When fans of established bands discover that their favorite front man has gone solo, it's generally a moment of extreme trepidation. Many would agree that The Stones, Genesis, and The Police were far greater than Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, and Sting on their own. But then you have artists like Neil Young, Michael Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, who really matured as artists once they struck out on their own. As much as I adore 311, I also love Nick Hexum's new project, Nick Hexum Quintet, which finds the singer, backed by a stellar group of musicians, including his … Read more
inClass is a multifeature schedule, class, and instructor management tool for students at any grade level. With a fun, thematic design and multiple tools to help you manage everything related to the school day, this app will help you get more out of your day while keeping track of what is due and when.When you first open inClass, you'll find your calendar already set for the current day. It will be empty at first, but you can start adding tasks right away by going to the Task List on the bottom of the screen. Tasks, notes, and instructors … Read more
Free FLAC to MP3 quickly and effectively converts your files, but it comes with some additional junk. While completely basic, the program operates as intended and supports batch conversions.
When you're downloading this program, it will hit you with quite a few junkware programs. If you're not careful it will take over your browser with toolbars and other nasty add-on programs. You can opt out of each one, but the program doesn't make it easy for you to avoid walking away clean. If you make it through that minefield, Free FLAC to MP3 works well enough. It … Read more
Reason Software's freeware isn't misnamed: Its advice and feedback-sourced ratings can actually help you decide what to keep and what to toss when you're cleaning out the forgotten, unused, and unwanted apps that pile up on your PC like old sports equipment in the back of the hall closet. The only way to tell a good club or racquet from a trashed one is to look at it, and the same is true for software. Should I Remove It's ratings and links help you decide whether a program is safe or a risk, or whether it'… Read more
Direct.ly takes advantage of the growing trend to compute on the go by providing a real-time link between a PC/Mac and an iOS device. By giving you access to your hard drive on any computer with the Direct.ly app installed, you can easily see everything you have on your computer, not just in your cloud storage folders. This is a great tool and it works quickly and effectively, despite some serious setup difficulties.
Despite how well Direct.ly works, you must first set it up, and that takes time and patience. After signing up, registering your account, … Read more
Useful for users with vision problems or who just want to see screen items more easily, Point N See for Mac offers a neat little tool for selecting and magnifying a portion of the screen. The application works well to zoom in to the cursor area, but may be too obtrusive for everyday use.
The freely available program installs easily. Point N See for Mac lacks any menu, but instead brings up a small window that displays the screen area where the cursor is located. This enlarges it several times, making it much easier to see. Users can click and … Read more
VidBas for Mac allows users to download videos from the Web to view them later while offline, so it may be useful to some Mac owners despite the lack of additional features.
VidBas for Mac comes with a free trial version that restricts the ability to download from the Internet. The complete version requires a $19.99 payment to unlock. The download completed quickly, as did the installation despite the lack of a native installer. Through the program's support menu, user instructions and technical support for updates were present. The main menu was easy to use, but had little … Read more
People who are disappointed in the Google Maps Internet interface might want alternatives for viewing maps online. eMaps for Mac allows you to operate a different interface, although the lack of any additional features ultimately makes the program unnecessary.
Available as a free trial version, there is an option to buy eMaps for Mac for $10. The trial version had no noticeable limits. The program's small size led to a quick download and, while there was no native installer, it did initiate and start quickly. There were no instructions or support readily apparent. The interface has an intuitive design … Read more
Trying to capture decent photo stills when taking screenshots from DVDs is almost impossible. Fortunately, DVD Snap for Mac allows you to quickly and easily snap usable still photos from DVD video footage.
DVD Snap for Mac is a quick and efficient way to take usable screen captures from video but is limited to files located on DVD discs. The program's interface is uncluttered and easy to use. It even includes start and pause buttons for the video footage so you don't have to keep switching to the DVD player program. You can choose between taking individual captures … Read more
If you frequently switch between using a mouse and the touch pad on your laptop, or use more input devices in general, this software may come as a blessing. If touch pad gestures aren't quite working for you, Mouse Speed Switcher can help. It lets you control up to 10 mice or track pads in one program.
This program's namesake feature isn't the most exciting add-on it offers. While it can change how fast your mouse reacts to clicks, that feature can be found in your Windows Control Panel. So, unless you're using more input devices … Read more