Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. There are relatively few utility updates this week; however, the few that are out do cover a range of troubleshooting areas.… Read more
A while ago we reported on an issue where MacBook users were experiencing an intermittent 30-second freeze on their systems (1, 2). For many people it was usually accompanied by a small clicking sound, indicating a problem with the hard drive. Apple addressed this issue by releasing a hard drive firmware update, but it appears similar problems are persisting.… Read more
Check out the latest update for one of the best FTP clients for Mac OS X. Transmit, from Panic software, offers everything you need for uploading and downloading files from your site, and it comes with a slew of nifty features to make Web site maintenance easier. This major update makes Transmit up to 25 times faster, lets you mount desktop dropdisks for instant transfers, and much more.
Mac gamers who have been eager for Valve to port over its Steam game distribution software to OS X now have a date to look forward to. Valve on Thursday finally set Wednesday, May 12, as the day when the software will be made available to the general public.
Valve has been testing the Mac version of its Steam client in a private beta since the end of March. Screenshots and videos of the pre-release software began leaking out just a few weeks later.
7Stacks ports the Mac OS X stacking feature to Windows 7, Vista, and XP in a reasonable but not quite perfect manner. If you're not familiar, the "stack" jargon here refers to creating a container of folders or files and making it accessible with one click on your taskbar.
The program does an effective job once you've created your stack, but it lacks some of the smoothness that hallmarks its Mac progenitor. A clean design makes creating a stack easy, but what's not clear about the process is that the "Create shortcut on Desktop&… Read more
StandaloneStack creates groups of files and folders in a Mac-style "stack." Other docking apps have brought this feature to Windows, but StandaloneStack is one of the few that doesn't require hogging resources the way many docks can. It also integrates smoothly with the Windows 7 taskbar, making it an excellent way to conserve space while adding some visual pizazz.
The app offers a comprehensive range of options, from basics like customizing your icons and changing fonts to showing hidden files and adjusting the dock placement when it opens according to specific X and Y coordinates. Creating a … Read more