Ever have a long document and wish you could simply turn your macbook on its side and use it like a kindle to read the book/document? All you need is to download the Display Rotation Menu from Mage Software. It adds a menu bar item that allows you to rotate your Mac Laptop and use it as if it were an ebook reader only without the several hundred dollars to Amazon or Sony. It doesn’t work on all mac laptops because of graphics card limitations, but they have the short list of which somewhat current models are omitted.
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I don’t know what my problem is, but I have WAY too many e-mail addresses to deal with. Many of them I have forwarded to/checked by gmail, but that still doesnt solve the problem fully because, for one reason or another, I still have multiple gmail accounts. I have used plugins for firefox over the years, but am irritated at having to constantly have a browser open sucking up resources I’d rather have being used somewhere else.
Finally, an easy app has been released to help monitoring multiple gmail accounts easy. The app is called Notify, and is produced by a company called Vibealicious. They describe it best when they say it’s “like a menu bar app, but better.” Like a menubar app, it lives in the menu bar and changes slightly by adding color and a number when new messages arrive, but once you click, TADA! It pops open a tabbed window showing your accounts with new messages and previews.
It is not without its issues like the fact that it opens some odd google error page when you double click on a message, and it doesn’t automatically log you into the appropriate account when opening up gmail, but it is 1.0. The developers have already slated a .1 release for mid September to include support for google apps and possibly imap which shows a thriving development. It boils down to this: Notify is an amazing tool that seems to be a pretty good answer to my (and your?) multi-account email dilemma.
I recently bought a new computer on which I did not install the normal pro apps I use. That meant that I did not have quicktime pro, and I quickly realized what an incredible deal it is! For a whole lot of common tasks, you do not need to buy or open up a huge, expensive program. If you need to trim a bit of the beginning, rearrange the order of events in a clip, or quickly change a file’s size or format to upload to the web, all you need is the $29 upgrade to quicktime pro (on the mac).
My favorite feature has nothing to do with editing video files. One of the handiest little preferences that shows up is the ability to play a movie on your secondary monitor or projector. Instead of having to do some wonky dragging of the window to the other screen (which doesn’t work in many players), or use a presentation program like keynote or pro presenter, you can simply plug in your laptop, switch the display preference over to the secondary monitor, and voila! Like I said, the $29 is totally worth it. Click here for a link to it in the apple store.
UPDATE: Thanks to Luke for the comment about Quicktime X. Apparently, with the release of Snow Leopard, many of the pro features will be included. Which means it’s time to preorder Snow Leopard for $29 instead!
Mac Bundle Box released another incredible bundle deal. This time they are selling 12 apps that, if purchased separately, would cost $458.59 for $49.
The no-brainer of the group for me is the Keynote Themes. I use keynote almost every week, and get tired of the stock themes. These themes by Jumsoft are beautiful. From there I only need one more program to make it worth my while, but to be honest, I didn’t find it. I already have programs that do the video compression, web design, and disk management offered by some of the other programs. It is definately worth looking at, but be careful not to buy it just because it’s a deal.
Well, I’ve been using the new iPhone 3.0 software for almost 12 hours now. Here are some of my initial thoughts:
- Search: I think the way they implemented this by having it be to the left of the main screen is interesting. Although I found myself swiping into it accidentally often. I hope I get used to it being there. It’s is a great program launcher though. I have about 7 screens of apps, and it can be difficult to find certain ones. Now with the search and few letters into the spotlight search, and up it comes. It was also great finding things in email. I really like how they used icons next to the results, it makes it easy to identify what each result is.
- iPod Features: I wasn’t ready for the first time i opened my music library and it needed to update. I had to cruise down the road for a few miles before I was able to fire up my tunes. So you may want to open up your library right away just so it can update. I listen to alot of podcasts, and there are a few new settings. Now under to time bar there are 3 new buttons. One allows you to send a link to the podcast to a friend. Nice for those of us who create podcasts. Two allows you to jump the podcast back 30 seconds incase you missed something. And three allows you to change the speed of playback.
- Cut and Paste: This one is so big. I can’t believe it took so long to get this. The implementation works well, exactly how I would expect it. And it works in so many places. It was supper easy to move text from a web page to an email, or a web address into a note. I love it. This makes the whole device so much more useable.
- General Impressions: My iPhone 3G feels a little snappier. The transitions from screen to screen definitely seems smoother. Overall not huge impact on performance, but it just seems a little tighter.
Here’s some thoughts from one of my favorite Tech Pundits: 10 nifty things about iPhone OS 3.0.
How was your first day with it? What’s your favorite new feature?
Well it’s almost upon us, the Keynote for WWDC. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the workings of Apple, WWDC stands for the World Wide Developer Conference. They hold it every summer, and the last few years it has become home for big announcements from Apple. (Last year we got to see the iPhone 3G for the first time.)
So what do we think Apple will give us tomorrow? The rumor sites and Mac pundits all seem to feel we will get an announcement of an new iPhone, although there seems to be mixed feelings about when it will ship. For what it’s worth, I’d be surprised if we see it ship tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us get the iPhone 3.0 software. It seems Apple is getting us ready by releasing an iTunes update last week that was 3.0 ready.
We’ll probably also hear more about the plans for Snow Leopard, their next OS version, and when it will hit the streets. My guess is late summer or early fall.
If you are interested you can check out more of the rumor round-ups, including supposed pictures of the next iPhone:
Enjoy the speculation, we’ll all find out tomorrow.
Mac friends, I know what you are thinking, not another software bundle, I was thinking the same thing, until I saw what’s in this one.
One of my favorite all time techy tools kits has been the amazing Tech Tools Pro. I’ve used it a number of times to diagnose problems on my computers and on friends machines. I’ve been meaning to upgrade my copy, and now I can get it, plus more. In addition to Tech Tools, the bundle includes: Parallels, Notebook (another piece of software I use everyday), RipIt, and NetBarrier just to name a few. At only $49.99 it’s well worth the cost.
Earlier, I wrote a review of the Amazon app for the iPhone. That app has been made obsolete with Snap Tell. This app starts with the same concept of using a picture of a product to show you places to purchase online, and then takes it to the next level. With the Amazon app, it takes a couple of minutes to return the search results, but Snap Tell does it in about five seconds. On top of that, it gives you prices from a ton of sites allowing you to click on the price to go to the site and purchase the item. And that’s not all, if you allow it access to the GPS, it will give you the prices at stores close by.
The app is free which makes it a must download for anyone interested in purchasing anything.
Do you have young kids in your ministry or at home that are into video, photos or putting presentations? Apple offers free day camps for kids 8 – 12 to teach them the basics. Here’s how they describe them:
This summer, your kid could make a movie, create a photo slideshow, write and record a song, put on a show for everyone, and have a blast doing it all. At Apple Camp, kids learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac and discover their hidden talents along the way. Apple Camp occurs at every Apple Retail Store, and each free workshop lasts three hours. Sign up your kid today and get ready for an adventure.
All the camps are at their retails stores, and sure they are probably workshop / product promotion, but your kids could still learn some cool skills and it may encourage a budding artist. It could be a great way to start training some jr higher’s to lead your media ministry. My daughter is excited to take the photo class.
Check them out at the Apple’s Camp Website.
Maybe you have a once a yer cleaning ritual, or maybe you are just running out of space on the hard drive that you were sure was way bigger than you needed when you initially bought the machine. Whatever the case, you probably find yourself wondering where to start. Where did all your gigabytes go anyway? That’s where JDiskReport comes in. The software is easy and intuitive. After you install it, it will do a scan of whatever directory tree you specify and then come up with an easy to understand pie chart showing where your precious space has gone. You can click through the tree structure on the left or on the pie chart to the right to drill down into the cluttered depths of your hard drive.
The only thing I wish it could do is delete the files/directories from within the program, but that is not a hard drawback to get over in such a handy piece of freeware.
The best news? Not only is it free, but since it is based on java, it is available on Windows, Mac (though with a decidedly Windows look and feel), or even over the web. Just check out their site for all the details!