Nice App – Browseback

There applications you need. There are applications you love. There are applications that if you use it one time, you love it so much you need it! Browseback is one of the last ones.

People nowadays do not browse sites. They zap sites! And sometimes, six months after you visited that nice blog from an american girl who lives in Africa, you can’t remember it’s url address. Maybe you can’t even remember her name, but mostly you remember the page, you remember maybe the page’s colors or layout. The history listing of urls can’t help you at all. But Browseback can!

Browseback creates a database of your visited pages, and show you thumbnails of those pages. You just click on it you can browse it really fast! Just scroll, click and voilà! You can visit the page, make a pdf, send it by e-mail, print it or save it. Take a look at the screenshot from their site:

It can gather information from almost all main browsers in the market (Safari, Firefox, Camino, Opera, and others) and creates a single database! You can set the amount of space it will use in the hard drive, how many days back it should keep the database, search the pages in a spotlight like way…

And the best feature is that it starts getting information from your past visits, so if you install it today, it will build it’s database and you will have weeks before it was installed registered! Amazing!

It’s price is US $29.95. I think it’s a little salty, but it’s so much fun. If you get it a try you never live without it again!

Published in: on 07/24/2007 at 5:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Can Windows read my Mac hard disk?

A few posts ago I decided to format a 120Gb IDE drive with HPFS+ and attach it to a USB enclosure so my Macmini could serve me better. A lot of docs, music and work files are now safely stored there.

I’m out of the linux world for the 2 last months. I deleted my linux partitions on my PC,  since I needed the space for some huge work files, and those have to be manipulated from windows programs.

I have a home network to share files between PC and Mac. It works like a charm, but sometimes it is not fast enough for my needs.  I needed to transfer 14 Gb of files from my Mac to my PC and over the network it was taking too much time. It would be so good if Windows could recognize my HPFS+ Partition and read and write it!

Good news is that there’s a nice set of windows program that does just that!  I can cite here Transmac, MacDisk and MacDrive.

MacDrive is my personal choice. It integrates gently with Windows and is smart enough to create a “real” mac hard drive on My Computer. You can forget that you are working with files that came from another OS, partition, etc… For the user it is like another PC hard disk, and it IS fast.

Give a look to all three, but I bet you will choose Macdrive if you need a “permanent” solution. And it is cheaper than the competitors!

Published in: on 11/02/2006 at 8:57 am  Comments (32)  

Can my Mac mass rename files?

Sure it can do! There are more choices here than in the windows world, since you can use the bash command shell to write mass rename scripts! Oh, you are a Mac user and you do not want to write a single line, just some program that ‘just works’… If you want to pay for it there are some interesting utilities available…

File Renamer is a cheap ($9.95) and nice choice, it seems to be easy to use and has a nice interface. Take a look at the screenshot (from their website).

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A Better Finder Rename seems to be the most powerful mac mass rename application I’ve found. It can do a lot more than all other software I’ve tried but costs also more ($19.95). Their website highlights some features:

 
  • Completely rewritten in Cocoa to offer best-of-breed interface
  • Detachable, fully resizable instant preview window
  • Combine multiple steps into a single multi-step rename
  • Simple drag & drop installation, full control over which components are installed
  • Operate as stand-alone application
  • Drag & drop files into the preview window
  • Improved renaming from file lists (imported from Excel, database, etc.)
  • Unicode support for international users
  • Over 100 tweaks and refinements

It can work with meta tags on digital photos and mp3. It is also script-able and a wonderful tool for the power-user. If you can pay for it, this software is the right choice IMHO.

Here follows the screenshot:

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These are neat choices but, like myself, ten bucks will make a difference in the end of the month.

If you wish to find a tool maybe not that powerfull, but that is for free…

Let’s take a look on 2 nice apps I’ve found that are very handy!

The first one is Renamer4Mac.

This app is very fast and reliable, it works with regular expressions and it can perform all the ser of basic operations you would need for mass renaming files. It is easy to use and IMHO the best choice for most mac users. I love the software, it is simple, intuitive and free. If you use it, please consider donating to the developer, who did an amazing work! Take a look:

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If instead you are a power user that came from linux world, loves python and are a GPL zealot, Methamorphose is the software for you.

It needs you to install the last python release and is not as fast as remame4mac, but is far more powerful. It is not that easy to install for a Mac driven mind, it’s a python script!! No nice icon out of the box! Using it is not at all straight foward. There are a lot of options and features most of users do not want to know about! 🙂

It has also support for id3 tagging, so it can be a good choice if you need to rename mp3 files based on tags. Great feature!
Please be aware that this software is not a pieace of cake to digest for a newbie or out-of-the-box style guy. It`s the open source world dude, only the fittest survive! 🙂

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Ok, mates , these apps are all good options and can make your life easier when mass renaming files. It depend now on your budget and user profile to choose one of them.

Oh my!, Mac is sooo adictive!

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Published in: on 10/14/2006 at 12:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

iTunes 7 and Coverart

After the battle for partitioning my 120Gb Hd I started playing with my music collection on it. First thing to do was get all music loaded to iTunes library. It was painless, just a few clicks and my 40Gb collection was available to sync and go with my iPod Photo.

About these days Apple released iTunes 7, and advertised a great feature I’d always wished : auto cover art downloading! When I tried to give it a try I got stuck because Apple does not allow people from countrys without Apple Music Store’s account to use the feature. What a frustration! Since developing countries are never on Apple’s plans I think I’l never be able to use iTunes for buying music from them.

I started googling a little and found nice apps and scripts that could get the cover-art from the Internet. Most were commercial, others were free. The set of features differ one from another and the one I choose to use is called clutter.

This small and nice application is NOT a mass cover-art downloader. It will not scan your collection and fill it with covers! Instead it will found the cover art for the album that is playing on iTunes at the moment. So you’re listening to a Bad Religion album? t will fetch the cover or a set of covers for that album. You can apply it to your iTunes library or not. It searches mainly Amazon for the covers, but it can also launch your browser and google for it.

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But if  clutter is unable to find that cover art but you found it on a nice website like Findmycover? You just drag it from the browser to clutter, asks it to apply to iTunes library and it’s done.

Another nice feature of clutter is that you can drag a cover album from it to your desktop and you have a nice iTunes play-list on your desktop that has the cover as an icon! Nice isn’t it?

I hope this tip can be helpful to you!

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Published in: on 10/08/2006 at 7:38 pm  Comments (1)