Jeffery Battersby is an Apple Certified Trainer, (very) smalltime actor, and regular contributor to Macworld. He writes about Macs and more at his blog, jeffbattersby.com. More by Jeffery Battersby
Grabbing and organizing pictures of computer screens is a huge part of my daily workflow. SnapNDrag Pro (Mac App Store link) simplifies both the screenshot and organization processes and as a bonus, tracks annotations you make to your images.
You have several options for capturing objects on your screen. First, SnapNDrag’s main window offers five buttons for the type of capture you want to create: Selection, Window, Screen, and Timed, all of which lets you select the interval at which you want the shot taken; and a More button that takes shots of your last selection, window, or the Dock. As is the case with most screen capture applications, you can assign a keyboard shortcut for any one of these buttons to invoke the app when you want to capture something on the screen.
Michael Simon has been obsessed with Apple since before there was an "I" in fanboy. More by Michael Simon
Our lives are littered with links. Since we can’t possibly read everything we see, we’re constantly putting things in their place, whether it’s sending longreads to our Instapaper queue or squirreling away interesting blogs in designated Safari folders. Stache 1.0.1 (Mac App Store link) wants to change all that.
Bookmarking apps are hardly novel in this post-PC world, but Stache does it a little differently. Unlike the read-it-later services that focus on content and strip away the layout, Stache delivers a uniquely personal experience that doesn’t just store your links—it creates a corner of the Web with only the sites you care about.
Marco Tabini is based in Toronto, Canada, where he focuses on software development for mobile devices and for the Web. More by Marco Tabini
One of OS X’s strengths has always been that it combines a great graphical user interface with the underlying power of UNIX—a power that extends to making dozens of scripting languages like PHP, Python, and Ruby available to all users.
App Factory 1.2 allows you to harness the power of these scripting languages and use them to create apps that can be launched directly from the Finder, without having to write a single line of OS X-specific code.
Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two. More by Dan Moren
Thanks to the Internet, comparison shopping has never been easier. And if you want to get the best deal for your dollar, the free Prices Drop Monitor (Mac App Store link) is a handy Mac utility that can help you out—assuming you do most of your shopping from Amazon.
Prices Drop Monitor displays a little shopping cart in your menu bar; selecting Manage Items from it brings up the app’s main window, a list in which you can add items from Amazon whose prices you want to track. Click the plus button and paste in an Amazon URL to add an entry, or drag a URL from Safari onto the menu bar icon. The app then checks every 4, 8, 12, or 24 hours to see if the prices have changed, and notifies you. By default, the app badges its menu bar icon and turns it blue when there’s a change; you can also opt to be notified by Growl, Notification Center, a beep, or an email to a specific address.
Our music comes from a variety of local and streaming sources these days, and having a single, consistent interface to control them all makes listening on a Mac that much more enjoyable. Equilibrium is menu-bar item that can control iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, and Vox (as well as connect with your Last.fm account to scrobble tracks). It displays album art, artist, song title, and album name as a popover when you click on the icon. There you can control playback—including turning shuffle or repeat modes on or off—and access AirPlay options for sending the audio to other speakers in the house. Finally, when controlling iTunes, there’s an equalizer option that selects the corresponding setting within iTunes (when used with other apps the EQ button vanishes).
Additionally, you can enable a desktop controller that displays album art for the track currently playing. When you mouse over it, the controller changes to show song, artist, and album, along with controls for play/pause and previous and next track. It’s a nice thing to have, but potentially distracting to some users. Thankfully, it’s entirely optional.
Nathan Alderman is a writer and copy editor, and frequent Macworld contributor based in Alexandria, Virginia. More by Nathan Alderman
Whether you want to beef up your home security, save a few bucks on a baby monitor, or just pretend you’re James Bond, Appologics UG’s AirBeam Pro (Mac App Store link) provides an inexpensive, powerful way to turn your existing Macs, iPads, and iPhones into a sophisticated home security system.
After a simple installation, AirBeam Pro starts looking for AirBeam-enabled cameras on your Wi-Fi network. It won’t work with third-party cameras, but if you’ve purchased and installed separate copies of AirBeam for your iPhone or iPad, or have AirBeam running on other networked Macs, the program will find them and start displaying crisp real-time video streams. You can also make your own Mac a camera, and broadcast that video to AirBeam on your portable devices, or to anyone on your local network via a Web connection tied to your Mac’s local IP address. (There’s a separate free Mac client for simply watching streams from other devices.) AirBeam even supports Motrr’s Galileo motorized mount for iPhones, letting you pan and tilt remote cameras.
There are two kinds of emailers: Filers, who meticulously file away their messages into folders, and Dumpers, who just keep everything in one vast Inbox and rely on search to find messages they want. Nisus’s InfoClick has something to offer both of them, but particularly the latter.
InfoClick is essentially a supercharged search tool for Mail. (Note that it’s a separate application on its own, not a Mail plug-in.) When you first launch it, it indexes all of the messages in your various mailboxes. (It took roughly 15 minutes to do this on my 75,000 messages.) Once that indexing is done, you can use InfoClick’s Normal interface, which includes six search fields: contact (who sent or received the message); text (in the subject or content of the message); date (year, month, or day); kind (sent, received, trashed, and so on); attachments (including file name); and location (the mailbox where the message(s) are stored). There’s also a Detailed Search interface, which offers those same search options in their own specific search fields (email account; contacts in CC: and BCC: fields; and so on).