Among third-party options like Chrome and Firefox, Apple's Safari browser for OS X offers a well-integrated and easy option for viewing Web content on a Mac. However, there are some default settings in Safari that, with a few tweaks, can offer some enhancements to your browsing experience.Set homepage options The first options are those you will see whenever you create a new Safari window or tab, and these are located in the General section of the Safari preferences. In here, you can choose to open new windows and tabs with an empty page, Safari's Top Sites view, … Read more
MacCleanse for Mac helps you utilize every byte on your hard drive by searching for obsolete and unnecessary files and cleansing your computer of them. In addition, this app protects your privacy by cleaning your system of unwanted applications, and deleting Web histories, cookies, caches, and logs. This premium app offers a 15-day trial and comes packed with many features that you can use to optimize your computer.
After a straightforward installation, MacCleanse for Mac greets you with a report of how much space you can save by using the automated cleansing tools. The interface, itself, is appealing and intuitive, … Read more
Fast Five for Mac brings to your Dashboard a racing game inspired by the film with the same name. While its gameplay and graphics feel limited compared to other racing simulators, it can still be an enjoyable game now and then, when you want to kill some time. Don't expect too much from it, though, and you won't be disappointed.
Fast Five for Mac installs quickly as a widget in the Dashboard area of your Mac OS X. After you move it to the active area, it opens into a large window, likely requiring you to move other … Read more
With its appealing graphics and well-designed interface, DaisyDisk for Mac offers you an innovative way to view drive usage data. It analyzes any drive on your computer and returns the usage data in categories, which can be expanded and contracted to reveal more information. It's a premium app, but a free trial version is available.
After installation, DaisyDisk for Mac displays the drives on your computer. You can choose to analyze any of them by starting an analysis process; analyzing our hard drive with 34.3GB of data took less than a minute to complete, which was quite impressive. … Read more
Featuring realistic physics, MacPool for Mac lets you enjoy the popular pool games 9-Ball, 8-Ball, 3 Balls, 14:1, and Snooker. However, while handling pass-and-play and online modes well, it lacks a single-player option. This paid app comes with a free version that shows ads in a creative way: It embeds logos into the pool table.
When launched, MacPool quickly checks for and installs software updates, if any, after which you're ready to play. Regardless of what game you play, you'll be limited to a 2D view, looking over the table. The graphical ads, embedded in the table'… Read more
With its stunning design and high accuracy, SongGenie for Mac stands out as one of the better song tagging applications out there. This premium app automatically updates your music files with complete metadata, including artist, genre, album art, and lyrics in no time, so that you don't have to do it manually. iTunes recognizes all the changes, which will be reflected in your music library.
Following a quick installation, SongGenie for Mac presents you with a slick interface visually reminiscent of Time Machine's carousel metaphor. Upon launch, the app will scan your music library and rate each song … Read more
SwitchResX for Mac lets you easily change your display resolution and adjust other monitor settings directly from your menu bar or by using the Contextual Menu. This premium product supports resolutions for high-density displays, as well as different orientations. Additionally, you can use it to manage your multiple display setups and create custom per-app rules.
Installing SwitchResX for Mac can be confusing for novices because it actually installs as a preference pane rather than a standalone app, and offers little guidance during installation. In order to have access to the highest number of options, SwitchResX will ask you to run … Read more
With its plethora of advanced options, TinkerTool System for Mac takes system optimization and customization to another level. This premium tool includes features ranging from the essential and system-saving to the highly specialized and obscure, all packed in a small app with an instantly familiar interface. It's a great app for geeks.
TinkerTool System for Mac asks for an administrator password prior to first launch, after which it lets you use either the full app five times (Evaluation Mode) or a limited version indefinitely (Demo Mode). Starting Evaluation Mode requires Internet connectivity. Once the app is up and running, … Read more
Type-To-Navigate for Mac offers you a fast way to surf the Web by typing any text included in a link you would ordinarily click on with a mouse. It's a Safari extension that comes with a handful of options, including a handy blacklist of sites. In terms of speed, the extension is snappy, facilitating even faster Web surfing.
Type-To-Navigate for Mac installs as an ordinary Safari extension, but there will be no new buttons visible on the toolbar. The moment you start typing on the keyboard, when not in a text field, you will notice the extension trying to … Read more
BatChmod for Mac lets you change file permissions more quickly without using the Terminal, by checking or unchecking boxes corresponding to different levels of permissions. It's a practical app but its interface offers room for improvement.
Despite its rather dull interface, BatChmod for Mac lets you import files with ease. To get started you need to click the "File" button that brings up a Finder window for selecting the file whose permissions you want to modify. Once the file is selected, drop-down boxes automatically display the owner and group, and you can check or uncheck boxes for … Read more