Apple Mail is a nice email client, but it lacks features and functionality in the area of task management and message follow-up. Some people therefore prefer to switch to Microsoft’s Outlook, but with two plug-ins you can keep on using Mail and get the best task and message management available. The two plug-ins that make this happen are MailTags 4 and Mail Act-On 3.
Sometimes the smallest thing can make a huge difference. Take for example the mouse. You may have an iMac with a Retina display, but the keyboard and mouse are still the same design as when the aluminium iMac was introduced — i.e. not very comfortable, nor friendly for your carpal tunnel (your wrist). Replacing the keyboard by something better is not going to be simple, but replacing the mouse is easy: just buy something that makes you control the cursor as if you were holding a pencil, because that’s your hand’s most natural position.
Once every four to five years Alsoft releases a press announcement for a new version of their flagship product, DiskWarrior. A couple of weeks ago, it was DiskWarrior 5 that was released. DiskWarrior 5 is now compatible with all the new Macs, comes on a USB flash drive, includes a Recovery Maker app to update the product yourself when a new OS and/or new Mac is released, is faster and looks better.
Not a full year after the Thunderbolt Dock saw the light of day, Elgato released its second iteration of this device with Tunderbolt 2 technology inside. The Thunderbolt 2 Dock looks almost identical — it’s a bit bigger than the first Elgato Dock — but has Thunderbolt 2 ports, better USB 3 performance and a better quality sound output DAC. The new Tunderbolt 2 Dock can drive a 4K display via HDMI.
I reviewed OmniFocus 2 for the Mac earlier this year, but there’s an iOS branch to the Omni Group’s products as well. OmniFocus 2 for iPad is one of the most useful with its full and immediate synchronisation via Omni Group’s own sync server. After playing with the app for a day I discovered that it can actually improve your stress levels by providing you with a permanent, mobile-and-office view of your tasks and priorities.
SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.
As long as I can remember, I have been reviewing BBEdit. Now at its 11th iteration, the text and code editor seems to stand firm as one of the most flexible and useful text editors for the Mac. BBEdit 11 leaves much unchanged in order not to interfere with users’ habits. That what did change again makes BBEdit more efficient, but some features didn’t work as expected yet.
You would think Mac OS X “Yosemite” to be perfectly suitable for every Mac user, but Path Finder 7 is the living proof much of OS X can still be improved, despite Yosemite’s good looks and excellent user experience. Let’s just say Yosemite is focused on improving the interaction between you and any Mac device, while Path Finder 7 improves on the Mac user experience.
Backing up your Mac isn’t something you do for pleasure. It’s a necessity and necessities are seldom fun. But when the day comes your hard disk or Mac gives up, you’ll be happy to have a backup you can start from. That is: if you can start up from your backed up volume in seconds. Chances are that, if you are using Carbon Copy Cloner, you can.