which calendar application you want to work in with total two way calendar synchronization.
If you find yourself working on different Macs, or require a calendar that is shared throughout the day, Spanning Sync ties in support for multiple Macs and sharing capabilities. Simply share a Google Calendar, and Spanning Sync will sync them all together. Changes made in iCal, will appear on the Google Calendar, and changes that are made to Google Calendar will be made on the iCal calendars. Apple’s iSync then works to sync up calendars onto capable devices like mobile phones and iPods as well.
There is a 15 day trial period for Spanning Sync, with a one year subscription costing $25, or you can drop $65 to purchase the app outright.
February 7, 2007
Digg: Mac users have lower IQ?
January 4, 2007
Windows and Mac only: Software for Starving Students has released a 2007 edition of its collection of freeware and open-source software.
The collection includes well-known gems like 7-Zip, Audacity, Blender, and OpenOffice.org–all stuff you can easily get yourself, but here the legwork is done for you. Plus, it comes with an easy-to-use installer. The idea behind the project is to give students (or anyone else) a single CD containing all the software they’ll need to be productive.
Just one caveat: The download is a disc image file (DMG for Mac users, ISO for Windows), so you need to know how to burn that image to a CD. It’s pretty much a drag-and-drop affair for Mac users, but Windows users will need a program like Nero or Active ISO Burner, which is freeware. Software for Starving Students 2007.01 is free; it’s available for Windows and Mac.
December 15, 2006
Today’s Mac timewaster is Dracosoft’s Christmas Sudoku. I’m not usually a big fan of Sudoko, personally. I don’t need to spend my free time looking at numbers in a grid. Isn’t that what Excel is for? The folks at Dracosoft, though, replaced the traditional numbers with colorful Christmas icons. That I can get into. If you’re already into Sudoku, the three levels of gameplay should provide hours of fun. If you’re not hooked yet, this may just be the thing that drives you over the edge into obsession. The price tag is $5.99, with a one-hour free trial.
November 2, 2006
We haven’t been following the My Dream App contest as closely as our pals at TUAW, so in case you’re not up to speed, here’s the scoop: My Dream App is an “event where 24 finalists compete for a chance to have their dream app made into reality.” At the contest’s outset, people from all over the world submitted their ideas for the program of their dreams, and from those people a pool of 24 contestants was assembled by a panel of judges. Then those 24 were whittled away over five rounds by judges, many of whom could be called celebrities, like Steve Wozniak, Leo Laporte, Kevin Rose, J. Allard, and Merlin Mann. Yesterday the final eliminations were made and the three finalists, whose ideas will be made into Mac apps, and who will get royalties on said apps, were revealed. The three winners and their dream apps were:
3rd Place: Michael Yuan – Cookbook. “The ultimate cookbook application, with online grocery shopping, thousands of recipes, Leopard voiceover technology integration, shopping list sharing, and more.”
2nd Place: Farzad Sadjadi – Portal. “File syncing from the future. Sync folders and documents between Macs effortlessly and watch transfer progress through a cool, highly visual wormhole user interface.”
1st Place: Cameron Westland – Atmosphere. “A virtual window to the outdoors for your desktop. View a virtual representation of your area’s weather when too busy to go outside.”
All of the the runners-up are also worth checking out (especially if you’re looking for ideas for your next app), and all of the finalists and runners-up will be getting some pretty cool prizes.
September 29, 2006
Pathway is a cool-looking Mac-only app that aims to be an alternative to a standard web browser for using Wikipedia. It aims to “help you discover Wikipedia without having to worry whether you’ll have enough time to read everything you want, or if you’ll get lost.” That sounds simplistic, but the execution looks great. Pathway draws a map of every Wikipedia page you hit connected to the page you got there from and the page(s) you went to from there. The map also shows all of the pages the current page links to for quick navigation. It also features Safari and Spotlight integration and the ability to export pages, and currently works with the English, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish Wikipedias. Pathway is a free download and requires Mac OS 10.4.