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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.

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

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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

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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]

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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]
5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

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5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

So you like to download. Maybe we’re talking eBooks, comic books, or TV shows. We already wrote a lot of articles concerned with the act of actually downloading things. In fact, MakeUseOf wrote an excellent primer on torrents, with The Torrent Guide for Everyone. Just last year, I wrote about 3 Mac OS X applications to speed up your downloads. Today, I’d like to show you the other Mac OS X utilities that help me while downloading (anything).

18-03-2013
5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac
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