Don't-Miss Apps Stories

Shrink image file sizes with ImageOptim

The free utility takes in your PNG, JPEG, and GIF files (including GIF animations) and optimizes them by shrinking their file sizes, often considerably. And it does so without affecting the image quality.

Battery Status displays the battery levels of your Mac's connected hardware

Battery Status’s menu icon displays a graphical representation of the battery level of your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, or Wireless Keyboard.

Destroy Internet tracking files with PrivacyScan

PrivacyScan offers a one-stop way to mitigate common privacy concerns by identifying and destroying Internet files placed on your computer that track your usage and reveal your online activities to others.

Firefox 14 a worthy alternative to Safari

Firefox 14 lands pleasantly between Safari’s slick design sense and Chrome’s quickness.

Use Comic Life 2 to create comic strips with your own photos

Comic Life 2 turns your photos into comic book-style layouts, and it perfectly balances ease of use with a sense of fun.

Apply metadata tags to files with Tagit

Tagit lets you add metadata tags to files for easy searching, either through Tagit itself or other apps that are compatible with the OpenMeta tagging standard.

BeQuiet keeps your Mac's speakers muted

BeQuiet ensures that your Mac's external speakers stay muted, which is especially helpful when working in a quiet environment.

Edit file information and access privileges with FileXaminer

Anyone who spends time in the Finder's Get Info window will find FileXaminer's attribute- and permissions-editing features a must-have.

Keep tabs on your favorite social posts with Favs

Favs stores your Facebook "likes," Twitter "favorites," and other marked posts in one, comprehensive package.

Track your Mac's battery cycles with Sleep Monitor

Although several battery-tracking apps exist in the Mac App Store, few offer Sleep Monitor's visual graph, which is the most important feature of the app.

Use VisualDiffer to compare the contents of folders and files

With files, you may want to look at changes in source code, HTML code, or other data. VisualDiffer will spot these differences for you.

Mountain Lion review: Apple gets its operating systems in sync

In his comprehensive review of Apple's new Mac operating system update, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Jason Snell reports on how Apple's goal isn't copying iOS, but integrating new features into both of its operating systems.

PhotoSweeper is a simple and efficient utility for organizing photos

PhotoSweeper aims to help trim down your photo library by analyzing your photos and finding duplicate and similar images.