Dan MillerEditor, Macworld

Dan is Editor of Macworld.

Hide the Help window

By default, Help windows in OS X float above all others. That can be a hassle when you want to see other windows but don't want to close Help. Fortunately, there's a way to make the Help Viewer behave like any other window.

Edit with trackpad in iPhoto

You can use finger gestures on one of Apple's new trackpads to crop and straighten photos in iLife's photo editor.

GadgetTrak app tracks stolen iPhones

GadgetTrak is an anti-theft app tracks your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it should be stolen.

Expo Notes: It's not for spam! Really!

The folks who make Direct Mail software face an uphill fight, image-wise.

Expo Notes: How hot is the iGrill?

Gauging by the number of people who've asked me about it, the iGrill is one of the more intriguing products at Macworld 2011.

Expo Notes: Cross-dressing

One software company asks: What's it take to get a little attention around here?

Change System Preferences by script

Don't want to wade through all those preference panes to change one setting? One Hints reader came up with an AppleScript-application that makes such a change simple.

iHome iP39 Kitchen Timer and FM Alarm Clock Radio Speaker System for iPhone/iPod

An iPod dock-speaker made especially for the kitchen, the iHome iP39 doesn't take up too much counter space and it cleans up easily. If you don't already have any way to play your iPod in the kitchen, the iP39 is worth a look. But it's missing some basic features, and it won't win any awards from audiophiles.

Microsoft introduces OneNote iPhone app

For the first time, an Office app hits the iPhone: OneNote lets you create and save notes to the cloud.

Alfred 0.8

Alfred may not be as powerful as Launchbar, Butler, or Quicksilver. But it makes up for it with a clean interface, straightforward configuration, and effective results.

View Web-page source in external editor

It’s nice to know that OS X Hints editor emeritus Rob Griffiths still visits the site, as evidenced by his posting of this nifty hint for Firefox users.

CES: VoxOx updates do-it-all communications app

VoxOx can manage e-mail, chat, social networking, phone, and fax communications; now it can do all that in a single window.

Find photos that Image Capture lost

Photos that have been deleted from your camera after a failed import can be found in a hidden folder.

Hazel 2.3

OS X's Folder Actions are a nice idea, but not always so great in execution. Hazel takes the same concept, of automatically applying actions to items in folders, and makes it both simpler to set up and more powerful.

Holiday playlists: Blue Christmas

Sometimes all that cheer and sentimentality can get tiring on the ears. To mix things up, try throwing in a few of these.