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Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Quality Mac Software, Extraordinary Value

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Each week, I pick a software application that meets our goals for quality Mac software with extraordinary value. I’ll be looking at software from every category, including utilities, games, productivity, development, education, graphics, and multimedia, and then highlighting the best one I discover each week. If you have any suggestions, stop by and submit your Software Nomination.

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Airfoil for Mac: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

Airfoil for Mac: Tom’s Mac Software Pick
Airfoil for Mac 4.5 from Rogue Amoeba allows you to send audio to just about any location in your house, using your existing network. You can make Airfoil connections to other Macs, PCs, Airfoil/AirPlay-aware speakers and components, Apple TV, and AirPort Express, as well as iOS devices.

CheckUp 3.0: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

CheckUp 3.0: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

CheckUp is a handy-dandy utility for monitoring your Mac's performance. You can use CheckUp to get real-time data about CPU loads, network performance, and disk usage. You can also use it to delve deeper into how your Mac is working, and discover what processes are hogging your CPUs.

SideFolders: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

SideFolders: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

SideFolders is a little app with big rewards. It provides quick, uncluttered access to any file, folder, or device on your Mac.

WireTap Studio: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

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WireTap Studio from Ambrosia Software is one of those must-have applications if you use your Mac to record sound. While there are many great applications for live recording from mics and external equipment, WireTap takes a different approach. It lets you record any sound your Mac can produce.

Moom: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

Moom: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

Moom is a gem of a utility that helps you manage and move your application windows around your desktop. Moon, from Many Tricks, offers some of the windows management capabilities seen in that other operating system, Windows 7. But unlike other utilities I've seen, Moom provides a simple and eminently usable interface that allows you to quickly resize a window to full-screen or half-screen, place it along any edge of your monitor, or perform a few other useful tricks.

Fantastical: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Fantastical: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Fantastical is a quick, convenient, and easy-to-use calendar application that works with iCal, Outlook, Entourage, Yahoo!, and Google calendar systems. Fantastical adds itself to your Mac's menu bar, so you can keep your calendar at hand but out of the way. Need to check on an available date for an appointment? Don't wait to start iCal; just click the Fantastical menu bar icon and the calendar is instantly visible. Click a date in the calendar, and type in the appointment. That's it.

DevonAgent Express: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

DevonAgent Express: Tom’s Mac Software Pick

DevonAgent Express is a search bar that you add to your Mac's menu bar. It allows you to perform web searches at any time, regardless of the application you're currently using. With its Spotlight-style interface, DevonAgent Express is simple to use. If you have used Spotlight, you already know how to use DevonAgent Express.

HDRtist Pro: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

HDRtist Pro: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

HDRtist combines two popular methods of extending the dynamic range of a photo: High Dynamic Range (HDR) and exposure blending. HDR works by combining exposure information from multiple images of the same subject (taken with different exposures) to produce one image that has an extended dynamic range. An HDR image can contain the blackest blacks and whitest whites, without washing out either end of the exposure spectrum.

Sandvox 2: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Sandvox 2: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Sandvox 2 supports tons of new features, including full HTML5 compliance, and will have you building web sites faster and more easily ever before. Sandvox 2 retains its WYSIWYG ways, so you can build web sites without having to hand code. But sometimes, you may either want to or have a need to work with the code behind your web site. Unlike many other WYSIWYG web editors, Sandvox 2 allows you to access any object, including HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and many other languages.

Email Archiver: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Email Archiver: Tom’s Mac Software Picks

Email Archiver came across my desk the other day, and got me to thinking about my backups and archives. Well, mostly about my email archives. I have mail archived going back decades. But now that I think about it, are all of those old emails actually readable? Some of them are from mail clients that no longer exist. While I can recover the email files, can I actually read them?

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