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MacBooster review

MacBooster helps you increase the processing speed of your Mac by identifying duplicate files, finding and removing malware, and making it easier for you to uninstall unwanted applications. It's a useful but somewhat pricey solution.

Pros

Intuitive design: MacBooster features a clear layout and menus that are easy to navigate. The information buttons and help guide offer valuable assistance.

Useful uninstaller and startup optimizer: Two of the features we were especially impressed with were the app uninstaller, which lets you search for applications that you haven't used for a certain number of days, and the startup optimizer, which … Read more

Disk Drill for Mac review

Disk Drill for Mac is a powerful tool that lets you scan your computer or other connected device for lost files and, with the paid version, recover them. While not all files are recoverable, Disk Drill uses a variety of techniques to find or reconstruct files that were lost or accidentally deleted, and is successful in many cases.

Pros

Connect and scan: This program works on files that were stored on your computer, but it can also recover items stored on any other device that you can connect to your Mac. This makes the app a lot more useful, and … Read more

Apache OpenOffice for Mac review

Apache OpenOffice is a free office-suite alternative to Microsoft Office or Apple's iWork Suite. With open-source development, features constantly change and improve, which makes OpenOffice in some ways more flexible than its paid counterparts. While bugs are bound to be an issue, this is an all-around powerful, accessible tool set for anyone who needs productivity software.

Pros

Near-complete tool set: Apache OpenOffice's biggest selling point is that it can almost completely replace Microsoft Office. OpenOffice can open all of its counterpart's file formats and runs a smaller module. While it may not have the same sleek, modern … Read more

JXCirrus Project for Mac review

JXCirrus Project for Mac is a versatile project management program that helps you keep track of progress and plan out realistic timelines. With the automated planning feature that this program provides, you'll have plenty of help to make sure all your projects will be completed on schedule.

Pros

Good tutorial: There is a lot going on in this app, so the thorough walk-through really helps you get the hang of all the features and controls quickly. Depending on your level of familiarity with this type of program, you can opt for the full tutorial or just a short overview. … Read more

MacTubes for Mac review

MacTubes streamlines the process of finding and streaming YouTube videos by giving you access to them away from your Internet browser. With this program, your search results will be displayed in the app's interface, and selecting a video opens a pop-up window where it begins to play immediately.

Pros

Fast: Both searches and playback are quick when completed through this app. You get the same search results as you would if you were searching directly on YouTube, and playback is smooth and clear.

Playlists: You can also make playlists of songs or videos to play back at a later … Read more

NetSpot for Mac review

NetSpot for Mac lets you survey your Wi-Fi network to assess the quality of the connections provided in various areas of your home or office. Follow the instructions to complete your scan, and find out where the best and worst connections are located.

Pros

Good data: The scan gives you a lot of information about how your Wi-Fi network is working and what kinds of connectivity issues you may be having. Even if it's not something you've given much thought to before, you'll be glad to see exactly what's going on in different areas of your … Read more

The Unarchiver for Mac review

The Unarchiver for Mac gives you the tools you need to open just about any type of compressed file and extract the items contained inside. You can choose which formats you'd like to use this program for, so it will only spring into action when you want it to.

Pros

Streamlined interface: Users of all skill levels should have no trouble finding their way around this application's interface. There are three tabs across the top of the window that provide access to the app's various features, and selecting the types of file formats you'd like to … Read more

SJ Screen Saver for Mac review

SJ Screen Saver for Mac acts as a screen saver and locker, allowing you to set hot keys, as well as limitations on the number of attempts necessary to unlock the screen. It works well but isn't indispensable.

Pros

Limitations on password entries: With SJ Screen Saver for Mac you can set a number of maximum tries before wrong password inputs get rejected. Also, you can define the waiting time before another unlocking attempt is allowed.

Hot keys: You can set hot keys to lock the screen and to immediately turn your Mac off without unlocking the screen.

Intuitive … Read more

Silhouette Studio for Mac review

With Silhouette Studio for Mac you can create designs specifically developed for the range of cutting tools sold by Silhouette America, including scrapbook pages, custom clothing, decors, paper crafts, etched glass, and cards.

Pros

Snappy: Silhouette Studio hardly stutters. Working with it is smooth and hiccup-free. You can easily zoom in and out to work on finer details of your project without any problem. Projects are quickly saved in the application's .STUDIO format.

Compact interface: Every feature proves easy to access without having to dig into menus. The buttons for the lines, shapes, texts, color adjustments, and various other … Read more

ReFind for Mac review

ReFind for Mac brings out the folders you need in an instant, with just a few keyboard strokes. This small application lets you browse through your folders and files faster, and also offers you some bookmarking options that overlap with those of Mac OS's Finder.

Pros

Convenient access to most-used folders: The "Recent Places" feature in Mac OS X is great, but having quick access to your most popular folders is even better. ReFind for Mac grants you just that, featuring three main folder categories: Most Popular, Bookmarked, and Hard Drive.

Folder bookmarks: The app allows you … Read more