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If you think different, watch this page closely. You’ll find the best software for doing pretty much anything with your Mac, guides to some of Apple’s lesser-known features and tips that will turbocharge your OS X workflow.

NanoStudio: A $14 iOS Music Workstation With Free Windows And Mac Versions

iPhone and iPad Mac

NanoStudio: A $14 iOS Music Workstation With Free Windows And Mac Versions

Yesterday’s iOS digital audio workstation (DAW) round-up listed the best apps of all the budget tools available on the App Store. One of those featured apps was NanoStudio, a $13.99 iPhone and iPad app that offers a proof of concept in the form of a free OS X and Windows versions. This is a review of the OS X version, though everything in this review also applies to the Windows and paid iOS versions too.

12-04-2013
NanoStudio: A $14 iOS Music Workstation With Free Windows And Mac Versions
From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]

Linux

From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]

Do you really know what your hard drive does whenever you read a file from it or write one to it? Our hard drives can now store massive amounts of data, and that massive space requires a high level of organization in order to prevent issues and maintain performance. Hard drives can be well organized through the use of file systems.

08-04-2013
From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]
SugarSync 2.0 Sports New Look, Even Easier to Use [Giveaway]

Windows Mac

SugarSync 2.0 Sports New Look, Even Easier to Use [Giveaway]

Today, SugarSync 2.0 has been redesigned to be even easier to use. It’s more intuitive than ever before and provides better control over shared files and folders compared to its major competitors, including Dropbox. I’ll take you through the new interface in just a second. You’ll also stand a chance of winning one of 25 SugarSync annual plans (first year free), with 30 GB of storage.

08-04-2013
SugarSync 2.0 Sports New Look, Even Easier to Use [Giveaway]
Bean – The Best Lightweight Word Processor For Macs

Mac

Bean – The Best Lightweight Word Processor For Macs

Try out a simple word processor for Mac. Maybe you’re unwilling to fork out the funds for Apple’s Pages or Microsoft’s Word. Maybe you’re looking for something lightweight and speedy? Or maybe you just like the idea of using simple software to get things done. Whatever your reason, Bean is a great alternative word processor for Mac users everywhere. Bean is not a full-fledged replacement for Word or Pages – software it claims “try to be all things to all people”.

06-04-2013
Bean – The Best Lightweight Word Processor For Macs
OnyX Gives Access To All Kinds Of Hidden Mac Options [Mac]

Mac

OnyX Gives Access To All Kinds Of Hidden Mac Options [Mac]

Keeping your Mac running in tip-top shape is important. If you use your computer for work, you are going to want it running as fast as possible. Apple actually has all kinds of options available in the Mac for keeping things running smoothly, but many of them are tucked away in places you would never think to look. OnyX is a fantastic program that makes it easy to get access to all kinds of functions that keep your Mac running at its best.

04-04-2013
OnyX Gives Access To All Kinds Of Hidden Mac Options [Mac]
Apps We Use: James’ Essentials [OSX & iOS]

Mac iPhone and iPad

Apps We Use: James’ Essentials [OSX & iOS]

As the lead developer and head of everything tech here at MakeUseOf, most of my time is spent coding things and emailing people. My requirements aren’t hugely complicated, and I don’t use any “getting things done” systems, nor am I am productivity hound. I find simple works best and don’t enjoy life in the fast lane. Read on to find out the tools and apps I consider essential – on both OSX, and iOS.

31-03-2013
Apps We Use: James’ Essentials [OSX & iOS]
If You’re Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be

iPhone and iPad Mac

If You’re Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be

Most of the commercials, jokes, and media hype about Apple’s iOS voice assistant, Siri, have subsided, but I still run into iPhone users who don’t take advantage of this powerful feature. Just the other day I had to actually try to convince my 15 year-old daughter about how she could set a reminder on her iPhone, by simply raising her iPhone to her ear, and telling Siri to remind her to read chapter 12 of her philosophy textbook, on Thursday night.

27-03-2013
If You’re Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be
TextWrangler Just Might Be The Best Free Text Editor [Mac]

Mac

TextWrangler Just Might Be The Best Free Text Editor [Mac]

Use an advanced text editor on your Mac, free of charge. TextWrangler comes complete with code highlighting for most major languages and a whole lot more – and it’s free. If you even occasionally edit any kind of code – even just HTML – this is worth having around. This is not a word processor – it offers no styling options whatsoever. This is a text editor, meaning it handles only plain text .

27-03-2013
TextWrangler Just Might Be The Best Free Text Editor [Mac]
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