Wake up, draw, connect, and listen
In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find no shortage of great tools for everything from keeping you awake to letting you draw beautiful pictures.
The app supports multiple alarms and timers, can be controlled via the keyboard and an Apple Remote, and even comes with its own set of soothing ambient sounds if music doesn’t relax you quite enough.
The app supports a wide range of audio formats, displays album artwork alongside additional information like lyrics and info about the artist, and can even fix common spelling mistakes in your titles and descriptions.
If, like us, you occasionally feel like connecting your Mac to a Wi-Fi network is more like playing the lottery than using technology, developer Maximilian Heim’s $1 Pingbar can help you figure out if anything is wrong with the Internet.
The app allows you to periodically verify that a specific website is reachable, and advises you when it can no longer connect to it and when a connection is once again available.
Idea2Inspire’s $1 SmartPlayer offers a few unique tools for those who like to watch videos without getting distracted from their busy day.
The app allows you to quickly create playlists by dropping files on its icon, can play a video on the desktop or in a dedicated mini-view, and will even play in a semitransparent window that sits on top of your other content.
The app can easily detect and remove unwanted noises, like fans, vinyl pops, and mains buzzing, normalize levels to enhance sounds that were recorded at either too low or high a volume, and improve output quality by selectively boosting a range of frequencies.
Developer Don Clark’s $2 Thermobar allows you to control of your Nest thermostat right from a convenient menu item.
The app allows you to view the current temperature and set the Nest to away mode with the click of a mouse, and even supports multiple thermostats by providing each of them with their own menu entry.