My poor old Mac is creaking under the strain and weight of a few hundred apps. Some are necessary but complex and pricey beasts of burden which do everything (Adobe Fireworks, I’m looking’ at you) and a whole lot more.
Others are apps that are genuinely useful and help keep the keystrokes and mouse clicks to a minimum, but they do only one thing. Others do that one thing mostly the same way your Mac already does it, but differently.
What Does MuteMyMic Do?
Come on. Take a guess. What does an app with the title MuteMyMic do? Based on the title, you shouldn’t lose points by guess, “Uh, it mutes the microphone on your Mac?”
What it really does is really simple. MuteMyMic gives you a slider control on the sound input on your Mac. That could be the microphone or any other device that brings sound into your Mac (USB, FireWire, internal).
MuteMyMic also comes with keyboard shortcuts which will decrease or increase the volume of your mic (or whatever audio input device you’ve connected). There’s even a set of keyboard shortcuts to fast-mute (completely mute, as in silent), or go the other way to fast-max-volume. If you’re on Skype or FaceTime or iChat, or recording anything from your Mac’s mic or another audio input source, MuteMyMic can be quick, handy, useful, and save mousing around with System Preferences.
That’s probably worth the 99-cent price tag, despite the cute name (which is wrong, because it’s not just mute— it also raises the incoming audio volume, so maybe it could be called MuteAndMaxMyMic– that’s more descriptive).
What I’d like to see is the ability to change the audio input source, too. That alone would be worth an extra 50-cents.