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Like Automator, Fake gives AppleScript's powerful tools a user-friendly graphical interface. But where Automator controls the workings of Mac OS X, Fake lets you script just about anything you do on the Web.
Flagit is a simple add-on to Apple Mail that performs the needed task of differentiating between types of flagged items. Flagit deploys a creative flagging method, aided by flexible and extensible flagging tools, that's both attractive and utilitarian.
These days, any number of FTP clients for the Mac make it as easy as interacting with the documents on your own computer. Among them, Cyberduck is an excellent option.
Most Web sites track your activity; many provide that information to advertisers and other companies. Ghostery not only lets you track the trackers, but also lets you selectively block that tracking.
MailTabs for Mail.app, currently in beta, brings Web-browser-like tabs to OS X's Mail app.
This online storage service works fine for informal use, but its relative paucity of storage and inability to retain earlier versions of files makes it less attractive for groups.
From tabbed browsing to the ability to download files, this mobile browser offers features that improve upon what you get from the mobile version of Safari.
Firefox 4 isn't the fastest browser, and its interface still leans more toward wonkishness than elegance. But when loading and browsing, it feels far fleeter than the increasingly sluggish Safari. Firefox 4 offers fast, fun, full-featured browsing with few compromises, and it's well worth a try.
Online storage service syncs Google Docs with computers, the cloud.
MsgFiler is the fastest way to move, copy, and label messages in Mail. It also offers useful features for navigating and managing mailboxes.
For years, Firefox has trundled along at the back of the browser pack, a beast of burden laden with fancy features but lacking speed. Not anymore.
Zediva has come up with an interesting concept: buying DVDs of the hottest new releases, and then 'renting' them to you in the shape of streaming from its DVD players to your computer or device. If it sounds a little weird, that's because it is.
Some will never take to Twitter for Mac's obvious and dramatic iOS influences. But while Twitter's look and feel felt foreign at first, in many ways they're a look at the Mac OS X future.