Software

Ember Keeps LittleSnapper's Flame Burning

Ember Keeps LittleSnapper's Flame Burning

I’m a screenshot nut. I take screenshots every day for documentation, support, explanation, etc., and I’ve tried just about every Mac app out there that claims to do the job. Except for a short flirtation with Skitch that ended badly, my utility of choice for the last four-and-a-half years has been LittleSnapper.

Instashare Adds Clipboard Transfer

Instashare Adds Clipboard Transfer

Last February, I reviewed Instashare, an app [Free ($1 in-app upgrade to remove ads), iOS; $3, OS X] for sharing files between your OS X and iOS devices.

AirDrop for iOS and OSX

AirDrop for iOS and OSX

Choosing a Meeting Planner App

Choosing a Meeting Planner App

The Holy Grail of Mail-to-PDF Conversion

The Holy Grail of Mail-to-PDF Conversion

Perhaps the title of this post is overblown, but I’ve long wanted to be able to automatically create PDFs from email messages and although I’ve searched high and low the solution has eluded me—until now.

OS X applications can create a PDF from a document when they’re printed, and Mail is no exception: simply choose File > Print when a message is selected and then choose Save as PDF… from the PDF menu in the lower right corner of the Print sheet.

iOS Wallet Replacements

iOS Wallet Replacements
Some years ago I stopped wearing a watch, since my cell phone was (nearly) always with me for the purpose of telling time. With apps on my phone, I can also use it as an alarm clock, stop watch and timer.

Daylite 4 Not Ready for Market

Since the first of the year I’ve been managing my business in Daylite by Marketcircle. Even though I’ve owned the software for a number of years, I’ve found it much easier to continue using the home-grown solution I created using 4th Dimension. Unfortunately I’ve also found that I don’t have the time to program that solution with the new features I want or need—like mobile access to my business data.

Crash Plan

I nearly freaked out today when—among the plethora of icons already in my menu bar—a new menu extra appeared. After all, I hadn't restarted my machine and (I thought) I hadn't installed any new software.

Fortunately, the icon was familiar and—after checking to be sure—I found that CrashPlan had updated itself overnight and a new feature was this menu item for controlling and monitoring backups.

Choosing a Personal Finance App (Part Two)

In August 2009, I abandoned my search for a personal finance app to replace Quicken, but have taken it up once again. With Quicken now unsupported on Lion—because Lion won’t run PowerPC apps and Quicken still hasn’t been updated for Intel Macs—it’s time to look again for something to take its place.

Looking back at the apps I’d started with two years ago, I found some immediate reasons to eliminate a few...

Link Checkers

While preparing a quote for a client to convert their static web site to Drupal, I wanted to make sure that I knew how many pages the site spanned. Normally that's an easy task, but their previous webmaster did little in the way of organization, leaving dozens of old files littering the hosting account.