What’s the selection process you use to add new apps to your Mac? As strange as it may seem, I start with a mix of colorful, well-designed logo, and a need that gets filled. It’s the eye candy logo which gets me started.
If the developer is willing to put time and effort into an appropriate logo, I’ll look closer at an app. That second step is critical. If I can quickly see that an app meets a distinct need, I may give it a try.
So it is with today’s trio of free Mac tools. Brightness Slider has the coolest logo and the simplest operation. It lets you adjust the Mac’s screen brightness from the Menubar.
Brightness Slider also uses the keyboard to change the screen brightness. Not bad for free, right?
Also free is RSS Menu Extension for Safari. Here’s the deal. Apple removed the RSS function in Safari 6. It’s just gone. How do you find an RSS subscription link to add to your standalone RSS reader app?
RSS Menu Extension.
This free extension grabs a website’s RSS subscription link and from the pop down menu you can send the link to your RSS reader.
Now there’s yet another free way to delete files from your Mac. Without using the Trash can. Delete Now is an OS X Service which lets you completely delete a file from the Finder’s Menu without sending it to the Trash can first.
Simply select the file to delete. Then select Delete Now from the Finder Services menu. Poof! The file gets deleted without being moved to the Trash.
Bonus Time: Here’s yet another example of an app you can use (with a great logo, too) right away on your Mac. It’s called Image Tricks Lite. It’s free.
Image Tricks uses the Mac’s built-in Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions to transform photos on your Mac. It comes with over 80 Core Image effects and filters, nearly three dozen Quartz Compositions, over a doze Image Generators, a dozen frames, a dozen vector borders, and 70 different masks.
The app is point and click simple, has a gentle learning curve, and lets you stack effects and filters on top to create a unique image from any photo.