Every so often I get to feature software in this newsletter that's tops in its category. This week, we have the latest update of possibly the best FTP client for Mac OS X, Transmit, from Panic software. It offers everything you need for uploading and downloading files from your Web site and comes with a slew of nifty features to make all your site maintenance even easier. This latest version fixes a bug that occasionally prevented replacing folders.
If you've ever wanted to expand your Mac's capabilities, you probably wondered what--and how much--your machine could handle. MacTracker is a handy free utility that eliminates the guesswork, providing current, comprehensive, and accurate technical specifications on every Mac known to man, from Apple's latest right on down to the vintage Macintosh 128K.
Also this week, we have the latest update for multiservice chat client Adium, adding several fixes including the capability to use iChat emoticons in Snow Leopard. Our game this week is Armagetron Advanced, the game inspired by the movie Tron that challenges you to race … Read more
Built around a gorgeous, newly overhauled interface, this free, GPL-licensed FTP browser is a lean, mean, file-managing machine. CyberDuck offers support for both FTP transfers as well as the more secure SFTP and makes it easy to bookmark frequently visited sites for quick file transfers. This latest version fixes several bugs and adds minor interface enhancements.
Also this week we have MacPilot, the program that lets you access and tweak more than 900 hidden Tiger and Leopard features. Our game this week is the latest version of X-Plane, the flight simulator with possibly the widest range of flyable aircraft of … Read more
True to its name, GraphicConverter's main functionality is converting graphic files--importing from some 200 formats and exporting to about 80, at last count. But it also proves invaluable as a high-speed image editor that lets you quickly browse, resize, sharpen, adjust color, and optimize for the Web, all at a price that makes commercial packages blush. This latest version features several interface tweaks and bug fixes.
Also this week we have the latest version of VMware Fusion, which lets you launch your Windows applications from the Dock and switch between Windows and Mac applications using Expose. Our game this … Read more
One thing we always try to tell our readers is that keeping your software up-to-date is not only the safer route, but often gives you more features and fixes to make your software even better. Through the hard work of many people here at CNET, we now have a way to do it for you. The TechTracker app for Mac (beta) scans the software on your hard-drive and then checks our database to see if you have the latest version. From there you can review your available updates to determine which you want to download. To help you, we've … Read more
Spotlight search is already a great tool for finding the files you need on your Mac. But if you're not satisfied with the power or flexibility of the Mac's built-in search tool, you should check out HoudahSpot. This app isn't a Spotlight replacement, but rather a more versatile front-end for Spotlight, as it actually uses the technology behind Spotlight to help you find files on your computer. Through the use of several drop-down menus, you'll be able to refine your search to exactly what you're looking for.
Having trouble getting organized? Things is a powerful, easy-to-use task-management app that can help you enter, organize, and act on items on your to-do list. Things' killer interface, robust ability to scale, and integration with a separate iPhone app combine to make this one of the very best applications of its kind.Also this week we have CandyBar, the fun utility that lets you change the whole look of your Mac desktop using custom-made icons. Our game this week is Neverball, a labyrinth-type of game where you tilt the playing field to roll a ball to the goal.
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For many Mac users, the Finder provides plenty of functionality. But if you're looking for more powerful control over your files and desktop, Path Finder can be an attractive alternative. This standalone file browser complements and improves on the Finder, with scores of useful integrated features to help you get to the files you want quickly and efficiently.
Also this week we have Dropbox, the program that lets you transfer files from computer to computer via a shared folder. Our game this week is Mah Jong Solitaire, the tile-matching game with more than 55 layouts, several different tile sets, … Read more
If you run your own Web site or design your own blog for a little more control, you need a good FTP client to keep your site updated and running smoothly. Fetch has been around for over a decade as the go-to FTP client for Mac and is a solid and tested option for all your file-transferring needs. This latest version makes Fetch ready for Snow Leopard.
Also this week, we have OpenOffice for Mac, the free full-featured office suite that offers all the programs included in Microsoft Office, without the price tag. Our game this week is Lux Deluxe, … Read more
Whether it's a social networking site, your banking site, or just a forum, you always have login information to remember when you surf the Web. Most people start to use the same login names and passwords for everything, but clearly this is not a secure practice. Fortunately there are programs that remember your login information for you. This week we have the latest update to 1Password, possibly the best in its class for the Mac. Download this app to find out how easy it can be to always be safe and secure with your logins while you surf.
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