Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cinch, a Mac Window Utility

I'm obsessed with managing my Mac windows and this program seems to be the quickest and most intuitive, I've found. You can easily try it out, receiving a nag message every so often to purchase it for $7. Simply click/drag your window to the left-hand side of the screen to fill the left 1/2 of the display. Ditto for the right-hand side of the screen. To make your window fill the display, drag the window to the top of the screen. Very simple. It's said to mimic the way Windows 7 works. If so, good for Windows 7! You can download at http://irradiatedsoftware.com/cinch/.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

OMG the iPad!

The iPad has arrived! It is producing manic depressive behavior like "It's the great new computing Paradigm!" vs "It's a Maxipad, (see the Mad TV parody of a Maxipad commercial", or "OMG I've got to get one, but it's got to be a 3G!" vs "It's only an overweight iPod Touch", or "Did you see they have a slot for a CAMERA?!", vs Apple stock plummeted the first couple days after the announcement" ... and on and on and on. Mashable.com is an excellent source of iPad news. One of the earliest and best article I've seen about the iPad says that the iPad category fits neatly between an iPhone and a Mac, being built to be a media consumption device, not a media creation device.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Merging Photos at Photofunia.com

I just heard about this great web site http://www.photofunia.com on Leo Laporte's Net at Night Podcast #136. It's pretty awesome. You take a picture of yourself, or someone else, and merge it with another photos. There is a large selection to choose from. This internet-thing really has some fun stuff, eh?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Two Up Macintosh Window-Management Utility

TwoUp is a great free utility I use to help with window-management on the Macintosh. It's actually a stripped down version of a program with more advanced features that's not free, which is a great way to market products. It's from Irradiated Labs at http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com.

It's very simple to resize an application window, pressing CTRL, OPTION and COMMAND keys all at once (they're right next to each other) and one of the ARROW KEYS. It causes the application window you're using to re-size to the left half, right half, top half or bottom half of your screen. If you want to work side by side with two finder windows or a finder window and a text window, for example, just select the window and press the appropriate keys. It works with most Mac programs, but check the exceptions in the documentation (two are Microsoft Word and Excel 2004).

It's worth a look, and it's FREE.

Macintosh Group DVMUG in Contra Costa County

I discovered the Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group last year and thought I'd share it with you. They seem to be one of the most active groups in the East Bay, having a number of special interest groups (SIGs) and a web-based Bulletin Board with many forums on many topics. The SIG I've been attending regularly is the Genealogy SIG, headed by Verner Laursen. They also have an interesting iLife SIG.