Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
DragonDrop is a simple utility that gives you a temporary place to store files, folders, and other content, making it easier to move those items between windows, applications, and workspaces.
We've written at length about how to create a bootable installer for Lion (OS X 10.7). Lion DiskMaker simplifies the process.
Mashduo makes quick work of the otherwise-tedious process of comparing two iTunes libraries. If you ever need to figure out which songs didn't make the journey when transferring libraries, this free app is for you.
FreeSpace is a handy menu-bar utility for keeping an eye on your free drive space, as well as for quickly accessing and unmounting volumes. Version 1.1 provides a number of improvements that make it even more useful.
Whether you need to take a measurement or convert the measurements you already have, these apps can speed up your calculations.
Clean Text is a useful tool for cleaning up messy text. It doesn't have as many features as the best text-cleaning offerings, but it provides many of the most-common options for a reasonable price.
If you've ever wanted to tweak OS X's backgrounds and appearance, Lion Designer makes it relatively easy.
Airtoggle is a nifty utility that lets you toggle Wi-Fi from the keyboard and frees up some menu-bar space.
ReSpaceApp is a new utility, currently in beta, that brings Spaces (Snow Leopard's implementation of virtual workspaces) to Lion's Mission Control.
Retrospect 9.0 is a powerful, reliable backup for organizations that require more than simple desktop-grade solutions. But it might take a system administrator to see the beauty beneath its flawed interface.
If you've got too many menu-bar apps and menu extras, they can get crowded out by application menus. AccessMenuBarApps gives you a number of options for quickly revealing those icons.
Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can be risky. Cloak gives you the benefits of a virtual private network (VPN) without the usual setup, configuration, and activation hassles.
The iOS version of this email client features a well-designed interface that packs in a good deal of functionality, though it's missing one key feature at this stage.