Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Macintosh Resources

This post is just for Mac users – sorry, Windows users – I have ignored readers of this blog who use Mac completely until now, and I'm trying to make up to them. Note however, that I don't use the Macintosh operating system, so Mac users will have to fill me in on various details through Comments or you may write directly to me to add to the cumulative knowledge of the subscription list and other readers. I have listed here various applications that may help you to perform searches and maintain your system.

1. Google Desktop for Mac

Google Desktop for Mac (beta) seems to have incorporated many of the features from the Windows product, such as indexing Gmail and web history, integration, finding content in past file revisions and deleted files, and fast application launching. It is designed for a Mac, from the bezel on the search box down to correctly and securely handling multiple users and FileVault. The search box makes launching documents and applications lightning fast and provides quick access to your files, folders, email, and web pages.

To send feedback to the team developing this product, go their forum.

2. Mac-specific searches in Google

Google has come up with a Mac specific search. So the next time you wish to restrict your searches to hardware, software and other resources for the Mac only, try searching Google through this link.

3. AppMenuBoy – a free Mac download

Adds an applications menu to your Dock. AppMenuBoy helps you to expand your application folder into a hierarchical menu.

4. Mac application tracks software serial numbers

RapidoSerial makes a database and stores your software license keys. This will help you retrieve your license keys especially when your hard disk crashes and you don't have a list of all your license keys.

I would love to have something like this for Windows too – anybody know of an equivalent?

5. Free download to create Mac keyboard shortcuts

Spark 3.0 beta 7.0 helps you to create keyboard shortcuts. Here is a blurb from the website:

Spark is a powerful, and easy Shortcuts manager. With Spark you can create Hot Keys to launch applications and documents, execute AppleScript, control iTunes, and more... You can also export and import your Hot Keys library, or save it in HTML format to print it. Spark is free, so use it without moderation!

Mac users, let me know if you found any of the above useful or they were just "old news" to you.


Durf said...

One I would add to the list is the Honyaku OSX mailing list. JC Helary also has a blog that might be worth linking to.

I'd also stop writing MAC all the time, unless you're writing about media access control addresses, or trying to shout at us. :-)

Gururaj Rao said...

Thanks for the links. I've also stopped shouting.