app4Mac's freeware stars

Mac users certainly have their fair share of freeware available to them. Rarely, however, does a developer make so many great, high-quality applications available free of charge, but that’s exactly what app4mac is doing with their Rapido line of applications. I have been playing with three of them —RapidoStart, a file launcher; RapidoWrite, an autocorrect utility; and RapidoSerial, a secure serial-number database—and I’m really impressed with them.

File launching made easy

RapidoStart

You can customize RapidoStart a bit by adjusting the bezel animation effect, setting the number of available slots and by adding a keyboard shortcut to open it. But, for me, the beauty of the program is in its simplicity. It doesn’t try to be more than it is, which is a simple launcher with very little overhead.

Autocorrection with RapidoWrite

TextExpander4.5 mice

RapidoWrite

Keeping track of application information

RapidoSerial

The version number for each application, along with the company and Web address fields are automatically populated, so all you’re left to do is enter a registration key, registration email address or serial number for the app. You can also add a basic description, some notes and more.

Once all your serial numbers, license files and other information is entered, you can print out a nice clean sheet with the program’s icon and its information. Or if you prefer, export your database as a tab-delimited text file for backup to CD.

In my opinion, RapidoSerial is the real gem of app4mac’s freeware collection. There are a lot of commercial “password wallet” applications out there, but I’m already digging out all my email receipts, handwritten serial numbers and CD covers and entering them in to RapidoSerial at no cost.

Geotagging with RapidoMap

[James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy Web site, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design topics.]

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