The Mac experience, all by its lonesome, is a good experience for computer users. Relatively, and generally speaking, OS X is secure and dependable, and comes with most of the apps a computer user needs. Mac hardware is finely crafted and durable, and Apple stays away from the anemic performance chips so commonplace in the Windows world.
What else do you need? The Mac is a personal computer for a reason and that means there are tens of thousands of useful applications, utilities, and tools that can make every Mac owner’s experience unique and productive.
Here are four Mac utilities you’ve likely never used, but once you know what they do, could find a place in your OS X app arsenal.
HiddenMe Pro – There’s no easier way to hide a cluttered Mac Desktop that is full of files and folders than HiddenMe, and the Pro version has something the free version does not. HiddenMe simply hides whatever is on the Desktop; sort of a ‘out of sight, out of mind’ security option, that also massages the OCD gene by cleaning up clutter. You can use Desktop wallpaper, a customer image, or a solid color as the replacement background. The Pro version works on Macs with multiple displays.
Templates for Pages – What makes Pages really useful is how easy it is to use, yes, but there’s also a cottage industry of sorts which supplies templates to help you get started. That includes the Templates for Pages package, which is nothing like the few dozen templates Apple provides. This package has almost 1,700 template designs for Pages. From business cards to posters to invitations to brochures and almost everything in between, Templates for Pages likely has it. Even better, it’s often on sale, which drops the per-template price to less than a penny each.
Browserism – What’s the default browser on your Mac? That’s the one that opens a webpage automatically when you click on a link in email or a URL in another app. The default for most of us is Safari, of course, but you can change that with Browserism, an inexpensive utility that makes it a one-click proposition to change the default browser to Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Tor or others.
Browsers does even more, including a schedule to switch from one default browser to another, and keyboard shortcuts which can be assigned to activate each browser on your Mac.
TimeWorks – Finally, here’s a clever Mac utility which you may find very useful, depending upon your work methodology, but it’s not for me. It’s called TimeWorks and what it does is handy if you use the Mac’s Desktop regularly (I do not; I prefer Column View in the Finder as my Desktop usually is cluttered with files and folders, then covered up with a dozen open apps).
TimeWorks displays Calendar events on the Desktop.
Controls within TimeWorks give you options to view how many events into the future are displayed, even over the screensaver; and a keyboard shortcut can display the Calendar events from within any Mac app. It’s a Mac App Store app but the developer has a try-before-you-buy option.