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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 macOS workflow.

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

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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]
Create Elegant & Cool Multimedia Presentations Using Apple’s Popular Keynote [Mac]

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Create Elegant & Cool Multimedia Presentations Using Apple’s Popular Keynote [Mac]

The best demos of Apple’s multimedia program, Keynote, are the ones co-produced by the legendary Steve Jobs. Watch nearly any of his keynote presentations on YouTube, and you can quickly see how if used effectively, Keynote can help you create powerfully clean, well designed and animated presentations. Keynote can be as easy or advanced as you need it to be, enabling you to create simple and straightforward photo slideshows.

25-03-2013
Create Elegant & Cool Multimedia Presentations Using Apple’s Popular Keynote [Mac]
Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X

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Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X

Multitasking is not always a choice. When you have to write up a report, you need access to your text processor, but also to your reference material. While working, I often end up working with five applications at once. Sometimes multitasking is a necessity, but if you’re working off a laptop, it can also be a real annoyance. Windows are lost between countless others, and you switch to the wrong application every five minutes.

25-03-2013
Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X
Desktop Curtain Is An Awesome Way To Hide A Cluttered Desktop [Mac]

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Desktop Curtain Is An Awesome Way To Hide A Cluttered Desktop [Mac]

Of course, there is no magic way to stop procrastinating, but we’ve come across a solution that might be able to help. A useful program called Desktop Curtain hides as much or as little as you want behind a curtain, so you can focus on exactly what you need to do, with those pesky distractions tucked away for later. It’s even featured on our Best Mac Apps Page, so you know it’s good.

23-03-2013
Desktop Curtain Is An Awesome Way To Hide A Cluttered Desktop [Mac]
Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]

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Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]

Over a year ago, I introduced MakeUseOf readers to Textfree. Since then, a lot has changed. I still use Textfree to this very day, and the entire application has been rebranded as Pinger. If you didn’t get to read my article or don’t know what Pinger or Textfree can do for you, it’s a great way to send and receive free texts in the US, Canada, and 30 additional countries.

22-03-2013
Pinger Desktop – The Best Desktop Texting Application [Mac OSX & Windows]
For Redditors With Style: 3 Great Reddit Tools for Mac OS X

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For Redditors With Style: 3 Great Reddit Tools for Mac OS X

I think it’s not unreasonable to say that Reddit fulfills the true purpose of the Internet – as an addictive time suck that can fill your mind with anything from obscure and probably illegal NSFW to pictures of squirrels eating unusual things (yep, that one I’ll link to). But it’s also fair to say the interface of the Reddit website itself is atrocious. So, here’s a few apps – free and paid, good and bad.

14-03-2013
For Redditors With Style: 3 Great Reddit Tools for Mac OS X
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

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How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

I used to play most of my games on the computer. All of that changed when the next (that is, current) generation of consoles came out. For one, these devices had a considerable assortment of games and great graphics. Another consideration – perhaps most vital in putting me over the edge towards console gaming – was the price-quality. In terms of hardware, consoles function as an opposite of gaming PCs.

11-03-2013
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac
Write & Publish Blog Posts With The Stylish New PixelPumper [Mac]

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Write & Publish Blog Posts With The Stylish New PixelPumper [Mac]

I’ve been a long time user of the Mac text editor, MarsEdit for writing and posting blog posts to WordPress. In fact, I’d fall to my knees in tears if I had to use the online WordPress editor to write posts. While MarsEdit does pretty much everything I need, a new Mac editor called PixelPumper looks like a very stylish alternative that is available for free in the Mac App Store (note – the app is free while the developers of the application are ironing out the bugs).

06-03-2013
Write & Publish Blog Posts With The Stylish New PixelPumper [Mac]
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

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Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Computers often pose a dilemma of power consumption. You’d like to do batch jobs like downloading, system repair or back-ups at night, when you aren’t bothered by it. Then again, it seems a bit wasteful to keep your computer running all night long, especially if it should finish its work in an hour or three. Sure, it’s easy that way, but it’s also an incredible waste of energy.

04-03-2013
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]
PDFStacks: Managing, Reading, and Searching Your PDFs Made Easy [Giveaway]

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PDFStacks: Managing, Reading, and Searching Your PDFs Made Easy [Giveaway]

If you have amassed several hundred or thousands of PDF documents like I have, you probably have experienced the challenge of managing and accessing them in various folders on your computer. Since I have gone practically paperless in my day-to-day workflow, an application like PDF Stacks ($39.00) is one I should have started using a long time ago. We’re giving away 25 copies of PDF Stacks for both PC and Mac. Find out how you can win one after the review.

25-02-2013
PDFStacks: Managing, Reading, and Searching Your PDFs Made Easy [Giveaway]