CleanMyMac 2 for Mac review

CleanMyMac 2 identifies and removes files that your system no longer uses, and it asks if you want to delete large files that you haven't opened in a long time. This premium app's highly customized and animated interface is straightforward and pleasant to use. CleanMyMac 2 includes basics like a clean-up scheduler, a log-in item disabler, and an uninstall helper.

After a quick intro animation, CleanMyMac 2 presents a beautiful interface -- a sidebar with tabs and a details section. During a full scan, the app looks for log and cache files, universal binaries, language files, and other … Read more

Review: Photo Scanner for Mac scans documents using photos

Photo Scanner for Mac transforms photos of documents into perspective-corrected scans, which you can then output as either JPEG or PDF files. The application's interface is neat and intuitive, and the app performs well, although a few additional tools would have been welcome.

Photo Scanner for Mac installs and opens to a welcoming interface. The included documentation and Help files make getting started and navigating the app very easy. The application allows you to open and edit image files, and transform files into scans of a user-defined resolution. However, the program offers only basic tools for correcting the quality … Read more

Review: FunctionFlip for Mac enables function key changes

FunctionFlip for Mac lets you change the behavior of the top row of keys on your MacBook keyboard, overriding the system defaults. Keys that are flipped will not perform their default function unless you hold the "fn" key.

With just a double-click, the utility installs as a System Preferences pane on your Mac. You can select on a key by key basis whether you want a specific key to have its default setting, like volume and lighting controls, or switch to a normal function key such as F1, F2, etc. We tested out F7, F8, and F9, flipping … Read more

Review: Convert Everything Free is a quick and effective conversion tool

Convert Anything Free is a fast, no-cost suite of tools that, overall, works effectively to convert a number of things on the fly. While some of these conversion tools work better than others, the organization and ease of use, with tools sorted thematically, make it easy to find what you need. While on vacation in another country, Convert Anything could prove an invaluable tool.

Convert Anything has a card-based interface. Slide to the right and you'll find different conversion tools. Each conversion tool has a list of different options for conversion into and out of. The first includes general … Read more

Review: Cut the Rope HD is a clever, intuitive, and extremely fun puzzler

Cut the Rope HD is one of the best games on the App Store for good reason--it provides a unique, constantly evolving style of gameplay that builds on familiar iOS tropes while remaining wholly original. The core concept may be elementary, but when elaborated on and built out to the level of a full game with hundreds of levels, it's truly astounding what you can do.

The basic concept of Cut the Rope is straightforward: In each level, a piece of candy is hanging from three strands of rope. You must cut them in the right order to drop … Read more

Review: Edit MP3s with the greatest of ease with My MP3 Splitter

ZXT2007's My MP3 Splitter is the tool to reach for when you just want to shorten a song file, extract a clip, or split a single recording of an LP side into separate tracks. It's not some complex contraption that can saw up a whole lumberyard's worth of rough cuts, nor does it resemble a pro mixing panel: it's a very basic, very user-friendly MP3 splitter.

My MP3 Splitter has a few large controls in a basic but attractive layout. The main window has two tabs: Standard, for file size, channels, sample rate, and so on; … Read more

Review: Monitor spending and other accounting functions using MoneyWell

With a number of useful features for keeping track of your cash flow, accounts, income, and expenses, MoneyWell for Mac takes the traditional envelope budgeting method to a whole new level. The program comes with a fully-functional, free trial version limited to 200 transactions.

After downloading, MoneyWell for Mac starts up with an initial menu that features good graphics and well-labeled buttons. Users can immediately use the program on their accounts or play with it using a sample document. This is helpful so users avoid making mistakes on their actual account files. The program, itself, lists the current account balance … Read more

Review: PDF Split and Merge alters PDFs quickly

For those users who have the patience to figure out a complicated interface, PDF Split and Merge for Mac offers a number of useful features for altering PDF files. This free application had an unfortunately complicated download process that required navigating several menus on the developer's Web site.

The most notable thing about PDF Split and Merge's interface is how confusing it is. There are almost no graphics and the numerous features are not clearly labeled. A left-hand menu lists the main functions as plug-ins rather than specific options. These include the ability to alternate mixes of files, … Read more

Review: Add beautiful effects to your photos with Filter Mania

Of the photo filtering apps on the Google Play store Filter Mania isn't bad by any means; it is just too filled with ads and doesn't do anything any differently from other similar apps.

This app slides ads all over your phone, including your status bar and browser. You can opt out of the ad agreement if you want, but you still have to watch out. The app requires that you log in through your Facebook account, which means you can add filters to any photo on your Facebook profile. If you want to take a picture inside … Read more

Add useful stuff to system menus with Right Click Enhancer Portable

Right Click Enhancer Portable combines two of our favorite things: context menu enhancements and portable freeware. This simple tool lets you customize the menus that appear when you right-click things in Windows. It adds a variety of menu items, including cascading menus with as many submenus as you need as well as custom items you create and configure. This version is completely portable, running from a USB drive or other portable media without having to be installed. You don't need to restart the application every time you reboot, though; the changes it makes persist until you change them back.… Read more