Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
Since we originally reviewed Fantastical and Moom, these Mac Gems have seen significant updates that warrant another look, as well as new ratings.
AirPort Utility for iOS is the perfect tool for configuring and troubleshooting Apple’s gear without having to lug a laptop around.
With gfxCardStatus, you can see when your dual-video-card-equipped MacBook Pro uses each GPU. You can even force the laptop to use integrated graphics when you're trying to conserve battery power.
RestoreMeNot lets you disable Lion's Resume feature for particular applications, leaving it active for the rest.
Padlock lets you lock your Mac's screen, either by putting the display to sleep or by starting the screensaver, using the keyboard.
Dragon Dictate has taken a big leap forward with this new version, finally offering the ability to dictate and edit simultaneously in Word documents.
Yoink gives you a temporary place to stash files you want to move between folders, workspaces, or even full-screen apps.
While not without some rough edges that need improving, this mobile terminal app is a good choice if you need to make an SSH terminal connection from your iPhone or iPad.
Lion Tweaks gathers a slew of hidden settings for tweaking Lion in a single window that lets you make those changes by clicking a few buttons.
Lidpop gives your MacBook a bit of personality by playing your favorite sounds when it sleeps and wakes. Trust us: It's fun.
Launchpad-Control doesn't solve all of Launchpad's problems, but by letting you exclude apps you never want to see in Launchpad, it at least makes Launchpad a bit more usable.
Packing Pro is a universal app for making sure you're ready for your trip. Unfortunately, the app is hampered by poor design choices and unnecessary complexity. A simple todo list app would suffice.
Scroll Reverser lets you reverse Lion's scrolling by the type of device (trackpad, mouse, or tablet), as well as for just horizontal or just vertical scrolling.
If you want more options for creating keyboard shortcuts than Mac OS X provides on its own, but you don't need a complex macro utility, Shortcuts is for you.
Alarmed won't win any Apple Design Awards for its looks. But when you hone in on its functionality, the combined reminder, alarm clock, sleep timer app impresses.