The handy, powerful but confusing Finder feature
For 12 years we've had the sidebar: a list of folders at the left of every Finder window we open; you would think we'd understand it by now. Yet, new Mac users think all their music and movies are in every window, and get confused when they try to drag it to a backup. Old hands instinctively realize it's more like a menu, but still we wonder why we sometimes get a new window open that doesn't have the sidebar at all.
Power file sorting tool that should be on every Mac
You don't hear enough about Hazel from Noodlesoft. Its simplest description is that it automatically does things for you to do with files and folders, it moves and renames and sorts them. Unfortunately, one reason you don't hear enough about it is that once you've set it up, you never have to think about it again. It just keeps right on doing its stuff. That's admirable, and it's also a shame for Noodlesoft, which should be lauded more. It's also a shame for you, because you genuinely forget that it's there when you could be using it for more and more.
Slimmest smartphone to date bound for Chinese market
Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo appears to be readying to release the Finder, a smartphone that is claimed to snag the title of World's Slimmest at just over a quarter of an inch in depth. A video showing off the slim handset was released yesterday, and specs for the device have been appearing on numerous tech blogs.
Current topics from the forums
Today in Macnn forums one concerned member is having an issue with dragging and dropping images from Firefox to Finder, and is looking for help to find a solution. Another member recently contributed to a long standing forum regarding spilling liquid on Mac Notebooks, and is not sure what to do with the newly damaged computer, click here to read more.
Raskin update released
A simplified version of m3me's productivity app, Remote Conductor for iPad, has been released. The new software, dubbed App Conductor HD, retains all of the application management functions, but foregoes the trackpad, keyboard, and full application launcher. With the help of a free desktop application, App Conductor HD wirelessly connects to a computer and acts as a control center for managing desktop applications and windows. All of a users dock items are displayed across the bottom of the iPad's screen, while application windows are organized into a scrollable grid. App Conductor HD can be purchased from the App Store for $3.
Folder Brander, TimeBoxed
BumperCar 2.2 ($30) is a web browser that has been designed with kids' safety in mind. Parents can set up various restrictions such as limiting the sharing of personal information and forcing Google to use "Safe Search" mode. The software offers simple "Low", "Medium" and "High" safety settings, as well as the ability to customize all of its features. The newest release introduces the latest version of Apple's WebKit engine for enhanced performance and increased security and also includes support for Flash 10. [Download - 16MB]
TimeTable 1.6 ($15) allows users to analyze and total the number of hours recorded in iCal. It can also find trends by searching the details of events and viewing the average, minimum and maximum times spend on projects. Version 1.6 looks to give users more control over the format in which data is exported. TimeTable now will use the same order, width, title and sort order of columns as seen on the screen in the export. The update also features more control over columns, Dutch language support, improved preferences and several bug fixes. [Download - 2MB]
CheckUp, Giftory, PDFpen
A Better Finder Attributes 4.8 ($15) gives users access to attributes that are not regularly available from the Finder. Users can edit the files modification and creation date and time, allowing users to set pictures dates and times to those of when the picture was taken. Version 4.8 now allows the removal of file create and modification dates so that they display as "--" in the Finder. The new version also features improved preview and error handling. [Download - 1.1MB]
Fiwi, Chipmunk, Witch
iTunes Dupe Barrier 1.2.3 ($10) allows users to search through their iTunes and iPod song databases to find duplicate songs. The update has fixed several bugs including incompatibilities with iTunes 8. [Download - 2.1MB]
FarFinder, iWeb Valet
SousChef 1.0.1 ($30) helps users find, cook, modify, and share recipes with family and friends. SousChef accesses an online could database made up of all other users' recipes allowing users to find new recipes. The update has added PDF import capabilities as well as improved import accuracy and an expanded ingredient dictionary. [Download - 7.9MB]
Spectasia HUD for Mac
Spectasia from MATT Services brings fighter pilot technology to the Mac OS Finder to provide intuitive file and folder navigation. The company says it's unique "ergonomic retrieval" 3D layout makes desktop icons easier to spot, increasing productivity. This "Head Up Display" is said to be similar to the screens used in advanced fighter jets and provides a "clearly distinguishable angle-of-view and also depth location for every item."