By Harry {doc} Babad, © Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved.

Introduction

As noted in recent macCompanion articles, and columns  I am always a late adopter of a new operating system. Why?

  • Let someone else bug fix.
  • Updating to current conflict free software tools, is always a bit of a wait – shareware developers have other priorities, so sometimes there’s a bit of a wait until a compliant version is released. Of course there is the software that has been abandoned while the developer moves on to, I hope, more rewarding things. In the later case, I always keep the toes crossed. I’ll perhaps need the mouse and keyboard to try to repair any damage a non-compliant piece of soft ware might (rarely) cause.
  • Search for replacement for developer abandoned utilities I use daily to ease my ’computing around, which also takes time

This time around, Snow Leopard did less damage to my favorites that I’d feared, but I did need wait on upgrading to give developers a chance to catch up with Apple.

Indeed HP still hasn’t gotten around to releasing a driver for my ScanJet 8250, so I licensed a powerful, flexible and full featured driver from  SilverFast. My reward a crash-free program that has an easier to use interface and comes with a full set of graphics and photography tool to allow one to customize their scanner output. Each version of the SilverFast product comes optimized for a specific scanner, but differs from the HP approach by bother being kept current by the developer and having a responsive technical support w/o the much Todo fuss that too often surrounds HP. [http://www.silverfast.com/scanner-software/]

A Bakers Dozen – what they do and why should you care

  1. AppCleaner 1.2.2AppCleaner allows you to uninstall your apps more easily. It searches the files created by the applications and you can delete them quickly. [Freeware] http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/
  2. ClipEdit 3.0.3 — ClipEdit is a small application that allows you to create and edit text and picture clippings. ClipEdit also exports any Internet address to an Internet clipping. ClipEdit is very flexible with many customizable settings. And now with the handy toolbar editing a text clipping is even easier yet! Try it; if you use text clippings frequently you’ll wonder how you lived without clipEdit for so long. Every Day Software’s [Free] http://www.everydaysoftware.net/clipedit/index.html
  3. DEVONthink 2.0.2 — A PIM for all your stuff. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office [Demo] http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18510/devonthink-pro/.
  4. Easy Find is a Great Document Title Contests Item Search Tool — Welcomed home from its “Find File” classic OS abandonment. EasyFind is an alternative to or supplement of Spotlight and finds files, folders or contents in any file without the need for indexing. This is especially useful if you are tired of slow or impossible indexing, outdated or corrupted indices or if you are just looking for features missing in the Finder or Spotlight. This is not available on the MacUpdate site. [Free] http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/
  5. Folder Brander Creates Text And Text Symbol Containing Folder Icons The Mac OS X lets you add folders to the Finder’s sidebar, or the right side of the Dock. This excellent feature provides quick access to frequently used folders. This is great except … all folders look the same. Yellow Mug software’s FolderBrander lets you easily change the look of your folders – pick a different color and add a short text label. [Shareware] http://www.yellowmug.com/folderbrander/
  6. HoudahSpot, a Spotlight Search Enhancement “KISS” Tool — This application ended most of my frustration when trying to find items using spotlight. It is the front-end most Spotlight users don’t know they’re missing. With HoudahSpot your files are at your fingertips. Keep frequently used files within reach. Retrieve the files you didn’t know you still had. Create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file you want to get to. Save queries for direct access to your favorite files. Set up templates for frequently performed searches. Use HoudahSpot for some housekeeping (Hi, Mom!). You could ask HoudahSpot to find all music files not yet in your Music folder. Just drag the results to your Music folder  [Shareware] http://www.houdah.com/houdahSpot/.
  7. IconCompo Can Help Create Graphics Containing Folder Icons — Trollin’s iconCompo can compose one icon out of two images mainly for making custom folder icons. Drag and drop one or two images onto the main window of the program and then adjust the images in various ways – position, size, directions, transparencies and colors, text. Composite images can be attached to existing files/folders, used to create new folders, or saved in several image formats such as icns, png and tiff. With a Finder contextual menu item iCCMPlugin, you can attach custom icons with your saved settings or add thumbnails. [Shareware] http://trollin.loos.li/
  8. iSeek is A Menu Based Multi-Bowser Search Tool — Ambrosia Software’s iSeek is a handy little program for Mac OS X that allows you to instantly search for anything you seek, no matter what program you are running. iSeek puts a familiar search field in your menu bar, needing just a click or keystroke to start your search! iSeek’s slick and seamless interface hides a significant amount of power and convenience. iSeek is no mere front-end to Google; it will ship with pre-configured search shortcuts for dozens of useful Internet resources. Look up a word definition in the dictionary, or a synonym in the thesaurus, or even famous quotes that reference the word. Search for information on Google, in popular news sites such as the BBC News, MacNN.com, or even search for software on MacUpdate.com. http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/iseek/
  9. Memoblock is a Notebook and/or To-Do list — It is the best, for my needs, product I’ve yet tested. Memoblock is a useful notepad utility for OS X. Store as many styled text notes as you require, transfer notes to certain iPods, save as vNotes for mobile phones and more. Alarm reminders can be set for individual  notes, and notes can be categorized as you wish. Best of all, Memoblock is donationware! http://www.blocksoft.net/memoblock.html
  10. shadowClipboard 3.0.5, a Cocoa Clipboard Enhancer — This application when used in advanced mode, though a bit unstable in Snow Leopard is the best multiple clippings storage utility I’ve found. Believe me I’ve tested many. ”— stupidFish Programming’s shadowClipboard is a powerful clipboard manager for Mac OS X. It remembers a user definable number of items copied to the clipboard. A choice of two interfaces (a simple and an advanced) let you choose which item to paste into applications. shadowClipboard offers Clipboard Sharing for sharing you copied items with other users on the local network. [Shareware] http://www.stupidfish23.com/shadowclipboard/
  11. Unsanity’s Fruit Menu 3.7.3 — It is now only compatible for  use with for Tiger and Leopard. The version for Snow Leopard will be released soon I hope.  FruitMenu is a haxie that gives you the ability to customize the Apple Menu and contextual menus. Using a visual editor you can edit the contents of the menus to suit your needs and taste. FruitMenu will also display the contents of the FruitMenu Items folder inside of your Library folder, launch applications and shell scripts from the Apple Menu and contextual menus, to allow easy file navigation and launching. To make the haxie completely flexible and customizable, you can assign hotkeys to particular menu items. Last but not least, it is priced at only US $15! http://unsanity.com/haxies/fruitmenu
  12. Unsantiy’s FontCard Haxie 1.5.1b4 — It is now only compatible for  use with for Tiger and Leopard.  FontCard is a haxie that modifies the Font menu in Carbon and Cocoa applications. It can add an icon that displays the format of a font next to the font menu item, display the font name in the font face, group fonts into submenus, and add font collections to the font menu. Shareware] http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/fontcard/
  13. X-Menu a DEVONtechnologies Haxie — Menu adds one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar. They give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and snippets. Launch any application or insert text snippets or URLs into your email messages or Pages documents with a single menu choice. [Free] http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/

That’s all for now folks.

You can download most of these items from the MacUpdate.com site.

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The original of this article was posted to macCompanion in June of 2008. Since that eZine is no longer fully active, I am reprinting it, in a slightly revised form in our Blog.

Acknowledgements: Unless otherwise noted I have provided the source of the material in these articles. I also found in my many notes I’ve stashed for future articles, that certain themes keep coming up, that parallel what I’ve read or practiced.  In most cases I have acknowledged as well as modified the original document(s) to personalize them for our readers.

As needed the information provided was created, and as appropriate demonstrated on my iMac 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB installed 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM running Mac OS X version 10.6.4 with all current security updates installed.

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