Mac Software

CandyBar for Mac adds style to your desktop

Part of the reason people buy Macs is because of Apple's attention to style. Whether it's bondi blue, smooth white, glossy black, or brushed metal, Mac hardware is as much about functionality as it is the overall aesthetic. Of course, attention to aesthetics doesn't stop at Apple hardware. Mac OS X and most Mac software shares the same smooth lines and beveled edges of the hardware surrounding it. The application icons in the Dock are bright and slick, and the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Leopard

Top 11 Mozilla Firefox themes

It's been quite a while since we visited the subject of best themes for Mozilla Firefox. It took a little while for some developers to catch up with the release of Version 2, but now there's a large number of cool add-ons for spicing up the look and feel of your your browser.

There's also a lot of crap. Luckily for you, I've waded through the morass and found what I consider to be the best themes for Mozilla Firefox. Of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Mozilla Firefox

Gspace, Gmail Drive, and those Gdrive rumors

The Gdrive, the mythical, hypothetical Google-provided and free Web-based storage drive, took a giant step toward reality earlier this week. As most of America waddled out of its tryptophan-induced haze on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the myth could become real within a few months.

However, you don't have to wait that long to get free storage from Google. Thanks to Gspace and Gmail Drive, you can start using your five-gigabyte-plus of Gmail storage as a virtual drive... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Windows software , Gmail , email

Send your FTP client packing with FireFTP

There are Firefox plug-ins for just about every task imaginable. There's one to tell you how many e-mails you've got waiting to be read, and another that gives weather forecasts. You can change how the browser functions, you can manage your music players, and with FireFTP, you can transfer files using a top-notch FTP client.

FireFTP has all the major tools that you would expect a stand-alone FTP client to provide. It can handle multiple accounts and remember different logins, passwords,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , extension , plug-in , Windows software

Small steps for big favorites

Right on the heels of the big tryptophan doping event of the year, three of my favorite programs have gone through some minor tweaks and changes. Firefox, Pidgin, and The Gimp have all received a bit of tweaking. Let's take a look at the changes.

Mozilla Firefox has updated to version for both Windows and Mac. This is a security bug-fixing update, taking care of some minor exploits missed by the security update done in v2.0.0.8. Also in browser-land is... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Windows software , Pidgin , updates

New Mac Review: Keep Wikipedia research focused with Pathway

If you've ever done a search on, you know that as you read a particular article there are hundreds of links to related items that are incredibly hard not to click on. In my experience, I'll go into Wikipedia with a specific goal in mind only to find myself reading something completely different 20 minutes later. While this could be because of my desire to see it all, I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I say some of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Oxygen breathes more life into OpenOffice

Firefox has Flock and Songbird, but it's not the only open-source app with some nifty spin-offs. OxygenOffice Pro is developed from, but don't let the name fool you: It's completely free, and like a Thanksgiving turkey it's stuffed with even more features. (Anybody else up for a list of Turkey 2.0 features?) Anyway, it's very much like its parent, and you can opt out of whatever features you dislike during the installation.

Originally called OpenOffice Premium, a misnomer like the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows software , productivity , Office ,

Holiday Help Desk live on Friday, November 23

Join CNET TV on Friday, November 23 for the Holiday Help Desk our live, 10-hour call-in show. Whether you need advice on software, games, electronics, gadgets, computers, or anything else technological under the sun, experts will be answering your holiday tech shopping questions live from 8 a.m. PST to 6 p.m. PST.

Call 1-888-900-CNET with your questions on Friday or e-mail them in advance to If your call is answered on the air, you'll be entered into a drawing... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , shopping

New review: Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac

The Mozilla folks always think of Mac users. I've already extolled the virtues of Mozilla Firefox in the past and I still think it's a great browser even when up against Apple's Safari. Mozilla's other Mac browser, Camino, is like a slimmed-down model built from the ground up using native Mac OS X technologies and toolkits. But I'm not here to talk about browsers. The Mozilla folks have another great product for Mac that just got an update.

Mozilla Thunderbird is... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Thunderbird , Windows software , Safari , e-mail

Rockbox sets your music free

If you have an MP3 player but--to put it mildly--think its operating system leaves a lot to be desired, there is a way to make that player rock out with Rockbox. Open-source and free, Rockbox is downloadable firmware for your MP3 player that represents a big leap for audiophiles who want to control how they use their portable devices.

It's important to note that Rockbox is not a plug-and-play piece of software. Although it's compatible with more than two dozen models,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows software , operating system