Macs

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

Speed Upp for Mac review

An adaptive and programmable metronome for musicians, Speed Upp for Mac can help you improve your training speed and precision. It works by facilitating scale exercises and chromatic drills as you practice with your musical instruments.

Pros

Highly customizable: Speed Upp for Mac makes it easy for you to set tempo changes. As such, the 34-column graph (with up to 600 clicks per column) can be preset with tempo markings, so you can continuously use your hands on your instrument as you train with tempo changes indicated on the onscreen graph. You can also draw your own drills on the … Read more

Plex Home Theater for Mac review

Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.

Pros

Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.

Content sharing: This player allows you to share … Read more

Swar Studio Recorder for Mac review

As the light edition of Swar Studio, Swar Studio Recorder for Mac offers accessible sound recording, mixing, and editing features. It comes with a variety of effects and the ability to export audio files, as well as with a "karaoke pane."

Pros

Decent enough features: Despite being freeware, Swar Studio Recorder for Mac comes with plenty of features, supporting multiple-step audio recording, compressed audio file exporting, stereo recording, and several audio effects.

Additional latency setting: The "Additional Latency" section under "Options" lets you set (in milliseconds) some allowance for latency. Choosing the right value … Read more

New York Minute for Mac review

A cloud-based task management utility, New York Minute for Mac belongs to a range of applications created to synchronize to-do lists among devices that run different operating systems. It works as advertised but may leave you wanting more.

Pros

Light and snappy: New York Minute loads quickly and doesn't eat many system resources. You can keep it running while using all your usual apps without any noticeable impact on the overall system performance.

Highly intuitive: Given this app's minimalistic user interface, you can easily figure out how to make it work for you. The toolbar has only two … Read more

MacMerger for Mac review

As the name implies, MacMerger for Mac brings the contents of two folders into one. While this is a feature already offered by Finder, this freeware allows you to merge folders more quickly, though it does come with some limitations.

Pros

Easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface: To merge folders with MacMerger for Mac you just have to drag the folders into the app's window and click "Merge." The merging process is fast and error-free.

Lightweight and efficient: No configuration is needed after installation. You can start merging folders right away -- problems are unlikely to hinder the process, unless … Read more

LilyPond for Mac review

An automated music score creator, LilyPond for Mac works as intended, producing great-looking engraved music. However, unlike most engraving software, it uses texts for inputs, which makes it a bit difficult to get used to.

Pros

Excellent output: The PDF music scores LilyPond for Mac produces look great. They are comparable to what similar commercial software can create.

Easy-to-use general interface: Although you will have to take some time adapting as you work with the inputs, the application's overall interface (not for the music engraving, itself) is intuitive. You will find two main panels: one for the input and … Read more

Twine for Mac review

As an open-source tool for creating interactive stories that can be graphically organized and rearranged, Twine for Mac enables you to write fiction in a wiki-like style but with better interactivity, so that your readers can have different ways of finishing your story. It's an interesting app worth checking out.

Pros

No programming skills required: While getting used to Twine for Mac takes a while, everything about the UI is intuitive and easy to grasp. Besides, on the official Twine Web site you can find many help files and interact with other users to share ideas.

Universally compatible HTML … Read more

Archivaldo for Mac review

Archivaldo for Mac creates file archives using a proprietary compact binary file system called the Archivaldo Resource Archive or ARA. It's lightweight and easy to use, but won't substitute for your existing archiving app.

Pros

Unlimited free archiving: With Archivaldo for Mac you can create enormous archives -- the only limitation is the availability of disk space.

File list printing: The app allows you to keep track of the contents of an archive without the need to individually list file names, a useful feature when dealing with many archives on a regular basis.

Dropbox linking: You can instantly … Read more